jgb9348 (4294) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 22, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Hazy golden orange coloured body with a very dense tan head and millions of small bubbles rising from the bottom. Aroma of coriander seed, nutmeg, nuts and tons of caramel malt - no real pumpkin or strong spice smell at all. Medium-bodied; Strong malty flavour up front with a very noticeable spice taste and hints of nuts and malt. Aftertaste is bitter from the nuts and malt, but not showing much pumpkin or spice at all. Overall, a below average pumpkin/spiced beer, and one that really doesn’t need to be tried. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Oliver’s Beverage last year, but tasted on 21 October 2007.
Funknmilla (668) - Wayne, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 10, 2007
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Color represents..."a diseased man’s urine"-Tina W. foam is apparent, but not prevalent...smells like pumpkin soap...tastes like pumpkin soap...thin body...has pumpkin flavor, not pretty, but pumpkin never the less
beerbill (3200) - Laurel, New York, USA - MAR 3, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 4, 2010 Updated rating 11/3/2010. 750 ml bottle. Pours a mostly clear reddish amber (more red than amber) with a thin tan head that quickly vaporized and left no lace. Pleasant aroma of pumpkin along with a few notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor is mostly pumpkin with just a light influence from the spices. There is some honey sweetness also present in the flavor. No bitterness to speak of at the finish. Medium-full bodied. No problems this time around.
Original rating 3/3/2007. 22 oz. bottle. Pours a hazy orange with a massive, foamy, off-white head. Tons of carbonation initially which settles down after a few minutes. Pleasant aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. There is less pumpkin and spice in the flavor than in the nose. Very thin, watery mouthfeel. This is an average brew that lacks personality. 7-3-6-2-11=2.9
johnykat (65) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 19, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Only my second pumpkin ale that I’ve tried. This beer was ok, but nothing special. It was more like an ale flavored with pumpkin and holiday/pumpkin spices. If somebody gave me this beer at a party over the holidays, I would drink it...but I don’t think this is a pumpkin ale worth seeking out.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - JAN 6, 2007
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bottle courtesy of RBalls01, thanks Brett. Pours clear amber. Aroma is of pumpkin, spices, and some metallic. Taste is pumpkin, spices, malt, with a soapy like aftertaste.
jason (1671) - Easton, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Good pumpkin aroma and good size head with a orange/cloudy body and decent activity. Flavor is mild with no overload of pumpkin. Very smooth and balanced but not very flavorfull.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 10, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Dark golden to amber color with a moderate dense, heavy cream colored head. Hello ginger, and we are not on Gillian’s Island. Yes, ginger and pumpkin spice dominate the aroma, just a mild malt and pumpkin scent in the backdrop. Thin dry flavors, with an initial utterance of EGAD! Woody with just a hint of dry spices. No malt or balance. A spiced tea type brew.
JFGrind (1777) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
My sample was "bottled" by Weyerbacher. Pumpkin and spices are present in this Autumn ale with greater bitterness than expected. But if you’re expecting a "pumpkin pie in a glass" you’ll be dissapointed.
beerhawk1975 (3) - USA - AUG 21, 2006 does not count
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
I just had this brew in the bottle at the brewery. It is a bit different from last years version I think. I purchased a whole case last year at Tanczos beverage in Bethlehem. WOW what an aroma! But the spice is not over the top. Slightly lighter in color than last years and I think a bit less spice making it very drinkable. The beer poured very bright and the head lasted only a few minutes. The beer did lace the glass though showing its mild but clearly apparent body. For a pumpkin ale I found this beer extremely drinkable which I cannot say for many of the other pumpkins I have had. Most are so spicy or to high in alcohol. You can clearly drink a six pack of this beer in one sitting. The funniest thing about the other reviews on this site is that people are writing reviews on bottles that are clearly expired based on their review dates. This years version just came out last week from what I was told at the brewery, so that means the reviewers were drinking bottles that are 6 months past expiration. Take those reviews for what they are. Reviews on old beer. Trust me. This beer is worth a try. I’ll be buying another case this year....and will drink it while it is FRESH!!
DarkElf (2988) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 2, 2006
1.5 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
(12 oz bottle: Obtained 14-Dec-05 in trade with jjpm74, thanks John!) It appears as if this bottle of beer is starting to turn. Mild infection is apparent, with apple skins and a light sourness having enough impact as to overwhelm the sweet spices. No sourness in the nose, but the mushed up apples dominate. Quite carbonated and heady on the pour and very lively on the palate. Bright amber body is very hazy. A white mass of bubbles forms during the pour, but that subsides to a thin layer after awhile. Certainly worth a retry if I can get this again, but if I can’t, I won’t be too upset because the beer behind the mild infection doesn’t seem that great either.