Favorite Pumpkin Beers

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  1. Riff

    Riff Champion (861) May 12, 2016 Virginia

    So we're getting a taste of fall this weekend and it has me in the mood for pumpkin beers, so I'm sitting here with a New Belgium Pumpkick. Current personal favorite is Starr Hill's Boxcarr but I have yet to see it available so taking the time to try a few others.

    What's everyone else's favorite pumpkin beers?
  2. Bitterbill

    Bitterbill Poo-Bah (7,463) Sep 14, 2002 Wyoming
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    Upslope makes a fine Pumpkin Ale. Harder to get, TREAT from Midnight Sun.
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  3. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,867) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    The only one I buy is Southern Tier Pumking
  4. FanofHefe

    FanofHefe Meyvn (1,068) Feb 13, 2010 Illinois

    Schlafly Pumpkin is fantastic. Having one right now.
  5. SammyJaxxxx

    SammyJaxxxx Initiate (0) Feb 23, 2012 New Jersey

    Any one that doesn't Have pumpkin.
  6. CanadaBoy

    CanadaBoy Initiate (0) Jan 10, 2015 California

    If I'm in the mood for a pumpkin beer, my go-to is Sam Adams Fat Jack (runner-up would be Elysian Night Owl).

    As a treat though, I love me some Avery Pump[KY]n.
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  7. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,174) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    Tough to say really. I seem to lean towards pumpkin stouts the past few seasons. I think the flavors go great together.

    Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout comes to mind but Wastach's black o lantern was good too.

    As for "regular" pumpkin ales I know it's not necessarily a trendy/cool beer by any means but I have a soft spot for Brooklyn's PostRoad pumpkin.

    I haven't had Jacks Abby Pumpkin Crop Lager in a while but I remember loving it.

    EDIT: Oh yeah, also, RIP Sixpoint Autumnnation (older 2011 version)
  8. swenny916

    swenny916 Defender (623) Jan 3, 2010 Illinois
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    Second on Schlafly.
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  9. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,626) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    One of the best I've had was SA Pumpkin Batch, a saison brewed with real pumpkin and classic fall spices. The pumpkin gives it some nice body and sweetness without overpowering the yeast character. Unfortunately, I haven't seen it yet this year.

    Central Waters Headless Heron is really good, too.
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  10. JmurphylovessAmadams

    JmurphylovessAmadams Initiate (0) Feb 25, 2015 Illinois

    Ballast Point Pumpkin Down is terrific. Especially at 9$ a sixer.
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  11. rvanduyne

    rvanduyne Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2015 New Jersey

    I look forward to drinking Whole Hog every year
  12. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Poo-Bah (1,818) Jul 2, 2014 New Jersey

    Ballast Point Pumpkin Down (scotch ale)
    Elysian Punkaccino (coffee)
    Lancaster Baked (vanilla)

    Enjoy them all for those differences.
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  13. rronin

    rronin Initiate (0) Jul 4, 2005 Washington

    Elysian has a full lineup of Pumpkin oriented Ales. The Night Owl, as far as I'm concerned, is only good for baking Pumpkin bread, but it makes a great Pumpkin bread at not too expensive to use for baking. The Puncucinno is great if you like espresso. I favor Dark O'The Moon (their Pumpkin Stout)and the Great Pumpkin (an Imperial Pumpkin Ale) myself.
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    WCKDVBZ Meyvn (1,087) May 9, 2014 South Carolina

  15. JuicesFlowing

    JuicesFlowing Initiate (0) Jul 5, 2009 Kansas

    To be honest, I quite enjoyed Breckenridge Pumpkin Spice Latte Nitro stout, but apparently I'm the only one. (Oh well, more for me.) Sam Adams 20 Pounds was pretty decent. I've grown tired of Schlafly because the high ABV makes it too heavy for my taste. I plan on drinking more pumpkin beers this year, some years I take a break from them.
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  16. Dragginballs76

    Dragginballs76 Poo-Bah (2,336) Nov 13, 2015 South Carolina

    I will second Ballast Point Pumpkin Down and Southern Tier Pumking
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  17. Fordcoyote15

    Fordcoyote15 Savant (977) Nov 19, 2011 Kentucky

    Schafly pumpkin and rivertown headless wylie.
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  18. JimsArcade

    JimsArcade Initiate (0) Jan 20, 2004 Pennsylvania

    After decades of sampling dozens of non-barrel-aged examples, I now only buy the following:

    Stevens Point Whole Hog Pumpkin
    Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin
    Schlafly Pumpkin
    Dogfish Head Punkin
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  19. orcrist_cleaver

    orcrist_cleaver Poo-Bah (1,915) May 3, 2014 New York
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    Drinking a pumpkin beer is like tasting the nostalgia of a fall festival to me. And as the Hudson Valley is so rich in farms I really tend to drink local pumpkin beers who can source their pumpkins to a farm, down to the guy who offloaded the truck; the use of real pumpkins can not be overstated. However, when I'm globalizing my search I agree with many of the previous:

    1) Stevens Point Whole Hog
    2)Schlafly Pumpkin
    3) Elysian Punkocinno
    4) Wolaver's Organic Pumpkin
    5) Jack's Abby Pumpkin Crop
    6) Horseheads Pumpkin Ale
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  20. PourMore

    PourMore Initiate (0) Oct 4, 2014 Florida

    Cigar City Good Gourd takes the cake for me.
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  21. ScaryEd

    ScaryEd Poo-Bah (2,625) Feb 19, 2012 New Hampshire

    Everyone here seems to hate it but I honestly love Southern Tier Warlock.
  22. Pantalones

    Pantalones Initiate (0) Nov 14, 2014 Virginia

    Haven't had a lot of the ones mentioned in this thread yet... but I was pleasantly surprised by Brothers' Fairgrounds Fall Ale last year. Bought a single bottle not even realizing it was a pumpkin beer (it did say it was on the bottle, as I found later, but somehow I had missed it at the time?), and then it turned out to be my favorite pumpkin beer so far.
  23. buckeye1275

    buckeye1275 Initiate (0) Mar 21, 2013 Delaware

    Heavy Seas Greater Pumpkin
    Dogfish Punkin
    Evolution Jacques Au Lantern
    Ballast Point Pumpkin Down
  24. Jag237

    Jag237 Initiate (88) Aug 23, 2014 Virginia

    My favorite every year tends to be Heavy Seas Greater Pumpkin
  25. FutureOBrew

    FutureOBrew Initiate (0) Feb 27, 2011 California

    Just recently relocated to NorCal from CT and just discovered Buffalo Bill's Black Pumpkin Oatmeal Stout, Delicious! Especially for under $5 for a bomber.

    Can only imagine this would be great to have nitro.
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  26. Tilley4

    Tilley4 Poo-Bah (2,289) Nov 13, 2007 Tennessee
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    Schlafly... It's delicious like pumpkin pie and packs a punch.... Incredible beer
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  27. hopsputin

    hopsputin Poo-Bah (2,302) Apr 1, 2012 New Jersey

    Dogfish Head is always a go to for me. Schlafly and Southampton are nice as well.

    Pumiking and Warlock if you're feeling adventurous :grinning:
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  28. Beertsipper

    Beertsipper Devotee (471) Nov 18, 2008 New York

  29. dutesanch

    dutesanch Initiate (0) Apr 22, 2014 California

    DFH punkin is my fav. NB pumpkick, and SA pumpkin are are distant 2nd and 3rd.
  30. BrownAleBollocks

    BrownAleBollocks Initiate (0) Nov 18, 2014 Kansas

    For me, Schlafly pumpkin isthe best, perfect combo of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, malt backbone, and well hidden abv.
    I also really like Rogue pumpkin patch and pumpkin savior, Lakefront imperial pumpkin, and Boulevard Funky Pumpkin.
    I'm looking forward to trying pumpking, warlock, and Nebraska brewing wick for brains.
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  31. Numbskull13

    Numbskull13 Initiate (0) Jul 23, 2016 Maryland

    [​IMG] the beer that started me into good craft beer
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  32. ukwildcat1995

    ukwildcat1995 Initiate (0) May 24, 2015 Florida

    Cigar City's Good Gourd. Had my first of the season last night. Although I'm not a huge pumpkin beer fan, this is always a go-to when it comes out each year.
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  33. microbrewlover

    microbrewlover Initiate (0) Oct 5, 2006 Pennsylvania

    Imperial Pumpkin Ale- Weyerbacher
    Roadsmary's Baby- Two Roads
    Devious Imperial Pumpkin- Fegley's (Allentown Brew Works)
    Pumpkinfest- Stoudts
    Warlock- Southern Tier
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  34. MaltheadWeirdo

    MaltheadWeirdo Initiate (48) Nov 18, 2015 Pennsylvania

    I loved that, and was pissed that I discovered it too late last year to get any more of it. All summer I kept checking their website to see if it was going to be brewed again, and now that it's pumpkin season, they've taken it OFF the site, even though they have other beers still listed that I haven't seen in years if ever. Now doubly pissed...

    I'm wondering if Troegs Master Of Pumpkins would taste similar, since it claims to be fermented with a saison yeast. I've been hesitant to try it because of the price, although one local store recently put out some from last year at a few dollars off what the new price was...
  35. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,634) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    A never buy for me, to be honest I can't stand them, IMO they're all spice bombs.
  36. AZBeerDude72

    AZBeerDude72 Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2016 Arizona

  37. DrSchnitzengiggle

    DrSchnitzengiggle Initiate (0) Feb 26, 2015 Illinois

    DFH Punkin and Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin. DFH has a great balance; I would drink it all the time if I had the stock. Weyerbacher's is a bomb of flavor (imo), and it's perfect on a cool fall night.
  38. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (3,060) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I like it as well. Pumking too.

    I get those who don't enjoy style but I think that an unusual amount of hate is heaped upon ST for its pumpkin beers.
  39. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (6,926) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    I just picked up one of those Upslope's.

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  40. Wasatch

    Wasatch Poo-Bah (6,926) Jun 8, 2005 Colorado
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    That's a good one.

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