willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - MAR 10, 2004
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle (1/04). A sort of glowing, orange/red amber that is very festive. Big, spicey smelling head that does not remind me of the pumpkin pie that I had envisioned. Mildly spiced, you really have to work to taste pumpkin, I mostly taste savory spices and sweet malts mixed with stale cardboard. The spices are predictable and uninspiring. I couldn't care less about this beer that I was rather interested to try. Too bad. BTW, who ripens pumpkin pie on the vine?
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - MAR 1, 2004
1.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2007 Finally! I’ve managed to track down the elusive Blue Moon Pumpkin Ale. It was very, very slow in coming to NYC, I must say. The beer doesn’t taste much like pumpkin, but rather resembles a mildly spiced ale that pours with a massive, frothy head that fades as fast as the Chicago Cubs in the playoffs. Sweet taste with light hops and not much else. Very innocuous for a so-called pumpkin beer. Too bitter and not spicy enough - could use some pepper and more bite. Needless to say, they need to add some pumpkin, too.! The best pumpkin ale I’ve had to this date is Chelsea Brewing’s Pumpkin beer.
jimhilt (2441) - Bow, New Hampshire, USA - FEB 12, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a white two-fingered head, fades quickly, leaves a touch of lace. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied. Color is nice, clear amber. Nose is spice. Starts and finishes sweet and spicey reminds you of a pumpkin pie. Took a chance since the expiration date was coming up but it is fine - a real deal at $1.57 for a 6-pack, expiration date is 2/15.
balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - FEB 11, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
transparent amber color with an off white head...can definitely smell the pumpkin with a bit of malt and a touch of sweetness, medium body that is pretty sweet, pumpkin and malt flavors with a pumpkiny finish...quite interesting, i need to try another pumpkin beer to compare but not bad for something during the fall
labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - JAN 31, 2004
1.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Moderate head to start with, resides quickly. Kind of a golden-amber color (which makes me think of a pumpkin) with a horribly bitter aftertaste. Spice flavor is too strong which I think is caused by the lack of flavor in the beer itself. Nothing will top the New Holland Ichabod Pumpkin Ale. Try that if you want a "perfect" blend of malt and spice. These seem to be hit or miss with this one being a miss. The overpowering flavor of the spice and the lack of flavor in the beer leave this very unbalanced.......and the bitterness has got to go!
dominion (78) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Good beer for the fall, I had hoped the pumpkin taste would not over power and it did not.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JAN 1, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Clear medium-dark amber, little head. Sweetish nose not unpleasant, only vaguely pumpkinish, more malty-butterscotch. Ok flavor, but has an inappropriate cardboardy edge and bitterness; relatively bland finish.
Wilecat (66) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - DEC 31, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Drank a bunch of these, At first I thought that the pumpkin flavor would be too sweet to keep drinking. But I never tired of the flavor. Not a beer I would look to buy but i would gladly drink if offered to me.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - DEC 15, 2003
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
GABF '03 Amber in color,minute spice aroma,no pumpkin seems present.Very thin and unsatisfying pumpkin beer.
Frank (3130) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - DEC 7, 2003
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Golden brown with a thin brown head. Nose is mostly dominated by spice with a slight sweet edge. Flavor is cloyingly sweet with mild spice. Sluggish palate. Pretty much worthless.