Pumpkin Beer Ice Cream

Pumpkin Beer Ice Cream 1

The last of the beer ice creams.

We’re at the last of the beer ice creams from this weekend’s ice cream making extravaganza. And I saved the best for last, because this final offering – pumpkin beer ice cream – was definitely my favorite. And science will back me up – I had an ice cream taste test with Elpis and Justice and her out of town guests this weekend, and this was their favorite one of the bunch as well.

I made this beer ice cream with Dogfish Head’s Punkin Ale, which I bought because it promised “a full bodied brown ale brewed with real pumpkin, brown sugar, allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg.” In other words, it already sounded like it was on the path to dessert land (more importantly, it was available at the Whole Foods across from work).

Now, from the few pumpkin beers I’ve tasted – and after reading Capital Spice’s excellent notes from their pumpkin beer tasting last week – I can safely say that pumpkin beers run the gamut from the extremely pumpkin-y brews to those that merely “suggest” a pumpkin flavor. The Punkin Ale was a nice mid point – it was sweet and pumpkin-y, but not overwhelmingly so, with malt and spicy notes.

I modified a Williams-Sonoma recipe for regular old pumpkin ice cream, but halved the pumpkin, cut down on the cream, and added the beer. The beer gives the ice cream a hit of malt and spice, with a slight bite from the alcohol, and the pumpkin custard brings out the pumpkin flavors of the ale. Set against the creamy sweetness of the custard, it’s a lovely combination. This ice cream is like eating a creamy, spicy, slightly alcoholic pumpkin pie filling. But I think I like this more than pumpkin pie.

Like I said, ice cream is my great weakness.

Pumpkin Beer Ice Cream 2

You are my favorite. Yes. You.

Note: I have no idea why the original recipe directs you to mix the vanilla and the pumpkin together and let it sit for three to eight hours. I’m sure there are good reasons behind this step, but I really don’t care to know what they are. I added the ingredients at the end, like a normal person, and the final ice cream tasted fine.

Pumpkin Beer Ice Cream
Adapted from Williams-Sonoma
Makes one quart.

1 1/2 cups heavy cream
3⁄4 cup firmly packed dark brown sugar
5 egg yolks
1⁄2 tsp. ground cinnamon
1⁄2 tsp. ground ginger
1⁄4 tsp. salt
1/2 cup canned unsweetened pumpkin puree
1 tsp. vanilla extract
3/4 cup pumpkin beer

In a heavy 2 quart saucepan, combine 1 cup of cream and 1/2 cup of the brown sugar. Warm over medium heat, until small bubbles form at the edges of the mixture – around 5 minutes.

In a medium bowl, combine the egg yolks, ginger, salt, and remaining 1/2 cup cream, and the remaining 1/4 cup brown sugar. Whisk until smooth.

Remove cream mixture from heat. Very slowly add about 1/2 cup of the hot cream mixture to the egg yolk mixture, whisking constantly. Pour the egg yolk mixture into the sauce pan. Cook over medium heat until mixture thickens and coats the back of a spoon (if you run your finger through the mixture on the spoon, it should leave a clean trail). Do not let the custard boil.

In a bowl, whisk together the pumpkin puree and vanilla. Cover and refrigerate for at least 3 hours or up to 8 hours. Strain through a fine mesh sieve into a medium bowl. Cool custard mixture over an ice bath.

When cool, whisk the pumpkin, vanilla, and pumpkin beer into the custard. Cover with plastic wrap, placing the plastic directly on the custard’s surface (this will prevent a skin from forming). Refrigerate until chilled – preferably overnight.

Freeze in an ice cream maker according to manufacturer’s instructions.



  1. Pops De Milk said

    This alone has convinced me to buy the ice cream maker attachment for my stand mixer. I seriously need to make this and I am going in search of pumpkin beer just because it sounds so yummy (plus it makes me think of Harry Potter and all things Autumn lol). Thanks for sharing this!


    • Pixiejen said

      I LOVE anything pumpkin flavored!!! My friends think I’m nuts but I’ll try anything with pumpkin in it. I love fall for that reason (i.e. pumpkin spice lattes at Starbucks.) Thanks for the recipe. I don’t know if I’ll be able to get my hands on pumpkin beer or not but I may have to try.

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    • mordzook said

      dear goodness me. don’t go through the hassle of buying an ice cream maker. you could just get spr drunk on beer and then eat a pumpkin. duh!


  2. Pretty Project said

    OMG! I LOVE pumpkin, I LOVE beer. This is my perfect recipe! 🙂


  3. I’m not particularly fond of beer but this recipie does sound delicious. As a person with a large sweet tooth I was wondering how much the cream and brown sugar block out the bitterness of the beer/ale?

  4. Sebastiane said

    Wow. That looks yummy.

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  6. Wow – what a wonder site you have here – I’m bookmarking now! Found you on the WP front page. I have to try this – I’ve never made pumpkin ice cream and I love Pumpkin Beer, I stock up on it this time of year, every year.

    I’ll be back, Jenna!


  7. King Sheep said

    I love pumpkins. I love beer. I love ice cream. Thanks for bringing them all together.

  8. TinyMorsel said

    What a fantastic idea! If I had an ice cream maker I would be on this STAT. Hmm. Might have to invest.


  9. superalzy said

    Dogfish head is amazing and this recipe is now printed out and ready for me to try it! Thanks!

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  11. This was such a tasty treat- thank you so much for having me, Crystal, and Phil over for a delicious tasting.

    You may have ruined pumpkin beer though- I will always want it to be in ice cream form!

  12. tshendrik said

    Sounds amazing. Must try this.

  13. Guillaume Perreault said

    Dear God. Pumpkin, beer and ice cream… i am stopping at the grocery store right after work!

  14. Phil said

    This one was so good. I wonder if it would pair well with other desserts. Maybe an almond cake or a brown butter cake? My mind seems to always move toward over-indulgence when it comes to dessert. Then again it was delicious on its own!

  15. Gloris said

    beer and icecream. Who knew? Thanks for the “heads” up about pumpkin beer. Gloris

  16. Love that recipe, thanks for using our beer? Do you mind if I post it (with a link to your blog) in the Punkin Ale section of the forum at http://www.dogfish.com?


    Mariah Calagione, Dogfish Head

  17. tiffany said

    Wow, that sounds disgusting, but I’ll try it out!

  18. Jessica said

    That looks REALLY good…and there is no like, beer aftertaste?

  19. Lindsay said

    Thanks so much for the great recipe! I love Dogfish Head Punkin Ale…such a good idea to use it in ice cream. Unfortunately, I now live in a state that does not carry Dogfish head (so sad), but I may go out and find another pumpkin beer to try the recipe. I usually try to make ice cream without eggs so I’ll give it a try with this recipe and let you know how it turns out!

  20. Jawo said

    Wow…that sounds so delicious. I have an Ice Cream maker at home and some DFH Punkin, so going to try it tonight!

  21. keldoo said

    Dying. I am dying.
    I think I will buy an ice cream maker based on this recipe alone.


  22. Machi said

    Wow that is interesting… Would have never thought pumpkin+beer= fantastic ice cream? Ahaha!

  23. Yum… My tastebuds are dancing!

  24. A perfect recipe, combining three of the four basic food groups — sugar, cream, alcohol, plus asa bonus it contains a vegetable. All it’s missing is chocolate.

  25. vdego said

    Thanks for the recipe. I hope Dogfish sells Pumpkin Ale on the California central coast.

  26. Oh my jeebus, I am in love. I can imagine this with some sort of amazing caramel sauce all over it, because I like to gild the lily.

  27. GeoGee said

    I’m definitely going to do this one for Halloween night. It sounds yummy and it’s a different twist from the old humdrum party treats.
    Also this is a very nice blog! Lots of goodies. I’ll surely return.


  28. This sounds delicious. I think I am going to make this as part of my dessert tray for Thanksgiving. Pumpkin chessecake, pie and your ice cream. Thanks for sharing.

  29. Amelia said

    Oh yum. I gotta go get an ice cream maker!

  30. vodkacookies said

    The moment I read the title of your blog post, I can’t resist to read your article!

    It sounds really delish…Brilliant idea!


  31. tangerinefab said

    hmm, that sounds good, but what does beer ice cream exactly taste like? i guess what im saying is, how does the beer effect the flavor? is there an ale aftertaste? or is it simply not there?

  32. Evelyne said

    looks so yummy *slruuups..*

  33. joanthan said

    dude thats so amazing! like you got that from your own Ideas! soo cool!

  34. Wow. Looks superb. Did you drink the beer with the ice cream when it was all done? I’m not sure how that would go. A beer float maybe?!

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  36. I wait all year long for a pumpkin spice latte, a pumpkin muffin, pumpkin bread, pumpkin pie, shipyard pumpkinhead on draft…anything made with pumpkins! This combines pumpkin puree and pumpkin beer, I am sold!

  37. Mike said

    wow, your photos are awesome!

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  39. ghengiskhanh said

    I always wanted to make my own ice cream one day. Never got around to it until I saw your post. I went out, got an ice cream maker and the ingredients. Wonderful job! Dogfish Head should really thank you. The beer itself has sold me on them. Now on to try their IPAs… not for ice cream making of course.

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  42. Will defo be trying this recipe out – thanks for sharing.

  43. Definitely trying this for thanksgiving!

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