AustinMilbarge (681) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 15, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber. Not much head to speak of. Kind of a tangy aroma, tart. Transitions into more of a pumpkin pie for the nose. A little watery, for what I was expecting. Spices (cinnamon, nutmeg) are apparent, but underdone for what I would have liked. Overall, a good seasonal, beers like this make me look forward to the fall.
jtw (1084) - farmington, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
burnt orange color, light white head. quite pumpkiny, lots of pumpkin pie spice. seems too thin, not enough body. very festive fall beer but nothing special.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - NOV 11, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark golden orange with little off white head. Aroma is a little malty slightly sweet with a good amount of nutmeg. Flavor was more of cinnamon, some malt and maybe some pumpkin. Rminds me of drinking an egg nog sans the nog. Light bodied short malt finish leaving spice and alcohol in the mouth.
gsteph (321) - knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 10, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear amber orange color with an off-white head that didn’t last long but did maintain a thin layer for the duration. This is raw pumpkin aroma, faint nutmeg and cinnamon. Strong pumpkin flavor, dry cinnamon, and nutmeg. The brown sugar did not arrive. Probably would have been better a little sweeter. Not a very complex beer. The flavor is overpowered by the pumpkin and the brew is a little thin. Strong nutmeg aftertaste. Try Catawba Valley’s King Don, this is a great example of a pumpkin ale.
sallad (115) - USA - NOV 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle - 2004 release. Fizzy, light head. Clear light brown with hints of orange. Immediate wafts of nutmeg and cinnamon over malt. Sweet, fullbodied and nicely balanced with a tartness from the cinamon and spices in the finish. Hints of tannins and a grainyness. The spices have a decided edge over a nice malty ale background.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark orange/copper color with little head but had good retention. Strong spice aroma. Couldn’t really taste pumpkin but almost all spice.
DragonStout (1408) - Pickerington, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2005 Copper in color with a small head.I really didn’t taste the pumpkin or nutmeg like i was expected.Had some spiciness to it.This to me was just ok.Maybe I need another.I rated 2005 version because this beer changed.The previous is from 2004.There was more body present and the flavors were more rich and present.It did taste like pumpkin pie which is good, but still too much alspice.This years is much better
MullMan (1099) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 8, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
orangish copper and clear color, off white foamy head. first huff actually smells like popcorn, then pumpkin. later aroma is nutmeg. high carbonation and somewhat dry hoppy start, then pumpkin & allspice flavor. no aftertaste. carbonation actually takes some of the flavor. I didn’t get the brown sugar or cinnamon, would have liked more. a very creative pumpkin ale.
rudolf (2340) - Buffalo, New York, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clovey nose, cinnoman cookie/ginger snap. Sweet and gingery taste, bright malt up front. Odd ginger & brown sugar finish. What is it with beers being overly ginger this year? Am I hypersensitive or something? Decent pumpkin-pie-ness.
jefcon (1354) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - NOV 4, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Though not particularly fragrant, hops, cinnamon and nutmeg dominate the aromas on this seasonal. It is, predictably, orange and clear in the glass, with a near-white foam that generates some lacing. The flavors are not overwhelmingly of pumpkin, though it is there, and spices. Strong hops and light malts show through. Complexity is this beer’s forte, similar to the Aprihop -- I really like the treatment of fruit and special ingredients in the Dogfish line. Palate is a little short and too fizzy -- my only criticism.