Pumpkin beer recommendations?

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  1. SeasonalBeerLuvr

    SeasonalBeerLuvr Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2013 Pennsylvania


    I found one place close to Pittsburgh. Tons in Ohio, where I got mine. They also sell it around me, but I'm in Lancaster.
  2. Preluderl

    Preluderl Zealot (502) Sep 27, 2012 Pennsylvania

    Oh everyone around here has Southern Tier, just no Pumking.

    One grocery store in my area is getting it at some point, doesn't know when, and it will be limited.
  3. SeasonalBeerLuvr

    SeasonalBeerLuvr Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Do you have Giant Eagle grocery stores in Pittsburgh?
  4. Bonis

    Bonis Initiate (0) Jul 28, 2010 Ohio

    Weird. I know one store here in Columbus had it all year long. Either they ordered way too much or the stuff just didn't sell (Im guessing both).
  5. SeasonalBeerLuvr

    SeasonalBeerLuvr Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2013 Pennsylvania

    According to the Beer Finder, supposedly Brentwood Dist in West Mifflin has Pumking.
  6. BorisKarloff

    BorisKarloff Initiate (0) Apr 29, 2013 Ohio

    Hal and Al's orders enough every year to have it year round - I love them.
  7. deleted_user_749702

    deleted_user_749702 Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2013

    Southern Tier Pumking
    Cigar City Good Gourd
    Avery Rumpkin
    Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
    Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin
    Elysian The Great Pumpkin
    Elysian Dark o' the Moon
    Dogfish Head Punkin
    Uinta Oak Jacked Pumpkin
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  8. RyanCave

    RyanCave Initiate (0) Apr 13, 2011 Oregon

    There is a punkin release party at all the dogfish locations on saturday, I would imagine its out by now, thought I haven't seen it yet
  9. WickedSluggy

    WickedSluggy Disciple (381) Nov 21, 2008 Texas

  10. PackPride

    PackPride Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2011 North Carolina

    I asked this in another thread, but has anyone had the Blue Mountain Brewery Spooky Ale? It's a pumpkin beer brewed with chocolate and aged in bourbon barrel. The bottle is pretty cool too, I haven't opened it yet.
  11. GotWad629

    GotWad629 Initiate (0) Sep 14, 2010 New York

    Its called pumking for a reason
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  12. npala86

    npala86 Initiate (0) Aug 7, 2013 Florida

    Have to go with Good Gourd.
  13. SeasonalBeerLuvr

    SeasonalBeerLuvr Initiate (0) Aug 20, 2013 Pennsylvania

    What?!! Where did you find that at?
  14. PackPride

    PackPride Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2011 North Carolina

    Got it at a local bottle shop when I saw them Tweet a picture of it from their account. They had one bottle left. Kind of expensive at around $12 for something that doesn't have much of a reputation yet. Hell, it's not even registered in the BeerAdvocate system yet. Untappd has about 30 check-ins with it, but not enough ratings to get a feel of how good it is. Here's the bottle cover:
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  15. Strwrs777

    Strwrs777 Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2011 California

    Buffalo Bills Pumkin (Hayward, CA), Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin... Rogues and DFH was OK! any one try the new New Belgium Pumpkick!?
  16. simonpeter

    simonpeter Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2011 Wisconsin

    I have....I liked it a lot actually. It changed my girlfriend from a pumping lover to a whole Hog lover.
  17. JackMcAwesome

    JackMcAwesome Initiate (0) Feb 18, 2013 Florida

    I am rooting for AND against the possibility of a typo here... lol.

    But back on topic:
    1. Good Gourd
    2. Weyerbacher
    3. Pumpking
    4. Almost not worth mentioning: Shipyard's Pumpkinhead
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  18. ColonelCash

    ColonelCash Initiate (0) Jul 6, 2011 Tennessee

    Ladies like the whole hog. At least that is what they say in the South.
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  19. PackPride

    PackPride Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2011 North Carolina

    I have tried the Pumpkick and it was alright. The problem with so many pumpkin beers like Pumpkick, even though it's my favorite seasonal style, is that most aren't pumpkinish enough, or they over spice and mask the pumpkin flavor. I think that's why Pumking is always on peoples favorites list of pumpkin beers because, though too sweet to some, it's got lots of pumpkin flavor. Dogfish does a good job, New Holland's Ichabod is pretty good too, and there are a number of others, but it's more miss than hit.
  20. simonpeter

    simonpeter Initiate (0) Mar 31, 2011 Wisconsin

    Def. a typo....but a pretty well placed one :wink:
  21. LaylasBetterHalf

    LaylasBetterHalf Initiate (0) Mar 25, 2012 New Jersey

    1. Pumking
    2. Heavy Seas Bourbon Barrel Pumpkin
    3. Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin
  22. beatenbyjacks

    beatenbyjacks Initiate (0) Apr 17, 2011 Colorado

    I just had the Pumpkick and it reminds me of fall for sure, but has quite a bit of cranberry in it. Nice drinkable beer and a good fall beer for sure, but lots of cran kick to it.
  23. BeerMeInStl

    BeerMeInStl Aspirant (209) Jan 26, 2013 Missouri

    I had a Schlafly's Pumpkin Ale on tap last night. It was a very good beer but I'm just not a big fan of all the spices. I didn't get a lot of pumpkin out of it. Not my favorite style of beer.
  24. Kjanisch7

    Kjanisch7 Initiate (0) Jun 26, 2013 New Jersey

    Without a doubt:
    1. ST Pumking
    2. Riverhorse Hippolantern
    3. DFH Punkin
    4. Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
    5. Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin
    6. Cigar City Good Gourd
  25. TychoNDC

    TychoNDC Initiate (0) Jan 7, 2013 Colorado

    I'm going to whisper my answer as quietly as possible in hopes that everyone ignores it...Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine is the best pumpkin beer I have ever had and it wouldn't surprise me if it ends up as the best one I ever have.
  26. solo103

    solo103 Initiate (0) Apr 8, 2012 Florida

    Good gourd is my favorite pumpkin its def worth trying to get one to open up
  27. jsouza

    jsouza Aspirant (207) Nov 19, 2006 Massachusetts

    Post Road
  28. Lfty357

    Lfty357 Initiate (0) Jul 24, 2013 Florida

    Good Gourde by Cigar City Brewing:slight_smile: is my favorite!
  29. tsauce2

    tsauce2 Zealot (564) Oct 12, 2011 Indiana

    ST Pumking
    DFH Punk
    Flat 12 Bierwerks Flat Jack
  30. supermodified

    supermodified Initiate (0) Nov 28, 2012 Ohio

    Chatoe Rogue pumpkin ale was the best I've had.

    Epic/DC Brau Fermentation Without Representation is good, too.

    I tried Shipyard's Smashed Pumpkin last night and was not impressed.
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  31. EnthusedAboutBeer

    EnthusedAboutBeer Zealot (580) May 13, 2013 New Jersey

    Just tried shipyard smashed pumpkin and was pretty disappointed.
    I've only tried that and smuttynose pumpkin in that category.
    Bring on the pumking and good gourd
  32. 57md

    57md Poo-Bah (3,409) Aug 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    Agree whole-heartedly -- the 'King only being bested by the oaked version. All Pumking haters should try the oak-aged as the barrels really seem to smooth out the flavors.
  33. monketeeth

    monketeeth Initiate (0) Apr 16, 2010 Florida

    I have tried so many of these. Many great ones like ST pumking, Weyerbacher Imperial, Pumpkinator and Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine. However, the best hands down, and I mean it really leaves the others in the dust is Cigar City Good Gourd. It's like eating a pumpkin cream pie, so silky on the mouthfeel and the taste and nose are like pure heaven. Beautifully balanced with just the right amount of cinnamon and nutmeg, it is truly a world class brew and makes a great dessert!!
  34. amysepkovich

    amysepkovich Initiate (0) Aug 11, 2013 Ohio

    Flying dog's the fear
  35. EnthusedAboutBeer

    EnthusedAboutBeer Zealot (580) May 13, 2013 New Jersey

    I think I need to try a pumpkin stout or something with a heavier body. So far the pumpkin beers I tried have felt to light bodied for my liking, despite abv levels as high as 9%
    Is pumking heavy bodied? That will be my next pumpkin beer
  36. monketeeth

    monketeeth Initiate (0) Apr 16, 2010 Florida

    Visiting family in Pa. end of September. Really spoiled with Cigar City Good Gourd in Tampa but would love to try this one. Where in Pa. is it available (Scranton maybe)?
  37. Bakker

    Bakker Initiate (0) Aug 1, 2010 Illinois

    If anyone likes the Schlafly Pumpkin, then grab yourself a 12.12.12. Two of the worst brews I have ever had.
    My favorite, Pumking. But it is too sweet, one glass a year after Thanksgiving dinner is my limit!
  38. siege06nd

    siege06nd Savant (984) Dec 29, 2009 Virginia

    Keep sleepin' on Alewerks Pumpkin Ale y'all, and I will continue to buy ALL OF IT !!!

  39. lisahope27

    lisahope27 Initiate (0) Oct 23, 2012 Pennsylvania

    The brewery is here in Pittsburgh, I'm not sure if you will be able to easily find it in NE PA. But definitely take a look!
  40. Joe_Grizzly

    Joe_Grizzly Initiate (0) Jul 27, 2013 New Hampshire

    does anybody think pumpkin beers have a kind of metallic taste to them at times??

    I can only get long trail, shipyard and smutty where I live...
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