RedHaze (371) - Where the hell am I?, Nebraska, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a really nice looking, clear bright amber/red color with a 1/4 inch head that quickly fades to a thin ring, with only minimal lacing. Would get a a higher rating here if it had a little more head to it.
Smell; smells of cinnamon, a bit of nutmeg, pumpkin. Thereís some other spices in there that I canít put a finger on.
Taste; thereís definitely pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and maybe some allspice. Even with all of the spices in this beer itís not as overwhelmingly sweet as some other pumpkin ales Iíve had. Mouthfeel was a litlle thin, and thereís not much carbonation. Kudos to DFH for making a pumpkin beer that actually tastes like itís a beer.
HogTownHarry (6374) - 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 itís 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>
Iíd 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: Itís 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 fillingówhich is a nice fitónot 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 Iíd 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. Wasnít 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 couldnít 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 (422) - 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 donít 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.