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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
The secret is in the 2.5 pounds of spice per barrel for this fall brew. We add the pumpkin during the mash at precisely the right time to create just the perfect balance of malt, hops, pumpkin and spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Panzuriel (1962) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2011
Pours mildly hazy deep amber hazy liquid out of a 22 oz bomber bottle. Head is a small and disappearing quickly wreath of fine white bubbles. Nose is sweet pumpkin spice. Nutmeg and cinnamon. Mellow pumpkin aroma underneath as well. Body is on the thinner side of average with little texture. Taste is mellow pumpkin over a nice malty ale. Spice notes present but are not overpowering. Alcohol hit on the back end. A very nice beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
zizzybalubba (1811) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - OCT 6, 2011
22 oz. bottle from SoHo Organic Market in Elizabeth City, NC. Dark orange pour with a frothy white head. Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg, mostly, with pumpkin in the background. Good balance of pumpkin flavor and the pumpkin pie spices although this is a bit more spice forward than I had hoped. Drinking an entire bottle is a lot for one person in my opinion. I still think this is an above average pumpkin ale, however, it just would be easier to drink in a smaller quantity or shared with someone.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
ruskiimperial (308) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2011
Poured a very cloudy deep dark yellow/light orange with very light foam. Aroma is very heavy on spice and nutmeg, and not much else other than a little bit of pumpkin. The taste is very heavy on the spices, more akin to something during Christmas rather than fall. The pumpkin comes in as more of an aftertaste. Not a terribly complex beer, but definitely worth a try if you like something heavily spiced.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
srobi003 (58) - odenton, Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2011
Poured from a 22 ounce bomber. Amber in color with minimal white head. Very spicy beer with minimal pumpkin flavor. Starts out spicy and sweet with a slightly dry finish. Overall a good beer that could have been better if there was more pumpkin flavor to balance out the spices in this beer.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - SEP 30, 2011
651mL. Pours a clear orange with a giant, off-white, yellowish head. Excellent retention. Nose is decent pumpkin pie with odd maltiness. Citrus overtones. Taste is cinnamon, and spices with not quite the body that you are expecting. Thinner, astringent, dry cinnamon powder. Tastes like decent beer with a spoonful of cinnamon. One dimensional. Too gimmicky. Need to get a good base beer down first before adding a crapload of cinnamon. Thinner than expected.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - SEP 29, 2011
A high up there pumpkin beer. For one i like to see the pushing of abv in this style. This beer pours orange with a finger head, cloudy in the body with some particles in there. Really well balanced with actual malt coming in past the cinnamon spice. But i get actual taste of pumpkin along with touch of lemon and tinge of alcohol, giving this beer some balls. Sweet in taste with a gentle spice linger in the finish. A good buy for pumpkin beer fans.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2011
Like just about every other pumpkin beer I have had. Dark orange-red, beige cover. Aroma is pie spice, caramel, toast. Taste is pie spicing, good body, caramels, toast, light dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
nike (966) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2011
A lot of spices going on here with this brew, not a lot of pumpkin pie flavor (which is a good thing)! Well-balanced with hops/malts, and well carbonated. Overall, not bad, worth trying, not really all that great either, interesting flavors. You can definitely taste the imperial flavor in the finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 17/20
dabubbleboy (73) - Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Poured 22 oz into an imperial pint glass. Amber color with a creamy head that dissipated quickly. Nice CO2. Has a great pumpkin (no pun intended) flavor with a slight sourness. This ale is a true pumpkin beer, light spices bring out the fall flavors and make it taste like a pumpkin ale and not a pumpkin pie ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
bluejacket74 (1848) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2011
22 ounce bottle. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange/amber color with a half inch off-white head. Both head retention and lacing are decent. Aroma is spicy, it smells like pumpkin pie spices and some pumpkin. The taste is mostly like the aroma, the pumpkin pie spice flavors are dominant, but there is some pumpkin and a bit of booze noticeable. Mouthfeel/body is medium, it’s a little slick and has moderate/high carbonation. I think it’s a decent enough pumpkin beer, but it’s not one of my favorites. With that being said, I wouldn’t turn one down. At just $5.99 a bomber, it’s worth trying.

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