jkwood04 (5280) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap. Pours copper with an off-white head. Aroma of pumpkin, caramel malts, some spices and light floral hops. Flavor about the same. Average texture. A good pumpkin ale.
mar (5247) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 16, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle thanks to exiled. i must be crazy since this thing is rated fairly high. orange, cream head. pumpkin, light spices. nice palate, big pumpkin up front, light spices, caramel finish.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured hard into a tulip glass. Bottle split with Amyliz4, the resident expert of all things pumpkin. Very slight, quarter-finger head that quickly recedes. The beer itself is a dark shade of copper amber with a bit of orange. No visible carbonation bubbles. After a tough swirl, surprisingly there’s a pretty good deal of spotty lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. A tiny layer of foam remains.
Initial whiff brings quite a bit of sweetened caramel malt and a bit of cider, though not in a bad way. The whole things combines with spices and reminds me a bit of Apple Jacks. This follows through in the taste, which isn’t as sweet and caramelized as the nose would suggest. Mild pumpkin flavors come through, like a very delicate pumpkin mousse.
This is almost like a modification on a brown or amber ale, in that it focuses on some mildly sweet malt. This brings a decent amount of pumpkin flavor, but isn’t very heavy at all on the spicing. It’s much different than most pumpkin beers, but definitely has quite a bit of a Fall vibe.
Mouthfeel is fairly light with low levels of carbonation. Somewhat sweet and nowhere near cloying. The near lack of spice is much better than being overly spiced. Somewhat dry in the finish. This drinks really well overall. This is a nice and easy drinking beer, a pretty good Fall beer.
Also, wow. Just now seeing that this is an 8% abv beer. I had no idea and had assumed it was near 5%. I’ll have to bump the feel up a bit. I’ll leave drinkability as is, but this is way too drinkable considering how high in alcohol it is. I was just about to comment that this could be a sessionable ale on cold nights. Overall, quite good, and certainly a bit different than the average pumpkin beer.
B+ from the wife. Not as good as Pumking or Schlafly’s version.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-17-2010
michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of pumpkin, malt, light caramel, light spices, cinnamon, and light nutmeg. Poured orange in color with a very small, off-white/tan head that lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of malt, pumpkin, light caramel, light cinnamon, and nutmeg. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, and light caramel finish.
SHIG (4670) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - NOV 9, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle thanks to ygtbsm94: Poured a murky brown orange with white thin head. Aroma is sweet spicy pumpkin. Taste is a sweet ginger and cinnamon with a pumpkin spice finish.
AdamChandler (4517) - Enfield, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 24, 2012
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
acquired this in a trade. Shared with friends in a Hill Farmstead glass.
A - 1/4 Finger head. The beer is a dark leather with pumpkin appearance sort of an off orange appearance.
S - Pumpkin pie, spices, whip cream and milk.
T - Pumpkin spices, canned pumpkin puree and milk. Very weak taste compared to the amazing smell.
M - 80% carbonation, light bodied
O - It’s a good beer. Maybe better fresh but overall, tasty and worth the trade.
DiarmaidBHK (4189) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Mellow Mushroom Charlottesville. Pours orange with pleasant notes of pumpkin on the nose which actually smell like pumpkin and not some of the artificial notes you get with other kinds of pumpkin beer. Nice spice notes on the tongue again without the sticky sweetness or artificial vibe. Vlean finisher. One of the best pumpkin beers I’ve had so far.
nickd717 (4163) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 11, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Big thanks to billab914 on BA for sending me one of these out of nowehere. Pours orangish-copper with a small, fading off-white head. The aroma is nice big pumpkin and spice, along with sweet caramel malt. The flavor is good despite a slight cardboardy (oxidative?) note that I also got in Southern Tier Pumking. Big pumpkin flavors, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Slight caramel malty sweetness. Medium-bodied with average carbonation and a pretty standard mouthfeel. Enjoyable, but not amazing, pumpkin ale.
Butters (4042) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear dark amber with fair light tan head. Nose is caramel and light cinnamen. Flavor is better than most. Cinnamen, pumpkin, and gingerbread. Lots of gingerbread. Great spiced brew.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of Butters from the brewery on 11/05/2009. Clear amber body with a medium creamy off-white head. Slight ginger and cinnamon aroma. Big cinnamon flavor, light pumpkin, some gingerbread. Medium body with moderate carbonation.