PorterPounder (5572) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 28, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the location near Times Square. Dark copper pour, good thick white lacing. Aroma is slighlty phenolic and medicinal - mellows out to a ripening vegetable scent. Flavor has some Christmas spice, a bit of caramel, finishes with a sweet cinammon candy like flurry. Decently thick mouthfeel.
boto (1863) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - NOV 25, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: NOV 3, 2006 Draught: This one pours a crystal clear, slightly orangish, dark golden color. There was a bit of an off-white head on it, but it left quite a bit of lacing. The aroma was basically pumpkin pie spices (ginger, clove, cinnamon), with not much malt coming through at all. Yet, they weren’t overpowering as some others in this style tend to be. The taste was fairly similar. The spices weren’t overdone, but the beer behind them was a little light. More malts were needed to provide a better balance. Still, it wasn’t bad at all. A good pumpkin beer.
dirtymike (2016) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 15, 2005
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Brewtopia 11/12/05 Deep golden in color with a small white head. Aroma is all spice-cinamon,ginger, with no real pumpkin charcater in either the aroma or flavor. Another example of a spiced beer, where’s the pumpkin?
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2005
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
On tap at Heartland Brewery, Union Square location. Unfortunately this is kind of a shot in the dark rating, I can’t recall if I had the Smiling Pumpkin or Stumpkin, both were on tap during my visit earlier this month. Based upon the commercial description I’m guessing it was the Smiling Pumpkin. Anyway, it was an unimpressive combination of spice and alcohol.
hopdog (8958) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 17, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Radio City location. Poured a medium and clear orange color with a small sized white head. Aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin. Tastes of lighter spices and pumpkin. Flavors on the softer side compared to the aromas.
21iceman40 (1731) - vienna, West Virginia, USA - JUN 4, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
this was some good shit, my sister actually liked this and she does not like beer at all. very nice spicy aroma of all the things that make a pumpkin pie great. the body was full and malty, with lots of spices in it and a slight sweetness. excellent fall beer.
blatantdream (78) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - FEB 26, 2005
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On draught at the Union Square location 2004 (with notes since I meant to review this awhile ago but didn’t get a chance to). Nice amber-orange color. Not much of a head but the lacing on the top was quite nice. Overall an average pumpkin ale. What was good was that it wasn’t overly sweet. Light cinnamon taste at the back of the mouth but not overpowering. Malty, light and refreshing. The flavors don’t really stand out to me and the elements that make up the flavor overall are quite muddled. With that being said however, it was one of the better Heartland brews.
waveman352 (178) - Glens Falls, New York, USA - JAN 12, 2005
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Good solid brew with obvious flavors and smells of herbs and spices. I have had other pumpkin ales before and I think this is the best of all the ones that I have had. Light orange color with tastes of spiced pumpkin and cinnamon. Good solid beer. A definate try if you can.
LilKem (1213) - Marietta, Ohio, USA - JAN 10, 2005
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was much better than expected. I was not a huge fan of some other pumpkin ales I have tried, but this one hit the spot. It was a nice orange-tan color with a hint of white head. Malty, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin (obviously). Thin and clean finish, easy to drink, smooth going down.
pivo (2566) - GERMANY - JAN 1, 2005
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I like the idea of pumpkin beer and look forward to getting my hands on it when the season comes around. This was a fairly decent sample. Nice dark orange color and low head. Dull but broad pumpkin flavor that blends well with the malt. Cinnamon end. Full body. Got a slightly cardboardy aftertaste, but otherwise quite good.