BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2004
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Pours a light copper color, almost like a red with a small head. This is by far the best brewed pumpkin ale Iíve ever tried, but not the best tasting one. Clearly the ingredients were top quality, and the beer was skillfully brewed. Even at 7% abv this beer masks the alcohol content excellently. I like that this beer tastes more genuine in terms of using real ingredients rather than just an extract mix. I also like the almost cilantro-like taste in the palate, combined with a bitterness not found in most pumpkin ales. Though overall thereís just something about this beer that makes me prefer it less than others in its style....a rare instance for me with DFH.
phiconners (143) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a copper/amber color. Very little head. First taste hits you with sweetness, as well as cinnamon and nutmeg - a slightly bitter finish. Very nice flavor. A lot of pumpkin ales are afraid to really commit to the flavor - this one is not. Dogfish Head has done a great job as usual.
pineypower (2306) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out an interesting orange hued shade of brown. It has a very small, whispy head. The aroma is not overbearing like other pumpkins i"ve had. The taste is also just about right. It has a nice complex mix of flavors, with pumpkin being dominate followed by notes of brown sugar and sweet malts. There is a slight bitterness on the finish, hardly there even, but its there. Best Pumpkin Iíve had!
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - SEP 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours coppery, almost orange. But it is a pumpkin ale, so it should be orange, right? Small head, dissipates quickly with little if any lacing. Understated aroma. Not as much spice or pumpkin flavor as I expected. Slightly bitter and dry finish. All in all, itís decent, but I expect more from DFH.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep sparkling coppery amber, small frothy off-white head. Aroma is all about pumpkin pie, cinnamon and nutmeg. Hops actually appear late and add a nice balanced touch to the brown sugar coated malt. Never too sweet. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry, toasted spice finish. One of the best pumpkin ales out there. Perfect for a crisp cool fall afternoon of Mountaineer football.
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mmmm... the aroma of fresh baked pumpkin pie, almost sensual. cinnamon notes in flavor, I lfelt like I should have had a slab of turkey with this... made me feel a little nappish. Maybe Iíll take that nap now.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle fro 23 street wholesaler NYC,
HAs a nice amber brown small white head. smells of a lil pumkin,the taste is of nutmeg and cianimmon. a littie on th ethin side but was worth a shot
Goblincat (378) - Westland, Michigan, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours deep copper with thin short-lived off-white head. Nose had some pumpkin, a touch of skunk, and maybe a little spice. Iíll ignore the skunk in case I got a bad bottle. Taste comes off very strong with nutmeg and some brown sugar. Pumpkin is present but covered by the spices. An odd ale for sure.
notalush (4460) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear amber with minimal head but nice lace - aroma is like an ultra-spicy pumkin pie - the pumpkin/spice flavors are much more subdued than I thought they would be - they mix tastefully with a dry, moderately hoppy taste, and a medium-bodied, malt backbone that is dominated (by not overpowered) by brown sugar - not overly sweet at all - very well-balanced and well-crafted.
apoptosis (1317) - Denver, Colorado, USA - SEP 16, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This is pretty good for a pumpkin beer, which I generally find pretty bland. This one is very spicy - cinnamon and nutmeg and the brown sugar are all very obvious, as the description states. Roasty and spicy aroma. Orange body, small head. I like that thereís a little alcoholic kick to it, though. Toasty finish.