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Sep 20, 2013 05:25 PM

Pumpkin Beer

It's that time of year again where pumpkin beer floods the shelves. Well, its actually been there for a month but I refuse to drink it before September. I never cared much for this style but I have to admit its grown on me.

I'm partial to Southern Tier Pumking and Dogfish Punkin. I've had a couple other local versions that I've enjoyed as well (Wormtown was one). Looking for some other favorites to seek out at the packy.

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  1. New Belgium's Pumpkick is worth trying

    1. Also looking forward to some answers to this....

      1. I also like Pumking and will be getting some for Halloween. Once a year is enough for me though.

        1. Packy - you must be in new england.

          Smuttynose used to be one of my favorites (elysian night owl before it went to contract too). I used to be into pumpkin beers, but haven't been too interested in the last couple of years. I tried some Smuttynose pumpkin this year though and thought it was ok - a little overspiced - I used to love this beer because it was recognizeable as a pale ale - seems they have dropped some hop character and upped the spicing a bit. Mixing it 50/50 with Ipswich Oatmeal Stout made a nice pumpkin porter with appropriate levels of spice though.

          The Globe did some hatchet piece on pumpkin ales this year and the "reviewer" thought Cambridge Brewing Great Pumpkin tasted like a Bud product. Doh!

          1. Schlafly is one of the best pumpkin ale's out there

            Pumpkick is not very good IMO for a pumpkin beer, it is fine for a spiced ale but certainly cannot drink more than one and Dogfish Punkin has little pumpkin actual flavor - I think it is very overrated

            Shipyard Smashed is ok if you cannot get Schlafly and will be getting Pumking shipped in to try this year

            Southern Tier Pumking is one of the highest rated pumpkin ale's along with Schlafly

            The Cigar City pumpkin gets a lot of love as well but not sure if they distribute out of FL

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            1. re: Dapuma

              Just tried a Schlafy Pumpkin. It was okay... it just had this sort of "sharp" edge to it... I presume from the significant spicing.

              Not craving it again but glad I tried it.... OTH, not craving any pumpkin beer I've tried so far... just not sure pumpkin really works with beer.

              1. re: TombstoneShadow

                If you don't like Schlafly Pumpkin beer I would have to agree that pumpkin beer is not your thing, because that stuff is near the top of most people's lists for good beers

                I thought it goes down very smoothly for an 8% beer

                Rumkin is very hard to find - I am searching it out because I love rum, and pumpkin beer - the two together (boom - mind exploding)

                1. re: Dapuma

                  Rumpkin sounds like a beer Mr Rat would love. Have to look for it.

                    1. re: JAB

                      That sounds about right.

                      I tried one last week. Did I love it? No, but it was pretty good. I certainly did not feel like I was drinking something that high in alcohol - it masks it pretty well.