BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2001
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
WOW! I have always wanted to try a pumpkin ale, but this exceeded my expectations. The beer has a wonderful pumpkin aroma. The beer itself seems to have a nice blend of pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, and cinnamon flavors. It is virtually bottled pumpkin pie. While this is an especially excellent Halloween and Holiday brew (I imagine it would go well with turkey) it is actually a brew that can be enjoyed anytime, with a beer here or there.
VENOM (941) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 26, 2001
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Decent brew beneath the pumpkin flavors, with a nice malt/hop flavor. Too much cinnamon though as the ’hotness’ tends to get in the way of the pumpkin flavors. Not bad.
scrawfis (143) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - OCT 27, 2001
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of nutmeg dominates. Nice subtle flavor of pumpkin and the finish of pumpkin spices and hops. Best pumpkin ale out there.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - OCT 22, 2001
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
pumpkin flavored anything is good for me.
TAR (2401) - Lafayette, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2001
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2003 Minus the pumpkin, this would be a very bland beer. Doesn't taste as good as it smells.
JMerritt (1734) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - OCT 20, 2001
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: MAR 14, 2003 A nice orange color with a thick head. Smells like pumpkin pie! It says it is brewed with 'spices': I think I can detect both cinnimon and nutmeg, among others.
HarmonKill-a-Brew (407) - Wilmar, Arkansas, USA - OCT 15, 2001
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice pumpkin pie flavor and aroma, but the pumpkin pie flavor didn’t blend with the beer flavor as well as I would have liked. Even so, I would still say it was pretty good.
joet (2039) - Santa Rosa, California, USA - OCT 10, 2001
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
An ordinary pale ale, with an orangey color, and some actual flavor of pumpkin as well as spices added to pumpkin pie -- allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg. The sweetness of the spice clashes with the hoppier than average, flatter brew. The effect fails completely. The pumpkin flavored beer might have some chance with a sweeter, less hopped brew. Points for the orange color and an E for effort.
PhillyBeer2112 (2488) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2001
1.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 3/20
Gross. Loaded with pumpkin pie spice - overdone and doesn’t work in beer. The pumpkin flavor is fine but leave the spices out. Chemically as well - probably due to the spice interactions with the malt. Otherwise very nice orange-copper color.
chupe66699 (6) - Ballwin, Missouri, USA - AUG 29, 2001 does not count
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Basically agreed with the last reviewer; very nice nose, full of sweet spices, ginger, cloves, cinnamon, but rather lacking on flavor. Practically no hops, and no aftertaste. I remember thinking the taste to be rather transparent; excellent aroma, but none of that aroma transfers into the flavor of the beer. It’s rather light and easy drinking, but the pumpking flavor doesn’t come through as well as does say the Wild Onion Pumpkin Ale (still my fave pumpkin ale).