Pumpkin Ale Deathmath '10 — The Winner is....

No One!

Only 8 people responded to my survey, so let's just say it's highly unlikely that it represents the population.   :-)

Now it could be that only 8 people read my blog, or perhaps most are just not very interested in Pumpkin Ale (I hope the latter is true).  

When posed with the question "What's THE best Pumpkin Ale", half of the respondents selected "Neither.  Pumpkins belong in pies, not beer!"  I have to tip my hat to these astute readers!  I was not very impressed by either Buffalo Bill's America's Original Pumpkin Ale or Dogfish Head's Punkin Ale.

In all honestly, I was disappointed that neither provided much pumpkin flavor.  If I tasted both blind, I would have thought they were spiced ales, but never would have guessed they were PUMPKIN ales.

As I mentioned in my original post, we had a split decision in our house.  Latha preferred Buffalo Bill's offering, while I preferred Dogfish Head's.  The three readers who expressed a preference all favored Dogfish Head.

However, based on these results, I'm declaring Pumpkin Ale Deathmatch '10 a draw.  Maybe I'll sample a few more pumpkin beers next year.  In the meantime, I'll stick to my favorite Pumpkins.


  1. I wasn't able to vote since I haven't tasted either of them but was hoping to try one after the poll.

  2. Melina, I'd pass on both of these. I've heard good things about Elysian's (Seattle)and Southern Tier's (Lakewood, NY) pumpkin beers. I've seen both in 22oz bottles in Portland and expect you'd be able to find these down south. If you do try them, let me know what you think!


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