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While I appreciate a good cold one, I wouldn't call myself a beer connoisseur or a professional blogger. I'm more like a beer influencer. My reviews are written in simple English without a lot of technical industry jargon. I can't tell you much about hops, brewing temperature, or flavor notes, but I can tell you whether I like or dislike a beer and why. I hope you enjoy and learn from my beer reviews.

New Belgium's Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin Ale beer in a 12-ounce can with a 6-pack box in the background.

Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin review

The Voodoo Ranger Atomic Pumpkin ale is Spicy. Very Spicy. First thoughts: nutmeg, cinnamon. There’s a burning in my chest—habanero. It tingles going down my throat. I’m having a beer.

Atomic Pumpkin is a very descriptive name for this beer. Is it good? If you like a little punishment while you catch a buzz, I’d say this is a good beer for you. It’s definitely different from everything I’ve tasted thus far.

Founded in 1991 in Fort Collins, Colorado, Atomic Pumpkin is brewed by New Belgium Brewing Company, which now has a location in Asheville, North Carolina. This beer is going fast. To find a retailer near you, use New Belgium’s beer finder.

  • Pumpkin Ale
  • 6.4% ABV
  • Seasonal
  • Available in 12-oz Cans (6 packs)
  • Colorado-Based Micro Brewery
  • 10 IBUs
UFO Pumpkin Hefeweizen beer 12-oz. can and 6-pack box

UFO Pumpkin beer review

This beer is easy to drink, just like UFO says. I was eager to sample UFO’s Pumpkin on my quest to taste and rank the best pumpkin beers. But, to be honest, I was hoping for more because I love UFO beers. They usually deliver on taste. This beer struck me as too safe and middle-of-the-road. There are no major flaws, nor is it particularly noteworthy.

This is a safe choice for a pumpkin beer, especially if you enjoy unfiltered or hefeweizen beers. The UFO Pumpkin beer is an unfiltered ale produced from real pumpkin puree. It’s medium-bodied with a mellow sweetness, and there’s nothing I find overpowering about it.

  • Hefeweizen
  • 5.9% ABV
  • Seasonal
  • Available in 12-oz Bottles, 12-oz Cans, and On Tap
  • Massachusetts-Based Micro Brewery
  • Pumpkin puree is one of the special ingredients
Southern Tier Pumking Ale 12-oz. bottle of beer

The Pumking of pumpkin beers reviewed

Pumking is brewed by the Southern Tier Brewing Company in Lakewood, New York. It’s a pumpkin imperial ale, and the second beer I’ve tried as part of my new mission to review and discover the best pumpkin beers.

It has a distinct pumpkin flavor but is more subdued than the earlier reviewed Sam Adams Jack-O Pumpkin Ale. The pumpkin flavor is evident, but the finish has a secondary alcoholic flavor that I attribute to the 8.6% ABV. This, in my opinion, takes away from the overall pleasant flavor. This beer packs a punch, but it only grazes on great flavor.

  • Imperial Ale ABV: 8.6%
  • Seasonal
  • Available in 12-oz Bottles, 500 ml Bottles, and On Tap
  • New York-Based Craft Brewery
A 12-ounce can of Roadsmary's Baby pumpkin ale beer is displayed in the foreground of a 6-pack of cans box, brewed by Two Roads Brewing Company

Two Roads Roadsmary’s Baby Pumpkin Ale review

According to Two Roads Brewing Company of Stratford, Connecticut, Roadsmary’s Baby is a traditional pumpkin ale aged in rum barrels for added complexity and depth of flavor. It is released in August as a fall seasonal.

I’m not sure about the pumpkin, but this is a good beer. In fact, if I had a blind taste test or if I hadn’t been told what kind of beer it was, I would never guess it was made with pumpkin. Review over.

Seriously, I’d drink this any time, seasonal or not. The only bad thing I can say about it is, “What pumpkin? I don’t taste any pumpkin or spices in this pumpkin beer.” It’s more of a great-tasting beer than a pumpkin ale. It’s smooth, dark, and clean. It kind of reminds me of Negra Modelo (not just because of color), but it feels a little heavier and has a fruity, citrus finish. I guess a better way to put it is that it’s more complicated.

This beer is recommended. Highly recommended!

  • Imperial Ale ABV: 6.8%
  • Seasonal
  • Available in 12-oz Bottles, 12-oz Cans, Growlers, and On Tap
  • Connecticut-Based Craft Brewery

12-ounce bottle of Long Trail Ale by Long Trail Brewing Company with a Vermont house and woods in the background.

Long Trail Ale a review made easy

My family and I spend a lot of time in Vermont at my in-laws’ house during the fall and winter. For me, it’s a chance to slow down and rest while also doing computer-related work. That means sitting on the couch, catching up on TV shows, drinking beers and whiskey while I write content and update multiple websites.

During my most recent “mini-vacation,” I decided to review a beer from a Vermont brewer. I made my job easier by selecting one of the brands found in my brother-in-law’s refrigerator. The Long Trail Ale by Long Trail Brewing Company was my choice.

I found it malty and sweet, borderline smooth. For me, the beer is borderline tasty because it clashes with bitterness. It has a strong showing on my personal one-bottle buzz meter. After only one bottle, I was nice and relaxed before my whisky chaser.

It’s not a fantastic beer, but it’s adequate. While visiting Vermont, I would gladly order it on draft at any of the local restaurants.

VT IPA ABV: 6% – Available in 12-ounce cans and bottles.