About Specialty Ales

About Specialty Ales
This category is, practically speaking, a catchall for beers that don’t fit neatly in an existing category. Specialty beers may be flavored with, or affected by, unusual ingredients (ginger, chipotle peppers) or fermentation agents (Brettanomyces, Lactobacillus), or brewed with unusual fermentables (buckwheat, sweet potatoes, maple syrup). This category also features the growing number of ultra-high gravity “extreme” beers that push the limits of alcohol. 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.

Top Picks for Specialty Ales

Pagosa Brewing Company Great Pumpkin Specialty Ale
92 points
A great English Brown Ale accented by warm seasonal flavors.
Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Gold Medal - Best Specialty Ale
State of Brewing Pumpkin Ale
88 points
$6.99
A fun and tasty pumpkin brown ale with a cocoa-dusted finish that is sure to please holiday revelers.
88 points $6.99
Shortfuse Brewing Very Bad Kids Fruited Sour Ale
87 points
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Awards: 2022 World Beer Championships Silver Medal