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RATINGS: 265   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.66/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
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%.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4600) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 2, 2009
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.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
nickd717 (3780) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 2, 2009
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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 1, 2009
22oz bottle. Aroma of pumpkin pie spices. Nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon. Flavor of pie and pumkin seeds.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 29, 2009
great pie aroma and lovely orange/red color. too much sugar for me. could be drier to match the pie taste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
trevor211 (1474) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2009
08 bottle from Bottleworks. Liking this a whole lot better than I thought I would - and from the photo at left, they’ve really improved the label on this one (for one thing, it actually has a pumpkin on it, now). Pours a dark orange with a smallish head and a good amount of sediment. The profile is incredibly well balanced here - the dry roastiness of the pumpkin seeds, along with a slight hop presence, is balanced really well by the warm baking spices and smooth malts. I actually really enjoy how even the alcohol plays into this one (though the bottle says 7.7%, not 9.5%). Keeps it clean, and keeps the sweeter malts from becoming overbearing. I still think I’d take hops over pumpkin any day of the week, but for the style, this one is very, very well executed.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
auerbrau (3197) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 On tap at the Blind Tiger - NYC. Warm, kinda funky, pumpkin meat and vinegar aroma. Some gentle spice. Pours a deep, clear rich orange, with a well-lacing white. Flavor is insane. Complex, creamy, deep and amazingly balanced. So well built. Nice spice character, a nip of cream, and a bit tooth of caramelized pumpkin flesh. A bit of hop adds a neat balance in the backend. Wow. This is incredible and surprising. Fantastic.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
CheersMate (1318) - Fremont (Seattle), Washington, USA - AUG 16, 2009
22 oz. from Elysian off E. Pike. Nice translucent orange beer. Not really much head on this thing, but a good looking beer. Very pungent sweet cinnamon spice aroma. Very nice clear spice aroma. Very pumpkin pie dessert-like aroma. Nice aroma. Very nice sweet cinnamon spice flavor. Not a big body on this thing. Spice flavor is there with the sugar/sweet flavor, but the body is not very good, which doesn’t allow for the flavors to be carried well. Overall, a nice sweet cinnamon spiced beer. Very nice dessert beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - JUL 4, 2009
Bottle from Santa. Thanks! Pours a deep, rich amber with a definite pumpkin pie nose- nutmeg, pumpkin, sugar, and a touch of cinnamon. Flavor follows suit; an explosion of pumpkin, nutmeg, sugar, and cinnamon. Leaves an inviting film that lets the flavors lolligag on the tongue. Wish I had much more of this.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
BeerBunker (956) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - JUN 24, 2009
22oz bottle. Pours amber with a small white head. Lots of large sediment chunks floating around. Aroma is of pumpkin, spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and alcohol. Taste starts off with lots of pumpkin. Sort of tastes like roasted pumpkin. Lots of different spice flavors in the taste as well. Small malt backbone that’s easily overpowered by the pumpkin. Slightly boozy. but it doesn’t hinder the taste. Mouthfeel is sticky and the brew is medium bodied. Lingering spiciness. A solid pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - JUN 21, 2009
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2011 Oh hell yes they bottled this. Says 7.7% on my bottle though. Simply friggin’ sweet aroma, it’s fully pumpkin pie. Pumpkin, spices, crust and even whipped cream. I don’t know how they do it. Rich bronze, small head. The rich fleshy pumpkin flavor is direct and lightly spiced, coming through in peaks over the alcohol base. Cuts away from complexity but I love this beer. I’m looking forward to the fall again. 082311 This bottle must be 2 years old. Holding up great, ample spice and vegetable with an amber honey middle, alcohol seems to be sharper in the finish.

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