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Old 10-06-2011, 06:02 PM   #21
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I'm interested to read the review for the woodchuck hard cider, having only consumed one pumpkin beer before (it was the one by michalob, and it was horrible) I really appriciate these reviews.
I actually only had a sip of it, my wife is the cider person. It was alright as far as woodchuck ciders go. They are all too sweet for me, but it wasn't bad. There were spices coming through and another flavor you might call pumpkin. I wasn't really paying much attention to the sip though. My wife said it was very similar to the woodchuck fall cider, which is just a spiced cider. I could definitely pull out something different in the pumpkin cider though.
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Old 10-06-2011, 10:12 PM   #22
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Heavy Seas The Greater Pumpkin

I noticed lots of fluffy, loose sediment in the bottle so I handled and poured it carefully. Upon opening there was a big pfft warning me to pour carefully. Poured gently and a nice 1-finger head popped up and slowly settled into a thin cap. Color is an attractive orange-gold, fairly clear in this first pour but for a little yeast clumps floating around. The next pour is sure to be a lot cloudier. Smell is slightly sour, like old barrels in a distilleries aging celler. Bourbon comes through eagerly with hints of spice on the nose. There's an almost creamy quality to the aroma. It blends with the sour notes to create an orange and cream sherbet impression. I think the beer definitely picked up some Brett in those barrels. Flavor is sweeter and less sour than I was expecting. You're hit with nice malt sweetness up front, and it's followed quickly by slightly puckering tannin from the oak that blends with a bourbon smokiness into the finish. Definite alcohol warmth in the throat. Low bitterness. I'm not getting much pumpkin and only a little bit of spice in the flavor. It's actually a nice, well-made beer, but it doesn't display the pumpkin and spice character of most pumpkin beers. It tastes like it might have been stronger before the bourbon barrel aging added the oaky tannin, bourbon, and brett flavors. The tannins are actually a bit too strong in this beer right now, but would probably smooth out after another 6 months to a year. This might be a very good beer to hang onto for a year or two. For a pumpkin beer though, you may be better off with the Great Pumpkin by Heavy Seas, which forgoes the bourbon barrel aging. I think the oak covers up a lot of the pumpkin and spice flavors while the Brett ate some of the other flavor up while drying and thinning out the beer slightly.

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Old 10-06-2011, 10:41 PM   #23
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This is great! Thanks a ton for doing this. Can't wait to get home and try a few.

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Well, that's it for the pumpkin beers I bought. I've still got the nogne 0/jolly pumpkin/stone holiday ale I bought thinking it was a pumpkin ale. It should be good but it's not a pumpkin beer. I may pick up some more pumpkin beers to add to this thread if anyone can recommend a good one that would be available in my area (Durham, NC). I saw a few more in the bottle shop I skipped due to either not having heard of the brewery, or knowing the brewery made compromised beer (harvest moon).

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Tried Pumking on tap last night. Even better than in the bottle. On tap, the artificial capn crunch cereal was a bit more subdued, and I actually got more of the toasty malt flavor.

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In regards to the cider, I didn't get much pumpkin either, but may I suggest the barrel aged woodchuck. Not a cider expert, but best one I've had. And I am a huge fan of heavy seas greater pumpkin! Thanks for the work.

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Great thread. I find most pumpkins to be nothing more than a spiced beer, which I am not as big a fan of. I want PUMPKIN flavor, not cinnamon and nutmeg beer!

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Pumking is my favorite beer of all time. One of the reasons being on how hard it is to clone. How do they get that perfect pumpkin pie flavor that finishes with a graham cracker crust? Delicious dessert beer.

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Pumking is my favorite beer of all time. One of the reasons being on how hard it is to clone. How do they get that perfect pumpkin pie flavor that finishes with a graham cracker crust? Delicious dessert beer.
Flavoring extracts.
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