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.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 4, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle from Rick’s in Alexandria. Served in a Bruery taster glass.
Pours a clear cola color with a nice light tan head and some light lacing. Thin collar throughout. The nose brings forward loads and oodles and other things of spice. So much there that it’s hard to differentiate between the individual components. While this works a bit in the nose, the flavor is off the deep end. Maybe it’s just the name, but it starts to remind me of Citronella. Far overspiced and dry in the feel. I was really excited to try this one given the breweries involved, but this just really disappoints.
italarican (1526) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - MAR 6, 2012
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle a friend brought to our first homebrewing session. Weird tea tasting beer. Tannins, bitter dirt, and minimal malt presence. The ingredients sounds like some bullshit herbal medicine con that’s supposed to revitalize your immune system and help you achieve inner balance throughout the morning. Then again, tea can be good when, so maybe there’s something to this scam.
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 12, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a dark amber/chestnut brown color with golden orange edges and a one finger light beige head that slowly settles into a lasting ring. Streaks of lace left behind.
Sweet, slightly spicy aroma with lots of pumpkin, autumnal spice and toasted malt. Pumpkin purée along with cinnamon, clove and ginger followed by caramel, toast and hazelnut.
Medium bodied with a dry herbal presence that lingers throughout into a medicinal finish. Not really all that sweet with more of a vegetal pumpkin/yam presence with some dry, zesty spice. Hints of toasted pumpkin seed, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove followed by some caramel, toast, rye and a strange medicinal finish. Kind of a mess.
craftycarl21 (2300) - 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.
knewell (73) - Alabama, USA - SEP 7, 2012
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours a reddish brown color. Has notes of spices in the aroma. Taste has notes of spices, pumpkin and cinnamon. I noticed more taste in the inital swallow. However, the more i drank, the more taste seemed to dissipate and become watered down.
diabel (1630) - Aarschot, BELGIUM - APR 3, 2013
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Reddish brown body with a small off-white head. Port-malt aroma, not fully in balance. Moderately bitter, lightly sweet flavour. Unbalanced and bit awkward.
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.
rxeight (1942) - Illinois, USA - FEB 3, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: NOV 14, 2012 The main thing I picked up on this was lemon. Lemon aroma. Tast was of lemon tea. I could tell there was alcohol and that it was beer but no evidence of hops. But then again, im not a fan of tea. The two guys I shared the bottle with a re bi tea fans and loved it.
dbarnold (1127) - Bethesda, Maryland, USA - DEC 26, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Pours dark and thin, little head. Tastes like nothing, then sorta like dirt. Drain pour.