GT2 (8440) - San Diego County, California, USA - SEP 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - SEP 29, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
lithy (2996) - Capital of Appalachia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 27, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
nike (967) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 26, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
dabubbleboy (73) - Virginia, USA - SEP 24, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
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.
bluejacket74 (1324) - Reynoldsburg, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
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.
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - SEP 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours from a 22oz. bomber bottle a medium amber/orange color with a small head that quickly dissolved into a light lacing. The aroma is malty and slightly sweet, with hints of pumpkin pie spices and maybe just a hint of Alcohol. 1st sip brings a taste of pumpkin, malt, and spices. There is a strong bitterness on the finish from a combination of hops, alcohol & spice. The mouth feel is smooth and Medium Body. I notice some Pumpkin Ales choose to have the Pumpkin Taste as the Main Flavor, While others have it as the "Spice". I prefer the spice, and this one is somewhere in the middle. A Decent one, but not in the top 5.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours dark amber with off white head. Aroma is spice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is a bit harsh and spicy, with cinnamon noted. There is a note of alcohol once this one warms. Finish is bitter and long. Overall and OK beer, but there are many better pumpkin ales. Too much spice for my liking. Cannot really taste the pumpkin.
DrSilverworm (6415) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2012 22oz bottle. Mildly hazy orange color, active-looking carbonation. Thin, nice off-white head, leaving a nice row of lacing. Great pumpkin nose, sweet, but not too much. You can actually taste the alcohol in this one, which isn’t awful... it actually kind of works. Good, crisp carbonation, easy to drink. 6 / 4 / 7 / 4 / 14
Re-rate, 9/12/12: Thin off-white head. Clear darker orange color. Some lace. Almost a balance of pumpkin and spice. Smooth lighter carbonation. Dry texture. Spicy taste, light bitter. Light spicy bite. Cinnamon, nutmeg. Solid double pumpkin. Kegs I’m seeing this year are labeled as 9%, but bottles are still 8%, which is odd... 6 / 4 / 6 / 4 / 13
BeerandBlues2 (9701) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cask at Churchkey. Pours clear copper-amber with no head. Aroma is huge spice nose, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and allspice, pumpkin and bubble gum notes. Flavor is huge spice, lightly peppery, moderate malt, and a dry finish. Full body, medium warmth, low carbonation.