tomxcs (321) - 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.
billk (353) - 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.
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.
Norton (329) - 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.
BuckNaked (1230) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, 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.
phiconners (149) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 25, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a copper/amber color. Very little head. First taste hits you with sweetness, as well as cinnamon and nutmeg - a slightly bitter finish. Very nice flavor. A lot of pumpkin ales are afraid to really commit to the flavor - this one is not. Dogfish Head has done a great job as usual.
pineypower (2539) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours out an interesting orange hued shade of brown. It has a very small, whispy head. The aroma is not overbearing like other pumpkins i"ve had. The taste is also just about right. It has a nice complex mix of flavors, with pumpkin being dominate followed by notes of brown sugar and sweet malts. There is a slight bitterness on the finish, hardly there even, but its there. Best Pumpkin Iíve had!
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - SEP 21, 2004
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours coppery, almost orange. But it is a pumpkin ale, so it should be orange, right? Small head, dissipates quickly with little if any lacing. Understated aroma. Not as much spice or pumpkin flavor as I expected. Slightly bitter and dry finish. All in all, itís decent, but I expect more from DFH.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 20, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Deep sparkling coppery amber, small frothy off-white head. Aroma is all about pumpkin pie, cinnamon and nutmeg. Hops actually appear late and add a nice balanced touch to the brown sugar coated malt. Never too sweet. Medium bodied, soft carbonation, dry, toasted spice finish. One of the best pumpkin ales out there. Perfect for a crisp cool fall afternoon of Mountaineer football.
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 18, 2004
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Mmmm... the aroma of fresh baked pumpkin pie, almost sensual. cinnamon notes in flavor, I lfelt like I should have had a slab of turkey with this... made me feel a little nappish. Maybe Iíll take that nap now.