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Old 10-21-2013, 05:13 PM   #1
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Default Pumpkin Ales -- Don't care for Pumking

I think Southern Tier makes some really good brews -- but, for some reason, I really don't like Pumking.

Not sure if it is the yeast they use or spices, but it has a "bubble gum" taste to me.

Seems like everytime I go to brewpub and they have it on tap -- the waitress/waiter always recommend Pumking.

My favorite commercial pumpkin ales are:
Wyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin
Dog Fish Head Punkin Ale

Anyone else agree with Pumking or is just me? Ha!

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Old 10-22-2013, 03:25 AM   #2
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I don't get Bubblegum at all. But it's definitely more "spicy" than other pumpkin beers. I prefer Weyerbacher's to all others though. Pumpking is probably in the top 3 for me.

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Old 10-22-2013, 04:36 AM   #3
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Ugh, I can't stand Pumpking. Tastes like potpourri to me. I have made Yuri's Thunderstruck Pumpkin Ale a few times...I highly recommend it. It's my wife's #1 favorite beer of all time, homebrew or commercial. Not an overpowering pumpkin or spice taste, just enough to make you know that it's pumpkin.

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After hearing so many good things about Pumking I decided to try it. I found it to be undrinkable. It tasted like someone poured a whole damn jar of pumpkin spice into one bottle of beer. That turd went right down the drain..

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Old 10-26-2013, 04:39 AM   #5
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Pumking is def my favorite of the pumpkin beers. To me it has the best consistent flavor of the proper pumpkin spices and isn't watered down. Others that i also enjoy are elysian night owl, brooklyn post road and schlafly pumpkin ale. Those are also solid. Cheers!

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I've tried quite a few by now (including Pumking) and decided that pumpkin ales aren't my thing. Most come across as really overspiced, and some (like Blue Moon's) have such a thick mouthfeel that one bottle leaves me feeling full.

Pumking impresses me more than others in that they've pretty much nailed the taste of pumpkin pie--even the crust!--but they need to tone down the nutmeg.

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Schlafly and SA are my ONLY 2 pumpkin beers that are drinkable.

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have not tried pumking, but the saint arnold pumpkinator was overtly sweet, and I could not finish the whole bottle in one go...

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If you haven't had it yet, pumking is def worth a shot.

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A few more i can recommend are fegleys devious imperial pumpkin and ithaca country pumpkin. Both have the strong pumpkin spice notes but are not too sweet and are drinkable even if your not a spice or pumpkin fan.

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