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Your Favorite Pumpkin Beers

Discussion in 'Beer Talk' started by drmcleod10, Aug 7, 2014.

  1. drmcleod10

    drmcleod10 Advocate (515) Missouri Oct 14, 2013

    St. Louis started getting their seasonal pumpkin beers in recently, and thought this would be a good time to get this conversation started.

    Top 3 favorite pumpkin beers.

    Surprisingly no. 1 for me goes to:

    Crown Valley Imperial Pumpkin Smash
    ST Pumking
    Schlafly Pumpkin

    Would love to expand my palate for pumpkin beers this season and try some new ones.

  2. I smoke a Turkey every year for Thanksgiving. Takes about 19 hours. I check the smoker about every 2 hours. At that point I try to crack a pumpkin beer. Basically a 24 hr marathon.

    CCB Good Gourd - Hands down all time favorite.

    If anyone gets their hands on something thats really worth trying BM me and we can set something up.
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  3. pjvie

    pjvie Savant (255) New Jersey May 30, 2014

    Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. I've tried quite a few and this one was just delicious to me
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  4. This one is fantastic

  5. mkez

    mkez Zealot (80) Wisconsin May 2, 2014

    I'm a big fan of warlock.
  6. cmmcdonn

    cmmcdonn Savant (355) Virginia Jun 21, 2009

    Williamsburg Alewerks pumpkin
    Unita Oak Jacked
  7. I like punkn....however im giving pumking one last shot this year..if its still as terrible as i remember then bye bye birdie
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  8. Big fan of Punkn and Cottonwood Pumpkin.
  9. BB1313

    BB1313 Champion (780) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale is my fave, besides ST Pumking.. I highly recommend it..
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  10. Schlafly FTW for me.
    The Weyerbacher imperial is pretty good too. I did a ST mix of creme brûlée and the pumpking last year and it was pretty awesome. Might have to do that again.

    I have to add...nothing drives me crazier than them rimming the glass at a bar or a pub with the cinnamon and sugar. It's like putting a lemon in my hefeweizen without asking...are you shitting me?
  11. NJBeer265

    NJBeer265 Advocate (610) New Jersey May 21, 2013

    1 - Whole Hog Pumpkin from Stevens Point
    2 - Imperial Pumkin from Weyerbacher
    3 - Pumpkin Ale from Horseheads Brewing

    I will say that pumpkin beers are coming out way to early this year. I cannot enjoya good pumkin beer when it is still 90 degrees out.
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  12. Mshull

    Mshull Aficionado (205) Ohio Mar 26, 2013

    Without a doubt St pumking is the best, got the chance to trade for good gourd last year and was very disappointed
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  13. zachpaschal

    zachpaschal Savant (365) Indiana Apr 5, 2014

    Haven't tried a pumpkin beer yet but I picked up ST Pumking and Schlafly Pumpkin Ale the other day to dive into the style. How well do these keep? I bought some Brooklyn Post Road Pumpkin late last year for my wife to make some pumpkin beer bread out of (that was fantastic) and I never ended up drinking them. I still have a couple. Should they still be good or should I just throw them out?
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  14. I can easily go without pumpkin beers, and don't go out of my way to find them, but I do enjoy Pumking the most out of them so far, followed by DFH Punkin.
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  15. drmcleod10

    drmcleod10 Advocate (515) Missouri Oct 14, 2013

    This is true... it's early August...
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  16. Hendry

    Hendry Savant (405) Vermont Mar 8, 2013

    Nothing has come close to Aleworks Pumpkin so far
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  17. BB1313

    BB1313 Champion (780) Ohio Jul 16, 2009

    I also think Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) gets slept on because Shipyard Pumpkinhead is so bad.. but Smashed Pumpkin is really good..
  18. NJBeer265

    NJBeer265 Advocate (610) New Jersey May 21, 2013

    I started seeing them in stores at the end of July. It is getting a bit ridiculous now.
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  19. whiskey

    whiskey Savant (350) California Feb 25, 2012

    Schlafly hands down for me.

    Oh, and Hoppin Frog's BA pumpkin beer is pretty dang good too, underrated IMO.
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  20. I've never "aged" a pumpkin beer before, but, why not give it a try? You already own it, you can always drain it if it sucks.
  21. thufflife

    thufflife Advocate (550) Missouri Sep 30, 2005

    For me Schlafly pumpkin ale is the best one ive ever had.
  22. I'm a huge fan of Uinta's Oak Jacked, it's very underrated.
  23. ChainGangGuy

    ChainGangGuy Advocate (660) Georgia Sep 27, 2004

    I'll cheerfully sample any new ones available hoping for an astounding, otherworldly pumpkin experience, and, usually, I make sure to enjoy a few bottles of ST Pumking. Sometimes, a couple Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkins work their way into the mix.
  24. MLDucky

    MLDucky Savant (365) Texas Oct 12, 2013

    Pumking hit this week in Austin. Today is scheduled for 101. 108 with the heat index. Granted there is air conditioning, but pumpkin is the furthest thing on my mind in terms of drinking, lol. Then again, when it does get cooler here, they will all be out of distribution, hah.
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  25. zachpaschal

    zachpaschal Savant (365) Indiana Apr 5, 2014

    That was what I was thinking. I didn't intentionally age it! LOL Just wasn't something I wanted to try and now as I have broadened by beer horizons figured I would give it a shot
  26. Broanoke

    Broanoke Savant (420) Virginia Feb 23, 2013

    Maple Mistress and Heavy Seas Greater Pumpkin were 2 stand outs for me last year.
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  27. NJBeer265

    NJBeer265 Advocate (610) New Jersey May 21, 2013

    I had one last weekend at my friend engagement party and I just couldn't enjoy it siting out in his backyard when it was 88 out. I'll wait until the start of October to start enjoying them. Stay cool out there.
  28. This thread is right up my alley. Last year I tried at least 20 different pumpkin beers. I have the list on my phone. Unfortunately I'm at my office and my phone is on my nightstand. One of those days. Anyway here are the ones I remember liking off the top of my head last year. I'll get my phone at some point and update this list.

    ST Pumking (2013 seemed like an off year for it compared to 2012 but still enjoyable)
    ST Warlock
    Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin
    Fegleys Devious Pumpkin
    Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin
    Dogfishhead Punkin
    Uinta Oak Jacked
    Schlafly Pumpkin
    Rogue Chateau Pumpkin Patch
    Elysian Night Owl
    Ithaca Country Pumpkin
    Philadelphia Brewing Co Kenz-O-Lantern (very different but after a few sips I enjoyed - tasted like those Sweetzels Spiced Wafer cookies. This one is very spicy.)

    There were others I enjoyed and some I did not. I will update accordingly later.

    This year I plan to try more than last year and take notes on each. At the top of my list of must find is Alewerks.
    Last edited: Aug 7, 2014
  29. ConradKenney

    ConradKenney Savant (265) Maryland Nov 14, 2013

    Greater Pumpkin is outstanding. The rest of the Heavy Seas Unchartered Waters series to me is meh, but that one is so good.
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  30. Lionhawk

    Lionhawk Savant (340) Iowa Nov 14, 2012

    Pumpkin beers aren't my thing at all. Think are all taste mediocre but if i had to pick one that i could actually drink it would be Schlafly.
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  31. Ohiovania

    Ohiovania Savant (350) Ohio Aug 13, 2008

    #1 Shlafly
    #2 Pumking blended with Dragons Milk (can't do straight Pumking anymore)
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  32. Rob315

    Rob315 Savant (335) Kentucky Mar 20, 2010

    Of the ones I have regular access to:
    ST Pumking
    Wyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin
    Schlafly Pumpkin

    Favorite of all time:

    CCB Good Gourd
  33. JDice20

    JDice20 Savant (300) Louisiana Aug 14, 2013

    Saint Arnold Pumpkinator - God mode

    CCB Good Gourd

    ST Pumking

    in that order
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  34. drmcleod10

    drmcleod10 Advocate (515) Missouri Oct 14, 2013

  35. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Savant (290) Ohio Nov 19, 2009

    Hard to limit this to only 3 - there are so many damn good pumpkin brews out now....here are a "few" I dig (have had over 60 pumpkin beers the past few years)

    Elysian Night Owl / Great Pumpkin / Dark O the moon
    Schlafly Pumpkin
    Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin
    SA Fat Jack Imp Pumpkin
    Rogue Chatoe Rogue Pumpkin
    Hoppin Frog Pumpkin and BA version
    Fegley's Devious
    Williamsburg Alewerks Pumpkin
    Steven's Point Whole Hog Pumpkin
    Lakefront Brandy BA Pumpkin Lager
    DFH Punk'in
    Fat Heads Spooky Tooth Imp Pumpkin
    Flying Dog The Fear Imp Pumpkin
    Uinta Oak Jacked Imp Pumpkin
    ST Warlock
    Cape Ann Imperial Pumpkin Stout

    Looking forward to these new ones in 2014;

    Terrapin Pumpkin Pie Porter
    Elysian Punkuccino Coffee Pumpkin
    Brewery Vivant Pumpkin Tart
    Coronado Punk' N Drublic Imp Pumpkin
  36. ScottJWing

    ScottJWing Savant (340) Ohio Aug 21, 2013

    Any answer other than CCB Good Gourd or Good Gourd Almighty is wrong ;)
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  37. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Savant (290) Ohio Nov 19, 2009

    These should keep ok for a year or 2 - the Brooklyn Post Road - not as much as the stronger - higher ABV ones, but should be alright....I have pumpkin beers 2-3 years old and they are still drinking fine from my cellar
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  38. Broanoke

    Broanoke Savant (420) Virginia Feb 23, 2013

    Do you know the release date of it this year?
  39. On the subject of aging pumpkin beers - I replied in another thread how my GF bought me a case of 2012 Pumking and obviously it took me awhile to drink. I had a 4-5 bottles heading into the summer and following fall. The bottles I drank in the summer and the one or two I saved for the 2013 season didn't taste as good. They lost something and many of the flavors seemed muted. That was Pumking.

    Now with some of the oak aged pumpkins I can certainly see those aging well.
  40. jblain

    jblain Savant (260) Florida Feb 27, 2014

    CCB Good Gourd. Nothing else even comes close.

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