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!
Chaneybr (52) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 20, 2013
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’ve heard a lot of good buzz about this one from many of my beer friends. Some say it’s even better than Schlafly’s, so... I’m doing a comparison tasting and drinking a Schlafly at the same time. Here goes:
Ap: Pours pretty thick, with a slight bubbly head that quickly withers away to nothing, and a beautiful dark dark orange-red (almost bronze) color. The carbonation is moderate.
Ar: Deep smell of pumpkin. And I mean HUGE! All the standard spices are there (nutmeg, brown sugar, etc.), but the smell of the actually gourd is prominent.
T: Much sweeter than Schlafly and not as much pumpkin "roast" overall. I really love the crispness. The spices are a little more muted than the Schlafly, and the sweetness is a bit more "tart."
P: Really good. Nothing offensive about the sugar content. It feels exactly the way it should for this style.
O: Since I love pumpkin ales and the harvest time of year in general, I’ll drink this again. Definitely in the top 5 pumpkin ales available!
UPDATED REVIEW! The 2011 version is much better than Schlafly’s (the local phenomenon). It’s richer, creamier, and more pumpkin-like.
Honestly, I couldn’t imagine a better pumpkin ale.
AdamT (42) - Wilson, North Carolina, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle compliments of zizzybalubba. Orange hue hazy clarity with mostly diminishing off-white head. Virtually no lacing. Nutmeg, spice & citrus on the nose. Medium spice on the initial taste with an average moderate tspice finish. Watery on the palate. Would try again!
rabbe7000 (19) - Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2012
4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours with little foam, a deep brown color but not opaque. Aroma for me was almost non-existant. Slight notes of nutmeg, malt, spice. Tastes extremely good; like pumpkin pie in a glass. Very sweet and spicy, and balances that well with pumpkin flavor. Mouthfeel is full bodied, thick, average carbonation and a long finish. All in all, a fantastic pumpkin ale. Up there with the best.
rolltideroll (18) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2013
4.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Great pumpkin beer. With all of the new pumpkin beers on the market this one, and Schlafly stand above the rest. Great aroma, great pumpkin pie spices, great mouth feel, very drinkable. I only bought one bottle, but I will be going back to get more.
AmBunni (15) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2013
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The best. I've tried a lot if pumpkin beers and this one is my favorite by a landslide. The king has been dethroned!
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twj2000 (7) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 13, 2012 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice spicy aroma, deep copper color, does indeed taste like pumpkin pie with a hint of carrot cake.
warmupmytaster (5) - Virginia, USA - AUG 29, 2010 does not count
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
a: cinnamon and nutmeg with a slight undertone of pumpkin
a: rusty copper, orange; significant eggshell frothy head
t: surprisingly less spicy than the aroma would indicate. smooth pumpkin while not being completely a desert beer. (southern tier pumpking being the ultimate desert beer) generally a very solid pumpkin beer contender.
p: moderately smooth with late lingering spice
as the beer warms, it gets smoother and the sweet pumpkin grows. fantastic.
alvy923 (3) - york, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 16, 2011 does not count
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours amber color nice pumpkin spice aroma pretty good pumpkin but not my favorite.
zmaninvb (3) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2012 does not count
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is one of my favorite pumpkin beers. Smells of pumpkin pie and nutmeg, nice lacing, pours nice amber color, and it is quite drinkable. This is one fine brew.