obguthr (4782) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Strong clove nose, pumpkin and cinnamon underneath. Cloudy orange, thick head with little retention. Pumpkin is dominant, but cloves are also prominent. Light body, alcohol not noticeable. Dry, not overly spiced. While pumpkin ales donít lend themselves to revisiting, this is quite sessionable.
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - AUG 20, 2014
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours a hazy orange with a small bubbly white head. Aroma of caramel, buttery popcorn, cinnamon and vanilla. Flavor of cinnamon sticks, vanilla and nutmeg.
NikkTwist (2094) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft at Moriartys. Hazy copper pour. Slight fizzy/foamy off-white head that mostly disappears. Big green squash flavors. Not quite pumpkin, but does taste natural. A wee bit tart. Thankfully juicier than spicier - though mulling spices are clearly present: cinnamon, cardamom, nutmeg and clove. Okay, but not a standout.
tgncc (3027) - Bellmore, New York, USA - MAR 15, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Valley Forge 2013 Beer Fest. Mix of Belgian yeast and pumpkin, squash. Medium/thick in body. Really doesnít work at all. Not terrible, not great.
ThisWangsChung (826) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz bottle into a pint glass.
A: Pours a hazy copper color. The head is a one finger white shade. Itís very fizzy-looking with poor retention. No lacing, either.
S: Thereís some typical allspice character from a-- wait, Belgian yeast? Yep, those apple, grape, and pear notes are unmistakable. I also get some brown sugar sweetness. The yeast helps give it a unique twist missing in many other pumpkin ales.
T: First things first, I donít get much actual gourd flavor. Rather, this is loaded with spices - both allspice and yeast-derived. These two elements have good cohesion, thankfully. It finishes with a nice wave of brown sugar. The nuance and depth of this one is pretty good; my only complaint is that itís a bit sweet (especially taking the use of Belgian yeast into consideration).
M: Medium bodied - not too heavy nor too light. The finish is both dry and sweet, with the former being aided with strong carbonation. Okay, it doesnít have bone dry feel of, say, Orval, but itís still pretty drinkable in comparison to its complexity.
O: Even though Iím a fan of Evolution, my expectations for this werenít particularly high because hey, itís a frigginí pumpkin ale. My fears were assuaged, because this is quite good. Unlike a lot of the mediocre examples of the style, this is both tasty and relatively deep. This brewery has no hype why?
Iphonephan (4797) - McLean, Virginia, USA - DEC 19, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On draft at Whole Foods in Vienna VA. Pours a clear gold with an off white head. Vinous nose. Flavors of clove and cinnamon with a hint of pumpkin. Medium bodied. Smooth finish.
ChrisSc (439) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 12, 2013
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap into tulip. Salisbury.
Appearance: amber and slightly hazy. No head.
Aroma: pumpkin pie. Spices. Malted barley
Taste: slightly sweet. Pumpkin taste.
Palate: medium body. Normal finish.
Overall: a pretty respectable pumpkin ale. Not overbearing. Pumpkin is present, but not too much.
bigbish (616) - California, USA - NOV 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
This is a really nice pumpkin beer. Not very spiced like many, and has a good body and flavor to it. I like the complexity the Belgian yeast brings.
Damico (2986) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2013
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours clear amber orange with a big frothy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma brings lightly sweet pumpkin spices, warming like pumpkin pie. Flavor brings lightly zesty pumpkin spices, purer carbonated body.
obxdude10 (2131) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a very good pumpkin beer. The beer pours a light amber color with an orange hue. The nose features some potential for the rest of the beer, but unfortunately, thatís where the good qualities end. The aroma had some really nice pumpkin and nutmeg tones, but not enough in the flavors. The body was thin and contained a sour citrus flavor that was a huge turn-off. The sour and skunky flavor carried over into the finish, leaving a very undesirable aftertaste.