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Fat Headís Phantom Pumpkin Ale
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RATINGS: 13   MEAN: 3.44/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.22/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 174   ABV: 5.8%
Like the Phantom, your beer will be gone quickly. Perfectly balanced spices, ( cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice), make this pumpkin ale extremely drinkable. If thatís not ghoulish enough there are caramelized pumpkins and brown sugar in this ale to make it a real Halloween treat. Trick or Treat? You will find out when your beer is gone.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Aroma: Hints of spice with a malty sweetness, but very faint. Appearance: Cloudy brown with thin, tan head. Taste: Light spicy sweetness overall, with little change or dimension. Palate: Medium body, slick texture, lively carbonation, spicy finish. Overall: Itís very pumpkin pie flavored-ginger, cloves, cinnamon, etc. Itís not cloying, though, or overpowering. Itíd drink it again, but Iím not impressed or blown away.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmikolich (1477) - North Ridgeville, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2012
On tap at FH after IPA Fest, this is a lighter and balanced pumpkin with not as much sugar or cloying sensation, easy to drink and the allspice comes through leaving behind some nutmeg.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 19/20
beersak (91) - akron, USA - OCT 8, 2012
This pumpkin ale is full of spicy flavor and pumpkin...almost tastes similar to a northeastern Christmas ale! Wonderful fall beer!!!!! ---R via Beer Buddy for iPhone

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2010
golden orange with nice white head. little bitterness before toasted malt and some low crystal with subtle flavors of cinnamon and ginger, and almost with an anise like spice. some english ale esters and a nice dry finish. a well made pumpkin beer, enjoyable and drinkable

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
kramer (5826) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Tap @ Fat Headís. Pours a clear copper body with a creamy white head that fell to a thin film. The nose is pretty great, more pumpkin forward than most, the spices are where they ought to be, in the background. Same with the flavor, though it does seem a bit thin. I like this because it isnít all pie spices. Mouthfeel is pretty full but not sticky or clingy with light fizzy carbonation. One of the better pumpkin beers Iíve had. Iíd like to see this on nitro vs. Selins Grove Pumpkin.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
livelaughlovep (108) - Lakewood, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2009
Not bad. I thought it was significantly missing something vs. Dogfish head & southern tier, but as I drank it along with my sandwich, it was markedly better. The salt from my food seemed to add the touch extra I was craving. The flavor of the beer is caramel malt, very little spice, a touch of pumpkin and almost a rye-like flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Brigadier (3535) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - OCT 17, 2009
On tap at brewpub
It is the season for pumpkin ales so in that spirit I ordered a sample of this to start the evening. Solidly made it falls near the squash end of the "pumpkin ale" spectrum. These are not my favorite but I could still finish a pint of this without any problems.

Aroma / Appearance - Blood orange and carbonated it smells like buttered squash which has cooled after being taken out of a hot oven. Cinnamon and orange peels accent this somewhat but overall it could have more sweetness.

Flavor / Palate - Spicy with a yeasty kick it tastes like a pie crust which has been left to bake for a hair too long. Mellow and drinkable my biggest complaint is the vegetatal nature. This is probably not a flaw since it was brewed that way but I prefer my pumpkin beers more sweet generally.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (6976) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Sample at the brewpub. Clear amber pour with a medium beige head. Malty aroma with notes of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg. Caramel malt flavor with cinnamon and ginger sprinkled in before a bitter finish. Decent brew, but I prefer my spice beers to be over the top on the spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2009
very decent and likeable pumpkin ale- great ,somewhat creamy mouthfeel. requisite spicing leads to a nice aroma and flavor. nothing outstanding, but very drinkable and a nice fall quaffer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Enjoyed at Fat Heads Pittburgh on tap in a pub glass. The beer pours a lightish amber color, with a medium-sized ivory head. The nose gives a moderate to heavy level of spice, obviously indicating Halloween and Thanksgiving-type flavors, but markedly lacking the refinement or interplay achieved by such classics as Southern Tierís Imperial Pumpking. The palate is overly spicey, giving the drinker the impression that he is simply drinking spiced alcoholic water, with little indication that there is an underlying beer. Little malt character is detectable, and no hop character is present. The addition of some high crystal or Special B malt would go a long way here. Overall, not terrible, but not very good, either.

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