brenn79 (1519) - Idaho, USA - OCT 27, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle- Pours light hazy golden with a small ring of foam. The aroma is ginger, not getting much pumpkin, maybe a little. The taste is ginger again, there is a sweetness to it, kind of vegetal, but not all that pumpkin, imparts a dryness after the swallow. Overall have had better, was hoping for more pumpkin and less ginger, but I did still like it.
JulienHuxley (3041) - Hilversum, NETHERLANDS - OCT 23, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 24, 2012 On tap at Churchkey. Clear yellow pour with white head. Aroma is quite dominated by ginger, some pumpkin pie notes, cinnamon, hints of fresh grain. Taste is light and spicy, lots of cinnamon. Palate is light and moderately carbonated. Fun and original.
brewolf (169) - Wilderness, WA, USA, - OCT 20, 2012
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Cloudy, squash-like gold, minimal cream colored head, faint filigree lacing. Fresh grated ginger root is the forward-most aspect here. This is real ginger, not a powdered addition, and it makes a huge difference. This boldness is strikingly balanced with warm chamomile, nutty squash, and appropriate (and thankfully restrained) ’pie’ spicing. The pumpkin, in addition to lending a slightly fuller mouthfeel, combines with the malt to create a rich backbone for all other aspects to shine forth from. Highly drinkable, never too weighty or viscous. The copious Saaz provides a very nice herbal bitterness to the lingering finish. In fact, it perfectly cuts through both the boldness of the ginger and the richness of the pumpkin. Refreshingly different from today’s standard ’pumpkin ale’. One more reason why I love great lagers.
So what do we have here? Wholesome/fresh ingredients, low abv (my bottle says 4.5), and an inspired twist on an old classic. Resulting in: A badass, folkloric lager ... showing fresh boldness in fantastic harmony with nuanced depth. Wish I could buy this bottled individually, instead of as a single inclusion only available in their "Pumpkin Patch" variety four-pack. Hey, Elysian ... tweak this basic pils recipe in another way ... use delicata squash and fresh sage ... please.
Travlr (11812) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 20, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft. Cloudy yellow color, massive white head, solid lacing. Aroma of ginger is detectable from across the room. Taste is heavy ginger, lemon, dust. Rough stuff.
PhillyCraft (3221) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2012
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tap, murky straw pour, not much head or lace to note.Tons of ginger, not much pumpkin, tons of spice, and weird notes. All I get out of this is ginger. Pilsners have zero flavor to begin with so this one was no different with zero pumpkin coming through.
algemo45 (61) - - OCT 19, 2012
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Definitely did not expect such a blast of ginger. All this beer was missing was some wasabi and soy sauce. Not sure pumpkin is in the title at all, as it was undetectable. I do like how flavorful this beer is, I just don't care for the flavor.
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boFNjackson (4133) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 17, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle... Poured pale golden with a thin white head. Nose had ginger and other spices. Ginger was prominent. Nice drinking beer through. Some earthiness and floralness, probably from the Saaz hops. Good level of carbonation too to remind me of the Pils style base. Some notes of pumpkin and pie spice, but like I said, prominent ginger notes.
keepersj12 (2688) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a cloudy yellow with a white head. The aroma has some orange and ginger along with bread. Taste has a lot of ginger and a bit of pepper. The pumpkin is subdued.
argo0 (11530) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 16, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Snallygaster, draft. Lightly hazed apple juice body, small white head. Aroma is medium sweet, pumpkin pie, some straw. Taste is medium sweet, spicy/lager yeast, some straw, ginger. Light body, light acidity.
radagast83 (4635) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 15, 2012
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
4oz sampler at the Snallygaster event. Eh, this one was funky - no so much pumpkin but a ginger beer, and there’s simply too much ginger in this one to enjoy. Next time go to have sushi and jam all the shaved ginger into your mouth, that’s this beer. Otherwise finely carbonated. They’d be better off re-branding this as a "ginger" beer, not a pumpkin one.