coldmeat23 (232) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 17, 2009
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very nice, clear dark amber liquid. Almost brown. Two finger head with decent retention. Excellent lacing.
Very nice pumpkin smell is prominent. Smells like real pumpkin flesh. Typical spices are here, also. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice. A touch of ginger. Good presence of sweet maltiness. Somewhat biscuity.
Spicey! Man the spices shine through, proud and strong. Cinnamon and nutmeg dominate with ginger and allspice following closely behind. Very nice pumpkin flavor presence. Roasted pumpkin seeds are represented, as well. Biscuity taste, almost like pie crust. Slight hop kiss on the back end. All supported by a nice, but not overstated, sweet roasted malt backbone.
Good medium bodied ale here. Nice creaminess. Not waterey thin, as some pumpkin ales tend to be. I’d say this one is pretty much just right.
Along with Fisherman’s Pumpkin Stout, this is a tie for my fave pumpkin brews. Very drinkable and very tasty.
I’d like to know what the alcohol content is, though, as I feel it may be on the higher side. I can’t taste it, but I can feel it.
Thanks so much to corey0212 for hooking me up with this one!
bp (785) - Queens, New York, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
draft: dark brown with a white head, spicy aroma, malty taste with a lot of brown sugar, light mouthfeel
smcolw (530) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Crystal clear, dark amber color. Thick off-white head that leaves a sheet of lace on the glass.
Nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and brown sugar are the strongest smells. Reminds me of pumpkin bread, not pumpkin pie.
Tis the season for the Pumpkin Ales, especially in New England. This one is better than most. Good hop presence, lots of pumpkin bread flavors. The "pumpkin" seasoning takes a back seat here, which is refreshing from the usual fare of over-spiced autumn offerings. While I’m reluctant to describe this as a spiced pale ale, it has elements of both.
In short, I’d describe this as a beer lovers Pumpkin Spiced Ale. It is far easier to enjoy than the "pie" beers. I think it’s my favorite of this style.
dogfish120love (925) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 8, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
huge Pumpkin, nutmeg, and alspice aroma with hints of coriander. Definitely one of the best pumpkin beers in terms of aromatics. Amazing pumpkin flavor with hints of cinnamon. Pours a dark orange with a creamy head
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is a mix of raw and cooked pumpkin along with nutmeg. Smells a bit like a not yet baked pumpkin pie. Flavor is fairly dry, light pumpkin with hop spiciness slightly augmenting the baking spices. Not bad.
emerica56 (600) - Bristol, Rhode Island, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a thick tan head with some minor spotted lacing and it never fades away. The nose is nice and robust revealing lots of floral hops with some fall spice with a blend of dusty malt and apricot. The flavor is rich and creamy with yet again a spicy hop bite and a creamy caramel malt finish. For a fall beer it is very earthy and dusty with a full body and the booze is somewhat potent. Overall it has good carbonation and is well balanced revealing a lot of flavor with a solid backbone.
Drink4Satan (676) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a translucent rust orange with a yellow tinted, sturdy beige head that retains very well. Great lacing is left as well. The nose is characterized by potent spices including clove, nutmeg, all spice, and possibly ginger. The pumpkin character is minimal and is masked by notes of peach, dust, and some bready malts. The flavour is light and fruity, with plenty of autumn spice, pumpkin, peach, lemon grass hops, raw grain and some bready malts. The alcohol is very well hidden and the aftertaste leaves a grassy bitterness. The body is creamy, gently carbonated, but appropriately, and the finish is crisp and drying. There is a vegetal character to the flavour, but it isnt horribly offensive, in fact it is rather nice. This is a quality, spicy pumpkin beer that ups the booze, body and meaty pumpkin flavour without overdoing the spices.
REDDOGICE (202) - nantucket, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 21, 2008
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
An alright pumpkin beer. peachy color to it. It needed more autumn spice to it, like nutmeg and coriander. The head was small, but that didn’t stop me.
thenick (766) - North Bellmore, New York, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber, shared. Pours a deep amber color with a fluffy off-white head that left significant lacing. Aroma is heavy cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, with barely-detectable pumpkin. The taste starts to get a bit odd, with grassy notes, grain, meaty pumpkin, and noticeable alcohol on the finish. I was surprised at the lack of spice in the taste, and overall I’d call this one "Just OK."
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 10, 2008
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught pint at Sunset Grill on 11/10/07
Frothy, off-white head tops a lightly-hazed, light amber-peach body. Light lacing, moderate retention.
Malts are well presented in the nose, providing light caramel and plentiful vanilla-cream sweetness, with spices working their way in slowly to keep balance. More hops than in most pumpkin beers, with a grassy/leafy, low alpha acid variety providing a crisp, if somewhat confusing supplement of aromatics. Definitely some of the meaty, pumpkin or spice-like character that Beastiefan and IMtheOptimator mention, though it falls off after breathing. No alcohol or flaws (I dont think it’s DMS, rather just some interaction of the spicing). Medium strength of aroma.
Smooth, nearly oily texture presents a fair amount of toffee-caramel-vanilla sweetness, with a dry, almost husky texture towards the end that confounds the palate. Spicing is gentle and definitely tastefully done, while hops are grassy (a bit too much so). I wouldnt say I got fishiness from it, or even a meaty character, but there’s something not quite right here. Carbonation is medium, mostly tight and the beer ends on a dry, crisp, spice/hop note with very little pumpkin flavor. No alcohol noted.