Favorite Pumpkin Beers?

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  1. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Meyvn (1,317) Jul 2, 2014 New Jersey

    Post your favorite pumpkin beers! And why. Tis the season. well....soon. even if they're already out. My favorite are....

    Elysian Punkaccino.- havin one right now. Creamy thick mouthfeel. Minimal but theres plenty of all spice. Nice pumpkin flavor and subtle coffee. Anyone's whos had a WaWa pumpkin.spice coffee and enjoyed it....this is it right here. It hits everything for me. Pie spices, pumpkin roastyness. Sweet coffee.

    Ballast point pumpkin down- great roasted pumpkin. Dark fruit. Molasses. Great balance. Nice and dry

    Your turn!
  2. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Poo-Bah (1,943) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire

    Having a Warlock right now. Might very well be my favorite smelling beer of all time. The taste is fantastic as well as the body. Just a great all-around beer.
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  3. spacecake9

    spacecake9 Meyvn (1,045) Apr 26, 2014 Illinois

    Cigar City Good Gourd
    Point Whole Hog Pumpkin
    Crown Valley Imperial Pumpkin Smash
    Hardywood Farmhouse Pumpkin
  4. cejaev

    cejaev Aspirant (207) Jul 6, 2014 Virginia

    Saint Arnold pumpkinator is the best I've ever had, a pumpkin imperial stout loaded with spices and pumpkin flavor. Williamsburg alewerks and schlafly are two other world class contenders. I felt that good gourd was overly sweet
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  5. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Meyvn (1,317) Jul 2, 2014 New Jersey

  6. GetTheYayo

    GetTheYayo Devotee (432) Aug 26, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin is good year-by-year.
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  7. semibaked

    semibaked Zealot (589) Mar 27, 2007 Illinois

    Schlafly Pumpkin
    Heavy Seas Great-ER Pumpkin
    Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin
  8. microbrewlover

    microbrewlover Initiate (0) Oct 5, 2006 Pennsylvania

    "Imperial Pumpkin Ale" By Weyerbacher is the best of all.
    "Devious" by Allentown Brew Works/Fegley's.
    "Post Road Pumpkin Ale" by Brooklyn Brewery
    "Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale" by Smuttynose
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  9. The_Snow_Bird

    The_Snow_Bird Poo-Bah (1,533) May 7, 2015 Florida

    Cigar city's seasonal creep.
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  10. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California

    I've had two pumpkin beers and my favorite is Anderson Valley Brewing Company's Fall Hornin, but I am looking forward to trying more pumpkin beers this fall.
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  11. Eamonn-Cummings3

    Eamonn-Cummings3 Poo-Bah (1,528) Jan 23, 2014 New York

    Warlock is a must each year.
    I also like Pumking with a year or two age on it.
    This year I have a couple of new Elysians and a barrel aged Pumking to try so I am excited for that.
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  12. BeerRebelMotorcycleClub

    BeerRebelMotorcycleClub Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2015 Colorado

    Elysian Night Owl and Great Pumpkin
    Upslope Pumpkin
    Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (but not Pumpkinhead!)

    I've only had Schlafly once by sheer luck but it was awesome as hell.
  13. donspublic

    donspublic Poo-Bah (1,782) Aug 4, 2014 Texas
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    Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale <= had last nite. I was on the downside so not going to rate it, but I do remember it was good
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  14. HopBomb515

    HopBomb515 Initiate (0) Jun 15, 2013 New Jersey

  15. Buschyfor3

    Buschyfor3 Devotee (461) Jan 4, 2009 Kentucky

    For me, DFH Punkin' was the winner last year. I also enjoy Schlafly Pumpkin and ST Pumking.

    ST Warlock was decent enough last year, but I think I'd rather opt for a Pumking if given the choice between the two.
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  16. shnsajax

    shnsajax Disciple (318) Jul 2, 2013 Idaho

    Whole Hog
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  17. jzeilinger

    jzeilinger Poo-Bah (6,666) Dec 4, 2004 Pennsylvania
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    Schlafly - Pumpkin. Not too much spice, not too much pumpkin, well balanced, not in your face, unobtrusive, well hidden ABV, just all around enjoyable year after year.

    However, have a bottle sitting in my cellar right now with a year on it and looking forward to cracking it: Neshaminy Creek - Bourbon Barrel Aged Punkless Dunkel.
  18. chrismann65

    chrismann65 Initiate (144) Jan 25, 2015 Texas

    MooseBoose said:
    Stevens point whole hog. Though I thought last year's had more cinnamon than the year prior and was not as good.
    I just had the 2015, I picked it up today , Wow very nice beer...Stevens point whole hog..It has lots going on & gets better
    with each sip..I will try to pick up more....!!! A Very nice Pumpkin. Ale..!

    1.St. Arnold. Pumpkinator.
    2.Crown Valley - Imperial Pumpkin Smash.
    3.Weyerbacher- Pumpkin.
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  19. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Devotee (498) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia

    Schlafly Pumpkin, Alewerks Pumpkin,and Pumking (esp. on draft) still holds a place in my heart.
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  20. lightman1

    lightman1 Initiate (84) Oct 19, 2013 Arkansas

    No favorite here! This is the one style that I just don't like. I guess that just leaves more for those that do like it!
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  21. target88

    target88 Devotee (429) Dec 3, 2013 Kentucky

    Warlock for sure, Schlafly is up there as well
  22. Mipper

    Mipper Aspirant (240) Dec 14, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Good Gourd / GG Almighty
    Big shout out to Selinsgrove Pumpkin Ale on nitro. It is my favorite behind the two above.

    I am having a pumpkin tasting at my house including the following

    Heirloom Pumpkin
    Crown Valley Imperial Pumpkin Smash
    Trick or Treat
    Maple Mistress
    2012 Pumpkinator
    Headless Heron
    Fall Saints
    Ignus Fatus (probably infected)
    Seasonal Creep
    Caution Contains Real Pimpkins
    PumKyn - Avery
    Some Tequilla BA Pumpkin Ale whose name I forget
    Pumpkin Pie Lust
    Baked Pumpkin Ale - Lancaster Brewing Company

    And a few others I can't remember...........
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  23. Franziskaner

    Franziskaner Poo-Bah (3,949) May 27, 2005 Missouri

    I've rated 24 thus far. Here's my top 5:
    1)Avery Pump[KY]n
    2)Avery Rumpkin
    3)Dogfish Head Punkin
    4)Epic Fermentation Without Representation
    5)Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
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  24. CaptFrothy

    CaptFrothy Zealot (500) Dec 9, 2006 Maryland

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  25. 4ingredients

    4ingredients Initiate (0) May 22, 2009 Massachusetts

    I still like Avery Rumpkin.

    Tried 2 Road's - Road's Mary's Baby this weekend. Pretty good, but I think I liked the name better than the beer.
  26. gmoneyproductions

    gmoneyproductions Initiate (0) Aug 12, 2015 Colorado

    just tried ST pumking pretty darn tasty although too sweet to drink in quantity
    also like dogfish punkin ale
  27. JackHorzempa

    JackHorzempa Poo-Bah (4,150) Dec 15, 2005 Pennsylvania

    Dogfish Head Punkin has been consistently excellent over the years.

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  28. tvoss99

    tvoss99 Initiate (0) Feb 13, 2014 Arizona

    1. My neighbor's homebrew pumpkin beer (won a few homebrew competition medals even)
    2. Good Gourd (Cigar City)
    3. Pumpkick (New Belgium)
  29. FaradayUncaged

    FaradayUncaged Initiate (0) Oct 24, 2014 Michigan

    ST's Warlock is my favorite 'darker' pumpkin beer and I've enjoyed Pumking in the past, even though I know all too well of the love it/hate it that most people have for it. New Holland's Ichabod has always been my favorite in the more normal class with an honorable mention for DFH Punkin.

    Looking forward to doing an annual pumpkin beer tasting to see how my palate has changed, but thus far this year I've been impressed with Griffin Claw's Screamin' Pumpkin (looking forward to getting my hands on some that has been barrel-aged this year).
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  30. WesMantooth

    WesMantooth Poo-Bah (2,651) Jan 8, 2014 Ohio

  31. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (4,699) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    Of all time...

    Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine, aged in brandy barrels, from Almanac - everything I ever wanted in a pumpkin ale - complex, decadent, boozy, a hint of vegetal character, plenty of autumnal sugars and spice... 12% abv...

    Followed-up by...
    Avery's Pump[KY]n and Heavy Seas The Greater Pumpkin - both bourbon barrel aged, sweet and boozy with pumpkin and spice - big and lush...
    Rum Barrel Pumking and Avery's Rumpkin were similar, but aged in rums barrels which brought a pineapple-like tropical fruit character into the mix, which I really liked...

    Uinta had a Oak Jacked Imperial Pumpkin ale (oak aged, 'natch) that I really liked, too.

    These big boys aside, I have gotten Pumking, Smashed Pumpkin, and Punkin' every year for the past 4 or 5, and I'm likely to do the same this year...
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  32. chinchill

    chinchill Poo-Bah (9,245) Feb 29, 2008 South Carolina

    New Holland's Ichabod is probably my favorite, ignoring more extreme (e.g., "imperial") beers. I also like DFH which, BTW, ages well, and several others including Terrapin. I must admit I too often find over-spiced "pumpkin" beers.
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  33. prost2hefeweizen

    prost2hefeweizen Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2015 Oklahoma

    schlafly, smells like it taste
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  34. EveningCordial

    EveningCordial Disciple (300) Apr 29, 2014 New Jersey

    Neshaminy Creek Bourbon Barrel Punkless Dunkel and Avery PumpKYn
  35. M-Fox24

    M-Fox24 Savant (950) Mar 17, 2013 New Jersey

    Not to dwell or reiterate the suggestions above, but there's a tasty Midnight Sun T.R.E.A.T.
  36. SaisonRichBiere

    SaisonRichBiere Savant (952) Mar 23, 2011 Michigan

    Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela
    Almanac Dark Pumpkin Sour
    Southern Tier Warlock
  37. smanson56

    smanson56 Savant (994) Feb 15, 2014 New Hampshire
    Society Trader

    2013 BBA Smashed Pumpkin
  38. SoleBriety

    SoleBriety Zealot (563) Oct 10, 2013 California
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    Just bought Elysian Punkaccino at Target the other day. $3.99 for a bomber! Awesome deal and very flavorful!
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  39. tigg924

    tigg924 Poo-Bah (5,113) Apr 30, 2008 Massachusetts

    Favorite is probably Cape Ann's Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout. Favorite new pumpkin beer so far this year is Schlafly's Pumpkin.
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