Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 19, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: It wasn’t as good as I thought it was going to be but, dear lord, it tasted just like my mother’s homemade pumpkin pie. Surprisingly light and easy to drink for a pumpkin beer this big. Definitely like pie made from fresh pumpkin, not canned pumpkin. Hid alcohol incredibly well. Great in that it tasted like actual pumpkin pie, but a little off from great pumpkin pie-like beers. Not quite sweet enough or malty enough. Just because something tastes good, doesn’t mean it’s a good beer.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a hazy, light golden orange with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma had moderate caramel malts and roasted pumpkin; light sour pumpkin; pumpkin pie spices; slight alcohol; pie crust; fresh pumpkin pie. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and ever so slightly bitter and sour; while the finish was heavily sweet, and lightly acidic and bitter with an average duration. There was fresh pumpkin pie, meaning fresh pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices; sour pumpkin, slight alcohol and pie crust. The light to medium body was leaning toward medium was a little dry with fairly fizzy carbonation and dry finish. It went down extra easy.
GriffDaddy (99) - - OCT 10, 2015
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My wife loves pumpkin beers and this is one of her favorites. I don’t like pumpkin beers but this is not the worst. I far prefer heavier stouts and imperial ales, which is why I find this among the most tolerable of this style. Nice pumpkin pie aroma, the cinnamon/clove/nutmeg necessity is there, not overpowering but not to my style. There is a vegetable/grassy element that I find off-putting, in a heavy beer like this it becomes tolerable.
shoulderbroken (2960) - Tokyo, JAPAN - OCT 10, 2015
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap at One. Aroma is spicy as expected. Cinnamon, sweetness, brown sugar. Taste is alright, feels a bit more vegetable like than I would normally associate with pumpkin beers. Sweetness is more boozy than sugary.
darrennelson12 (456) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 4, 2015
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
In bottle; this is definitely one of the better/best pumpkin beers. great pumpkin pie aroma. The taste was easily one of the most natural tasting pumpkin beers. Very easy drinking; wish I bought more of these
Pumpkin87 (159) - - SEP 19, 2015
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours cloudy orange that eventually clears and small bone-white head that dissipates quickly but leaves attractive skim.
Big nose of candied fruit with orange at the forefront. Palate is sweet pumpkin pie with plenty of spices, nutmeg and cinnamon at the fore, with underlying orange. Slight fizz adds a nice texture to medium body. Dry finish somewhat at odds with rest of sweetish drink.
Shows well cold or not, and flexible when accompanying food. Among the better US pumpkin brews.
drjay44 (3038) - Salida, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
651 ml. bottle. 8% ABV per the label. Pours a thin, poorly retained, ivory head, over a slightly hazy and heavily particle ladenamber (SRM 8) body......nose is cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice, pumpkin, hints of lemon, cranberry, no hops, hidden malts.....taste is moderately toffee/caramel malt sweet with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice notes, light pumpkin, no hops, lingering aftertaste of spice and pumpkin......mouth feel, light of medium body, light alcohol, slight astringency, medium carbonation. The spices are quite dominant, and the pumpkin and hops are very subdued. Malts are present primarily in the sweetness. The result is an ugly, sweet, spicy beer. BJCP 7/1/12/4/6
andrewje41 (1592) - Kenmore, Washington, USA - SEP 12, 2015
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 Oz bottle. I think I love these bottles as much as I love the beers. Pours a thick, hazy, almost syrupy looking orange color with an active fizz head. Sweet pumpkin pie aroma. Similar flavor with no indication of an 8% tag. Thick body. Tasty beer. Pumpkin.
thorongil2 (1865) - , Ontario, CANADA - SEP 11, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(tap) hazy, bright amber colour with a small white head; aroma of pumpkin pie, hint of lemon; balanced flavour
pressboxjoe (313) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 9, 2015
3.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bomber. This may be the pumpkin ale that smells most like a pumpkin pie, but while the aroma is spot on (if that’s what you’re after), for me the flavor came up considerably short of that promise. Then again how could a beer really taste like a pumpkin pie. Disappointingly angular, undersweet, and blah.
c1raider (93) - New York, USA - AUG 21, 2015
3.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great pumpkin beer that offers "fall" season flavors as a back drop to the pumpkin flavor. Sharp carbonation with citrus notes. Smooth, balanced, little bitterness that comes with the distict taste of the pumpkin, festive. Would buy again.
euniceradio (243) - Colton, California, USA - AUG 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 bomber to cervoise. Pours slightly hazy orange-amber with small white ring head. Aroma of cinnamon booze (fireball), pumpkin spice, clove, coriander, fresh-baked bread and lots of nutmeg. Taste of same with a bitterweet palette and a heavily spicy dry finish. Mouthfeel is disappointingly light and watery, but with strong effervescent carb.