Best Holiday Craft Beers of the Season

Holiday Craft Beers are all the rage this year. Pretty much every Craft Beer brewery has some sort of Pumpkin Spice, Peppermint or Gingerbread beer in their line up to bring our taste buds the Holiday cheer. If you are looking to try some beers that put you in the Holiday spirit, check out this list of Best Holiday Craft Beers of the Season. 

10 Best Holiday Craft Beers: 


Brooklyn Brewery: Post Road Pumpkin Ale

  • Not much pumpkin flavor, but a hint of pumpkin spice, including nutmeg and cinnamon
  • Good for a hot fall day
  • Good carbonation, but no head
  • Dry finish
  • Light, clear copper color


Dogfish Head: Punkin Ale

  • Smells and tastes like pumpkin pie
  • Nice roasty and malty flavor
  • Rounded and well balanced with a slight bitterness
  • Tastes like I imagine a pumpkin ale should taste
  • Deep golden color with a hint of red, almost orange


Whole Hog Steven’s Point Brewery: Pumpkin Ale

  • Very sweet smell and residual sweetness
  • Strong cinnamon taste
  • Tastes like sweet potato and marshmallow casserole
  • Deep, cloudy copper color
  • Bourbon-barrel aged 


Clown Shoes: Pecan Pie Porter

  • Tastes like Pecan flavored coffee
  • Smells like dark chocolate and roasted barley
  • Nice mouth feel and deep dark color
  • Full bodied with a hint of bitterness, like unsweetened coffee
  • You almost want to put whipped cream on top and eat it with a spoon!
  • Dark brown color with a nice tan head



Boulevard Brewing Co: Funky Pumpkin Spiced Sour

  • Smells metallic, a hint of sour apple with cinnamon
  • Not much pumpkin flavor/aroma, more apple cinnamon
  • Not much bite for a sour
  • Light, clear golden color with a hint of rosé
  • OK carbonation

Shiner Beer: Holiday Cheer Ale

  • Brewed with peaches and pecan
  • Dark red-brown color
  • Head does not stay, ok carbonation
  • Strong peach aroma, sweet sour taste
  • Very drinkable, light, not very malty
  • Supposedly a Bavarian-Style Dark Wheat, but I don’t get this at all


Breckenridge Brewery: Pumpkin Spice Latte Nitro Stout (Can)

  • Deep dark brown color with a tan head
  • Nitro poured into the first glass only, no head in the other glasses
  • Metallic smell, strong coffee aroma
  • Coffee taste, but not bitter
  • Vanilla flavor mixed with pleasant Pumpkin flavor, almost like a pumpkin cheesecake



New Belgium: Citradelic Tangerine IPA

  • Fruity hops aroma with a bitter ending
  • Nice head and good carbonation]
  • Golden, orange color and a bit cloudy
  • Juicy, tropical citrus flavors with a strong bitterness and a hint of sweetness
  • Reminds me a little bit of Fanta
  • Perfect, if you celebrate the holidays in a hot climate or are tired of the cinnamon-y/pumpkin flavor profile


St Arnold Brewing Co: Ye Olde Christmas Ale

  • Nice head, stays for a bit creamy, small bubbles
  • Dark copper color, hazy
  • Nice, full aroma with some spice
  • Full bodied beer, nice balance between hops and malts, a hint of caramel sweetness


Alamo Beer Company: Holiday IPA

  • Floral, citrus aroma
  • Red, golden color
  • Crisp and clear
  • Nice head and carbonation
  • A mouth-filling bitterness that stays
  • Well balanced malt with a bitey hops character that has some piney notes


What is your favorite Holiday Craft Beer this season?


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