zborgerd (187) - Illinois, USA - DEC 12, 2003
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: SEP 4, 2014 Re-rate. I first reviewed this beer in 2003 and it seems to have radically improved over the past 11 years. We’ve been picking it up again like a Hallow’s Eve ritual for the past 3-4 years.
Not too sweet or cloying. Balanced well. Not too much spice. Roasted caramel, vanilla, light pumpkin pie spice and banana. My wife and I buy it all up when it comes to the local stores.
pivo (2571) - GERMANY - DEC 9, 2003
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was fairly heavily spiced and very successfully so. I quite enjoyed it. Nice aroma of cloves and cinnamon right off the bat. Rusty amber color and low tight head. List sweet malt taste gets blown away quickly by the spices. Peppery end (mix of spices and hops?). Bold and just plain well done!
Indra (2624) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - DEC 4, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sweet, toasty malt aroma, notes of pumpkin and brown sugar, the spice additions very apparent along with just a bit of herbal hop. Clear orange-amber color, with a slight, uneven head. Flavor is actually similar to pumpkin pie, crust and all, with a spicy, exceedingly long finish, some notes of caramel sweetness emerging late. Interesting body, slick, smooth, full and sugary. Much better than I'd ever expected any pumpkin beer to be. Cheers, Jeff!
jgb9348 (4770) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - DEC 3, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper colour with ruby highlights. Aroma of pumpkin, cloves, nutmeg, malt and brown sugar. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong sweetness at first, masked with spices then left malty. Aftertaste really shows the nutmeg/pumpkin flavour. Overall, a nice beer-definately one to try. I got this twelve ounce bottle from Jon (JonR888710) purchased from Whole Foods, in Vienna, Virginia and sampled it on 20-November-2003.
Kinz (3303) - Glen Allen, Virginia, USA - NOV 29, 2003
2.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 7/20
Pretty orange/brown color, decent head that left a ring. Aroma of brown sugar, cinammon, and the inside of a new, unworn, tennis shoe. Odd, but good. Flavor is of pumpkin pie. Balanced, good body. Too bad I don't like pumpkin pie that much. If I had some vanilla ice cream, I would pour this over it in an attempt to make it a la mode. I usually only like pumpkin pie with lots of whipped cream.
IFearNoBeer (15) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2003
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
As always, Dogfish Head does not disappoint. This stuff kicks ass. The richest and most pumpkin-y of the pumpkin ales I've tried this year. Better than Buffalo Bill's, and blows away Post Road's. Smooth, full of cinnamon and nutmeg spice, and just freakin delicious.
gerdy555 (163) - Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
happy thanksgiving. I've been waiting all day to try this. smells like pumpkin ginger and cloves. pours a burnt orange with a medium sized off white head. flavor is almost dead on a pumpkin pie except for the hop bitterness. of the pumpkin ales that I've had so far this is by far the best.
haddon90 (1470) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 27, 2003
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Full copper color with a slight lacing white head. Mixed aroma...spices. Full bodied taste of spices and a hint of pumpkin. Hint of alcohol as well. Good brew!
jsquire (3499) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber color with a disappearing head. Nose of alcohol, spice and balloon rubber. More alcohol than the other pumpkin seasonals and you can taste it. Full bodied with lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, copper and salt. Almost liquer burn on the tongue. Probably the most complex of the pumpkins I've had this season, but not the easiest to enjoy.
YogiBeera (2480) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2003
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nasty smell - imo. Flat looking brew,orange. Pumpkin of course is the main taste. Spicey - nutmeg, pepper. Long peppery aftertaste. Nice, not so sweet as other Pumpkin Ales.