TheSponge (342) - Lynnwood, Washington, USA - FEB 28, 2008
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle. Pours a beautiful dark orange color. The first time I tasted this beer was back in October, and I think this bottle sat on the shelf a little too long. However, my rating is going to be based on my first impression....smooth flavor, with just the right amount of pumpkin.
GG (2019) - NorCal, California, USA - FEB 26, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
NorCal Feb ’08 - Easily one of my least favorite beers of the night. The score reflects a high appearance mark, as it was very nice to look at in the glass. Unfortunately, the aspiriny/vinegary nose was a major turn-off. I got no pumpkin spices in the aroma or flavor at all. Light sweetness turns to said asprin-like aroma with a twist of vinegar. Gave me that damn shiver drinking it. Flavors were also had that aspirin twang to it, and little else. If you gave someone this beer to try for their first pumpkin beer it’d be an utter dissappointment. I would, however, like to sample another bottle with the hopes that this was a mistake somehow.
ChainGangGuy (4281) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - FEB 9, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Appearance: Pours a clear, deep, dark amber body with small, scant white head.
Smell: Nicely aromatic pumpkin and crystal malt scent, with notes of ginger and spices.
Taste: Syrupy, sweet malt flavor with toasted pumpkins and that squasy/vegetal twang you always seem to find in these things. Spicy kick. Mild hop bitterness. Finishes with a toasty spiciness and flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and, much to my dismay, some ginger.
Mouthfeel: Just barely medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Pretty decent, the beer improves quite a bit upon warming.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - FEB 7, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to dirty martini. I should’ve drank this fresh. Pumpkin colored pour, small white head. Aroma is pumpkin pie, yes really. Flavor is a muted pumpkin puree, nutmeg, cinnamon, and cloves. Semi sweet and really just lacking complexity. Thin bodied and low carbonation, maybe it wasn’t that good to begin with.
wickedpete (634) - Lexington Park, Maryland, USA - JAN 31, 2008
4.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2011 Thanks to Ryan for this one. Amber body, a small beige head forms. Lemony tang in the nose, lots of spice and pumpkin. Flavor is sugary, along with the suspected pumpkin and usual spices. Lots of pumpkin pie filling in the finish
Enniskillen (2029) - Salinas, California, USA - JAN 30, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle @ Uber. Aroma is pumpkin pie, cream. Taste is Pumpkin pie concentrate, whipping cream, plenty of nutmeg. Pretty good stuff.
argo0 (11191) - Washington DC, USA - JAN 27, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
(22oz bottle, thanks artusory) Medium beige head atop hazy dark amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, perfume, some nutmeg, light clove. Taste is medium sweet, nutmeg, some clove. Undercarbonated medium body.
kmweaver (3206) - Petaluma, California, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle, courtesy of artusory. Thanks, Ryan! Pours a hazy, orange-amber color; off-white head with fine-bubbled lacing. Pleasant amounts of actual pumpkin and perfume and sugar in the aroma; light spicing. Slightly tart / citrus upfront; medium mouthfeel, showing pumpkin and perfumy malts, with some cinnamon and cloves; lots of perfume; surprising tart presence. Kind of odd. Medium finish, showing pumpkin and sugar and spice.
ryan (3187) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - JAN 26, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Hazy amber body with a small off-white head. Lightly sweet pumpkin nose with moderate amounts of spicing. The flavor is lightly sweet with pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon and light brown sugar. Medium body is round with light carbonation. Decent pumpkin.
doubleo (1433) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 25, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark brownish orange with a thin somewhat dense white head. Not much of a nose to it. Faint smells of malt and pumpkin. Not a ton of spices in the taste of this brew, which is a good thing. Nice and mellow pumpkin flavor and some malts. Not much spice whatsoever. Nice body, not too thick, not too thin. Good carbonation. My second favorite pumpkin brew after DFH Punk.