artmcd8 (1084) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2012 Smells of spice. Little taste of pumpkin. Needs more to become a good beer just ok right now.
drowland (5686) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
9/26/11. 12oz bottle. Clear amber pour, almost orange, with a khaki head that fades but laces plenty. Faint aroma of pumpkin pie spices and sweetness. Slightly sweet gourd flavor with a bunch of spices as usual for this style. Iím kind of over it, honestly.
Drink4Satan (666) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 26, 2011
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz. Bubble pint. Literally pours out a pumpkin orange with a minimal, whispy white head. The aroma has a descent representation of the traditional pumpkin pie spices, along with some odd vegetal notes. Thin, hot and spicy. Not pleasing. Does not have the malty backbone needed to support such potent spices. This is not an IPA where we want an attenuated, light base to display the complexities of the overtones. Itís a pumpkin ale. I need the total package, and to be like pumpkin pie in a glass, I need some sweetness, some texture and way less prickly carbonation. This seems to be the problem with nearly every pumpkin ale out there. The finish is short, thin, grainy and uninspired. I mean, itís not a bad beer, but based on the label and my expectations, I need more ooomfffff! LI deserves a better pumpkin ale.
BrewBoxer (1543) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a deep brown/red color. Mild head that fades. Smells of sweet potato, nutmeg and squash. Tastes watered down. Not too much body. Not my favorite style of beer to begin with.
scarletfire65 (827) - Rockaway Park, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2011
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma is cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor is mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. I donít taste any actual pumpkin. Very sweet and cloying. I much prefer the pumpkin ales that use actual pumpkin in the brew, not just spices. They tend to get a vegetal dryness that I much enjoy. Kind of weak.
coldbrewky (1371) - Hippetown East, New York, USA - SEP 5, 2011
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Informal pumpkin tasting yesterday. Weak nose with only one steady carbonation source.... Deeper golden in the glass. tinny acrid finish. Lame body and hardly a bit of pumpkin. Minimal mouthfeel/presence. If this is what people expect from a pumpkin ale in season they are missing out, Boring.
Beerdedone (2394) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a small off-white head. Aroma of light pumpkin, strong nutmeg and a hint of cinnamon. Flavor was lightly sweet with caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin spice with a crisp finish.
robiannelli (591) - West Deptford, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2011
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle pours burnt amber with a thin white head. Aromas of nutmeg cardamon and coriander, pumpkin pie spices, also light brown sugar and sweet malt. Flavor is sweet and spiced. Body is a bit light and finish has a touch of water
JoeMcPhee (8054) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - MAR 26, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber pour with a tight white head. The nose is quite spicy with a little bit of malt sweetness through the middle. Lots of nutmeg and clove as well as some brown sugar and light crystal malt. Well-attenuated and not at all sticky. I quite like it. Itís like a lighter version of pumking. It has that richness but less of the sweetness or alcohol that that beer does. Itís pretty nice.
ngeunit1 (1555) - San Francisco, California, USA - FEB 26, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A - Nice amber-orange color with a little head and some good lacing.
S - The pumpkin spices dominate the aroma, with just a bit of pumpkin smell and some maltiness mixed in.
T - Initially very sweet, which is then followed by the pumpkin spices and the pumpkin flavors. The hops and the malt flavors add in to the mix to give the taste some depth.
M - Little carbonation, and medium-light bodied. Could have used a bit body to match the flavors. However, the beer still felt crisp.
D - Very smooth and very drinkable beer. Very crisp and refreshing.