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 (2613) - 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 (473) - 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.
bac080 (398) - Bloomington, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2003
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Can I just say...wow!?!?
This tastes like pumpkin pie in a bottle, with lots of spices.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 19, 2003
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a clear amber, with practically no head. Aroma is pumpkin, cinnamon and spices - taste (what little there is) matches. Seems very light and watered-down. Haven't liked many spice/herb/vegetable beers up until this point, and I still don't.
VAYankee (335) - Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2003
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a transparent amber with a small white head. Aroma is primarily cinnamon and nutmeg with a little maltiness in the background. Initial pumpkin burst that quickly mellows out to nutmeg, cinnamon and malt. A very mild pumpkin spice aftertaste.
redlem (1306) - Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2003
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Hazy watery amber color with a small white head. Aroma of mace and allspice. An unusual spicy bland taste.
GEOBRAU (188) - Mesa, Arizona, USA - OCT 18, 2003
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUN 10, 2007 Watery, no head, did it have alcohol? tastes like ultra-bland beer with a bottle of pumpkin pie spice thrown in.You would think that if they went through the trouble to use pumpkin in the boil it would add body, but this beer is devoid of body. makes me wonder if it in reality contains essence of pumkin or some "natural" pumpkin flavor. I will keep looking for a good commercial pumkin ale. perhaps these things are just better left to homebrewers.