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Pumpkin beers jumped the shark?

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by WassailWilly, Dec 24, 2012.

  1. I really laid off the pumpkin aspect this year.... To many posers out there for me.. Anyone else feel this way ?
  2. gtermi

    gtermi Champion (790) Texas Apr 21, 2010

    I just sticked to the ones I know and the higher rated ones on here
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  3. litheum94

    litheum94 Advocate (675) California Dec 29, 2008

    I think the term "Jumped the Shark" has jumped the shark.
    MCorrea, gkatsoris, Ford and 17 others like this.
  4. Jumped the pumpkin then ?
  5. LOCAL

    LOCAL Savant (325) New Hampshire Oct 29, 2006

    It jumped the shark the second any pumpkin was added to any beer IMO.
  6. I bought some from ST and DFH this year. I'm a sucker for seasonal things (not just beer). Oh well
  7. haddon

    haddon Savant (285) Kentucky Jul 13, 2009

    pumpkin sucks.
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  8. Marti403

    Marti403 Advocate (565) Michigan Jul 23, 2011 Beer Trader

    Since Screamin Pumpkin was gone, pumpkin beers just weren't the same this year.
  9. Circleo12

    Circleo12 Advocate (640) South Carolina Nov 12, 2012 Beer Trader

    Nah, I still buying pumpkin beers, best time to buy them is right now, when they are being cleared out. $24 for a case? Sign me up.
  10. BB1313

    BB1313 Poobah (1,010) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    Pumpkin Ales used to be my one of my favorite styles. I used to be obsessed with them. I still love em, but the style seems to lose its magic for me each year. I agree there's too many middle of the road pumpkin ales and not enough unique standout examples, like ST Pumking for example. I really need to try some Schlafly's and CC Good Gourd..
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  11. rocdoc1

    rocdoc1 Savant (460) New Mexico Jan 13, 2006

    Pumpkin+Beer=nastiness. WTF do people enjoy in beer that tastes like one aspect or another of pumpkin pie? I have 4 or 5 in my beer room that people have given me, and I can't find anybody who'll take them off my hands(no shipping, if you want them come get them)
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  12. Weyerbacher Imp Pumpkin and ST Pumpking are solid winners IMHO
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  13. spitshaded

    spitshaded Savant (345) Virginia Nov 12, 2012

    I love Fall because I love pumpkin-flavored anything & always loved the idea of pumpkin beers, but very few ever lived up to what I would hope a pumpkin beer to be. The only ones I've had that met my expectations were Southern Tier, Schlafly, & Williamsburg Alewerks. Everything else just felt like an ok beer with pumpkin pie spices thrown in. I would like to try some of the Elysian pumpkin beers though.
  14. n2185

    n2185 Advocate (715) North Carolina Apr 14, 2008 Beer Trader

    Pumpkin ales are an interesting style. Or rather, people's reactions to pumpkin ales are interesting. No other style outside of adjunct lagers seems to inspire so much hostility. Most styles if people don't like them, they just avoid them. A lot of people here act like pumpkin ales are an abomination to beerdom and shouldn't even be brewed.

    Personally, I love pumpkin ales, but they're a fairly hit-or-miss style. There are some really great pumpkin ales out there, but there are even more really crappy ones that just taste like fermented nutmeg and allspice juice.
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  15. Knapp85

    Knapp85 Champion (830) Pennsylvania Dec 25, 2009 Beer Trader

    I highly recommend the CC Good Gourd.
  16. Get the Southern Tier Pumking. I think it is the standard the others are judged by.
  17. strangebrew321

    strangebrew321 Savant (425) Indiana Feb 18, 2009 Beer Trader

    I didn't drink nearly as much pumpkin beer this year as l did last year. But it had nothing to do with any "posers", I simply wasn't in the mood for them. The more beer l drink, the more l realize l only really get excited about IPA's, stouts, barleywines, some sours, and anything barrel aged.
    Oh yeah, and dark strong Belgians still kick ass.
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  18. TNGabe

    TNGabe Initiate (0) Tennessee Feb 6, 2012

    I don't think I'm being judgemental when I say "Pumpkin beers suck and if you generally like them, you have bad taste.'

    As an aside, when did 'jumped the shark' jump the shark? Maybe porked the pumpkin can be the new BA idiom.
  19. supermodified

    supermodified Savant (330) Ohio Nov 28, 2012

    I don't think pumpkin beers, Pumking in particular, age very well. I bought three Pumkings when I first saw them early in September. I tried one immediately and was blown away by the pumpkin pie smell/taste. I opened the next one on Halloween and the smell/taste had diminished significantly. I had the last one a few days after that and it, too, had faded to a shadow of its former glory. While the Pumking hate veers off into irrationality to some extent, this might be a legitimate complaint to explain some of the anger.

    Of course I had some Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale that had likely been on the grocery shelf for weeks and that tasted as good as the fresh ones I bought, so I could be wrong (or Pumking might truly suck.)

    This season I tried Pumking, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale, Sixpoint Autumnation, and DFH Punkin Ale. The fresh Pumking blew away the Weyerbacher for the "pumpkin pie" type pumpkin beer, but the Weyerbacher was better than the old Pumkings. The Smuttynose was better than the DFH for the straight-up pumpkin type beer (and was a consistently solid pumpkin beer.)

    Autumnation doesn't even taste like pumpkin. I didn't pay attention when I bought it and I drank two without realizing they were pumpkin beers.
  20. AndrewBV

    AndrewBV Savant (285) Connecticut Jul 13, 2012

    I'll echo the positive sentiment for Smuttynose's Pumpkin Ale.
  21. supermodified

    supermodified Savant (330) Ohio Nov 28, 2012

    I forgot that I had tried the collaboration between Epic Brewing and DC Brau, Fermentation Without Representation, a pumpkin porter. This was outstanding! I went back and bought another bomber the next day.

  22. Had the Chatoe Rogue Pumpkin Patch ale that I thought was pretty awesome. As a beer it was good, as a pumpkin ale, it's the best I've had of the style.
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  23. superspak

    superspak Poobah (1,285) Michigan May 5, 2010 Beer Trader

    Problems with pumpkin beer? Nope, Personally I have no problems with fruit/veg/spiced style beers when done right. I had the Elysian Night owl this year, and it was absolutely incredible. One of the most balanced spiced beers I have ever had. I am looking forward to getting my hands on some more Elysian pumpkin ales next year when I can.

    I really havent had too many Pumpkin beers this year though; I was more focused on O-fests this season. Looking forward to the couple I have left like the Rogue first growth Pumpkin.
  24. Blueribbon666

    Blueribbon666 Advocate (625) Ohio Jul 4, 2008

    Never been a fan of pumpkin beers or Christmas beers, mainly because of the spices. I may try them but I prefer the styles that the fall & winter seasons bring. With all the hype they bring it keeps the other seasonal offerings flying just under the radar. Make it hearty, lose the spices or at least those spices.
  25. Reagan1984

    Reagan1984 Advocate (720) Massachusetts May 15, 2008 Beer Trader

    These are the exact two that I purchase every year. In fact, Pumking is my beer for Patriots games. Bought a case at the beginning of the season... I don't think Pumpkin beers have "jumped the shark" in any fashion. I comsume what I believe are the best representations for about three months, and then they are gone until next year.

    The great news is that we each get to choose what we drink.
  26. Jfriz25

    Jfriz25 Savant (350) Wisconsin Jun 8, 2012 Beer Trader

    I got an AleWerks Pumpkin as an extra and it turned out to be my favorite of the season. Better than Schlafly. I agree that as a whole there are more duds than standouts.
  27. kzoobrew

    kzoobrew Champion (870) Michigan May 8, 2006

    There are some really good Pumpkin beers, there are some really bad pumpkin beers.
    There are some really good IPAs, there are some really bad IPAs.
    There are some really good beers, there are some really bad beers.

    Fuck, I think beer has jumped the shark.
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  28. I'd agree that there are far too many middle of the road (or shittier) pumpkin ales out there.
    I'm a big fan of pumpkin in general so beer with pumpkin is always appealing. Pumking is my favorite in the style and I don't see myself wasting any money on others next fall.
  29. I'll second theSixthRing. Rogue Chatoe Pumpkin Patch was #1 this year. Turns out using fresh ingredients actually does make a difference.
  30. I had my first pumpkin ale about 15 years ago and hated it. So a few years later, when I started getting into crafts I steered clear of the pumpkin ales every fall. In fact, I hated going to the distributor every autumn to see the "march of the pumpkins," which only got bigger year after year. Eventually (last year) my curiosity got the best of me and I decided to revisit the style and was pleasantly surprised. ST, Weyerbacher, DFH, Smutty - all were quite enjoyable. Of course, with any style you have your standout suckass brews. This year I found that to be Long Trail Imperial Pumpkin. Just awful. I can't believe they let it leave the brewery with the expectation that people would turn over their hard earned dollars in exchange for it.
  31. Derranged

    Derranged Advocate (555) New York Mar 7, 2010

    I only had 3 pumpkin ales this year, Saranac, DFH and Southern Tier. Saranac was awfully bland and I did not like DFH at all. I'm not sure what was going on with that one.

    Southern Tier was really good, third year in a row I've had it.
  32. beernut

    beernut Savant (350) New Jersey Jun 6, 2008

    I think I agree with you. I loved pumpkin beers, but for some reason this year I just couldn't stomach them, they tasted fine, it was my stomach, I always felt like puking after one. This could be the end, it was great while it lasted.
  33. Docrock

    Docrock Advocate (625) Illinois Jan 21, 2012 Beer Trader

    I think the obvious term would be " Chunked the Pumpkin".

    Have not had one I cared for yet, DFH sold out here as soon as it was on the shelves, probably should have purchased Southern Tier based on what I read above.
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  34. I love me some Rumpkin.
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  35. leedorham

    leedorham Champion (855) Washington Apr 27, 2006

    I am not too big on pumpkin beers and rarely buy them in bottles. However, I'm a huge fan of the pumpkin festival idea. Elysian has a really neat thing going serving beer out of giant gourds and they even brought a sort of mini-festival to my town last year.

    Even if it is a gimmick, I think it's a really fun gimmick and hope the tradition grows and spreads.
  36. BeerNDoggerel

    BeerNDoggerel Savant (455) Illinois Mar 13, 2011 Subscriber

    My question is, did pumpkin beers jump the gun this year?

    Seems like they were released earlier this year than ever before. For some reason, I think of pumpkin anything between Halloween and Thanksgiving, but when I inquired (around the first week in November) about good pumpkin ales at my local (very good) beer shop, I as told they had come and gone many weeks earlier.

    Can anyone explain this to me? Does it have to do with harvest schedule and freshness?
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  37. dmeadows

    dmeadows Savant (320) New York Aug 6, 2002

    Beers don't jump anything. It's the Breweries and brewers who do the jumping.
  38. ECalebrews449

    ECalebrews449 Savant (425) Nebraska Dec 23, 2012 Beer Trader

    I do think the Pumpkin beers came out a little early this year, but that's what happens with seasonal beers. I really liked the Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, and Buffalo Bills Pumpkin Ale.
  39. Uinta Oak Jacked Pumpkin made me a believer again. And I'm still dying to try Rumpkin
  40. brys82

    brys82 Disciple (65) North Carolina Dec 18, 2012

    Not all pumpkin beers are created equal. Some of the best - Pumpking, Cottonwood, Weyerbacher and Heavy Seas Greater Pumpkin. Not that impressed with others....