Art (2525) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2012
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Good aroma of pumpkin and spice. Amber pour with a small head. Pretty good beer for happy hour.
Chad9976 (1502) - Albany, New York, USA - SEP 27, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
If pumpkin beers tend to be either liquid pumpkin pie or liquid potpourri, surely there has to be a few that blur the line, right? Iíd submit Ithaca Country Pumpkin as an example of a line-blurrer, as it has plenty of spicy bite, but is well balanced by sweet pie-like flavors.
I poured a 12oz bottle into an official Ithaca pint glass.
Appearance: Dark copper with brownish/orange hues. Hazy but translucent. Forms a small, off white, sudsy head which fizzles away rather quickly and leaves only minimal lacing on the glass.
Smell: All the classic pumpkin beer aromas of potpourri spice and dessert sweetness.
Taste: If youíre a pumpkin beer fan youíre probably going to enjoy Ithaca Country Pumpkin, even though it doesnít offer anything particularly new. It begins with a sweet burst of cinnamon and graham cracker/pie crust tastes, followed by pureed pumpkin. The finish ends each time with a sharp bite of ginger and nutmeg. It almost creates for a minty flavor, but is balanced out quite well by the residual cinnamon sweetness.
Itís not a particularly bitter brew, as this only uses one hop variety. The malts are mild and lightly sweet with a very subtle honey character. While there is a rustic spiciness, the palate is balanced and delectable overall. Not the best tasting pumpkin beer on the market (it could probably use a little less ginger), but itís still better than average.
Drinkability: The first thing I noticed about Ithaca Country Pumpkin wasnít so much the flavor as it was the smoothness and high drinkability. The body isnít spastic and effervescent - the mouthfeel is fairly soft which enables it to go down smoothly. Itís a bit refreshing while in the mouth and the aftertaste is fairly clean. The 6.3% ABV seems a bit high to me, but I wouldnít consider that a flaw. A versatile brew - drink it with a meal or as a dessert.
closey22 (1334) - Mt. Laurel, New Jersey, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Hazy amber very thin head; aroma is nutmeggy cinnamony; flava is same plus pumpkin and raisin; feels medium yet foamy; crisp finsh, almost apple cidery(real cider), nutmeg/clove is long time
boxofrane (2553) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. I believe this is a 2012 new release. Pours clear copper with a big white head, a bit of lacing, and active carbonation. Aroma is really nice. There is all kinds of spice.. nutmeg.. cinnamon.. cardamon.. pumpkin.. really nice. Taste is pretty spicy with some cinnamon, nutmeg, a little pumpkin.. but not sweet. One of the better pumpkin styles of the year imo.
TOSG55 (223) - Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 18, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a slightly hazy amber with a light-medium head. Very spice-heavy aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, and ginger. The flavor is similar - the spices (I get ginger, cinnamon, and nutmeg, roughly in that order) come through more strongly than the pumpkin. Nice finish and aftertaste. One of the better pumpkin beers Iíve had.
reggiedunlop (3536) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - MAY 27, 2013
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice orange/honey color with a medium off white head...lively. aroma has mild pumpkin pie spice...not overdone but just right. Flavor follows suit and adds light pie crust and earthy hops. Mouthfeel is light and the finish is slightly dry and spiced. Well done pumpkin beer.
msalsbury (29) - Hilliard, Ohio, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a slightly clouded reddish brown. Aroma is spicy and malty with a definite ginger note to it. The flavor has a prominent ginger note to it, with the pumpkin "funkiness" right behind that. Other spices are present but take a definite back seat. There is a kind of molasses or brown sugar sourness to the flavor, too. The finish is dry and mildly bitter. Itís a better-than-average pumpkin ale but not my favorite. I tend to prefer those which are more sweet than dry, more spicy than not, and minimally bitter. Still, itís a solid pumpkin beer and one Iím happy to drink.
jmm635 (957) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2012
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours light amber/orange with a thin creamy head. Aroma of nutmeg and pumpkin. Sweet malt flavor with underlying spices and a late hop bitterness. Medium bodied pumpkin ale. Clean finish.
Mep3222 (989) - East Greenbush, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nice pumpkin aroma. Some spice but mostly authentic pumpkin aroma. Taste is well balanced full flavored. Almost like a nice Octoberfest with pumpkin. Like this one a lot for a pumpkin. Very drinkable.
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scarletfire65 (1191) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 5, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Soft, clean aroma of pumpkin and spice. Nicely balanced with a mild bitterness on the finish. Above average pumpkin ale.