Paste Magazine: Eight Pumpkin Ales Ranked

Sunday, October 23, 2011
In case you were unaware, I love Pumpkin beer (or pumpkin anything for that matter- pumpkin spice latte's, pumpkin muffins, pumpkin scones, pumpkin pie. Seriously. Anything. But only in the Fall). In fact, when I was on vacation in St. Louis I practically lived on Schlafly Pumpkin Ale (by "practically lived on" I mean I sampled a few bottles over the course of a few days. I did not actually live off of Pumpkin beer alone. I drink responsibly). Anyway, since returning from St. Louis I have not been able to locate any Schiafly Pumpkin Ale's in my hometown, so I've been on a mini-quest to find the perfect Pumpkin beer, or at least something that compares to my Schlafly's. And low and behold, this week Paste magazine online released an online List of the Day of Eight Pumpkin Ales Ranked. So far, I haven't been able to get my hands on any of the 8 ranked pumpkin ales in my hometown either. But have have gotten my hands on a Pumpkin Ale variety 6 pack and have slowly been sampling and ranking my favorites in comparison to my beloved Schlafly. So here is my mini-list my top 7 Pumpkin Ales thus far:

  1.  Schlafly Pumpkin Ale (perfect)
  2. O' Fallon's Pumpkin Ale (Good on spice and beer flavor. It's a good second to Schlafly)
  3. Arcadia's Jaw-Jacker (more beer taste than pumpkin)
  4. Shock Top Pumpkin Ale (even more beer taste, low on the pumpkin or spice)
  5. Lakefront Brewing Company Pumpkin Lager (this one tasted more like Worcestershire sauce than pumpkin)
  6. Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale (It taste like a Blue Moon and I hardly noticed the pumpkin)
  7. Buffalo Bill's America's Original Pumpkin Ale (too much raw pumpkin taste, not enough spice or beer)
Do you have a favorite Pumpkin beer that I've just got to try? Have you got a whole truck load of Schlafly Pumpkin Ale's that you want to send me (*fingers crossed*)? Let me know in the comments below.

Update: Last night I was able to track down and buy up the last 4 Schlafly Pumpkin Ales in my hometown. If I would have known they were going to be this hard to come by, I would have filled my car full of them when I had the chance in St. Louis.


    1. New Belgium Kick is very good although the pumpkin taste is a bit subtle compared to the cranberry. I like Shipyard Pumpkinhead a lot because it tastes like pumpkin pie (very spicy). I think number one for overall pumpkin is the Elysian Night Owl.

    2. Update: Last week I visited the Wichita Brewing Company which had a seasonal Pumpkin Ale on tap that was really good! I think it was the closest in comparison to Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale to date. I wish they would bottle it so that I could hoard them in my freezer.


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