kidmartinek (4161) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2010
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear amber color. White head lasts 5 minutes. Dirty water aroma. Strong bite. The flavor starts off creamy and smooth tasting like pumpkin pie with whipped cream on top. As you get halfway through the pint though the flavor gets more rough and spicy. Overall its a very flavorfull and tasty desert-like beer.
FlacoAlto (4100) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled BJs-Tucson, Brewed by BJs Chandler AZ
This beer arrives fresh from the tap with a wispy, tan colored head that does not quite cover the beer. The beer is a hazy, brownish, amber color (actually it looks quite a bit like darkish honey color). This smells lightly sweet and of caramel up front. The spices then kick in. Noticeable notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and a touch of ginger, perhaps there is a touch of allspice as well, but maybe not. I would guess that real pumpkin was used in this as there is a sort of fleshy squash-like not to it that is subtle and only noticeable at times.
The taste is quite dry and even has a tartness to it. The fact that it is dry and tart really down plays the spices, which is nice, but it loses the holiday beer balance of sweetness that one might expect in this type of beer. A spicy note of ginger is definitely noticeable here and in the finish is a note that reminds me of pumpkin flesh (a touch vegetal leaning, and definitely squash like). The nutmeg character is here as well, but it takes on a different character because of the lack of sweetness; actual it adds a sort of savory character to the beer. Even though not sweet, the body has a heft to it that is nice. It sticks a bit to the palate even after the beer has left my mouth. The typical pumpkin pie spices are actually noticeable in the finish, again though they give a savory character to this beer rather than the typical sweet pie spice note one is used to. The finish is quite spicy from them though.
At first I was quite disappointed by this brew, but the spices are subtle enough and the tart character really drives an interesting flavor profile that I was not expecting from this brew. As the beer warms the spices in the finish start to add some sweetness; this accentuates the notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. My food arrives, and as I suspected this pairs quite well with food (in the general sense). The food even tends to bring out a soft sweetness in this beer.
IrishBoy (4023) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 1, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Bakersfield; Nose of cinnamon and nutmeg; light amber with a medium beige head; flavor of cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel malt.
Headbanger (3663) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - DEC 30, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft flight 10/28/10 (Tucson-Broadway)-Pours a clear amber with a tan head. Aroma of pumpkin and spices. Taste of the same. This medium bodied brew has nice pumpkin flavors and spices. Overall a nice brew.
jbruner (3545) - Athens, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear copper on tap with fluffy off-white head that dissipates to leave light lace. Aroma is pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, hints of cloves. Taste follows, a slight sweetness but mostly the spice. Dry and refreshing on the mouth. Not bad, but I think I have become more of a pumpkin beer snob over the years and this turns out middle of the road.
Aubrey (3508) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - NOV 23, 2002
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sugary-sweet nose. Sweet and chewy malt backbone; easy to drink and flavorful. Cinnamon aroma comes out up front; allspice is big in the middle; and then a sugary cinnamon in the finish. Nice amount of spices -- not too much, not too little. Balances with the malts well. Hops blend nicely with the spices also, adding a little bitterness to the mix.
alexanderj (3462) - Branson, Missouri, USA - NOV 28, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Chino Hills location. At first the beer was quite strange. A good amount of initial flavor that faded into a weird nothingness. However, it did seem to get better. The spice/clove/cinnamon that you would expect with an ok malt backbone. As for the style, this was probably at least average.
smith4498 (3381) - Miami, Florida, USA - OCT 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft @ The Falls location. Pours hazy burnt orange color with off white head. Aromas of cinnamon and clove. Tastes like pumpkin pie spices. Medium body with average carbonation.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JUL 22, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
on tap at papago 9/9/10.
reddish copper color with a lasting white ring posing as a head.
weird aroma... feels artificial... spicy, caramel and earthy.
the pumpkin in the flavor is very faint but there... as well as some vanilla, malt and the usual spices.
kinda sweet and hard to drink. good thing dave is here...5/3/5/3/13-
JohnC (3004) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at BJs Laguna Hills CA
Pours dark amber with a white head. Nice pumpkin spice aroma and flavor.