My husband, Jordan and I love fall. We love Halloween, pumpkin, candy, everything about the season and that includes crazy fall beers. So, we have comprised a list of all of the autumn exclusive beers that we can find in New England. I’d like to mention that neither of us is a beer expert, so this list is simply based on our preferences. We will also be adding to this list as we find more seasonal beers.
Jack-O Traveler, The Traveler Beer Co.
Available from August until October, this shandy comes in at 4.4 ABV. It’s brewed with real pumpkin and spices, such as cinnamon to make a very pleasing seasonal beverage.
Jordan – This was very pumpkin; smelled like pumpkin, a very pumpkin after taste. It’s perfect for someone who wants more pumpkin than beer flavor. It’s smooth and not too harsh or bitter. 4/5 Pints
Cierra – I love this one. It’s a subtle beer flavor with a punch of pumpkin! This is what I’m looking for in a seasonal beer. 4/5 Pints
Warlock, Southern Tier Brewing Company
Brewed with pumpkins and natural pumpkin flavor, this stout sounds delicious! Coming in at 8.6 ABV, this stout beer is strong.
Jordan – This beer had too much bite for me. This is for someone who wants a traditional stout or darker beer. It lacks the pumpkin flavor some other seasonal beers provide. 2/5 Pints
Cierra – It’s way too strong of a stout for me. I enjoy Guinness from time to time, but this was too much. I even picked this one out, the description sounds delicious. It was not for me. 1/5 Pints
Pumking, Southern Tier Brewing Company
“Bewitched and Brewed with Pagan Spirit” this beer has 8.6 ABV and is one of the more popular pumpkin beers in New England. It is brewed with pumpkin, spices, and notes of vanilla.
Jordan – A very good mix of beer and pumpkin. It is a strong beer so someone not used to the beer flavor may not enjoy this one as much. It smells very strongly of pumpkin. 3.5/5 Pints
Cierra – This beer smells amazing! The taste, however, is a little too strong of beer for me. I could taste hints of pumpkin, but I primarily tasted a strong, bitter beer.
Mother Pumpkin Ale, Blue Point Brewing Company
Available from late summer through the fall season, this ale has 5.5 ABV. It is pumpkin and spices with a nice malt flavor.
Jordan – A little too subtle on the pumpkin flavor for me. It tastes more like a traditional ale with hints of pumpkin and cinnamon. 3/5 Pints
Cierra – It’s enjoyable but I want to taste the pumpkin in a fall beer. It has a peppery taste with some notes of cinnamon in the after taste. 3/5 Pints
Pumpkinhead, Shipyard Brewing Co.
With 4.5 ABV this pale ale is light with notes of pumpkin, spices, and vanilla.
Jordan – This so far is my favorite pumpkin beer. It’s the right balance of beer and pumpkin, with a bit more of a cinnamon flavor than some others. 5/5 Pints
Cierra – The first time we had this was in October last year in Salem. The bartender served it with cinnamon sugar on the rim and I was hooked. This beer is subtly sweet on its own but the rim really makes it. It has a nice balance of cinnamon and pumpkin. It’s definitely in my top five favorite beers. 5.5 Pints