hopdog (9327) - 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 (824) - 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
ross (2104) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - APR 4, 2004
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
smells like pumpkins and cinnamon. pours out orange in color with a thick head that goes away relatively quick. has a sweet taste, taste like liquid pumpkin pie. this isnt too bad, im just not too keen on the whole pumpkin beer thing. but its a ton better than cotton wood pumpkin ale.
Nuffield (3731) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 30, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
A big blend of an aroma, I can smell all the named ingredeients--pumpkins (for sure), allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and the sweetness of the brown sugar. The palate is normal...and then the beer seems, well, normal. A far cry from Buffalo Bill's revolting pumpkin, but I just don't think this style works very well.
adwoan99 (244) - Ft. Worth, Texas, USA - MAR 28, 2004
2.2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Smells like ass. A little pumpkin, but mostly ass. Flavor is a little sharp, mildly sweet - pumpkin is definitely noticeable. Waaaay better then Buffalo Bill's, but still crap. Sorry DFH, but I'll have to pass.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 11, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy light amber color with a dense ecru head. Very much a pumpkin brew aroma with light crust, pumpkin and spice. Very dry spice nose, more mace and cinnamon than anything else. First taste, first impression - wow, this is a lot drier than I expected. Any sweetness seems to be derived from the alcohol mid quaff. Heavy and somewhat sticky in feel. Very balanced for a brew this heft and with the additions of spice, pumpkin and brown sugar. Finish does have a slight reminiscence of gourd and a spice tickle. For once I have to agree (and I do so with much disdain) with austinpowers. Likely the gold standard for this style.