Best pumpkin beer in America

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  1. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Disciple (343) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    1. Shlafly
    2. Whole Hog
    3. Pumpking

    I tend to enjoy pumpkin beers, but it's definitely not a style everyone will enjoy. The only ones that I really did not like were Shipyard Pumpkinhead and Millstream Great Pumpkin Imperial Stout (I know...not a pumpkin ale). I haven't had many beers from Shipyard, but I can't think of another Millstream beer that I have not liked. Really good brewery.
  2. williamjbauer

    williamjbauer Champion (889) Jan 17, 2012 Colorado
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    Good gourd by a margin for me.
  3. douginromeo

    douginromeo Initiate (0) Apr 1, 2013 Michigan
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    Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine: there is nothing that even comes close. Sometimes a beer has a level of excellence that make all other attempts seem silly: this is one of those.
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  4. tsauce2

    tsauce2 Initiate (0) Oct 12, 2011 Indiana
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    Southern Tier Pumking or DFH Punk
  5. MosinMan762

    MosinMan762 Initiate (0) Oct 21, 2013 Ohio

    I generally dislike pumpkin anything, except pumpkin pie. I thought Pumpking was pretty good, and Rivertown's Pumpkin Ale was kinda cool (some different spices and whatnot).
  6. cjoc83

    cjoc83 Aspirant (282) Jul 31, 2010 Pennsylvania
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    Pumking, with a tie for second between DfH Punk and Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin
  7. Bobk80

    Bobk80 Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2013 Illinois

    Just drove an hr round trip picked up weyerbacher def underrated great pumpkin beer
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  8. Lare453

    Lare453 Meyvn (1,312) Feb 1, 2012 Florida
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    Good gourd
  9. koopa

    koopa Poo-Bah (1,825) Apr 20, 2008 New Jersey
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    Selinsgrove Pumpkin on nitro pour is my favorite.
  10. Bobk80

    Bobk80 Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2013 Illinois

    Just tried Kentucky pumpkin double barrel def not in my top 10
  11. de1m0nte

    de1m0nte Initiate (67) May 23, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    Selin's Grove Brewing Co. Pumpkin Ale in Selinsgrove, PA. super creamy and full on cinnamon on nitro.
  12. victory4me

    victory4me Zealot (547) Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    I like dogfish punkin'. Mostly because I feel the base beer really shines.
  13. sfsean28

    sfsean28 Disciple (351) Dec 17, 2008 New Jersey

    ST Pumking and Schlafly Pumkin Ale
  14. HopBomb515

    HopBomb515 Meyvn (1,067) Jun 15, 2013 New Jersey
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    I have had a bunch at this point and here's my list:

    1. Southern Tier Pumking
    1. Southern Tier Warlock
    1. Dogfish Head Punkin

    I have 3 number ones because I can't decide between Pumking and Warlock and Punkin is just so everyday drinkable and refreshing for a pumpkin ale I had to put it amongst the top.
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  15. JohnnyMc

    JohnnyMc Champion (882) Feb 14, 2012 Ohio
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    For my personal taste, Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine. It literally tasted like a piece of pumpkin pie with a glass of brandy after Thanksgiving dinner. I wish I had another bottle. It was on the sweeter side, but the booze helped to cut the sweetness. I highly recommend it.
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  16. Bobk80

    Bobk80 Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2013 Illinois

    Do they bottle or only growlers
  17. Bobk80

    Bobk80 Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2013 Illinois

    Do they distribute
  18. itracy63

    itracy63 Devotee (437) Apr 20, 2013 Washington
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    The two best I've ever had are from Sleeping Lady Brewery and Glacier Brewhouse in Anchorage, neither bottled nor distributed. These "Best Whatever" threads are stupid, there is no way to answer these questions. Just enjoy what you can get your hands on.
  19. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (2,530) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana
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  20. jpro

    jpro Champion (865) Jun 3, 2009 South Carolina

    I was always say Dogfish Head Punkin - it just tastes so much more “natural” than a lot of other pumpkin beers that are spiced to the max.
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  21. kengetty

    kengetty Initiate (0) Oct 28, 2010 Illinois
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    Trying to figure this one out myself and decided to have fun with it.
    Still have 10 pumpkin beers to go!
  22. Bobk80

    Bobk80 Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2013 Illinois

    Only for people who don't travel. If u travel I'm more likely to stop at those brewery's who grt good reviews from customers.
  23. schildres

    schildres Initiate (148) Oct 14, 2010 Maryland

    Southern Tier Pumking (have not had Warlock, but I have heard its even better) and Spring House Braaaiins, then it becomes a toss up between too many to name.
  24. de1m0nte

    de1m0nte Initiate (67) May 23, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    they don't distribute, nor do they accept fills on the pumpkin!
  25. GimmeGumballHead

    GimmeGumballHead Initiate (0) Dec 4, 2010 Illinois

    are there many pumpkin beers made outside of the states? I'm not familiar... and I know that pumpkins originated in North America.
  26. velcrogrip

    velcrogrip Devotee (437) Mar 2, 2013 Florida
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    #1 Good Gourd (soon to be overtaken by GG almighty, perhaps)
    .... HUGE gap...
    #2 Schlafly
    #3 Crown Valley Pumpkin Smash
    ... big gap....
    #4 Shipyard Smashed
    #5 Elysian Dark O The Moon
    #6 Weyerbacher Imperial
    #7 Pumking (yep, not even top 5 worthy)
  27. MrDave

    MrDave Devotee (466) Jan 23, 2013 California
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    Almanac's Heirloom Pumpkin miles!
  28. hurleymanvw

    hurleymanvw Aspirant (285) Jan 9, 2007 Georgia
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    I'm drinking Almanac's tomorrow night so i might change my mind but i'd say Cascade Pumpkin Smash.
  29. LambicPentameter

    LambicPentameter Meyvn (1,468) Aug 29, 2012 Michigan
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    Lots of good guesses here, but the correct answer is Crown Valley Imperial Pumpkin Smash, by quite a large margin. It's like Warlock's cooler, smarter, more attractive cousin.

    Honorable mention to Schlafly, Night Owl and Warlock.
  30. thudean

    thudean Initiate (0) Oct 26, 2013 New York

    Elysian The Great Pumpkin is my favorite of the soon to be ending pumpkin beer season.
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  31. I_Like_Beer

    I_Like_Beer Initiate (100) Oct 31, 2013 New York

    So far I've tried about 10 different pumpkin beers this fall. I think Pumpking and Elysian's The Great Pumpkin are the two I liked best.
  32. Bobk80

    Bobk80 Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2013 Illinois

    Tried crown valley excellent version one day get my hands on elysian
  33. elchicodelgado

    elchicodelgado Initiate (0) Mar 3, 2008 Texas

    Heh, it's bad when Idaho guy is judging your state's cred.
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