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RATINGS: 54   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 150   ABV: 5%
Brewed using an original recipe created jointly by brewer Scott Pyatt and guest brewer Don Richardson. Available in the Fall.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2008
Tap at Brewgrass Festival. I don’t generally like pumpkin beers because the spices are too intense and I don’t really like my beer to taste like pumpkin pie. But this was a surprise. Orange/copper poor. Not a huge head by any means. Bitter cinnamon and nutmeg as well as pumpkin on the nose, but somehow the balance seemed to work. I liked it. Caramel and malt as well, but not overly sweet. Not sure what to say... a surprisingly tasty beer for me.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
Riccardi50 (19) - Montreat, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2008
Tap @ Barley’s Taproom - The past 2 year this hasn’t been that great of a batch from Catawba, but whenever they decide to get their act together and stop messing around with the ingredients, this is the best pumpkin ale I’ve ever had.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2007
Draught. Pours hazy dark rust orange with extremely small off-white head. The aroma is plenty of nutmeg, some sweet caramel. The flavor is nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice. It finishes on an earthy note. Some caramel comes out once in a while, as do some carbonic notes.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2007
Draft at Barley’s Taproom in Asheville, NC. Poured a clear orange-red color. Head was thin, off white, and left some decent lace behind on the glass. Aroma was spice dominated, mostly cinnamon. There was only a whiff of pumpkin. Dry on the tongue. The flavor was also spice-driven with cinnamon and a dash of black pepper dominating the pumpkin. Mouth feel was on the watery end of the spectrum. Not among my favorite pumpkin beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2007
Pint. pours a clear brown/amber. has a smooth light spicy pumpkin aroma. nice and smooth with well balanced pumpkin spices, not too strong or afronted. refreshing spices more prevalent on front with refreshing aftertaste. a good sessionable smooth quality to it. had with food and it went well.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2007
On tap at barleys, Asheville. poured a dark amber with a small white head.Lots of aroma dancing on my nose.Fresh hot pumpkin pie with all the spices. Flavor was the same.Nutmeg, pumpkin pie and cinnamon.Flavor left me wanting whipped cream to finish it off.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ChainGangGuy (4559) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Appearance: Pours a clearish, reddish-brown body with a thin, off-white head. Smell: A fragrant aroma filled with inviting toasted spices, but pretty meak when it comes to the actual pumpkins. Taste: Mild pumpkin flavor that’s lightly sweet. The addition of fresh spices adds a measure of earthy spiciness. Slight hint of lemon near the sweet finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: It’s one of those pumpkin ales that lays emphasis on spices and not pumpkin flavor. Still, though, it is a pleasant Autumntime brew.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
mgumby10 (1856) - Jupiter, Florida, USA - SEP 23, 2007
Pours a fairly clear, red amber color, with a small off white head. Big, monster cinnamon notes fill the air backed by some pumpkin spice. Reminds me of DFH’s punkin, but times 2. Really gets your attention. The flavor was more cubdued than the aroma would lead you too believe at first, however. The cinnamon was there, but the pumpkin really took a backseat. It was more in the background and needed more of an influence in my opinion. Still pretty good, but could have been awesome. More balance is needed.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10884) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - SEP 1, 2007
Name: King Don’s Pumpkin Ale
Date: 09/13/2003
Mode: Draft
Source: Brewfest, Asheville

spicy cinamon aroma, rich dry pumpkin flavor with very light spices,
-------- /> Name: King Don’s Pumpkin Ale
Date: 09/10/2005
Source: Chattanooga Brewfest
Words: Draft

sweet pumpkin pie aroma with lots of cinimaon, big body, big pumpkin pie flavor without being too sweet, too much bitterness for the style
-------- /> Name: King Don’s Pumpkin Ale
Date: 09/22/2006
Mode: draft
Words: Barley’s

huge cinamin aroma, lots of cinamin in the flavor, light bitterness from the spices,

Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 5/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 5/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 6/10
Score: *4

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Fish (440) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - DEC 20, 2006
On tap at Westville Pub in Asheville. I finally broke down and tried this one. I usually stay away from beers in the spice/herb/vegetable category. I’m happy with this one though. Medium orange-brown body, with a minimal light brown head. Aroma pleasant pumkin, cinnamon, nutmeg (as I expected) but the flavor and palate were what most impressed me with this brew. The mouthfeel wasn’t just a totally watered-down wash-out like so many other spice/herb/vegetables I’ve had. There was also a certain sweetness to the beer which was nice. I was not disappointed by this beer in the least. Sure, my standards are a little low in this category, but hey, catawba done good.

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