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 all spice. Pumpkin Ales are typically mild, with little to no bitterness, a malty backbone, with some spice often taking the lead. Whatever the variety, these beers are worth checking out. It’s like pumpkin pie inÂ a glass! Some are sweeter than others so be sure to ask the bartender for a sample before purchasing.
Heartland Brewery is one of my favorite places for fun seasonal beers. There are 3 locations in New York City; 127 West 43rd Street, 35 Union Square and 350 5th Avenue.