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Old 10-07-2010, 02:59 PM   #11
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Glad I'm not the only one that didn't obsess over dogfish punkin...I thought it was good but it didnt meet my expectations...I'll be kegging a batch of thunderstruck today for a friend but it will be immature by about a week! Should be interesting to taste compared to mine pitched with my Burton yeast!
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Old 10-07-2010, 03:04 PM   #12
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WHAT. YOU GUYS ARE ALL INSANE DFH PUNKIN IS THE BESSSSSSSSSSST.

Just kidding, but I do like that one.

In September, I bought all the pumpkin beers that I could find locally, and I think I ended up with about 8? There was some good ones, but oh were there some bad ones.

I thought that Pumpkinhead tasted despicable. I got a hint of cloves, with nothing else, except for a cornchip bite at the end. Similar description applies to Wolaver's Pumpkin for me.

My favorites were DFH punkin, Cottonwood pumpkin, and Ichabod ale. I still have a few that I haven't tried, including weyerbacher imperial pumpkin and a Post Road pumpkin. I REALLY wish that I had access to pumpking, because that one is apparently fantastic.

 
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:18 PM   #13
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Pumking is good especially if you like vanilla flavoring. I actually like the Weyerbacher better though for an Imperial pumpkin.

My favorite standard commercial pumpkin beer though is Smuttynose Pumpkin. Very good pumpkin flavor without overdoing the spices (especially cloves like Brooklyn's Post Road does). I'll have to admit I'm pretty found of the DFH Punkin too. I actually found Shipyard to be barely drinkable the last time I had it.

 
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:41 PM   #14
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+1 I'm a huge DFH fan, but the Punkin just didn't do it for me. Seemed like a dry amber ale, where I was expecting something with more body and at least a hint of pumpkin and spice. Didn't taste bad, but not what I expected.

OTOH, my Thunderstruck Pumpkin Ale came out fabulous! If you are interested in brewing a batch, that's my suggestion.
What spicing method did you use for your thunderstruck? did you steep or add to boil?

 
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:54 PM   #15
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Southern Tier Pumking is something special - it tastes like liquid pumpkin. It is pretty sweet though, which not everyone may like. I wonder what they use to give it the flavor it has - lactose maybe?

 
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Old 10-07-2010, 05:58 PM   #16
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Pumking is good especially if you like vanilla flavoring. I actually like the Weyerbacher better though for an Imperial pumpkin.

My favorite standard commercial pumpkin beer though is Smuttynose Pumpkin. Very good pumpkin flavor without overdoing the spices (especially cloves like Brooklyn's Post Road does). I'll have to admit I'm pretty found of the DFH Punkin too. I actually found Shipyard to be barely drinkable the last time I had it.
How dare you! Haha just kiding I guess this goes to show how different peoples tastes are. I like other DFH Beers but as far as having a good pumpkin profile I don't think the punkin falls into this category...more of a dark amber or light brown
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Old 10-07-2010, 07:23 PM   #17
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I think the there is more disagreement about pumpkin beers than any other style. Some people absolutely hate every one and can't have more than a sip. Others love them.

I love Punkin' and Pumpking. Had a pumpkin lager recently that I hated, but forget the name.

Here's a good review of a bunch of them from serious eats: The Best Pumpkin Ales

I'm giving Jamil's pumpkin spice recipe from Brewing Classic Styles a shot this weekend. With some modifications of course
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Old 10-07-2010, 07:48 PM   #18
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I'm giving Jamil's pumpkin spice recipe from Brewing Classic Styles a shot this weekend. With some modifications of course
If you want to use lots of real pumpkin the best way I found using fresh sugar pumpkins was as follows:
Seed and stem pumpkin (skin on is fine)
Slice very thin
dump into stock pot with 1" of boiling water on the bottom
Cover and let it cook (stir it every few min)
Once it is soft (15-30 min) mash it down and run it though a screen trying to get all the juice out
Use this juice for mash water, and first sparge water (if not all).

This is much quicker that baking it, and can give you something to do during mash rests. It adds a little sugar to the beer, but this really varies from pumpkin to pumpkin. From what I've read there really is almost no starch in them, so there is no point adding meat to the mash (unless you really like a stuck sparge)

 
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Old 10-07-2010, 08:07 PM   #19
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I noticed too that the supermarkets are rolling out the Pumpkin Ales. I really cant recall if Ive had a pumpkin ale, so whats the best? Id like to find a good one if Im going to be spending the money on a seasonal brew. I remember when I picked up Sam Adams Winter brew and boy I thought it was awful.

 
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Old 10-07-2010, 09:55 PM   #20
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I noticed too that the supermarkets are rolling out the Pumpkin Ales. I really cant recall if Ive had a pumpkin ale, so whats the best? Id like to find a good one if Im going to be spending the money on a seasonal brew. I remember when I picked up Sam Adams Winter brew and boy I thought it was awful.
I couldn't agree more on the Sam, I really like their Boston Lager, and hate everything else they have ever made (I don't know why I keep trying them). Choosing a pumpkin for your self a matter of taste. I like the DFH a lot, but would take a 90min over a pumpkin any day. The only you'll know is if you try them...

 
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