Braudog (6219) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Happy Halloween! This pours a hazy, opaque rusty orange, with a finger-thick head of white foam. The aroma is pure autumn, with an apple spice kick. In the flavor, it comes across as a spiced cider more than a pumpkin ale, with a body that’s much lighter and juice-like than any other "imperial" brew I can recall. Enjoyable on a cold trick-or-treat night. (#3723, 10/31/2009)
twindog (274) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours opaqe with a thin off white cream head. Brusting with nutmag, cinnaman and apple cider overall this is a good pumpkin ale
fistfull (30) - Halethorpe, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
The funny thing about this brew is that I smell and taste old-fashioned grape salt water taffy; no doubt a fruity ester... There is a background note of nutmeg, if faint. The pumpkin flavor does not shine, nor does the overall flavor; not bad, just not to my liking.
Slipstream (2403) - USA - OCT 31, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Capone’s. A richly flavored pumpkin ale, sweet and spicy, with clove and pumpkin flavors. Very nice - another high quality offering from Heavy Seas.
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2009
2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
1pt 6fl oz. Bottle Thanks to DChmela and his Super Sixpack Shipper. Nice frothy pour with a huge nose full of cinnamon and spice. Dark amber hazy appearence. Bold spice flavor with a coppery finish. Nice label but there are better pumpkins out there. Happy 100 Ratings! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bomber. Pours a cloudy glowing orange with old gold and tan highlights and a medium-sized light tan head that leaves a few thin wisps of lace on the glass. The aroma is rich with cakey malts, brown sugar, and lots of pumpkin spice - ginger, allspice, clove... The flavor starts cakey and toasty with a decent bit of malt sweetness. There is also a strong pumpkin spice note up front that lasts throughout. The maltiness turns to caramel and toffee towards mid-palate. A growing balancing neutral bitterness emerges towards mid-palate as well, along with a modest bitterness from the soft taste of ethanol (that is actually quite well-hidden until you realize that the bitterness tastes more like alcohol than hops). The finish is dry, bready malty, and spicy (cinnamon emerges as a strong contender, unlike in the nose). It is also mildly warming with a soft booziness (again, well-hidden at first -- gets stronger after a few sips). The mouthfeel is crisp and full-bodied with a slight astringency from the combination of spices and alcohol. Overall, a decent pumpkin beer that is surprisingly strong in all aspects. I think a little more age would do it nicely (the alcohol becomes more apparent after you drink a bit - and age would mellow out both the alcohol and the strong spiciness which is a bit strong on some spots of the tongue).
Dogbrick (11028) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This brew pours a hazy golden orange color with a medium off-white head that dissipates slowly. Rings of lacing on the glass. Pumpkin spices in the nose along with some malt and vanilla. Medium body with flavors of pumpkins and nutmeg on top of hops and malt. The finish is a concoction of nutmeg, clove and pumpkins with a moderately bitter hops aftertaste. Decent beer overall that doesn’t delve very far into the pumpkin patch.
hopdog (11004) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Capone’s. Poured a medium and hazy orange color with a small sized off white head. Aromas of pumpkins and pumpkin spices. Tastes of the same pumpkin, spices, and pumpkin pie. This one definitely has the spices in it. Spicy and medium alcohol finish.
jgb9348 (5524) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Deep orange coloured body with a nice sized thinnish tan head. Aroma of potent pumpkin, some spices, alcohol and a good caramel scent. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong assertive pumpkin and squash flavours with nutmeg and cinnamon coming through too. Aftertaste shows a lot of pumpkin, good caramel and a touch of yeast - not much spiciness, but way more pumpkin and malt. Overall, a good pumpkin beer - definitely worth trying if you can find it, but the high alcohol and the minimal spices make it not the best overall beer for the season. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 02-October-2009, sampled on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on 24-October-2009.
eaglefan538 (3017) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - OCT 23, 2009
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle from SL. The pour was amber to copper, weak head. The aroma was strong spices, nutmeg indeed, some cinammon, faint pumpkin. The flavor followed, too much spice, strong malts, sweet, this being a bit underwhelming from a brewer whose Heavy Seas brews I thought I liked more. Mouthfeel moderate for the abv and style. Meh.