Pumpkin beers of 2017

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  1. FBarber

    FBarber Poo-Bah (4,063) Mar 5, 2016 Illinois
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    Considering your taste in football teams I have to question your tastes elsewhere ... :stuck_out_tongue:
     
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  2. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,585) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    Absolutely right, enjoy away. I still find it odd people like beers that taste like vinegar, but to each his own. Btw I don't like Pumpkin beers, what Pumpkin, it's all spices.
     
  3. Klister

    Klister Aspirant (231) Oct 27, 2010 Maine

    You and I are in the same camp.
     
  4. BrewUrbanist

    BrewUrbanist Initiate (0) May 11, 2012 Wisconsin

    Lakefront's Brandy BA Pumpkin is the only one I make a point to seek out.
     
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  5. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (1,784) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    10 barrel and Epic both have/had one.

    I look foward to bristol venitucci pumpkin ale every year. The Venitucci pumpkin patch donates pumpkins to local school kids every year for Halloween. The kids get bussed in and get to pick their pumpkins right off the vines. I remember they had hogs on the farm and you could feed them the rotten pumpkins from the fields.
    I also look forward to Avery Pump[KY]n.
     
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  6. Dwood1466

    Dwood1466 Initiate (87) Feb 3, 2017 Texas
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    St. Arnold Pumpkinator is really the only one I look forward to each year, always readily available and never disappoints!

    If you're lucky, you can stumble upon the barrel aged version... which is mind blowingly good..
     
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  7. Hoos78

    Hoos78 Aspirant (285) Mar 3, 2015 Ohio

    I like the ones w/o any pumpkin :wink:. I keed, I keed.

    I really can't stomach most over the top versions, like Pumking. Smuttynose is pretty darn subtle, and tasty. The only one I've liked that had a big flavor profile is Schafly's. It's fairly high volume, but I don't find the spices quite as harsh/raw as some others. Closest I've tasted to a good pumpkin pie.
     
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  8. Txex06

    Txex06 Aspirant (238) Dec 28, 2016 Texas
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    A local bottle shop has some Pumking and Warlock leftover from last year. Any thoughts of how they might taste with a year of age on them?
     
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  9. OKbrew89

    OKbrew89 Crusader (787) May 13, 2013 Oklahoma
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    I'll get one bottle of Avery Rumpkin if I see it.
     
  10. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (11,304) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Many of the ones I've tried could not be identified as pumpkin without reading the label - no pumpkin/squash or pumpkin spice taste at all. I only live 3 miles outside the Schlafly distribution area but still have not managed to land any - mostly due to timing - but am determined this year.
     
  11. A_Rad

    A_Rad Aspirant (290) May 8, 2015 Wisconsin
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    I have a case of Pumking and Warlock in my basement from last year (they were on sale for $2.99/bomber) that I am super pumped to crack open. Trying to wait until September...

    Also I always like DFH. Haven't seen the label for this year's yet.

    Also what is the point of posting "I hate pumpkin beers" in this thread? Why are you in this thread?
     
  12. BergBeer

    BergBeer Crusader (765) Aug 21, 2013 Virginia

    EL Gourdo was legitimately a beautiful beer. I hope Firestone makes it again.

    As for beer that I know are coming, Punkin by Dogfish Head is the only one I buy.
     
  13. nick0417

    nick0417 Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2014 Illinois

    Might be something of a controversial choice, but Stevens Point's Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale is hands down the best. Just outstanding.

    I know folks hate on Pumking, but I've found it actually ages pretty well. Just cracked my last bomber from two years ago and it was smooth, toned down, and pretty damn tasty.
     
  14. TNHCS

    TNHCS Initiate (53) Feb 27, 2013 Ohio

    Yeah, I know, I know!! I can't change where I was born and how I was raised.
     
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  15. MNAle

    MNAle Poo-Bah (1,967) Sep 6, 2011 Minnesota
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    I don't recognize the mascot... what college is that?
     
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  16. JDice20

    JDice20 Aspirant (201) Aug 14, 2013 Louisiana
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    The bishops barrel that had pumpkinator aged on rum was outstanding...
     
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  17. Greywulfken

    Greywulfken Poo-Bah (5,010) Aug 25, 2010 New York
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    I'm usually good for a ST Pumking, a DFH Punkin, and a Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin - I've gotten at least one of each every year now, so why not? But then again, my taste for them has diminished considerably over the years, so this year could be the first year I take a pass...

    I still look forward to some barrel-aged, high abv pumpkin ales - Avery releases a couple I dig, and I liked Heavy Seas Greater Pumpkin and a few others over the years, so I'm still game for that kinda action...

    My all-time fave was Heirloom Pumpkin Barleywine from Almanac, but that was a one-and-done...
     
  18. gardenstatepkwy

    gardenstatepkwy Initiate (137) Jun 1, 2014 New Jersey
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    Why do you say Whole Hog is a controversial choice? That beer is awesome. I'm a huge pumpkin fan and thats certainly in my top 5.
     
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  19. Daveshek28

    Daveshek28 Initiate (190) Nov 10, 2015 New York

    Southern Tier says those beers are fine for aging on their website. I have a rum barrel pumpking and warlock from last year still, i'll crack them in September some time and see how they've held up.
     
  20. JohnnyK

    JohnnyK Disciple (305) May 24, 2006 North Carolina

    One i didn't see here is the Alewerks Pumpkin Ale. I take a trip outta state each year to grab this and Schafly Pumpkin.
     
  21. FFFjunkie

    FFFjunkie Zealot (529) Aug 26, 2014 Illinois
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    I would also like to know why Whole Hog is a controversial choice....just out of sheer curiosity...

    @nick0417

    Upon edit: I've never had it so I'm really just wondering.
     
  22. MacMalt

    MacMalt Poo-Bah (4,334) Jan 28, 2015 New Jersey
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    I always look forward to Schlafly. And locally, I really enjoy Carton's Pumpkin Ale.
     
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  23. nick0417

    nick0417 Initiate (0) Jun 13, 2014 Illinois

    Well, just because I anticipated a little shade for suggesting a Point beer...
     
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  24. Jag237

    Jag237 Initiate (102) Aug 23, 2014 Virginia
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    I don't go as crazy on the pumpkin beers as I used to but I always drink at least one Schlafly and Alewerks pumpkin every year, I usually end up buying a Heavy Seas Greater Pumpkin as well
     
  25. Invinciblejets

    Invinciblejets Devotee (483) Sep 29, 2014 South Carolina
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    Pumpkin cinnamon stout. That would be a hit....
     
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  26. JasonJYoung

    JasonJYoung Initiate (106) Jan 7, 2015 Washington
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    Yea, Schlafly and Dogfish indeed. I just wish Avery would let off the gas a little (heat).

    Anyhow, pumpkin beers were showing up in Seattle last week (end of July). Absolutely ridiculous! Saw 10 Barrel Rum Pumpkin bombers at store also. Hell, there are some Octoberfest already in circulation here.
     
  27. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (11,304) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Rum BA Pumpkin Cinnamon Stout...
     
  28. Genuine

    Genuine Devotee (458) May 7, 2009 Connecticut

    I usually have one or two more trips to the beach to appreciate the heat and have some killer seafood before I'm ready to get excited for this year's fall offerings. I'm such a sucker for anything seasonal - I loved when Anchor came out with their Big Leaf Maple and always look forward to ST Pumking, Warlock, Smuttynose Pumpkin, Cisco's Pumple Drumkin, Weyebacher's Imperial, etc. I always looking for new beers of the style and I always homebrew 5 gallons of pumpkin ale each year. I also finally got my hands on ST's Pumking tap handle that'll look great on my kegerator for the season. I still haven't had much from Hopping frog so maybe I 'll look for more of those. I also really enjoyed SN's flipside and any beer that is fall related. Ok, so maybe I'm getting a bit excited.
     
  29. CommanderKeen

    CommanderKeen Initiate (41) May 16, 2017 Texas

    There's a bar that used to keep kegs of Pumpkinator on hand from previous years so patrons could compare and contrast the different "vintages". I love Pumpkinator, but am not really into pumpkin beers. Kinda weird that way.
     
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  30. prost2hefeweizen

    prost2hefeweizen Initiate (0) Aug 6, 2015 Oklahoma

    I always look forward to schlafly's pumpkin ale
     
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  31. gopens44

    gopens44 Poo-Bah (2,365) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
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    I see value in the nostalgic aura that pumpkin beers provide, but I don't think I've had much luck with them. Usually I find more duds than greatness. Even the nostalgia has worn off a bit with the release getting so much earlier than in the past. But even with all my naysaying, a college football Saturday with a hint of crispness in the air seems more well rounded with a pumpkin beer - even if I have to wait until November to enjoy crisp air. There have been two well rated ones I've somehow missed (Schafly and Alewerks) so maybe I can grab those this year
     
  32. SpdKilz

    SpdKilz Poo-Bah (1,690) Jan 8, 2009 Illinois
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    Whole Hog Pumpkin
    Lakefront Brandy Barrel Aged Imperial Pumpkin Ale
    Jolly Pumpkin La Parcela
    Schlafly Pumpkin Ale

    Just saw Schlafly today but didn't get it...I'll hold out a bit longer until I pick up some pumpkin beers!
     
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  33. MistaRyte

    MistaRyte Zealot (566) Jan 14, 2008 Virginia
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    Brothers just broke into the Hampton Roads area, and I'm contemplating getting Fairgrounds (pretty sure it dropped at exceptionALE, other places just got the flagships)... you ever try it?
     
  34. NotAlcoholicJustAHobby

    NotAlcoholicJustAHobby Meyvn (1,067) Jun 13, 2015 Vermont

    I'm not a big fan of most pumpkin beers because they end up being cinnamon bombs. I don't care for cinnamon in any style of beer. My wife likes Pumpking alot. Personally There were only two pumpkin beers that I've enjoyed over the years. One was Smuttynose which was hoppier than the other pumpkin beers. The best by far was Wormtown's Fresh Patch which actually tasted like pumpkin without all the overwhelming spice. I'll pick up the Fresh Patch again if I get down that way in the near future.
     
  35. gopens44

    gopens44 Poo-Bah (2,365) Aug 9, 2010 Virginia
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    Not yet, but I'll add it to my radar
     
  36. McFinniganOfTheFinnigans

    McFinniganOfTheFinnigans Initiate (111) Apr 20, 2017 Maine

  37. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (11,304) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    I'm going on an out of state beer run soon, hope to bag some Schlafly. Not sure how much to buy without having had it.
     
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  38. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Zealot (509) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania
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    Got my hands on New Belgium's Atomic Pumpkin. I'm intrigued by this one. Reviews seem to be either you love it or hate it. Very cool idea.
     
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  39. rgordon

    rgordon Meyvn (1,094) Apr 26, 2012 North Carolina

    I buy 2 4-packs of Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin every year. On those early cold days leading from Fall to Winter, shared in small glasses, it's delicious. Perfect nightcap. Session pumpkin ale likely will not become a thing, maybe.
     
  40. BeanBump

    BeanBump Zealot (573) Dec 14, 2016 California

    Cascade maybe? If so, its not bad. Good mix of squash flavor with some subtle spice and appropriate sourness....well, last year's was anyway.
     
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