Underrated seasonals

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  1. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Disciple (363) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    As the title says, what are some underrated seasonals? Remember, this is all subjective. I'll throw a few out. I'm drinking a Blue Moon Harvest Moon and it is underrated, in my opinion. I say that because while it won't blow your sox off, neither will most other pumpkin beers below around 7% abv. Actually, most pumpkin ales that are lower ABV are not bery good and some are mediocre. This beer is pretty decent and a value purchase with that thought in mind. I feel this beer gets a bad rap due to the ownership that brews it.

    Next, Sierra Nevada's Coffee Stout. It has a small cult following that speaks up a good bit. Outside of that, this beer is AMAZING at 6.5%, I believe. This is subjective, but that beer is so well done for what it is. I've had many 9-10% stouts that taste worse.

    Lastly, and there are many more, but lastly, Schlafly Christmas Ale. This beer is overshadowed by a famous sibling: Schlafly Pumpkin Ale. Sure, I prefer the pumpkin most of the time and it is a highly routed beer by pumpkin aficionados. Still, the beer screams Christmas and is almost as well put together as the more famous Schlafly seasonal. Christmas spices abound and the base beer is nice. Great for a fireplace, snow, and holiday cheer. BUT, you don't hear much about it.

    Chime in people, what are your underrated seasonals?
     
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  2. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (2,063) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    St lupulin, red chair, ten fidy, tweak, runoff red, tumbler r.I.p., sommersault r.I.p.
     
  3. johnnybgood1999

    johnnybgood1999 Disciple (363) Oct 31, 2008 Virginia

    Definitely RIP Tumbler.
     
  4. Hoos78

    Hoos78 Disciple (301) Mar 3, 2015 Ohio

    Red Chair is so damn good. IMO it is right there with SNPA for the gold standard in the style.
     
  5. BeastOfTheNortheast

    BeastOfTheNortheast Zealot (556) Dec 26, 2009 Pennsylvania

  6. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,487) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    Great Lakes Nosferatu
    Samiclaus
    Corsendonk Christmas Ale
     
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  7. hillind

    hillind Aspirant (286) Apr 24, 2010 Pennsylvania

    Victory Moonglow
    Sly Fox Oktoberfest
    Sierra Nevada Summerfest
    Stone Pataskala
     
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  8. bbtkd

    bbtkd Poo-Bah (14,339) Sep 20, 2015 South Dakota
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    Sam Adams Merry Maker Gingerbread Stout. This was last bottled two years ago in bombers, and now is tap only. I am not a fan of gingerbread, but I love this beer. You know how they say a beer is flavored like xxxx but you have to strain to detect xxxx? Not here - big gingerbread taste and nose smack you in the face.
     
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  9. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Poo-Bah (1,843) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    great divide hibernation ale, it's a phenomenal old ale that gets no love here.
     
  10. TonyLema1

    TonyLema1 Poo-Bah (1,932) Nov 19, 2008 South Carolina
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    Thirsty a Dog 12 Dogs of Christmas
     
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  11. JTW10

    JTW10 Initiate (68) Nov 25, 2013 Pennsylvania

    Jolly Pumpkin Noel de Calabaza
    Left Hand Wake Up Dead nitro


    Both of these are so, so good. Also another vote for nosferatu and moonglow
     
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  12. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (2,063) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    BA hibernation rules, as does cans of hibernation.
     
  13. dcotom

    dcotom Poo-Bah (2,958) Aug 4, 2014 Iowa
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    SN Flipside. RiP. :slight_frown::slight_frown::slight_frown:
     
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  14. Scott17Taylor

    Scott17Taylor Poo-Bah (1,843) Oct 28, 2013 Iowa
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    The BA version was incredible. I'm currently building verticles of the regular, I'm only seeing cans this year. I was hoping for bottles, but it'll have to work.
     
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  15. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,199) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
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    Ballantine Burton Ale
    Cape Ann Fisherman's Pumpkin Stout
    Deschutes Jubleale
    Gritty's Christmas Ale
    Magic Hat Roxy Rolles (RIP)
    Magic Hat Jinx (RIP) [EDIT: looks like it returned for this season...yay!]
    Magic Hat Heart of Darkness (RIP) [EDIT: looks like it returned for this season...yay!]
    Magic Hat Howl (RIP) [EDIT: looks like it returned for this season...yay!]
    Narragansett Bock (RIP?)

    EDIT: looks like I need to look for Magic Hat for the first time in years. That "Night of the Living Dead" 12 pack looks like their best lineup in years!


    Tumbler gets so much (well deserved) "RIP" love but nobody ever reminisces about Glissade golden bock. God damn I miss that beer!
     
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  16. HorseheadsHophead

    HorseheadsHophead Poo-Bah (2,425) Sep 15, 2014 Colorado
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    Bell's Best Brown Ale and Velvet Merlin.
     
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  17. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (2,063) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    Never heard of it. But rip anyways. :astonished:
     
  18. Jay_P22

    Jay_P22 Aspirant (233) Mar 17, 2016 Virginia

    Nugget nectar
    Tumbler
    Red chair
    Hardywood GBS series
     
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  19. keithmurray

    keithmurray Meyvn (1,487) Oct 7, 2009 Connecticut

    +1 on the Narragansett Bock, they need to bring that one back!
     
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  20. craigbelly

    craigbelly Poo-Bah (1,673) Dec 31, 2015 Iowa
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    Red Chair without a doubt
    New Holland Icabod if you're down with a little pumpkin in the fall
    Abrasive from Surly. So many great IPA's. Dont sleep on this one.
     
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  21. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Aspirant (244) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania

    Any Sierra Nevada Winter Pack around Christmas time, perfect cheap seasonal fixings
     
  22. alucard6679

    alucard6679 Aspirant (242) Jul 29, 2012 Arizona

    Off the top of my head....

    Anderson Valley Fall Hornin' and their Summer Solstice (not enough people make good cream ales)
    N'ice Chouffe
    Samichlaus
    Deschutes Jubalale
     
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  23. IPAExpert69

    IPAExpert69 Aspirant (244) Aug 2, 2017 Pennsylvania

    Any Sierra Nevada Winter Pack around Christmas time, perfect cheap seasonal fixings
     
  24. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,199) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
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    Hahaha I appreciate your sympathy. It was the SN spring seasonal back in ~2009 or so, back when Tumbler was their fall seasonal. It (sort of) lives on as Old Chico Brand Pale Bock but they only distribute the Old Chico lineup of beers in CA:slight_frown:. Cheers!
     
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  25. Urk1127

    Urk1127 Poo-Bah (2,061) Jul 2, 2014 Pennsylvania
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    Sixpoint Global Warmer.

    The best red ipa ive had. Winter seasonal.
     
  26. SFACRKnight

    SFACRKnight Poo-Bah (2,063) Jan 20, 2012 Colorado
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    I get it. New Belgium Sommersault was my go to summer beer. While there are other great options, nothing seems to trip my trigger the same way. I always feel for someone who has lost their beer!
     
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  27. Luscious_Malfoy

    Luscious_Malfoy Poo-Bah (3,908) Oct 5, 2016 Illinois
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    3 Floyd's Alpha Klaus Xmas porter. maybe it's just the Midwesterner in me, but this is a holiday staple for me.
     
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  28. tzieser

    tzieser Meyvn (1,199) Nov 21, 2006 New Jersey
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    I think I had that one a few seasons ago when they brought it back in their summer variety pack. It was good and I can get why you like it so much. I love when breweries go into their archive (like Magic Hat does for example) and bring back some classics. If only more of the "old school" craft breweries did that more often (BBC I'm looking at you!! Bring back Double Bock!)
     
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  29. threeviews

    threeviews Initiate (0) Apr 18, 2011 Florida

    - The Fear (Flying Dog)
    - QUAD (Weyerbacher)
    - Rye 95 (Two Roads)

    Sadly on hiatus, but well worthy of mention:
    - Blasphemy (Weyerbacher...QUAD's barrel aged brother)
    - Hop Crisis (21st Amendment)
     
  30. BeanBump

    BeanBump Initiate (0) Dec 14, 2016 California

    I'd go with:
    - Deschutes Jubalale
    - Delirium Noel
    - Islay Ale Co's Kildalton Ale (super obscure, I know)
     
  31. Selby56

    Selby56 Initiate (71) Nov 12, 2014 Pennsylvania

    Bell's Smitten was always a favorite of mine. I feel like it was often overlooked because it came out right after Hopslam and right before Oberon. It would just kinda get lost in the shuffle I feel, and I'm sad it has been (hopefully temporarily) retired.

    Other seasonal favorites that I feel are overlooked:

    -Great Lakes Ohio City
    -Bell's Best Brown
    -Dark Horse Sapient Trip Ale
    -Short's Juicy Tree
    -Wiseacre Starless
    -Jackalope Spruce Beersteen
     
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  32. Brolo75

    Brolo75 Initiate (0) Aug 10, 2013 California
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    I think Wintertide Ale is the most underrated seasonal I've tasted recently.
     
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  33. scottakelly

    scottakelly Zealot (526) May 9, 2007 Ohio

    One of my all time favorite pale ales.
     
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  34. scottakelly

    scottakelly Zealot (526) May 9, 2007 Ohio

    Founders Curmudgeon comes to mind.

    Any pretty much every German import Oktoberfest.
     
  35. Mindsculptor

    Mindsculptor Initiate (0) Dec 6, 2013 Texas

    Any of the Lakewood Temptress variants.
     
  36. denver10

    denver10 Poo-Bah (2,931) Nov 17, 2010 New Mexico
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    St. Lupulin, Runoff Red and and Red Chair were the first 3 to cross my mind.

    Also, Odell Isolation Ale. Don't generally care for winter warmers but love that beer, personally.
     
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  37. BigJim5021

    BigJim5021 Zealot (503) Sep 2, 2007 Indiana

    It would probably get more love if it wasn't one of FFF's endless overpriced bombers.

    My vote is gonna go to Brooklyn Winter Lager (formerly Insulated Dark Lager). It's a fantastic schwarzbier, which is a criminally underrepresented style.
     
  38. nc41

    nc41 Poo-Bah (2,771) Sep 25, 2008 North Carolina
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    I'd go to a brewery I for the most part pick on, but I like SA Winter Warmer.
     
  39. Lazhal

    Lazhal Devotee (477) Mar 13, 2011 Michigan
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    Founders Mosaic Promise
     
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  40. Hophazzard

    Hophazzard Disciple (323) Aug 16, 2014 California

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