TheRimmer (483) - Florida, USA - SEP 27, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Coffee aroma. First tastes were of brown ale that sequed into pumpkin and massive spices. extremely sweet. tons of flavors going on but they have a hard time coming together and mixing without giving an odd taste.
tomxcs (320) - Berkeley, California, USA - OCT 2, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A coppery amber color, little head. Unique peppery aroma, probably due to the allspice, along with malt. Taste is at first a spicy pale ale with dry, watery pumpkin pie flavors coming in later. This was good, although when I see "pumpkin" on the label I expect to be hit with pumpkin & pumpkin pie spices. This does not happen but both tastes are very noticeable yet sort of subtle. Weird, dry mouthfeel.
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.
drinkbeer (281) - Redondo Beach, California, USA - OCT 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Yes, this is a good pumpkin ale. Not watery like others I have tried, yet was hoping perhaps for a tad more pumpin in my punkin. Nice switch-up from "usual" styles though.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 11, 2006 Crystal clear golden body and sudsy off-white head. Squash aroma in the nose plus some mild warm spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar flavors and mild pumpkin qualities. Abundant starchy pumpkin in the flavor, plus a mild chlorophenolic note. Medium body with a nice smooth texture. Enjoyable pumpkin ale overall.
michael-pollack (4960) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught: Slightly spciy, but also hoppy and malty aroma. Dark brown in color, though clear. Small white head. Little lacing. Flavor was of malts more than anything else. Did not have a real pumpkin, spicy, nutmeg, cinnamon or borwn sugar flavor. Flavor was more of an ESB than anything else. Lack of pumpkin and spicyness was dissappointment. Easy drink. Overall, I love Dogfish Head, but this was the most dissappointing of their beers that I have had.
Crosling (1863) - Loveland, Colorado, USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This Punkin ale pours a mixed fall season leaves. The head is a light tan.
Huge Root Beer aroma. Sudbtle nuances of pumpkin and nutmeg illustrate the nose as well. This also kind of smells like a coke/vodka combination. It is quite wierd. It smells...just not great at all.
Blah. Iím struggling to get this stuff down. This stuff is total destruction to my mouth. No lack of flavor just bad flavor and this stuff is way too carbonated.
Norton (328) - Southside, Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft. Yes, itís ORANGE! Frothy light tan head. Mild whiff of pumpkin spice. Not an overwhelming pumpkin flavor however, but enough to distinguish it from the billions of generic pale ales out there. Crispy grainy mouthfeel.
Loddeer (171) - USA - OCT 3, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A very good seasonal brew, although I was hoping the flavor of pumpkin and spices would be more noticable. Still pretty tasty, but could have been much better. I have yet to have a pumpkin ale that has really impressed me.
billk (352) - Coeur díAlene, Idaho, USA - SEP 28, 2004
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
Tap @ DFH. Rehoboth. Extremely thin head,( like everything that day). Then again there was 15.5 oz in the 16 oz glass. Color was copper/orange. Seemed to have a Belgian trippel flavor in the background with pumpkin and spices added. I didnít care for it. Rather sweet and spicey.