FlacoAlto (3677) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 1, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A slightly vigorous pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces a fat, three-finger thick, pale tan colored head that sits atop a brilliantly clear, reddish, copper colored beer. The beer is obviously spiced with the typical pumpkin pie spices as the aroma even as I pour it is quite redolent of cinnamon, nutmeg and perhaps a touch of ginger. A deeper sampling of the aroma yields nothing more than these spices and perhaps a touch of dusty malt.
Fairly dry, with perhaps a hint of sweetness that just peeks through a tart spice character. Spice flavors of nutmeg & cinnamon dominate, but there is perhaps a touch of character that might be attributed to pumpkin, but only just barely. There is a ginger note noticeable in the finish as well as a slightly astringent spice bitterness. Crystal malt contributed caramelized sugar flavors and a medium / light malt fullness help convey the pumpkin pie analogy a bit further.
This is certainly an enjoyable version of a Pumpkin beer, and it does have actually have some pumpkin flavor to it, despite the slightly heavy handed spicing. This is a touch richer, and a bit more like desert that say something like Buffalo Billís Pumpkin ale, but it still is to light to really be anywhere near representative of pie in a glass.
Purchased: <a href=http://www.ratebeer.com/Places/ShowPlace.asp? Liquors, Tucson, AZ
cheap (3659) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2011
2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
In my little hd mug. Pour is like pale lager but with a touch of haze and perhaps even a little darker. Smell is sugar pumpkin. Stronger somewhat rude personality. Does not hide alky well. Malty and sumthin going on here. Reminds me of some stronger aged high gravity beers. Almost irish in nature. Pumpkin is not pleasing in this brew. On style for a veggie spice brew. Does not have the texture of pumpkin pie, heheh
b3shine (3580) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft to taster. Looks decent; a transparent gold with white lacing. Smells of pumpkin, spices, and lager yeast. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Okay, but I think I prefer pumpkin ales to pumpkin lagers.
ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 12, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
2005 bottle from Liquor mart drunk on 9/29/2005. A clear, filtered amber-to-light-mahogany colored beer, with a quickly dissipating off-white head, no lacing. Rather bubbly. Aroma of raw pumpkin meat, brown sugar and cinnamon. Very sweet, with some buttercream qualities, donít get any of the hops, definitely not any lager yeast. Pretty much a sweet cream and pumpkin pie aroma. Flavor is more of the same; very sweet, brown sugar-meets-heavy cream flavor, moderately carbonated, with a raw pumpkin meatiness, that may be authentic, but seems to overpower the otherwise lighter characteristics of the mouthfeel, especially being that this is quite filtered. Looking for the lager qualities, I find none. Cinnamon/nutmeg and light allspice on the end, some plant-like, vegetal notes and more buttercream. I appreciate that itís not overspiced, and there is a definite sweetness to it that at least gives it some body, but the mouthfeel is weak. Iím not so sure a creamy-sweet pumpkin beer works well with a lager, Iíd prefer to stick to an ale. I did have this only chilled (and the first half straight from the bottle), however, so that may be a problem.
hotstuff (3579) - Indiana, USA - MAR 11, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Small fizzy white head that mostly diminished, very little lacing, hazy, carbonation observed, and a golden and pale yellow hue. Nose was pumpkin, sweet, subtle hops, spicy, and cinammon. Ditto for the flavor plus some clove and finishes dry. Fairly smooth, slightly tingly and dry mouthfeel. Light-medium body. Quaffable, but nothing to write home about IMO. Balanced and not over-the-top pumpkin tasting as others that Iíve had, but the flavor of this beer just didnít leave me wanting more.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - NOV 21, 2007
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
In the bottle from Total Beverage. Seriously, this is actually the orange color of a pumpkin. Has a big white head. Strong aroma of pumpkin pie spices. Flavor is a bit on the vegetable side. Has a good pumpkin taste, but lacks the over sweetness of many such beers. This does not taste like boiled cabbage as do many pumpkin beers. The spices are strongly pronounced in the finish. Smooth palate is not spicey burning hot. Not as good as OíFallon, but way better thanCoors in the punkin department.
SSSteve (3558) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 17, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
slightly cloudy orange with some floaters under a small white head. heavily spiced(cinnamon, nutmeg, clove) pumpkin aroma. flavors are the same. light bodied. flavors are less potent than the nice aroma.
dmac (3541) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
12 oz bottle from Spirits Rt 166. Poured an orange/rust colored body with a smaller foamy of white head. Aroma is more heavy on the spices, all-spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, metallic notes, wet bread and some odd pumpkin as well. the body is very thick and full and not a quick sipper on how much it fillsup your mouth and throat. Flavor actually seems to be astep down from the aroma, wet spices dominate, all-spice, nutmeg, hint of chocolate for some reason, followed by bread, cinnamon and pumpkin. Not a top 3 pumpkin beer but would suffice in a pinch.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - DEC 1, 2009
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours an average pumpkin orange with a faint aroma of pumpkin and just a touch of nutmeg. Flavor is weak pumpkin and nutmeg with a finish of dull spice. Average mouthfeel. Though my rating doesnít indicate it, this is actually an enjoyable beer. Subtle, subdued and not bad. Iíd drink it again.
nickd717 (3400) - San Francisco, California, USA - JAN 6, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle via trade as an extra thanks to boothbeer on BA. Pours a perfectly clear copper color with a two-finger white head that lasts. Some good lacing as well. Aroma is nice pumpkin and spices as well as some malty sweetness. Flavor is surprisingly nice and balanced. Sweet caramel and pale malt, fresh pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Somewhat smooth on the palate with medium body, just a tad watery on the finish. Overall this is a pretty solid pumpkin beer. I was pleasantly surprised.