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RATINGS: 12   MEAN: 3.42/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.19/5   EST. CALORIES: 231   ABV: 7.7%
Butternut squash ale brewed with ginger, honey, and Sichuan peppercorns

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
yespr (40837) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - DEC 20, 2014
From tap. Pours clear and golden yellow with a small off white head. Aroma is mild fruity, toasted malty. Toasted malty, light caramelish. Slight herbal. Mild bitter, toasted malty and slight caramelish. Bitter and dry into the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
nimbleprop (7560) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 11, 2014
On tap at the Barrier tap room. Clear gold with some cloudy, white head. Nose is big with spice, heavy ginger, heavy all spice, clove, some definite squashiness, a little lemon and even a bit of Asian-y lemongrass. Flavor has lemon, white pepper, ginger, cloves. Spicy finish. No hint of alcohol.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
trapped (2312) - New York, TURKEY - FEB 7, 2014
Drought. Reddish amber with creamy beige head, pumpkin aroma, slightly metallic honey taste, high carbonation, long finish with pumpkin flavor on your palate. Everything pumpkin!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Damico (3144) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 30, 2013
Pours clearer amber with a small tan head. Aroma and flavor both bring ginger, squash, and some earthy sweetness enjoyed on the palate. Peppercorns are not all there, which may be good.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Theydon_Bois (17229) - Hazlemere, the lower Xhitlerns, Buckinghamshire, ENGLAND - DEC 13, 2013
Tap at the Ginger Man, NYC, 23/11/13. Clear golden amber with a moderate off white head that clears to a covering/pond. Nose is pumpkin pie, spice, sweet fruit notes, toffee. Taste comprises earthy fruits, pumpkin bite, spice, metallic tang, sugars. Medium bodied, light spritzy carbonation, a little overcooked. Decent enough for style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tcane7 (1670) - Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 7, 2013
Sample at the brewery. Pours a clean amber with medium, diminishing off-white head and soapy lace. Nose of spice - ginger, pepper, and a floral lavender like aroma. Medium body with a slightly creamy mouthfeel and moderate carbonation. Taste is dominated by spice as well and follows suit with the aroma with a slightly pepper spice kick.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
ben4321 (5775) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2013
Location: Draft at Ginger Man NYC, 11/24/13

Aroma: The aroma is butternut squash, nutmeg, ginger, pepper, pumpkin pie spice, and pine hops
Appearance: The pours is a clear dark orange color with a thick, creamy off-white head
Flavor: The taste is a nice mix of spices, squash, a little sweetness, and medium bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, it has a nice mouthfeel, and a good dryness to the finish
Overall Impression: This one is a very very cool experiment and a really enjoyable beer. I’m not sure I would have guessed that butternut squash, lots of seasonal spices, and hops would make for a great beer combination, but. It totally does. Bonus point for excellent creativity. Nicely done!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Lubiere (12967) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 13, 2013
An orange amber ale with a thick mocha head. In aroma, light caramel malt with smooth pumpkin spices, ginger, cinnamon and cloves, restrained. In mouth, caramel malt with good mix of spices, nutty roasted notes, well done. On tap at Brooklyn Pour 2013.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Slipstream (2479) - USA - NOV 29, 2012
Now here is something creative! On draft at The Pony Bar. I wasn’t sure Saaz hops and squash would be a good mix, but this works out pretty well. The pleasant sweetness is offset by sharp Czech hops and a peppy mouthfeel. Is that a bit of clove in there? A bit odd, but good. Brewed with ginger, honey, and Chinese pepper too.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tgncc (3100) - Bellmore, New York, USA - NOV 7, 2011
Interesting experiment, if not a total home run. The aroma is VERY spicy, ginger and pumpkin spices mainly, some vegetable matter. The appearance is a hazy gold/amber color, white head. the flavor is dominated by the same pumkin pie spices, and again some sort of cooked vegetables. The finish is VERY spicy once again, some pine and floral hops. Medium in body. Drinkable, and enjoyable.

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