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 (6470) - 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.
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - NOV 16, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled in NYC Times Square. A pretty good little brew. Easy drinking, quality malts.
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.
PilsnerPeter (3028) - Flushing, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2007
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Tap at Union Square location: Pours orange/amber with a head that becomes a ring. Sweet aroma, seems buttery, with mild a allspice presence. Mild carbonation. Sweet, buttery malts start off the flavor, followed by a hint of festive spices (nutmeg/allspice). Seems artificial to me. Close to being decent, just gets a bit phony and astringent.
bconger (138) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 10, 2009
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draught at blind tiger in NYC. Copper pour with a thin off white head with little lacing. Aromas of Cotten candy and clove. A nutty taste up front quickly gives way to cloves and nutmeg. There is a persistent underlying pumpkinness, but it’s more old pumpkin pie than fresh pumpkin. The beer has a somewhat unpleasent lingering bitterness.
Cletus (6354) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 2, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Growler. Pours copper with a thin off white head. Smells of pumpkin spices, some honey, hints of pumpkin mash. Tastes watery and more or less devoid of anything pumpkin. Not worth it.
Alyona (5) - - JUN 23, 2014 does not count
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 6/20
Heartland Smiling Pumpkin Ale is the best beer of the our world. Please, try to taste it this day
Lou18 (1353) - West Paterson, New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2007
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Jimmack ’07. This poured with a brown body and small head. Nose was pumpkin and spice. Tasted spices and a bit off. Generally I dont like pumpkin ales for this reason. Thanks for sharing.
microakes (159) - CANADA - SEP 8, 2007
1.6 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Orange- amber colour. White head. The taste is so heavy on the pumpkin I thought it was an unsweetened pimpkin lambic. I tasted none of the spice that’s supposed to be there, leaving just a flat pumpkin taste. I’ve had water with more complexity.