I've tried several, and I have never been overly enthusiastic about any of them (however, the Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale is quite good). This year, I tasted two new (to me) pumpkin-based beverages:
Woodchuck Pumpkin Cider & Shipyard Brewing Company's Pumpkin-head Ale
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Cost: I payed around $10 for a six pack, including tax. May be cheaper in Texas or in the Northeast.
Good God, why not? That's what I thought after first sampling Pumpkinhead Ale at the Epcot Food & Wine Festival in Florida this year. While Beer Advocate gives this light-colored brew a dismal rating, my husband and I were frankly surprised. Eleven pounds of pumpkin truly impart a pumpkiny flavor, without all those superfluous spices getting in the way. Sure, sometimes I want a beer with hints of cloves and ginger. If that's the only sort of harvest beer you like, you won't enjoy this. God and Maine intended this 5.1% ale to be enjoyed on a warm Indian-summer fall day. I've tried this out of a room-temperature glass, out of the bottle like a heathen, and out of a frosty glass. I recommend the room-temperature glass, as the flavors have a chance to warm to full potential.
Cost: I only bought it in Florida, where the price was very reasonable (around $5 a bottle in a restaurant).