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Pumpkin Ales (or Porters) ... your choice(s) please.

Cheese Boy Sep 14, 2012 11:55 PM

I bought a Dogfish Head Punkin Ale twelve ounce, $2.50 plus tax. It was good ... but not great IMO. There's likely a better beer to be had out there somewhere. Are there any pumpkin ales that have an even fuller body (than Dogfish), and with a more pronounced spicy taste?
I was left wanting more for some reason. TIA.

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  1. Chinon00 RE: Cheese Boy Sep 19, 2012 01:06 PM

    Weyerbacher imperial pumpkin ale or Southern Tier Pumking.

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      Cheese Boy RE: Chinon00 Sep 19, 2012 09:33 PM

      Thanks. Now to find them.

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        Shaggy RE: Chinon00 Sep 21, 2012 07:11 PM

        Pumking will do the trick. Liquid pumpkin pie.

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        bte576 RE: Cheese Boy Sep 21, 2012 05:48 AM

        The first pumpkin I ever had was from Lakefront Brewery, so that's usually what I consider my favorite. (Maybe just because of the nostalgia of having it at the brewery on fall brewery tours...)

        However, DFH Punkin was always fuller bodied, so that may not be what your are looking for. We can't get Dogfish here anymore, so I am not sure how this year's batch is.

        Pumpking tastes too fake to me, but I know people who like it. It seems like a love it or hate it beer.

        We did try the double pumpkin from Sam Adams this year and thought it was pretty good, but not amazing.

        As far as a pumpkin porter, I had one once from Summit and really enjoyed it. Not sure if they are still brewing it. However, last year at a random Rock Bottom Brewery the bartender suggested ordering half pumpkin/half stout and that hit the spot. Just thought I would give you that tip as it was something I had never thought to do.

        1. deet13 RE: Cheese Boy Sep 21, 2012 07:44 PM

          Cigar City has their "Good Gourd" Imperial Pumpkin Ale out now.


          We swung by the brewery, had a few, and then I filled up a growler to take home to the wife. She loved it.

          IMO it's pretty damned good, and I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin ales.

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            sadiefox RE: Cheese Boy Sep 26, 2012 11:01 AM

            Looks like you're in NY -- can you get River Horse? Their Imperial Pumpkin is really good.

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              Cheese Boy RE: sadiefox Sep 26, 2012 08:11 PM

              If I find it ... I want to try their Oatmeal Milk Stout too.

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                sadiefox RE: Cheese Boy Oct 8, 2012 12:20 PM

                I love their Milk Stout as well.

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              LStaff RE: Cheese Boy Oct 9, 2012 09:04 AM

              Picked up a 12 pack of Smuttynose pumpkin this weekend. This is a nice version with lots of pumpkin character -(somewhat vegetal, woody, dryness on the tongue), not too spicy, and has a drinkable balance with somewhat substantial hop bitterness. More like a pumpkin pale ale in contrast to all the sweet, amber ale based pumpkin beers. It reminded me a lot of my homebrew pumpkin ale that I haven't brewed in a couple of years - and it should since this is the beer that I modeled mine after almost 10 years ago.

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                cwdonald RE: LStaff Oct 15, 2012 07:05 AM

                River Horse is from NJ .. should be available in NY. Recently had some Elyssian Great Pumpkin that was very good. Southampton makes a good pumpkin beer, Ithaca Country Pumpkin is good too. Southern Tier Punking is worth seeking out especially if on tap.

              2. Dapuma RE: Cheese Boy Oct 19, 2012 02:34 PM

                Schlafly Pumpkin Ale at 8% is just so good

                Dogfish is solid but needs more pumpkin

                If you arent near MO you have to have someone ship the Schlafly to you (worth the money...seriously it is check out the reviews on BA)

                Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin 9% is also very good, not as good as the Schlafly, not quite as smooth but it comes much closer

                I LOVE pumpkin beers and have tried most of what is out there (don't like porter's though) and I trend toward pumpkin forward beers - if price is no object pay for the shipping for Schlafly and let me know what you think

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                  Cheese Boy RE: Dapuma Oct 20, 2012 12:00 AM

                  I just so happen to have a contact in Kansas City.
                  Not sure if I can convince her to go buy me (and ship me) some BEER.

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