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 donít 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 donít 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.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - NOV 7, 2005
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2011 Bottle from Once Upon a Vine - South on 09/17/2011. Clear copper amber body with a medium creamy white head. Sweet earthy malt and light nutmeg aroma. Sweet pumpkin, earthy malt, nutmeg and light mace flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 7/4/7/3/15 - 3.6
11/7/2005 - Quickly diminishing light brown head. Clearly tastes of nutmeg and allspice. Very lightly spiced aroma that isnít what Iíd expect of a pumpkin ale. 5/5/8/4/15 - 3.7
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2005
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: MAY 26, 2008 08/24/05 bottle, 2.5 year re-rate -- Still with a very nice pumpkin aroma, nice white head and an amber body. Taste is initial pumpkin, with a fading to a more traditional brown ale with some light caramel/chocolate accents. Nutmeg is still present and a nice light hop accent really rounds it out. Smooth ending with a light spice.
08/04/06 bottle --Aroma has slightly more pumpkin than the í05 bottle with a slightly higher hop accent as well. Body is the same as the í05 were. Pumpkin is more prevalent here than in the í05 bottle. So are the spices, nutmeg, with a nice cinnamon accent. Ending is smooth with limited hotness. Great beer. 6/5/8/4/15 = 3.8
7 month re-rate --This beer has aged surprisingly well. The thinness which is there in the regular body has disappeared and the pumpkin accents are more pronounced. The heavy nutmeg accents are thereby muted and it makes for a far more complex beer. I canít wait to try this beer at one year. 6/5/8/4/15 = 3.8
Initial 2005 rating -- Light golden brown head, which diminishes quickly. Very spicy with a strong nutmeg ending. An extremely well balanced pumpkin ale that is easily enjoyed by all beer drinkers. Get it while you can as it disappears quickly!
CheckYourHead (5) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 6, 2005 does not count
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Whereís the pumpkin flavor?? Tasted immediate nutmeg & cinnamon sugar, but no pumpkin present. Aroma evokes fall nostalgia; grandmaís pumpkin pie cooling on the kitchen stove... but this time I donít get a slice. This brown ale pours a thin body with very little head. Sugar tap-dances on the palate. Satisfies for one or two glasses, but itís charm quickly wears out itís welcome.
WisconsinBeer (716) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Full bodied dessert beer. Has a nice sweet spice profile that definetely reminds me of pumpkin pie. The cinnamon and brown sugar are coming to the forefront of the palate but this beer is still a little cold. More flavors might come out as it warms but its so good I have to drink it all NOW!
CTwriter (34) - USA - NOV 5, 2005
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Consumed from the tape at GW Restaurant in Washing, Conn. Snappy on the tongue, consistently flavorful until last sip, but the pumpkin is hidden. Maybe thatís a good thing.
NachlamSie (3061) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 5, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 17, 2008 bottle. Pours a light amber hue with no real head. Thereís nutmeg, pumpkin, and a pleasant non-deScript barley on the nose. The flavor is akin:a nice pumpkin/nutmeg aspect that blends well with the malts. Itís a little thin of a brew and nothing outstanding, but a nice change of pace and certainly drinkable.
[October 14, 2008]
Bottle born on August 28, 2008. Pours a clear orange with a small head. The bottle says "full bodied brown ale." Yeah, my ass. This has no real qualities of a brown ale and I could definitely use more body here. Iím surprised that DFH couldnít execute more interesting or strong spice/pumpkin qualities given their attitude with other beers in the style. This is a minimally pumpkin flavored beer, though thankfully not overly sweet or spiced. The finish is a bit gummy. This one really doesnít do it for me, but it goes down well enough.
ABUSEDGOAT (2419) - California, USA - NOV 3, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured an insanely clear body with a small head. How clear? I could see the worls (circles) of my fingers through the fat part of my Duvel tulip. Aroma is spiced out. Nuts, cinnamon and certainly pumpkins there. Flavor is the same. 7% alcohol is hidden well. Has a spicy tart finish. My first pumpkin beer.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 2, 2005
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Ginger, brown sugar, tart cranberry fruitiness and nutty notes to the aroma. Clear golden brown body with low, off white head that recedes to cover with some lace. Ginger, brown sugar, light touches of alcohol in the malt forward flavour. Dry medium body with overly strong carbonation. Bottle (trade, Mar-05). Thanks, Doclock!
jcr (2424) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - NOV 2, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
The spices of fall are nicely balanced with a slight sweetness in this ale. The aroma conjures up a pumpkin pie heavily sprinkled with nutmeg. The flavor, too, is dominated by nutmeg and cinnamon with a bit of brown sugar. Pumpkin? Maybe itís there beneath the spices, but only a whisper of pumpkin flavor comes through. Nonetheless, this beer is quite flavorfuló if you like autumnal spices ó with a medium body and crisp mouthfeel.