RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - MAY 27, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Unfortunately a bit past its due date of Feb. 13, 2004, but good nonetheless. Pours a deep orangish amber in color with a minimal head. Aroma is predominantly pumpkin and harvest spices: nutmeg and maybe a touch of cloves. Taste is rich, lightly sweet with a faint hop bitterness in the finish. Smooth on the palate. A good seasonal brew.
Lubiere (9031) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - APR 30, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Amber coloured beer with a thick rsilient white head. Cardboard aroma (oxidation) with pumpkin spice coming nicely aftrwards, a bit cloying. Spices come out clearly in the attack in mouth with lingering, with a lot of sweetness and little bitterness. A bit too sweet for my taste but not bad. Medium bodied with a nicer balnce of spices and sweet.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - APR 28, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I agree with Doc Lock. This is a smooth drinkable beer. Nice flavoring, Hoppy, spicy and it tastes really good. Have had beers in s/h/v category I’ve hated. This is best I’ve had to date.
DocLock (7198) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 16, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is the first pumpkin beer I ever tried. Nice pumpkin, spice, and malt aroma. Tastes of pumpkin, spice, nutmeg, and slight hops at the finish. A good pumpkin ale.
JonR888710 (999) - Cochabamba, BOLIVIA - APR 9, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Smells clean, malt. Orange-amber body with a pretty champagne colored head. Lots of bubbles in glass and good lacing. Taste is good, sweet, pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, dry hop finish. Ends like club soda and a little malt.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 8, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
(2003) clear amber/red color, thin head, malt dominated aroma, some pumpkin and spices, sweet and candyish, light hops; thin tasting, not much for texture, initially very light, but has a malt dominated flavor, sweet, some pumpkin and spices, but not overwhelming, toasty, light bitterness with some hops
KCKajr (15) - Kansas City, Kansas, USA - MAR 30, 2004
0.9 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
Pours a medium white head with an amber body. No aroma to speak of.
This one almost ruined Halloween. It tastes exactly like a pumpkin would if you'd left it on your front porch from October to mid-July.
CapFlu (4244) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 15, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
(Bottle) Pours a large, white, cloudy head and an orange body. Head hardly dissipates. Nose of good ol' pumpkin pie: pumpkin, cinnamon and clove. Yummy. Flavours are less complex than the aroma. Hardly sweet, somewhat acidic. Too bad!
willblake (2626) - 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 (2827) - 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.