TJackHole (83) - Alabama, USA - JUN 18, 2004
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
very orange befitting of a pumpkin ale, entirely to spicy with overpowering nutmeg taste.
grat (432) - ST. Louis, Missouri, USA - JUN 15, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 Brew is a nice dark fall orange color. Full of carbonation and little head. Smells of nutmeg, allspice, pumpkins, cinnamon and cloves. No hop presence. Flavor is all of these wrapped up in a bitter dryness that I guess is from the melding of the hops and the spices. The aftertaste is very chemically and unnapealing, almost like sucking on a sheet of paper. Good I guess for while the kids are trick or treating or as a party novelty.
BigBastard (668) - L.A., California, USA - MAY 19, 2004
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Smells just like pumpkin pie. Lots of spice and pumpkin flavor, which becomes overwhelming before the bottle is gone. I have one at Thanksgiving, then wonder why I had it.
auto (163) - California, USA - MAR 22, 2004
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
sweet pumpkin (kind of)and cinnamon flavor which was fairly bland. head depleted quickly, orange color.
bitter (1136) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
in the bottle and on tap at buffalo bills: i dont think any actual brewing goes on at the east bay resturaunt but its brewed somewhere in the bay area. this was kinda the original pumkin beer that has had a strong following and shelf presense in the past 10 yrs. i used to thoroughly enjoy it and would always run out and buy it when it became available. many others have come out since usually at brewpubs. your typical spicy clove, nutmeg, orange taste not alot of true pumpkin coming through. maybe the recipe has changed in the last few years but not as good as i remember. every year ive been home brewing a pumpkin beer that, if can say, kills this beer and yes, i actually use real pumkin. if you havent tried pumpkin beer buy 'one' not a six pack, you wont want to drink 6 of these.
BendBeerRater (5) - USA - FEB 7, 2004 does not count
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Good pumpkin taste, but the beer is too thin for a fall/winter seasonal. I would prefer the pumpkin taste in a heaver beer.
hershiser2 (2060) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy orange-amber in color, small head. Looks nice. Smells like fresh pumpkin pie- and I happen to love pumpkin pie. Lots of spices in there. A nice, but a bit plain flavor. The taste is much weaker than the scent.
DrunkAsASkunk (847) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - JAN 17, 2004
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Oh dear god...save me from this horrible rhapsody of Pumpkinness... orangey pour out of the bottle.. wait.. lemme act surprised. little to no head..disappeared fairly quickly.. the aroma is of pumpkin and i swear..ginger?? Flavor-wise.. i like myself a piece of pumpkin pie..but in liquid form, this is just horrid. Dry and sweet aftertaste... i just can dig the sweet taste mixing with the dryness...sort of making me cringe...please.. go away now!
grant (842) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - JAN 14, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
My first pumpkin beer, and I love pumpkin pie. Really transparent orange body, low apparent effervescense, medium head. Aroma is initially soothingly like mom's pumpkin pie, but becomes something different, shifting preference to the spices rather quickly. Slight pumpkin/gourdish aroma but mostly cinnamon. But not normal cinnamon; rather, it's quite reminiscent of Big Red chewing gum. Also some ginger and cloves. Flavor has the same too-hot artificial spice note, and little of the meaty, squashy body I was hoping for. Lotsa carbonation effuses the spices over the tongue, making them even more burning. Overall, interesting, but not at all what I was expecting. I was hoping for a creamy, hazy, thick more pumpkiny brew.
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 10, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Brown-orange beer that pours with a nice lasting beige head. Smells like a pumpkin pie. Good carbonation. Tastes very sweet fading to a medium-long finish that tastes of clove and cinnamon. This is like drinking a pumpkin pie, and I have to say that as strange as that sounds I like it.