neepsntatties (1730) - 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 (4770) - 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 (4113) - 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.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - SEP 29, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
great pie aroma and lovely orange/red color. too much sugar for me. could be drier to match the pie taste.
trevor211 (1599) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
auerbrau (3203) - Ithaca, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2009
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.