While virtually every other type has been inspired by or evolved from a classic European recipe, pumpkin ale is as American as, well, pumpkin pie. One of its most refreshing expressions is in this version from Brooklyn Brewery. A coppery brew, it is fragrant with baking spices as it pours. But, true to the Brooklyn style, it shows great restraint — exploring how the pumpkin and caramel malt flavors knit together rather than trying to overwhelm the senses. All in all, it’s a food-friendly ale with a dry, hoppy bite and an earthy, autumn-scented finish.