badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
MN Ratebeer Winter Gathering, January 29, 2011. Hazy copper color with no head. Tart, vegetably aroma. Light corn notes. Sour wheat flavor. Very light spice. Would never have guessed this was barrel aged.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JAN 29, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A nice gold/brown color with faint head. A very solid pumpkin sour aroma. phenomenal . The body is similar, but with the tarness dominating the pumpkin. Excellent.
tyler_mn (1475) - SLP, Minnesota, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. Gorgeous dark rusty orange with a bright white head that quickly settles. Nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, red wine and acetobacter all on the nose. As the beer warms, the typical pumpkin pie spices die down and the aceto and brett really come to the fore. Flavor has little to do in the way of pumpkins and spice. Boatloads of tannic red wine barrel and aceto. It’s actually a letdown after the aroma. Just the smallest hint of spice, but there’s definitely no pumpkin. Fairly watery on the tongue. Lively carbonation with a sharp (but short) acidic finish. I was exited for this one after smelling, but the lack complexity on the palate coupled with the watery mouthfeel made this one a disappointment. Thanks Steve!
illidurit (1948) - Sonora, California, USA - JAN 17, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared at the December Santa Cruz tasting. Pours a light copper color with a disappearing white head. Aroma is mainly lactic sourness. Not a whole lot of pumpkin to me really. Flavor is lemony with a meringue-like sweetness, cidery acidity, and a slight bretty chlorine note. A little heavy on the barrel aspect. Pretty good but maybe a third tier sour in the grand scheme.
DalzAle (1842) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 16, 2011
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Awesome extremely tart aroma and a hazy pumpkin colored pour. Flavor left a little bit more to be desired, white grapes, bad funk and an off putting aftertaste.
portableparty (1874) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle shared by kbutler1. Pour is amber with a thin frothy head. Aroma comes off sour pumpkin and some spice cola almost. Taste is bitter sour with a lingering pumpkin, clover and spice. Palate is thin and fizzy with a dry finish.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2011
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz. Bomber. Fall colored with a red/orange hue and a small collar of foam. One whiff and I knew this was going to be tasty. Huge dry oak aroma with some Brett funk and a trace of red wine. Impressively complex flavor profile that is ever so slightly sweet up front and then rapidly retreats into a powerful tartness. The nutmeg is more prominent to me than the cinnamon, but both come through early and then fade away. The pumpkin was only evident to me when the beer was very cold and even then it was only noticeable in the finish which had a bit of a buttery taste. There is also an earthy woodiness that makes you feel as though someone squeezed this beer out of piece of wet lumber. Have to admit that I was pleasantly surprised at how sour this one is, lots of green apple kick throughout. Has a potent carbonation that somehow seems to accentuate the tartness. Flavors start to blend together a little as it warms up, but this one is a winner. Another inspired offering from Alpine!
TimE (2787) - Tokyo, JAPAN - JAN 6, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
med amber color. Lots of green apples with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Lot of nutmeg starting with a bit of cinnamon, tons of sourness, tons of green apples and a lingering buttersquash taste that just lingers forever. Unbelievable depth.
hopscotch (8367) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 5, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle… This beer rocks!… Hazy burnt-orange ale with a small, creamy, quickly dissipating, white head. The bouquet is bursting-at-the-seams with acidity, funk, vanilla and big time white oak. Medium to full-bodied with a mildly creamy mouthfeel and tickling carbonation. The flavor is downright sour and woody with hints of pumpkin and vanilla. Absolutely delicious! Lengthy, sour, tongue-numbing finish with a tiny kiss of butter at the wee end. World class effort by the good folks at Alpine. Thanks to darkguardian for providing the sample!
Schultsc (572) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 4, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thank you Casey for this bottle, and to Dave for the other tastings as well. This is surprisingly excellent. The spices are not too strong and overpowering. Instead, they play a suitable supporting role to the excellent sour maltiness and elusive "pumpkininess." Complex and multi-dimensional with a fantastic finish of nutty, toasted grain. Compelling.