generallee08 (621) - New York, USA - JUN 18, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It had a honey amber color with very good clarity. The head that was produced was light tan in color, average in size and slowly settled down to a thin covering. Lacing was spotty and it quickly slid down the glass. The aroma was full of spicy clove, cinnamon and nutmeg. It has decent pumpkin flavor up front with a good solid malty body. Hints of sweet brown sugar, pumpkin pie spices and vanilla notes mix in well and add a good, well balanced complexity. It finishes on the sweet side and slowly with mild spicy hops and mild warmth from its 7%abv. The palate has a slick, smooth texture with medium to full body and lively carbonation.
hockeybeerguy (1705) - Juneau, Alaska, USA - JUN 12, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Reviewed from notes.
This was poured into pint glasses and mugs for as many times as Iíve had this.
The appearance was a nice hazy dark brown color with some light orange tinges along the sides. There was a nice white to off white one finger foamy head that dissipates within about a minute and left some nice lacing.
The smell had an abundance of pumpkin spices and letting some light ginger, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg and adding in the qualities of a roasty nutty Brown Ale.
The taste was mainly sweet and roasty adding a fairly decent nutty quality in it as well.
On the palate, it sat about a medium in body and a slight sessionable quality about it. The carbonation seems fairly subdued but still okay for the style.
Overall, I say this is one of the best Pumpkin Ales on the market these days.
thrashers2x (46) - Georgia, USA - JUN 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Rich on the spices. Slight caramel and bread flavor. Pumpkin is present but not overpowering.
jsnicholas (82) - Woodinville, Washington, USA - MAY 13, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12oz): I usually donít like pumpkin ale, but enjoyed this very much, enough to buy 2 more 6 packs. The pumpkin is there but not over powering
-- rated with beerbasher/winphone
TXBadger (1265) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the finer pumpkin ales on the market. Iíve found this to pour a reddish brown color, with spices on the nose. Cinnamon, ginger, brown sugar, and nutmeg are all present on the palate, with allspice lingering on the finish.
bartlebier (1560) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - APR 19, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(US 2012 backlogged in abstinentia) Draught@Kickshaw, Astoria/Queens. Quite thin-bodied despite heavy reliance on roasted caramel, boiled candy sugar (reminiscent of Gulden Draak), bringing in milk chocolate notes, upstaging the undercurrent of cinnemon-spiced vegetable broth underneath. Surprised to find some hop bitterness on top of all that. A drinkable, straight example of the redoubtable seasonal pumpkin style.
Robywonkenobi (2) - Monroe, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not what I expected from Dogfish, usually their offerings are great but the punkin was a letdown.
maddmatt639 (216) - Pacifica, California, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
No retention and no lacing. Smells of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and molasses. Tastes of cinnamon, pumpkin and molasses. Light aftertaste.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
GreatDane1632 (313) - Louisiana, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2014 Catching up on some old ratings from Untappd -- First rated on 1 Oct 2011. Served with a brown sugar graham cracker crumble glass rimmer.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a burnished copper color. The head is very fluffy, if not the tallest at only a finger. While the off-white colored head doesnít have great retention, it does leave a ring of lacing on the glass.
S: Dogfish Head actually didnít overdo it with the spices - and thatís a good thing in this case. Many times, Iíve had a pumpkin ale that smelled good but tasted unpleasantly spicy. This smells like itís full of brown sugar, with a touch of gourd character and spicing only existing as a subtle background note. So Iíll probably like this more than the Pumpkinheads of the world.
T: Actually, the bitter nutmeg character seems to come through more strongly than the nose suggested. And thatís not a good thing in this case. A pleasant canvas of brown sugar and caramel sweetness open it up, with the slightly problematic spice notes appearing in the middle, and fading away as more is drunk. The finish is faintly nutty and mineral water-esque, with something resembling hops occasionally.
M: Itís a weird combination of full-bodied and sharp (due to the carbonation). Somehow, this works to give it decent drinkability combined with the dry finish. Once the carbonation fades, it becomes merely full-bodied...and loses its drinkability in the process.
O: Itís not great, but itís better than a few others in the style Iíve had. It has potential as a pumpkin ale for those who donít like pumpkin ales. Itís also reasonably complex and only offers a mild spice note. But to me, it still tastes a little uninspired. Itís been a while since Iíve properly enjoyed something from DFH (I think it was a 2011 bottle of WWS), and this doesnít quite change my mind about that.