Pumpkin beers of 2017

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  1. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Who else is excited for pumpkin beers and which ones are you looking forward to? Last year the pumpkin phase was over in about a week for me. This year I am much more excited though.

    I think the 3 I'll probably seek out are:

    Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale (already released)
    Springhouse Braaaiins
    Stegmaier Pumpkin Ale

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  2. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2014 Pennsylvania

    I'm on the lookout for 2 by flying dog. The Fear pumpkin ale and their gourd standard pumpkin ipa.
  3. bbtkd

    bbtkd Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,104) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    You will find a lot of Pumpkin beer naysayers here. I'm on the fence - I love pumpkin pie, and pumpkin anything. So - I have been on the lookout for good pumpkin beers and although I've tried every one in distribution here, I have not found one better than OKish. A lot of them have very little discernible pumpkin taste, some are bitter, and others taste like squash. Granted, pumpkin IS squash, but I'd also expect a bit of sweetness and pumpkin spice. That said, I am looking for;
    • Schlafly Pumpkin Ale
    • Avery Rumpkin
    • Dogfish Head Punkin Ale
    • Hoppin Frog BA Double Pumpkin
    • Stevens Point Whole Hog Punkin
    • Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale
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  4. PA-Michigander

    PA-Michigander Grand Pooh-Bah (3,248) Nov 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    I despise pumpkin beer, regardless of the month (it is damn July!) but people I respect like @Mipper say you cant miss Selingrove's version. I know you're nearby so I would seek it out if I was you.
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  5. Squire

    Squire Initiate (0) Jul 16, 2015 Mississippi

    I'm somewhat fortunate when it comes to pumpkin brews. I don't care for any of them but the kids like them all so it doesn't matter which one I buy.
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  6. dcotom

    dcotom Grand Pooh-Bah (4,896) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    Schlafly Pumpkin Ale. :slight_smile:
    RIP SA Pumpkin Batch. :slight_frown:
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  7. raynmoon

    raynmoon Initiate (0) Aug 13, 2011 Colorado

    I'm usually excited for them in August, purchase them, and then immediately regret it.
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  8. Steve_Studnuts

    Steve_Studnuts Savant (1,109) Apr 21, 2015 Pennsylvania

    Saw a pumpkin ale on the shelf yesterday and did a double take. It's fucking July!

    That said, I do enjoy Southern Tier's Warlock and generally enjoy Dogfish's Punkin Ale (Although it tastes different to me every year).
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  9. PA-Michigander

    PA-Michigander Grand Pooh-Bah (3,248) Nov 10, 2013 Pennsylvania
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    Actually just saw Weyerbacher's imperial pumpkin ale which was bottled in late June on the shelf. Seasonal creep is real.
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  10. bbtkd

    bbtkd Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,104) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    They started showing up here at the end of May. Yup, too soon, particularly since many of them would not keep until Fall.
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  11. tripledbrew

    tripledbrew Initiate (0) Dec 2, 2011 Kentucky

    Just cannot get into pumpkin beer anymore, but If I wanted one it would be Schlafy.
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  12. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    Can't wait for Schlafly and Pumking. I enjoy them late Summer through Fall. Drinking them now reminds me cool weather is coming. I am looking for Rumpkin this year after finally tracking down PumKYn. I also need Pumpkinator in my life and want to see more pumpkin stout/porters.
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  13. FBarber

    FBarber Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,989) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    I do not plan on buying any pumpkin beers this year ... last year I bought a few and just didn't really like any of them. I used to like Post Road from Brooklyn, but I revisited that one last year and it wasn't as good as I remembered (although I would suspect a shift in my tastes as opposed to a change in the beer).

    I do have a couple of Lakefront's brandy barrel aged pumpkin ale cellared that I'll open this fall to see how they did. I used to enjoy a Headless Heron or two from Central Waters but that's been discontinued.
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  14. flaskman

    flaskman Initiate (0) Aug 3, 2015 New York

    No pumpkin for me but I will purchase a Southern Tier Warlock. It's a great brew but not cheap.
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  15. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    I wonder if they'll have a pumpkin in their sampler pack this Fall?
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  16. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Initiate (0) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina

    Pumking is the only one I buy
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  17. MNAle

    MNAle Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota

    Fall is for Oktoberfest. I can enjoy a spiced beer at Christmas.
  18. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Initiate (0) Jul 2, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Same here. Buy last year I had 2 that were awesome. Lancaster Baked and dogfish punkin
  19. cmiller4642

    cmiller4642 Initiate (0) Aug 17, 2013 West Virginia

    I saw a pumpkin sour that was like $34 a bottle! What in the world?
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  20. FBarber

    FBarber Grand High Pooh-Bah (6,989) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Timmermans has a pumpkin lambic that I've been tempted to try - I wonder what a sour would be like.
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  21. bbtkd

    bbtkd Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,104) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    The worst beer I ever had was Funky Pumpkin, only because I haven't had Funkier Pumpkin. Normally I like Boulevard, but here they funked up.
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  22. Giantspace

    Giantspace Pooh-Bah (2,757) Dec 22, 2011 Pennsylvania

    No need to buy these in my view. They don't taste like pumpkin , just spices.

    Pumpkin has a very subtle flavor and I would love to try a beer w/o spices but I'm sure it would get ripped here.

    I had a local squash saison a few years back that was so good and earthy. Very mild squash in the finish

    Spices no, straight up gourd I'm in.

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  23. spacecake9

    spacecake9 Pooh-Bah (2,116) Apr 26, 2014 Illinois

    I don't want any until the first cold snap.
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  24. dcotom

    dcotom Grand Pooh-Bah (4,896) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    I don't think they (BBC) did last year, although they did brew a pumpkin beer (20 Pounds of Pumpkin). I didn't like this nearly as much as I did Pumpkin Batch, which was a saison brewed with pumpkin and spices. It was really well done.

    I like Pump[KY]n, but at that price, ABV, and calorie content, I have serious commitment issues. :wink:
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  25. Steve_Studnuts

    Steve_Studnuts Savant (1,109) Apr 21, 2015 Pennsylvania

    A fine point. Perhaps we should call them "Pumpkin Pie Ales"?
  26. Wiffler27

    Wiffler27 Pooh-Bah (1,956) Aug 16, 2009 South Carolina

    i LOVE pumpkin pie but HATE most pumpkin ales

    every year i plan on trying a few and every year none of them are enjoyable. Southern Tier's Pumking and Warlock are enjoyable as bombers so i stick to the bombers regarding these beers
  27. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Initiate (0) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    Yeah, no pumpkin in their pack last year. I'd like to see one return. Pumpkin Batch would be great. It was my favorite non-imperial pumpkin from them. I'm hoping someone comes along with knowledge about Sam Adam's Fall pack. The Sierra Nevada Oktoberfest thread (and now this one) has me ready to pick up some Fall beers.
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  28. bbtkd

    bbtkd Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,104) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    You have to be careful what you wish for. A couple of years ago, Starbucks ruined their pumpkin coffees and fraps IMHO. Some Einstein decided they could improve upon their popular pumpkin drinks by adding authentic pumpkin vs the pumpkin flavors and spices they had before. Problem is that authentic pumpkin is squash, and the squash taste overpowered the spice taste. Not sure if they ever fixed it or switched back.

    Anyway - same problem with beer. Most people associate pumpkin with pumpkin pie, which has overpowering spices and only a moderate squash taste. Another issue is that to mimic pumpkin pie, it needs to be sweeter than most folks want a beer. Catch 22 - if it tastes like pumpkin pie, it won't taste like a beer.
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  29. beergoot

    beergoot Grand High Pooh-Bah (7,659) Oct 11, 2010 Colorado
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    Kind of lost my zeal for pumpkin beers over the years but will keep an eye for a local - Venetucci Pumpkin Ale put out by Bristol Brewing...
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  30. Crackerbarrel

    Crackerbarrel Initiate (0) Feb 10, 2014 New York

    I dig pumpkin beers...and by that i mean pumpkin 'seasoning,' whether or not they use real pumpkin is almost irrelevant to me.

    Weyerbacher and Schlafly are always my favorites. I'll inevitably pick up some Pumpking b/c of non-craft-loving friends randomly liking this beer.

    Its less about the taste of these beers, and more so that they are released/on the shelves when I'm getting sick of summer and waiting for the seasonal change. And I love the onset of the fall in particular.
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  31. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Pooh-Bah (2,325) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia
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    If I see a new pumpkin beer I haven't had yet, I'll grab this year. Warlock will definitely be a go-to when available at restaurants... I have a love/hate thing going on with Pumking right now, half of every sip is awesome, the other half is straight band-aid
  32. dlcarst

    dlcarst Zealot (579) Aug 21, 2015 Missouri

    Schlafly is my must-have, then I pick up a few singles of whatever I come across. I usually get some Pumpkin Smasher from my local Big Muddy Brewing, featuring one of my favorite beer labels:
  33. WhaleSlayer85

    WhaleSlayer85 Zealot (654) Jul 28, 2015 Illinois

    I honestly can't believe people drink ST Warlock or Pumpking. Those are so atrocious. Taste like fake engineered pumpkin flavoring, and so cloyingly sweet.. Seriously awful.
  34. tzieser

    tzieser Initiate (0) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey

    I was going to say "be careful about threads like these....you'll get slammed by the season creepers"

    Too late:rofl:
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  35. mkh012

    mkh012 Pooh-Bah (1,569) May 7, 2015 Colorado

    Schlafly Pumpkin Ale is definitely my favorite pumpkin beer. Way more restrained than other pumpkin beers I've had.

    An underrated pumpkin beer is Midnight Sun TREAT
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  36. JrGtr

    JrGtr Pooh-Bah (1,627) Apr 13, 2006 Massachusetts

    One word for you - Shipyard. That is even worse than either of those two - but it's by far their biggest seller every year. No accounting for taste, I guess.
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  37. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Initiate (0) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

    Agreed. Shipyard was terrible. Had it in 2011 or 2012 and will never get it again.
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  38. El_Brujo_de_A2

    El_Brujo_de_A2 Initiate (0) Nov 15, 2016 Michigan

    Saw Southern Tier's Warlock at the local grocery store. Might have to try it just because.Although I think sweet potatoes or yams would make a better tasting beer.
  39. Franziskaner

    Franziskaner Grand Pooh-Bah (4,774) May 27, 2005 Missouri
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    I've now rated 57 pumpkin beers. I love buying them and enjoy the fall (other than raking leaves), but I tend to find that there are few pumpkin beers I really get excited about after starting to drink them.

    O'Fallon right down the road from me always makes multiple pumpkin beers and they have 2 new ones coming this year: Saison de Citrouille (Pumpkin Saison) and Pumpkin Bread Dunkelweizen.

    How long until the first pumpkin gose? You know it will happen.
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  40. Mipper

    Mipper Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2012 Pennsylvania

    I love Pumpkin beers......well good Pumpkin beers. Alot of them are bad. but some of the goods ones I have run into (I have an annual PumpkinFest with a good sampling of Pumpkin beers) are:

    St Arnold Pumpkinator
    Lakefront Brandy Barrel aged one
    Good Gourd
    Good Gourd Almighty (the Rum barrel is much better than the Bourbon one IMHO)
    Good Gourd Have Mercy - this is freaking fantastic!
    Selinsgrove Pumpkin Ale - always on nitro and is the best non-BA pne i have had (thanks for the mention @PA-Michigander )
    Punkincinno or whatever it is called is tasty I think
    Headless Heron
    Caution Made with Real Pumpkins (if you like BW's ....I don't but this one was still good)

    There are a few other decent ones..........but I have a few of these already / from last year and I'm interested to see how the high ABV ones like GGHM age.

    As much as I like pumpkin beers........bad ones are still bad and taste too much like over the top pumpkin pie spice.

    Now if we are talking Pumpkin Cookies........totally different story. I have a recipe for pumpkin butterscotch cookies that are more addictive than CRACK I tell!!
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