HogTownHarry (6372) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 28, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle (12oz). Courtesy of my friend Dave B. Poured clear slightly bubbly amber-orange with a small off-white head. Well, it smells like fresh pungent pumpkin, some nutmeg and other spices tossed in. Taste is very tart, almost sour, but it’s still pumpkin and pumpkin spice - maybe a little more pumpkin though - but quite legit and I actually taste malt. Mouthfeel quite lively and spicy, almost syrupy - not a watery brew. I think the Weyerbacher is a more balanced beer, but this is more "punkin"y.
kumite56 (473) - Cordova, Tennessee, USA - NOV 22, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Now this is a fun holiday beer. The smell of hte holidays abounds as its nutmeg and pumpkin are evident in the first enticing smell. Clear amber body with a mostly diminishing off tan head. Mediaum bodied and noticble sweetness and pumpkin. Not bad. Chek it out
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2006 Revised 10/06. Was one of the first beers I rated when I started in 05.<P>
I’d say this is a treat...no tricks. Totally fills the pumpkin-beer bill.<P>Beer is a dark copper with a small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing head.<P>
The aroma is full of great things: It’s malty with moderate notes of roasted nuts, toasty grain, Light notes of caramel and cookie; Hoppy with a light herbal note, trace of lemon zest and resin; Yeasty with a trace note of dough; Miscellaneous notes include heavy notes of traditional pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger and all-spice. Light notes of brown sugar and pumpkin pie filling—which is a nice fit—not raw and vegetal, but still pronounced.<P> The flavor is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, lightly acidic with an average-length, lightly bittersweet, slightly warm finish.<P>
The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.<P>Again this year, this is one I’d stock during the holidays and gladly serve.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 18, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Light copper with a medium white head. Very spicy nose, mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor is pumpkin pie, walnuts, vanilla and nutmeg. A nice holiday beer.
Dogfish120 (143) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - NOV 17, 2005
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap: hazy brown/yellow. Wasn’t entirely impressed with the pumkin aspect, although it smelled and tasted more like burnt pumpkin. Not bad, I think it needs a little less hoppiness and more pumpkin. mouthfeel was medium heavy, finishes smooth very smooth. An interesting find.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
i love the pumpkin beer season. there are a number of ales that are all about the spice and pie flavor, but the punkin leaves a lot more pale ale feel to the mix. Not overpowering festiveness... this is a great addition to the fall arsienal.
daalamar (405) - new albany, Indiana, USA - NOV 14, 2005
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 8/20
Every year I get to feeling festive and try a couple of the pumpkin ales from different breweries, and every year am reminded that pumpkins should stick with pies. Pours a dark coppery color with a medium head. Strong aroma of spice mostly nutmeg. Flavor was dissapointing with nutmeg as the primary flavor and not enuff hop to clean off the palate. There seemed to be a decent ammount of malt but it still couldn’t overcome the nutmeg. Overall if your feeling festive or are throwing a halloween party grab some and give it a shot, but not something i would recommend.
stoutchap (421) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
I put this in the interesting enough to have once a year category. Poured kind of a dark amber with a decent head. Strong spice nose. Taste not what I expected - pleasantly so - very little pumpkin - but a lot of cinnamon and nutmeg. Still could taste that it was a beer and not some doctored up swill.
RateandPillage (426) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - NOV 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours clear orange red with thin white head. Aroma of pumpkin pie spices and apparent alcohol. Definitely one of the more complex flavors I have had from a pumpkin ale. Brown sugar flavor is evident with spices and alcohol heat. I don’t get much of the pumpkin, but more so the spices remind me of pumpkin. Finishes kind of thin, and a little too hoppy on the back end.
cvillebeer (134) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2005
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
I don’t drink a lot of this, but I make a point to have some every year. It is the only pumkin beer I have found that I like- well to be honest i don;t try very many because I don’t want to waste my money- perhaps I should try more. Rich, full with the spices restrained, this is a great beer. The pumpkin is there, but with enough of a real beer behind it to support the pumpkin. Recommended.