mattj (10) - USA - NOV 3, 2003
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nice for a once a year novelty. I thought that the taste doesn't back up the aroma. And, I was looking for better/more mouth feel.
Sham (1845) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice amver color with thin white head. True to it's name the aroma is full of pumpkin pie spices. Wow, the flavor is great. I was hesitant about drinking this beer, but it comes across nicely. The finish is great, just like a bit of pumpkin pie.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 21, 2005 Smells like pumpkin pie filling when you first open the can. Nicely textured, nicely colored. Long lasting head--very nice seasonal.
This year watery and thin with a quickly disapting head. (reason for re-rate)
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - NOV 1, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
A clear amber colored beer. With a strong aroma of pumpkins, cinnamon, nutmeg and alcohol. Taste is pumpkin pie all the way. Slight carbonation to compliment the pumpkins and spice flavors. Overall this is just one big pumpkin fest. There's absolutely no complexity to the beer. I've never been a big fan of pumpkin pie and I'm definitely not a fan of pumpkin ale.
cquiroga (371) - Tujunga, California, USA - OCT 31, 2003
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured out of 12 oz. bottle, bought at Bristol Farms in South Pasadena, CA 10/30/03. Pours to murky, flat tan color. Decent head that falls to a moderately lingering thin whisp with good lacing while it lasts. Moderate aroma of sweet, dense pumpkin pie, nutmeg, cinnamon, hint of acidity and alcohol under it. Some souring malt notes but not much hops. Taste is immediately like an unsweetened pie crust. Slightly doughy, sort of cinnamony, but without any accenting sugars. Very strongly active carbonation fizzes and tingles the tongue-- a bit much. Notes of pumpkin on the finish with some welcome maltiness (finally) and a slight hint of spice. Medium body but not appealing mouthfeel-- feels somewhat substantial but disarmingly "dusty." Surprisingly drying (must be the spices), leaving kind of a sour glow on the mouth like you forgot to brush your teeth last night. Not a very good beer, and I can't even say it's worth trying as a "special occasion" for Halloween-- which is why I've tried it. Nothing very special here, but not horrible.
MarkR (68) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 30, 2003
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear, pale copper with a hint of orange. Fluffy light tan head with good retention. Aroma is dominated by the heavy-handed use of spices, as well a hint of pumpkin meat. Ginger, nutmeg, and lots of cinnamon. The malt base underneath it all is hardly noticeable. Flavor starts out with a twinge of sweet malt, then quickly shifts towards the spices. There’s a harsh hotness that is brought on by the overuse of cinnamon. I believe taking the spice and pumpkin out would leave a very bland and dull beer. Thin in body, with a rough astringency on the finish from the spices. The novelty has worn off quickly, and I’m tired of this…
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 28, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. A medium golden color with laced off-white head. I like the aroma, as I always have with pumpkin pie. The ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon come through delightfully well. They carry into the aftertaste but fall short in the flavor. I would love a thicker more full bodied pumpkin ale. For what it is, I really enjoyed this festive beer.
kumite56 (471) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - OCT 27, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Ok I am surprised. I thought I was going to hate this beer but in fact it is quite nice. Brown / Orange hazy beer with a white medium mostly diminishing head. Spicy nose, cinnamon with a taste to match. Pretty crisp with a little sweetness but definately not cloying. Little hopps bite but all in all a good effort.
Jon123 (36) - Emmaus, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 29, 2003 Bottle pours a nice amber color with a very small head that quickly disappears. The beer leaves no lacing and carbonation seems low. Obvious pumpkin flavor tastes like a mix between a fruit/weisse beer and an ale. An OK beer for the pumpkin/halloween season.
carboloader (674) - Houston, Texas, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From bottle. This is beer? It tastes more like a tasty dessert. Very fun! I will be seeking out more of this. A lot of pumpkin flavor and nutmeg make this one of the more interesting beers I've tried.