Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 6, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a semi hazy copper orange with frothy tan head. Aroma is a mix of strong nutmeg, pumpkin puree, clove, pepper and herb. Flavor is a mix of nutmeg, pumpkin pie, almond, cinnamon. body is light yet creamy with perfect carbonation. Frankly, I really enjoy this pumpkin ale. It is a great pumpkin spice flavor and NOT syrupy which is key for me.
Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: Nice flavors, but a little cloying. Hid alcohol very well, though. Great pumpkin beer, but only a decent imperial pumpkin beer. There really needs to be a separate category for imperial pumpkin beers.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, medium, orangey amber with an average, creamy, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma had moderate to heavy caramel; a little sour pumpkin; pumpkin pie spices and actual pumpkin. The initial flavor was moderate to heavily sweet and slightly sour; while the finish was heavily sweet, lightly bitter and light to moderately sweet. There was caramel, a little vanilla, pumpkin pie spices, a little actual pumpkin, slight roasted malt and sour pumpkin. The medium to full body was a little oily and then dry with fizzy carbonation and a dry and ever so slightly alcoholic finish.
DrinkEmUpJones (1069) - Georgia, USA - OCT 28, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
At GABF. Pours clear amber. Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. Medium-full palate is spicy and nutty with some fruitcake flavors. Very balanced and tasty, a fantastic fall beer.
Ughsmash (7505) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Poured fiery reddish-orange with a short-lived beige head.. great color. The aroma picked up warm pumpkin meat, bready notes, and alcohol-fueled spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, and vanilla).. balance was good. The flavor found bready notes, caramel, and a fairly heavy does of mead-y honey at the core.. not much pumpkin, but there were a lot of spices from the nose around.. tacky on the finish with a mess of spices and alcohol warmth.. didn’t hold up all that well after the initial smell. Heavier-bodied with low carbonation on the palate.. too much honey and cheaper sugars evident.. needed more fresh pumpkin.
chibuck (3506) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 26, 2011
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle... dark orange, lots of amber, very shiny, creamy light tan head, good lace, good looking beer... very spicy nose, a bit too much spicy nutmeg, not enough pumpkin but a little, too strong and one sided for me... taste is more balanced in terms of pumpkin but needs some sweetness to make this balanced overall , lots of pumpkin, more spice, a little brown sugar, a little thin, if more brown sugar or caramel, could be really good, now allright
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a dark golden orange, almost copper, color with a frothy, pillowy two finger yellowish beige head that slowly fades into a lasting ring. Spotty lacing left behind.
Sweet, spicy aroma that’s bursting with a ton of pumpkin and autumnal spice. Hints of vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and brown sugar. There’s also some caramel malt adding to the sweetness. Liquid pumpkin pie.
Medium bodied with a blast of alcohol, pumpkin purée and rich spices. Stronger than expected with lots of boozy sweetness and heat. Abv not well masked at all. This takes away from the sweet pumpkin and caramel malt. Not as much pumpkin flavor ss expected but there is plenty of zesty spice. Lots of cinnamon and brown sugar along with some nutmeg and clove. A bit thinner than expected as well. Doesn’t really live up to the aroma, resulting in a watered down, overly spicy, boozy disappointment. Not terrible but a let down.
48FanInCali (848) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Orangish maple pour with very little lasting head or lacing. Nose is a bit bready with some autumnal spices. Taste is fairly faint on pumpkin and spices but it is there. Almost like a pumpkin light. Not bad.
Leafs93 (2049) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 6, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber orange with a white head. Aroma is faint pumpkin and mostly spices. Taste is sweet with some alcohol. As this warmed more pumpkin and nutmeg came out. Finish is warm.
Voodoo (532) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 4, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with a very light head which laced the glass very little. A very full mouthfeel, a sweet taste hits with the spices and a barely noticeable pumpkin. The aftertaste is a bit odd....sort of a sour bittering and a bit metallic for lack of a better description.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
clear amber small white head, nice light retention... quite spicy, a little pumpkiny, but not a pumpkin pie aroma, rather just very spicy pumpkin, lots of cinnamon and allspice... medium body, the alcohol is really masked well... flavors are of the aroma, nice but not amazingly complex, more spicy than pumpkin pie-ey