fidelis83 (2001) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - NOV 1, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Hazy orange-brown pour with a 2 finger, creamy, soapy off white head. Aroma is caramel, pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin, light roast, cereal, hints of rustic grain and light spicy, floral and citrus hops. Flavor is full of cereal up front, then nice caramel, light toffee nuts, sweet and earthy pumpkin, light pumpkin pie spice, mostly ginger and allspice, a hint of earthy roast hay and herbal, floral and spicy hops. Light, creamy body with a light, blanketing and playfully wavy on the tongue carbonation. Really great stuff, not only great for a pumpkin beer, but an awesome session ale as well with plenty of flavor and a great mouthfeel at in an easy going and 4.4%abv package.
gunnfryd (11058) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - NOV 18, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Deep golden colour with an off-white head. Aroma is malt, spices, hop. Flavour is pumpkin, malt, hop, pine, spices. Nice beer.
wlajwl (4002) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - NOV 16, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma is pumpkin, malts and spices/cinnamon. The flavor is pumpkin, spices/cinnamon, malts and a mix of mild/medium sweetness and sour in the finish.
Brigadier (3050) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
650 ml bottle
While picking this up the clerk at the store compared it to Jackie O’s autumnal seasonal. Personally I would much rather have some Barking Pumpkin. The promise of a solid fall release dissolves over the course of a pint until you wonder what happened to the rest of the recipe. Perhaps the time of the pumpkin seasonal is not here yet.
Aroma / Appearance - A warm walnut base retains an orange hue. Paired with the creamy vanilla head it looks like dying embers in a fire pit. Pumpkin pie, whipped cream, and other sweet aspects pin this firmly in the "dessert" end of the seasonal spectrum.
Flavor / Palate - A carbonated mouthfeel bounces around the mouth with a changing profile of squash, vanilla, ice cream, and cool crust. The light body may be due to the low ABV. Even so it fades so quickly that you wonder if there should be more. Future sips do little to add complexity. Overall this promising beer falls short of being a repeat purchase.
Beaver (1328) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2014
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
22 oz bottle. Pours hazy amber orange with a medium fizzy creamy head that goes to a thin film that leaves a little lacing.
The aroma is sweet malts and cinnamon.
The flavor is sweet sugary malts, some vegetal notes and cinnamon. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied and a bit watery.
Overall, a bland pumpkin, and very restrained.
jackl (4803) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - OCT 29, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Keg @ CBC. Light amber with a small head. Nose is sort of what you’d expect. All spice, cinnamon, caramel, nutmeg. General spice rack. Not a lot of room for nuance. Flavor is welcoming lt dry. Dried pumpernickel bread. Hot cinnamon. A bit peppery. Leaf pile. Medium body, soft carbonation. Nice.
zoucrew102 (591) - - OCT 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber. Mild spice aroma with notes of nutmeg and cinnamon and a bit of pumpkin. Pours amber colored with a half a finger of off white head and some lacing. Starts with bright pumpkin sweetness with the aforementioned spices mixed in a little. Finishes finishes smooth with the spices taking over a bit more with the pumpkin fading to the background. Good, light bodied pumpkin ale.
rondphoto (2204) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 24, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle @ Party Town / Florence KY -- Hazy medium amber, solid off-white head cover, streaks of lace. Taste is malt and pumpkin pie; all turns a little bitter (and a little sour) in a medium finish. Decent, unique, definite pumpkin, but not exactly appealing, and not for regular consumption.
Travlr (13040) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Track 84. Hazy golden color, thin white head. Aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste has just enough spice. Nice.
BeerandBlues2 (9997) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 23, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tap at Track 84. Pours clear copper with a small, frothy off-white head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is pumpkin, nutmeg, cloves, dates and toast malt. Flavor is lightly bitter earthy hops, dates and nutmeg, pumpkin, toast malt and a dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.
Concealer (827) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber. Opaque golden orange with a foamy beige head. Aromas of pumpkin, caramel, brown sugar, yeast and nutmeg. Flavor is caramel malt, pumpkin, squash, brown sugar, light yeast and nutmeg. Medium bodied, smooth with a dry finish.