ChainGangGuy (4714) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - AUG 27, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a clear, orange-copper body with a couple inches worth of foaming, near white head. Little splotches of lacing on the way down.
Smell: Moderate aroma of toasted pumpkin meats (and cautiously toasted malts) overlayed with spicy notes of cinnamon and nutmeg.
Taste: Very little pumpkin flavor carrying over to the final flavor (not that it was simply oozing out in the nose). Lightly toasty malts, some powdered sugar embellishments. Scant estery hints. Cinnamon powder and a little early nutmeg. Sweetish, spicy through to the finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium-plus carbonation.
Overall: An acceptable, middle-of-the-road pumpkin ale that’s not particularly memorable.
Aurelius (4939) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - AUG 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
OK, this is going back to back with Harpoon UFO Pumpkin. The Blue Point goes first. Bad label, good cap, clear rusty orange brew with a filmy white head. Spicy, perfumy, sweaty aroma (sort of like nuzzling the Cinnabon cook) -- allspice/nutmeg, light vinegar. Peppery, spicy presentation, mostly dry/faintly sweet. Dry toast/cereal malting. I didn’t get the pumpkin, but I got all the stuff around the pumpkin when it’s in a pumpkin pie - spice, vanilla, even the crust. Faint diacetyl vapors here and there, muted cinnamon in the finish. Medium body. I have to admit, I hate pumpkin beer season -- the local beer purveyor gets new beers in which I’m obliged to rate, but I just don’t like pumpkin beer for the most part. This was pretty good, and didn’t have the squashy/gourdy thing going on. Market Square Liquors, Timberlane.
Fratto (2845) - Arlington, Texas, USA - MAY 17, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Cavie. Dark amber pour with a small off-white head. Aroma is cinnamon, more spice, and pumpkin. Taste is pretty malty, pumpkin spice, and a little caramel.
Maverick34 (2876) - New York, USA - APR 24, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Poured ambery....your standard pumpkin ale here, nothing great but not awful.
hopdog (10913) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 24, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Poured an amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas and tastes of pumpkins and spices.
Drake (11469) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - MAR 1, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle. Pours a crystal clear amber color with a large fizzy off-white head. Decent head retention. Aroma of pumpkin spice, pumpkin and a malty finish. The taste is slightly tart pumpkins, a significant dose of spice and a mild hop finish. Medium bodied, well balanced.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 23, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: ambers and oranges – polished and bright with a touch of darkness in the middle. A coppery pithy head fades sticky, leaving a swath of lace in its wake and a thin layer capping the brew below. Swirls with nothing extra.
Nose: allspice and cinnamon hit first followed by tons of pumpkin chunks. Pumpkin pie crust golden brown in the back. Cinnamon apples.
Palate: medium weight, full and chewy. Nice pumpkin chunks and pulp in the finish feel more like swallowing pumpkin than pumpkin beer. Spice swaddles the edges with cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg. Fresh cinnamon sticks underneath. Pumpkin is the glue that holds it all together.
Final Thoughts: hands down the best beer I have had from Blue Point yet. That isn’t to say the standard line-up of beers from Blue Point aren’t good; they are great every day session beers but in looking for something standout-ish…not so much. I loved the fresh pumpkin quality of this particular fall seasonal. The spices were there to help while gobs of fresh munchable drinkable pumpkin tempted and I succumbed.
Butters (4020) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 3, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear amber pour with fading sudsy offwhite head. Nose starts very nicely with a good blend of pumpkin spices. Unfortunately the flavor just doesn’t go the extra mile. Nothing wrong, just kinda normal without any wow factor. Honestly, better than I expected, but on the whole just another slightly average pumpkin beer.
deanso (8114) - the Hague, NETHERLANDS - DEC 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at a Scottish bar in NYC close to Times SQ.
Thin white head. Slightly hazy amber pour. Some spiciness
LIVEFAST (62) - Mount Misery, Valley Forge, - NOV 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampler @ Capone’s, firkin. Orange/light brown with no real head to talk about. Nose is mostly spices(nutmeg, cinnamon) with a bit of pumpkin. Firkin tames the pumpkin in the taste, but leaves a very prominent spice character. Drinkability is good, but a bit to spicy for my liking.