KickInChalice (860) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - MAR 7, 2012
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
From notes. First reviewed 9/3/2011. Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a pint glass.
Screamin Pumpkin pours a translucent light caramel color with a foamy off-white that shows good retention and leaves a bit of lace on the glass.
The aroma is very good. Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice combine with the pumpkin to give a nice pumpkin-forward aroma. Lightly sweet malt in the background.
The malt comes in a bit too soft. Slightly sweet but lacking enough punch, the pumpkin really dominates the flavor along with the spices. Cinnamon mostly, but a bit of nutmeg and all spice contribute to the pumpkin pie flavor. The end has an astringent grassy bitterness that is fairly off-putting. The finish is a little bit bitter.
The body is a little bit light for what I would like given the flavor profile. The malt really does not hold up to the strong pumpkin and spices. The carbonation kind of gets lost. It starts light sweet and sticky, but by the end there is a light astringency.
The aroma is by far the best part about this beer. The taste is a little bit off to me with the lack of balance between the malt and pumpkin and also the astringent bitterness that comes in at the end. There are better pumpkin beers out there.
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - APR 21, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A- Transparent light mahogany colored body that pours with a large foamy off-white head. Head quickly fades to a thin collar and little lacing is left behind in the glass.
S- Nose isnít as strong as it is for other pumpkin ales. Cinnamon and pumpkin dominate upfront with other spices in the background.
T- Cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin balance well in this brew. One character does not outshine another and the flavor is very mild.
P- Low to medium carbonation and thin body. Somewhat watery.
O- This may not be the tastiest of the best pumpkin ale I have had but it is certainly the most drinkable. Due to its mild flavor and sessionable ABV this beer is not overpowering and I could have sessioned it. This is an enjoyable pumpkin ale that I will be sure to pick up again next year.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 11-06-2007 18:48:44
Aggie80 (786) - Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not much in the way of head, but I really liked the color and the subtle spice undertones to the malt.
wmubronco1992 (640) - Coldwater, Michigan, USA - NOV 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottlee - Pours a light amber. Medium sized white head. Good lacing. Very impressive spicy aroma. Easy drinking. Doesnít have classic pumpkin tase, however there is some sweet maltiness. Overall solid seasonal beer.
MarkSachon (635) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2011
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very nice representative of these types of brew which can often be harsh or over-the-top. Many resemblances to the flavors and spices one would taste in a soft pumpkin cookie.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Real good. Draft- enjoyed this flavor explosion very much. Overspiced, and in your face, which I enjoy in a good pumpkin beer. Has a flavor very similiar to the ST Pumpking, but I canít quite place it. enjoyable for sure.
hamilton23 (612) - Alpine, California, USA - NOV 8, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from 12oz bottle. Pours a copper color with some white head. Aroma is pumpkin, all spice, nutmeg, cloves, spices, graham crackers and vanilla. Taste follows the nose with a lot of cloves.
AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 29, 2008
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
I had heard good things about this, can’t wait to try it.
Pours a reddish brown color with about half inch of head. Looks nice. Smell is pumpkin, vanilla, some spice and some underlying malt.
Taste is exactly what I’m looking for. Liquid pumpkin pie. Not overly spiced and vegetal like others. Very sweet and dessert like. This is right there with Schlafly’s Pumpkin beer.
Near perfect amount of carbonation. Very easy beer to enjoy.
dogfishho (599) - Bloomfield, New Jersey, USA - OCT 28, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is of allspice and nutmeg, as expected. Pours a crystal amber color with some orange tones in the head. The bubbles are very larger on the side of the glass and moving wuickly. The flavor is all nutmeg, allspice, and pumpkin pie with little or no other flavor contributed from the malts and hops. Overall, I hate pumpkin ales, but this one is quite tolerable.
dmschefke (570) - Macomb, Michigan, USA - AUG 26, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a nice yellowish orange with medium white head, decent lacing. Aroma obvious of pumpkin, spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel. Flavor matches well and comes together nicely, but I am just not so sure pumpkin in my beer is something I enjoy quite yet. Need to try a few more.