JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle. Copper-orange beer, crystal clear, thin white head. Nice sweet and spicy aroma, nutmeg and allspice dominate. Sweet malts in back, bread and spome pumpkiny character as well. Flavour is well balanced, sweet toffee, toast, caramel with strong warming spices. Lingering spiciness and a bit of alcoholic warming. As it warms a nice pudding-like malt complexity with white grape sweetness comes out.
xproudfoot (750) - Paleolithic, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2006
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
New Yearsí Bottle. Amber orange head. Pumpkin meat... barley farm. Full mouthfeel. Real beery pumpkins. More beer flavor than the other pumpkíales. seed roasted malt backbone. second fave pumpkin beer iíve had.
mjg74 (3015) - La Mesa, California, USA - DEC 30, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2008 Bottled. Almost a glowing orange color. Huge nutmeg nose, possibly a hint of pumpkin and cinnamon as well. Lots of spice upon sipping. Excellent spice brew. If you like nutmeg in a beer, this is a good one to try.
RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2005
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
This year DFH hit it right on. This is perhaps the best Punkin Ale this year. A great recover over the 2004 tap one I had in DE. The spices were well balance and it was great after mowing the lawn or right next to the bed on a cool autumn night. Still do not open a meal with it because the spice will set the meal off.
BillKismet (3839) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 28, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Brown orange body with a sweet brown sugar aroma w. spices. I could not drink more than one or 2 of these at a sitting as the brown sugar can become cloying. I prefer Buffalo Billís and Sea Dogís version, though this Dogfish Headís can be enjoyable in small doses.
beerseer (51) - Lewiston, Maine, USA - DEC 21, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mmm...pumpkin pie. Expected smell: pumkin and spices. Taste is more delicious than other pumpkin beers Iíve tasted. Perfect amount of pumkin and nutmeg and cinnamon. Smooth on palate with dry finish, no excessive bitterness. Good choice for a fine fall beverage.
OKBeer (1171) - Halifax, Nova Scotia, CANADA - DEC 14, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: APR 7, 2009 12 oz. bottle. Golden colour with a thin white head. Pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg aroma. Pumpkin, dry spicy, lightly sherryish flavours with a nutty bitter finish. Light bodied and dry. Decent flavour, just not enough of it.
MIBRomeo (2570) - Wisconsin, USA - DEC 11, 2005
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
pours a brownish red color w/ a small head tan in color light lacing. Smells of nutmeg and pumkin pie, and cinnamon. Palate is fairly light some decent coating. Flavor is a bit of a spcied fruity flavor some cinamon and nutmeg lightly sweet malts. Not very good.
nick76 (4379) - Tampa, Florida, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is a mixture of everything that goes into this beer except for the pumpkin. It has plenty of allspice and nutmeg with a hint of brown sugar and cinnamon. The appearance is a reddish brown and it has a medium foamy head. The flavor is very toasty with spices and some pumpkin in the finish. The palate is mediocre but overall it tastes nice. I just wish it had more pumpkin.
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - DEC 8, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Dark amber pour....minimal tan head. I like the aroma...spicy--nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin spice, etc. Flavor follows suit...with some cinnamon and brown sugar in there too. Yes, there is a pumpkiny flavor too, but I sense more of the spiciness. Medium bodied..nothing noteworthy. A lingering bitterness shows up late for the party, but thatís not a bad thing. Tasty, and one of my favorite holiday ales.