HighlanderOne (1024) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2005 RERATE 11/05 Pours orange/brown from bottle, with a gorgeous foamy head. Smells like pumpkin pie. Can taste the spices, along with the alcohol, and other flavors, but the pumpkin is not overpowering. Lacing chases the beer down the glass. Flavors blend better as you drink. Finishes nicely. One of the better pumpkin ales Iíve tried..
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2005 The best pumpkin brew Iíve had, hands down. Pours a hazy golden amber with a medium sized fluffy white head. Aroma has tons of spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and some apple. Taste a bit sweet and contains roasted nuts, pumpkin, and a bunch of spices. Nicely balanced, which is usually sorely lacking in pumpkin brews. The malty backbone is really nice - the brew ends up coming off almost like a spiced nut brown. Very nice.
Padron4KM (561) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
!2 oz bottle, "packaged in" date on side of bottle not marked. Assuming it is this years release since DFH is new to az this year.
Pours a rich clear amber with a thin tan head. Aroma is nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar. Pumpkin is barley evident.
Pumpkin is more evident in the flavor. Tastes of canned pumpkin pie mix, with lots of cinnamon added.
Finish is heavy on the cinnamon. One is enough for me.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 Pours a brilliantly clear, ruby-amber color and is topped by a frothy, large bubbled tan colored head. The aroma is lightly spiced with notes of nutmeg, sweet brown sugar and allspice. The beer has a certain satisfying fullness to the palate, a far cry from the thin wan limp body on the Buffalo Bill’s version, which lightly coats the mouth as the beer goes down. The beer is lightly sweet with a brown sugar like note and a bit of caramel. The spices are evident, yet at a bearable level, such that they don’t dominate this beer. I get notes of nutmeg, allspice, perhaps some soft cinnamon, caramel, molasses, slight ginger in the finish, and perhaps a hint of pumpkin-like vegetal flavor. Because of the spices, this beer finishes with a light astringency, and perhaps a bit of hotness.
The spicing level and the fullness of this beer designate this a bit more than a quaffing brew, slow sips seem mandatory, and I would be hard pressed to down a glass of this beer. This is all ok though, as I don’t mind savoring the interplay of spice and caramelized sugar notes. Where is the pumpkin? I am not too sure, as is typical in spiced versions the pumpkin is really not noticeable. This beer is quite enjoyable and is one of the better examples of the style that I have had.
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punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - SEP 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
An excellent pumpkin brew. Not much to the aroma and the appearance was dark yellow. The flavor, though, was fantastic. HInts of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg were all more than present--without any clashing. It was reminiscent of belgian ales that Iíve had, perhaps because of the higher alcohol content, but probably because it was so complex. A wonderful brew!
bipolarbear (6) - Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 13, 2005 does not count
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
All hype, no taste. Had to try just because it is the season. Mediocre at best and at the cost of $9.00 for four 12 oz. bottles, I feel ripped off. Tasted better when mixed with cigarette smoke. Save your money and get something better.
EKGoldings (554) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2006 I tried 4 different pumpkin ales today. I liked the DFH the best of the bunch, mainly because of the better body. Still, this isnít anything Iíd buy again.
Rerate: í06 production I like much more than last yearís. Spicing is more delicate, and the flavor more enjoyable.
MartinT (8127) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 12, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Roasted pumpkin seeds and allspice happily dancing atop the caramel/brown sugar sweetness. Simple and enticing if youíre a pumpkin beer lover.
Sweet honeyed malts and roasted pumpkin seeds coexist peacefully amongst the spicy undertones. Some alcohol heat is felt, which is quite surprising for the size of this beer, but isnít exactly bothersome. Not too complex, but nonetheless appropriate for its purposes.
There are few things which can rekindle my interest for Halloween.
Rastacouere (6137) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 11, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Thin off-white head covers the clear orange hue. Roasted brown sugar is in the foreground, complemented by not particularly competent cinnamon and ginger, though the light hoppiness procures a comforting soily, leafy feel that works decently with the pumpkin seeds. Very simple in mouth, apparently confused ingredients work on their own rather than merging together, cigary and tea like finish. Light bodied, oily texture, dryish finish, well hidden alcohol. Dull example, not very tasty and even less refined.
Ayumbomb (63) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 10, 2005
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love carving the pumpkins almost solely for their seeds and its bowels (intended for the purpose of pies). This ale was created for me...just so I could smell, taste and imagine the fall, Halloween, and all the joys that come with this seasonís splendor. The cinnamon and brown sugar really blend well with the beer- Iíve tried both with pumpkin seeds, but was less successful. Always stick to salt with those seeds, but not with beer.