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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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2013-09-12 02:50:10 PM

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


German brewing "wisdom" could never stay consistent with itself let alone be used to establish the end all be all of beer.

The Belgians rival them and they sure as hell use more ingredients than grain, hops, yeast and water.
 
2013-09-12 02:52:41 PM

No Such Agency: 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.


Ok, I don't agree that it should be the law. lemme just say that
 
2013-09-12 02:57:46 PM

wildbill0712: They misspelled Schlafly six times.

FTFY. Spelling aside, you are correct. (I heard the other the day that 1/10 of Schlafly's total volume and 1/3 their yearly profit comes from their pumpkin ale sales.)
 
2013-09-12 02:58:23 PM
Somehow I'm not surprised that the one they call the "bud light of pumpkin beers" is also the top seller.

I am surprised that they hated Southern Tier Pumking. Many craft beer fans like that one.

Talos: How about if we just leave beer ALONE.  You know - let it just be beer?


Are you limiting it to Budweiser style swill or perhaps to the Bavarian purity law? Why? Beer covers a huge range of styles and flavors. There are 75+ distinctive styles of beer and that includes some "catch all" styles that have enormous variance even within that style such as American strong ales or fruit beer or spice/herbal/vegetable beer. There are regional styles of beer that go back hundreds of years and may not even contain hops such as sahti.

Sure, let beer be beer.
 
2013-09-12 03:00:16 PM

patrick767: Somehow I'm not surprised that the one they call the "bud light of pumpkin beers" is also the top seller.

I am surprised that they hated Southern Tier Pumking. Many craft beer fans like that one.

Talos: How about if we just leave beer ALONE.  You know - let it just be beer?

Are you limiting it to Budweiser style swill or perhaps to the Bavarian purity law? Why? Beer covers a huge range of styles and flavors. There are 75+ distinctive styles of beer and that includes some "catch all" styles that have enormous variance even within that style such as American strong ales or fruit beer or spice/herbal/vegetable beer. There are regional styles of beer that go back hundreds of years and may not even contain hops such as sahti.

Sure, let beer be beer.


I think Pumking is great.  More a bready pumpkin flavor instead of the pumpkin pie that so many seem to aim for.  It's my neighbor's favorite too - he gets a case each year.
 
2013-09-12 03:04:32 PM
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2013-09-12 03:05:08 PM
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I like it, anyway.
 
2013-09-12 03:05:12 PM
Pumking is syrup.

Heretical syrup.
 
2013-09-12 03:06:46 PM
It's a trick list.

There are no good pumpkin beers.
 
2013-09-12 03:07:43 PM

Ker_Thwap: Pumpkin should be reserved for pies, with lots of sugar and whipped cream.  Absolutely nothing else, ever.


Pumpkin can be used in any recipe where you normally used a hard winter squash. For example, roasted:
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2013-09-12 03:08:01 PM
When the weather's hot and sticky
That's no time for dunkin' dickey,
But when the frost is on the pumpkin,
That's the time for dickey dunkin'.
 
2013-09-12 03:08:10 PM

guilt by association: Meh... Octoberfest > Pumpkin beers.  For fall, I buya few pints of Ayinger fest-märzen at Trader Joe's, and that's about it.



QFT.  I'm really looking forward to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.  Oktoberfest beers up to your eyeballs.
 
2013-09-12 03:08:19 PM

Talos: How about if we just leave beer ALONE.  You know - let it just be beer?


We tried that. We ended up with Bud Light.

Anyway...

Dogfish Head is okay, but Uinta's pumpkin beer is the best of the bunch.
 
2013-09-12 03:09:27 PM

MrJesus: Pumking is syrup.

Heretical syrup.


I seem to recall from the ingredient list that it's JUICE, actually. I could be wrong though; I only bought it once because my sister was in Germany and wanted to live vicariously through me. I thought I was going to hurl on the first swig (see aforementioned pumpkin hatred), but I got used to it by the end of the bottle. Still, no desire to try it again.
 
2013-09-12 03:12:50 PM
Southern Tier makes quite a few good high gravity beers.  I like how they make it to the West Coast too.  The PDX Mellow Mushroom always has a few of theirs on draft.
 
2013-09-12 03:13:04 PM

TofuTheAlmighty: wildbill0712: They misspelled Schlafly six times. FTFY. Spelling aside, you are correct. (I heard the other the day that 1/10 of Schlafly's total volume and 1/3 their yearly profit comes from their pumpkin ale sales.)


Crap, I should preview before chastising. I follow them on the book of faces, and the 1/10th of total volume was one of their reasons given for having to brew in August. Basically they would have to brew ONLY pumpkin for almost a month to get it done in season and not early. Several people complained about the August delivery. It made me a happy camper.
 
2013-09-12 03:16:06 PM
Yeah the only seasonal beer I like is Oktoberfest but that's not even really a seasonal beer. It only turned out that way because of how it was brewed. I don't want spices and weird shiat in my beer. I can't even find a real hefeweizen anymore that doesn't have orange zest and whatever other summertime crap people think should go in a light refreshing summer beer. No. I want real beer.


/admits to enjoying coffee stout as well, so yeah I guess there is one exception.
 
2013-09-12 03:16:20 PM

thismomentinblackhistory: 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."

Southern Tier Brewing Company is by far my favorite brand going right now. They never make a bad beer.
Their Pumking (ale) & Warlock (stout) are the best pumpkin beers you'll ever drink.

Harpoon makes a nice pumpkin stout as well.
 
2013-09-12 03:16:40 PM
Before people lose their shiat,

Cisco Brewers Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale, Bluepoint Pumpkin Ale, Southern Tier Pumking, Harpoon UFO Pumpkin, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Hoppin' Frog Double Pumpkin, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, Cambridge Brewing Company Great Pumpkin Ale, Ithaca Brewing Country Pumpkin, Shipyard Brewing Pumpkinhead, Smuttynose Brewing Pumpkin Ale, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin, Jack-O-Traveler Shandy, Wolaver's Pumpkin Ale, Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale, and Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout

it looks like they stayed regionally focused in the Northeast.  Fine, out of that limited selection, the top six they chose probably weren't horrible choices.

I think the Weyerbacher and Southern Tier are both excellent.  I have been meaning to try the Cigar City Good Gourd.  The Schlafly Pumpkin seasonal is also quite good.
 
2013-09-12 03:21:39 PM
I meant to post FTFA:

The beers we sampled, in order, were Cisco Brewers Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale, Bluepoint Pumpkin Ale, Southern Tier Pumking, Harpoon UFO Pumpkin, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Hoppin' Frog Double Pumpkin, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, Cambridge Brewing Company Great Pumpkin Ale, Ithaca Brewing Country Pumpkin, Shipyard Brewing Pumpkinhead, Smuttynose Brewing Pumpkin Ale, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin, Jack-O-Traveler Shandy, Wolaver's Pumpkin Ale, Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale, and Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout.

Also, the trend this year is pumpkin stouts as opposed to pumpkin ales.  Definitely want to try the Warlock.  Elysian makes on too apparently.
 
2013-09-12 03:24:29 PM

Tomahawk513: guilt by association: Meh... Octoberfest > Pumpkin beers.  For fall, I buya few pints of Ayinger fest-märzen at Trader Joe's, and that's about it.


QFT.  I'm really looking forward to Oktoberfest Zinzinnati.  Oktoberfest beers up to your eyeballs.


Sure, but with the general seasonal creep, it's when - mid-June?

Last night, I drank a Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat that was hiding in my fridge from last year. Tasted just fine, but didn't feel right when it was also 80 degrees outside.
 
2013-09-12 03:25:47 PM
Oh my gourd. The worst pumpkin beer I ever had was the Tampa Bay Gourd Gone Wild. It had vanilla as its finish, and left an aftertaste as if you drank from a bottle of vanilla extract!
 
2013-09-12 03:25:55 PM
I like pumpkin beers. So there.
 
2013-09-12 03:26:19 PM
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2013-09-12 03:27:46 PM
Blugh

My complaint about pumpkin flavored whatever: it doesn't taste like pumpkin, it tastes like pumpkin pie spice!
 
2013-09-12 03:30:11 PM
I love all the haters, more delicious beer for me.
 
2013-09-12 03:31:36 PM

SlothB77: I think the Weyerbacher and Southern Tier are both excellent. I have been meaning to try the Cigar City Good Gourd. The Schlafly Pumpkin seasonal is also quite good.


I don' trust their list as they say Southern Tier is the worst of all they tried. Easily the best.

For an even crazier time mix half a pint of their Creme Brulee (sp?) with Pumking
 
2013-09-12 03:33:11 PM

SlothB77: I meant to post FTFA:

The beers we sampled, in order, were Cisco Brewers Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale, Bluepoint Pumpkin Ale, Southern Tier Pumking, Harpoon UFO Pumpkin, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Hoppin' Frog Double Pumpkin, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, Cambridge Brewing Company Great Pumpkin Ale, Ithaca Brewing Country Pumpkin, Shipyard Brewing Pumpkinhead, Smuttynose Brewing Pumpkin Ale, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin, Jack-O-Traveler Shandy, Wolaver's Pumpkin Ale, Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale, and Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout.

Also, the trend this year is pumpkin stouts as opposed to pumpkin ales.  Definitely want to try the Warlock.  Elysian makes on too apparently.


Just from the names in the list, I see 8 ales, 1 shandy, and 1 stout out of 16. How do the rest break down? I can't really see that as a trend towards stouts...
 
2013-09-12 03:34:00 PM

ghall3: SlothB77: I think the Weyerbacher and Southern Tier are both excellent. I have been meaning to try the Cigar City Good Gourd. The Schlafly Pumpkin seasonal is also quite good.

I don' trust their list as they say Southern Tier is the worst of all they tried. Easily the best.

For an even crazier time mix half a pint of their Creme Brulee (sp?) with Pumking


Oh dude, the Creme Brulee is excellent!  And something like 10% - not a joke beer at all.
 
2013-09-12 03:34:04 PM
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2013-09-12 03:36:28 PM
this year i'm gonna remember to sell my pumkin futures BEFORE holloween
 
2013-09-12 03:45:20 PM
Not yet?
www.barfology.com
 
2013-09-12 03:49:08 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.


You make it sound delightful.
 
2013-09-12 03:53:21 PM
I was quite all right with the New Belgian offering last night. Curious add with the cranberry, but it worked.
 
2013-09-12 03:54:10 PM
I just wish this trend would carry over to other holidays. Turkey beer on thanksgiving, bagel beer on Hanukkah, some kind of fruity flavors for February, taco meat beer for Cinco de Mayo, etc... We just don't have enough varieties of beer.
 
2013-09-12 04:01:13 PM
There is already a fall seasonal beer style  - Oktoberfest / Märzen. Take your pumpkin and shove it up your ass.
 
2013-09-12 04:10:29 PM

detroitdoesntsuckthatbad: ghall3: SlothB77: I think the Weyerbacher and Southern Tier are both excellent. I have been meaning to try the Cigar City Good Gourd. The Schlafly Pumpkin seasonal is also quite good.

I don' trust their list as they say Southern Tier is the worst of all they tried. Easily the best.

For an even crazier time mix half a pint of their Creme Brulee (sp?) with Pumking

Oh dude, the Creme Brulee is excellent!  And something like 10% - not a joke beer at all.


Not a huge fan of the creme Brulee.. A little too thick, sweet, and cloying for me (although I applaud the effort).  Although oddly enough I like Young's double chocolate stout (or at least used to, its been about 5 years since the last one).

I used to like pumpkin beers then got a little burnt out on them after having one or two that tasted like pumpkin puree.  Might give a couple a shot this year. I have seen some of the pumpkin stouts but afraid that they might be more of the same though.

My favorite beer right now is a nicely balanced pale ale (pegged as an american pale ale (Fair-shake APA), but more like an english ESB) from the brewery 3 blocks away. Can't beat that for staying local :)
 
2013-09-12 04:10:41 PM

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

German brewing "wisdom" could never stay consistent with itself let alone be used to establish the end all be all of beer.

The Belgians rival them and they sure as hell use more ingredients than grain, hops, yeast and water.


You die. You die and you go to hell. And keep your Belgian "white malt" out of my beer.
 
2013-09-12 04:11:54 PM
Pumpkin beer = nasty.
 
2013-09-12 04:17:12 PM

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

German brewing "wisdom" could never stay consistent with itself let alone be used to establish the end all be all of beer.

The Belgians rival them and they sure as hell use more ingredients than grain, hops, yeast and water.


I've been to Germany many times.  Every time I've been, I've noticed the Germans drink nothing but Dutch beer.  Amstel and occasionally Heineken.

/saw one german wade through floodwaters to get his heineken
 
2013-09-12 04:24:52 PM

Evil Mackerel: Pumpkin beer = nasty.


Oh, it certainly can be.  The biggest issue I have with them is that they taste like pumpkin spice and not like actual pumpkin.

Every year I get a pint of one.  Just one.  That's about all I can handle.  I learned this a long time ago when someone gave me a case of Harpoon "Winter Warmer" as a gift.  The house was devoid of anything else and since it was after Christmas I was mostly broke.  Night after night I choked down every damned bottle of that dreck.  Had it been one a week, maybe a different outcome.  But it's where I learned that such things are novelty items and not intended to be consumed in mass quantities.
 
2013-09-12 04:25:38 PM

MBooda: /saw one german wade through floodwaters to get his heineken


Damn you for making me post this.
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2013-09-12 04:25:43 PM
Okay so i am not the only one who thinks that the person who wrote this article has no clue what a good pumpkin beer tastes like and is there for an idiot.

Southern Tier Pumpking, and Cigar City Good Gourd are typically two of the top rated pumpkin beers year in and year out.
 
2013-09-12 04:27:34 PM
Here's the thing.  Pumpkin tastes good. Pumpkin pie spice doesn't (unless its in pumpkin pie).  Flavor the farkin beer with pumpkin, leave out the motherfarkin nutsuckinmeg and stir the 500 gallon tanks with 1 farkin cinnamon stick.
 
2013-09-12 04:29:14 PM

Best Princess Celestia: 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.


So noted.
4 things.
 
2013-09-12 04:31:22 PM
There's a place called Bastone by me that makes a great pumpkin porter.  I'm really hoping that they brew a batch of it this year.  Ichabod from New Holland is also a tasty pumpkin beer.
 
2013-09-12 04:45:04 PM

Unoriginal_Username: Best Princess Celestia: 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.

So noted.
4 things.


...AND nice red uniforms - Oh damn!

/bet you didn't expect that
 
2013-09-12 04:52:14 PM

wildbill0712: They misspelled Schafly six times.

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Apparently, it's pretty easy to do.
 
2013-09-12 04:53:48 PM
I tend to agree that pumpkin beer is sort of a stupid concept but my wife just bought me some Redhook Pumpkin Porter and I like it well enough that I'm going drink the rest of the 6 pack on the weekend.
 
2013-09-12 04:57:00 PM
Blarg.  This list utterly fails without Pumpking.  So tired of everyone felating Dogfish Head every chance they get.  Souther Tier consistently makes awesome stuff--Dogfish, not so much.
 
2013-09-12 05:00:11 PM
Pumpkins are for water pipe making, not making beer.
 
2013-09-12 05:09:58 PM
fark you! Pumpkin pie, coffee, ice cream and beer are all awesome.
 
2013-09-12 05:19:13 PM
This ... is the proper use of pumpkins.

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That craft beer BS is BS ...
 
2013-09-12 05:29:59 PM

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


Pumking is far better than many of the other beer mentioned in the article. Glad there's others who feel the same.
 
2013-09-12 05:37:55 PM

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

Pumking is far better than many of the other beer mentioned in the article. Glad there's others who feel the same.


You are not alone, good sir.  In my opinion, Pumpking is *the* pumpkin beer.  Dogfish can eat a dick.
 
2013-09-12 05:54:39 PM
It may not be the best, but it's pretty tasty and priced right... you know.. for grilling and stuff.

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2013-09-12 06:16:42 PM

WhiskeySticks: Pumpkins are for water pipe making, not making beer.


I can get behind that... well.. I dont smoke anything anymore... but Pumpkins are also good for making jockey boxes...i.e. portable beer faucets.

hollow out the pumpkin like a jack-o-latern, bit in stead of cutting a face out, you drill out a 3/4" hole in the front for the beer faucet and a pass through beer line/ drainage hole in the back, bottom of the pumpkin.

coil your beer line up in side the pumpkin, attach to faucet, fill pumpkin up with ice... viola! Party pumpkin!
 
2013-09-12 06:22:21 PM

Polish Hussar: There's a place called Bastone by me that makes a great pumpkin porter.  I'm really hoping that they brew a batch of it this year.  Ichabod from New Holland is also a tasty pumpkin beer.


Too many deep vee's for me to enjoy that place.

/the beer is excellent tho
 
2013-09-12 07:31:43 PM

SlothB77: Before people lose their shiat,

Cisco Brewers Pumple Drumkin Spiced Ale, Bluepoint Pumpkin Ale, Southern Tier Pumking, Harpoon UFO Pumpkin, Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, Hoppin' Frog Double Pumpkin, Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, Cambridge Brewing Company Great Pumpkin Ale, Ithaca Brewing Country Pumpkin, Shipyard Brewing Pumpkinhead, Smuttynose Brewing Pumpkin Ale, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin, Jack-O-Traveler Shandy, Wolaver's Pumpkin Ale, Samuel Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale, and Fisherman's Imperial Pumpkin Stout

it looks like they stayed regionally focused in the Northeast.  Fine, out of that limited selection, the top six they chose probably weren't horrible choices.

I think the Weyerbacher and Southern Tier are both excellent.  I have been meaning to try the Cigar City Good Gourd.  The Schlafly Pumpkin seasonal is also quite good.


Very regional selection as noted. The Dogfish Punkin is pretty good but there are great Mid-West and Western breweries who make damn good pumpkin / Octoberfest style beers. Most recent one I tried was the Whole Hog Pumpkin Ale from Stevens Point Brewery. Damn good!

/If ya like that sort of stuff!
//continue the beer snobbery!
 
2013-09-12 07:59:51 PM
I'm going to try a pumpkin beer someday .Although being a veteran beer drinker I should know better . I really don't expect much of it as I have tried many of those fruity beers . Thankfully I've never bought a six pack of any of them .
 
2013-09-12 09:30:12 PM
Hahaha - Shipyard Pumpkinhead is an institution up here. Not surprising the Boston beer snobs put it at the bottom of their list. Boston sucks.
 
2013-09-12 10:11:16 PM
It's not pumpkin beer. It's regular beer that's had a hit of pumpkin pie spice added, and it's disgusting.
 
2013-09-12 11:03:51 PM

Macular Degenerate: Hahaha - Shipyard Pumpkinhead is an institution up here. Not surprising the Boston beer snobs put it at the bottom of their list. Boston sucks.


I like Shipyard Pumpkin head, ice cold, with a rimmah.
 
2013-09-13 12:53:56 AM
Pumpkin pie, bread, cheesecake, latte, yum. I'm drawing the line at beer, though.
 
2013-09-13 01:18:27 AM
I thought pumpkin was what West Virginians did. What's that have to do with fall holidays?
 
2013-09-13 11:52:05 AM

ghall3: I don' trust their list as they say Southern Tier is the worst of all they tried. Easily the best.


THIS!

It's too bad that this fine beer is no more:

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2013-09-13 07:01:11 PM
I would argue that Shipyard's not actually a beer. It's more of a  "Malt beverage with pumpkin spice added"
 
2013-09-13 09:43:52 PM
I really don't dig pumpkin anything (that's right pie Nazi's - suck it), but Rogue's pumpkin patch ale is the BOMB.

But honestly, Rogue has yet to put out anything that I haven't loved. Gotta give my home state credit for making some tasty, tasty beers.
 
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