Pump It Up!

Dennis Malcolm Byron (aka Ale Sharpton) | October 31, 2013 | Articles National

Fall marks the return of the season’s favorite ingredient—pumpkin. And what better way to enjoy it than by cracking open pumpkin beer? With so many options varying in potency, ingredients and cheeky monikers displayed on retail shelves throughout Atlanta, we narrowed the list down to 10. Drink up before they’re gone!

Uinta punk’n harvest pumpkin ale
From: Salt Lake City, Utah
Alcohol: 4 percent
At a mere 4 percent ABV, Utah’s leading brewery provides a sipper that’s low in potency, but high on flavor, with smooth notes of vanilla. They also have a delicious barrel-aged version to keep everyone happy at 10.31 percent ABV. $9 for a six pack, @uintabrewing

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale
From: Portsmouth, N.H.
Alcohol: 5.84 percent
Besides its wonderful balance of pumpkin and traditional nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon and clove flavors, Smuttynose’s inclusion of white pepper adds slight earthy hoppiness and distinct tartness, which results in one exceptional brew for fall. $9 for a six pack, @smuttynosebeer

Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
From: Milton, Del.
Alcohol: 7 percent
Since the debut of this award-winning ale in 1994, its crisp mouth feel and distinctive flavors of brown sugar, caramel and slightly roasted pumpkin make this bev an American standard. $9 for a four pack, @dogfishbeer

Kentucky Pumpkin Barrel Ale
From: Lexington, Ky.
Alcohol: 10 percent
You can’t bottle the essence of Kentucky more accurately than in this strong ale, featuring local pumpkins, nutmeg and cinnamon. Credit the cult following to its well-balanced addition of vanilla and woody taste enhancements. $15 for a four pack, @kentuckyale

Heavy Seas The Great’ER Pumpkin
From: Halethorpe, Md.
Alcohol: 10 percent
By taking its spicy discontinued Great Pumpkin and aging it in A. Smith Bowman Distillery’s Virginia bourbon barrels, Great’er is robust; boozy, with notes of vanilla; and downright delicious. $8 for 22 oz., @heavyseasbeer

Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale
From: Easton, Penn.
Alcohol: 8 percent
This bottle received a much-needed face-lift, but thankfully left its venerated recipe alone. The full-bodied ale takes the crown with flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom and clove in every sip. $10 for a four pack, @weyerbacher

Southern Tier Pumking
From: Lakewood, N.Y.
Alcohol: 8.5 percent
Joining the ranks of its celebrated dessert flavors like the Crème Brûlée Imperial Milk Stout and Choklat Imperial Stout, this brew tastes just like Grandma’s pumpkin pie with vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and even notes of a buttery crust. $7 for 22 oz., @stbcbeer

Samuel Adams Fat Jack Double Pumpkin
From: Jamaica Plain, Mass.
Alcohol: 8.5 percent
The nation’s numero uno microbrewery in sales is back with its limited-release imperial pumpkin beer, which boasts 28 pounds of pumpkin per beer barrel, and comes spiced with nutmeg, ginger, allspice and cinnamon. Yum! $7 for 22 oz., @samueladamsbeer

Terrapin Pumpkinfest
From: Athens, Ga.
Alcohol: 6.1 percent
Pop this one for its blend of ginger, cinnamon and real pumpkin with traditional malty, low-hopped Oktoberfest style flavor from Germany. $8 for a four pack, @terrapinbeerco

Shipyard Brewing Company Smashed Pumpkin
From: Portland, Maine
Alcohol: 9 percent
A part of Shipyard’s renowned Pugsley’s Signature Series, this imperial pumpkin ale is generous with the cinnamon and high on the flavor meter overall. $9 for 22 oz., @shipyardbrewing

Find these brews at Hop City, Green’s Beverages and Tower Beer, Wine & Spirits!


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