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RATINGS: 15   MEAN: 3.72/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.39   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 156   ABV: 5.2%
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Brewed with imported English malted barley, fuggles hops, grown in the U.K., and an infusion of American Pumpkin - this Ale is packed with the Spirit of Autumn. Look for a creamy malt body and a robust spicey finish. Amber - 5.2%


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3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
HoppityHop (171) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2012
Pours a beautiful amber/orange color with a slightly spicy aroma. Unlike most Pumpkin ales that taste like pie spice and nothing else, the Headless Horseman actually has a slightly Squashy/Pumpkin that blends nicely with the malt. No discernible hop presence, however, there is a slight fruit bitterness that keeps the overall flavor from being too bready. A trait many other Pumpkin ales have. Iím a big fan of Pumpkin ale, and this one ranks towards the top of the list. Probably the best beer Iíve had from Defiant.


4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
itcooltogofast (7) - - SEP 27, 2013 does not count
I just had this on tap. Canít get it in bottles. Great brewery. I didnít even know it had any Pumpkin in it. A little spice nice foamy head a bit strong but a excellent ale.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Tonkun (870) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 23, 2012
Tap. Amber body with minimal head. Pumpkin, pumpkin pie, brown sugar, spice and cinnamon. Aroma more impressive than body, which is better than most. Overall a very nice pumpkin ale.

2.8
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 7/20
spacedyevest (9) - USA - SEP 25, 2012 does not count
This is much more a fall Oktoberfest beer than a pumpkin beer. Aroma is has an herbal nose but finishes sweet.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
HighlanderOne (1009) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2010
On tap at defiant brewery. Pumpkin pie aroma. Dark mahogany. No head. Itís got malt, pumpkin, spice, banana - has a great feel and drinkability. Excellent.

4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
chocolatetown (2) - USA - OCT 2, 2010 does not count
On tap at the brewery. Served in a plastic Defiant cup so it was hard to see the lacing and true color but it was on the dark side with obvious stickiness. Definite aroma of pureed pumpkin and cinnamon with other spices that Iím not the type to pin-point (for better or worse). Tastes like it smells........delicious. The flavor is as pumpkinny as Iíve had from a pumpkin beer and I love it. Iíd never picture myself a pumpkin beer lover but I love this one and will be sad when itís gone for the year. Moderate to heavy mouth feel really complements the apparent flavor. I donít want to drink this all night but a glass of it hits the spot. Impressive enough to make me write my first review.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
puzzl (3251) - New York, New York, USA - NOV 25, 2009
Tap at Barcade. Completely over the top pie spice aroma, more than any Iíve experienced, but I like it. A lot. Very flat body, which unfortunately kind of ruins the flavor. Pie crust and spice and not much else. Defiant seems to have a lock on many aspects of good brewing but few if any of them have the right body; it seems they may use a house yeast that is a bit lacking.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2009
Tap at Barcade: Thin looking headless amber. The aroma has lots of clove/all spice and cinnamon along with a sweet toffeeish/brown sugar character- like pecan pie. Slick mouthfeel/ Softly sweet yet rich. Pecan pie flavors with lots of spicy cinnamon and a very subtle herbal back. An interesting spice beer.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2008
on tap at Defiant. Almost clear amber in color with a very small head that dissipates quickly. Aroma of spices, toasted malt, molasses. Taste is molasses, this is medium sweet with some nice holiday/pumpkin spices. Carbonation was low with hurt hte mouthfeel a bit but otherwise this was a good offering.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2008
This new seasonal offering pours brown. It has a wonderful holiday aroma that really reminded me of pumpkin pie and gingerbread cookies. The flavor is much more subtle and sweet. Just at the end you get the spiciness and pumpkin flavor. A nice change of pace for a pumpkin ale.


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