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Love everything about fall, except for pumpkin beer. Every year I try to find a gem, but mostly end up with a whole bunch of bottles in the back of the fridge.

Does a good pumpkin beer actually exist?

If so, help me find the diamond in the rough!
 

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I don't drink much beer anymore, and when I did pumpkin beer was never a favorite style, but I did like a couple I found that tasted like real pumpkin, rather than a bunch of spices. IIRC Cisco's Pumple Drumkin was the best example I found of that--and it was especially good served in a glass that was rimmed with sugar in the raw, which is the way they serve it at Coal's in Port Chester.
 

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The only good one is Roadsmary Baby from Two Roads. It’s much more substantial than Shipyard Pumpkinhead or other things that are essentially Bud Light Pumpkin Spice. Anything else that comes in a variety pack when I have people over or bring to a tailgate winds up in back fridge beer purgatory with Sam Adams Chocolate bock and some janky maple porters.
 
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Trader Joe’s had a good pumpkin beer the last couple of years. Not heavy, not light. I liked it and would buy it again.
 
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i unabashedly love pumpkin beer, but i also drink bud light lime on the beach. it's pretty much the same thing.

that being said, have you had the pumpkin porter from thimble island in branford? sort of a different take on the style! i'll drink any of 'em, though.
 
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Pumking is pretty good. The first time I had it was at a fall wedding where they were adding a shot of something to it in a tumbler with the rim of the glass dipped in pumpkin pie spice and sugar. Fantastic.

I also like the name. It allows me a lot of jokes with my wife. Like, “Enjoy that beer, then I’ll show you who the real pumking is later”. Good times.
 
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I agree with you on the spices - definitely can be overwhelming. Also tough on the stomach the next morning. Is that the Cisco from Nantucket?

Thanks for the rec.

I don't drink much beer anymore, and when I did pumpkin beer was never a favorite style, but I did like a couple I found that tasted like real pumpkin, rather than a bunch of spices. IIRC Cisco's Pumple Drumkin was the best example I found of that--and it was especially good served in a glass that was rimmed with sugar in the raw, which is the way they serve it at Coal's in Port Chester.
 
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Boneyard,

Love everything about fall, except for pumpkin beer. Every year I try to find a gem, but mostly end up with a whole bunch of bottles in the back of the fridge.

Does a good pumpkin beer actually exist?

If so, help me find the diamond in the rough!
Downeast in Boston does hard cider, but their pumpkin is insanely good

I remember Harpoon having a decent pumpkin too
 
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Best one I've ever had is farmhouse hardywooxmd, Richmond va. They also have an AMAZING gingerbread beer!
 
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Shipyard Pumpkinhead ale. I used to love drinking that in October and November during my UNI days, back around 2004 to 2008. Not sure if the recipe is the same as it was over ten years ago, would not be shocked if they tweaked the recipe, one of the only flavored beers I liked. I recall finding it once in China back in 2010, that and dead guy ale and anchor steam. Both super expensive (in China) so I got just one of each.

I generally don't like (fruit) flavored beer. Just a strong locally brewed IPA please. Although it is not pumpkin, one other exception to that rule, for me, is pictured below and that drink has always felt like late summer/early fall in Maine for me.
 

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Pumpkin beer is horrible, but I don't drink beer much anymore except for Hill-Farmstead Double Galaxy - which I'm enjoying now at The Scale House in Hardwick.
 

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Is that the Cisco from Nantucket?
Yes.

Downeast in Boston does hard cider, but their pumpkin is insanely good
Yep. It’s tradition for me to get a four pack of that every season, and I just had the first one of the year last night. Definitely a last drink of the night type of thing for me though.
 
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Yep. It’s tradition for me to get a four pack of that every season, and I just had the first one of the year last night. Definitely a last drink of the night type of thing for me though.
Do you do the same with their winter cider? It’s arguably better
 
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Pumpkin beer is horrible, but I don't drink beer much anymore except for Hill-Farmstead Double Galaxy - which I'm enjoying now at The Scale House in Hardwick.
Love HF 2x galaxy also. This and Abner are my two favs from HF. But u gotta stock up cuz they don’t have either all that frequently. I personally think Alchemist just 30+ minutes further is a better choice than HF. PRICE and selection far superior.
 

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I drink it out of spite for all the Dunkin and Starbucks concoctions.
 
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Pumpkin is 3rd to only turkey and ketchup as the most overrated foodstuff of all time

Lot of basic bitches on here
 
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I haven’t had many pumpkin beers but I really enjoy this one: Punkuccino from Elysian Brewing Company. I had it on tap at a local Irish pub a couple years ago and then went on an adventure to find it after that.

 
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