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RATINGS: 58   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.46/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 5   EST. CALORIES: 165   ABV: 5.5%
King Donís Pumpkin Ale is named for one of the original North Carolina brewers who lent his pumpkin prowess to this collaboration beer in 2001. This complex beer uses five separate barley styles, an artistic touch of hops, spices normally used in baking, and fresh pumpkin! The caramel, spice, and pumpkin flavors meld into a wonderfully smooth, orange-hued beer that sports a luscious, creamy foam head. Long live King Don!

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rumproasts (5050) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2013
Tap. Amber with small head. Light body. Sweet with some clove and nutmeg. Nice pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
tmongoose (2221) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - AUG 31, 2013
draft clear orange color white head. nice spice aroma which seemed very balance between the cinnamon and nutmeg and pumpkin. flavor is medium spice yet balanced with the pumpkin coming in on the end. thought it was pretty darn good. good malt character

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
nearbeer (4881) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 11, 2013
Pint on tap. Clear amber with a small but lasting head. Mild aroma of pie spices. Tastes of pie spices, with some light pumpkin-squash, caramel and dry leaf. Light-medium body is to the sweet side but has a dry-spicy flourish on the end. Borders on too much spice as do most pumpkins, but shows a bit of restraint and even some pumpkin. Still I couldnít even contemplate a second pint due to the accumulation of spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jhliesen (831) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - NOV 20, 2012
UPDATED: NOV 24, 2012 On tap at the Mellow---hmm, maybe the best pumpkin ale Iíve had. Aroma is all nutmeg and cinnamon. Soft brown color with no head and carbonation. The pumpkin flavor is in the background while the nutmeg dominates and I like that. Tastes like a fresh, homemade pie as opposed to a store bought pie. ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
nuplastikk (5785) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 29, 2012
Tap at the Bier Garden, Asheville. Amber-brown, filtered ruby. Thin oily off-white head. Deep sweet pumpkin-pie aroma. Rich malty tones, but even richer cinnamon and nutmeg tones. Solid offering, everything you could want in a pumpkin ale. Nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
magsinva (1105) - Virginia, USA - AUG 18, 2012
draft, westville pub, reviewing from notes, had 12/20/2011 - Pours a clear red with a thin white head. Aroma is medicinal, like cinnamon candy with notes of clove. Taste is a tad bitter, but otherwise not present. Once the beer moves tothe mid-palate, it completely disappears. Very thin, like cinnamon water. Disappointing, clearly the aroma is the best thing going for it.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DiarmaidBHK (4190) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2011
Draft at westville pub. Pours dark autumn brownish orange. A hint of pumpkin on the nose. Mouthfeel is thin. You get a hint of pumpkin on the tongue but then it disappears very quickly. Not my fave by any stretch.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Travlr (21449) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Draft served in a glass rimmed with sugar and cinnamon, holy cow, nice gimmick! Hazy amber color. Aroma of sugar and spice. Taste has nice squash and spice Combo, the best of the pumpkin ales of this weekend in Charlotte.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Jow (3463) - New York, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Had for desert after lunch at Brewgrass 2011. Pours orange with nose full of pumpkin spices. Tastes of nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, pumpkin pie filling, itís medium bodied and pretty sweet, enjoyable

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
bubbleflubber (2159) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 9, 2010
On draught from the brewer, it pours orange-amber into the glass with a fully diminished head that leaves trace to no lace. Lots of pie spices and clove to the nose. Flavors of pumpkin, clove, licorice, nutmeg, walnut skins, dry pale malts on the tongue, finishing with a clove/licorice essence. A tad numbing to the palate, this has nice medium-soft carbonation levels, a dry spicy mouthfeel and a lightly-silked body. Good pumpkin ale, not cloying and an enjoyable session brew.

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