Aging Pumpkin Beers

Discussion in 'Cellaring / Aging Beer' started by BrownAleBollocks, Apr 21, 2016.


Are pumpkin beers good to age?

  1. Age away!

    7 vote(s)
  2. Drink 'em fresh!

    10 vote(s)
  3. Depends on the beer

    24 vote(s)
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  1. BrownAleBollocks

    BrownAleBollocks Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2014 Kansas

    After a mini discourse with another BA on one of the last WBAYDN threads, the question came to my mind about aging pumpkin beers. I was wondering what my fellow pumpkin beer loving advocates think about aging these beers. I tend to drink mine fresh, but thoughts on the merits and flaws of aging them are appreciated. I thought this would be a good discussion, even with fall being a ways away!
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  2. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Savant (934) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio

    Like most depends on the beer - there are a vast array of pumpkin beers out there....some age well, some do not

    The higher ABV brews - the imperials and barrel aged stuff, typically does much better than lighter alcohol stuff
  3. Grupatre

    Grupatre Initiate (0) Sep 13, 2014 Michigan

    I was cleaning the liquor cabinet yesterday and found a Sam Adams Fat Jack from 2014. Should I drink it or dump it?
  4. mxracercam

    mxracercam Disciple (363) Jan 14, 2014 Pennsylvania

    why wouldn't you try it and find out.

    as for aging pumpkin beers, while most of them suck, good gourd ages very nicely.
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  5. wdberkley

    wdberkley Initiate (0) Feb 21, 2015 Illinois

    Pumpkin beers should all be the landfill...

    Sorry, Had to do it.
  6. wardj28

    wardj28 Initiate (0) Mar 22, 2015 Michigan

    I love a schlafly pumpkin ale with about a year on it.
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  7. Rodosman

    Rodosman Initiate (0) Mar 16, 2014 Pennsylvania

    I aged Pumpking for about 15 months and it tasted delightful.
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  8. readzeppelin

    readzeppelin Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2015 Georgia

    Not much on aging these beers that I have seen. If the ABV is high enough, if it bottle condition or wild all the same rules would apply. It will be interesting to see how each brews melange of flavors and spice progress over time.

    This year I started to experiment and I have stashed away several of this years Pumking and Weyerbacher's imperial Pumpkin.

    The first Pumking was great with 6 months on it. It had all the same flavored but had a smoothness that the fresher ones didn't have. I was particularly impressed with how the pie crust flavor really stood out. I will try another when it hits the year mark (July I think)

    I haven't tried the Weyerbacher yet but can report back when I do.

    I have also acquired several one off pumpkin beers as I see the collecting dust or in the bins. I am only buying those that have potential for aging, the one expect is dogfish head Punkin Ale. The ABV is lower then 8% but I have always been impressed with the aging potential of all DFH beers. Also they are fairly cheap and always around here and there.
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  9. RDMII

    RDMII Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2010 Georgia

    This has never been asked. Ever.
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  10. BaseballNBeer

    BaseballNBeer Initiate (108) Apr 22, 2015 Michigan

    As I recall, the back label on a Fat Jack says it's ok to age. Therefore, I definitely give it an unbiased try before even considering dumping it.
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  11. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa

    They age fine, I've never gone longer than a year, but they aren't bad with age.
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  12. eb1610

    eb1610 Initiate (0) Jan 3, 2014 Massachusetts

    Anyone have experience with the Avery pumpkin beers?
  13. gcamparone

    gcamparone Poo-Bah (1,724) Dec 6, 2011 Rhode Island

    Aged Pumking is fantastic, it actually gets better with age. I did a blind tasting of 20 pumpkin beers (15 people) that featured both '14 and '15 Pumking, and the '14 won the whole thing.
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  14. Victory_Sabre1973

    Victory_Sabre1973 Poo-Bah (2,383) Sep 15, 2015 Minnesota
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    Sam Adams Fat Jack tastes good with some age on it. Last October I had one from the October previous, and it was good. I also had one from last year yesterday, and it was also good.
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  15. Fordcoyote15

    Fordcoyote15 Savant (977) Nov 19, 2011 Kentucky

    I've probably aged 15-20 different pumpkin beers 1-2 years. Some good, some bad. I would personally advocate AGAINST aging pumking - it develops a bitter pumpkin taste after just a year. Not a big fan of dogfish aged either. Schafly, Stevens point whole hog, rivertowne headless wylie and kentucky pumpkin barrel I would all advocate for aging though.
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  16. readzeppelin

    readzeppelin Initiate (0) Sep 4, 2015 Georgia

    I just had a 2014 Troegs Master of Pumpkins and it was great! I've had this beer fresh and feel almost two years on it really helped it to come into its own. I have 2 more aging and will report back when they get cracked open later this year or next.
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  17. VTR

    VTR Initiate (0) Jul 20, 2014 Florida

    I have only had aged Pumking and it is fantastic. I think it gets better so I bought the whole lot of the 2014 sitting in the store the other day. In fact I believe ST talked about aging Pumking and releasing vintage beers on their website. I just opened one of the few rum barrel aged Pumking the other day and thought that had held up great as well. I haven't found another pumpkin beer that I would chance aging though.
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  18. not2quick

    not2quick Zealot (593) Dec 1, 2015 Missouri
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    After trying an Avery Rumpkin late last year, I am convinced that I'm going to age it 5 years. It was one of the hardest beers for me to drink. I'm gonna give one a little time to mellow out. lol
  19. Lukass

    Lukass Savant (999) Dec 16, 2012 Ohio

    I voted for 'depends on the beer'. I brewed an 8% imperial pumpkin ale last fall and it's drinking awesome still. Spices/malt have really melded together nicely over time. Lighter pumpkin ales I would drink right away though.
  20. SanDiegoBeerLove

    SanDiegoBeerLove Initiate (0) Sep 20, 2009 California

    I had a 2011 Midnight Sun Treat in November 2015 and it tasted like chocolate pumpkin bread. It was great and even better we had some vanilla ice cream with it.
  21. dutesanch

    dutesanch Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2014 California

    In fall of '14 I bought every Pumpkin beer I could find. I tried more that I didn't like than liked. I set aside some of the big abv ones to drink in '15 like Sam Adams fat jack, Uinta oak Jacked, and Shipyard barrel aged pumpkin. They basically just become barley wines after a year.
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