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Pumpkin Spice Beer

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Category: Hybrid

Style Description

This is the description of how the Pumpkin Spice Beer style of beer should taste, feel and look. However, there may be perfectly fine beers in this style that fall outside of these ranges and descriptions. This information is just to show the most commonly accepted ranges for the Pumpkin Spice Beer beer style.

These are any beers using pumpkins (Cucurbita pepo) or winter squash as an adjunct in either the mash, kettle, primary or secondary fermentation. Pumpkin or squash may not be present or may range from subtle to intense. They are spiced with other ingredients whose character should be present and in balance. While cinnamon, allspice, clove and nutmeg are common spices added to American-type pumpkin beers, other spices may be used. For example, a brewer could replicate a Wit-Pumpkin spiced beer by using orange peel and coriander. When using these guidelines as the basis for evaluating entries at competitions, brewers may be asked to provide supplemental information about entries in this category to allow for accurate evaluation of diverse entries. Such information might include the underlying beer style upon which the entry is based, or other information unique to the entry such as spice(s) used, pumpkin or squash used if any and related processing, or other factors which influence perceived sensory outcomes.

  • Color: Can vary from pale to very dark depending on the underlying style
  • Body: Varies with underlying style
  • Malt Flavors & Aromas: Can vary from low to medium-high depending on the underlying style
  • Hop Flavors & Aromas: None to medium and should not overpower spice, pumpkin or squash, if present, or overall balance of aromas and flavors.
  • IBUs/Bitterness: Low to medium-low
  • Fermentation Characteristics: Typical of underlying beer style

Brewing Properties of Pumpkin Spice Beer

These are the functional brewing properties of Pumpkin Spice Beer beers, as descided by the Brewers Association. These guidelines reflect, as accurately as possible, the historical significance, authenticity or a common profile in the current commercial beer market.

The alcohol by volume is shows the amount of alcohol this style of beer should have.
2.5 - 12.0%
The International Bittering Units (IBU) scale is used to approximately quantify the actual (not perceived) bitterness of beer.
5 - 35 IBUs
SRM is a scale for measuring the color intensity of a beer. Low SRM grains impart a pale straw color while higher values mean it will add a darker color to the wort. Learn more »
5 - 50 SRM
(10 - 99 EBC)
Original Gravity
Original Gravity (OG) is a measure of the sugar content in the wort before alcoholic fermentation has started to produce the beer.
1.030 - 1.110
Final Gravity
The Final Gravity (FG) is how much sugar is left over in the beer when fermentation is complete.
1.006 - 1.030

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Based on Brewers Association 2020 Beer Style Guidelines with changes. Used with permission of Brewers Association.