Jayb0 (959) - Cherry Hill, New Jersey, USA - NOV 11, 2004
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
A nice job with the pumpkin and spices. Not over the top, drinkable. Nice Autumn color.
DerWeg (1419) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 28, 2009
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tried this in New York. A bit sticky sweet and spicy with a light spicy finish. Lightly bitter from hop. Decent.
ben4321 (3356) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2013
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Location: Draft at HB Burger, 11/15/13
Aroma: On the light side, some fall spices (not necessarily) pumpkin, and bready malts
Appearance: This one pours in the glass a clear amber-orange color with a small head
Flavor: The taste is much the same, with some spice and bready malts, leans sweet for the style
Palate: The body is light (leaning medium), with a decent mouthfeel, and average carbonation
I thought that this was a below average example of the style. This one is fine, but it leans toward the dull side in most of the categories.
austinpowers (2827) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 7, 2003
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Imagine the faintest possible pumpkin aroma you could have and still say you're serving a pumpkin ale withouth blushing. Fairly bitter. Faint pumpkin/gourd taste. There may be slight cinnamon notes in here as well.
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.
dwyerpg (4267) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - JAN 2, 2006
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Faint average pumpkin aroma. A solid pumpkin offering. Enough to be noticeable but isn’t too much. Not amazing like Elevator’s Pumpkin beer.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Union Sq. Poured a clear orange copper color with a small off-white head. The aroma was of diacetyl soaked pumpkin. Light seasonal spice. The spices stood out more in the flavor then the diacetyl. Spicey almost tart finish.
yobdoog (1888) - Woodridge NY, New York, USA - SEP 20, 2007
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I like pumpkins and this one didn’t do it for me. Orange in color not much body. Aroma of some spice but not powerful at all. Taste is pretty bland especially for a pumpkin. Very light malt needs more flavor and body for me. Some clove and cinnimon but fades fast.
mgoy (344) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2008
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the Union Square location
Heartland Smiling Pumpkin Ale is a clear orange color with a small, orange-tinted head. The aroma is light and non-descript while the flavor is also lacking in character.
DSG (4715) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 29, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
(10/22/08) Draught sample at the brewpub at Empire State Building, New York. Hazy deep golden color. Aroma full of pumpkin, brown sugar and spices. Sweet flavor of pumpkin, some malt, sugary notes and buttery hints. Medium-bodied.