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AHA Guideline

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Pumpkin Beer

Pumpkin Beers are any range of color from pale to very dark depending on the underlying style. Clear or hazy beer is acceptable in appearance. Pumpkin or winter squash aromas ranging from subtle to intense should be evident. These beers are any beers using pumpkins (Cucurbito pepo) or winter squash as an adjunct in either the mash, kettle, primary or secondary fermentation, providing obvious (ranging from subtle to intense), yet harmonious, qualities. They may or may not be spiced with other ingredients. Hop and spice aromas should not overpower pumpkin, squash or overall balance of aromas. Spice emphasized beers should be entered in the spice and herb category. Hop aroma is low to medium. Malt sweetness often varies from low to medium high levels. Hop flavor is low to medium, and not overpowering pumpkin or squash characters. Hop bitterness is low to medium-low. Exemplary versions exhibit pumpkin or squash characters, which should not be overpowered by balanced, harmonious hop or spice characters (if present). Body is variable with style. A statement by the brewer explaining the nature of the beer is essential for fair assessment in competitions. If this beer is a classic style with pumpkin, the brewer should also specify the classic style.


  • Original Gravity (°Plato) 1.030 - 1.110 (7.6 - 25.9)
  • Apparent Extract/Final Gravity (°Plato) 1.006 - 1.030 (1.5 - 7.6)
  • Alcohol by Weight (Volume) 2.00% - 9.50% (2.50% - 12.00%)
  • Bitterness (IBU) (5 - 70)
  • Color SRM (EBC) 5 - 50 (10 - 100)