Braudog (5999) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 26, 2014
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Right up front Iíll admit Iím not a fan of pumpkin beers. That said, this has a dizzying array of very impressive both local and international ingredients ... and itís evident in this quality beer. I just donít like it that much ... not because it isnít well made, just because I donít like pumpkin beers. If you do, this is probably one of the best youíll ever find. (#5841, 10/26/2014)
teromous (119) - - OCT 14, 2014
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Appearance: Copper colored body that is a bit hazy. Itís transparent enough to see into the glass but not completely through it. Not much of a head...it is there when pouring but absent afterwards. Even lower than expected from a standard Farmhouse Ale. No lacing.
Aroma: Cinnamon and clove with a light souring note, like a fruit going bad. Not all that pleasant of a combination. The only saving grace is that the pumpkin spice is relatively good.
Taste: I get a very mellow pumpkin spice flavor (mainly just clove) and just a hint of musty barn. I donít go around licking barns but it has that old mildew quality that you can practically taste. Itís very faint, but gives credence to the farmhouse namesake.
Feel: Not too dry, not really anything. Watery and not present on the palate.
Overall: I would recommend passing on this one unless you have an agenda for drinking every pumpkin beer on the planet. It doesnít really do "pumpkin beer" all that well and it doesnít really do "farmhouse" all that well. Itís a very nondescript beer that leans heavily on the flavor of cloves to incite cognitive memories of pumpkin pie, which it doesnít complete in a spice selection imbalance.
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at Caponeís. Poured an amber color with an averaged sized head. Pumpkins, spices, and caramel. Fine example of a pumpkin beer (but again, I prefer less spices and all pumpkin)..
beerguy00 (186) - Fountain Valley, California, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice orange color with a white head, very nice spice notes and the pumpkin isnít overpowering. Very nice
ben4321 (4649) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 21, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 21, 2015
I liked the 2014 version even more, updating the score: 4.0: 8/4/8/4/16
Location: 750 ml bottle from my Dad, 3/21/14, 2013 Release
Aroma: The nose is pumpkin spice, yeast, and some grain, and a little grass
Appearance: It pours a murky orange color with a small beige head and streaky lace
Flavor: The flavor is balanced between spice, sweetness, funk, and a little bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, it has a plus carbonation, some spice, and a clean, dry finish
This mix works pretty interestingly. This isnít an amazing beer, but it was a nice one to try, something I enjoyed, and something I could see trying again.
2013 Rating: 3.7: 7/3/8/4/15
deyholla (7984) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - FEB 11, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to a trade. Pours a cloudy gold with a brown hue and a white head that dissipates slowly to the edges. Aroma has a good amount of spice with a bit of sweet grain and just a hint of pumpkin. Flavor has a combination of pumpkin spice, sweet grains and a bit pumpkin.
nimbleprop (5794) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml bottle I picked up at the brewery. Pours a hazy, ruddy orange with some cloudy, white head. Nose is sweet, candied yams, cinnamon, cream cheese icing, malt, white pepper. Flavor is sweet, malt, spicy, vegetal, cinnamon, candy sugar. Spicy and sweet finish.
Beergeek23322 (2602) - Chesapeake, Virginia, USA - NOV 17, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
11/15/2013. On tap. Light amber color with a white head. Aromas of pumpkin, spice, sugars and light fruit. Good seasonal beer with good balance and not too much focus on the pumpkin.
phaleslu (7419) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from the most recent release sent by RABinVA- thanks again, Brosmer! Pours a nice autumn orange color with a small white head that vanishes entirely after not too long. Nice balance of spices in this- clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice stand out, but none dominate. Also some sweet malts and brown sugar to mimic a pumpkin pie crust. But what I liked most here was the roasted pumpkin throughout; toasty and not too vegetal. Medium-bodied, with fairly low carbonation and a warm finish. Excellent pumpkin ale. Sorely underrated.
Emeister84 (1536) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - SEP 15, 2013
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Aromas of pumpkin, spice, and mild banana. Light hazy orange with a white head. Decently balanced upfront, spicy, but finishes pretty badly. Light-medium bodied.