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(Boston.com)   Pumpkin is in the air, it's in your latte and on your porch. More importantly it's in your beer. Here are six of this season's best   (boston.com) divider line 118
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2013-09-12 02:18:56 PM
Worst. seasonal. ever.
 
2013-09-12 02:19:10 PM
I got sick from eating too much pumpkin bread when I was a kid and can't stand the taste now, so I won't be drinking any pumpkin beer. Harvest ale, however... come to mama...

/yes, this includes pumpkin pie
//shudder
 
2013-09-12 02:20:41 PM
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2013-09-12 02:20:51 PM
I agree with the Germans. Don't put shiat like that in your beer. Grain, hops, yeast, and water and no more.
 
2013-09-12 02:21:44 PM
I imagine my annual hunt for Saint Arnold Pumpkinator will begin soon enough.
 
2013-09-12 02:21:56 PM
That shiat is gross.

/stop liking what i don't like
//seriously, that shiat is gross
 
2013-09-12 02:22:39 PM
Pumpkin should be reserved for pies, with lots of sugar and whipped cream.  Absolutely nothing else, ever.
 
2013-09-12 02:23:52 PM
About the only thing that makes beer better is coffee, and even then it's only in a stout. Outside of that please don't put stuff in my beer.

/ Thank you.
 
2013-09-12 02:24:48 PM
To me pumpkin in beer is the equivalent to pineapple on pizza, it has no business being in there.  I know it's just how I feel, some people like it, that's fine.  I find it kinda gross.
 
2013-09-12 02:25:06 PM
Pumpkin beer is garbage. It was made as a necessity, not by choice... the settlers had little else to brew with in those times. The stuff you buy today is not true pumpkin beer. It is pumpkin flavored beer that 9 times out of 10 testes like perfumey pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin beer is stupid.
 
2013-09-12 02:25:09 PM
should be "best pumpkin beers you can easily get in the northeast, and specifically around boston" but yeah, sure. People around here *love* this stuff, and i just don't understand it.
 
2013-09-12 02:25:31 PM
I'm holding out for yam flavored ale.

And how about brussel sprouts?  They're festive.
 
2013-09-12 02:27:17 PM

Marcus Aurelius: I'm holding out for yam flavored ale.

And how about brussel sprouts?  They're festive.


Half of these are actually yam-based.

Punkin rules.

Pumking sucks the d.
 
2013-09-12 02:27:40 PM
Pumpkins are good for 3 things.
Jack -O-Lanterns
Shooting with a gun
Tossing with a catapult

That is it
 
2013-09-12 02:28:17 PM
Keep your shiat out of my farking beer.

/thank you
//youdamndirtyhippies
 
2013-09-12 02:28:25 PM
I used a Chocolate Stout and a Raspberry Cider to make an awesome "black n tan" variant.
 
2013-09-12 02:30:27 PM
Call it what it is: nutmeg beer
Pumpkin has no flavor.
 
2013-09-12 02:30:28 PM
Tried it once a few years ago, I think it was the Dogfish Head. Farking nasty...
 
2013-09-12 02:30:33 PM

Tunacrab: ... It was made as a necessity, not by choice... the settlers had little else to brew with in those times.


You could say the same thing about the hops in an IPA; they were only added as a preservative. People develop a taste for the strangest things.
Semi-related, Yard's makes a historical brew that replaces malt with molasses and hops with spruce tips. You brew with what you have, and sometimes you wind up enjoying it.
 
2013-09-12 02:31:26 PM
I"m drinking the Sam adams from a variety pack and I like it. But I only have one at a time.

Worst beer I ever had was their Little white Rye. Flavored with Sage and just nasty to drink. But I'd crock pot cook chicken with it.
 
2013-09-12 02:31:46 PM
I don't mind stuff in my beer.  Sometimes it can add a nice sourness, like dandelions for example:
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But fall seasonals are my least favorite seasonals.
 
2013-09-12 02:34:20 PM
I miss pumpkin latte. :-(

Pumpkin in beer is a farking sacrilege.
 
2013-09-12 02:34:50 PM
Pumpkin beer.
Isn't that what the kids put in a brown bag and put on your porch and light on fire and ring the door bell and run way from?
 
2013-09-12 02:35:16 PM
I only have access to one in the article, and I can attest that this statement is true:

Speaking of overwhelming cinnamon, Shipyard Pumpkinhead scored the worst or second-worst for each of us. It's the Bud Light of pumpkin beer, an overwhelming burst of cinnamon barely concealing a flimsy, unappealing brew.
 
2013-09-12 02:35:21 PM
Greenport Harbor Leaf Pile is particularly good. Give it a try.
 
2013-09-12 02:35:26 PM
Good news- if you like pumpkin beer, there's more for you!

//'Cause I ain't drinkin' that crap.
 
2013-09-12 02:35:58 PM
Vermont Crockery produces an exquisite Candycornweizen this time of year.

It is cheery and just cloyingly treaclish enough to make you stuggle long enough to wrestle with the subtle undertones of blargh that follow.  The mouth feel is amazingly dense and can only be described as back room of the Ramrodish in its depth and testicular brininess.
 
2013-09-12 02:37:45 PM
Here are six of the season's best least awful

FTFY, subby
 
2013-09-12 02:38:03 PM
They misspelled Schafly six times.

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2013-09-12 02:38:42 PM

Devo: I used a Chocolate Stout and a Raspberry Cider to make an awesome "black n tan" variant.


Ah, the ole Raspberry Tarte.

I appreciate your pushing the envelope of beer combinations.
 
2013-09-12 02:38:53 PM

Tunacrab: It is pumpkin flavored beer that 9 times out of 10 testes like perfumey pumpkin pie


Why is one testis the lone holdout?
 
2013-09-12 02:39:00 PM

brap: Vermont Crockery produces an exquisite Candycornweizen this time of year.

It is cheery and just cloyingly treaclish enough to make you stuggle long enough to wrestle with the subtle undertones of blargh that follow.  The mouth feel is amazingly dense and can only be described as back room of the Ramrodish in its depth and testicular brininess.


Everyday I'm stugglin'
 
2013-09-12 02:39:23 PM
Not a huge fan of Pumpkin beers, but Southern Tier's Pumpking is pretty damn good. Far better than DogfishHead's.
 
2013-09-12 02:39:39 PM
I hate the part where they're forcing everybody to drink it.  I don't feel that's at all fair to those of us who don't care for such things.
 
2013-09-12 02:39:50 PM
Last year I had a Woodchuck seasonal cider that had pumpkin in it, and it was absolutely delicious. Like some sort of apple pumpkin pie that made you drunk. Hope they bring it back this year.
 
2013-09-12 02:40:24 PM
I don't really like flavored beer, but I love fall SO much that I will absolutely get one pumpkin beer at some point, as well as a pumpkin spice latte from starbucks.  The reminder that fall is coming that is implied by those flavors makes me very happy.
 
2013-09-12 02:40:59 PM

jigger: I agree with the Germans. Don't put shiat like that in your beer. Grain, hops, yeast, and water and no more.


They had to modify their rules since they're part of the European Economic Council.  Brewers in Germany can make non-Reinheitsgebot beers for export and for internal consumption, but they can't call it beer.

What's that?  Why yes I did just read that in my beer book yesterday.
 
2013-09-12 02:41:14 PM
How about if we just leave beer ALONE.  You know - let it just be beer?
 
2013-09-12 02:41:21 PM
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2013-09-12 02:42:36 PM
jigger:
I agree with the Germans. Don't put shiat like that in your beer. Grain, hops, yeast, and water and no more.

Lighten up, Fritz.  The people who wrote the Bavarian Purity Law probably never traveled more than fifty miles from where they were born.  Of course they didn't like variety.

Tunacrab:
Pumpkin beer is garbage. It was made as a necessity, not by choice... the settlers had little else to brew with in those times. The stuff you buy today is not true pumpkin beer. It is pumpkin flavored beer that 9 times out of 10 testes like perfumey pumpkin pie.

Pumpkin beer is stupid.


You too.

I just had this last night.

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Nice, didn't taste like pumpkin pie at all.  Just an unusual-tasting seasonal beer.
 
2013-09-12 02:45:43 PM
My wife and I don't consume any gourds.  We also don't own a TV.

/amidoinitrite?

Seriously though, I stopped at DD for a coffee on the way into work the other morning, and I almost came in my pants when I saw they had pumpkin coffee already.  Pumpkin beer is justalrightformedog, but I LOVE pumpkin coffee.
 
2013-09-12 02:45:48 PM
Pumpkin is down there with cherry as a flavor that should be avoided at all costs when it comes to beer.

/Every year I try one.
//Every year I nearly vomit.
 
2013-09-12 02:46:28 PM
get your pumpkins out of my shiat.
 
2013-09-12 02:46:43 PM
Meh... Octoberfest > Pumpkin beers.  For fall, I buya few pints of Ayinger fest-märzen at Trader Joe's, and that's about it.
 
2013-09-12 02:47:21 PM

Unoriginal_Username: Pumpkins are good for 3 things.
Jack -O-Lanterns
Shooting with a gun
Tossing with a catapult

That is it


4th: Cannon, pneumatic or combustion.
 
2013-09-12 02:48:06 PM
I'd rather have a pumpkin beer than some flavourless douchebag lager with a lime shoved down the neck of the bottle.
 
2013-09-12 02:48:24 PM
I can handle a balanced pumpkin ale or two each season. I like to taste to pumpkin, and the slightest hint of spice. Post Road from Brooklyn Brewery is usually pretty good to my taste. That Wolaver's FTFA sounds worth trying. I also like high IBU IIPAs like Hopslam and Dreadnaught. You don't have to like what I like.
 
2013-09-12 02:49:01 PM
I've tried to like it, I just don't.

The Dunkin Donuts pumpkin coffee is kind of nice, but only because it's like drinking a donut.
 
2013-09-12 02:49:25 PM

envirovore: Not a huge fan of Pumpkin beers, but Southern Tier's Pumpking is pretty damn good. Far better than DogfishHead's.


Came here to say this. I love that stuff and always keep three or four bottles onhand.

And to the naysayers whining about pumpkin beer ... good!  Means more for me!!!

// Pumpkin beers also mean that my favorite holiday ... Double Bastards season ... is just around the corner!
 
2013-09-12 02:49:36 PM
Southern Tier's is the best I've tasted. I work at a bar and I am expected to be able to describe e the beer. I can usually say something nice about any beer. The toughest was Buckeye, a local dirt-cheap pilsner.

I finally settled on, "Imagine if the beer from The Simpsons was real."
 
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