sulawang (694) - British Columbia, CANADA - JUN 27, 2012
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
pours dark brownish/orange with a small head, micro CO2, lots of active CO2 streams. A pretty muted nose. Fizzy burpy CO2 up front, sweetness hits first (8/10), followed by medium malts, deep pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, and a lingering bitter finish (7/10). Medium complexity, medium depth, good transitions, decent carry, decent drinkability. No particular flavour stands out, but balance is what this beer showcases.
DuffMan (7564) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - JUN 23, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, shared with Parksy. Deep red-orange with a medium off white head. Nice fruity amber ale profile, not as earthy as true pumpkin, and not as sweet as honey, but somewhere in between. Simple but the malts here are pleasantly tasty.
pintbypint (2814) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - MAR 16, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
633ml brown bottle. Brewery label states 6% abv, but import sticker says 5.8%. 2010 bottle. Deep golden pour with haze. Head is big and creamy, off white in colour. Nice lace rings in the glass. Sweet nose, caramel malts, honey, light orangey hops. Taste has caramel and grainy malts, fruity notes and some leafy hops at the end. Grains/malt aftertaste, nice dryness. Medium body and average carbonation. A nice malty amber ale, but not really getting the kabocha.
reebtogi (4583) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 8, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
650ml bottle pours a slightly hazy amber color with a finger of thick white head that settles to some nice lacing on the glass. Aroma is toasted malts and pumpkin. Taste is malty sweet with mild pumpkin and a lingering dry hoppy bitter finish. Light to medium body and generous carbonation. A very interesting brew, which is quite enjoyable.
shoulderbroken (2476) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 30, 2011
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Keg at Harajuku taproom. Amber orange colour with small white head. Aroma is sweet, and vegetabley, and with lots of caramelly malt. Taste is very nice, malt up front and fading into the vegetable taste which I guess is the pumpkin. Very smooth but with medium carbonation. Very nice sweet rounded finish with just a hint of bitterness.
VertBaconStrips (2150) - Asshat, Alberta, CANADA - APR 15, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Kabocha: a Japanese variety of winter squash. OK. Poured out a deep deep amber brew with a pretty big light tan head that stays on as a thick cover and leaves some big islands of lacing. Toasty roasty sweetness, honey, squash stuff, caramel, salt, soft and pleasant. Good taste, mildly assertive hops, squashy things - mild and very low key which is how I like this type of beer, light spice, honey and excellent taste when quite warm. Very malty adn very tasty.. ack. I’m sooooo tired
thebeertourist (5046) - Oslo, NORWAY - FEB 11, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Nakameguro Taproom. Beautiful red copper colour with a proper tan head. Fruity aroma. Caramel and fruit flavours- the pumpkin notes are subtle. A well-crafted fruity amber ale that leaves the mouth dry.
KyotoLefty (7187) - Kyoto, JAPAN - DEC 28, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: NOV 20, 2010 Bottle, Dec 2007.
Very cloudy, particles in suspension, deep amber color with a medium, fine head. Sweet, fruity aroma with lots of chocolate, caramel, kabocha, slightly spicy as well. Rich and fragrant. Extremely rich flavor! Malty, chewy, cookies. Lots of chocolate, some caramel, it must be the pumpkin, which is not tasted all that strongly itself. Spicy and dessert-like, but not overly sweet. Good balance with dark fruits and just enough hops. Finish of dry amber malt with sweet traces of pumpkin, and then a long hop bitterness
Capa (2212) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Tap at Cheers, Yokohama. Caramel in color. Hoppy aroma with a solid backbone of malts, and some fruits. Pumpkin? Flavor is heavier on the malts, but noticeable hops are also present. A slight pumpkin spice was there, but only after searching for it.
Was a little dissapointed by this beer. It’s a good beer, but I was really hoping for more pumpkin flavor, as I love pumpkin beers. If I hadn’t been expecting pumpkin this would have been rated higher.
MartinT (8351) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My Bottom Line:
This quaffable Pumpkin Ale lays out its cereal and fruity sweetness into a lean body where pumpkin does not override every other flavor.
Further Personal Perceptions:
-A veil of foam tops the hazy pale orange.
-Earthiness appears in the back, maybe a result of the supporting hops.
-Carbonation is rather low, making this absurdly drinkable.
-This one didn’t stand out much at Baird’s fruit beer festival, but it stil provided a fine quencher.
On tap at the brewery tap room.