beersearcher (2315) - Glendale, California, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A typical pumpkin pie spice brew. Pours a dark orange. Aroma is nice. Flavors start well but start to cloy on the palate after a few sips.
ADfan (539) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber color in the glass with a medium head. It has a good aroma of pumpkin and spice. The taste definitely has pumpkin flavor coming through with a little allspice and slight bitterness. Good fall beer.
thome50 (987) - Boringville aka Irvine, California, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle via El Cerito. Pours a darker brown with a light white head. Aroma is of pumpkin pie spice and little else. Taste was more of the same but not overpowering. Overall it is a typical attempt at the style and really doesn’t stand out either way.
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - OCT 18, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Was hoping for a little more out of this one, but it is still pretty solid. Typical pumpkin spice aromas with a bit of the molasses sweetness coming through on the nose, and some pepper as well. Pours a brownish orange with a quickly dissipating foam head. Fairly malty beer with some nice caramel flavors. not quite a brown ale, but flirting with that classification. Has some good pumpkin flavor in the back with a nice spice presence. The molasses does not show up much in the flavor. Does have a slight boozy funk that I don’t care for, but its pretty well masked. Pretty thick bodied for the alcohol content. Overall there are better pumpkin beers out there, but this is better than most.
Barreras (932) - Diamond Bar, California, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a clear orange color with aroma of mild cinnamon and pumpkin. Taste is clean with brown sugar and cinnamon as the first flavors that the tongue tastes. Overall an easy drinking enjoyable beer.
48FanInCali (706) - California, USA - OCT 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bomber. Pour is an orangish hue of maple. Nose of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste follows the nose. I wish there was more of a brown sugar/molasses bite but at only 4.49 per bottle this is certainly a great value.
MattH (635) - California, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Orange pour. Nice flavor of pumpkin and spice. Medium mouthfeel.
tool2scream (187) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 29, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is very aggressive with pumpkin and spices on the nose. Very sweet nose, due to the molasses. However, the palate just doesn’t live up. It’s a bit thin and watery, and the flavor is really bland. A little spices, very little pumpkin, and then a lot of almost macro-brew beer flavors. Not very appealing.
Blairgus (2551) - California, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
17 Sept 2011, tap at the brewery. slightly cloudy orange w/ no bubbles. pumpkin and nutmeg aromas. heavier on the nutmeg. med body and fizzy. nice. pumpkin w/ some spice. nutmeg and cinnamon. more pumpkin than a lot of pumpkin beers and thankfully not as much clove.
beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - FEB 2, 2011
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Sampled on 1/29/2011. This pumpkin beer pours a medium orange gold color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is fruity, sweet, some spices, maybe some pumpkin. A medium bodied pumpkin beer. The malts are fruity, caramel and sweet. The hops are herbal. Not sure if it is because they made this beer with pumpkin juice instead of the real fruit, but there is NOT a lot of pumpkin flavor here. You can taste the cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and molasses but not a whole lot of pumpkin. This is sort of typical of most pumpkin beers; they seem to be more a vehicle for the spices WITH the pumpkin than the pumpkin itself. I am not ragging on Bootleggers here in particular, but on most producers of Pumpkin beer in general. This one just seems to a ‘best’ example of the trend. Needless to say this beer is not doing a lot for me. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly sweet.