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 wasnít as good as I thought it was going to be but, dear lord, it tasted just like my motherís 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, doesnít mean itís 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.
fluffy (1782) - St Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 12, 2014
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
better than most pumpkin beers ive had, but i still still dont like the style.
Bookseeb (118) - Wenatchee, Washington, USA - DEC 6, 2014
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Appearance hold an amber orange color supporting a thin moderate head leaving fair lace. Smell has that nice aroma of pumpkin and accompanying spice, Taste does not disappoint, having that night owl flavor, but more expressive. Mouthfeel is medium with with good carbonation. Overall a good pumpkin and spice flavor with a hint of alcohol.
boto (1890) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber: This one poured a cloudy, darker golden color. There was a small off white head which didnít leave much lacing. The nose is good. Pumpkin plus some pumpkin pie spices. The spices are not overdone. The taste is good. It is a bit sweet, but thankfully not sickly sweet as some others of these are. Good body, pumpkin as well as pumpkin pie spices. Not bad.
CObiased (45) - - NOV 6, 2014
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber - pours a nice pale orange with a thin, short lived head. The aroma is pumpkin pie - more spice than gourd. A mouthful is thin and delicious....pumpkin pie spices, pumpkin, malt, pale ale and a hint of background yeast/wheat flavor. The finish is lingering, delicious and full of light spice. Yum
Skyview (5269) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Picked up a single 22-oz bomber at City Vineyard in Billings, Montana. Pours an orange amber colored brew with a fast dissipating off-white head that leaves behind some potty lacing. Aroma of caramel malt, some pumpkin spice and orange zest. Taste is medium bodied, soft carbonation with flavors of caramel malt, pumpkin, some cinnamon, nutmeg and tropical orange zest. Finish is semi-sweet with a medium pumpkin and spice aftertaste. This is the first pumpkin ale with some orange zest flavors that worked well.
douglas88 (6306) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber drank Halloween night 2014. Nice relaxed night with the boys, candy was acquired. Iíd saved this aside. Pours a clear orange color with a small white head. A big spicy nose, some vegetable pumpkin aromas. This is a super spicy beer with huge cinnamon, nutmeg. A bit of sweet malty base. Certainly this is a solid brew. Pretty decadent.
Davhgbrew (945) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 26, 2014
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
My first rated pumpkin beer while in Seattle even though itís the 26th and Iíve been drinking them all month. This one is pumpkin colored with an aroma of pumpkin pie like sweetness. Initial palate Is has pronounced carbonation. Cinnamon and pumpkin flavor right up front. Middle leads into slight alcohol flavor, pumpkin pie sugary sweetness with a medium full body that lasts throughout. Finish is complimentary with a slight dry lingering bitterness that offsets the sweet spiced flavors. This pumpkin brew is by far the best Iíve had yet this season. The 8.1 alc is sneakily masked as well.
conway (1621) - - OCT 22, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Copper with a little off white head. This alternated between being a pleasant standard pumpkin pie type offering and being bizarrely over spiced. Not entirely sure what I was tasting but some off-putting spice in great quantities would make random appearances. Not bad otherwise but I wish I knew what that was and if it was intentional or not.
MadIndian (2433) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On draft at Isaacs. Nice notes of pumpkin. The taste was real and not synthetic. A good spicey finish with a hint of vanilla and vegetable. Not bad at all.
Sarlacc83 (938) - Oregon, USA - OCT 20, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A: Orange color with a thin white head that turns into a thinner ring. Good lacing.
N: Pumpkin, cola, all-spice, graham cracker, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Biscuit. Hops lend earthiness and a hint of pine. Apple cider, and clove.
T: Bittersweet. Itís all wrapped together.
M: Prickly, medium body. Light ont he tongue because of the high carb. No alcohol presence.
O: A big taste of fall mixed in with cola. Iím not sure if itís my broken palate, but I swear both Elysian beers so far want to be soda.