ADfan (815) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from a bomber it has a honey amber color with a small head. Aroma of cloves, caramel and spice. Flavor has some cinnamon, spices and some faint pumpkin on the finish. Easy drinking beer.
Aurelius (4996) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep bronze, not quite clear. Oatmeal colored head. Good tap handle. Rich, candied caramel aroma with light spicing. Tasty, moderately spicy, to the point of having some heat. Alas, another technically decent beer that I won’t buy again because I really didn’t enjoy it. Some grassy notes, generally a bit veggie. Mouthy, good carbonation. Spice cake ending. On tap, Brass Tap Midtown.
matty (348) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
750 mL bottle. Purchased a year ago, labelled as "Chatoe Rogue First Growth Pumpkin Patch Ale". Pours a deep caramel color with a little red color on the edges. Light tan head, 3/4" slowly settles to a film covering the beer. Aroma is mostly spices - cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves - standard pumpkin ale spices but not overpowering like others. Malt aroma in the background. Medium-full body, taste carries on with the spices but again, they’re not overpowering the malt, it’s very nicely balanced. The finish takes a turn - I get a little coffee, some light toasted notes and its a little dry too. Very good, glad I held on to this one!
Maverick34 (2911) - New York, USA - OCT 24, 2014
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottled. Caramel amber pour. White head. Pretty carbonated. Cinnamon gingerbread smell. Same taste but real bubbly.
ajnepple (4897) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from Biggie Wine & Liquor. Clear amber reddish appearance with a beige head. Aroma of freshly roasted pumpkins, nutmeg, spicy clove, cinnamon, caramel malts and light toffee. Similar flavor, nicely balanced and not overdone in any aspect. Moderately spiced and lightly sweet with a touch of bitterness. Medium body with a crisp feel and a rich, spiced finish. I’m not a big fan of pumpkin beers in general, but this one stands out in a big way.
jjgmd (1960) - Coral Springs, Florida, USA - OCT 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Brass Tap , Coral Sorings, pours a light rustorange color wth a very small head. Nose is spicy with pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is full of fall spices, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin with some mold sweetness. Finishes on the same sweet fall spicey notes. Great pumpkin ale. Quaff Score 8 / 10
MrTipple (3162) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - OCT 17, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma: nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin. Appearance: hazy amber, small, white head. Taste: light bitter and sweet. Palate: initial bitters make way for some spiced sweets, nutmeg and cinnamon, lively carbonation. Overall: nice Pumpkin Ale, great aroma. Pint at Yard House Downtown, San Diego.
pjames317 (94) - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 14, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours relatively lighter bodied chestnut brown. Almost no head and what appears to be light carbonation. Something about this pumpkin beers’ aroma does almost seem fresher than most. Still has all the usual suspects in the spice category for a pumpkin ale: nutmeg, clove, cinnamon. Also has a honey/caramel like sweetness that may be the malt profile asserting itself a bit. This is definitely a more restrained and balanced pumpkin beer than most out there. Firm malt presence the entire way thru, similar profile to a good oktoberfest/marzen beer. If you’re pallet is not yet burnt out on all the pumpkin ales, seek this one out for a milder, pleasant experience.
CObiased (279) - Bayfield, Colorado, USA - OCT 11, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber - nice burnt orange color with light head. Nice balanced aroma of pumpkin pie and malt. The overall flavor is delicious, but lacking a pie punch. I think the hops in the background come through slightly heavy, masking any sweet with bitterness.
Darkmagus82 (2231) - - OCT 3, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 11-23-13-
Served on tap in a pint glass
Appearance – The beer is served a hazy orange color with a one finger of off white head. The head fades relatively quickly leaving a decent level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass.
Smell - There is a big hit of roasted pumpkin with lots of spice of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger and clove. A bit of a bready smell mixed with some caramel and brown sugar sweetness round the aroma out, and when mixed with the rest of the smells, create a very nice roasted pumpkin pie like aroma overall.
Taste – The taste begins with a roasted pumpkin and rather sweet flavor upfront. The sweetness is a nice mix of brown sugar and caramel. The caramel flavors take on a bit of a more toffee/buttery nature as the taste moves on, with some more bready and doughty flavors coming to the tongue as the taste advances. Some spice flavors of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and allspice, which are lighter upfront, get even stronger more toward the end of the taste. Along with the spice growing stronger, so too do some of the roasted pumpkin flavors. Along with these flavors increase, so to comes some hints of a citrus, vanilla, and ginger like flavors more toward the end, with the mix leaving a still quite smooth pumpkin pie flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side for a brew of only 5.6% abv with a carbonation level that is rather average. The moderate body is decent for the pie like flavors of the brew, although a slightly thicker feel may have been more appropriate. While an even lower carbonation may have accentuated the pie like flavors of the brew even more, overall the feel was still OK as it matched the abv well and did keep it a very crisp and easy drinking pumpkin brew.
Overall – A tasty, easy drinking, pumpkin ale. Lots of spice and roastedness with a good level of sweetness. A rather enjoyable drinker overall.