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RATINGS: 240   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.64   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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Brewed at our original Capitol Hill location in Seattle. silver medalist at the 2007 Great American Beer Festival in the Fruit and Vegetable category, the world’s first Imperial pumpkin ale. Brewed with pale, Munich, Cara-Hell, Cara-Vienne, Cara-Munich and Crisp 45° L Crystal malts. Roasted pumpkin seeds in the mash, and extra pumpkin added in the mash, kettle and fermenter. Spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and allspice. Formerly at 9.5%.


3.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jsquire (3594) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - MAR 8, 2008
On tap at the 08 GABBF. Hazy amber color with a foamy ivory head. Nose has pumpkin pie spice and something vaguely medicinal. Flavor continues with the pie spices, cinnamon, and raisen. It really does taste like pumpkin bread, but with lots of alcohol. It is so hot it is almost peppery on the tongue.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2416) - California, USA - FEB 17, 2008
Draft from Toronado Barley Wine Festival. Amber orange. Big spiced aroma with cinnamon and nutmeg. Medium to heavy body, somewhat sweet. Interesting stuff.

3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
riversideAK (5656) - Shoreline, Washington, USA - JAN 7, 2008
Tap at Elysian Fields. Hazy dark orange. Smells of pumpkin pie with all sorts of pleasant Autumn spices and booze. Pumpkin pie sweetness dominates the flavor and then a onslaught of alcoholic heat hits your taste buds. The alcohol made it a little hard to drink, as nothing really covered it up. It was good, but it took me a while to finish the pint. A really nice pumpkin beer however.

3.8
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Suttree (5293) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 26, 2007
Cloudy brown, with a thin white head. Very spicy, sweet, nutmegg aroma. Add in some cinnamon , too. Very sweet at first, with a definate pumpkin pie flavor, plus clove, plus teaberry gum, plus cinnamon. Really good, in a way I wished it was a little lower abv so I could drink more of it.

2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
CapFlu (4653) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 11, 2007
(Draught) Sampled at Elysian Pumpkin Beer Festival on October 20, 2007. White, thin dissipated head with orange body. Strong pumpkin pie flavour with nutmeg and cinnamon. Very typical taste and somewhat boring.

3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beershine (5218) - The Sunshine State, Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2007
Damn, I’ve got a bad bottle, unfortunately. Based on the reviews here, the putrid tang I taste and smell is out of place and not supposed to be there. The beer does look great, leaving lacing all down the lager glass. So I’ll have to re-rate this in the future.

4.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 18/20
Ibrew2or3 (7169) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - NOV 4, 2007
On tap at the Elysian Tangle Town location. It pours a clear dull-tarnished coppery-orange with somewhat creamy tan head and nice lacing. The aroma has even amounts of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin. In lesser amounts I get cloves and malty sweetness in the background. The taste starts with only a moment of non descript malt sweetness. After that a rush of pumpkin, pumpkin seed nuttiness, cinnamon and nutmeg squashes the sweeter malt notes. All the flavor components are balanced and fit together nicely. Chewy malt sweetness with traces of pale malts intercede midway. I get a mild sense of hop bitterness hanging around in the background. All of the flavors fade toward the dry finish and into the after taste with lingering spice and pumpkin.

3.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
waolsen (1362) - Littleton, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2007
sampled at GABF 2007. hazy straw pour. rich pumpkin and spice aroma. smotth. great pumpkin beer. spices are nicely balanced. possibly the best I’ve had.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
AmEricanbrew (6048) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - OCT 25, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 8, 2007 On tap at the Pike street Brewpub. The tender said this years batch is 8.1% abv. Red amber with a decent off white head. Rich pumpkin pie spice mix aroma with nutmeg, cloves, and lactose. Full bodied with a creamy smooth mouthfeel. Great taste is milky sweet with nutmeg, cloves, cinnamon, and grainy pie crust flavors. The best Pumpkin ale I ’ve had. Very good. 10/24/07

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
Feinschmecker (202) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2007
On Tap. Color is reddish orange. Arom is what you expect: spices, malt and a hint of sweetness. The flavor is amazing. This is by far the best pumpkin beer I have thus tried. They make the style work by giving the beer a sweetness it needs. It is even a little syrupy. Wow, what a great beer.


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