Harvest Pumpkin Ale by Blue Moon Brewing Co
Available at Wise Guys in 12pk bottles for $13.99
Beer Style: Pumpkin Ale - Story has it that the early settlers who were short on traditional malts added pumpkin to their brews, leading to pumpkin ales.
Appearance: Pours copper with a 1⁄4 inch initial head
Aroma: Pumpkin, cinnamon, spice, nutmeg and wheat beer aromas
Mouthfeel: Faint creaminess, somewhat dry
Taste: As the style suggests, heavy on the cinnamon and spice with some pumpkin in background
Overall: This was my first pumpkin beer many years ago. It really hasn't changed too much, very heavy on the cinnamon and allspice. The cinnamon and allspice linger until the pumpkin and clove appear toward the finish.
I think for someone who is just exploring the style, Blue Moon is a good start and is typically readily available during the season.