Dogbrick (6824) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - FEB 2, 2003
2.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I was surprised to find this at Frog Bear Wild Boar, a bar/club not really known for the beer selection. Amber color with an off-white head. Aroma is almost spicy enough to make your eyes water. Ginger absolutely dominates, with a little pumpkin and malt crying for attention. This was a little hard to drink because of how robust the spicy flavor was. I would have welcomed more hops or malt to balance out the spice assault. Dry finish. An interesting attempt but not something I am going to search out again.
Ernest (5892) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 24, 2002
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2006 Blind rating.
Head is initially small, frothy/fizzy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy medium amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (toasted bread, caramel), with notes of nutmeg and pumpkin.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, lightly to moderately bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Unpleasant sourness hurts this one.
aobecksy (700) - Middle of no where, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2002
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
I love a pumpkin ale. Strong robust spiceness paves the way to spectacular holidays. Thinner than other pumpkin lagers, with little hops and just enough clovey spiciness. Could turn you hair orange with too many!
Rockinout (966) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2002
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden-orange color with a white head and a faint nose and taste of pumpkin. Has a bitter sweet finish. Dries quickly off of the tongue.
Drew (2413) - Kent, Ohio, USA - OCT 26, 2002
2.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
This one just didn’t do anything for me. The pumpkin pie flavors were there, just seemed kind of "blah". mushy body.
muzzlehatch (4424) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 20, 2002
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Fall 2001. Very clear orange (pumpkiny!) body with a medium-sized head; aroma is deliciously Thanskgiving, pumpkin and cloves with just a hint of chocolate; flavor is on the light side but malty with pumpkin running throughout. Little hop presence; a bit thin and weak, but worth a try. Probably the brewer’s least impressive offering, but still miles better than a lot of fruit/veggy beers. 1/1/2002 rerating -- liked this a bit more 2nd time; pumpkin flavor needs a little warming to come through strongly; if it had a touch more body it would be up there with some of the brewery’s other (world-class) offerings. Oct 2002. Seems thinner and weaker this year; aroma still wonderful, and overall still above average.
IneedAbuheer (69) - Ingleside, Illinois, USA - OCT 18, 2002
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
A smooth, somewhat light brew that is satisfying and a nice change. Pumpkin flavor at the end is apparent, however I wish it would have been a little more powerful.
mjmurphy2 (85) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2002
3.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Eh. Nice aroma of pumpkins and spice. Couldn’t really taste it though, just seemed to be a little spicy around the edges of my tongue. Not much to it, really.
jsquire (3228) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2002
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This pours out of the bottle a pale golden color with a thin white head and an obvious pumpkin pie spice nose. I rememeber liking this beer more last year. I thought it was a little thin and the flavors were strangely disjointed. It got a little better as it warmed. Still, a nice use of spice to make an intersting beer.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 9, 2002
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Light amber with a light cream colored, quickly dissipating head. Aroma of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg with a faint pale malt undertone. Malt hits you first followed by light spice and then back to malt maltiness. Its been some time since I had had this one, and this one is better than I remember. Pumpkin really doen’t come out until it warms up. Finishes slightly spicy and a touch of hops bitterness. A very good pumpkin beer.