It's September. How did that happen? We can all already feel it in the air. The weather is cooling off, people are breaking out the boots and hoodies, the days are getting shorter, and the pumpkin beer has arrived.

It actually started showing up in some stores last month. And while many love those summer beers, my friends think that fall beers take the cake. I would personally much rather have pumpkin in my latte. While I do like the flavor of pumpkin, I am not a fan of beer. So for this taste test, I enlisted the help of my two favorite pallets, Jessica on the left, and Amy on the right.


They love beer of all kinds and are huge pumpkin fans. They're also beautiful so why wouldn't I want to bring them a bunch of pumpkin beer and sit outside and capture the results... and some hilarious pictures.


The delicious combo of pumpkin, spices, and beer definitely excites their taste buds. And they put together a list of their favorites.

1. Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

This is one of the first ones Amy & Jessica tried, and definitely a favorite. It has subtle pumpkin flavors, a bit sweet, and full of spices. Amy said, "If you like cinnamon, definitely give this one a try."

2. Punkin Ale by Dogfish Head

Both tart and sweet. Tastes like pumpkin pie and gingerbread combined. Jessica said, "a good one if you like hoppy beers."

3. Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale

A lighter pumpkin beer but full of spices. This one will go down easy and Amy & Jessica have a warning. "Do not drink this when you have infinite free time." "You will not like the Facebook posts your friends share while you're not paying attention."

4. Leinenkugel's Harvest Patch Shandy

If you like sweet beers, then this one is for you. Both ladies said it reminded of pumpkin pie. "Is it wrong that we followed this beer with eating whip cream straight from the spray can, said Amy. This was not one of their favorites. Thus the whipped cream interlude.


5. Ballast Point Pumpkin Down

Tastes like pumpkin with some subtle caramel and toffee flavors. It had a bit of a kick to it. The ladies agreed it would make a great candy bar.

6. Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale

This one was sweet and spicy at the same time. Light hops, and less pumpkin flavor than most. "Not bad, but not good either", said Jessica.

7. Southern Tier Pumking

Very tasty with a lot of pumpkin and spice, as well and a hint of vanilla. This beer was much stronger than the others. The girls both agreed, that bad decisions would follow a few bottles of this beer.

8. Shocktop Pumpkin Wheat

Also a lighter pumpkin beer with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, orange, and wheat. The one word both Amy and Jessica said was.... "meh."


From Amy & Jessica:

Now these are just the ones we've gotten around to trying so far. Thank goodness there are still a few months left that these will be on the shelves. And we hope that Steve returns with more goodies (and whipped cream).  Here's our order for next time: New Glarus Pumpkin Pie Lust, New Belgium Pumpkick, and Elysian Night Owl Pumpkin Ale.