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Pumpkin beer recommendations?

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  1. NJBeer265

    NJBeer265 Zealot (528) May 21, 2013 New Jersey
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    I was surprised how good it was when I tasted it for the first time at the brewery. Whenever I go to Cortland to visit the in-laws I always stop in.
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  2. stakem

    stakem Poo-Bah (4,976) Feb 20, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    #1 - Selin's Grove

    The rest hardly compare but honorable mention to Avery's Rumpkin, Schlafly, Spring House, Elysian's Great Pumpkin, Southern Tier warlock/pumking and CCB Good Gourd
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  3. GabberGod

    GabberGod Initiate (131) Jul 25, 2014 California
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    1.Avery - Rumpkin
    2.Manzanita - Witches Hair
    3.Shipyard - Smashed Pumpkin (aged for about a year)
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  4. BumpyAZ

    BumpyAZ Initiate (187) Jan 14, 2014 New Jersey

    After several years of trying every pumpkin beer I can find, I've got my pumpkin buying down to a science:

    1case Schlafly pumpkin
    2x packs Stevens Point Whole Hog Pumpkin
    as many Elysium Dark o the Moon as I can find
    And a couple bottles of Neshamniy Creek Punkel Dunked

    I'll also buy a few bottles of a good chocolate stout to mix with the Schlafly or Steven Point, especially if I can't find any Dark o the Moon. Haven't had Good Gourd, Pumpkinator or Aleworks yet since they're not available around here unfortunately.
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  5. zp6167a

    zp6167a Aspirant (233) Apr 19, 2011 District of Columbia
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    Dogfish Head Punkin is great.

    I also really enjoy Starr Hill's Boxcar Pumpkin Porter.
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  6. gardenstatepkwy

    gardenstatepkwy Initiate (171) Jun 1, 2014 New Jersey
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    Does anyone in Eastern PA/Philly/Bucks or Long Island know if CC Gourd is distributed there? I really want to try that this fall. And how easy is it to find Alewerks pumpkin in those areas?
  7. Vivified

    Vivified Initiate (173) Jul 9, 2014 California
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    ST Pumpking and the Elysian ones are my favorite so far
  8. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Defender (667) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio

    I don't thing Cigar City distributes anywhere in your area....sadly (or mine either!)

    I have seen other Alewerks beers at the Wegman's in Easton PA area, but am told the Alewerks pumpkin sells out as fast as they put it out in that area....I travel to e. pa and nj often, so I get beers there I cannot get in NE Ohio......good luck in your pumpkin search! You may want to try setting up a trade with someone in FL for the CCB Good Gourd!
  9. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Defender (667) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio

    Yeah, have heard that Selin's Grove pumpkin is amazing....sure wish they would bottle / distro it - it is not exactly in a well traveled area of PA unfortunately! Would love to try that one.....
  10. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Defender (667) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio

  11. halo3one

    halo3one Crusader (773) Jun 6, 2014 Georgia
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    Wasatch Brewery Pumpkin
  12. stakem

    stakem Poo-Bah (4,976) Feb 20, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    That will never happen. They are too small of an operation to do any type of packaging other than growler filling and that isnt an option for this beer because they serve it on nitro. They hardly make enough to keep just the locals satisfied! Part of the glamour of it is that Steve doesnt even consider brewing it until we are truely "in the season." Also...serving it on nitrogen plays a significant factor into what makes it unique/special. That nitro texture = pumpkin whipped cream. Its the only pumpkin ale I look forward to.
  13. gardenstatepkwy

    gardenstatepkwy Initiate (171) Jun 1, 2014 New Jersey
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    I know Trenton Road Takeout gets Jai Alai in from time to time and I also found some Hopped on the High Seas at a place in Syosset NY (although it was pretty old - wish I had inspecyed the cans!). Hoping theres a place or two that gets Good Gourd.
  14. BeerVikingSailor

    BeerVikingSailor Defender (667) Nov 19, 2009 Ohio

    Have heard about their size.....was just wishful thinking on my part!

    Guess I should detour north sometime off I-80 while I am zooming eastward to visit my girl in NJ....have wanted to visit Selin's Grove for quite some time now! Thanks......
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  15. Mitchell57

    Mitchell57 Disciple (328) Jan 8, 2013 Wisconsin
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    Whole Hog Pumpkin
    Lakefront's brandy pumpkin last year was great
    Tyranena Pumpkin

    Interested in trying the Dogfish Head Punkin this year
  16. beerkim

    beerkim Initiate (0) Sep 20, 2012 Pennsylvania
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    I hear Good Gourd is spectacular. Hope I get to try one this year. Aged ST Pumking is my current jam. I usually drink the previous year's that I bought and keep it going. Buy this year's and let it sit for next year. etc. haha.
  17. utopiajane

    utopiajane Poo-Bah (2,389) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Warlock and
    Horseheads pumpkin ale
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  18. dismal

    dismal Initiate (0) Dec 18, 2008 Illinois

    Schlafly Pumpkin
  19. infuturity83

    infuturity83 Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2009 Massachusetts

    This is an easy question for me, since I kinda despise most pumpkin beers.

    The only one I really thoroughly enjoy would be Smuttynose. Very little spice, not quite so heavy, legitimately natural pumpkin flavor, well-hopped. Just an all around great beer rather than one that tastes like someone poured the spice cabinet into my beer.
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  20. Ricelikesbeer

    Ricelikesbeer Zealot (578) Nov 29, 2006 Colorado

    I think Night Owl is very underrated in my opinion. I think the maltiness shines thought the spice and I like that they use more ginger than cinnamon. It's a beer I look forward to each season now.
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  21. Sweffin

    Sweffin Savant (917) Jun 25, 2013 Wisconsin
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    Lakefront imperial pumpkin easily #1
    Southern tier warlock also awesome
  22. NorCalAussie

    NorCalAussie Disciple (380) Jun 26, 2013 California
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    Only one that I have really liked so far is... Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine.
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  23. Vogt52

    Vogt52 Initiate (0) May 25, 2014 Maryland

    Don't have a whole lot of exposure to pumpkin beers so far I've liked schlafly and saranacs pumpkin beers. I'm drinking a pumking right now and I'm a little disappointed :slight_frown:
  24. jarbroen

    jarbroen Initiate (33) Jul 21, 2014 Washington
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    Night Owl is definitely tasty. I like it much better than the Dark O' the Moon or their Hanzel and Gretel.
    However, Elysian's Great Pumpkin is by far my favorite pumpkin beer.
    I worked down the street from their brewery for a couple years. I remember the very first time I gave that beer a shot. Tasted just like a pumpkin pie without being overly sweet or heavy.

    Worst pumpkin beer ever for me - ST Pumpking... seriously nasty
    Still haven't tried the Warlock, have to give that a shot this year.
  25. snarkout

    snarkout Initiate (0) Feb 6, 2012 Maryland

    ST Pumking
    DFH Punkin
    Sam Adams Fat Jack
  26. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Meyvn (1,065) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    dark o the moon. Pumpkin stouts ftw.
  27. reaganrvltn

    reaganrvltn Initiate (193) May 24, 2014 Georgia

    Had the ST Pumking last night. Thought it is was good but I am really looking forward to other releases.
  28. gardenstatepkwy

    gardenstatepkwy Initiate (171) Jun 1, 2014 New Jersey
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    Not to get off subject because I love pumpkin beers but dude that avatar. Thats awesome.

    "...I want some snatch by the pool..."
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  29. TheeWalrusHunter

    TheeWalrusHunter Initiate (0) Aug 23, 2013 Oregon

    Cascade Pumpkin Smash anyone? That ish will mess you up at 13.5%.

    "Pumpkin Smash is a NW style sour old stock ale.The beer was rum barrel aged for 15 months; we then roasted more than 600 lbs of pumpkin down to 125 lbs of pure pumpkin essence, added it to the blend and additionally aged the beer for seven months."
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  30. shnsajax

    shnsajax Disciple (361) Jul 2, 2013 Idaho
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    Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale
  31. BoomKentucky

    BoomKentucky Aspirant (225) Mar 22, 2013 Kentucky

    From the ones that I have had I would say my fav or ST regular and warlock, Country Boy Forkin Gourd (I think thats the name, it was a porter) Dog fish and Schlafly
  32. JohnnyMalts

    JohnnyMalts Initiate (169) Jul 28, 2014 New York
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    I LOVE pumpkin beers. My uncle is the one who got me into craft beer, and pumpkin ales were the 1st that I tried and made me fall in love with craft beer and pumpkin ales.

    Of the ones I have tried my list goes as follows:

    1. Southern Tier Pumking - hands down my favorite.

    The rest are in no particular order:

    2. Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
    3. Southern Tier Warlock
    4. Dogfish Head Punkin
    5. Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin
    6. Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin
    7. Wolaver's Pumpkin Ale
    8. Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela
    9.Samuel Adams Fat Jack

    Pumpkin beers are definitely in my top 5 styles of beer. I would kill to get my hands on some Good Gourd, Good Gourd Almighty, Rumpkin, Pumpkinator, and TREAT.
  33. brewskifan55

    brewskifan55 Poo-Bah (1,684) May 17, 2011 Mississippi

    St. Arnold's Pumpkinator is really good. I'm looking forward to trying a Warlock this year. Pumking is on my list, too.
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  34. darthvohn

    darthvohn Aspirant (284) Oct 22, 2013 Texas
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    Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
    Lakewood 25th Anniversary Imperial Pumpkin
    Saint Arnold Pumpkinator

    Runners Up: Stevens Point Whole Hog, ST Pumpking
  35. utopiajane

    utopiajane Poo-Bah (2,389) Jun 11, 2013 New York

    Horseheads has a fantastic pumpkin ale - now they better not make a liar out of me this year- that has not only the bitterness of the hops but also the bitterness and flavor of the actual pumpkin. Have you ever cooked with pumpkin that wasn't gotten from a can. I loved it last year. I have not seen it yet. Pumking is like pun'kin pie but horseheads is like pumpkin ale.
  36. siege06nd

    siege06nd Savant (924) Dec 29, 2009 Virginia
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    Williamsburg Alewerks is my heavy favorite.
    CCB Good Gourd is awfully close but it's super heavy.
    Schlafly Pumpkin is also excellent.

    And one little oddity that I just love is Evolution Jacques au Lantern. It's super refreshing and squashy. Hardywood does a really nice Pumpkin Farmhouse also.
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  37. bryreeves

    bryreeves Initiate (0) Oct 25, 2012 Massachusetts

    No pumpkin beer until there are actual fresh pumpkins! DFH Punkin
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  38. Domingo

    Domingo Poo-Bah (2,233) Apr 23, 2005 Colorado
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    Schlafly, Pumking, and Oak Jack'd.
    As time has passed, I've kinda grown tired of the 2nd tier ones both good and bad.
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  39. jblain

    jblain Aspirant (286) Feb 27, 2014 Florida
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    The way CCB distro is going this year,, I'm just hoping I'll be able to get some.
  40. LakerLeith

    LakerLeith Zealot (539) Aug 11, 2013 California
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    ALL OF THEM! (my fav style) :rolling_eyes:
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