aracauna (3138) - Georgia, USA - JUL 14, 2004
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear copper body with a medium cream-colored head that fades into a creamy ring around a stormy weather pattern. The aroma is really more spice than pumpkin, but the spice isnít overwhelming. Thereís a slightly cake-like and caramel malt underneath. The flavor is lightly sweet and mostly balanced except for a bitterness that doesnít seem to quite fit in with the rest of the flavors. Iíve had better pumpkin ales.
Falconseye8 (542) - Evans, Colorado, USA - JUN 26, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I can honestly tell you Iím not a very big fan of this category. Having said that, this is a terrific beer. The Veggie/Spicy/Herb thing really has never been my thing. This one exceeds expectations by a landslide. Great flavor, Pumkin sweet and spicy and definite brown sugar undertone. If you must add a beer for this category this is the one you should choose. If youíre going to put yourself through one you arenít really sure of, this is the for that mission.
SpringsLicker (3170) - Tennessee, USA - JUN 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice deep amber color with a creamy thick head. Fruity, spicy aroma is good but needs intensity. No real strong hop flavor or aroma here and bitterness is kept in check as well. Very creamy feel on the tongue. The pumpkin is somewhat subdued which would make this a good choice for those who donít care for fruit or vegetable beers.
Dogbrick (8658) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 7, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I know itís not really the season for this beer but what the heck. I might have been even more let down if I tried it around Halloween. Pours a luminescent orange/copper color with a medium thin beige head. Head retention is pretty weak, and thin lacing. The aroma is spiced with cinnamon and ginger, as well as malt. The mouthfeel is kind of syrupy and sweet, with malt, cinnamon and brown sugar flavors. It becomes overbearing at times. The finish retains the sweet character and is pumpkiny (?) and malty. This is a decent seasonal, it is just a little too much in the sweet department at times.
hopdog (9133) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 5, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap (tasted on 11/12/03). Orange/Amber in color with a small head. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkins. The body was a little fizzy. It wasnít a bad beer, but not my style.
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - MAY 31, 2004
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
a spiced brown ale with all the spices characterized by the fall season. The alcohol is just enough to warm the spirt as it goes down.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAY 23, 2004
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: solid, opaque rustic brown color, good and chunky 1/2" creamy head.
Aroma: divine! Thatís my immediate thought, for after just sampling other pumpkin-themed beers, this seems to be the one thatís getting it right! The spices that are overflowing and dominant in others are clearly more interested in sharing the spotlight here, itís richer, fuller, creamy, yeasty, complex.
Taste: again, just right! They hit the nail on the head here, choosing a full-bodied brown ale as the base, so you get the cinnamon and allspice, the pumpkin, and in this case, the brown sugar, but thereís still a significant beer underneath, and in this case, a much sturdier, tastier, creamier brown ale than most. A most welcome flood of flavors, smooth, but substantial, thoroughly filling the mouth and washing it with warm, sweet, pumpkinny goodness. Soft, tasty finish. I enjoyed every last drop! Leave it to DfH to craft the best pumpkin ale Iíve yet to taste!
BUrunner (92) - Indiana, USA - MAY 9, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very aromatic beer. Cinnamon and nutmeg prevail and are quite evident in the taste. Coats the mouth quite well and the alcohol warmth is added character to this beer. Reminiscent of pumpkin but not overpowering or gross.
sfontain (818) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 26, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a mildly pale orange-red; near-invisible white head. Aroma has nutmeg and cinnamon and sugary sweetness. I have a tough time picking the pumpkin out from under the spices, but, personally, that doesn't bother me much. Flavor is sweet up front, where you get the biggest punkin jolt, along with some nutmeg and a touch of alcohol warmth and some bitterness; after the swallow, the nutmeg lingers, and we get a surprising hop bitterness in the finish. The nutmeg is the dominant flavor here. I thought this would be better; Anchor's 2003 Our Special Ale, while I imagine not brewed with pumpkin, is twice as good as this stuff. Still, this is a very good beer.
Ida7999 (105) - Milford, Massachusetts, USA - APR 9, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
slightly cloudy, orange/amber color, short white head, nice fresh pumpkin aroma, cinnamon, spices, nutmeg, and brown sugar, lightly hopped; flavor is just like pumpkin pie, cinnamon and brown sugar, nutmeg, a bit fizzy, perfect amount of sweetness and just a touch of hop flavor