When your buddies inevitably challenge you to a pumpkin beer chug-off this Fall, pick Pumpkinhead. Do it. It’s only 4.5%, it’s light, it’s mild, it’s smooth, and it’s as sweet as mama’s homemade pumpkin pie
How Much: 6
This little fall seasonal comes galloping in at 9.99$ per 6-pack. That’s a great price, but we’d much rather see you spend an extra dollar or two for a better pumpkin brew. Pumpkinhead paved the way, but others have greatly surpassed it.
Give Pumpkinhead to me 3 years ago, and I’m giving it a 9. It was really the first pumpkin beer that I remember, and paved the way for the entire style. It’s sweet, very sweet, like a full pumpkin pie crammed into every bottle. Unfortunately, that’s not always welcomed. As other pumpkin brews have surfaced, I think the entire world has found that less is more when it comes to this style. A more balanced subtle pumpkin flavor will always be preferred, but we thank this mildly spiced, medium bodied, cavity inducingly sweet pumpkin brew for getting the style some attention
(Hint: Throw some spiced rum in one of these bad boys, or maybe some fireball, and as far a “mixed drink” goes it’d be a fuckin’ 10)
Shipyard sends Pumpkinhead riding strong into 43 states, but as we all know it’s a seasonal, so that’s gonna knock it down a few pegs
Overall Rating: 6.3
Classic jam: Smashing Pumpkins – Bullet with Butterfly Wings