CaptainCougar (7129) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a transparent orange amber with a thin, stringy-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet pumpkin and cinnamon spice with some doughy caramel malty notes. Starts with pretty good fullness and sugary sweetness with some holiday spice and earthy bitterness before a warming finish. Good balance of sweetness and spices, but could cover its alcohol better.
dmac (3742) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
22 oz bomber from EZ Liquors. Pours an orangey/amber with a smaller white head that quickly and totally disipates. The aroma on this one is the best thing about this beer, lots of spice, pumpkin, vanilla extract and alcohol. Fuller bodied with lots of alcohol warming, a bit too much if I may say so. Flavor is lots of spices, lots of alcohol and the pumpkin is present but not as apparent as the overspiceing and over kill ABV. The overpowering alcohol on this one really takes over the aroma, palate and flavor...spicey pumpkin alcohol bomb.
keepersj12 (2560) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very good pumpkin seasonal. Nice looking amber with a small head. Aroma of pumpkin pie spice. Flavor is crisp and light. Dominated by pumpkin pie spices. Finish is dry and warm.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Fresh bomber. The pour yields a mostly clear, blazing orange amber tinted body with a small head of fading, smooth, ivory colored foam. Thin sheeting drips down the glass, pulling apart and drying to minimal spots. The aroma is nicely balanced, notes of lightly sweetened pale and toffee malts spiced delicately with coriander, ginger, and clove, all wrapped in a shroud of fresh, fleshy pumpkin. Flavors are equally well structured, perfectly balanced between the sweet, pumpkiny malt and a surprising dose of peppery, floral hops. The spicing is appropriately toned down, which is an area at which most pumpkin beers fail. Ginger, graham cracker, clove and vanilla bean all come through nicely. Like the rest of the brew, the palate sports nice balance, showing ample substance without much heat or stickiness, along with a spicy, hoppy finish. Generally speaking, I hate pumpkin beer, so it takes alot to impress me. This one did just that, and I’d put it near the very top of the genre.
jeremytoni (2926) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From a bottle poured brown with a good amount of head. Spicy malty flavor with a lingering spicy aftertaste.
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2009
2.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured from bomber into glass. Pours a dark cloudy-ish orange. Small white head, no carbonation. Straight soapy aroma, strange. Pumpkiny flavor and alcohol present for sure. Pretty good but not great.
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz - The Wine Source. Dark clear orange-amber, thin white creamy head. Sweet cinnamon graham crackers and vanilla nutmeg spice ride a soft bready foundation. Spicy cinnamon and ginger-nutmeg flavors balance on lighter vanilla pie crust tone. Medium bodied and slick, soft carbonation, spicy finish. Very nice, but I hope next years version dials the spices back a touch...
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy white head. Good retention, leaving sporadic lacing throughout.
Sweet pumpkin pie aroma with hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, ginger, nutmeg and vanilla. The spiciness is however not overpowering, blending well with the pumpkin notes.
Nice medium body with lots of pumpkin pie spice. Pretty malty for the style with a lot of pumpkin flavor, cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, ginger and nutmeg. The spiciness is pretty prominent but doesn’t overpower the pumpkin lasting into a dry finish . This one is thick and complex and the ABV is very well masked making it pretty drinkable. Not the best example of the style but pretty good.
TURDFERGUSON (3912) - Carrboro, North Carolina, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Another pumpkin beer shared by emacgee. Thanks dude. Tasted much like the last with the usual suspects- nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin. Better than the last, but I would never drink this voluntarily.
HighGravity (926) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 27, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
For the most part I was surprised with this one, because it is a style that I rarely like. However, the spices and sweetness were balanced and it made the beer drinkable. The alcohol was hard to detect also. The only major spice complaint that I have is that the nutmeg was a tad bit too strong for my liking.