BMan1113VR (7690) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle, batch 436/437 thanks to blutt59. Pours with a hazy pumpkin colored body and a white head that stays. Aroma is funky, styrofoam, pumpkin pulp, spice, wood and sourness. Taste is sour, wood, and vegital. Fizzy and dry.
TheAlum (4971) - Lisle, Illinois, USA - NOV 29, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
750 ml bottle from Binnys (Orland Park, IL). Excited for this one, and surprised to find it on the shelf! Pours a nice glowing orange, pretty hazy, amber notes with a big frothy white head that laces pretty well. Aromas are subtle pumpkin, cinnamon, and caramel, a bit of fruity banana ester I think, mixed with a tart wild yeast element, a bit funky and warm, vanilla, wild barnyard and straw, a bit fruity. Subtle, but still nice. Initial is subtle, some gentle barnyard funk and light tartness, underneath comes in caramel, vanilla, and pumpkin, light and subtle pie spice and sweetness, light bitterness and earthy hop on the backend, a nice light sourness and funkiness comes up over the top, takes the dominance, a touch of lemon spritz, straw and earthiness. The sweetness is really mellowed out by the wild yeast and wet wood. Light, very drinkable, flavors work very well together. Different than most, one of the best Pumpkin Ales I’ve had. Cheers.
DMRz (230) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle from Rozi’s in Lakewood. Pours a medium to dark golden with a three finger white head. Somewhat sweet aroma with plain pumpkin puree, nutmeg, white apple, and some pleasant sourness. Flavour is very clean and refreshing, with more pumpkin, bready yeast, pear, and green apple. The finish is pumpkin pie spice. This is a very clean and composed brew that I found to be thoroughly enjoyable.
RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is slightly funky pumpkins and baking spices. Flavor is medium tart with pumpkins in the mid-palate and a tart, dry, funky finish slightly reminiscent of electrical fires.
ilovedarkbeer (2136) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Batch 436/437. Pours a deep orange color with a small to medium sized off white head. Nose is plastic, white pepper, sour pears, and a bit of cocoa. Taste combines the same elements but is sweeter and a bit earthy. Tangy mouthfeel with a medium to long lingering finish. Nice.
deyholla (5376) - Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, USA - NOV 28, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Poured a hazy amber orange with a medium thick off-white head. Aroma had clear pumpkin note with a bit of spice. The flavor was odd, but worked nicely with the beer starting with sweet and spicy pumpkin notes, but finished with a earthy sour note.
gearbike (512) - West Bloomfield, Michigan, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Golden orange pour with very small tight white head. Almost no aroma but big immediate flavor. Definate pumpkin and nutmeg flavor. But the real backbone of this beer is the traditional jolly pumkin sour earthy flavor.
wcampbell (721) - Clemson, South Carolina, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
On draft at the brewpub. Some sour ale like tartness that was good. Not much pumpkin flavor or body. No creaminess here. Brief peppery finish. Some spices, mainly cinnamon, but not enough malts. I was guessing this was more like 4% alc.
TheEpeeist (3047) - Swarthmore, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
25.4 oz bottle. Clearish pink brown with a lacy white head. Odd nose, very floral with tulip, cinnamon, nutmeg, lemon and earthy pumpkin. Medium body with fizzy carb. Taste is lemon pith, vanilla yoghurt, brief cinnamon and sour apple. Tartness pushes back the pumpkin with light spices.
AmEricanbrew (5200) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - NOV 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
2008 batch@Elysian 2009 GPBF. Hazy amber with a white head. Nice dry oak, mild JP funk aromas. Medium body with light carbonation. Nice flavor is earthy dusty pale malts, toasted oak, mild dry spices. Lightly sour throughout. Little to no pumpkin flavor in this aged keg.