craftycarl21 (2214) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 7, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Churchkey. Pours that classic orange amber of the pumpkin beers of the season. This one has a heavier spice profile that keeps it from tasting like creamy pumpkin pie. In the good manifestations (Pumking) I think the creaminess is awesome, but I respect the effort to have one with a bit more hop presence that isn’t just straight pumpkin and sweetness. Decent.
BazookaJoe (235) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On draft at The Big Hunt DC. Not a bad pumpkin ale, not overly spiced which is good.
Drake (8186) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Served on draft at Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear copper color with a thin creamy offwhite head. Decent head retention. Aroma of pumpkin spices and herbal hops. The taste is pumpkin, pumpkin spices and a hoppy finish. Thin-medium bodied. Seems a little hollow... missing something. A little bit too hoppy. Soft carbonation.
Travlr (10059) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 1, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Staff recommendation at Churchkey. Not a bad pumpkin beer, the spice outweighs the squash, and it doesn’t taste like pumpkin pie.
Lubiere (9866) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 25, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A golden ale wit a thin white head. In aroma, a nice mix of Belgian fruity esters and light pumpkin spices, light herbal notes. In mouth, a smooth Belgian ale with good balance of spices, cinnamon predominating, cloves, a bit of cardamom, quite nice. On tap at RFD, Sept. 18 2010.
BeerandBlues2 (9586) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tap. Pours hazy orange with an average, frothy white head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy malt (cookie, caramel, toasted), light hops (woody), and average esters (fruity) with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and pumpkin. Flavor is heavy malt (bread, cookie, caramel, nutty), light hops (woody), and average esters (fruity) with notes of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and pumpkin. Medium body, carbonation, and creaminess, low warmth with a medium sweet finish.
ROGUE (2085) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 27, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap ta Arenas. Poured a slightly hazy deep copper color with a small white head that fell to a ring. A bready sweet pumpkin spice aroma with clove standing out. Soft malty flavor with a good balance between the spices and a mild pumpkin flavor. Spice level is just right with cinnimon, nutmeg and all spice. Nice light to medium body and well balanced. Avery good pumpkin seasonal.
argo0 (11442) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Clear amber body with small off-white head. Aroma is moderately sweet, ginger, clove, allspice, light bubblegum. Taste is moderately sweet, clove, some vanilla, light bubblegum. Soft, light-medium body.
CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 2, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler from the brewery: Pours a clear deep golden bronze with a spotty-lacing froth of white head. Has a lightly sweet biscuity malty nose with some fresh pumpkin notes and aromatic cinnamon. Starts with good fullness and a nice light malty sweetness balanced with fleshy pumpkin flavor and clove spice before a smooth pumpkin pie finish. Has just the right amount of pumpkin flavor and spices. I hope they start bottling this.
harpsm (32) - Maryland, USA - SEP 24, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at RFD in DC. Cloudy straw color. Flavor begins with pumpkin spice, dominated by clove, but with very little actual pumpkin flavor. Flavor then quickly fades to a smooth, spicy Belgian wheat ale. The wheat and spice flavors hang around for a looooong, wonderful finish. Not a great example of a pumpkin beer, but more of an interesting twist on a Belgian style wheat ale.