About Flavored Ale

About Flavored Ale
This category is, practically speaking, a catchall for beers that don’t fit neatly in an existing category. Flavored ales may be flavored with, or affected by, the addition of unusual ingredients including chocolate, coffee, chili peppers or even juniper. In addition, the base beer may be related to almost any classic beer style. Given the variation possible in this category, there are no established standards for appearance, aroma or flavor. Instead, beers in this category are defined by a pleasing combination of the beer’s elements, and overall drinkability. Noteworthy examples of this style include: Williams Brothers Alba Scots Pine Ale, Southern Tier Pumking and Dogfish Head Punkin Ale.

Top Picks for Flavored Ale

Stevens Point Brewery Harvest Craft Creations Pumpkin Peach
95 points
Copper color. Fresh, spicy aromas and flavors of apple pie and peach cobbler with a velvety, lively, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a graceful, compelling, medium-length finish that exhibits accents of pumpkin pie and lettuces finish. A nicely composed pumpkin beer with a fruity-yet-dry twist.
Argus Brewery Golden Prairie Honey Ginger Beer
94 points
Pale clear light gold color. Aromas of plantain, vanilla bean, saltine cracker, and lavender with a silky, spritzy, dry-yet-fruity light-to-medium body and a seamless, captivating, brisk candied lemon peel, sesame, candied ginger, and coconut flake finish. A snappy, tasty ginger flavored beer that will be versatile.
Stevens Point Brewery Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale
93 points
Cloudy copper color. Attractive, toasty aromas of fresh pumpkin cheesecake, carrot cake, and cinnamon roll with a supple, finely carbonated, fruity medium body and a smooth, distinctive, long crusty apple pie, chestnut toffee, and spiced melon finish. A remarkably attractive and super tasty pumpkin spice beer.
Samuel Adams Tropic of Yuzu Flavored Ale
92 points
Bright gold color. Toasty, spicy aromas and flavors of frosted spice cake, yuzu-ginger relish, and cracked celery with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, medium-length finish with accents of lemongrass and lime leaves, bitter greens, and honey buttered toast finish. A nice exotically citrusy and herbal beer that will be great with Asian dishes.
Awards: 2017 Best Fruit Flavored Ale
Aviator Brewing Company Cucumber Lime Saison de Aviator
91 points
Dull amber color. Vegetal aromas and flavors of cucumber salad, melon balls, and lime cupcake with a supple, tangy, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium-to-full body and a tingling, intricate, long finish with notes of pepper-herb muffin and lime granita finish. A super fun cucumber ale for instant refreshment.
Potosi Brewing Company Stingy Jack Pumpkin Ale
91 points
Deep amber color. Spicy aromas and flavors of pumpkin pie and zucchini bread with a supple, vibrant, finely carbonated, dry-yet-fruity medium body and a tingling, interesting, long finish revealing notes of pepper, radicchio, and dried citrus finish. A snappy and refreshing, well-hopped pumpkin beer with emphasis on the peppery end of the spice spectrum.
Revelation Craft Brewing Co-Conspirator Apricot Sour Ale
90 points
Hazy light gold color. Aromas of dried peach and apricot, grain husks, and dried pineapple with a satiny, tart, petillant, fruity light-to-medium body and a nuanced, medium-long corn masa, birch water, and toasted baguette finish. A nice evolving palate makes one beg for another sip of this interesting fruited sour.
Stawski Classic Honey Beer
90 points
Gold color. Aromas of buttered corn husk, fresh baked baguette, and hint of chestnut honey and caramel with a supple, crisp, finely carbonated, fruity light-to-medium body and a tingling, delightful, medium-long apple butter and honey on toast, ripe pear and honeydew melon, and peppered watercress finish. A pure and tasty honey flavored ale with nice length, balance, and solid beer character underneath the fruity sweetness.
Samuel Adams Fat Jack Pumpkin Ale
90 points
Dark copper color. Spicy aromas and flavors of spiced nuts and zucchini bread toast with a silky, bright, finely carbonated, dryish medium body and a silky, engaging, relaxed finish displaying notes of yams and lettuce finish. A nice dry, chewy take on the often too-sweet pumpkin beer style.
Lift Bridge Beer Company Mango Blonde Ale
89 points
Minutely hazy pale gold color. Weird aromas of white bread, rosemary oil, dried orange peel, and almond croissant with a lean, soft, finely carbonated, off-dry thin body and a graceful, short wheat toast, orange marmalade, apricot pit, and pressed flowers finish. A crushable and balanced mango-y refresher.