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    Pumpkin beers

    It seems to be that time of year. At least it is around here. I'm seeing more and more pumpkin brews popping up in local stores. Tonight I had a dogfish head punkin and it was a very solid brew. I have a few cigar city good gourds put back and I'm looking to get some southern tier pumking when it hits stores.

    Anything else worth grabbing up? Do you have a favorite or must try beer in this style?
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    grabbed the sam adams fall harvest pack. their pumpkin beer was unpalatable to me. so spiced and gross imo. i don't really like spiced beers though.

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    Pumpkinhead Ale from Fernie Brewing, small batch production, sells out fast, only in a few places in Western Canada...

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    To me pumpkin ale is something to drink when the leaves are changing not the middle of August. It seems to me at least that seasonal brews are coming out earlier and earlier each year. Maybe it is just one brewery trying to get a jump on the others but it is a turn off for me.

    My favorite pumpkin ale was my very first one I tried, North Hampton (MA) Brewery.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Possum Jones View Post
    It seems to be that time of year. At least it is around here. I'm seeing more and more pumpkin brews popping up in local stores. Tonight I had a dogfish head punkin and it was a very solid brew. I have a few cigar city good gourds put back and I'm looking to get some southern tier pumking when it hits stores.

    Anything else worth grabbing up? Do you have a favorite or must try beer in this style?
    We have had ST Pumking on shelves for 2 weeks now in Daytona.We get DFH next week.I suggest you try Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin or Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin.Mike
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    Quote Originally Posted by smokinoak View Post
    We have had ST Pumking on shelves for 2 weeks now in Daytona.We get DFH next week.I suggest you try Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin or Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin.Mike
    I'm up in jax and no pumking?!?! Wtf?
    I've seen the shipyard around. I'll give it a shot. I'll keep my eye out for the weyerbacher.
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    I think Pumpking is overrated. It's very sweet, and doesn't contain enough pumpkin flavor for me. I've made a pumpkin ale that beat out Pumpking in a few blinded taste tests for that same reason - people thought ST's beer didn't have enough of the pumpkin flavor.

    I agree with smokinoak about the Weyerbacher suggestion. Definitely the best pumkin ale I've had to date.

    And for those looking to make pumpkin ale at home...be warned: it's a huge PITA!

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    Weyerbacher Imperial
    DFH Punkin runs a distant second.

    ST Pumking is decent, but extremely sweet. It's probably Southern Tier's big bottle release that I'm the least impressed with.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino View Post
    And for those looking to make pumpkin ale at home...be warned: it's a huge PITA!
    Huh? It really isn't much more trouble than AG. Make wort, start to boil, add roasted pumpkins. No need to mash pumpkins, they are made out of fruit sugars.... Though, everyone has a favorite way to make pumpkin ales. If you are worried about starch haze, make a darker wort...

    Bonus - If you like pumpkin pie, collect the pumpkins from the boiled wort - simmer/or roast again to dry them out some, then make a pie. (too much moisture causes pumkin pie to not turn out right - experience speaking)

    I've been making 'em for years - my wife just loves the stuff. Me, meh, not a fan of pumkins....
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    If you really want to try some pumpkin beers, head up here to Seattle in October:

    Elysian Annual Great Pumpkin Fest

    Elysian has been running the festival for 5 or 6 years now, and it has grown to 3 sessions and thousands of people. There are 60 pumpkin beers from more than 25 breweries, including a festival tradition, a version of their Night Owl ale that has been conditioned inside a gigantic pumpkin. Many of the beers are actually drinkable...though the pumpkin-conditioned one is usually not one of them...

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    Quote Originally Posted by debaucherous View Post
    Huh? It really isn't much more troube than AG. Make wort, start to boil, add roasted pumpkins. No need to mash pumpkins, they are made out of fruit sugars....

    Bonus - If you like pumpkin pie, collect the pumpkins from the boiled wort - simmer/or roast again to dry them out some, then make a pie. (too much moisture causes pumkin pie to not turn out right - experience speaking)

    I've been making 'em for years - my wife just loves the stuff. Me, meh, not a fan of pumkins....
    Adding pumpkins only the boil is decent, but I feel that it doesn't impart enough flavor (based upon my last few pumpkin homebrews). I keep my pumpkins in the boil and then the primary, which adds flavor and headaches when siphoning to the secondary.

    Last time I made the mistake of pureeing the roasted pumpkin flesh (roasted with brown sugar and maple syrup) which made siphoning a huge PITA. I pureed because the consensus over at homebrewtalk is that pureeing makes for better flavored beer. The siphon kept getting clogged, and it was hard to avoid oxygen contamination. I don't have a conical fermenter so dealing with 6 inches of trub/puree is a pain. At least the beer tasted awesome!

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    And I know it's not exactly a pumpkin beer, but The Bruery's Autumn Maple is a pretty delicious fruit beer perfect for Fall. From their site:

    Brewed with 17 lbs. of yams per barrel (in other words, a lot of yams!), this autumn seasonal is a different take on the "pumpkin" beer style. Brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, molasses, and maple syrup, and fermented with our traditional Belgian yeast strain, this bold and spicy beer is perfect on a cold autumn evening.

    An awesome 10.5% beer that's great to share with a friend. If you can find an older bottle of the Barrel-Aged version of Autumn Maple, GET IT. Delicious.

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    And continuing on in this thread, Cigar City's Good Gourd (Imperial Pumpkin Ale) and Midnight Sun's Treat (Imperial Chocolate Pumpkin Porter) are two other excellent pumpkin ales that are more well-rounded than ST's Pumpking.

    I've heard great things of Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale, but I haven't tried it yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jtmartino View Post
    And I know it's not exactly a pumpkin beer, but The Bruery's Autumn Maple is a pretty delicious fruit beer perfect for Fall. From their site:

    Brewed with 17 lbs. of yams per barrel (in other words, a lot of yams!), this autumn seasonal is a different take on the "pumpkin" beer style. Brewed with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, molasses, and maple syrup, and fermented with our traditional Belgian yeast strain, this bold and spicy beer is perfect on a cold autumn evening.

    An awesome 10.5% beer that's great to share with a friend. If you can find an older bottle of the Barrel-Aged version of Autumn Maple, GET IT. Delicious.
    There is only one place in town that has any Bruery beers and they have to drive across the state to get it. I picked up a mischief and saison de lente. I'm excited to try them out, but they have to wait their turn haha. That autumn maple sounds delicious.
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    The bruery Atumn Maple is soo good, Southern Tier does a damn good pumpkin beer called pumking...
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    Quote Originally Posted by Possum Jones View Post
    There is only one place in town that has any Bruery beers and they have to drive across the state to get it. I picked up a mischief and saison de lente. I'm excited to try them out, but they have to wait their turn haha. That autumn maple sounds delicious.
    At least you can get Good Gourd! That's in my top 5 for sure!

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    I had Fat Jack, Double pumpkin the other day. Not bad. It did seem to have a over the top molasses taste thou.

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    I think someone already mentioned the Shipyard...it is a must have, I loved every ounce of it. I am not sure if you get it down there but look out for Shlayfly's Pumpkin Ale was very good as well, the spices are more pronounced than most others I have had.

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    A couple of more months before we should be talking about pumpkin brews.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Canyon93108 View Post
    A couple of more months before we should be talking about pumpkin brews.
    Except that they're being brewed now and released next month. Just like how Valentine's stuff replaces the Christmas decorations at the store.

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    I picked up some weyerbacher imp pumpkin today. I passed on the pumking.

    I got some more Bruery beers today too. A Saison Rue and Trade Winds trippel. My collection is getting rather ridiculous
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    Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela is my favorite. Great sour with a hint of pumpkin. Wonderful. I was at Cigar City yesterday and had some fresh, draft Good Gourd.

    Not to hijack, but they had a fresh batch of Zuhkov on tap with a nitro pour. Freaking great.

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    I'm really hoping to try some Saint Arnold's Pumpkinator this year. It's a pumpkin stout, which sounds pretty interesting to me. I have to time my trips to Texas to try to find it. Anyone ever had any?

    Saint Arnold Brewing Company - Pumpkinator

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    What about Averys Rumpkin,always hear good things about it.Never had it,would like too.
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    If you can find it, treat yourself to Southern Tier's Pumpking.

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    I'm going to try one this fall, are there any light pumpkin beers?

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    Buffalo Bills in Hayward has a tasty seasonal pumpkin beer! Always look fwd to this time of year to pick up a sixer for post ride recovery drinks.

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    So far I've had weyerbacher Imp pumpkin, cigar city good gourd, dogfish head punkin, and southern tier pumpking. That would be the order I'd rank them according to taste. The weyerbacher was way better than the rest IMO.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Possum Jones View Post
    So far I've had weyerbacher Imp pumpkin, cigar city good gourd, dogfish head punkin, and southern tier pumpking. That would be the order I'd rank them according to taste. The weyerbacher was way better than the rest IMO.
    That's exactly how I'd rank them too. Funny how over-hyped the Pumpking has gotten in recent years.

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    Just had the Fegley's Devious Imperial last night, which I would now add pretty high on my list. Spicy, 9% ABV. Not sure how widely outside of PA Fegley's is distributed.

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    I'm probably in the minority but I'm not a fan of pumpkin beers. I've lived in the south all my life and it's still hot from August to November. Pumpkin beer sucks in the heat. When it gets cold, or what you northerners would probably call fall temps, I'll drink the heck out of some stouts and porters.

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    Sam Adams Pumpkin is ok, but like most flavored beers I can only drink a few.

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    Schlafly from St. Louis has a pretty good Pumpkin Ale, probably about the only one I've tried that's not too much.

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    I started drinking Pumpkin beers last year. I had many different ones and ended up really enjoying the Wyerbacher and Saranac.

    This year I found Riverhorse making a Imperial Pumpkin ale which I did not have last year and just became my overall favorite.

    I gotta be honest here , Riverhorse also has become my favorite brewer. Last year the Oatmeal Milk stout quickly became my favorite all around stout.

    I strongly suggest trying the Riverhorse Imperial Pumpkin Ale.

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    Fegley's Devious Imperial Pumpkin IS really good. Shipyard and Wyerbacher are also good.

    *Best way to enjoy a pumpkin beer*
    rinse your pint glass
    coat the rim of the glass in a cinnamon sugar mixture
    pour in you beer, toast to the occasion, drink and enjoy!

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    Quote Originally Posted by brianW. View Post
    It seems to me at least that seasonal brews are coming out earlier and earlier each year. Maybe it is just one brewery trying to get a jump on the others but it is a turn off for me.
    This is SO true! And it annoys me as well
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    Lucky Bucket pumpkin ale is pretty good. Not sure where they distribute it at. They are a local brewer here. In a couple of weeks they are having a bike ride/beer party at the brewery.

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    I've had Pumking and Schafly's Pumpkin Ale. I prefer Schaflys over the Pumking. I'm trying to find some DFH Pumpkin to try.

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    I picked up some Wasatch Pumpkin Ale yesterday. I've been a long time fan of the DFH Punkin so I judge all others on it. The Wasatch is a little too sweet for my tastes, but it has good flavor otherwise.

    Trying to get my beer shop to try out some other pumpkin beer that is mentioned here. They should at least be able to get the St. Arnold's. They already carry some of their stuff, and that brewery is only a couple hours down the road from here, anyway.

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    So far this fall (even though it's not fall yet) I've had Shipyard Brewing's Pumpkin beer, Dogfish Punkin, and right now I'm drinking Harpoon's UFO Pumpkin. All 3 are good beers, you really can't go wrong with any of them. My all time fav pumpkin beers are Screamin Pumpkin made by Michigan brewing and Southampton Publick house Pumpkin.

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    4 Peaks Brewery in Tempe makes a Pumpkin Porter that is by far the best pumpkin beer I've ever had, and high on my list of all time favorite beers. I think porters and stouts lend themselves better to pumpkin creations. I have been brewing my own version of pumpkin porter for years now, it took 3 iterations, but I think I have it nailed now. As jtmartino said, it is a huge PITA. I leave the pumpkin in the primary, and siphoning off into secondary is a very tedious process. I have a batch that has been aging for 2 years now. I haven't tasted it since last year, but It was continuing to get better month by month. This year I am a little less optimistic, but after reading this thread, i think its time to sample it again.

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    Had DFH Punkin, which is really great tasting and I have some stored away for the cooler fall temps. Anyone notice the logo has fangs. Also tried Terrapin Pumpkinfest which was good. Need to pick up some SouthernTier soon.

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    The Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin sucks, I tried the Fat Jack Double Pumpkin and it was ok at best. I always keep going back to Shipyard Pumpkinhead as my favorite pumpkin beer

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    Dogfish Head- Punk
    Avery- Rumpkin

    Solid fall beers!

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    For me, Southern Tier's Pumpking is the choice hands down.

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    Epic Brewing Imperial Pumpkin Porter is terrific. I'm not a big fan of flavored beers but this one is a winner. Not too much pumpkin gives the beer a great balance.

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    Pumpkin?...Seriously?

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    Quote Originally Posted by evilcat View Post
    Pumpkin?...Seriously?
    Apparently my above comment as to why anyone would want to mix pumpkin and beer was found so offensive that a couple of spineless doucebags who don't have the balls to identify themselves would hit me with negative rep for my opinion that pumpkin and beer sounds pretty strange to me.

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    Quote Originally Posted by InvictaS1 View Post
    So far this fall (even though it's not fall yet) I've had Shipyard Brewing's Pumpkin beer, Dogfish Punkin, and right now I'm drinking Harpoon's UFO Pumpkin. All 3 are good beers, you really can't go wrong with any of them. My all time fav pumpkin beers are Screamin Pumpkin made by Michigan brewing and Southampton Publick house Pumpkin.
    X 2 on the Harpoon's UFO Pumpkin.....although can only drink 2 or so like most flavored brews....
    There are two paths you can go by but in the long run........

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    Quote Originally Posted by evilcat View Post
    Apparently my above comment as to why anyone would want to mix pumpkin and beer was found so offensive that a couple of spineless doucebags who don't have the balls to identify themselves would hit me with negative rep for my opinion that pumpkin and beer sounds pretty strange to me.
    I'm curious , have you ever had a craft beer before?

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