Pumpkin Ale

A refreshing pumpkin ale based on an English pale ale beer recipe for your fall festivities. You can use fresh pumpkin or if you must, canned, just get it without anything added like spices or sugar.

One thing you should be aware of is not thinking that you want to add more spices. The beer will turn out very astringent (at best) if you add more than the suggested amount of spices.

To caramelize the pumpkin, just put it in a large sheet pan in the oven at 450° F (235°C) until light brown on top. You can also do this on top of the stove if you do smaller batches. The roasting of the pumpkin will bring out the nuttiness in the beer.


Please note that the ABV and OG/FG are estimates and should be higher than stated. It is impossible to know ahead of time how much sugar your pumpkin will have. The numbers given are for the base beer recipe without any pumpkin added.

This beer should age well since the alcohol is moderately high.

Recipe Details

Batch Size Boil Time IBU SRM Est. OG Est. FG ABV
5 gal 90 min 56.9 IBUs 17.4 SRM 1.046 SG 1.014 SG 4.2 %

Style Details

Name Cat. OG Range FG Range IBU SRM Carb ABV
Specialty, Experimental, Historical Beer 24 1.03 - 1.11 1.006 - 1.024 5 - 70 5 - 50 2 - 2.8 2.5 - 12 %


Name Amount %
Pale Malt (2 Row) UK 8 lbs 86.49
Caramel/Crystal Malt - 80L 1 lbs 10.81
Roasted Barley 4 oz 2.7


Name Amount Time Use Form Alpha %
Cascade 2 oz 90 min Boil Pellet 5.4
Cascade 0.5 oz 20 min Boil Pellet 5.4
Williamette 0.5 oz 2 min Boil Pellet 5.5


Name Amount Time Use Type
Coriander Seed 0.25 oz 20 min Boil Spice
Orange Zest 1.00 oz 10 min Boil Spice
Cinnamon Stick 0.10 oz 10 min Boil Spice
Coriander Seed 0.25 oz 5 min Boil Spice


Name Lab Attenuation Temperature
London Ale (WLP013) White Labs 71% 66°F - 71°F


Step Temperature Time
Mash In 154°F 60 min
Recipe Type
Experience Level