ross (2100) - 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 (3717) - 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.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - MAR 10, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pun'kin colored, bit of almost-white head, bubbly. Pumpkin-pie aroma is subdued, some aromatic winey/raisiny stuff going on also. Pretty nice. On the tongue, good body, strong spicy notes, especially allspice and white pepper ... oh, an' some pun'kin. Pretty good overall, though I think I can safely say at this point that pumpkin is not my favorite fruit or veggie beer flavoring.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAR 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber in color with a small off-white head. Aroma is of pumpkin and spice, most notably cinamon.Aroma is also sweet like burnt sugar,caramel,with some malt notes.Spicey flavor with a light pumpkin note but primarily dominated by cinamon and a touch of nutmeg.
Ernest (6343) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - MAR 3, 2004
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2006 Bottle, blind rating (in a flight of three pumpkin beers).
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is clear medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain, husks, caramel), with notes of pumpkin and twigs.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter, husky.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Surprised when I found out this was the Dogfish, which I assumed was my top pick (which turned out to be O’Fallon’s version). This was quite grainy in the nose and finish, and wasn’t very vibrant with pumpkin or spice.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - FEB 27, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured a cloudy orange with no head. Aroma was VERY spicey. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg are highly present. It reminds me of spicey pumpkin pie, which is good. Nice mouthfeel and long aftertaste. I feel like goin' Pumpkin Chunkin'...the odd things people do on the Delmarva.
edden (926) - cow- lumbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 1, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
practically no head when poured, but there is a continuous amount of teeny-tiny carbonated bubbles throughout. red-orange, see-thru body. big nose which is high in nutmeg , cinnamon and all-spice. spicy flavor which includes nutmeg, ginger, clove and cinnamon. nicely balanced with a spicy finish. possibly one of the better pumpkin/spice beers i’ve had.
5000 (6298) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 31, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle pours a murky orangish amber color, with a tiny fizzy off-white head. First thing I notice is the aroma, its fairly powerful, very pumpkiny with some nutmeg and cinnamon spices. First sip reveals a little spicy pumpkinness, but a citrucy tartness seems to quickly move to the forefront. While the aroma seems to be more involved than the flavor, I like the tartness of this one. In other words, it doesn't seem to be overly spiced. I think it to be a very well balanced Spiced Ale. This one is much better than Blue Moon & Buffalo Bills version and a tad better than Elysians Night Owl. Thanks goes out to ClarkVV for the trade!