shoulderbroken (2842) - 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.
KyotoLefty (7874) - 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
thebeertourist (5131) - 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.
pintbypint (2976) - 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.
VertBaconStrips (2187) - 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
MartinT (8619) - 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.
reebtogi (4891) - 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.
DuffMan (8051) - 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.
TimE (4150) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 25, 2005
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy amber color. Slight hop character in the nose, but undistinguished. Mouth starts a bit hoppy, but then malts play the bigger role with hints of pumpkin and pumpkin seeds, spice, but after drinking a very complex Octoberfest, this is a bit of a let down. This beer was lost on me.
Capa (2316) - 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.