JohnC (3000) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 25, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
As others may have observed, this is more like "pumpkin pie ale" than "pumpkin ale". The pumkin & spices really stand out. I like that. I'm just trying to figure out what food to have w/ this beer. This is not a session beer, because the flavor is too unique. You need to have this one with a meal. Picture a nut brown ale, with a pumpkin flavor, and the nose of cinnamon & nutmeg and you have this one.
guzzler67 (1502) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 24, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep copper color with a small head. Spicy aroma dominated by nutmeg and allspice. Interesting taste combo with the brown sugar, molasses and the pumpkin spices mingling with the roasted malts. Still detected a nice hop presence in the smooth finish. A great alternative to ciders in the fall.
bu11zeye (11942) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2003
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
(Bottle) Pours a cooper color with no head. Strong pumpkin and brown sugar aroma. Okay to have once every October.
jaymobrown (1664) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 23, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pumpkin spice nose. Pretty good pumpkin ale that doesn't come off as being to vegetable. There's also a type of pine needle effect in the end, which is probably the hops.
JoeM500 (1905) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - OCT 23, 2003
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: OCT 31, 2003 Finally a pumpkin ale to be excited about!!!! A wonderfully balanced brown ale, with hints of pumkin pie...complete with all of the spices and even hints of biscuity crust. Does for beer what Snapple Pie did for fruit drinks! We baked a bottle into a loaf of bread and ended up with the most fantastic dessert bread!! Way to go DFH!!!!! This stuff disappeared from the shelves rather quickly.
beerking99 (199) - Virginia, USA - OCT 22, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Aroma is spicy, with some malt, and a backgournd of cooked pumpkin. Hints of smoke also. Nice red-amber color, with a very pale tan head. Flavor is spicy, with much pumpkin in the tail. Body is nice and robust. Finishes a little bitter.
evinal (48) - Mattapoisett, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2003
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
The pumkin aroma was wonderful, although the heavyness (or fullness, but it just felt heavy to me, hence my problem with it) to this beer did not appeal to me.
frylock (1135) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 21, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Amber/red color with a medium sized white head. Aroma of spices and pumpkin. Slightly spicy flavor with the pumpkin coming through rather subtle. Comes in 2nd to smuttynose for my favorite pumpkin ale.
unclebleen (620) - California, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Color is orange/brown and clear. Almost no head. Smell is very spicy...maybe nutmeg? Alcohol is noticable on the swallow. Body is medium.
OldGrowth (2663) - North Carolina, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: All the spice comes thru on the nose, nutmeg & cinnamon & pumpkin. Clear orange brown color. Small head that faded. Pumkin,nutmeg show up in the flavor with a toasted malt providing backbone. Clean tangy spicy finish. Very drinkable. My label says 7%. I get a little of the warmth you get around that level.