MOboy (505) - Kansas City, Missouri, USA - SEP 20, 2002
2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Absolutely beautiful aroma.
jgb9348 (4943) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2003
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Orange/amber colour with a fairly thin white head. Smells of pumpkin (duh!), malt, spices and even a bit of sugar are clearly evident in the aroma. Light-bodied; Very subtle tastes of pumpkin & malt are basicaly the only flavours that come across in the taste. Some metallic twang is noticeable in the middle of the taste. Aftertaste is almost nothing, but there is some residual bitterness from the pumpkin spice and from the malt. Overall, not a good beer for the style or in general. If you are looking for Pumpkin, take a drive to Post Road and stay away from Buffalo Bill! I bought this twelve ounce bottle at Total Wine in Chantilly, Virginia and sampled it on 12-September-2003.
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.
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.
3fourths (8382) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - DEC 2, 2004
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Bright and murky soft orange glowing color with a small white head, but an overall attractive appearance. Nose is pumpkin-soap and potpourri, craft-store or bathroom store smells... perfumy oranges, ginger, apple, pumpkin and overripe peaches. Dear lord it tastes just downright horrible... like sucking on designer soap, the stuff that you’re not supposed to use as soap... waxy, syrupy and soapy, this is pretty god damn disgusting... end of rating.
PattyBoy (302) - North Liberty, Iowa, USA - DEC 27, 2004
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pours amber, white head that vanishes quickly. Aroma is mostly nutmeg, with some cloves. Flavor starts with the same nutmeg, cloves, guess there is some pumpkin in there. Very thin, hops are mild, not sure you’d want alot of hops with all the other stuff going on here. I don’t care much for pumpkin pie and I don’t care much for this beer.
fatguys (74) - Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Nutmeg, nutmeg, nutmeg. Pours a light amber color with a miniscule head. Lots of nutmeg aroma with a hint of pumpkin and hops.
Essentially, this reminds me of BMC swill with a darker color and a few tablespoons of nutmeg. This one could stand some malt complexity to counterbalance the nutmeg bite. Unbalanced, thin and hard to drink.
beerledgend (1197) - Waterloo, Wellington, NEW ZEALAND - DEC 6, 2005
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Suppose I,m not use to pumpkin beer, first for everything. Dark red in colour with small white head which disapated quickly. Aroma of cloves and cinimon. Unusal taste, now I know why I do not like pumpkin!!!
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - SEP 25, 2006
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JAN 22, 2007 I would call this Holiday Spice Ale and not Pumpkin ale. The Pumpkin flavor is totally overwhelmed by the spice mix. It really seems more like a spiced hard cider and not a beer at all - calling it an Amber style Ale is really misleading as it shares nothing with true Amber Ales It is very tart the pumpkin is present, but not in the starring role. Clean and orange colored. A little too carbonated as well. Interesting ale to share over Thanksgiving meal, but not much other uses for it.
POD (198) - USA - DEC 29, 2006
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
1st time that I’ve tried a bottle of pumpkin ale. I saw a lot of different varieties of it on the shelf during the fall. It poured and looked exactly like ginger ale. Lots of fizzy carbonation and a fizzy head like soda. Aroma was of all spice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor is all spice and pumpkin. Aftertaste is lingering sweet and more all spice. This one is too sweet for my liking. I doubt that I’ll try it again.