Beerathon (1536) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
I appreciate the Belgian twist on the pumpkin beer, but it’s still overly spiced, thin, astringent, and overall just meh. Nutmeg and cinnamon with some Belgian yeastiness.
dlovell2 (1181) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - SEP 19, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours cloudy copper color with off white head. Toasted malt aroma with cinnamon and nutmeg. Sweet caramel and toasted malt start followed with brown sugar and Biscoff cookie. Cinnamon nutmeg and ginger spiciness with light pine finish. Creamy mouthfeel.
MadRobin (2340) - Silver Spring, USA - SEP 10, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap half pint at Gilly's Beer & Fine Wine in Rockville, MD.
Clear, coppery amber with a small khaki head and fair lacing.
Aroma of pumpkin fruit, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel and wassail.
Taste of nutmeg, toasted malt, caramel, cinnamon, allspice, pumpkin and orange. Nicely rounded balance of fruity, malty and spice flavors.
Medium body and medium carbonation with smooth, foamy mouthfeel.
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obguthr (4529) - 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 don’t lend themselves to revisiting, this is quite sessionable.
TomDecapolis (4617) - 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 (1963) - 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 (3004) - 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 doesn’t 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. It’s very fizzy-looking with poor retention. No lacing, either.
S: There’s 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 don’t 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 it’s 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 doesn’t have bone dry feel of, say, Orval, but it’s still pretty drinkable in comparison to its complexity.
O: Even though I’m a fan of Evolution, my expectations for this weren’t particularly high because hey, it’s a friggin’ 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 (4300) - 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 (405) - 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.