SphinxTX (2875) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from North Texas Crew tasting. Pours a clear orange with white head. Aroma of pumpkin, sugar, nutmeg. Flavor is the same with light cinnamon. Mouth feel is light-medium body with medium carbonation. Over all, not bad at all....
BMan1113VR (7917) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 24, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2011 Bottle thanks to AmEricanbrew. Pours with a golden body and a fading white head. Aroma of pumpkin pie spice, with heavy handed use of cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is sweet with cinnamon and pie filling. Light bubbles, and a decent sweetness.
Pretty darn good pumpkin beer! Nearly as good as Pumpking. 3.8
Re-Rate on tap at Falling Rock. Pours with a clear amber hued body with a small white head. Aroma is biscuity, bready with huge cinnamon notes. Flavors of pumpkin pie spices, biscuity, bready with lots of vanilla notes. Very well done. 4.0
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 24, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bottle from megamaltman... Pours a mostly cloudy orange brwon with a thin milky white head... Aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon... Flavors are very smooth pumpkin and spiced flavors. Sweeter and less bitter than pumking. Nutmeg and cinnamon come out towards the middle and the end. Medi bodies and a very nice pumpkin beer
neepsntatties (1778) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 15, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Capitol Hill Elysian pub, in Seattle. Colour... deep reddish-amber with no head. Nose... lots o’ pumpkin then spice and brown sugar. Palate... crisp, hoppy, plenty of pumpkin, spice is there but subdued, pie crust, biscuits and a clean spicy finish. Certainly one of the finer pumpkin ales I’ve had!
19Ei8hty (1166) - Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
As far as The Hagus of Beers go, this one is the King of Scotland. Enormous pumpkin pie spice nose, cinnamon, clove even with some crusty bread. Rich mouth feel, like a bite of pumpkin pie caressing your tongue. Hearty pumpkin character, sweet, nutty, which light chocolate hints and a little earthy, caramel, nutmeg.
Snojerk321 (2960) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fresh 2009 bottle. Pours a lightly hazed golden orange with a fluffy off white head. Nice nose of clove, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice. Flavor was perfect with just the right amount of cinnamon and spice, great pumpkin beer.
gracefullypunk (667) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
2008 bottle. Smells of pumpkin, toated pumpkin seeds, cloves, nutmeg--just as a pumpkin beer should smell. The taste is liquid pumpkin pie. Pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg. Spicy finish. Loving the piecohol. This should be Thanksgiving dessert.
ChainGangGuy (4808) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2009
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Appearance: Pours out a lightly hazed, amber-colored body with a thin, short-lived, white head.
Smell: Well-spiced, sweet-smelling, Autumnesque nose of pumpkin pie garnished with pumpkin seeds. Yeah, there’s a backdrop of malts to help set the scene, but, come on, we’re here for the pumpkins, right?
Taste: Malty base with a taste of delicately toasted bread dusted with light brown sugar. Pleasant, pleasing taste of gouged out pumpkin meats and pumpkin seeds follows, the latter of which I’ve begun eating over the last year or so. A word of advice for anyone interested in taking up eating pumpkins: stick with the shelled, roasted, and salted variety. Sure, the in-shell ones aren’t too bad, but, man, that shell is difficult to chew and trying to properly pass those shell shards is like crapping out a +2 morning star the next day. Where were we? Oh, yeah, so the fairly clean hop character provides a light, complimentary bitterness. All of the listed spices are on hand and well-represented, though the cinnamon and nutmeg are the standouts for me. Touch of alcohol. Still more pumpkin flavor yet to come on the dry, spicy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A splendid finish to a fine evening. The Great Pumpkin is a wonderful pumpkin ale and one I recommended, provided you’re a fan of the style.
nickd717 (4183) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Falling Rock in Denver. Pours a clear orangish-copper color with a small white head and some lacing. Aroma is exactly like a pumpkin pie, really great. Flavor is fresh pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices - cinnamon and nutmeg especially - along with brown sugar and just a touch of alcohol. This approximates a pumpkin pie better than any other beer I’ve had (eat that, Buffalo Bill’s!). Fairly sweet, but not too much so. Body and carbonation are medium, and there’s a tiny bit of alcohol warmth.
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Aroma of pumpkin pie spices. Nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon. Flavor of pie and pumkin seeds.