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 (1376) - 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.
HopasaurusRex (195) - Glen Ellyn, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Kudos for making this more than just a novelty beer(not that Dogfish would do that), but its really nice and has something more than just some pumpkin spice thrown in. I couldn’t drink it every day, but certainly one of, if not the best pumpkin beers made.
Hoss (607) - Florida, USA - NOV 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
You must give dogfish a lot of credit for innovative brews. This is another one those. The problem for me is that I don’t like pumpkin pie and this brew tastes like it.
Cornfield (5465) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 1, 2004
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Leave it to the DFH people to remember the most important spice - - the hops. This poured out an orange-brown color with a minimal head. It’s got a very strong pumpkin aroma, chock full of cinnamon and nutmeg. Smells like the "allspice" my Mom sometimes used when baking. Full-bodied and full of spicy flavors, this is a fun brew to drink. And just when you think you’re done, you get a smack of bitter hops in the finish. This is the best pumpkin drink out there.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a clear orange with a white head. Smells very spicy, with traces of cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg... basically exactly like what’s inscribed on the bottle. Taste has a pumpkin and spicy sweetness but with a hop kick that keeps it from being too sweet. Very nice, and a wonderful addition to my halloween dinner.
invalid (302) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2004
2.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a pretty clear copper color with a consistent white head. Smells like butt. Very heavily spiced. Taste is a bit more mild than the flavor. I wouldn’t buy this again.
badgerben (4391) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - OCT 31, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Red color with no head. Aroma of cloves. Slight pumpkin taste, but just enough to poke out from the cloves and nutmeg. It tastes a little like a very ripe pumpkin might. Quite a tasty pumpkin ale.
11026 (1772) - Alabama, USA - OCT 30, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Very spicey aroma. Clove and allspice stand out. Little notes of malt and pumpkin are also present. Sharp spices in taste. Pumpkin is overpowered with the spice. Fair pumpkin ale.