superspak (3747) - Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2015
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, Fall 2015 bottling. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of pumpkin, brown sugar, toasted pie crust, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness. There was a light metallic note in there as well. Okay aromas with good complexity and solid balance of dark/bready malt and pumpkin/spice notes; with solid strength. Taste of pumpkin, brown sugar, toasted pie crust, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, brown sugar, toasted pie crust, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt and pumpkin/spice flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is a solid pumpkin ale. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and pumpkin/spice flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. The metallic note was a bit off-putting in the nose, but there was minimal amounts of it in the taste. An enjoyable offering.
arminjewell (8842) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pour on tap at the brewery, slightly hazy orange pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of nice vanilla, pumpkin, graham cracker into some caramel, toffee, slight spicy note with cinnamon, clove. Taste is a mix of graham, vanilla, caramel into some pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice with a hint of cinnamon, finishing sweet. Nice.
umich03jm (2991) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap at Liberty. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a small foamy head that fades to a ring and leaves some webbing. Aroma has strong ginger along with other pumpkin pie spices. Some actual pumpkin makes it through with a little caramel as well. Taste mostly pumpkin pie spices but I think the ginger is a little to heavy. Light caramel. A bit watered down.
tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap: very clear amber body with a quickly receding layer of white foam that leaves decent lacing behind. Aroma has notes of pumpkin spice, nutmeg, & gingerbread with a very mild steel-y caramel note & some sharp yeast. Some apple pie notes, too. Taste is full of decently bitter & leafy hops, cinnamon, gingerbread, warm & sweet apples, mild nutmeg & some faint graham cracker. Dry, toasty bread & bitter finish with very mild metallic notes. Nice pumpkin ale.
Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2013
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
$5.25 pint at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.
Appearance: Slightly hazy pumpkin color with almost no head. Lacing is minimal. Looks like I expected it to.
Smell: Best part, no doubt. It really smells like pumpkin pie with a perfect amount of spice (I.E., it doesn’t burn your nose hairs). Nice sweetness, slight pumpkin, spicy... pretty much on point.
Taste/feel: Eh... a pint was more than enough for me. The taste at first is actually very nice, and better than I was expecting. Punkin Pie tastes just like the aroma, but it just doesn’t have that "Mm, I really want another sip." sort of thing going for it that I had with Screamin’ Pumpkin. I also got sick of the watery feel near the end of the glass. It’s a respectable pumpkin beer, and actually one of the better ones I’ve had, but it probably won’t blow your mind.
Tmoney99 (12402) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2013
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Draft. Poured clear orange copper color with an average white frothy head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid pie allspice aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy spice sweet flavor with a medium spice sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Good spice with no pumpkin beer.
firstsip (720) - Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2013
4.6 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Best pumpkin ale by far... and I drink a ton. No actual pumpkin, but well balanced with pumpkin pie spice as to not be so sweet. Wish they distributed it.
JPDurden24 (1664) - Chandler, Arizona, USA - NOV 17, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
At the brewery, orange and gold pour. Lots of pumpkin and cinnamon in the aroma and a similar taste. Maybe just a bit too much cinnamon, but still pretty good.
msante79 (2217) - Mount Prospect, Illinois, USA - DEC 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at brewpub. Pours clear golden orange with white head. Aromas of pumpkin spice, clove, caramel malts. Flavors of cinnamon, clove, pumpkin spices. Nice carbonation and mouthfeel. Not bad for the style.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Growler. Pours a dark copper color with a small white head. Nose is spicy, nutmeg, pumpkin. Palate is medium, a nice bite and a lightly dirty finish. Flavors of pumpkins, nutmeg, light cream.