mgermani (1000) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a reddish-orange with a thin white head. Aroma of sweet potato, vegetal and sweet. Taste adds spice to this, with a touch of bile and alcohol adding a rather less than quaffable quality to it, however this beer was consumed rather late in the course of the evening (or the morning thereafter). Creamy body with plenty of carbonation. A bit too strong my pumpkin ale preferences, but well-executed.
raphael (806) - Portland, Oregon, USA - DEC 5, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Smells like pumpkin pie spice—nothnig else comes through. Cloud amber. Thiner than expected. Less spicy in flavor but bitterness of spice and alcohol. A bit syupy and bland, no pumpkin taste.
kmweaver (3200) - Petaluma, California, USA - NOV 1, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ Elysian Fields. Pours a deep, tarnished orange-amber color; off-white head with good retention and fine-bubbled lacing. Solid amounts of candy sugar, pumpkin, oranges and light spicing; some sweetness. Medium-to-full mouthfeel: chewy pumpkin meat, dried oranges / candied oranges, and very light spicing; like candied pumpkin, with a good amount of sweetness; no alcohol showing; generous, tasty pumpkin. Medium finish: candy sugar, orange peel; sweet and minimal spicing.
BrewDad (4499) - Olympia, USA - OCT 22, 2008
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Taster - Elysian Tangletown - GPBF 2008 - Seattle, WA
Aroma – A very strong pumpkin aroma.
Appearance – Dark Golden color, Clear with a nice head.
Flavor – This has been hyped all over town but this came across like a very vegetal beer. Lacking a pumpkin taste and was very slick tasting.
Palate – Slick Mouthfeel, off texture with a dry finish.
Overall – This beer did not hit the mark. Maybe it was a bad keg or something but this beer was way off. One bad tasting beer. Way too much of something and it was like it got thrown in with a raw pumpkin and should have been roasted.
after4ever (5731) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Elysian Great Pumpkin Beer Fest (GPBF) 08. Crystal clear medium amber with a light gray ring. Huge pumpkin pie spice nose. Creamy medium body with dense, smoky, darkly spicy mid-palate. Long spicy finish. Awesome stuff.
3fourths (7530) - Boulder, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Creamy whipped cream pie topping in the nose and tasted, the pumpkin character is a mixture of some semi-tart natural pumpkin "meat" and a creamy, slightly sweeter milkshake pumpkin character. Extremely smooth and silky while being hefty and thick on the tongue. Spicy, bright, a bit soapy and milky but that’s certainly not a criticism. Solid pumpkin beer.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 6, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at the Blind Tiger. Very nutty, rich nutmeg and cinnamon aroma, coupled with spice all over. Whereas Elysian held back the spices for many of their other pumpkin beers, they went all out in this one, and to great effect. Reminds me of Pumpking or Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin. Overwhelming spices in the flavor, and just rich all over. No pumpkin to be found really, but I’ll be god-damned if this doesn’t taste like pumpkin pie. Awesome.
notalush (4460) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Blind Tiger - with the exception of Pumking, this beer is as close to liquid pumpkin pie as I’ve tasted - a lot of nutmeg and other spices, crusty character, etc. - however, an almost belgian-like fruitiness adds another dimension to the beer, imparting some notes of cherry and berry - very high, raw cane sugar sweetness, though, which takes away a little, especially as it warms (gets a little cloying) - otherwise pure pumpkin pie bliss.
LilBeerDoctor (3228) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Blind Tiger. Pours a dark orange/brown with a small ring of white head. Aroma of light pumpkin spices (nutmeg, slight cinnamon). Flavor like biting into a slice of pumpkin pie! Now this is how a pumpkin beer should taste! Delicious.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2008
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Draft at Blind Tiger, with Reuben & Jen, as part of their pumpkin Promo. 15 lines i believe. All sampled as 5oz pours. My second favorite of the night. Amber with pumpkin pie, cinnamon, saphron, and nutmeg. Great.