Randy Mosher, the beer writer and author of 'Radical Brewing,' says many pumpkin beers underwhelm, but he doesn't hesitate to recommend Southern Tier's Pumking. This beer, which is brewed in Lakewood, New York, is considered an "imperial" pumpkin ale because of its 8.6% ABV. The rich, creamy amber beer smells like pumpkin and delivers just the right amount of cinnamon and nutmeg without making you feel as though you're drinking pie.