SA Pumpkinator Release

Discussion in 'Southwest' started by Jack_Around, Sep 18, 2013.

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  1. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Solution: swallow a vial full of sparkles first... follow the act by taking a bow and saying "tadaaaaa!"
     
  2. HopAG

    HopAG Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2012 Texas
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    HEY BUDDY! Alex has already tried this masterful combination and he was on the floor with ecstasy!
     
  3. jamescain

    jamescain Meyvn (1,002) Jul 14, 2009 Texas
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    But you would have to like both of those beers to begin with and I don't. Pumpkinator I don't mind as much as Pumpking, which I pretty much despise. Although not as much as I do Creme Brulee
     
  4. HopAG

    HopAG Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2012 Texas
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    Welp... To enjoy the diabeetus I've heard that a little whiskey in it goes a long way.
     
  5. Dicers

    Dicers Poo-Bah (1,573) Sep 2, 2012 Texas
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    Vanilla vodka shot dropped in, delicious
     
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  6. Houston_E89

    Houston_E89 Aspirant (263) Sep 10, 2012 Texas

    Pumpkinator '12 aged quite nicely, Dunno if I'll even grab more than a bottle of 2013.
     
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  7. UT-Alex

    UT-Alex Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2012 Texas

    To be fair, I'm not a huge fan of Pumpking. It did a good job of filling in the spices that dropped off in the aged Pumpkinator. I wouldn't have a Pumpking alone, ever.
     
  8. champ103

    champ103 Poo-Bah (3,808) Sep 3, 2007 Texas
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    So, you mean just two releases so far. Oh, and Pumpkin is horrible:wink: I don't know if I have ever had diacetyl and DMS so prevalent at the same time in one beer before. Let alone the out of whack and artificial candy corn flavor. Shudders.
     
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  9. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    I did some research and the general consensus from homebrewers is they purposely allow diacetyl in Pumking to simulate a buttery crust of a pumpkin pie. Also: graham crackers in the brewing process.
     
  10. champ103

    champ103 Poo-Bah (3,808) Sep 3, 2007 Texas
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    It does not taste like crust, it tastes like artificial buttered popcorn, candy corn, and cooked vegetables. People can say it is there on purpose all they want, it still a nasty mess :slight_smile: I don't think Pumpkinator in this form is the best out there (DR 9 is still sublime), but it is worlds better than almost anything Southern Tier.
     
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  11. UT-Alex

    UT-Alex Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2012 Texas

    DMS is the cooked vegetable flavor, not diacetyl.
     
  12. champ103

    champ103 Poo-Bah (3,808) Sep 3, 2007 Texas
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    I know, that is why I said it has both diacetyl and DMS.
     
  13. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    I think that grilled vegetable flavor would be great in a beer... especially if it had smoked meat flavor.

    That or I'm just hungry for dinner.
     
  14. UT-Alex

    UT-Alex Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2012 Texas


    Whoops. You literally just said that. I thought you were specifically referring to diacetyl flavors only. Carry on...
     
  15. champ103

    champ103 Poo-Bah (3,808) Sep 3, 2007 Texas
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    Ha, I hit post reply to you to fast, and didn't finish my thought...sorry.
     
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  16. Houston_E89

    Houston_E89 Aspirant (263) Sep 10, 2012 Texas

    I wasn't impressed by Pumking, Pumpkinator is still the king of Pumpkin Beers for me - I wanna try Warlock.
     
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  17. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2012 Texas

    You need to find a bottle of Good Gourd. It takes a bit of work, but nothing impossible. :slight_smile:
     
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  18. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    Or some family in Florida. It's abundant. That my favorite pumpkin beer!

    Just wish it wasn't $12/bottle.
     
  19. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2012 Texas

    I'm lucky to have good Florida connections who want TX beer.
     
  20. Bluestar

    Bluestar Initiate (0) Mar 5, 2012 Texas


    I was in a tiny little liquor store on st. pete's beach in July, and found a lone bottle of Good Gourd in the back of the fridge.... bought it and took it home with me...

    I asked the owner about it when I picked it up... he said the Cigar City guy came in once a week (and this was truth as they had Jai Alai there that was less than a week old according to the packaging date), and had told him "to keep it in there, it's still good and someone will want it".... it was a great pumpkin beer.... to be fair though, the fresh Jai Alai was one of the best things I've had in a long time....

    I had a 2011 pumpkinator last week... I hadn't found the spices fell off too much at all... in fact , I found the beer had quite a nice balance, glad I have 2 more left :wink:.... i have a 2012 pumpkinator to crack in the fridge soon.... i'll report back later on that one....

    can't wait to get more pumpkinator for 2013... it is by far my fav pumpkin beer...

    also, for anyone interested... was at karbach on friday when krunkin' was rolled out... the reciepe has been changed from last year... a lot more pumpkin spices than i remember... i enjoyed it a lot more than the original.
     
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  21. brystmar

    brystmar Initiate (0) Sep 2, 2009 Texas

    Pumpkinator is one of my favs too! I'll be buying a bunch if/when it makes it to Dallas.

    You should try these if you haven't already: Almanac Heirloom Pumpkin, CCB Good Gourd, and Midnight Sun TREAT. And if you have a trading partner in the mid-Atlantic region, snag some Devious Imperial Pumpkin by Bethlehem Brew Works. That stuff's tasty.
     
  22. Cablejelly

    Cablejelly Initiate (0) Sep 6, 2010 Texas

    Huge pumkinator fan and even bigger pumpkin beer whore. I always appreciate a list of good pumpkin beer so thanks for that. On a side note, and I may be pumping myself up for nothing, but in addition to Warlock I'm really really REALLY looking forward to trying DEB Gourdzilla. Smoked pie pumpkins and sweet potatoes? yes please!
     
  23. snargles

    snargles Initiate (0) Aug 14, 2013 Texas

    anyone tried Warlock? I wonder how it stacks up against the 'nator. Did it make it down here in bottles? I'm getting trigger shy with So. Tier after Creme Brulee and Pumking, both those tasted like ales brewed for circus clowns, I kept expecting to find a toy inside the bottle.
     
  24. kmello69

    kmello69 Defender (618) Nov 27, 2011 Texas
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    Warlock is pretty decent, and not sickly sweet like some of their other beers. Its a bit too roasty right now, though, and that overwhelms the other flavors a little bit. I think if you sit it down for 6 months, it will smooth out a bit and be excellent. Even as it is I would definitely drink again, but its not as good as Pumpkinator.
     
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  25. thewrongtone

    thewrongtone Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2006 Texas

    I shamelessly like Pumking and Creme Brulee. I don't get why people hate on the sweetness of Creme Brulee...you know what you're getting into. It's a beer named after a dessert. Do you despise sweets in general? "Oh, I had to drainpour this milkshake. It was cloyingly sweet."

    Anyway, I love Southern Tier, and I just need some Pumpkinator to compare. I've lived in TX for five years now and have never seen it. (disclaimer: I live in Laredo) We have been getting some SA special release love lately at our Spec's, so I am holding out hope.

    Also, need to hit up my FL buddy for some Good Gourd.
     
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  26. mattisloco

    mattisloco Devotee (413) Feb 13, 2007 Texas
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    Good Gourd is the shizzzzzzzz

    Let me know if your Specs doesn't come through for you. I'll ship you some Pumpkinator for cost+shipping.
     
  27. thewrongtone

    thewrongtone Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2006 Texas

    Awesome, thanks!
     
  28. UT-Alex

    UT-Alex Initiate (0) Sep 15, 2012 Texas

    Good Gourd is damn good. I want to set up a small pumpkin tasting with that, Good Gourd Almighty (when it's released), Rumpkin, Bishop's Barrel 5, Schlafly Pumpkin, Pumpkinator and maybe a few others.
     
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  29. HopAG

    HopAG Initiate (0) Sep 22, 2012 Texas
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    Hell yeah man!
     
  30. miikezombie

    miikezombie Aspirant (247) Aug 13, 2010 Texas

    I've done this; garnished with a hollowed out Slim Jim straw.
     
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  31. DanzBorin

    DanzBorin Initiate (0) Apr 11, 2012 Texas

    When you've had a better Creme Brulee beer you will hate the ST version.

    Southern Start did a Creme Brulee Buried Hatchet and it was SO much better. :grinning:
     
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  32. Dicers

    Dicers Poo-Bah (1,573) Sep 2, 2012 Texas
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    Just got me 5 bottles of the fly from a trader in MO it's delicious!
     
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  33. Lutter

    Lutter Initiate (0) Jun 30, 2010 Texas

    If you mix 50% Pumpkinator and 50% Warlock... is that the equivalent of dividing by zero? :slight_smile:
     
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  34. Dicers

    Dicers Poo-Bah (1,573) Sep 2, 2012 Texas
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    Is release 14th or 15th?
     
  35. TxUltraRunner

    TxUltraRunner Disciple (356) Aug 16, 2012 Texas
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    14th per email from SA
     
  36. snargles

    snargles Initiate (0) Aug 14, 2013 Texas

    nah I love sweet, my favorite brews are usually fairly sweet, evreything to me just tasted like real phony extracts in those, especially brulee, I found pumking just bizarre, I admire the gusto, but if I had made that, I would have sold for half price as a failed experiment. Haha I would never drainpour a milkshake, drainpours are for sissies. If I pay good money for the thing, Ima drink it all whether I like it or not unless it's contaminated or something, or maybe a Leinenkugel shandy which I wouldn't wish upon my worst enemy.
     
  37. StArnoldFan

    StArnoldFan Defender (603) Dec 28, 2012 Texas
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    Dumbest thing I've read in awhile. So you force yourself to drink stuff you don't like just cause you spent a few bucks on it? Glad I don't have money problems and if I don't like it, I'll drain it.
     
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  38. miikezombie

    miikezombie Aspirant (247) Aug 13, 2010 Texas

    Might I interest you in half a case of Mama Mia It's Pizza Beer! It's nearly a year old, so I'm certain the tomato and basil has mellowed out a bit. Pairs well with Totino's Pizza Rolls and Tum's.
     
  39. thewrongtone

    thewrongtone Initiate (0) Oct 15, 2006 Texas

    I've only drained maybe six beers since I started drinking real beer ~10 years ago. Maybe I'm an optomist, but I can usually find a redeeming quality.

    I drained Harpoon Grateful Harvest, Green Flash Friendship Brew, and a few gluten-free "beers."
     
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  40. snargles

    snargles Initiate (0) Aug 14, 2013 Texas

    well it was mainly a joke, because some things truly are just too nasty to finish, but out of thousands I've had maybe 4 or five I couldn't finish. like wrongtone, I usually try to find some good in it if at all possible, it's more about getting the most out of it, and giving it a thorough assessment beyond just a sip or two, it has nothing to do with money problems (what a douchebag thing to say by the way) I just notice way too many reviews where people are eager to "drainpour" every mediocre brew for dramatic effect, when there are many as you say, poor souls with "money problems" who would love to have some sips... I don't drink hot sauce to prove how cool i is, but I'm gonna get more fun out of chugging down a sub-par brew than throwing it away like a little girlie-man.
     
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