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RATINGS: 242   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6322) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
May 4, 2012 - with blankboy, garthicus, gregclow, jercraigs & mabel. Bomber c/o blankboy. Bright slightly hazy orange with a small rocky off-white head (4-). Aroma of pumpkin spices and real meaty pumpkin malt, some alcohol. Taste has less of the real pumpkin character, quite OTT with the spice, and the alcohol is fairly assertive too. Average body, astringent and nicely carbonated, dry and a bit warming in the finish - boy does the spice ever take over with this one - a very dry and spicy aftertaste.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6267) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2009
bottle, thanks to bman1113vr, golden orange color, fine foam, with spicy herbal aroma, pumpkin spice flavors

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6161) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2010
Even though I did not like the beer, I reckon its appearance was attractive. It pours Orval coloured and with a large, relatively lacy white foam of uniform tight bubbles, not rocky, but charming enough. Upon smelling, the spices take a dominant stance. Nutmeg, allspice and ginger are the main culprits, veiling the biscuity (of course one bends towards saying pie-like) malt profile. Very sweet on the palate and quite hot on top of it, a heat that is enhanced by the ginger/nutmeg spiciness. Whatever else is going on goes mostly unnoticed. While the alcohol clearly states that this is 8%+, the complexity you’d expect is not there, hops being a non factor while malts feel fairly limited. Nevertheless, the texture is quite suitable. It’s a relatively thick offering, having a bready, cakey chewiness which is tamed by an adequate, small-bubbled, active carbonation. It’s just not all that interesting when a would-be sipper does not have the depth to keep one captivated (and is very sweet/not very drinkable), a truth that is only accentuated further by its 660mL conditioning.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6041) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 31, 2009
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)

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (5954) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2009
On tap. Pours a dark transparent orange color with a very thin white head. Aroma is of pumpkin pie - completely pumpkin and spice. It is very smooth and the alcohol is quite hidden.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 11/20
thirdeye11 (5849) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2010
( 22oz bomber thanks to BMan1113VR) Pours clear orange with nice oily bubbles. Nose of sourness, pumpkin mash and cinnamon. Taste is heavy on cinnamon, bad/rotten pumpkin and lingers the same way on my tongue. Really not very well done.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (5820) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2010
Bottle: The aroma is very heavy on cinnamon and nutmeg along with pumpkin and a touch of caramel. It pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head that fades to a medium ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts sweet with caramel and pumpkin. The finish has notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, but not nearly as much as you would expect from the heavy presence in the aroma. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish and definitely has a warming affect. Medium-full bodied that I would stop short of calling sticky since the somewhat lively carbonation really cuts through it. I really like pumpkin ales...and while I dig the aroma, the flavor is a tad sweet for me and the alcohol flavor definitely needs to be toned down. The lively carbonation in a "sticky" beer doesn’t really feel right to me either.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (5816) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Cloudy and the color of peach tea. A small late forming golden head. Nose is cinnamon spice and pumpkin. Flavor is pumpkin with some nutmeg. It is surprisingly dry. After the beer warms some there is some pepper in there. Not sure where that came from. Alcohol is tasted and I question why the level is so high. This is fairly close to a pumpkin pie, but one with a lot of alcohol in it.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (5739) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2009
22oz bottle. Clear amber pour with a thin off-white head. Malty aroma with brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spicy and malty flavor up front that is fantastic, but quickly turns a bit boozy and has a weird finish. Aside from the finish, very good beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
FROTHINGSLOSH (5669) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 23, 2011
One of the better pumpkin beers I have had in quite a while. +++ Sampled from a 22 oz brown bottle this beer poured a hazy orange-caramel color with a medium sized orange-white head that left good lacing. The aroma was moderately strong sweet caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. The flavor was strong sweet caramel, cinnamon sugar, nutmeg and clove. There was a lightly boozy undertone. The finish was long with cinnamon sugar, caramel and nutmeg lingering. Fairly full bodied. Well done.

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