DavidP (1747) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber body with red highlights, very thin white bubbly head. Smells like a malty and less nutmeggy pumpkin pie. The flavor is very similar, except that it has a little more spicy nutmeg in the finish. A pretty good novelty beer. The nontraditional beer elements aren’t overdone (see Lakefront Holiday Spice for this), but I don’t see myself drinking this too often.
DocLock (8593) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours copper with a big, creamy, off-white head. Aroma of malt, pumpkin pie, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Tastes malty, with a great pumpkin pie flavor, spices including nutmeg and cinnamon, and some hops. Medium, fairly rich palate. This is a great pumpkin ale.
boto (1963) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draught @ CTRiver Brewers Festival: This may be the best "Pumpkin" beer that I have had yet. This one pours an orangish-amber color, with almost no head. There is a wonderful aroma of pumpkin pie spices. Also some maltiness in there too. The taste is a nice blend of the pumpkin spices with a good malty beer. Some hops also. This was really excellent.
zeppelinsoul (20) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 12, 2004
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I really dont know what it is about this beer. Maybe its the season. The leaves falling, the brisk air, the myriad of colors. Whatever it may be, it is this beer that warms my heart and inflames my soul. Not TOO much pumpkin, but just enough to light this cowboy’s fire. It is a very smooth beer, with a mild spice aroma. I suppose, technically, this is not the world’s strongest beer, but there is something about it that gets me where i want to go EVERY SINGLE TIME. It will always hold a special place in my heart. It would take the most skilled poets in the universe to do this brew justice. Relax by the fire, light a fat stogie and sip the season away with DFH punkin ale.
happy4hops (376) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - SEP 11, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2005 Aroma/flavor is very clean,nutty,malty,sweet,hoppy w/the perfect amount of punkin & spice in there.Orange/amber appearance,nice quick loud spritzy head,weak laceGreat tasting brew,not overwhelmed with the pumpkin or the spice,just really great malt and hop character.Nice mouth(med-full)good bitterness,at first haunted by the combo of spices and forced CO2? The best pumpkin brew I’ve had.The spice did build up and linger..so did the punkin.This was very good for me this early morning.I forgot this was 7%,another great thing about DFH’s mastery of excitingly pleasant beers.I just had one at room temp and the alc% was slightyl more noticed but still very well instilled into this mastery of the pumpkin brew.This one needs a good swirling,has a slight tease of wine in there as well when warm and swirled,complex,no doubt...>>>Bottled 8-24-05.Greatest pumpkin ale(as far as I know)nice belgian vibe integrated.Has some teases of AOSA.Gresh bubble gummy(juicyfruit,yeast,malt integration)Mmm..DFH punkin ale is IT.
Metalhead (638) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
3rd pumpkin beer of the day. Poured an orangey copper color with little head.Another beer with faint pumpkin aroma but also hints of brown sugar.
Taste is mor complex than the other I’ve had . Pumpkin,squash,brown sugar and spices,slightly sweet. Complex,yes,but a bit too subtle for my taste and at $9 a four pack a bit on the pricey side. Oh well,at least it’s higher octane. Footnote-Now that I have read the ratings AFTER the fact I have to agree with Jine that this is essentially autumn in a bottle.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - SEP 9, 2004
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Blind Tiger, 2004 batch. Not as much pumpkin as most of this style I’ve had, which is a very good thing. Lightly spiced with nutmeg and cinnamon, this comes across lightly sweet and pretty tasty. No head to speak of and a light aroma. One pint is enough for me regardless how good a vegtable beer is and I had no problem drinking this down. Well made.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2005 Excellent aroma that leads to an excellent result on the palate. Smoother than last years version to me. It poured same as it did last year, a little hazy with a nice frothy head. Highly enjoyable and a great way to kick off the fall season.
Jine (900) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 6, 2004
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Had the taste of something containing pumpkin as an ingredient without tasting overpoweringly pumpkin-ey. Good spice blend. Just made me think about how much better fall and winter are than spring and summer
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 4, 2004
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 12, 2004 Overpowering nutmeg taste, but nice blend behind it. Had right at the Dogfish pub in Rehoboth. Beautiful, fresh blend of pumpkin ingredients, dark translucent color. Nice taste for the alcohol rate. Give me some for a nice wild fall night.