flying_pig (984) - SCOTLAND - NOV 6, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
355ml Bottle brought home to me from Virginia, USA:
of spice initially with pumpkin notes & sweetness. The alcohol content is well hidden & the aroma is well balanced with some bread but is the spices that dominate with cinnamon, nutmeg & various others featuring.
Clear, bright amber to copper with a bubbly white lacing that covers the surface.
Spicy with some cinnamon & nutmeg alongside the sugar & pumpkin, thereís a strong malt presence with bread & background fruits as well. Some hops make an appearance with hints of alcohol but these arenít the strongest with toasted malts & background fruits at the end.
Medium bodied with above average carbonation & a nice spicy feel to the beer that was tangy & had a good balance. The beer was quite easy to drink & smooth with a dry finish.
Easily the best pumpkin beer Iíve tried thus far & an excellent all round offering that falls short of being a classic but is very drinkable. Starting off quite spicy, I was initially fearful that this one would end up like some other pumpkin beers Iíve tried (namely Pumpkinhead from Brewdog) but thankfully this one was a lot more balanced & enjoyable, definitely one Iíd pick up each year if it were available here in the UK.
meyers1023 (2) - - NOV 4, 2014 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Very good pumpkin aroma mixed with brown sugar and all spice. Poured into a pint glass with about two fingers of head that went away quickly. Not too sweet of a beer considering the ingredients but has enough of the flavor it is going for to make it a very good pumpkin beer. Has a good mouthfeel and the alcohol is hidden well.
RedSox2004 (1306) - Pacific Palisades, California, USA - NOV 1, 2014
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
Orange brown with a solid one-finger head and good lacing. Big pumpkin aroma accompanied by plenty (too much?) pie spice and brown sugar. Flavor is the same - very sweet due to the brown sugar. Medium body, creamy mouthfeel, and the finish is all pumpkin pie. A well-crafted beer, but I just donít like pumpkin pie.
ARH (523) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 30, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2014 12oz bottle poured into a shaker. The aroma starts out with a sweet, bright butterscotch character along with a bit of a funk to it. This gives way to something more vegetal in nature which then moves to cooked sugar / caramel or toffee with a secondary note of candy sugar. As it warms up, the pumpkin spice comes through with notes of pumpkin pie. It pours a crystal clear, effervescent copper orange color with a foamy, off-white head that retains a medium ring and a fuzzy, near-full surface. A light, messy, crystaline lace is left on the glass. The taste is a nice balance of medium sweet and bitter. The oily beer has a light, soft fizz to it to accompany the medium / medium-light body. The flavor is bready with a caramel and roasted pumpkin note. The pumpkn comes through a bit more as the beer warms. The finish is slightly burnt with mostly roasted sugar, a cough syrup quality, and traditional pumpkin pie spiciness. Thereís a distinct pumpkin / yam flavor in there as well. The aftertaste takes on mellow notes of cacao and dark spice and, very late, pie crust (and maybe some pumpkin pie filling).
ramboraffe (677) - SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355 ml bottle. Clear copper with white head. Smell is sweet pumpkin and candi sugar. Taste is big sweet heavy body caramel malty with pumpkin and brown sugar. Dry with medium bitterness and medium carbonation.
George999 (103) - Colorado, USA - OCT 26, 2014
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aromas are pumpkin sweet and a little a spice, Amber in color and clear, nutmeg, pumpkin and spice flavors, Lightly carbonated, Good seasonal beer
smaynard6000 (651) - Apopka, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an orangish amber color with a small white head. Aroma of pumpkin and spices. Cinnamon and pumpkin flavor with other spices. Medium bodied. Pretty good among pumpkin beers.
TheCaptMatey (88) - Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a gold to amber colour with a white head. Decent aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg spices and pumpkin. This brew offers a nice balance of spice and pumpkin flavores, but is not very potent as the root ale is easily detectable with some bitterness. A good take on the style.
slowrunner77 (6031) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 19, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
better than other pumpkin ales iíve tried, but thatís because the others suck. this is one of DFHís weaker offerings. still pretty good. thereís a bitter brown ale behind the pumpkin, but if you really like pumpkin, this oneís not enough for you. a tiny bit underwhelming, but worth trying. 9/09- after having on tap and cask conditioned (4+), both of which really bring out the pumpkin, Iím no longer underwhelmed. On cask itís fantastic. Either way (even in the bottle) a very good seasonal brew, but the pumpkin really comes out more on tap."
Zymurgeist2 (1080) - Redwood City, California, USA - OCT 18, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Spicy flavors dominate with clove and nutmeg. Clearish orange with no head - sherry like. Taste is spice dominated, like all of these types. Moderate bitterness with some spritzy carbonation aspects on the end.