Pumpkin beer recommendations?

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  1. fmccormi

    fmccormi Meyvn (1,425) Oct 24, 2010 California

    Is it all Mosaic? I didn't think it was a single hop beer, but maybe that's new this year, too.

    But yeah, that sounds delightful either way.

    Edit: DURRRRRR. My bad: http://sixpoint.com/blog/recent/choose-your-autumnation-ii/ . . . for those of you too lazy to click on the link, it says no pumpkin this year to focus just on the wet hops. It's a bit ambiguous as to the overall hop recipe, but judging by this page's reference to Mosaic being the "main-hops" I'm gonna go out on a limb and say that it focuses on wet Mosaic but they aren't the only hops in the beer, when all is said and done.

    In other news, that means that Autumnation does not, at least this year, qualify as a pumpkin IPA.
  2. jageraholic

    jageraholic Disciple (356) Sep 16, 2009 Massachusetts

    Autumnation was a damn good beer
  3. a1369864214864

    a1369864214864 Initiate (22) Jul 19, 2011 North Carolina

    I'll second (or third) North Peak Hooligan. I'm drinking one right now and it's definitely the hoppiest pumpkin beer I've had yet, and I've been on a pumpkin beer binge lately
  4. BeerFMAndy

    BeerFMAndy Initiate (0) Mar 23, 2009 Wisconsin

    I think it's already out, if not it will be very soon. I've seen a bunch of people check into it on untappd.
  5. offthelevel_bytheplumb

    offthelevel_bytheplumb Devotee (402) Aug 19, 2013 Illinois

    Agreed, even though it sounds like a brewery can make some cash from a pumpkin IPA
  6. DarkDragon999

    DarkDragon999 Aspirant (270) Feb 13, 2013 Rhode Island

    Had Sea Dog Pumpkin this weekend and it wasnt as bad as Shipyard Pumpkin but it was close.
  7. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (2,078) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Trinity brewing in Colorado Springs makes Emma's Coffin pumpkin saison. Its one of my favorite pumpkin beers and has a great back story to go with its name. Long story short, Emma Crawford was buried on top of the hill, there was a huge flash flood that washed her and her coffin down the mounntain and through town. Now manitou has the annual emma crawford coffin races to celebrate the occasion.
    EDIT: for everyone bitching about wanting a plain old saison or IPA, Trinity makes both, and they're great too.
  8. DieHippieDie

    DieHippieDie Initiate (0) Oct 12, 2012 North Carolina

    It's between Southern Tier and Weyerbacher.
  9. HumphreyLee

    HumphreyLee Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 Pennsylvania

    So you're that person who goes to fan sites of things you don't like. Neat.
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  10. HumphreyLee

    HumphreyLee Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Shaler GE had like 15 cases of it at $8 each just on Friday. I think the House got more in too. It finally hit the city last week and is all over the place now.
  11. HumphreyLee

    HumphreyLee Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Whole Hog is great. Finally had one last week. Great taste and body.
  12. withoutlimits

    withoutlimits Initiate (0) Aug 5, 2013 North Carolina

    Heavy Seas Great'er Pumpkin is my absolute favorite.
  13. Dannynoonan123

    Dannynoonan123 Initiate (0) Feb 19, 2013 Pennsylvania

    I live in p.a.. a local brewery that just had a full page ad in BA print magazine has released their first attempt. The name of the brewery is Saucony Creek Brewing. The beer is a imperial pumpkin ale. It flew off the shelves and can't be found. I was lucky to get some. It took it to another level. It pushes past pumking. Will get better with age too. Brewed with butternut squash and maple syrup. Worth finding! Also keep an eye on this brewery!
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  14. HoptasticBeergasm

    HoptasticBeergasm Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2013 Vermont

    Why are you on a pumpkin thread...and where's the 'dislike' button?
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  15. alexr379

    alexr379 Initiate (0) Apr 24, 2013 Connecticut

    Two Roads Roadsmary's Baby is my new favorite
  16. HoptasticBeergasm

    HoptasticBeergasm Initiate (0) Feb 28, 2013 Vermont

    Also: Harpoon UFO Pumpkin is the best (still have to try Pumpking) I've had so far...IF you're actually looking for a more-pumpkin-than-spices/sugar taste. Very light, very pumpkin-y. And in cans, which means I'm guaranteed to buy it even if it's way too early.
  17. jfeger

    jfeger Initiate (0) Mar 24, 2008 Missouri

    For those pumpkin heads out there we have a pumpkin beer traders page on facebook. Anyone interested please feel free to join. It's still early into pumpkin season so lot's of time left for trades!
  18. bubseymour

    bubseymour Poo-Bah (3,460) Oct 30, 2010 Maryland
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    Schlafly was very tasty and had a real pumpkin flavor profile. Probably the best I've had yet. I really liked Flying Dog's "the Fear" last year. Very aggressively hopped beer mixed in, which seemed unique for the style.

    Post Road was horrible IMO. I drain poured it I believe.
  19. santa216

    santa216 Initiate (144) Mar 23, 2011 Indiana

    Bier Brewery in Indianapolis makes a pretty stellar pumpkin ale. Other than that, Schlafly has to be my favorite.
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  20. aasher

    aasher Poo-Bah (3,608) Jan 27, 2010 Indiana

    DFH Punkin. The runner up is Schlafly Pumpkin.

    I absolutely hate Pumking. It's like someone dropped a shot of Whipped Cream vodka into a light pumpkin ale.
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  21. ChipMurray

    ChipMurray Disciple (384) May 21, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Some of us appreciate 'sharp-edged wit'. ^^
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  22. ChipMurray

    ChipMurray Disciple (384) May 21, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
    DFH Punkin

    I am pumpkined out this year, and I can't wait for October 1st and the release of all the Christmas beers.
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  23. Preluderl

    Preluderl Zealot (507) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Yeah I got my hands on some finally, Whole Foods in Wexford.

    Thanks for letting me know though, appreciate it.
  24. mtdewa1

    mtdewa1 Initiate (0) Oct 7, 2011 New York

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  25. wd09601

    wd09601 Initiate (0) Jul 29, 2012 Maryland

    After trying Pumking, Schlafly, and DFH Punkin this weekend I can honestly say that Heavy Seas Great'er Pumpkin reigns supreme. I had Great'er with a year of age on it and it was so smooth and delicious, without being over-spiced like I felt some of the others were. If you can find it get a few and store at least 1.
  26. JacobGumina

    JacobGumina Initiate (0) Oct 10, 2012 California

    Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barely wine. Just consumed and it was spectacular.
  27. ThisGirlLovesBeer2

    ThisGirlLovesBeer2 Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2013 Illinois

    Southern Tier Pumking. List Over.
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  28. ChipMurray

    ChipMurray Disciple (384) May 21, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Well, you could try aging the other much better beers to see if they 'mellow' in the same way. That's if you want to do a fair comparison, of course.

    Easy now, some of us like to post in these threads endlessly. (You are right though. ^^)
  29. Schmittymack

    Schmittymack Zealot (593) Sep 3, 2008 Colorado

    Hands down it's Avery Rumpkin for me. Looking forward to the next release of it.
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  30. Skid1Gar

    Skid1Gar Initiate (0) Sep 3, 2013 Wisconsin

    Potosi Brewery
  31. epicbeard85

    epicbeard85 Initiate (0) Jan 23, 2012 Florida

    Anyone who has not had cigar city Good Gourd has truly never had a pumpkin beer it is hands down the best every other pumpkin beer id trying to be number 2 that is it.
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  32. backslide311

    backslide311 Initiate (0) Jul 11, 2010 Colorado

    I also really enjoy Avery's Rumpkin, but my favorite is Venetucci Pumpkin Ale by Bristol Brewing Co.

  33. C_Roetting

    C_Roetting Initiate (0) Aug 28, 2013 Kentucky

    Rumpkin (without contest)

    But haven't had Good Gourd, T.R.E.A.T., Elysian, several others which I've heard are incredible.
  34. BrianTheBrewer30

    BrianTheBrewer30 Initiate (0) Nov 17, 2009 Massachusetts

    Cambridge Brewing Co The Great Pumpkin
    Cisco Pumple Drumkin
    Kern River Pumpkin Ale
    Cape Ann Imperial Pumpkin Stout
    Brooklyn Post Road
  35. Toddy351

    Toddy351 Initiate (0) Aug 29, 2013 Massachusetts

    For some reason i can't drink pumpkin beer. My worst tasting beer. Its weird.
  36. theCoder

    theCoder Aspirant (239) Oct 24, 2011 Minnesota

    Used to hate all pumpkin beers uh Schaflay's was pretty solid and I used to kinda like Lakefront's. Same went for at least American brewery Oktoberfest beers.

    Then this year all that went to hell when I got a Good Gourd as an extra in a trade and stumbled upon Leinenkugel's Big Eddy Uber-Oktoberfest this past weekend in WI. Both blew me away.
  37. Derranged

    Derranged Initiate (0) Mar 7, 2010 New York

    Aside from Pumking, the few other pumpkins Ive had werent that good:

    DFH Punkin
    Unitas Jack Oak Aged (or whatever its called)
    Devious Pumpkin

    Any recomendations?
  38. Kjanisch7

    Kjanisch7 Initiate (0) Jun 26, 2013 New Jersey

    Top 3:
    Schlafly Pumpkin
    ST Pumking
    Riverhorse Imperial Pumpkin
  39. velcrogrip

    velcrogrip Initiate (0) Mar 2, 2013 Florida

    finally tried schlafly's and it is pretty good.
    my revised rankings having had a bunch of pumkin brews lately...
    1) Good Gourd
    2) Schlafly
    3) Pumking
    4) Weyerbacher

    (still haven't had punkin or fegley's)
  40. johnsonni

    johnsonni Initiate (0) Dec 27, 2012 North Carolina

    Almanac Pumpkin Barleywine was awesome, would be even more awesome if the barleywine got another year of age before bottling.

    As for regular pumpkin ales I'd go DFH Punkin and Weyerbacher
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