Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 21, 2003
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle: Pours a clear orange with a thin head. Bright pumpkin/spice (cinnamon) nose, watery mouthfeel and a thin lightly bitter ending. Not too bad, but I can't picture buying it again.
desurfer (1212) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 11, 2005 Burnt orange/amber with no head. Aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon with other spices. Flavor of rich, sweet pumpkin pie with a hint of smokiness. There’s a nice alcohol warmth in there too. Really tasty beer to go with the increasingly chilly fall evenings.
whatusay (20) - San Francisco, USA - MAY 24, 2003
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Tap: great pumpkin ale! Could be the best seasonal ale that I've had. Lots of pumpkin and cinnamon flavors but not overpowering.
Carman42099 (7) - White Bear Lake, Minnesota, USA - NOV 27, 2002 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good stuff, only wish I could get more here in Minnesota.
Drinkingdan (371) - East Norriton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2002
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
For a pumpking ale I think it is all there, however I am not a fan of them.
legion242 (2169) - Richardson, Texas, USA - NOV 5, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Burnt orange color; no head because this was a cask pour; Nose was stinky, yummy pumpkin. Potent. Cloyingly sweet- but the fullest pumpkin ale I have had.
obxdude10 (2031) - Limerick, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2002
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2013 Re-rate: I think enough time has passed (11 years) for me to properly re-evaluate and re-rate this excellent beer. Maybe the Punkin wasn’t as good back in 2002, when I tasted it for the first time. But over the last couple of years, this has quickly turned into my favorite pumpkin-style seasonal brew. There is plenty of pumpkin flavor, along with more-than-subtle hints of cinnamon, nutmeg and a dry, bright and spicy hop. The beer finishes with a ton of pumpkin and caramel malt, along with a delicious balance of spicy, dry and floral hops. Here are my original notes, left so you can all make fun of my initial, untrained palate and writing: Not as much pumpkin flavor as I expected, full-bodied ale, the aroma of course smelled of pumpkin, the color had an orangy tint to it, otherwise on the light-copper side, kind of disappointed in this because I expected to be hit in the mouth with all kinds of pumkin in the beer, but was still a decent seasonal brew
JFGrind (1842) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 1, 2002
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Punkin-licous! Pumpkin spiced flavor and aroma, nice golden color and well balanced flavor.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 28, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Alcoholic pumpkin pie.
Schroppfy (2360) - Łódż, Warsaw, Poland; Michigan, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2002
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the Brick in DC. Sweet and nutmegy and cloudy as all get out. Tasted far mor intense than it smelled. Seems to require some practice or love of pumpkin to get this one, and I have neither. Very interesting, feels good in the mouth (super sedimenty).