Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
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 doesnít really feel right to me either.
ChainGangGuy (4229) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bomber - $4.99 at Bullockís Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, robust dark orange body with a susdy, frothy, ivory-colored head. It thins down into a fine, thin layering, though it has some nice staying power.
Smell: Well-spiced, bready nose with plenty of chunky pumpkin notes. Itís a nicely fragrant bowl stirred up with brown sugar, cinnamon, and bread crumbs is what it is.
Taste: Itís bready, sweet, and spicy. Dry, crumbly, lightly toasted bready malt profile generously coated in dark brown sugar and cinnamon and nutmeg. This one has just the right amount of pumpkin flesh flavor. Mildly bitter though with a restrained hop character, allowing for the spices to shine. The very faintest touch of warming alcohol nearing the end. Drying, spicy finish with a faint, lingering taste of pumpkin.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A good, admirable, though not great pumpkin brew, but I will certainly say it exceeded my modest expectations after the lackluster showing of the previous members of the Mutiny Fleet. Give it a try, provided youíre a fan of pumpkin ales!
Strykzone (4193) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
markwise (4089) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to tampapourhouse for the share. Pours orange with a white head. Nose is pumpkin, allspice, sugar, slight vanilla, and slight booze. Flavor is similar with lingering pumpkin and spice. Better than the average pumpkin beer, but not as good as a Pumking or a Good Gourd.
DrSilverworm (3985) - 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 isnít 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 Iím seeing this year are labeled as 9%, but bottles are still 8%, which is odd... 6 / 4 / 6 / 4 / 13
thornecb (3964) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours amber into a Sam glass. White head with medium retention recedes leaving spot lacing. Pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon aromas. Slick with pumpkin, nuts and cinnamon. Lasting hot cider finish.
unclemattie (3900) - Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz bottle. hazy reddish orange. Aroma of pumpkin spice. a good bit of sweet potatoe pie aroma as well. Flavor has an odd bitterness and a sharp peppery spice. Tastes like rye malt. Medium bodied. a bit of chocolate malt and a lot of rye spice, clove, nutmeg. Good.
nuplastikk (3817) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
500ml bottle split at a tasting. Big pumpkin pie spice aroma. Orange-brown color. Relatively mellow for the ABV. Pumpkin pie spice dominates the flavor. Some malt tones, but mostly a cinnamon bomb.
emacgee (3740) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clean orange amber with a one finger light orange head. The nose is sweet, spicy, strong nutmeg and allspice, pumpkin meat, pretty pungent. Flavor is spicy and sweet, nutmeg and allspice again, mild spice astringency with some allusion to alcohol. Spicy on the palate with some warmth.
TURDFERGUSON (3736) - 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.