3fourths (8696) - Boulder, Colorado, 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 (3257) - 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 (5448) - 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 (3543) - 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.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2008
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap at Blind Tiger. Now this is a pumpkin beer! Pumpkin pie all around. Perfect amount of sweet pumpkin, perfect amount of cinnamona and nutmeg, everything big and flavorful without ever going out of wack. Luscious.
PilsnerPeter (3030) - Flushing, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at Blind Tiger: Pours a deep copper orange with a tan ring of head. The aroma is sweet- glazed pumpkin pie with lots of whipped cream and a mild spice presence (clove/allspice). Has a slick texture, and despite it’s rich sweetness, it’s never cloying. The flavor has a very strong whipped cream presence, more so than any other pumpkin beer I’ve had to date. Has some pumpkin pie innards, fresh/sweet whipped cream, vanilla notes, with a later mild spice presence of allspice and clove into the toasted dry-ish finish. This is a pumpkin ale that emphasizes sweeter notes and less spice character, but it’s creamy and natural, conjuring the experience of sweet pumpkin pie with lots of whipped cream. Even though it’s sweet, it remains highly drinkable. I like it.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUL 8, 2008
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 19, 2008 Best pumpkin ale I’ve had. Really captures the pumpkin spices without hampering the overall palate and balance. Mildly cloudy orange with little head. Deep pumpkin spice aroma and taste mixed with some hops.
Dogbrick (9809) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JUN 3, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sample at Alan’s HSC initation. Bottle from Elysian in Seattle. This beer is a clear copper/orange color with a thin light beige head that dissipates steadily. Rings of lacing on the glass. Nice pumpkin pie aroma with notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Medium-bodied with pumpkin flavor at the forefront, backed up by sweet malt, nutmeg and cinnamon. The finish is spiced pumpkin goodness that lingers awhile. Very enjoyable overall.
Rogueone (506) - I F&ckin’ hate those guys from, Ohio, USA - JUN 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Sampled at Alan’s HSC initiation, thanks Dogbrick. This was one of my faves of the evening, ranking up with DFH Punkin and ST Pumking. Pale orange pour, with a delicious aroma of pumpkin pie spice blend and canned pumpkin (minus the metallic after-smell). A thinner mouthfeel than the above-two mentioned beers, this was still very delicious. Flavor is all of the spices used to make a pumpkin pie, a dash of cinnamon and nutmeg, and a bit of bready malt. Very good stuff; hides its ABV too well.