iowaherkeye (2698) - Ocean Beach, San Diego, California, USA - SEP 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft blind tiger. Hazy medium dark orange with a Tony off-white head, no retention. Aroma ofearthy pumpkins and toasty malt, and the nutmeg and cinnamon in the right amounts--nothing overspiced or overbearing. Flavor is a little bit sweet, but it suits the whole pumpkin pie aspect just fine. I feel like Iím getting a little vanilla as well as the typical spices. The finish is semi-dry, bitterness peaked at a 2-3, thankfully. Just a little bit of alcohol noted. Low carbonation with a full body. Tasty--glad this didnít let me down, as Iíve been looking forward to this for two years, I think.
burg326 (4658) - Florida, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
On draft at Cigar City, poured a caramel orange color with aromas of all spiice, pumpkin, clove and sweet malt. Aroma was subtle, not overpowering which was nice. Flavors of pumpkin, all spice, clove, sweet malt in the middle, and a touchh of hops in the aftertaste. Really good beer and one of the better pumpkin beers out there.
adam42381 (383) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 750ml bottle into a Spiegelau tulip.
Appearance: Pours a medium orange-caramel with a 2 finger foamy off-white head. Nice lacing.
Smell: Sweet malt with pumpkin and a nice mix of pumpkin pie spices including nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. The smell is a little more subdued than I had hoped for, but the aroma that is there smells good.
Taste: Delicious mix of pumpkin pie spices up front followed by sweet malt in the middle before ending with a decent hoppy bite at the finish. Aftertaste is spicy with a touch of bitterness.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied with a decent amount of carbonation. Goes down very smooth.
Drinkability: Excellent drinkability. The elevated ABV% is very well-masked and it goes down very smooth.
Overall: Excellent beer overall. One of the best pumpkin ales on the market. Like almost everything from Cigar City, I highly recommend this one.
beernovice39 (3267) - Montana, USA - AUG 10, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
A breakfast draft at Kickbacks! With no doubt this is the best pumpkin beer I have had so far.! Murky tan with a small off white head. Scent is amazing! Pumpkin pie and spice scent. Taste is sweet and spicy with a bready note. Really good at breakfast.
jcwattsrugger (11553) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - FEB 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
on tap-pours a light tan ring with dark copper color. Aroma is medium malt, nutmeg/cinnamon, pumpkin, some spice. Taste follows.
juiceisloose (1096) - Windermere, Florida, USA - JAN 15, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at redlight redlight. This one pours a cloudy, golden orange color and topped by a small head of cream colored foam that settles down to a thin film. A sudsy wash of lace coats the glass. The aroma shows notes of fresh pumpkin, graham cracker, honey, and cinnamon spices. Nutmeg and clove add to the spicy kick. The flavor follows suit with the fruity pumpkin up front along with notes of honey and graham cracker. The cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg add a nice spicy kick. There is a bit of a twang in there as well. Nearly full bodied with subtle carbonation and slightly sticky on the palate from the sugars. There is a nice balance between the sweet and spices, but the fruity twang and alcohol throw things off a bit. Still a really nice pumpkin beer that I hope gets bottled this year.
Nellie (349) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 2, 2011
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Smells like buttered popcorn, nutmeg, alcohol. Hazelnuts, quite a hot beer, though. It makes my cheeks water. No dice.
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance: dirty orange and pumpkin hue with some bloody hues settling along the bottom. No head or foam; second-hand growler fill (thanks hopscotch).
Nose: spices, stewed pumpkins and not just of the Halloween variety Ė gourds and more gourds. Nutmeg, all spice. Apples, red please. Raw brown sugar, raw cane sugar. Earth and farm.
Palate: light to medium mouthfeel and very clean which carries the flavors well. No evidence really of her generous 9.9%ABV. Starts to dry palate, lingering with dry spices, apple skins, and gourd bits; stem and skin. Brown sugars and cane sugar, raw and unpolluted with sweet saccharine sugars. Nutmeg lingers in the breath. Apple pulp. Starts to grow a faint tart twang/nip in the back as warms up a smidge. Spices are subtle, appearing then disappearing then reappearing here and there. The sense of real gourds and not just the pumpkin kind (in a can) really stands out, mingling with the raw spices.
Final Thoughts: I really enjoyed this take on a spiced pumpkin beer from Cigar City. Choosing not to go the usual route of sugary maple sweetness with spices and the pumpkin in a can that we all have grown to know and love. This was all about pure raw gourds, the orange kind included, along with natural spices and sugars with zero hint of her potency. Yum!
TheEpeeist (3537) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 28, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Mini-growler from Redlight. Murky brown with a few bubbles. Nose is cinnamon, nutmeg, funky pumpkin and lemon zest. Medium body with barely a tang. Taste is citrus, spice, tobacco, honey and earthy pumpkin. Rustic with a hoppy kiss.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
draft @ redlight relight. Spicy fruity aroma with hints of honey malts. Pours a reddish amber with a dense white head. Spicy, cinnamon and coriander upfront with nutmeg and brown sugar with honey flavors following. Sweet and spicy.