Pumpkin Ale, 8.4%
You could make a solid case for Hoppin' Frog as one of the best -- if not the best -- breweries in Ohio's increasingly outstanding beer scene, so you can bet that when the Akron-based brewers hit the pumpkin patch, the results were magical. Frog's Hollow has the light texture of an ale, but don't let your guard down: There's a strong blast of allspice and pumpkin here, one that rushes over the nose and palate like a crisp fall breeze. Given that Hoppin' Frog made its name on barrel-aged beers like B.O.R.I.S. the Crusher, it's also worth seeking out the barrel-aged version of Frog's Hollow, which adds a few more layers of flavor to the already robust profile.
Pumpkin Beer, 6.9%
Hood River, Oregon
The folks at pFriem have risen to the top of the Oregon beer world thanks in large part to their willingness to tinker with European brewing techniques and emerge with complex, often playful offerings. Pumpkin Bier is a solid example. Like a lot of the brewery's wares, this one leans into the Belgian influence (and yeast), spiking things up with roasted and pureed pumpkins, allspice, nutmeg, and other flavors to emerge with a smooth, light, creamy entry in the pumpkin pantheon. Like most of the offerings that emerge from this Columbia River Gorge favorite, it's a beer that gives you everything you'd expect from a pumpkin beer, with the unexpected flourishes you come to anticipate whenever you see the brewery's distinctive logo.
Imperial Stout, 10.5%
Some might say this is the best pumpkin beer in America. Those someones happened to be beer judges in 2017 for the Great American Beer Festival, where they awarded it gold in the Pumpkin/Squash or Pumpkin Spice Beer category. The brew doesn’t skimp on ingredients, as it’s the most expensive beer they brew, and it shows. It’s a rich, dark, malty treasure overflowing with molasses, brown sugar, pumpkin spices, and enough pumpkins to bake 437 pumpkin pies, according to the brewery. Pro tip: If you’re in Houston and want one, order it in the literal cathedral Saint Arnold opened a couple months ago. It may not be a religious experience, but at 10.5%, it'll certainly have you speaking in tongues.