HopHeadinAZ (180) - Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: pours a clear light brown with a small tan head. The aroma light on the pumpkin with notes of the yam. I can detect some fennel. The taste watery with a little lemon on the finish. The mouthfeel is medium. Overall this beer isn’t one of my favorites.
BeerFlavoredBeer (254) - New Hampshire, USA - NOV 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a deep, rich color - like melted butter and brown sugar. Two fingers of creamy foam with persistent lacing.
You can smell the hops, which almost covers the fresh pumpkin. Toasted herbs are also present - kind of like a dry grass smell with a bit of sweet smoke to it. There’s also a sugary aroma that I can’t put my finger on. Might be the yams? Okay, sick of smelling it, only because it is making my mouth water.
Not feeling the taste, though. It’s not as interesting as it’s smell would lead you to believe. Bitterness up front, but doesn’t finish as dry as I expected. The pumpkin is tough to pick out of the complex combination here. There’s a bit of sweetness and a bit of toasted vegetable flavor that I noticed in the nose, but nothing really jumps out. It’s complex but not really that remarkable. The aftertaste is slightly metallic and there’s a bit of resin to it.
The carbonation is nice and smooth. The mouthfeel is good, overall. Nothing to write home about.
Overall, different, but not different enough (in my opinion). I expected something really off-the-wall from this collaborative beer. Maybe not crazy, but something memorable at least.
trujahwarrior (510) - Monroe, Washington, USA - NOV 10, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a reddish brown color with a thich light tan that leaves decent lacing. Smells of caramel, brown sugar, yams and pumpkin. Tastes of all the same ingredients I mentioned above in the smell with slight lemon and a good hop presence. Mouthfeel is medium and creamy with great carbonation and a semi dry finish. Overall this was a great collaboration beer. I?m surprised how good it still tastes a little over a year after it was bottled given the low abv.
mithrilbalrog (24) - Ithaca, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Toasty caramel malt aroma with light (barely-noticeable) cooked pumpkin-yam scent, a hint of soy and maybe some fig. Pours brown with minimal haze and minimal head. Taste is sweet-umami with some bitterness and a light sourness. Similar to a good brown ale with added complexity. Full bodied with a thick creamy texture and soft carbonation. A good beer, but not as weird as I expected.
Brouwerij (959) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 25, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2012 Poured into a standard pint glass.
Bottled in September 2011, this beer probably should have been enjoyed sooner. I was able to find it again and couldn’t resist giving it a shot.
Pours dark, clear amber pour with a finger of head. Head dissipated relatively quickly leaving a thin layer that hung around. Moderate to minimal lacing. The smell is earthy, malty, slightly spicy smell. The flavor is dominated by hops and spice up front. The pumpkin and yam flavors are not very apparent to me, however there is a bit of a sweetness in the middle. Moderate body and carbonation. I can’t help but wonder what this beer would have been like fresh off the line. Clean finish and overall pleasant feel. I really enjoyed this beer. It was unique, flavorful and drinkable.
HonusWagner (1978) - Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This just struck me as being strange for the sake of being strange. It was mostly just a boring brown ale with some weird, slightly interesting spice and fruit elements. But I don’t really know what the hell toasted fenugreek is doing here, and neither the pumpkins nor the yams come through all that clearly.
BeerFunGuy (875) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer has a deep amber color with a light head. It has a spicy but almost fruity taste and goes down smooth.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
GODiSSOUTHERN (390) - Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Interest spice character is up front. Well rounded medium mouthfeel and complex finish.
keanex (1739) - Atco, New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
No bottling information.
A: The body is a very deep brown that is opaque in all but the edges, a thin tan head was on top, but it doesn’t have great retention. This is still a good looking beer.
S: The aroma is very interesting a base beer with chocolate and roasted malts is balanced well with aromas reminding me of birch beer and some yams.
T: Cocoa and lightly roasted malts are the base beer here with hints of spice reminding me of and a prominent birch flavor comes in reminding me a lot of birch beer I drank a lot as a child. This is very interesting and the birch reminded me a lot of nutmeg at first.
M: Medium body with light carbonation, it goes well with the beer.
O: This is one interesting beer, it reminds me a lot of a pumpkin beer at times, a brown ale at times, and birch beer all at once. I like it though, it’s a bold beer that stands out.
jkwood04 (5223) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 11, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the beer store. Pours deep amber with a lacy head. Aroma of birch, pumpkin, some spices and fruit, and a good amount of hops. Flavor the same. Average texture. Pretty good.