Pumpkin Beer Guide: Fall 2012

This is easily my favorite time of year; football season, chilly weather, and fall seasonal beers. I never thought I would be a fan of pumpkin ales but have grown quite fond of them. Below is my list of pumpkin beers available in Eastern Iowa. I would love to include Dogfish Head’s Pumpkin, Souther Tier Pumpking, and Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin, but they are not distributed here. This is a list for people who can run to Hy-Vee and get a bottle of one these. They are not in any particular order. Onto the brews:

**Samuel Adams Fat Jack Imperial Pumpkin Ale**- 28 lbs of pumpkin are poured into this intensely flavored pumpkin brew. New to Eastern Iowa shelves this year, it comes in a bomber bottle for around $6-8. This might be my favorite of the fall or close to it. Heavy on the pumpkin pie spice and less vegetabley than other pumpkin brews, it satisfy the sweetness but also hits home with the  roasted smokey malts. A must try!

**O’Fallon Pumpkin Ale** – O’Fallon is great to have in Eastern Iowa because there beers are usually quite tasty and little bit different than others. Their Hemp Rye is great, their Wheach is a terrific summer brew, and their smoke ale is an amazing smoked beer. Come fall, they do not disappoint with one of the better and more affordable pumpkin ales. Coming in a sixer at around $7-8, you are getting one of the easiest drinking and tastiest pumpkin beers out there; the perfect amount of cinnamon and spices. 

**Buffalo Bills Pumpkin Ale**- claimed to be the first pumpkin ale on the market; Buffalo Bills using baked and roasted pumpkins added with cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves. If you are pumpkin pie lover; this is the pumpkin beer for you to try; pumpkin pie in a bottle. Excellent stuff. 

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6 thoughts on “Pumpkin Beer Guide: Fall 2012

  1. beercounselor says:

    Shipyard and schlafly also have pumpkin beers on the shelves in eastern Iowa. The shipyard smashed pumpkin seemed a little heavy handed in the spice department but overall was quite drinkable. The schlafly was very tasty and one of the few pumpkin beers that I could consume 2-3 of in a sitting.

  2. homebrewer says:

    I second the comment about Schlafly Pumpkin Ale. Its pretty much the highest rated pumpkin ale out there, and by far the best pumpkin beer available in Iowa.

    • iabeerbaron says:

      I didn’t know Millstream made a pumpkin stout, and if so, where can I find it? I do know that Great River Brewing out of Davenport made a pumpkin beer but I think it was only available at their brewpub.

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