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list on BeerAdvocate.com shows us that there are 348 pumpkin-tinged beers to be heard of. What's a little daunting is that those are just the ones that people have reviewed and put online; there's the possibility that there are even more out there. So where should you start?


pk Southern Tier's Pumking.

You can first start by doing a quick look at which beers are most rated.  The five beers on that list that are reviewed the most often are Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale, Southern Tier Brewing Company's Pumking (a really good one, if we do say so ourselves), Weyerbacher Brewing Co.'s Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Brooklyn Brewery's Post Road Pumpkin Ale, and Smuttynose's Pumpkin Ale.  But aside from having the most reviews (and thus being the most readily available, what else can you look for when you're trying to decide between the best beers?

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Cigar City Brewing's Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale.

The top five highest-rated beers, interestingly enough, don't coincide at all with the most-reviewed. In first place is Elysian Brewing Company's The Great Pumpkin, which scored 4.18 on a scale of five. Second place goes to Selin's Grove's Pumpkin Ale, which earned a score of 4.17, followed by St. Louis Bewery's Schlafly Pumpkin Ale, which rated 4.14. Fourth is Williams AleWerks' Pumpkin Ale, which comes in with 4.11, and finally, Cigar City Brewing's Good Gourd Imperial Pumpkin Ale is in fifth, with a score of 4.07. We can only say we've tried Cigar City's, and if you're lucky enough to be near their brewery and tasting room in Tampa, go check it out the second it's available (it runs out fast).

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Cape Ann's Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout boasts a startling 11 percent alcohol content.

If you like a stronger beer, look for one with a higher alcohol content—several of the top five most-rated clock in at seven percent alcohol or more, with Pumking boasting a solid 8.6 percent. Shipyard Brewing Company's Smashed Pumpkin has nine percent,  Unita Brewing Company's Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin Ale packs a whopping 10.31 percent, Cape Ann's Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout clocks in at 11 percent, and Glacier Brewhouse's Pumpkin Ale seemingly takes the cake with 11.01 percent.

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Uinta's Punk'n Harvest Pumpkin Ale keeps things calm with just four percent alcohol content.

Want to imbibe without feeling it the next morning? Uinta's Punk'n Harvest Pumpkin Ale only has four percent alcohol, as does Utah Brewer's Coop's Wasatch Pumpkin Ale and Belle Isle's Pumpkin Beer.

A great fall gathering idea for you and your friends, if you're beer drinkers, that is, is to have a pumpkin beer tasting party. Invite a handful of friends, and have them bring a six-pack or a couple bottles of a pumpkin beer, then taste them and rate them. Which one will reign supreme in your crew?