chronictonic (471) - Oreland, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2003
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
I thought it was way over spiced - cloves & nutmeg mostly. Very little actual pumpkin flavor - let alone beer flavor. I also felt that the mouthfeel was wrong - too fizzy and rough. I generally don't like spiced beers, but will try and rate them fairly. In this case, my pumpkin ale experience is pretty much limited to this and the Rock Creek Pumpkin Ale (which I thought was great).
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fall 2003 - this is the best one yet. front is very sweet and spicy - I think the Allspice adds a nice kick to this. Body is medium, good lacing, nice clear orange/brown color. What I like best is that the beer itself takes precidence, not pumpkin pie. I thought that the flavors might be too intense for her, but this is Lisa's favorite so far.
DYCSoccer17 (3211) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 9, 2003
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a brownish-orange with a small 1 cm very rapidly dissipating white head. Nose is of pumpkin, cinnamon, and some yeast. Whoa, this is pretty complex...start is slightly carbonated turning into more of a brown sugar taste, which then melds into more of a nutmeg/pumpkin flavor. Even though this is a pumpkin ale, it is perfectly balanced and the pumpkin is not overbearing. This gives Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale a run for its money. Might be better. I love DFH!
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bronze orange color with a foamy white head. Very clear and sparkling. Smells of allspice and cinnamon. The cinnamon alomst burns the nose. Very spicy taste. Tastes like pumpkin pie. Sweet with a medium body.
egajdzis (5169) - Spring Mount, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2003
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2008 (2003 filtered) Poured an orange amber color with a small off-white head. Pumpkin, cinnamon, and brown sugar in the aroma. Wow, cinnamon and nutmeg are very present. Fairly sweet. Creamy as well, the flavors slightly mellow out as the beer warms.
(2004 unfiltered) Poured a clear, dark copper color with a creamy off white head. Lots of pumpkin, with also some nutmeg and cinnamon in the aroma. Taste was predominantly spicy, subdued pumpkin, and a nice roast.
(2004 filtered) Poured a clear, lighter copper color with a thinner off white head than the unfiltered version. Aroma was not as full. Taste was also weaker. Almost tastes like they used moldy pumpkins in the commercial release?
Conclusion: Bottle this unfiltered punkin!!
JCW (1274) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 8, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Looks like an ESB, except it has no head. I don't like the flavor of this one at all, I can't explain it, it is slight dry, nutmeg and cinnamon are subtle a best, leaving only some brown sugar and roast pumpkin, yuck. Surpisingly the aroma had alot of ale qualities.
MAP (1133) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 5, 2003
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
An appropriate brown orange color with a slight bit of white head. The aroma is strongly spiced, which feels a little imbalancved. Flavor does have a nice bite to it, which makes the spice have more appropriate feel.
jbak (111) - Torrington, Connecticut, USA - OCT 5, 2003
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours a nice hazy amber color, with very good carbonation but with a very thin light tan head with zero lacing. Aroma is overally strong and spicy, as is the flavor. Nice body but the spicy aftertaste tends to linger far too long.
vwsteggie (684) - Paxton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 4, 2003
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Has a nice amber color with some carbonation and a strong spice smell. Taste is of spice/pumpkin and finishes with a lot of spice. Overall not the best pumpkin beer as it has too strong of a spice taste.
EddieG (169) - Palos Heights, Illinois, USA - OCT 3, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A decent rendition. Not very brown for a brown? Ecent body and sweeetness with a definate clove/allspice presence, almost out of balance. Teh flavor lingers for a while before quietly calming down. OK