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.
mtjoseph (244) - Murderapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 21, 2011
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
12oz bottle shared with mattyb83. Pours opaque brown with a minimal head. Soapy aroma with potpourri, pumpkin, and notes of a leeann chin restaurant. Literally smells like someone bathing in basin in the middle of a fast food Asian restaurant. Strangely sweet, this beer has notes of pumpkin and a weird spice profile that is quite earthy and rustic. Flavor is slightly metallic in the finish. Too bad it didn’t taste like P.F. Changs. You know, healthy stuff.
dukeredhair (243) - California, USA - DEC 8, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is yams, pumpkin roasty, not spicy with some lemongrass hints on the back end, and a nose full of the pacific coast yeast. Appearance is garnett with a pillowy tan head, nice. Taste is nice and earthy, savory, pumpkin, not sweet or spicy in the typical pumpkin ale way. Backed by lemongrass. Palate is thick, nice. Overall I prefer this savory approach over any pumpkin ale type beer I’ve had before. Really kind of nice.
AtlAggie (241) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 17, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very herbal, almost medicinal. Some gourd and spice also, faint citrus on finish. Okay.
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - JAN 2, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours dark brown, with a slightly orange hue, and a nice thick beige head. Nice earthy aroma, with a dominate citrus note. The Pumpkin and yams are also present, along with some spices. Very light, crisp and refreshing, with lemons, yams, and mild spices. Finishes with a crisp, with lemons lingering.
aleph (231) - - APR 7, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Hops, citrus, pine, very fresh until the spicy notes, which define the beverage. Pumpkin and caramel comes out at this point. Meh.
Tybalt (212) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 2, 2012
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not sure where to go with this one. Pours darker than I was expecting with mild aroma of pumpkin spice. Tastes like Scrubbing Bubbles. It seriously makes me think I’m cleaning my bathtub with every sip. Aftertaste pulls in some pumpkin and citrus to remind me that I didn’t just poison myself...and it actually doesn’t taste bad....just a little scary.
foundmd (210) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 25, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
#200. 12oz bottle. Pours dark ruby red/brown with a small off-white head and some decent lacing. Big birch aroma and taste, reminding me of a quality root beer. Also has moderate lemon citrus notes with the pumpkin and yam character coming in towards the end. Not really sure what fenugreek tastes like on its own but it’s probably in there too, especially since there’s a nice toasty finish. Very drinkable and unique. Certainly something to try at least once.
HenryXXX (204) - British Columbia, CANADA - JAN 26, 2012
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a rusty brown color with a red hue. The nose just screams lemon verbena followed by earthy fenugreek. Has a very floral pine nose to it as well. Has a very light mouth feel. The initial flavors is a sweet floral, followed by a spicy and earthy flavor. Finishes with floral and astringent lemon verbena flavor.
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jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Pours dark ruby with foamy tan head. Aroma is wood and other grasses, some spice, lemon, some sweetness. A bit dry, the presence of pumpkins and/or yams is completely absent, but this still a decent drink. Finishes with an earthy, woody, herbal-like taste that is very reminiscent of Stone’s recent green tea IPA collab.