BillKismet (3245) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 23, 2010
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Rich brown tinged orange amber apportioned with a lush, beige head. Beatific, piquant roast pulped pumpkin nose pricked with cinnamon, light cloviness, brown sugar, and maltiness. I am floored by how well balanced this brews and the incredible harmonizing aspect of all the disparate spices and malts. Well-balanced cinnamon malted body, full or roast pumpking, tinged with subtle clove and star anise. Wonderful complexity of malts and spices dances across the palate. Medium to full-bodied. Well developed malt backbone serves as an adept springboard for the natural pumpkin flavor. A top-notch pumpkin beer and a true standard-bearer for the style.
mabel (5364) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 26, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
[3474-20101113] 1L bottle. Light fruity pumpkin pie crust aroma has mild leaf peat notes. Slightly hazy, dark orange body with a long-lasting creamy white head. Sweet toasted caramel grains flavour has a little fruity pie. Medium body is smooth. Drinkable, good.
(w/ blankboy, HogTownHarry, jerc, tupalev)
jercraigs (7319) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2011 2011-09-20. No notes. Rather drinkable, but pretty much the same as my initial impressions. Could use just a little more oomph all around a la Southern Tier. Bottle at Volo, Toronto
2010-11-13. Dark orange amber body with a modest beige head. 3+ Muted aroma, sweet malt. 6+ Flavour is also fairly mild, hints of pumpkin, light spic, fruity, pumpkiny finish. 6+ Smooth average palate. Alcohol is near invisible, which is impressive considering the strength. Pretty decent but less assertive than hoped. Bottle via trade with Vertical Bacon Strips
CapFlu (4317) - Victoria, British Columbia, CANADA - NOV 15, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
(1 litre flip-top) Purchased at Cook Street Liquor Store in Victoria. A great fall beer that we used to celebrate ’Pizza Nite’ at our abode. Pours a large, frothy off-white head atop a brownish amber body. Low carbonation. Nose is more spice and alcohol and less gourd. I like that the ABV is restrained letting the pumpkin and spice do battle - so often its too dramatically one-dimensional of either pumpkin or nutmeg. A very pleasant fall seasonal.
patricks110 (1554) - Alberta, CANADA - NOV 13, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
An average beer. High alcohol aroma and taste doesn’t mix very well with the allspice, cinnamon and pumpkin flavours. The pour is golden orange with a finger of off white head. The taste is mostly alcohol and malts with a bit of spice. Not the best effort here.
Powertrip (998) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 10, 2010
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Colour: Darker orange than actual pumpkin, but still gorgeous and a lovely soft foam head. Nose: Small traces of pumpkin, but more abound with florals and spices, of which play gently with ripely malt and wet barley. Taste: Slightly aggresive entry displaying pepper, stale coffee, brine. Tempers out slightly in the middle with pumpkin pulp, chalk, oregano, and stringent malt. Finish has an earthy dirt presence that lingers. Over-carbonated as well. Doesn’t quite fair so well on the palate as its lead-up would have suggested.
Sask89 (398) - Regina, Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 7, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark amber colour with a medium tan head, fairly clear. Aroma is of pumpkin, spice, nutmeg and caramel malts. Taste is somewhat sweet, mostly mild and a little dry. Medium bodied, thick on the palate with soft carbonation. Overall a good beer and a good pumpkin ale.
Cole (967) - , Alberta, CANADA - NOV 4, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours dark brown with a very thin head. looks nice though. Aroma has lots of spice, corriander is present. Smells like a weiss beer with out the banana. Flavour is nice, lots of spices, very bready with a dry bitter vegital finish. Not bad, not great. Very drinkable. I’m not a big fan of pumpkin beer but this is pretty good.
TheHulk (486) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I quite like the pumpkin beer and this one is quite good, though I find it really delivers in certain areas and really lacks where it does. From the arom is the is a beer first and foremost, hence the name. There is definately some pumpking pie in there though, not just the pie filling but the crust as well. Kudos to the brewer, this is exemplary. It smells exactly like the pies I bought myself to console my overworked bacheleorhood, that is totally spelled wrong, at Canadian thanksgiving. There is great head and unreal retention, like it has wheat in it or something. A really cool dark orangy brown colour, not too clear but not that thick either. It tastes like it should have been named "Beer Geeks Thanksgiving Pumpkin Pie". Its foamy and creamy and tastes good and all, but it just doesn’t leave my mouth sweet and wanting another taste, its a bit bitter after. This is damn fine pumpkin brew, I’ll be sure to get some more!
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Great chewy fleshy vegetable aroma, good balance between cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Clear dark copper, creamy dense pale tan head. Instant gratification here. Warm brown sugar sweetness up front, the spice blend dances about and cuts through nicely, the anise is a nice touch. Slowly the tannic vegetable creeps out in the finish with a smoky edge. Only later on does the alcohol start to show itself.