RAYBOY01 (2012) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 14, 2008
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Not a huge fan of these fall seasonal specialty brews, but this one has all the holiday spices, but in a thankfully toned-down version. Fairly refreshing.
dm9831 (1512) - Monee, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2008
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
clear golden color, nice white heasd, a bit fluffy. a lightly spiced aroma, trace of pumpkin. i does remind me of pumkin pie (i don’t like pumpkin pie), not unpleasant, but definitely not my style. spices i the finish. medium bodied. much better than i expected.
3fourths (8031) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - JAN 4, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange and clear. Nose of potpourri pumpkins and some heavily floral soapy notes. Light and smooth with a creamy texture, really typical of a lot of pumpkin beers. The recipe is nothing special, but it’s at least well made.
TheAlum (5701) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2008
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Flossmoor Station. They wouldn’t put the barrel-aged beers back on tap till the Pi was gone. I did my part. Poured a nice orange color with a very small head. Aromas of pumpkin pie, most notably cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin, albeit very faint. Flavor contained much of the same, but much more pronounced over the aroma. More faint sugar and caramel flavors came out in the finish, on top of the spices. Overall, a much more refreshing brew than I would have expected. Would drink again (Especially if it helps get the Barrel Aged selections back on!!).
ElGaucho (2207) - Minnetonka, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2007
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draught at brewpub courtesy of Cornfield. Aroma is very allspicy to the point of almost being over-the-top spicy, but not in a bad way. Clear orangeish amber body with no visible carbonation or lace. Not much head. Softly carbonated mouthfeel. A little under sweet. Pumpkin pie finish to a tee. Good. Light bodied. Drinkable.
Stine (1574) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the pub. Clear, blondish orange appearance. Allspice and clove are foremost in the aroma; quiet hints of salty pumpkin and metallics, with banana and caramel lingering toward the back. Highly spiced. Warm flavor balances the salty pungency of vegetable tones with sweet spicing very adequately; sweetness in honey and maple form slathers the mid palate in a gooey muck, though this stays warming and rich in remaining just a step away from cloying, sugary overkill; lots of clove and syrup in the finish. Really different, and fairly successful.
MoDog (927) - Griffith, Indiana, USA - NOV 13, 2007
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Flossmoor Station and served in a shaker. This beer poured an orange hue with a small, lasting, beige head. Some nice looking lace was left behind. The aroma of the brew included caramel, nutmeg, pumpkin, and cinnamon. The flavor contained the previously mentioned spices along with very understated pumpkin notes. The maple syrup also came out towards the finish. The mouthfeel was medium-bodied with a good dose of carbonation. Overall, this was a tasty autumn brew.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - NOV 7, 2007
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at the brewpub. Poured a clear medium orange color. Head was white and left some decent lace behind. Aroma was of light buttery graham cracker crust, nutmeg, and the slightest hint of pumpkin. Lots of spices rush over and bite the tongue, especially cinnamon. Not bone dry, but dry. There was a nice pumpkin aftertaste that came out after each sip which was accompanied by a hint of graham cracker. Pretty good pumpkin beer.
DrnkMcDermott (2799) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - NOV 6, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at FS. Sweet spicy smell is a little understated. But fine with me. Just a gentle bit of harvest ale and pie spiciness. Rich brown, though not substantial. Had a two-finger white head that settled out pretty quickly. Nice dryness that’s not from alcohol, just a well finished turn of malts. Nutmeg is first spice you notice, then some cinnamon and allspice, maybe even some ginger. Roast pumpkin adds a note of caramel and complexity. Carbonation is beer standard, but somehow appropriate to this taste. Nice and festive. Just a fine fall beer down the line. Each year, experienced brewers are making pumpkin beers with more complexity.
Cornfield (5482) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice looking in the mug, a clear bright orange with a thick and sustained head. The aroma contained pi (Get it? - 3.14...) spices, nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice being the most detectable. They’re toned down a bit in the flavor, allowing some chewy maltiness to work its way out. I didn’t get any pumpkin flavor out of this, although I did see photos of the pumpkins being prepared for the brewing. Not bad.
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