Often released as a fall seasonal, pumpkin ales are quite varied. Some brewers opt to add hand-cut pumpkins and drop them in the mash, while others use puree or pumpkin flavoring. These beers also tend to be spiced with pumpkin pie spices, like ground ginger, nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and allspice. Pumpkin ales are typically mild, with little to no bitterness, a malty backbone, with some spice often taking the lead. Many will contain a starchy, slightly thick mouthfeel too. In our opinion, the best versions use real pumpkin, while roasting the pumpkin can also add tremendous depth of character for even better results.
Thick bright white foam on top of a pumpkin orange body. Aromas of vanilla, ginger, cinnamon, and clove. Rich flavors of pumpkin pie with a touch of caramel. Finishes with a soft, creamy, and fluffy mouth feel.
Fall vegetables: squash, yams, kale, swiss chard, chestnusts. Fatty meats: duck, pork, stewed meat. Sweet bread, pumpkin pie, and carrot cake.