mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper with a small head and a sweet, carved-pumpkin aroma. Pulpy with plenty of spice, creamy with lots of vegetal notes in the finish, along with a nice chipotle pepper spiciness - bold! Body is smooth with good carbonation. I have had this beer three times now, itís one of my favourite pumpkin ales. Sampled & rated at the GCBF.
tiggmtl (4545) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 10, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 13/20
Cinnamon and nutmeg in the sweet and fruity aroma. It certainly does smell like pumpkin pie, but thereís not really much in the nose that tells me this is a beer. Or perhaps Iím being picky. Hazy burnished copper coloured body is topped by a low, fine bubbled off white head that recedes to a partial cover. Spices and sweetness are strong up front but allow room for some toasty malt character before fruity sweetness sets. Spices linger in the aftertaste. Medium body with decent carbonation that engages the tongue and smooth texture. Definitely a well crafted beer, but Iím thinking pumpkin beers arenít my thing. Tulip glass. Allowed to warm from fridge temperature. Bottle (Brewery Creek, Oct-07).
beastiefan2k (2190) - 2nd City (formely NYC & KS), Illinois, USA - NOV 7, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks 5000/MacGruber. Pours murky orange-copper with a medium head that sticks around. Aroma is allspice and other pumpkin related aromas with a thin layer of crust pie. Maybe last year I would have found this to be a very special aroma for a pumpkin beer but some brewers have really stepped it up this year and this just doesnít compare. Taste is a watered down and lightly spiced, rather disappointing actually. Average carbonation and faintly herbal aftertaste.
22oz bottle, St. Paul snifter/tulip glass.
shigadeyo (2919) - Harrison, Ohio, USA - NOV 5, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Happy Halloween! Okay, so maybe itís several days belated at this point but hey, Iím still feeling festive!
11/05/2007: This was supposed to be my Halloween celebration beer, but I got stuck out of town on business. Not cool. Even though I have to celebrate late, I am still looking forward to this beer... Night Owl Pumpkin Ale pours a deep amber (orange-red) color with a diminishing foamy beige head. It is slightly hazy with a moderate level of carbonation. It smells like canned pumpkin pie mix along with a touch of cream (whipped cream?) and sweet caramel. The aroma is actually quite encouraging for a Pumpkin Ale. The flavor is pretty rich, spicy, and nicely balanced overall. The initial flavor has pumpkin pie spices including nutmeg with a pinch of cinnamon. The spiciness is backed up with a good amount of pumpin (like canned pumpkin; not vegetable-like) and caramel with a bit of roasted malt. This beer has a medium to medium-full body and is slightly chewy, but quite smooth overall. This was a very pleasing Pumpkin Ale that is definitely better than most and a great beer to celebrate the holiday with!
1 pint 6 fl. oz. bottle (Alcohol 6.5% by Volume) from 5000. Thanks Andre! Rating #62 for this beer...
Ibrew2or3 (6207) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the Elysian Tangle Town location. It pours a dull hazy copper-ish orange with nice off white head and decent lacing. Up front the aroma is cinnamon and nutmeg. Those notes are backed up by pumpkin and faint pale to grainy malts. The taste has a different balance of notes than the aroma with a solid pulse of pale to Munich malts that grow in strength into the finish. Near midway cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin steal away the flavor for a while from the malts. Nice balance leaving a lingering pale to Munich malty taste behind with faint pumpkin and spice.
JHunter (674) - British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 4, 2007
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
pours light clear copper colour with light cinnimon aroma and nutmeg. enjoyable but light on the tastes.
Trev (1769) - Lakeville, Minnesota, USA - NOV 3, 2007
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a copper colour with a thin head.
Something off for me here with a ginger and vomit-like aroma that was off putting.
Flavour was a bit thin with spice and light ale flavour.
I think I preferred Phillipís Crooked Tooth offering.
bhensonb (9820) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma of squash and pumpkin pie spice. Hazy, reddish, amber color with a white head that ringed immediately. The body is medium and the carbonation is mild. The flavor is nutmeg, clove, and ... It actually has mince pie flavors. Course thatís it. The finish is thinnish, and with less flavor than the start. But that mince aroma persists (didnít get it at the start), the flavors tickle the palate, and itís a very refreshing departure from mundane world (forgive the reduncacy). Itís really quite nice.
Tejas (824) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 1, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fun beer. I donít take these to seriously. Only criticism is a sort of weak/thin palate. More body and a tad more flavor would do wonders for this one. Still, though it was good and enjoyable. Glad I tried it.
DirtyMartini (194) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 26, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
one of the better pumpkin ales out there. a little darker in color than many of the pumpkin beers, but that extra color likely came from the extra pumpkin that was actually used brewing it as well as the brown sugar im assuming they used, as i get a strong flavor of it. nicely spiced...subtle, letting the sugary pumpkin take the forefront...but enough to know it was there