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 (590) - 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 (1061) - 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.
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured redish, brownish, orange. The smell rose up and had hibnts of spice , nutmeg and cinnamin.Full on taste of punkin in the finsih. This was great, really.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Frothy off-white head. Slightly dark clear amber body. Nutmeg, pumpkin spice, with slight hops. Good flavor... a mix of hops, spices, and sweet malt. Hops are "pilsnery" and prick the tongue with slight astringency that is accompanied by spices. A bit warming in the belly. However, while I enjoy the flavor, after a while it gets a little overpowering. May be great with food, but probably not a session beer for me.
Mienzigo (6) - Dover, Delaware, USA - OCT 12, 2004 does not count
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
all i can say is, i live 30 mins from the brewery, and i won’t buy this one. i love a bunch of their brews, but the Punkin Ale was too overpowering with the spices. tasted more like a ginger snap dosed in nutmeg concentrate. i’ve have a couple pumpkin ales and this was def my least fav
crazyvin (1840) - New York, USA - OCT 11, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
poured a deep brown color with a slight white head. A nice mix of spice, malts and hops on the nose. Pumpkin was prevelent but not overpowering a good balanced beer.