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RATINGS: 26   MEAN: 2.73/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.74/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   ABV: -
A crisp, spicy, and medium-bodied amber brew. Brewed with pumpkin, toasted pumpkin seeds, vanilla, and spices for a drinkable beer to celebrate the harvest season.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
DarkElf (3057) - La Jolla, California, USA - JAN 26, 2011
16-Oct-08 (22-oz bottle: Purchased 15-Oct-08 for $4.99 at South Bay Drugs and Liquor in Imperial Beach, CA) Pours a hazy orange-amber with visible particles suspended in the beer. Only a quarter inch of off-white head forms before settling to a thin ring. Like many organic beers, this one has a mild to medium presence of grainy, corny, and husky malt flavor in the base. A layer of floral hop flavor and mild bitterness sits alongside the prominent but slightly astringent spices. The spices aren’t sweet and pleasant like typical pumpkin pie spices, but are overdone and a bit harsh, like adding too much cinnamon to your pancakes. Hops bitterness picks up a bit in the finish, and this seems to clash with the spices. Some plastic tablecloth flavor as well. Aromas are generally grainy, spicy and a touch cheesy, but without any sweetness. Medium in body, fairly dry, moderately carbonated. Not really much to praise in this beer, it’s not the worst pumpkin beer, but it’s not all that pleasant either.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
alexanderj (3541) - Branson, Missouri, USA - SEP 26, 2009
Bottle; poured a copper-orange color with a big fluffy head. Aroma of spice, caramel and gingerbread. Flavor had a lot of tartness to it, which others have commented on. Spicy oxidized taste. Not too good.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
gunhaver (1030) - Tampa, Florida, USA - MAY 24, 2009
Bottle, courtesy IBrew2or3. Orange copper pour, slime white head, lacing is soft on the glass. Lots of spices, some tart nose. Flavor is spicy, pumpkin, big tart oxidation, some electricity and metal. Thin and bad. Like bin Laden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
kiefdog (1826) - Tampa, Florida, USA - APR 26, 2009
Bottle courtesy of Ibrew2or3. Pours a dark orange amber color with a thin white head. Aroma is malty and spicy with light notes of pumpkin, bread, some sweetness and grain. Flavor is strangely tart with notes of grass, yeast, spice, some funk. Generally medium body with a quick, uninteresting finish. Unusual beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Ibrew2or3 (8203) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - APR 11, 2009
Pours hazy copper with gold edges and thin off white head. The aroma has notes of sweetness, grains, sugar, a bit of pumpkin, floral hops and a touch of cinnamon. The taste is similar, too bad, with a layer of odd tartness followed by some malts, mild hops, a bit of metal and very little pumpkin, if any.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Zinister (1423) - Houston, Texas, USA - MAR 15, 2009
Tasted at GABF 2008. Dirty gold with white head. Nose of sugar, nutmeg, some pumpkin. Flavor is sweet pumpkin with a little ginger.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DYCSoccer17 (3636) - Woodland, California, USA - FEB 8, 2009
I don’t recall where I purchased this 22 ounce bottle. Aroma is appropriate. Spicy, brown sugar sweetness with some nutmeg and light pumpkin. Fairly sweet. Dark golden body with a small, off white head and scant lacing. Starts sweet and sugary, then becoming extremely carbonated with a little spiciness, perhaps ginger. There is a bit of lingering burnt flavor and an unpleasant sensation that this leaves on the back of the tongue.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 21, 2009
Bottle from BevMo Mission Valley. Consumed over the Holidays. Pours a hazy gold with an orange hue. Nose was very herbal with pumpkin spice and nutmeg. A decent Pumpkin brew.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 12/20
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - JAN 12, 2009
Bottle thanks to hopscotch. Pours with a small, foamy white head and a hazed orange body. Okay lacing. Aroma is husky with notes of cheap malt, vegetables, tobacco, pumpkin, sharp nutmeg and B.O. Taste is B.O. with nuts, vegetables, sharp spices, astringent nutmeg. Very grainy and husky. Bone dry mouthfeel and a bit fizzy. Not a fan.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
marcus (9212) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 24, 2008
This copper beer poured with a fluffy off-white head and a cinnamon aroma. It has a funky herbal taste common to vegetable beers, but the overall flavor is rich and interesting.

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