No beer style inspires the level of heated debate that pumpkin beers do. RedEye's own Kate Bernot and Ernest Wilkins weigh in on the great pumpkin beer debate, though this one may have to be settled with a good old-fashioned arm-wrestling match.
Call me a relativist, but I believe there are no inherently bad beer styles. (I am giving gruit beers the side eye, though.) Yes, there are a few overly spiced, sugar sweet and mapley pumpkin beers out there that are made with exactly zero percent actual pumpkin, but those don't render the entire category awful. Pumpkin beers are a spectrum, a fact I learned well last year when I hosted a pumpkin beer-tasting party at my apartment that netted more than 20 versions of the style. I found some favorites that smelled and tasted complex, properly spiced and like one big gulp of fall in a glass. All you haters just leave more for me. –Kate Bernot, @kbernot