todubld (1) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 27, 2012 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
This beer is excellent. I am usually not a fan of too many pumpkin beers but whatever this Santee brewery did really created something special.
I bought a bottle on a whim and have ben back to the liquor store 4 times since and cleaned them out of this one. Grab a bottle and enjoy!
jtclockwork (9999) - , New Jersey, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours orange brown with off white head. Nose/taste of pumpkin, all spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, roasted squash and cracker malt. Overly spiced with tons of all spice and nutmeg. Medium body.
Bier brauen (246) - Bremerton, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
For what it is, it"s a nice pumkin ale.I smell the spice, and taste brown sugar, pumpkin. A nice example
ADfan (648) - Orange County, California, USA - OCT 9, 2012
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The beer pours a an amber color in the glass. I can pickup a some nutmeg and cloves with a small hint of pumpkin. There is some caramel with some sweet spices and pumpkin.
SDalkoholic (2206) - Linda Vista, California, USA - SEP 12, 2012
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap @ Telegraph Canyon Club: poured a dark glowing orange hue with a thin formation of foam head. The aroma smells similar to that of pumpkin pie that has a heavy base of pumpkin puree and an assortment of spices. The drink is well balanced and carries a strong backbone of malts while dashes of spice come up throughout the drink but aren’t overbearing. I really enjoy how smooth the palate is and how refined the drink goes down the hatch for being a pumpkin beer recipe. This pumpkin beer is one of the better ones on the market and delivers some serious alcohol to the bloodstream. I already know this is for sure going to give me a hangover tomorrow.
mjg74 (2660) - Salem, Oregon, USA - MAY 13, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber from Casa De Oro. Tart, almost vinous nose. A hint of spice as well. Quite dry and somewhat saison-like. Decent spice. Highly carbonated. 2011 edition. 8.8%. Alcohol is quite well hidden.
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - JAN 23, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
One of the more uninspiring seasonal offerings. The fleshy vegetable complexity of the pumpkin is downplayed in this tepid, underwhelming brew from the folks at Manzanita. Coarse spices and full bodied flavors, typical of this style of ale, are nearly absent. Not that pumpkin beers should taste of saccharine and honeycomb, but there should be a happy medium between the thick wedges of pumpkin and the light mouthfeel of a fall brew. Maybe some bolts need to be tightened for next year’s run.
bhensonb (11979) - Woodland, California, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bomber from Beverages4Less in Santee, CA. Pours hazy dark amber with no head. Aroma of pumpkin pie spice, and just maybe a bit of cooked squash. Full bodied - like a barley wine. The flavor is really spice, with a touch of chocolate? The spice is pervasive, seems to be pie plus something else. It’s arguably sweet in the finish, but the spice certainly fends that off.
BMan1113VR (7894) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Tasted via bottle at Beverages for Less. 2010 bottle apparently. Pours with a small tan head over a hazed orange body. Aromas are quite pervasively spicy. Huge notes of clove, nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. Decent malt back bone. Flavors are lightly estery with pumpkin pie spices. Some rich caramel and a bit of a vegital character. Medium to light bubbles with a decently rich mouthfeel.
StefanSD (2218) - Lakeside, California, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 8, 2013 Re-rated 12-08-2013, previous rating deleted as this ale has completely changed. 650 ml bottle from Sprouts. Pours a cloudy orange-brown color with a small off-white head that soon recedes to a splotchy film. The aroma is quite strong with pumpkin pie spices of nutmeg, clove, allspice and a bit of cinnamon. The taste, like the nose, is over-the-top pumpkin pie spices with nutmeg and allspice in the forefront. Amber malts, and a touch of cocoa, richly fill in the back and sides. The palate was full and a bit oily and the carbonation was lively. Finishes long with lingering cloves. Overall: Since inception this brewski has really intensified--its an altogether different beer.