Pailhead (4381) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 11, 2007
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 25, 2007 Bottle: Great aroma of ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon. This is about a close as youíre going to get for duplicating a pumpkin pie aroma. It pours a slightly hazy orange with a minimal off-white head that fades quickly to a ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts with a light sweet caramel maltiness. All the pumpkin pie spice comes in the finish. Great combination of nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon with the slightest hint of grassy bitterness. Iíll be surprised if anyone scores this as well as me, but I like pumpkin beers and this is as good as Iíve had for a non-Imperial pumpkin beer.
ChainGangGuy (4274) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAR 20, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, pumpkin husk-hued body with a thin, bubbly, white head.
Smell: Autumnal aroma of a homemade pumpkin pie spice mix backed by some toasty malts. Where are the pumpkins?
Taste: Simple toasted malts with a modicum of sweetness transitions into the usual suspects found in a pumpkin pie (though, Iím more of a sweet potato pie man, myself) spice blend: nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice. Very, very faint citrus hoppiness with only a meager amount of bitterness. Finishes dry with what youíd call some residual spiceness. Okay, so there are no pumpkins -- jokeís on me!
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.
Drinkability: Fine in the context of a light spiced beer, I guess, but itís hard to refrain from letting out a discontented sigh for want of pumpkin. But if the pumpkins available to Arcadia are anything like the ones featured on the label, then I can fully understand their absence and omission from the recipe.
markwise (4177) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - FEB 16, 2009
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a hazy brown-orange with an off-white head. Nose is malt, yeast, spices, and a bit heavy in allspice. A bit heavy on mouthfeel for a pumpkin ale. Flavor starts off with a peppery bite followed by citrus, orange peel, sour, and some barely noticeable pumpkin. Finish lingers with pepper and sour. Interesting, but most noticeable pumpkin flavor is only a memory that reoccurs after the beer is gone.
nuplastikk (4093) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. Sweet lemon-spice aroma. Thick, murky orange color. The taste was surpisingly light and citrusy for a Pumpkin Ale. The wheat really changes the character of the beer, giving it a real dry crispness. The lack of real pumpkins is a little bit of a disappointment, but it is fresh and balanced enough to enjoy. OK.
boFNjackson (4006) - Portland, Oregon, USA - MAR 10, 2013
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle... Poured copper orange with an off-white head. Nose had candied malt sweetness with hints of pumpkin spice. Spicy, pie-like, some vegetal squash but very faint. Hints of honey and mint with cinnamon. Overall, low on squash, high on pumpkin pie spice.
esjaygee (3903) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 21, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy amber with a pillowy beige crown and a ring of lace around the top. Spicy aroma with cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, malt and perhaps pumpkin. Taste is mild with nutmeg and allspice along with malt and pumpkin. Finishes up spicy with notes of pepper.
Beerman6686 (3781) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This poured a bright orange with a white head. Aroma was Ginger and cinnamon. Flavor was similar, way too much Ginger. Bad pumpkin.
ClarkVV (3766) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 19, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle at Sunset Grill, Fall 2008. Amber-copper appearance with a strong, light-beige head. Retention withstanding the spicing. Sweet and gooey in the nose, with vanilla, maple and brown sugar all coming on much stronger than the flavor could ever possibly hope to include. And while it dosent have the richness in flavor, the spicing isnít terribly overdone, leaving some caramel and brown sugar in the background. A little bit of artificial or unfermented sweetness, it seems, with very little actual pumpkin flavor. Fairly substantial mouthfeel, thanks to the chewy malts and probably the wheat addition. Dosent bring anything new to the table as far as spiced autumn seasonals go. Drinkable, though and no major complaints about it.
cheap (3751) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2007
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
This has one of the coolest looking pumpkin beer labels I have observed. When you pour you get a swirling hypnotizing tempest from the gunk on the bottom of the bottle. Pour it properly like a n unfiltered dunklewiezen. Has a rolling stream of fine bubbles coming from within this light crazy hazy iced tea appearance. Taste is spicy but not quite as bitter as most pumpkin beers Iíve tasted lately. Does coat your tongue with an almost Oktoberfest inference. The spices are a little difficult for my palate in any pumpkin beer, but this is probably one of the better ones so far, overall it lacks the bitter medicinal taste on the finish. The spices somewhat remind me of the heavily spiced american wheats.
SSSteve (3637) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 15, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
orange colored under a small white head. pumpkin, nutmeg, pink bubblegum flavors. not overly sweet or overly pumpkin. decent stuff.