Pumpkin beer recommendations?

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  1. papat444

    papat444 Initiate (0) Dec 28, 2006 Canada (QC)


    Brewery only? Was at Winooski Bevy but didn`t see it.
     
  2. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Poo-Bah (10,261) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    No - I picked one up in NJ last year.
     
  3. dbrauneis

    dbrauneis Poo-Bah (10,261) Dec 8, 2007 North Carolina
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    I'm thinking this thread should be titled "Pumpkin Beers that use FRESH Pumpkin" instead of the current name of REAL Pumpkin - canned pumpkin (not to be confused with pumpkin pie filling) and frozen pumpkin are real pumpkin not an natural/artificial flavoring.
     
  4. EBeckett3

    EBeckett3 Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2013 New Jersey

    Sorry you want to bring the law into it. The Tired Hands Brewing Co.'s Happy Hands Berliner Weisse made with the same tasted pretty damn good! One man gathers what another man spills.
     
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  5. BeerWizard

    BeerWizard Disciple (335) Dec 22, 2012 Colorado

    Elysian, and despite what a lot of people are saying, you can taste the pumpkin. I agree that you can't in a lot of pumpkin ales, but in Elysian's Night Owl and Great Pumpkin you can for sure. Look for a slightly bitter funky favor. That is the gourd, my friend!
     
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  6. SpasmWaiter

    SpasmWaiter Initiate (0) Jul 12, 2013 Vermont

    The AGED Pumpkin, yes, brewery only.
     
  7. jdmandel

    jdmandel Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 California

    You probably can't find it in your area but Hangar 24 in CA makes a really good one called Gourdgeous (pumpkin porter).
     
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  8. AndyAvalanche

    AndyAvalanche Meyvn (1,010) Jun 16, 2008 Massachusetts
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    A couple people already mentioned Cape Ann Imperial Pumpkin, very good and it actually ages well (at least the one I did a little over a year). Rock Art Pumpkin Spruce Stout is Amazing in my opinion, but it's not your typical pumpkin beer. More of an imperial stout with a pumpkin mouthfeel, not flavor.
     
  9. BeerWizard

    BeerWizard Disciple (335) Dec 22, 2012 Colorado

    Pumpkick uses pumpkin juice, not the whole fruit. I actually do think it's a good beer (and have drank probably a case of it in the past couple months), but it seems like a cop out to use pumpkin juice for flavoring when other breweries are trying to tackle the whole fruit.

    Upslope uses fresh pumpkins from a local farm, from this season, for their pumpkin ale. Waiting for payday to pick that one up though - $15 for a four pack of tall cans.
     
  10. AndyAvalanche

    AndyAvalanche Meyvn (1,010) Jun 16, 2008 Massachusetts
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    Nah, can get it in MA so it must distribute at least a little bit.
     
  11. djsmith1174

    djsmith1174 Initiate (0) Aug 21, 2005 Minnesota

    I'm not sure I've had a pumpkin imperial stout. But I have had several good pumpkin imperial porters. I feel they are kind of interchangeable though. My favorite was Summit's Imperial Pumpkin Porter. Sadly, it was a one time release...unless...Summit, are you listening?
     
  12. cyde

    cyde Initiate (0) Feb 12, 2012 Texas

    Harpoon Imperial Pumpkin and Pumpkinator are excellent pumpkin stouts. Pumpkinator is better out of the two, but the Harpoon is much more attainable.
     
  13. redbeerdviking

    redbeerdviking Initiate (102) Oct 12, 2009 Pennsylvania


    And I assure you that you can't pick out every single individual taste in every beer. Just because you can't point it out precisely, doesn't mean it doesn't add to the flavor.
     
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  14. ESHBG

    ESHBG Devotee (431) Jul 30, 2011 Pennsylvania

    I had Star Hill's Boxcar Pumpkin Porter last night and it was just okay and not something I'd seek out again (keep in mind I love pumpkin beers and porters).
     
  15. obrike

    obrike Defender (655) Jun 19, 2009 Texas

    and it's spectacular!
     
  16. Providence

    Providence Champion (815) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island
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    I am sure it was tasty. Heirloom tomatoes are amazing. I would just rather have the tomatoes raw and then have a Berliner Weisse of another fruit variety.
     
  17. mquartuccio87

    mquartuccio87 Initiate (0) Jun 10, 2013 New York

    Pumpking was my favorite till i had good gourd that stuffs great
     
  18. pinkgrenade

    pinkgrenade Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2011 California

    how does elysian use fresh real pumpkin? their pumpkin beers are already out...
     
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  19. TheJollyHop

    TheJollyHop Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 California

    Curiouser and curiouser...
     
  20. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Devotee (441) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    These pumpkin ales are all over Seattle and I drink many of them over the fall. There is NO pumpkin flavor in either of these beers. I don't care what people say, pumpkin imparts no flavor in beer --- it's the spices, my friend.
     
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  21. pinkgrenade

    pinkgrenade Initiate (0) Aug 19, 2011 California

    pumpkin is great to use in the mash for fermentable sugar especially because it doesn't impart strong flavors
     
  22. victory4me

    victory4me Initiate (0) Oct 16, 2004 Pennsylvania

    Local brewpub (Tired Hands) made an heirloom tomato Berliner Weiss that was really enjoyable.
     
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  23. burgerpaw

    burgerpaw Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2013 North Carolina

    We had FBS and Dogfish Punkin on tap at the same time last year; a 1/2 and 1/2 mix of those tasted like an oatmeal cookie.. amazing.
     
  24. TNGabe

    TNGabe Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2012 Tennessee

    What do you mean by real pumpkin? Are you referring to the fact the canned pumpkin isn't pumpkin? Considering the PITA factor, I can't see many breweries messing with using fresh pumpkins. Timing is another problem. Pumpkins are harvested when consumers want pumpkin beers, not weeks or months before when the beer would need to brewed.
     
  25. BeerWizard

    BeerWizard Disciple (335) Dec 22, 2012 Colorado

    Haha, I guess we'll just have to agree to disagree then. Pumpkin has a flavor though, and I think it imparts that flavor to a beer just like brewing with anything else. Try the Tommyknocker - not great but very light on spice and still tastes like a pumpkin ale.

    I will admit though I've never had one with NO spices added. Has anyone?
     
  26. Providence

    Providence Champion (815) Feb 24, 2010 Rhode Island
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    Someone else had mentioned that and indeed it sounds interesting. Nevertheless, as I mentioned above, heirloom tomatoes are amazing. I would just rather have the tomatoes raw and then have a Berliner Weisse of another fruit variety.
     
  27. EBeckett3

    EBeckett3 Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2013 New Jersey

    De gustibus non est disputandum. The tomatoes are amazing - farm markets here selling more than ever this summer. Enjoy the Weisse whatever the ingredients. Slainte!
     
  28. Jacob007

    Jacob007 Aspirant (231) Sep 18, 2012 New Hampshire

    Ever roast pumpkin. It has tons of flavor with natural sugers.
     
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  29. CMUbrew

    CMUbrew Initiate (0) Jan 27, 2012 Michigan

  30. Soracloud

    Soracloud Initiate (0) Feb 4, 2006 New Jersey

    So sad I can't get Saint Annes Pumpkin Stout this year. Finally showed up in my area last year and hasn't come back
     
  31. BuckeyeOne

    BuckeyeOne Devotee (441) Mar 9, 2008 Washington

    But brewers aren't using roast pumpkin.
     
  32. SeaAle

    SeaAle Disciple (333) Jun 24, 2012 Oregon


    Some do. Cascade's Pumpkin Smash that will be at Elysian's Pumpkin Fest is roasted pumpkin.
     
  33. StlHopHead77

    StlHopHead77 Initiate (0) May 30, 2010 Illinois

    Came on to say this.Probably the most pleasant fall beer surprise for me this year but I have an Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine(I realize it's not a stout)in the fridge so that title will probably be usurped soon.
     
  34. Jacob007

    Jacob007 Aspirant (231) Sep 18, 2012 New Hampshire

    They should use it.
     
  35. JISurfer

    JISurfer Initiate (0) Dec 10, 2002 South Carolina

    Just had Lakefront Pumpkin. Not overly spiced, had a creamy/nutty/pumpkiny flavor.
     
  36. mark14580

    mark14580 Initiate (0) Jan 15, 2011 New York

    You against the use of hop pellets too?
     
  37. mitch3114

    mitch3114 Disciple (397) Feb 20, 2012 New York

    STEAK BEER!!! YOU'RE A GENIUS!!!
     
  38. themind

    themind Initiate (0) Mar 14, 2011 New Jersey

    Southern Tier uses real pumpkin pie for Pumking, they smash a slice into every bottle :confused:
     
  39. 071184

    071184 Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2013 Texas

    Strange Brewery makes one of the best Pumpkin Porters I've ever had. The use a great combination of baker's pumpkins, vanilla, and spices- incredibly well balanced and smooth finish.
     
  40. 071184

    071184 Initiate (0) Sep 10, 2013 Texas

    Upslope absolutely uses real pumpkins in their limited edition release. Had a chance to drink a few cans before they put it on the market last week. Overall I thought it was a very solid pumpkin ale. Slightly lighter in body than I expected but good nonetheless.
     
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