LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2009
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle. Pours clear copper in color with thin tan head. Aroma sweet, pumpkin and spicy. Taste pumpkin, cinnamon, spice and sweet malt with dry finish.
obguthr (3311) - Lynchburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft: Pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, and orange aroma in good proportions. Amber orange color, clear, headless. It tastes sweet for the style, but only a bit cloying. Orange, clove, and cherries are present. Subdued mushroom and pumpkin finish. When warmed to near room temperature, the sweetness comes into better balance, while the pumpkin flavor really comes to life, escorted by vanilla. Itís a much better beer warm. One of the best pumpkin ales Iíve had. Of course, that isnít saying a whole lot.
Elwood (2900) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2009
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: Brownish copper color with a small, foamy, off-white head.
Aroma: Heavy with pumpkin spice, especially mace, and a touch of vanilla.
Taste: Similar to the nose with notes of cardamon, mace, cinnamon, vanilla, and caramel. It actually all works together quite well without being overwhelming.
Palate: Medium carbonation with a medium mouthfeel and a medium, pumpkin spice finish.
Overall: Definitely one of the better pumpkin beers Iíve had. I think they hit the mark pretty well with this one.
Davetopay (53) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2009
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2009 TOP OF THE HEAP! This is my flat out favorite pumpkin this season. You KNOW that this is the real deal when you smell it. This beer is made with roasted cut pumpkin, not pumpkin flavor, not pumpkin extract, but the REAL stuff. The pour is a bright autumn orange with a creamy dense head that maintains a consistent thickness all the way down. The aroma is of mild spices, and big sweet carmelized gourd. The flavor is big on bready toasty malts, hints of caramel, and the slightly burnt sugars of the roasted pumpkin. The spices are there, but no where near the intensity of some other brews that try to mimic a Thanksgiving pie. They compliment the sweetness of the fruit and malt by adding a special earthy nature in conjunction with the hops. The potency of the flavors in this ale, along with its dense mouthfeel make a perfect dessert beer in my book. I only hope I can find more of it!
zizzybalubba (1254) - Elizabeth City, North Carolina, USA - OCT 2, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2009 12 oz. bottle from Grape & Gourmet. Pours brownish-orange with a thin off-white head. Strong pumpkin pie aroma as well as cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar. Noticeable cinnamon flavor upfront with pumpkin pie flavor underneath. If you are a fan of pumpkin beers this is the one you have been waiting for. In my opinion Southern Tier Pumpking is too sweet whereas this avoids that. Iím amazed at how much flavor is packed into this beer. Williamsburg AleWerks just may be one of the best kept secrets around right now. This is another fantastic addition to their lineup.
TheBeerGod (4903) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 1, 2010 Bottle. Strong copper colored pour with a short, dense off-white head. Aroma is strong pumpkin pie notes, spices (nutmeg and cinnamon), sweet malt, and candied notes. Taste is pumpkin pie with whipped cream, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, sweet malts, candied yams, and brown sugar. Body is medium and creamy with a dense carbonation. Ends with more pumpkin pie, brown sugar, candied yams, clove, light nutmeg and ginger, with hints of vanilla and light caramel. Very tasty stuff! A winner!
Cask at Green Leafe on Scotland Street on 10-01-2010. Orange copper pour with only sparse bubble for head. Per Geoff at AleWerks and per his tweet, this is in a real wooden cask. Aroma is gingerbread, pumpkin pie, sweet malt, brown sugar and spices. Taste is pure pumpkin pie in a gingerbread crust with light cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and brown sugar. Body is medium but with soft carbonation and a pleasant slickness, thanks to the cask conditioning. Finishes with more pumpkin pie, gingerbread, spices and brown sugar. I had three pints of this on cask. So, yeah, I liked it!
GandGKevin (912) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2009
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma: Fills the room with roasted pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice.
Appearance: Pours amber in color with a small tan head
Flavor: Pumpkin pie! need I say more?
Palate: Medium bodied with a lingering finish.
Overall: An outstanding pumpkin beer. Kudos to Chuck and Geoff for another great offering from Alewerks!
Drake (7123) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2009
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2012 12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear vibrant reddish copper color with a thin head. Not so great head retention and lacing. Rich, inviting aroma of pumpkin spices, primarily nutmeg but a hint of cinnamon and clove. Notes of pumpkin, caramel and apple. Taste is caramel, pumpkin, apple, citrus and a nice spice profile of cinnamon and nutmeg. A fair amount of vanilla in the finish. Smooth and medium bodied. Sweet overall with a bit of spiciness and a faint tartness. This is a damn good pumpkin beer.
The 2010 vintage is a bit stronger and sweeter, but still has nice balance, a nice spice mix, and is still pretty damn good. No score updates.
OH. MY. GOD. The 2012 vintage is fucking amazing. More toasted notes this year, vanilla, pumpkin, perfect level of spice. Seriously, theyíve hit a home run with this beer this year. Old score was 8/3/9/4/17. Taste is going up, as is palate, as is overall. This is now a top 10 beer for me.
ksurkin (1021) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2009
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2009 1st rating for this brew! 12oz bottle from grape & gourmet, batch 91009. pours a very nice clear, dark copper with a whispy, off white head and a solid ring of lace. aroma is great and very similar to pumpkin cheescake with big, sweet pumpkin notes, graham cracker crust, and pure spice notes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg, with a touch of caramel malts. flavor is excellent as well with natural pumpkin flavors blended with sweet vanilla, big spice notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, orange peel and clove, and a touch of nutty, carrot cake with a lingering, spiced finish. palate is medium bodied and very well carbonated with a great balance of sweetness and fall spice. overall, another great new brew from Geoff and AleWerks!