pinkie (470) - New York, USA - SEP 12, 2013
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a traditional orange amber and slightly hazy. Has a nice creamy head of off white foam that settles to a think layer on top and refreshes with each turn. Leaves sheets of wet lace behind to look at as they slide down the glass. Has a golden hue underneath and it surely is a handsome beer.
Nose is fragrant and authentic pumpkin. There’s a touch of sour yeast, lager yeast. Then the fragrant spices come forward. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and clove. There is a biscuit malt in that is light and has the scent of pie crust on it. A touch of brown sugar. No alcohol on the nose.
Taste is so delicious. The taste is pumpkin and not pumpkin pie. There are spices that give a richness to the nose and to the palate but the taste is authentic pumpkin. The body is creamy and there is is even the taste of light cream. The malt is fluffy and light and reminds one of graham cracker pie crusts. No alcohol on the palate just a tiny warming sensation. I detect a slight note of vanilla which really enhances all the flavors. It is not the least bit heavy like pumpkin pie. Toasted grain comes out as it warms to a delighted palate. In fact rather than say "pumpkin pie" I would say spiced pumpkin. The clove gives a depth to each of the sweeter spices and really makes this beer something to enjoy.
Horseheads can really put a a beer together. I have had real greatness from them and I like this beer a lot. It’s mild and the spices do not outdo the pumpkin flavor. The malt is kissed by a touch of sweetened cream and it drinks light. The lager yeast is perfect on this and has a slight twang. Carbonation is medium but it drinks softly. It’s crisp yet smooth and finishes dry with a nice little bite to it. Flavorful and easy to drink.
crossovert (10986) - Illinois, USA - APR 14, 2013
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sweetish pumpkin beer. Doesn’t really do much for me. A typical version of the style.
SHIG (4385) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 22, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Poured a coppery brown with a thin white head. Aroma is spicy pumpkin and spice. Taste is nutmeg, ginger, pumpkin and spice.
werberski (18) - New York, USA - OCT 13, 2012
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Very pungent aroma of cloves and allspice. Hints of cinnamon. Slight sour pumpkin taste. Easy to drink. Not the best pumpkin beer but close.
rabbe7000 (19) - Maryland, USA - OCT 5, 2012
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours with little foam, but very carbonated. Aroma of nutmeg and perhaps allspice. Tastes delicious; very strong pumpkin pie but not pumpkin; flavors are all pie crust, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves. Quite good indeed!
MaBeer1972 (1749) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle from Finger Lakes Beverage Center in Ithaca. Pours out a light orange color. Little to no head, but decent carbonation. Aroma of sweet spices and some alcohol. Body is on the lighter side also. Lots of cinnamon, clove and maybe nutmeg spices. Not too sweet though. Easy to drink.
Shaff01 (1) - Fairport, New York, USA - OCT 5, 2011 does not count
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
This is a great pumpkin beer from a smaller brewery. a little harder to find but worth it.
JoeMcPhee (9268) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - FEB 19, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Deep golden pour. The nose is a little bit spicy. A touch of cardamom and a little bit of almost creamy aroma. Lightly honeyish with a nice soft sweetness. A great balance of soft sweet malt and nice spiciness. Lightly cinnamon and nutmeg. Lingering sweet and spicy finish. Has a nice creamy palate.
Ron (3504) - Rochester, New York, USA - FEB 11, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a nice translucent orange with a small white head and minimal lacing. Aroma had plenty of pumpkin spices. Flavor had plenty of cinnimon spices upfront just like a pumpkin pie. Good stuff.
zdk (1859) - New York, New York, USA - DEC 19, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle thanks to Jay - huge cinnamon, lemon and clove. Very savory, baking pie, pumpkin. really tasty uniqe yet this really what a pumpkin ale should taste like!