fordest (2470) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - FEB 24, 2016
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at the Bluegrass Festival. Not a great beer. Pumpkin was there, but the actual flavor and finish were watery and offputting.
sulawang (1050) - British Columbia, CANADA - FEB 19, 2016
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Visual: (Cellared 3 years). Pours reddish brown without much head, thin hazy layer of retention, some bubbles here and there.
Nose: brown sugar barley malt with background pumpkin spices. (lvl-7)-pungency
Attack: sharp crisp, thicker mouthfeel, light tingly
Mid-palate: cinnamon, toasted pumpkin sweet-dense, toffee barley malt, allspice, (lvl-7)-a tad cloying sweetness, brown sugar
Finish: nutmeg-clove/root beer, lingering barley malt sweetness.
Summary: Pretty smooth entry with a decent amount of pronounced spices and a medium bodied/short length barley malt backbone. It becomes slightly cloying and taxing on the palate halfway through a glass; Still the flavours are agreeable.
J_man (935) - Tustin, California, USA - NOV 29, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Deliciously strong cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg aromas from a murky pumpkin orange body with a thin white head. Those follow into the taste with a spicy ginger and cinnamon bite. Unlike some other "pumpkin spice" beers, this one actually has a taste of real pumpkin in it. It also tastes like beer with a good caramel malt flavor in the back and some earthy hop bitterness. The body is somewhat thin, even watery, but that’s not bad. Finishes with a lasting pumpkin pie spice flavor and spiciness. A well made and delicious pumpkin ale.
willisread (2543) - Tokyo, JAPAN - NOV 14, 2015
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Mitsuya. Pours a clear copper with a nice off-white head that lingers throughout. Huge pumpkin pie with whipped cream nose. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger with lightly roasted pumpkin aromas. Malt backbone balances out the spices well. Slightly sweet on the palate with average carbonation. Finishes sweet with lingering pumpkin pie flavor. Wonderful dessert beer.
samsmith33 (772) - - NOV 10, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Still trickling reviews in from 2015 tasting. Night Owl looked great in round 1 ( 2nd of 12), but fell short of the mark in the final losing out to its cousin Great Pumpkin (and 10 others ranked ahead of it). 12th of 25 overall. Smokey, cinamon aroma. charcoal, pumkin taste, with cinnamon and other spice finish. I had it higher than others tasting.
cblado (298) - Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2015
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a nice orange copper color, pearly head, some lacing. Aroma is strongly spiced with clove and cinnamon. Some toffee malt and grassy hops as well. Flavor is medium sweetness, with a long bitter, spicy finish. Palate is perfect. Overall an excellent seasonal beer.
AAEA (266) - California, USA - NOV 1, 2015
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
22FL OZ ($4.99 Bottle) one of the best pumpkin beers I’ve ever had. price is very very good for what you’re getting. this is close to what your mind is thinking when you grab for a pumpkin beer. this will not let you down.
c1raider (135) - New York, USA - OCT 23, 2015
3.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Easy drinking, a good balance between fall spices and pumpkin flavor. Low carbonation, and a touch of sour similar to gose beer but not as severe. I’d buy again but wouldn’t go out of my way
thornecb (5539) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 22, 2015
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours hazy light mahogany into a shaker. Soapy head with medium retention recedes to mottle surface. Cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin aromas. Medium bodied with ginger, cinnamon and spice front to back.
BroadestTom (394) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 20, 2015
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Aroma caramel, pumpkin, pumpkin spices,
Appearance orange, hazy, cloudy, minimal head,
Taste medium sweetness,
Palate medium body, average carbonation,
Overall I get pumpkin pie on the nose which is a nice change from the overly spiced pumpkin beers that are on the market. The taste is lacking a little for me. More of a malty spice with little pumpkin. Still a well made beer that I would suggest to a friend.