Bartzilla (590) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 4, 2006
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Wow. Great label, rubbish ale. I am convinced no body will make a good pumpkin ale. They’re all gross, this being no exception. And, quite frankly, if I want pumpkin pie, I’ll order pumpkin pie. Not pumpkin pie flavored beer that tastes nothing like pumpkin pie and everything like ass.
I do like the label though. It’s got that going for it. Not trying to slam the brewer, but rather the style. They should all give it up.
Naven (1000) - Poway, California, USA - DEC 2, 2006
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
And..............this went right down the drain.
Sorry, im not into these pumpkin beers. They all have that same taste, which come to think of it, really is so much pumpkin as it is clove and nutmeg. Anyway, this was about as good as I expected it would be.
kenb (1102) - Oregon, USA - NOV 13, 2006
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle via oldgrowth (thanks!). Semi clear amber with a quickly dissipating head. Aroma is what else-pumkin..also a bit of cinnamon and vanilla, and i would swear there is custard in their but of course i am imagining things, lol...It tastes just like it smells with soem allspice flavor and a nice malt backbone. Not a fan of pumpkin beers but this is pretty good.
Scubatrip (609) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From the bottle, pours a clear, deep ruby red without a lot of head. Smells like pumpkin pie. Vanilla, alspice, and even the cool wip. Tastes like pumpkin pie, but not fresh baked pumpkin pie. Definitely been in the fridge for a day or two. Sweet, some cinnamon and sweet malts in there, as well as the vanilla, alspice, and cool wip. Not bad, not my favorite pumpkin ale.
tjthresh (1867) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle from Thaichile. Pours crystal clear copper with a pertty thin white head. The aroma features cinnamon, all spice, sugars, even some cracker/crush type aroma. Spice flavor. Sweet flavor with a bitter finish. Medium body. Not bad for pumpkin.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to OldGrowth: Pours a transparent copper bronze with a thin, but frothy and spotty-lacing white head. Has a sugary sweet caramel pumpkin nose and some pleasant cinnamon spice. Body starts with a mild malty sweetness, some toasted grains, and an earthy spice presence before a slightly more bitter dry finish. A pretty decent pumpkin brew.
zathrus13 (1749) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange, with an off white head. Aroma is all spices. Flavor is also mostly spices. Palate is nice, a little creamy.
Thanks to OldGrowth for this bottle.
rayg1 (586) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 8, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I thought this was tasty, Smells spicy and sweet. Pours orange and a little head but didn’t last too long. Tastes sweet and spicy full of clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg. All of these are great autumn flavors. Tastes turns slightly bitter at the end to remind you that your drinking beer and not eating pumpking pie. Good but I think the thing was a bit too thin.
OldGrowth (3058) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, from Raleigh WholeFoods. Good nose, Sweet. Like pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, caramel, allspice. Clean orange copper color. Small head that faded quickly to nothing. No lace. Sweet spice flavor, like aroma with nutmeg being most prevelant to me. Got a little sour yeasty taste as it warmed. Medium body, lite creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. Nice Pumpkin brew, Don’t know if I could drink this all the time, but I found it enjoyable. Thought the aroma & flavors were best when it was cold.
brentfeesh (1208) - Mansfield, Ohio, USA - SEP 26, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at the 10th annual Brewgrass festival in Ashville. Light chestnut color, clear. Light white head. Pumpkin pie allspice is dominant but there are notes of cinnamon in the aroma. There is also a cloying sweetness that is not all that enjoyable. Light pumpkin pie flavors that is marked mostly by allspice (as in the aroma) but with some cinnamon notes hiding in there. Light spicy bitterness at the end and some faintly noticeable grain. Light body, too thin actually. A lightly dry finish. Not my favorite.