hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - NOV 29, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours a murky medium brown with a light tan head. Aromas are earthy, spicy, and some citrus. Taste is herbal, with cocoa and caramel overtones. There is a nice lingering bitterness and some citrus notes on the back end of this one. Nice long dry finish. Overall was not sure what to expect, and cannot really classify this one. Pretty decent overall, though.
craftycarl21 (2251) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 28, 2011
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught at Churchkey. Unattractive cloudy amber pour, small head. Nose and flavor are marked mostly by lemon, wood, bread, touches of pumpkin, and weird herbal notes. Really not impressed in the slightest.
DrSilverworm (6818) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle (500th personal rating milestone). $4 from Dutch’s. Very deep amber-red color. Minimal khaki head, dots of lace. Crisp carbonation, texture is more dry. I can distinctly pick up on the roasted yams in the aroma. It isn’t powerful, but I’m thinking that it must take a whole lot of yams to produce this kind of a discernible note, which I appreciate. Roasty-sweet, good and rich. Definitely a premium beer, just not mind-blowing. It’s probably safe to say that this is indeed the best yam-beer I’ve tried, however.
VRBJG (159) - Fort Wayne, Indiana, USA - NOV 27, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: FEB 16, 2012 Very good. Color deep dark red-ish copper with a thin white head. Smells veg/pumpkin spice. Tastes smooth and slightly crisp on the palate. Definite pumpkin/fall beer flavors...but without using the usual ingredients to achieve this.
jredmond (5555) - Manhattan, New York, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at blind tiger with streets and baron. Pours a deep black with white lacing. Aroma is wood and spice. Mouthfeel is medium with notes of spice, wood, light roast.
Tmoney99 (10985) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Poured clear orange copper color with an average off-white frothy head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid citrus, pumpkin and small wood aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium complex sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Complex soft beer.
nickd717 (3564) - San Francisco, California, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle from Chevy Chase in DC. Dark mahogany pour with a lasting beige head and great lacing. Lots of spice on the aroma, lemongrass especially, and pumpkins. The flavor is decent, with a pumpkin and toasty malt base with lemongrass and spices, a bit overdone. Fairly smooth on the palate with average carbonation. This is ok, but they tried to do a little too much.
marcus (6700) - Sacramento, California, USA - NOV 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours dark brown with a thick tan head and a pumpkin aroma. There is a very unusual complex flavor that includes pumpkin, sweet potato, lemon and unidentifiable spice tastes. It’s Thanksgiving dinner in a glass. An odd yet drinkable brew.
cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 26, 2011
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle, tasted last night. I figured that this one would be a winner, all three breweries are really top notch. Aromas were good, decent nutmeg and cinnamon, not overpowering, which is what I like about good pumpkin offerings. Palate is really jumbled however, front end is overly spiced and bitter and there is some sort of tartness like licking a lemon peel, just awkward. Super dry finish. Nothing I would really want again.
TheBishopco (15) - Tennessee, USA - NOV 25, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
I do not like pumpkin ales, so take this review with a grain of salt.
Received in trade from P1Meatloaf. This beer seemed like the perfect beer to have with my Thanksgiving dinner. Smells and tastes strongly of lemon verbena, almost overpowering. The other flavors mix and fade in the background and the traditional pumpkin spice and flavors are hardly there. I expected more from these three breweries working together. Overall, not horrible, but certainly not good either.