scoobyluv (503) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - OCT 24, 2004
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
had this as a sample. i must say that i wasn’t very impressed. i was expecting a more spicy pumpkin taste but that was lacking. in fact, it didn’t taste like much at all. i take that back. it tasted very yeasty. it was rather bland with just a hint of spicyness. nice pumpkin color with a thin lacy head but nothing much going on
jewedekind (450) - Middleton, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a thin white head, but had a bitter and off aroma. A nice red-brown color, I expected it to be darker based on the description, but very pretty nonetheless. Light spiciness, but laid nicely on the tongue. A very fine brew, very quaffable for a pumpkin beer, but was too mildy spiced for my tastes for this style...point off for that, but a good beer.
Zach Diesel (906) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 24, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
pumpkin and spice donut aroma, light bronze, creamy pumpkin backed by holiday spices and a slight hop presence in the finish, I haven’t found a pumpkin ale yet that is noticeably different than others
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Out of the bottle this brew smells just like cracking open the oven with a strong spiced pumkin pie. Pours a deep red/copper with a nice off-white head. The aroma kicks you with a cinnamon, nutmeg nose, very rich and pumpkin filled. Taste started sweet and malty with tons of spice and pumkin and finished with the spice carring through and a light bitterness for balance. This brew had a lighter body but went down fairly smooth with a nice warming effect.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - OCT 22, 2004
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Love me long time. My passion for pumpkin ales was really one of the precursors to a broader love of craft beer. From that first sip of Buffalo Bills back in 93, to my recent acquisition of this Dogfish Head. I love pumpkin beers. Many disbelievers will pan the fruit or spice additions. I scoff at them with worried brow. And, among pumpkins, this certainly is amongst the finest. All the spice flavors are present, in the aroma and flavor. I like the higher alcohol content, which adds a richness here not found in many beers of this ilk. Fresh and decidedly woodsy, this is what will wash down about 2 lbs of turkey on Thanksgiving. A dab of whip cream on top, and I am gobbling off to the races.
redmosquito (172) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This pours an awesome orange color. It’s clear with not much head at all. I get a mild spice aroma off this, with malt and maybe some pumpkin, sorry punkin’, in the background. The flavor is definitely sweet with a nice toasted malt flavor carrying through to a spice finish. The spices seem more of a mouthfeel than an actual flavor, without any one spice dominating or even coming through at all. It finishes a little warming. Overall this is a decent pumpkin beer.
Ringo (963) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 21, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I do not like allspice very much - take that out, but leave the brown sugar, cinnamon, and nutmeg and this could be a real winner. I think that the allspice gives any beer an unpleasant aftertaste. Not bad though, and the ABV is well dealt wiith.
PhatB420 (530) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2004
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
My favorite pumpkin beer by far. the taste was very settling and flavorful and the aroma was quite pleasant and meet my expectations of a pleasant beer that represents autumn to its fullest. I loved how through its wonderful taste it still remained a delcious alcholic drink.
walleye (1060) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
poured a nice copper with off white head. aroma nice rich pumpkin pie like grandma use to make. flavorsame as aroma nice smooth mouth feel. this is the best pumpkin I have had so far
ChazyRPh (582) - Chazy, New York, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber pour with a small fizzy white head. Mmmm, pumpkin pie, definate pumpkin aroma, some cinnamon and sweetness noted also in the nose. Spicy peppery start with an uneasy bitterness. I really expected a lot sweeter. Pumpkin is not really noticed in this one, until the very end. Very peppery and not quite what I expected.