Bella68 (42) - Alabama, USA - OCT 18, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Barley’s Taproom in Asheville. I think everyone about summed this up pretty well below, but I would like to add that my first impression was "chai tea". Very good pumpkin ale.
Hank1980 (966) - Athens, Georgia, USA - SEP 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler. Poured amber orange clear with a small head. Nose is pumpkin, spice, and caramel. Taste is nice and heavy on the pumpkin, with spice and sweetness accompanying nicely. Finish is spiced. Mouth is medium smooth.
argo0 (13318) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 22, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(Brewgrass08) Clear amber body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, allspice, light ginger, clove. Taste is medium sweet, pumpkin pie, some allspice. Watery light-medium body.
OldGrowth (3271) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - SEP 22, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
pint @ Barley’s. Great aroma, Pumpkin pie basically, caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Orangy red color, little to no head or lace. Sweet spiced flavor, like aroma in everyway. Medium body, lite creamy mouthfeel, sweet finish. Very good pumpkin.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
Riccardi50 (19) - Montreat, North Carolina, USA - MAY 4, 2008
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - NOV 12, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - OCT 24, 2007
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
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.
Jmichael (640) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 5, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
DragonStout (1410) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - SEP 29, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.