Terminus (3349) - Las Cruces, New Mexico, USA - SEP 27, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle-pours orange with a small white head. big cinnamon, allspice, and faint hops in the aroma. Some toasted malt as well that mimicks baked pie crust. pretty cool! big spicy flavors with cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg and light cloves. alcohol is actually detected in the finish, which hurts the beer somewhat. I think it masks the true pumpkin flavors. a spiced beer, but where is the pumpkin?
pobenohne (504) - Northern Liberties, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2005
1.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Draft at Sippin by the River í05. Sorry, but liquid pumpkin pie just doesnít cut it. No more nutmeg in beer, please.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured dark amber with a good thick head.
Aroma is malt and spice.
Flavor is malt, spice and cinnamon.
I donít really taste any pumpkin flavor myself but still a good drinkable beer.
jhliesen (771) - West Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 25, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle-Poured with a small head and amber color. Medium carbonation. Aroma and taste of nutmeg and cinnamon. I donít taste much of the pumpkin, but as Iím not much of a pumpkin pie eater--thatís a good thing. Fine brew
Dopplebock1538 (71) - Sanatoga, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
WOW! A real treat. Forget about the pumpkin. A very Solid ale. Full body. A great little head that weathers the session. The slight hint of spice cookies keeps you coming back for more. A very special brew. Well done!
HighlanderOne (1072) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 5, 2005 RERATE 11/05 Pours orange/brown from bottle, with a gorgeous foamy head. Smells like pumpkin pie. Can taste the spices, along with the alcohol, and other flavors, but the pumpkin is not overpowering. Lacing chases the beer down the glass. Flavors blend better as you drink. Finishes nicely. One of the better pumpkin ales Iíve tried..
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2005 The best pumpkin brew Iíve had, hands down. Pours a hazy golden amber with a medium sized fluffy white head. Aroma has tons of spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, and some apple. Taste a bit sweet and contains roasted nuts, pumpkin, and a bunch of spices. Nicely balanced, which is usually sorely lacking in pumpkin brews. The malty backbone is really nice - the brew ends up coming off almost like a spiced nut brown. Very nice.
Padron4KM (664) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - SEP 18, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
!2 oz bottle, "packaged in" date on side of bottle not marked. Assuming it is this years release since DFH is new to az this year.
Pours a rich clear amber with a thin tan head. Aroma is nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar. Pumpkin is barley evident.
Pumpkin is more evident in the flavor. Tastes of canned pumpkin pie mix, with lots of cinnamon added.
Finish is heavy on the cinnamon. One is enough for me.
FlacoAlto (3849) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 17, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2005 Pours a brilliantly clear, ruby-amber color and is topped by a frothy, large bubbled tan colored head. The aroma is lightly spiced with notes of nutmeg, sweet brown sugar and allspice. The beer has a certain satisfying fullness to the palate, a far cry from the thin wan limp body on the Buffalo Bill’s version, which lightly coats the mouth as the beer goes down. The beer is lightly sweet with a brown sugar like note and a bit of caramel. The spices are evident, yet at a bearable level, such that they don’t dominate this beer. I get notes of nutmeg, allspice, perhaps some soft cinnamon, caramel, molasses, slight ginger in the finish, and perhaps a hint of pumpkin-like vegetal flavor. Because of the spices, this beer finishes with a light astringency, and perhaps a bit of hotness.
The spicing level and the fullness of this beer designate this a bit more than a quaffing brew, slow sips seem mandatory, and I would be hard pressed to down a glass of this beer. This is all ok though, as I don’t mind savoring the interplay of spice and caramelized sugar notes. Where is the pumpkin? I am not too sure, as is typical in spiced versions the pumpkin is really not noticeable. This beer is quite enjoyable and is one of the better examples of the style that I have had.
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punkeedo (498) - Covington, Louisiana, USA - SEP 17, 2005
3.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
An excellent pumpkin brew. Not much to the aroma and the appearance was dark yellow. The flavor, though, was fantastic. HInts of pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg were all more than present--without any clashing. It was reminiscent of belgian ales that Iíve had, perhaps because of the higher alcohol content, but probably because it was so complex. A wonderful brew!