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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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Darkmagus82 (2253) - - AUG 10, 2014
Transfer from BA review on 10-23-12 Poured from bottle into pint glass Appearance – Pours a deep amber orange color with some nice highlights of red. Upon pouring there is a huge white head that fades fast to a head of one finger. The one finger head has a good level of retention but fades over time to give a medium level of lacing. Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a sweet pumpkin pie smell. A strong pumpkin aroma greets the nose with a large amount of caramel sweetness. Mixed with these are aromas are some of pumpkin pie spices – cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Taste – The taste begins sweet with a lightly roasted tasting pumpkin and some flavors of caramel and brown sugar. Spice flavors quickly come to the tongue. They are heaviest of nutmeg and allspice with some flavors of cinnamon mixed within. Most of these flavors remain relatively constant throughout the rest of the taste but as the flavor advances to the end the cinnamon gets a bit stronger and a big alcohol flavor comes to the tongue. In the end a tingly alcohol flavor mixed with a nice pumpkin pie flavor are left to linger on the tongue. Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is rather creamy with a carbonation level that is just below average. The feel is quite nice for the pumpkin and spice flavors of the brew and make for a nice pumpkin style beer. Overall - A tasty pumpkin brew. It has a nice warming feel with a nice flavor profile. A good holiday brew to sit back with and sip during the fall season.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2009
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...

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CJfromPhilly (140) - Aston, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Pours from the 22oz. bomber bottle a medium amber-is color with a half finger head that quickly dissolved into a light lacing. I see almost ZERO carbonation going on, I can practically count the bubbles on one hand. The aroma is malty and slightly sweet, with hints of pumpkin pie spices and maybe just a hint of brown sugar. 1st sip brings a strong hint of pumpkin (yes, you can actually taste the pumpkin), malt, and spices. There is a strong bitterness on the finish from a combination or hops, alcohol & spice. The mouth feel is smooth and neither heavy or watery. Drinkability is pretty good...I could see myself downing a few of these on a Saturday or Sunday while watching football. Overall, a very good beer, IMHO. A nice take on a style that seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it type of beer. I, for one, love it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TomDecapolis (4618) - Milton, Delaware, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Tap at Capones. Pours a hazy golden amber with a medium bubbly creamy head that laced. Aroma of a nice mix of pumpkin pie spices, pumpkin, toasted malt and some grains. Flavor had a lot of cinnamon, nutmeg, lots of pie spices, pie crust and nuts.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
JoeMcPhee (9267) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2009
Cask at Blind Tiger. Amber pour with no head. The nose is fairly spicy. A bit of light herbal character. There is a bit of herbal hoppiness initially with a soft fruity character as well. A touch of ginger and allspice with some clove and cinnamon. A very nice spicy note with a soft herbal pumpkiny character with the light hoppy spiciness on the back. Very lovely pint.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
mar (5229) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2009
bottle thanks to bman1113vr. light amber with a white head. nose is big spices, heavy pumpkin and not much else. nice on the palate with a smooth pumpking flavor and a spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
GMCC2181 (1587) - Newark, Delaware, USA - SEP 15, 2010
Bottle picked up at stateline. Pours a nice orang-ish/red color, good head. Good nose of classic pumpkin and spices. Taste is a nice pumpkin brew... spices, pumpking, light nutmeg, and perfume notes. Medium carbonated body. Overall nice beer, that I would buy again.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Clear golden amber, no head, slightly viscous... A little hot aroma, gingerbread man distinctly.. Spicy, decent pumpkin flavor, lots of pumpkin, more than in most.. Medium full bodied, mild sweetness plays very well, excellent fall dessert beer...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
craftbeerdesign (2254) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2010
shared bomber. pours a light orange with a 1 finger off white head. aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg and light pumpkin. smells like a wonderful desert. medium body with a general sweetness throughout. lots of spice. more cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. there isn’t too much pumpkin which makes this very enjoyable for me. really nice level of spice and overall sweetness. sweet malt finish with some spices to finish it off. the cinnamon makes this very enjoyable. didn’t pick up on the 8% too much... could drink a lot of this.... great pumpkin ale.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - JAN 17, 2011
Bottle. Poured a medium amber-orange with a large white creamy head that was mostly diminishing and had good lacing. The aroma hits you right of the bat with the scent of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and pumpkin with notes of a cookie malt and a sweet doughy yeast. It tastes mildly sweet with strong notes of nutmeg and cinnamon right off, then became more of an almost Pumpkin pie flavor with a mild alcohol tinge near the end. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and creamy in texture with a lively carbonation. Overall one of the best pumpkin ale’s I have tasted to date.

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