Vac (2445) - San Diego, California, USA - JUL 14, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks to Darkelf for sharing this one. Pours with an orange amber body topped by a thin to medium thick head with a good amount of lacing. It smells and tastes like pumpkin pie...nuff said. Medium bodied and smooth with a touch of dryness.
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 2, 2006
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(12 oz bottles: Obtained 21-Feb-06 in trades with Pailhead and Silphium, thanks Kevin and Brad!) If you love pumpkin pie with lots and lots of spices, and want your beer to taste like that same pumpkin pie in liquid form, this is a great pumpkin beer for you. The nose is just brimming with sweet pumpkin pie spice -- cinnamon, nutmeg and clove in particular, but also plenty of sweet honey. A delightful aroma that is equaled by a flavor that exhibits the same characteristics. The underlying malt base may or may not be interesting because it’s hard to tell with how much sweet honey and spice there is masking the other flavors. A gentle wave of hops emerges in the finish just as the sweet spices start to fade a little, and I think the beer finishes on a down note because of it. While the medium body is satisfying, the beer seems to thin out fairly quickly, finishing a bit watery. Golden amber in color with only a slight haze, covered by half an inch of off-white head that settles to a filmy layer. Only a few small patches of lace remain on the glass. This beer is so spicy, it doesn’t seem like beer any more, but it sure is tasty.
demitriustown (1112) - Sterling Heights, Michigan, USA - FEB 15, 2006
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours an amberish orange with minimal head that dissipates quickly. Scent is the aroma of a pumpkin pie. Taste is definite pumpkin, cinnamon, and other spices indicative of a thanksgiving pumpkin pie. Aftertaste is short lived yet spicy and rather sweet. This is an enjoyable pumpkin pie in your glass kind of beer. Very nice spice beer that is good for both the fall and winter
stouty1 (9) - Ypsilanti, Michigan, USA - JAN 26, 2006 does not count
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours an orange/red with a small creamy head that quickly filtered to a small bubbles clinging to he side of the bottle. Smell’s like a pumpkin pie. Tastes like a pumpkin pie. Spices of cinamon and nutmeg throughout with a slight bitter aftertaste. Of th ethree pumpkin brews I’ve had, this is by far the best.I bought a sixer of this on a whim and that turned out to be a good thing!
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper color with little head. Aroma and flavor chock full of spices. Ginger is dominant but also getting some nutmeg and cinnamon. Almost no pumpkin flavor though. I kind of like this beer. Will agree with Pailhead there is a certain sourness detectable. Still enjoyed it nonetheless.
thetrifecta (29) - Bell’s country, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow! A slap in the face of fall spices greets the nostrils, pours pretty weak however, mild copper color and light white head. Ohhh but the smell! And the spice taste is really excellent aggressive taste of cinnamon, ginger, allspice, nutmeg and pumpkin. A very enjoyable lighter seasonal.
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 20, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
burnt orange app. with medium white frothy head...aroma is full of cinnamon, spices, nutmeg, and pumpkin...flavor is the exact same, with a heavier emphasis on the cinnamon...a tad spicy
Pailhead (5397) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2005
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 Bottle: Huge spice aroma. Loaded with ginger with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin. About as close to pumpkin pie as your going to get in a pumpkin beer aroma. Maybe a tad too much ginger, but I really like it. Pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head that diminishes quickly. Flavor is rather disappointing after the aroma. Very watery up front with light pumpkin. Flavor builds into a spicy ginger and cinnamon finish with light bitterness. A light sourness hides in the background. No doubt the overall score benefits from the aroma.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
12oz Bottle. Pours a light brown color with very minimal fizzy head. Nose is pumpkin pie, light nuts. Taste is mostly pumpkin, a bit fall spicy, some carbonation, with a sour, lightly bitter finish.
LutzBrau (43) - iowa city, Iowa, USA - MAY 14, 2005
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Great pumpkin ale, though a bit thin. Aroma is great pumpkin, allspice, cinamon. Good spicey hop finish too. I expected more of a smooth palate and more of a winter warmer. Good beer for the style, but not my cup of stout.