balke13 (156) - MIssoula, Montana, USA - FEB 11, 2005
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange color with a white head...nothing too impressive. Strong pumpkin and clove aroma with some pepper, nutmeg and ketchup? Bready flavor as well as the obvious pumpkin and sweet malt with a dry finish.
SoLan (1550) - Florida, USA - FEB 7, 2005
3.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper orange pour. Thin off white quick settling head. Pumpkin aroma as soon as I opened the bottle. Also spices, especially nutmeg, with alcohol underlying it all. Not much carbonation in appearance. Pumpkin is the first flavor, spices in the middle of the mouth, and a sour finish. Cannot drink more than one of these. Novelty beer. Not for me but well worth the rate.
GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2004
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pretty solid beer, I would say that it has more of the spiciness that is associated with Pumpkin pie, than the actual pumpkin flavor, kind of a spicy sweet flavor, no real hops to speak of, good but not really a style that I would repeat much
heemer77 (5053) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 12, 2004
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 Thin white head with a dark, cloudy body. The aroma is fairly spicy with nutmeg and mace. Also the pumpkin and soem earthy must comes out. The taste has a funky tartness under the pumpkin. It is hard to get past the tartness. A lame lager beer and probably the worst pumpkin beer I have had. Thanks Secret Santa.
crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2004
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tasted just like pumpkin pie, there’s so much spice and flavor to it, so if you like pumpkin pie you’ll love this, but I don’t like pumpkin pie that much, so I won’t get it again.
MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2004
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cloudy golden-orange color, aroma of cinnamon and pumpkin. Small white head that doesn’t last, not much lacing either. Pumpkin , ginger, cinnamon and butter bread flavors, Medium body body with a buttery mouthfeel, finishes pretty sweet, I had a tough time finishing the bottle.
Goblincat (378) - Westland, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours amber with a small Head. Nose is heavy with pumpkin and spice... Very strong scent. Taste is almost too overpowering with pumpkin spices. I know that’s what this is marketed as, so I won’t discredit for that. Anyone looking for liquid pumpkin pie won’t be disappointed.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a perfectly transparent amber with a small white head. Tons of sweet pumpkin pie in the nose, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a light hopping. Taste is very sweet and light malty. All the pumpkin pie is present, if this brew were as thick as darklord it would be like drinking pumpkin pie. Very well balanced. Slightly thin on the palate with the cinnamon trailing off in the background.
JoeM500 (1902) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pumpkin meat orange with a thin, whispy head. Strong notes of spice: coriander, ginger, cinnamon, clove. Pumkin pie is the best way to describe the nose, the taste is first laden with spice and vegetable, with lots of dryness at the finish. One of the best pumpkin beers out there.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2004
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2005 Rerate based on two follow-up tastings: one was a fresh bottle from the 2005 batch, the other from the Autumn 2004 run in the spring of 2005. I would swear that this recipe has changed for the worse over time. Nowhere near as good as it is fresh on tap at the brewery, or newly bottled in 2002 and 2003. Regardless, my original review, slightly tweaked to reflect what you’d get today, is below...
One of the better pumpkin beers I’ve had. Glorious aroma of pumpkin paired with spices - nutmeg and cinnamon are the most prominent. Cleansing, crisp and slightly spiced on the palate. Creaminess is interrupted by an acidic bite, distorting the other wise similar flavor to pumpkin pie with a scoop of buttercream on top. Always a tradition to get a sixer of this when it’s in season.