DuffMan (7998) - the land of bitumen, beef & beer, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Compared with Alley Kat Pumpkin Pi 2010. Both look the same: clear sienna, average, uniformly dense rust-tinted head. Aroma is initially quite perfumey, softly spicy, featuring nutmeg and cloves, with light brown sugar and caramel. Pumpkin Pi is more assertively malty with definite pumpkin notes. Flavours are true to the nose, with nothing really in the way to suggest pumpkin, but with delicate spice and sweet toffee malts. Mouthfeel is light, bordering on thin. The Pumpkin Pi seemed heartier, but more coarse, with less in the way of spice and more in the way of pumpkin. St. Ambroise won this one, with both Parksy and my wife in agreement.
Beer Snob (501) - Ontario, CANADA - OCT 11, 2010
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Smells great - a real autumn aroma of cinnamon and pumpkin. The flavor however is a let down - mild hints of the aromas and a bland ale taste. Palate is disappointingly prosaic. Nothing wrong with it - just nothing that special - other than the heavenly aroma.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
bottle. orange pour with white head..aroma full of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin puree, and a touch of clove. nice, in that it doesnt seem overly spiced. flavor mostly of cinnamon pumpkin bread...high drinkability for the style
Metalchopz (2606) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 6, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Originally rated March 2008. Wow... never thought I would be able to taste this one (since they had discontinued it a while back). Now, it is back... and this one is a 2007 edition. Pours a brown-ruby clear colour with an off-white head which has average retention and hardly any lace. Very nice nose, full of cinnamon spice with a touch of nutmeg. Thin mouthfeel and average carbonation. The taste is the same as the scent, mostly cinnamon with a little ginger. Quite a beautiful spiced beer, with no pumpkin in it. Just cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves. Will buy again, at the end of every year when it comes out.
Zenwolf (269) - Waterloo, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 3, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours ruby/copper with minimal head and no lacing. Nice slightly spicy cinamon and clove aroma with hints or orange peel and.bitters. The mouthfeel was slightly watery at first, but started to coat well with well balanced spice. Minimal hops with a nice slightly nutty sweetness. Great taste. Decent holiday spice brew.
godofsky (274) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - OCT 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 13, 2010 341ml bottle. purchased 4 pack for $9 from the grocery store. pours dark amber orange with a thick foamy off white head that quickly dissipates. lots of spices going on in the aroma. cinnamon, ginger, clove, along with pumpkin of course. nutmeg really comes out in the taste. this beer really tastes like pumpkin pie, with a mild hops finish. lovely. the mouthfeel is thin and very carbonated. very impressed with this one. i’ll be serving this for the family on thanksgiving dinner. another great product from McAuslan.
FourJ (50) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 3, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Taste of caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices. Not as strong a flavour as I expected, but okay nonethelss.
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 2, 2010
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber brown pour with a moderate off-white head. Rich pumpkin and ginger spice bread. Slightly acidic flavor, more spice bread and mild pumpkin, moderate bitterness on the finish. Very nice, though I wish the flavor matched up closer with the beautiful aroma.
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 1, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice orange copper colour with a thin head which dissipates quickly . strong aroma of clovers and nutmeg. taste is smooth light spice blends well with the light hops and a nice malty finish. good pumpkin beer
Brigadier (3245) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - SEP 30, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle
This was found at Warehouse Beverage while looking for other beers. Given the weather and the season it seemed like perfect timing to revisit a brewery whose few offerings to date have impressed me. This one was so-so but given some of the envelope pushing by other breweries more traditional. Unlike some I might be able to drink more than one without feeling like I was slapped in the face with spices and alcohol.
Aroma / Appearance - A mandarin orange body shimmered along with the creamy slightly offwhite head (the color of weathered paper). Fluid and carbonated it made itself known. Heavily spiced pumpkin pie dominated the area around the glass with cinnamon and cloves in the background. Much like a pumpkin roll or scone this was perhaps a little too heavy. Toned down it would be almost perfect.
Flavor / Palate - Light gourds and spices alternate before a mellow finish. Pumpkin continues to be the theme as you’d expect with no big surprises lurking in the aftertaste. More laid back than many of its counterparts this could be improved without giving up the lower ABV. Overall however I feel it’s worth a look at the price point and given the brewery’s track record for solid releases.