GRM (3175) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JAN 2, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown bottle, 1 pint 9.4 ounces, blend 7, bottled on 09-10-2012, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savoured on January 2 2015; eye: orangey with a caramel hue, hazy, small suspended matter, thin sheet of tan creamy head that thins out, lots of lacing; nose: malt, light sourness, light wild yeasts, slight woody, slight spices, fruity, white wine; mouth: malt, light sourness, light wild yeasts, slight woody, slight spices, slight acidity, fruity, white wine, finale in light sourness with presence of spices, medium body, good carbonation, lightly harsh texture; overall: fine
Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 9,4 onces, mélange 7, embouteillée le 09-10-2012, via Importations Privées Bièropholie (merci Hughes!), savourée le 2 janvier 2015; œil : orangée avec une teinte caramel, trouble, petite matière en suspension, bonne effervescence, mince couverture de mousse fauve crémeuse qui s’amincit, beaucoup de dentelle; nez : malt, légère aigreur, léger levures sauvages, très léger boisé, très léger épices, fruité, vin blanc; bouche : malt, légère aigreur, léger levures sauvages, très léger boisé, très léger épices, très légère acidité, fruité, vin blanc, finale en légère aigreur avec présence d’épices, corps moyen, bonne carbonatation, texture très légèrement râpeuse; en résumé : bien
ESBob (379) - Indiana, USA - DEC 31, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared a Bomber with Jethro6191. Pours a mostly clear light amber burnt orange color with light tan head. Aroma is slight tart, oak, some funk, no real discernible pumpkin. Flavor has a light tart, berry sweetness, touch of pumpkin spice hidden in the back and the finish. Very tasty.
dlovell2 (1002) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 2, 2014
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours golden color with white head. Aroma is sour fruity with light spice and yeastiness. Champagne bubbly feel in mouth. Flavor starts very tart fruity, almost Apple cider like. Very light spice flavor and finishes yeasty.
rumproasts (3553) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tap. Hazy deep golden with small head. Lightly tart with some Brett. Mild pumpkin and spice. I don’t really dig most pumpkin ales, but this is excellent.
DedicatedToFun (3518) - Santa Monica, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap, orange pour, white head, nose is pumpkin, taste is pumpkin, best ever
GreatDane1632 (673) - USA - NOV 9, 2014
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber poured into a tulip -- Smells interesting, yeasty citrus and tart. Pours a cloudy orange/golden with some white head. Flavor is citrus, followed by tartness, lemony sweetness and then a clean zesty finish. Overall this is not how I would prefer a pumpkin beer, but it works out in typical Jolly Pumpkin style. I like, but probably just for a pint.
tmoreau (2724) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Lunar Brewing Co., and snifter served showing a cloudy, deep orange color, with a modest layer of silky, white foam, and ribbony cling to the lacing. The nose was light, yeasty funk, expressive, tart peach & nectarine, light spices, and a touch of sweetness. The taste was dry & sour, with a low level of earthy bitterness. Couldn’t make out the specific spices, and didn’t detect any noticeable pumpkin or cocoa. Still rather flavorful, but pricey.
markducommun (283) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Light white head, lightly clouded orange, gold. Slight sour berry, touch of spice, some cereal. Lightly soured, nice roundly sweet. Medium to long finish, medium body, some acidity, pleasantly effervescent. Quite good.
ABT_S54 (221) - West Midlands, ENGLAND - NOV 1, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
75cl bottle shared in a Trappist glass. Glugs a nice orange colour with a light beige head which last admirably and I still going strong at the end of the drink. Aroma is spicy citrus notes. Mouthfeel is just right for the style and ABV (which feels quite modest given the level of taste and body and could quite easily pass for 7%+). Taste is a combination of sour and sweet notes with lemon, spice and many other complexities which I couldn’t pick out giving way to an oaky finish. Very little bitterness presence here.
ARH (706) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 29, 2014
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: OCT 30, 2014 750 mL bottle poured into a tulip. The aroma is rather complex, and it’s initially a pungent barnyard funk which fades a bit, but is present throughout. After the initial aroma, some caramel starts to poke through, but that soon gives way to bright vinegar and crisp white wine notes along with citrus (lime, lemon, and orange can all, distinctly, be picked up). This then balances with the funk, but gives way to some candi sugar and some mellow pumpkin pie notes in the background. There’s also some roasted squash coming in and out., but it’s very faint and I had to "hunt" for it. The beer is topped by a big, frothy, off-white (almost orange) head that reduces slowly to a creamy, thick layer which is retained through out sitting atop a murky orange-yellow beer. A lot of "fractured," webby, fluffy lace is left on the glass. The taste is a balanced, medium level of sweet and sour with a touch of bitterness. The medium light beer is fizzy and thin with a slight stickiness. The initial flavors are reminiscent of white wine with a tart citrus and dry spice finish. There’s a flash of pumpkin pie at the tail end of the finish, but it doesn’t last . The dry and tart quality fades a touch during this flash, but comes back a bit as an aftertaste. After awhile those notes fades and a light, bittersweet chocolate character emerges and remains with a candy-like sugar.