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Which Pumpkin Ale is the Best? - October 15, 2011, 09:26 PM

Tasting pumpkin ales around the homestead tonight. Haven't got into the Heavy Seas yet. probably not till tomorrow till I get into it. Riding to Grease, Steam, & Rust tomorrow morning so I need to go to bed here shortly.

DF Head Punkin Ale was my default favorite from last year. 7%

Flying Dog "Fear"... Hard to figure out. The Pumpkin is so subtle I might not be able to taste it if I didn't know it was pumpkin. Dark & heavy. 9%

Southern Tier "Pumpking"... Of the three I've cracked open this is the best. 8.7%

Heavy Seas "The Greater Pumpkin"..... will have to let you know...

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I had one last month, not sure but I think it was Flying Dog. It was truly awful.


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We have a really good pumpkin ale on tap for our growlers at the wholefoods in springfield but cant recall the name at the moment.
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I've never had the heavy seas though. It might be a bias opinion though because dogfish head 60 min ipa has always been my beer of choice.


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I'm a huge DFH fan, and esp their punkin ale, but the best one I've ever had is from Schlafly: Pumpkin Ale | Schlafly Beer





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Wayerbacher Imperial Pumpkin ale beats all! I just picked up some Flying Dog that I have not tried yet
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Cap City Pumpkinator Cask ale. (it looks awesome because it is)




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The heavy seas greater is amazing since it is aged in bourbon barrels.





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The heavy seas greater is amazing since it is aged in bourbon barrels.
I'm sampling it now. It has a very citrusy taste. A very subtle hint of bourbon flavor. Not as pumpkiny tasting as the DF Head or the PumpKing. But Pretty f-ing good, tied at the best w/ Southern Tier Pumpking in my four bottle taste test!

Been out on the bike all day and this brew hits the spot. Rode to a steam/tractor show up in central PA. This is the coolest tractor I've ever seen. Its from 1938, and its pumpkin colored.

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Where can you buy this stuff, like the Heavy Seas mentioned? We tried some at a brewery near Waterford yesterday and i have to say its not sewer water like I thought.
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Where can you buy this stuff....
I don't know VA hardly at all, but Heavy Seas six-packs & bomber bottles are pretty common here in MD at many places. Over in VA you might try:

Whole Foods Stores (VA only)

Vienna: Norm's Beer and Wine, Vienna VA

These I know for good selection in MD:

Columbia/Elkridge, MD: Perfect Pour - Beer, Wine, Spirits - Tel: 443-285-0702

Olney, MD: Olney Beer&Fine Wine 301.774.7593

Gaithersburg: Derwood Beer and Wine 17601 Redland Road, Derwood, MD 20855 (240) 912-4024 ‎

There is another good beer store in the Redmill Shopping Ctr across the street that has good selection. But Derwood Beer & Wine has a much broader selection.

Pinky & Pepe's Grape Escape 223 Kentlands Boulevard, Gaithersburg, MD 20878

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Those are the places I know you can find oddball beers but you just gotta stick your head in every beer store you run across & ask around. Some of these specialty places are pretty high priced, esp in MD. All in all I think Whole Foods VA stores has a pretty wide selection & reasonable prices.

I try to buy as much beer as possible in VA rather than MD because the taxes add anywhere from 20%-50% additional cost.

Worst example I can come up with:

Chimay Blue, $19-$22 in MD, In whole Foods or Harris Teeter in a VA store, about $12

More typical example: Flying Dog six packs are $10-$11 in MD, maybe $8-$10 in VA

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Total Wine has a great selection of beers also





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All fail.... IMO, just because I don't like pumpkin taste.

Go with Rogue Dead Mans Ale for the fall season, just good beer. You can get a 1/4 keg for a good price and just store it in the fridge


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