ClarkVV (3902) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 24, 2002
1.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2004 1998 bottle This is an outstanding Pumpkin ale, though i havent had it in a while so its tough to compare it to my current favorite, Empire Pumpkin Ale. It has a nice strong spice aroma that leaves quickly to make room for a medium full body and good hearty pumpkin taste.
2003 bottle Well, either I didnt know good beer 5 years ago, or they just dont brew this like they used to. Probably a mix of both. Whatever the case, this is now a drainpour in my opinion (I poured mine out in bitter disappointment). This beer can be easily replicated by taking club soda and stirring in some sugar, and lots of pumpkin pie spice. Enough said.
leapinbass99 (15) - Goleta, California, USA - JUL 22, 2002
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
A good alternative to Harpoon’s Winter Warmer since Harpoon is not yet distributed on the West Coast.
austinpowers (2826) - New York, New York, USA - JUN 19, 2002
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A mild pumpkin taste, moreso in the aroma and aftertaste. A very nice gimmick and sells well around Halloween. Really, it’s a decent beer that you should try in any season.
bigal9699 (152) - Orange County, California, USA - JUN 3, 2002
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love winterbrews - filled with their complex flavors of spices and malts.
To me, this falls in the winterbrew category as the pumpkin spice is forfont - you can really taste it. Clearly a change from a few years ago as pumpkin flavors were more subtle and I seemed to enjoy it more back then. Still, its a nice beer for those you like spice.
NWHopHead99 (58) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - MAR 1, 2002
2.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 10/20
There is definatly a strong pumkin flavor, a little bit of AllSpice/Nutmeg charecter, but I just couldn’t finish the bottle. Maybe I just don’t like pumkin beers.
omhper (20328) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - FEB 25, 2002
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Brown-orange. Cinnamon, ginger-snaps and pumpkin flavour. Medium bodied.
Murph06 (121) - Illinois, USA - JAN 4, 2002
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
This IS a pumpkin ale. The only thing I found abit lacking was pumpkin flavor---but I LOVE the pie. Spices are perfect. A great fall brew!
BillKismet (3407) - 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.