ClarkVV (3579) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2006
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2006 bottle drunk on 11/3/06
Foamy, somewhat fizzy graham cracker colored head sticks to the side of the glass, but seems destined to dissipate to partial cover, rather quickly. Deeply burnished brass color with some strong auburn tints and a high clarity with plenty of carbonation.
Not much in the nose, very dry and spicy, with cinnamon and/or nutmeg blanketing much of the other character. Some fleshy, medium-dry pumpkin flavor breaks through and a touch of hard crystal malt (dry caramel and toffee). Reserved aroma, with no alcohol and too much spice.
Though as spicy as the nose suggests, the beer is actually more malty than expected. Medium-light bodied, with more dry, bready and crackery crystal malt (dry caramel again), but without the buttery/creamy sugariness that most in the style have. I actually found some fruitiness, a touch of toastiness and light cherry-cola notes, to go with a bit of sweet vanilla. Of course, the spices do come pretty hard on the finish, though a wetness to the texture helps soak them up. Medium amounts of loose carbonation do not help contribute to the malt presentation, however. No alcohol or flaws that I can find.
ogglethorp (916) - Ohio, USA - DEC 19, 2006
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap. Pours a clear orange color with a small white head that basically settles out. Aroma of malt, nutmeg, cinnamon. Flavor is malt, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin. Palate is light to medium, watery, mildly carbonated, spicy finish.
DrewTaylor (154) - Michigan, USA - DEC 9, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured deep bright amber, slightly red. Very strong sweet pumpkin spice aroma. Taste is sweet like pumpkin pie. Full array of spices. Strong very sweet pumpkin ale,
PetStain (14) - Detroit, Michigan, USA - NOV 14, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle. Poured redish/amber. Very spicy and very sweet. Tasted just like pumpkin pie. I loved this and will be bringing it to holiday parties all winter.
mstockton (222) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - OCT 28, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at CK Diggs in Troy, MI. Good flavor with a lot of spice and cinnamon. An amber colored beer. Probably not a beer that you could guzzle all night, though.
I guess I always expect a lot from these pumpkin ales and I’ve never really had one that meets my expectations...this one comes close, though.
BigBeer45 (1173) - Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2006
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 12 oz. bottle, poured a light brown amber color with some red, this pumpkin ale looked more red then the other pumpkin ales I have had, some bubbles that stayed around a bit, that spices jump out compared to the other pumpkin ales, a bite on the tongue in the after taste, I do not know if it is the hops or the spices, this smells like a piece of pumpkin pie in your glass, the spices overwhelm the pumpkin, I had to search for the pumpkin in this one, pumpkin is hardly there in the brew, this ale left some lacing on the glass, there is a bit of bitterness on the palate after swallowing, little dry on the palate, not as thirst quenching as some other pumpkin ales but I liked the kick in the nose with the spices, just wished the pumpkin came through more.
swoopjones (4915) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at Coles, Buffalo NY. Aroma heavy on cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. Medium body with decent white aromatic head. Pumpkin pie in a pint glass. prefer it over Post Road & it’s pretty comparable to Shipyard. One or two limit. Reccomend if you like these sort of things
jtw (1058) - farmington, Michigan, USA - OCT 8, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
interesting-looking bottle, gotta be worth a try. dark copper colored liquid with a thin ring of white head, crystal-clear filtered. pumpkin pie spice - nutmeg, cinnamon, whatever the hell else goes in to a pumpkin pie, it’s all there. it covers up any "beer" characteristics. that’s not to say that all you can taste is the spice, but the only lasting impression of this beer is that it’s a fun fall seasonal.
xav33 (313) - Midland, MI, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2006
3.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 12/20
Michigan Brewing Company Screamin’ Pumpkin Spiced Ale
12 oz bottle
Recent bottling, carved into 10/06
Medium pour in a tulip glass.
Poured copper with a whiteish fizzy quickly diminishing head.
Smelt of pumpkin pie! Mostly cinnamon, some cloves and pumpkin.
Taste was upfront cinnamon with a light pumpkin sweetness, followed by the moderate cloves taste and some nutmeg, with a tinge of pumpkin sweetness, on a medium length finish that finishes with light spice aromas and an awkwardly bitter aftertaste, like pumpkin rinds/skins. Mouthfeel was light to medium bodied, fizzy, slightly dry and some moderate/harsh astringency.
Overall, the aroma is wonderful, the flavor is almost there, but the harsh bitter finish leaves you afraid to take another sip.
Jwasciuk (198) - Lowell, Michigan, USA - SEP 20, 2006
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: APR 12, 2007 Pours light orange and clear. Aroma is spices and cinnimon. Flavor is very spicy the clove taste is over powering, however it does taste like pumpkin pie. I poured the last inch down the drain.