JMerritt (1803) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
If you would have given this to me without telling me that it was pumpkin ale, I'm not sure if I would have guessed. Appearance is red-orange, clear, with a medium off-white head that completely falls. Very bubbly. Aroma is of caramel and ripened fruit. Upon first taste, burnt brown sugar and sweet malt is most prevalent, with certain herbaly and viney notes noticeable in the finish, along with a bit of alcohol. Some spices, definitely cinnamon and possibly nutmeg are also intermingled. But pumpkin? Because I know it is a pumpkin ale, I can kinda pinpoint the flavor, but I'm not so sure. A smooth and decent beer with surprising depth. I guess you could call this a pumpkin beer for those that hate pumpkin beers.
dlclark (73) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I think they got what they were aiming for on this beer. This is not an overdone pumpkin ale, like some of the others. The aroma and flavor are subtle. It tastes like Blue Moon Belgian with just a hint of pumpkin. This is a rather enjoyable beer. Most pumpkin ales, are too heavy and not very drinkable.
jgb9348 (4738) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 20, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Perfect amber colour with a very thin and fast fading off-white head. Smells of sugar and malt. The sugar being caramely. Medium-bodied; Strong maltiness in the flavour as well as a subdued sweetness. Aftertaste fairly mild, but still showing a bit of the malt and opening up to some spicey flavours. Overall, a decent beer, a bit worse than average for a style that i'm already not fond of. I bought this twelve ounce bottle at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo, New York on 17-September-2003.
Ernest (6221) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2006 Blind rating.
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is medium to dark amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted bread, grain), with light notes of metal shavings and dirt, hints of allspice and pumpkin.
Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation, metallic.
The worst of a blind flight of 4 pumpkin beers.
Prostman (1077) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2003
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This was a good beer. Nice subtle hints of pumpkin without being too overpowering. My girlfriend likes Blue Moon Belgian White, and I like this too. I will have to get her to try it.
DYCSoccer17 (3320) - Woodland, California, USA - SEP 17, 2003
2.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
Pours a clear orange-coppery color with a mild to moderate quickly dissipating off-white head. Nose is of slight hops and pumpkin of course. Start is very hoppy and bitter, but the finish has a nice hint of pumpkin to it. I was scared that this would be too pumpkiny, but it is definitely not. This is too hoppy if anything. The hops and pumpkin do not mesh well together at all.
Shag (2606) - Chattanooga, Tennessee, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance is a dark amber. Aroma is faint pumpkin, ginger, and cinnamon. Flavor is a little weak with pumpkin showing through but not dominating. This is a plus for me because I don't like the taste of pumpkins generally. Not as spicy and sweet as I expected. Very much like a Killian's with pumpkins used in the brewing proccess. This could be a decent beer for the Fall season.
Hopistotle420 (1178) - Amherst, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep ruby amber hue. Whitish head. Strange, sweet pumpkin nose. Starts sweet, light bodied, not much flavor, yet it has subtle pumpkin notes, and is very drinkable. No depth, sort of thin, yet isnt as sweet and spicy/nasty as other pumpkin brews...Not too shabby.
WabashMan (1012) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - SEP 16, 2003
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This one has a pretty good pumpkin aroma, but really lacks enough of the fruit and spice in the flavor. Overall, flavor is just lacking, and the beer has no real depth. Fairly typical Blue Moon, in my opinion.
beerluvindave (194) - Canonsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 17, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very sweet amber ale. Spicy undertones to compliment its pumpkin flavor. Very good slow-drinking beer.