Pailhead (4242) - Brownstown, 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.
Strykzone (4218) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - JUL 22, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Thanks Floyd. A clear caramel beer with a smallish tan head. A nice aroma with pumpkin that is just some Cool Whip away from pumpkin pie including the spices. Feel is quite zesty and gives a nice zing to the tip of the tongue. Flavor is exactly the same as the aroma. One of the best beers in this genre that I have had.
esjaygee (3844) - Oak Creek, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 17, 2009
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Amber with a thin white head. Minor lacing and a touch of haze with this Halloween offering. Aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Taste of heavy clove, nutmeg and a spicy finish that has some burnt malt mixed in. Dry finish on this one trick pony (clove) that just a bit too one dimensional.
Bullit (3725) - NETHERLANDS - JUN 20, 2010
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Mackinaw City party store. Clear orange colour, large white head. Brew has cinnamon, pumpkin, light malted. Watery and sweet.
cheap (3659) - Beaver County, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2007
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
What an aroma of cloves, anisette and licorice, quite anesthetizing. Color is orange/ruby and clear. Has a small off white head. Wow, lots of pumpkin spice in this brew, more than any other Iíve tried. Certainly tries to imitate the fall pumpkin feeling. May be overdone on the spices. Yes, if you are looking for something that is like pumpkin pie without the sugar, you got it. But isnít sweetness the major portion of a pumpkin pie? Barely any carbonation on the palate and what does exist is slight champagne creaminess. Finish is pumpkin spice all the way, donít know if I can take more than two of these at a time. No bitterness detected but the spice is quite in your face.
tderoeck (3625) - Gent, BELGIUM - MAR 29, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
27/III/2012 - 355ml bottle @ home - BB: n/a (2012-292) Thanks to Cory and kelly for the bottle!
Little cloudy deep orange beer, big irregular creamy head, adhesive, pretty stable. Aroma: lots of cloves, cinnamon, some ginger, more cloves, bit sugary, although that last could be my mind playing tricks on me with all of these pastry aromas. MF: soft carbon, light to medium body. Taste: lots of spices, mainly cinnamon and cloves, orange peel, gingerbread. Aftertaste: bitter, lots of spices, more cloves and cinnamon, bitter, little metallic, green banana.
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.
Nate (3464) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle from Uncle Sudsy’s. Nice pumpkin pie spices, sweet with cinnamon, allspice, cloves, and brown sugar. Very little hops. Medium dark amber-brown clear, with thin head. Medium watery body with medium carbonation. Starts sweet with brown sugar and caramel, followed with tons of pumpkin pie spices. Light alcohol and estery flavors, with mild nutty bitter finish and calm spice-bitter after. Nice flavor to this one.
patrick767 (3235) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle - Pours hazy orange with a small white head. It smells like pumpkin pie with lots of pumpkin and spice, especially cinnamon. The flavor is sweet, spicy pumpkin and some bitterness in the finish that unfortunately tastes a little off. I think a more robust malt profile would have helped this one, but itís alright.
jsquire (3230) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 23, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Amber colored beer with a short lived off white head that left moderate lacing on the glass. Nose of powdered sugar sweetness and pumpkin pie spices. After I had a few sips of this I realized what I was tasting. This is like the frosting on carrot cake. Really sweet cream cheese, with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove spices thrown in. Almost a dry, dusty spice flavor, and the sweetness of that frosting just gets me. Interesting pumpkin beer.