HonusWagner (1680) - Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2013 As pumpkin spice beers go, this one is pretty good. A lot of cinnamon, too much for my liking, but also some nice nutmeg and vanilla notes. It’s a pretty good beer overall but something I definitely wouldn’t die to drink outside of season. Goes well with meats, predictably.
2013 batch: An excellent beer for what it is. Sweet, really spicy, nice mouthfeel. Too heavy on, well, everything, to be my favorite beer in the world, but pretty tasty. For like 8oz.
Mora2000 (5893) - McKinney, Texas, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to ericandersnavy for sharing this growler.
The beer pours an orange-amber color with white bubbles. There is not much, if any, real head on the beer.
The aroma is pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon. Very nice smelling.
The flavor is reminiscent of pumpkin pie. I get a lot of sweet pumpkin, as well as some allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and caramel malt.
Medium body with low carbonation. A very nice pumpkin ale.
LtDan (1805) - Los Angeles County, California, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a vibrant auburn red with a tight thin white film atop.
Aroma: Nutmeg, cinnamon and other pumpkin pie like aromas.
Taste: Bitter nutmeg, pumpkin meat and alcohol. Finishes very dry and bitter.
Mouthfeel: Aggressive carbonation, medium bodied.
Overall: Super solid, most things I like about a strong pumpkin ale were nailed on this one, however I’d like it even better if it was sweeter. Many pumpkin ales go overboard with the pie like sweetness, so I see the caution that was taken with this one.
deyholla (7454) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared by Dave at the September 2010 Metro Detroit tasting, thanks! Poured a near clear amber with a white head that dissipated quickly to the edges. Aroma was full of spice with pumpkin and a slight sweet grain backing. Flavor was similar with spiced pumpkin really coming through and a bit of backing bread coming out in the finish.
50belair (2749) - Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
The best pumpkin beer I have tasted. Poured a hazy burnt orange straight from the taproom at the brewery. The nose is spice, vanilla, carmel, and pumpkin. The taste was semi sweet with muted pumpkin flavors that were dominated by the nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, and brown sugar. A deceptively strong beer........
Tsotsi (178) - Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Growler. Pours a hazy orange color with a white head. Nose is cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, vanilla and slight pumpkin. Taste is cinnamon, spices, sweetness, vanilla, nice pumpkin flavors and ends with a slight bitterness. Love that its not all pumpkin and well balanced.
BMan1113VR (7890) - Los Angeles, California, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Growler thanks to LtDan. Pours with a hazy golden body and a lasting white head. The aroma is full of spices: ginger, nutmeg, even some spicy esters from the yeast. Also grassy and a bit bready. Wow, this is quite attenuated for a Pumpkin beer! Really dry, and pretty bitter as well. Spicy, bready, and kind of dull. Could use some lactose for a bit of sweetness, or a higher mashing temperature. Lively a bit thin, and very dry for a beer of this style and ABV. Drinkable though. Too attenuated for a pumpkin beer.
Shaftie (218) - , Maryland, USA - SEP 26, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Top 3 Pumpkin Ale I’ve had, lot more spice to it then the others that I prefer, I tend to lead more towards the pumkin taste for this niche beer, this has both. Quite good, the warmer she gets the more the spice comes out.
drewbeerme (3886) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
thanks kan. Pours hazed amber wh head, n cedar, cararmel, cinnamon sticks, pumpkin. Flavor spicy pumpkin, cloves, brown sugar. Thin body. Not too shabby, alc is well hidden.
glennmastrange (2368) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap. Moderate bread and herb notes for the malt ad hops, musty barnyard for the yeast, with background notes of squash, nutmeg and wood. Head is average size, creamy, slightly off-white with excellent lacing and is mostly lasting. Color is muddy (from being the last pour from the tap) medium amber. Flavor starts off lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then the long finish is lightly acidic and moderately to heavily bitter. Palate is medium, oily with a soft carbonation and a lightly alcoholic and dusty finish. Because it’s not all pumpkin in the face, I’d say this is probably my favorite version of the style.