smcolw (567) - 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 Iím reluctant to describe this as a spiced pale ale, it has elements of both.
In short, Iíd describe this as a beer lovers Pumpkin Spiced Ale. It is far easier to enjoy than the "pie" beers. I think itís my favorite of this style.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 30, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Picked this one up at Gordonís.
Pours a deep, clear copper with a thick creamy beige head that lingered just a little and left some spots of foam on the sides while settling in as a thin collar.
The aroma is, not surprisingly, heavy on the spices with lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and pie spices in general. There is some sweet pumpkin and sugary malts as well.
The taste starts out with the initial pumpkin spice kick, heavy on the nutmeg this time with cinnamon in the background. The malts form a solid backbone and the finish is spicy and sweet all in one.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation and spicy and dry on the palate.
This is a very good pumpkin beer and one of the best ones Iíve had this season. Highly recommended.
beerfest5 (1206) - Cloneen, IRELAND - SEP 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
still not sure what the hell the name means, but it makes me laugh. definitely one of the better pumpkin ales out there, doesnt taste fake or overly sweet like some do, and it doesnt try to literally taste like pumpkins like others do too. this does have some pumpkin-ish taste to it, but its more about the spices that make this a better beer than most. really delicious.
mcox90 (1652) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a dark reddish brown with a 1/2" creamy beige head. Aroma is cinnamon and pumpkin spice. Moderate in body with average carbonation. Flavor is a nice mix of cinnamon and ginger with the pumpkin flavor being there, but in the background. Not overwhelming, like some of the pumpkin brews. One of the better pumpkin brews that Iíve had.
crazyvin (2026) - New York, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A nice deep amber colored body with a slightly off-white head that had some retention and moderate lace. Aroma had cinnamon and nutmeg upfront along with sweet bread and some carrot cake. Flavor had good balance between spices and sweet malts. Pumpkin was subtle enough to enhance the other flavors. Finish was slightly sweet and smooth.
hopscotch (10009) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 31, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft... Clear amber ale with a mid-sized, frothy, white head. Great retention. Smells like pumpkin pie spices Ė plain and simple. Medium to full-bodied and oily with stinging carbonation. The flavor provides a nice balance of sweet, gooey malts and juicy, fresh, savory hops. Finishes crisp and very clean with a kiss of mild, lingering bitterness.
thornecb (4740) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours gold into a shaker. Bright white head recedes to skim surface. Pumpkin and nutmeg aromas. Thin- to medium-bodied with spiced pumpkin bread upfront turning to toasted hops in the lasting bitter finish.
Ernesto987 (4451) - Arizona, USA - SEP 10, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light aroma, a little lagery. Flavor on the other hand, very spicy, lots of pumpkin. Pretty awesome, very drinkable.
dogfish120love (1028) - 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
Reynolds314 (2760) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pretty decent pumpkin beer. Poured an amber/brown color with light head. Aroma of nutmeg, clove, caramel. Taste is spicy and lightly sweet with little bittering.