5000 (6031) - 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!
TXBadger (174) - Dallas, Texas, USA - APR 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the finer pumpkin ales on the market. Iíve found this to pour a reddish brown color, with spices on the nose. Cinnamon, ginger, brown sugar, and nutmeg are all present on the palate, with allspice lingering on the finish.
bartlebier (1196) - Belchum im Breisgau, GERMANY - APR 19, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
(US 2012 backlogged in abstinentia) Draught@Kickshaw, Astoria/Queens. Quite thin-bodied despite heavy reliance on roasted caramel, boiled candy sugar (reminiscent of Gulden Draak), bringing in milk chocolate notes, upstaging the undercurrent of cinnemon-spiced vegetable broth underneath. Surprised to find some hop bitterness on top of all that. A drinkable, straight example of the redoubtable seasonal pumpkin style.
Robywonkenobi (2) - Monroe, Ohio, USA - APR 11, 2014 does not count
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Not what I expected from Dogfish, usually their offerings are great but the punkin was a letdown.
maddmatt639 (167) - Belmont, California, USA - MAR 4, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
No retention and no lacing. Smells of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and molasses. Tastes of cinnamon, pumpkin and molasses. Light aftertaste.
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GreatDane1632 (152) - Louisiana, USA - MAR 2, 2014
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2014 Catching up on some old ratings from Untappd -- First rated on 1 Oct 2011. Served with a brown sugar graham cracker crumble glass rimmer.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a burnished copper color. The head is very fluffy, if not the tallest at only a finger. While the off-white colored head doesnít have great retention, it does leave a ring of lacing on the glass.
S: Dogfish Head actually didnít overdo it with the spices - and thatís a good thing in this case. Many times, Iíve had a pumpkin ale that smelled good but tasted unpleasantly spicy. This smells like itís full of brown sugar, with a touch of gourd character and spicing only existing as a subtle background note. So Iíll probably like this more than the Pumpkinheads of the world.
T: Actually, the bitter nutmeg character seems to come through more strongly than the nose suggested. And thatís not a good thing in this case. A pleasant canvas of brown sugar and caramel sweetness open it up, with the slightly problematic spice notes appearing in the middle, and fading away as more is drunk. The finish is faintly nutty and mineral water-esque, with something resembling hops occasionally.
M: Itís a weird combination of full-bodied and sharp (due to the carbonation). Somehow, this works to give it decent drinkability combined with the dry finish. Once the carbonation fades, it becomes merely full-bodied...and loses its drinkability in the process.
O: Itís not great, but itís better than a few others in the style Iíve had. It has potential as a pumpkin ale for those who donít like pumpkin ales. Itís also reasonably complex and only offers a mild spice note. But to me, it still tastes a little uninspired. Itís been a while since Iíve properly enjoyed something from DFH (I think it was a 2011 bottle of WWS), and this doesnít quite change my mind about that.
Vcoggins (39) - Cypress, Texas, USA - FEB 21, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a slightly dark orange color with an off white head. Smells like the typical pumpkin spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. Also some malty aromas. Taste is pumpkin, spices, sugar, nutty and malty. Mouth feel is smooth with a medium amount of carbonation. I am a fan of pumpkin ale and this is a good pumpkin but not my favorite.
AndrewMichaelZ (31) - - FEB 14, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours orange-copper with a minimal head (which quickly fades to a ring - mild lacing).
Sweet nose with fall spices; notably nutmeg and cinnamon.
Light body goes down smooth medium carbonation. Definitely drinks sweet (but not overly so) and finishes clean. Pumpkin flavor is milder than other ales but IMO it is more well balanced and smoother.
High in my list of pumpkin ales. Pumking is still among my tops though.
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bley7211 (14) - - FEB 13, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Beer has a great full taste. Just enough to bring you back for more. Good after taste.
jackfrost9p (225) - California, USA - FEB 6, 2014
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Sweet pumpkin, cinnamon and molasses. Full body. Best pumpkin beer on the market in my opinion.