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 (2045) - 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 (12937) - 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 (3207) - 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 (3186) - 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 (1432) - 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.
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 18, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thin, fading white head. Lightly hazy, bright copper body. Nice aromatic pumpkin aroma with pleasant notes of roasted seeds and sweet pie spices plus a biscuity malt underbelly. Good pumpkin pie flavors. Interesting how a decent pumpkin ale can render that concept so much better than pumpkin pie-inspired teas, coffee, etc. Does have an odd cherry note and somewhat thin, juicy palate. Very solid pumpkin beer overall. I appreciate when brewers go whole hog and don’t cut corners on this style. Thanks to dirty_martini.
eaglefan538 (3017) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JAN 7, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from 5000/Larry Pitonka. Pour was ruby orange in color, average initial head, thins to a very thin covering, goes to a ring after that. The aroma was significant spicing, cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, some pumpkin. The flavor brings the pumpkin malts, pie crust, breadiness to the fore with the spices in the background, yet still significant. Overall, fairly balanced, not nearly as spicey as the aroma suggested. Mouthfeel was a little malty sticky, but probably not much more so than the rest of the pumpkin brews. A decent brew.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to msubulldog25 for the bomber. Ok, so this is weird. Sour, wild yeast flavor. Like a pumpkin lambic. Believe it or not, it’s not too bad.
You can really taste the pumpkin in this, and the pie spices are very understated. I pick up some coriander. And intensely sour (at least for what it is).
Most likely the bottle is infected. I need to rerate when I manage to get another. But dammit, I like this flavor. I don’t think they could recreate the ’pumpkin lambic’ if they tried.
Suttree (5928) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 26, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brilliant copper, with a thin white head. Nice pumpkin pie aroma, plu I swear I got a touch of banana bread, too. Sweet flavor at first, then hints of oatmeal and raisin, then finishes with cinnamon and nutmeg. Nicely quaffable.