Itzjerm (2280) - Taft, Tennessee, USA - OCT 14, 2012
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 29, 2013 This is the pumpkins beer yes the beer aroma spot on. Taste has correct mouth feel and great flavor nutmeg is more mild than pumpkin which is sweet and amazing. Another home run from southern tier. No head at all is sad though.. its there for maybe 15 seconds.
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muzzlehatch (4671) - Beloit, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 30, 2016
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22 ounce bottle from Woodmanís in Rockford, IL, consumed a bit below cellar temp in a Konig Pils glass. Hazy bright orange, little head, fully diminishing...sweet pie-spice aroma, more spice than pumpkin probably - basically pumpkin cookies...on the tongue itís booze immediately, and it doesnít let up; this is one of the more overtly alcohol-dominant beers of itís strength Iíve ever had, and itís sort of a raw alcohol not all that well mixed with light vegetable/fruity notes and a bit of sharp hops towards the end (just a bit), with very little malt evident; touches of dark chocolate roastiness do appear eventually with some warmth, but itís not enough. Rather thin - yet syrupy from the alcohol - low carbonation. I loved this beer when I first had it, probably 2009-10 or so, in part because it was a lot more "pumpkiny" than most other beers of itís type that I could get then - Smuttynose was the only other one I remember liking at the time. And I usually bought it a couple of times every fall and still enjoyed it, but last year things started to change, possibly in me or possibly in the beer - or both as they have changed the recipe over the years - and this yearís model I find pretty hard to choke down, and probably wonít finish the bottle. Sigh.
FlatAffect (1) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 27, 2016 does not count
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Usually I jump along for the ride with all of the fanfair surrounding the annual pumpkin beer craze. Pumking always stands the tallest as the best and most remarkable. First tast this year, 2016, was from a four pack of 12 oz. bottles. Not sure if there has been a recipe change or if there is a freshness issue with my local purchase. It does not tast skunked, however, it has an umistakable bitterness of hasty handling. Maybe the smaller bottling is not an ideal delivery of the stuff. If it tastes like this again, it will be my last sampling of southern tierís pumkin beer till next year. If it keeps tasting like this? Iíll move on to the other exploding variety of seasonal fall beers and leave this one in the past as a "has been."
Deadpool37 (100) - - AUG 22, 2016
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep clear golden orange amazing aromas of pumpkin spice and pie crust. Great pumpkin flavors with nutmeg graham cracker and a warm finish. My top pumpkin beer of choice
Hoppystout1 (2) - Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2016 does not count
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance is orange and gold. Pours with a fluffy head. Aroma is pumpkin spices and graham cracker crust. Taste is delicious with classic pumpkin pie spices and a somewhat buttery pie crust finish. Slight alcohol warmth. Palate is smooth and the carbonation is on point. Overall, this is an outstanding example of a pumpkin beer, and falls short only to Schlaflyís Pumpkin Ale (the best).
basaywhat (171) - Macomb, Illinois, USA - MAY 7, 2016
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. Pours hazy orange with a head the dissipates quickly. No lacing. Strong clove and nutmeg nose. Drinks smooth with a strong malt backbone and a hint of pumpkin.
oldrtybastrd (5003) - Fort Walton Beach, Florida, USA - APR 13, 2016
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear golden amber. Aromas of all spice, nutmeg, a touch of pumpkin. Nice spicy taste with pumpkin notes.
Tobyrando (38) - New York, USA - MAR 23, 2016
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Nice medium spice aroma. Taste is very layered with spices, pumpkin flavor and light sweetness and earthiness to it.
keenano (22) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - MAR 20, 2016
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours golden orange from the bottle. Huge aromas of vanilla, pumpkin, light spicing - cinnamon and nutmeg. Slight sweetness initially with a lasting pumpkin taste on the palate. Hop bitterness minimal throughout. Long, lasting finish. Overall, a great pumpkin seasonal. Canít wait to enjoy again!
joeschmoe213 (18) - USA - MAR 18, 2016
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is probably the best pumpkin brew Iíve ever had, except something was different with the 2015 batch. Almost a little acidic or more biting on the tip of your tongue than previous years. Iím hoping 2016 goes back to previous performance levels, but letís be honest... this is one amazing brew.
migwell (276) - Northampton, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 15, 2016
2.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Call me a traditionalist but I prefer to eat my food and drink my beer... separately. Thus Iíve never had a pumpkin brew before this one, which comes highly recommended. Looks OK, smells spicy, tastes fairly crappy and spicy although the food content is pretty subtle. Have to say, I regard the whole fruity or pumpkiny beer thing as a deplorable novelty in the vein of flavored coffee. A few sips in, Iím at the ídrink it or dump ití stage, and I rarely dump one. Well, never again.