What's Your Favorite Local Pumpkin Beer?

Tis the season for pumpkin-flavored everything, including beer.

A selection of pumpkin beers. Credit: File photo.
A selection of pumpkin beers. Credit: File photo.
By Roberto Scalese

Sure, the leaves haven't turned colors just yet, but you don't need a calendar to know autumn has arrived. All you need to do is spot all of the pumpkin-flavored items on local menus.

The beer coolers at your local packie are no exception. More and more craft brewers are getting into the pumpkin beer game. Boston.com's Christopher Hughes isn't exactly a fan of pumpkin beer, but he and a group of friendsdecided to sample 15 local and not-so-local craft brewer pumpkin specials.

The results? You'll have to check out boston.com's gallery for the full rankings and comments, but some local favorites had some surprising results. Harpoon, which carries a line of great specialty beers, did not fare very well in this tasting, and Sam Adams got a middling rating. New Hampshire's Smuttynose did very well. Maine's Shipyard received a split decision for its two pumpkin selections.

Are you a fan of pumpkin beer, or are they too sweet and cinnamon-y for you? Tell us in the comments section below. 


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