dogfish120love (1028) - Westfield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 3, 2012
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a dark orange close to copper with no lacing. Pungent cascade hops and pumpkin spices dominate an otherwise typical pumpkin session ale. Hints of grass and pine with a faint notes of caramel and vanilla.
Iznogud (1318) - CROATIA - FEB 11, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at Breukelen Beer Merchants, Brooklyn. Pours orange with almost no head. Spices, caramel, cinnamon, pumpkin.
e303 (197) - - DEC 16, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Decent reddish orange pour. Little off white head. It smells like clove and pumpkin pie spice. Taste is similar. Pretty sweet. Okay pumpkin beer.
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nimbleprop (5568) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 27, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle pours a clear orange with zero head. Nose is solid, some spice, ginger, nutmeg, some all spice, some brown sugar, a little earthy cinnamon. Flavor is sweet, cinnamon, ginger,some root veg, brown sugar, punchy peppercorn, a little orange. Watery finish.
Chad9976 (1358) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 20, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
I used to be a big fan of pumpkin beers, but lately I’ve been having a difficult time finding one I like. I’ll often give a new brewery a try if they make a pumpkin beer since they tend to be generally likable, but in the case of Great South Bay’s “Splashing Pumpkin” it was most definitely not a good first impression. This drinks like a bad batch; if this is what they were going for I just don’t get it.
I poured a 12oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $2.75 ($0.23 per ounce).
Appearance: Pretty copper/orange hue; crystal clear body; no visible carbonation. Pours to a one-finger, beige, foamy head which mostly dissipates and leaves little lacing.
Smell: Smells of cooked vegetables with a slight acrid component. I can tell it’s supposed to be pumpkin beer, but it’s not nearly as pleasant as it should be.
Taste: This beer is the type of pumpkin ale that’s of the squashy/spicy/potpourri variety rather than the sweet pumpkin pie type of brew. Right away there’s an odd off-flavor of canned green beans or some kind of raw vegetal character (possibly DMS). The label indicates it’s brewed with roasted pumpkin, which is definitely interesting, and perhaps that accounts for this strange flavor. However, it doesn’t taste like toasted squash, nor is it smokey in any particular way. I do get some distinct piney hop flavor and bitterness through the middle, and just a subtle spice character on the finish – mostly of clove. There’s a tang on the backend that becomes more acidic and harsh as the beer warms. I tried really hard to focus on the good characteristics of this palette, but the flaws are just too distracting.
Drinkability: There isn’t a lot to enjoy about the taste of Great South Bay Splashing Pumpkin, but at least it’s not a challenge to get down. The mouthfeel is a little thin and noticeably calm, but it finishes clean with just a hint of spice in the aftertaste. For a 5% ABV beer it probably could have a little more flavor to it, though it’s light enough in body that it’s a breeze to throw back quickly.
ben4321 (4545) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Location: Draft at Morrison’s, 10/15/14
Aroma: Clean aroma of vegetation, with some light spice/nutmeg, and a bit of a grassy hop
Appearance: It pours a mostly clear gold-orange color, with a light head and some decent lace
Flavor: This beer has a pretty clean malt bill, with some light spice, and a clean, light bitter finish
Palate: This one is light-medium bodied, with a soft carbonation, and a mildly dry finish
Turned down the cinnamon-sugar rim, definitely the right choice. Everywhere on Long Island seems to be pouring their pumpkin beers in this manor. Weird. Anyway, this is a solid pumpkin brew. It is more of a vegetation beer than a sweet/spice beer. Definitely worth trying.
luvmyhops (26) - Amity Harbor, New York, USA - MAY 10, 2012
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
First, I am not a big pumpkin beer fan but I really like this beer because it is made with real pumpkins that are baked, it doesn’t taste like a pumpkin pie because of spices, it tastes like a baked pumpkin. If you like the pumpkin pie spiced beers then try this one with a sugar rim.
blipp (6713) - Newark, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft. Pours copper with an off white head. Pumpkiny spicy aroma with clove. the flavor is lightly sweet, with pumpkiny spice, caramel malt, and cloves. Not bad.
zdk (1822) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap - nose is pretty nice: pungent cloves and nutmeg, some flaky pie crust notes. Caramel apple spice and tannic pumpkin notes, full bodied and soft mouthfeel with a cinnamon spice finish with a touch of vegetal character in the finish. Not bad.
jredmond (6062) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at rattle with Linh and Co. Pours an Aubergine body with light lacing. Aroma is spice and cinnamon. Mouthfeel is slightly nasty and dry. Ehhhh not a great pkin.