FlyFishingBob (14) - Clinton Township, Michigan, USA - JUN 10, 2008
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Mmmmmmmm . . . pumpkin pie! This beer really surpised me, and I canít wait until Fall to get some more. It literally tastes like pumpkin pie, but you can still tell itís beer. No one I know likes it, but I canít get enough.
Inveigler (371) - Ferndale, Michigan, USA - MAR 5, 2002
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
The 2001 year was the best pumpkin that MBC has brewed to date. I thought the pumpkin spices (ginger especially) created an excellent complexity in this beer. Best yet: They have it on sale at the brewery for $10 a case. This deal is fantastic!
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. Smellís 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 Iíve 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!
BAMF (33) - Albion, Michigan, USA - OCT 31, 2010
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden beer with a good off white head. Aroma is of pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin. Taste is again like pumpkin pie with more crust taste of bread, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin, malt, with a very slight hop and spice finish. For a spiced pumpkin ale this takes top honors, great seasonal beer.
dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2011
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle poured into snifter. This is one fantastic pumpkin beer. The last few pumpkin beers Iíve had sort of let me down but this one was killer. Had a nice aroma of pumpkin pie mixed with banana bread and spice. The flavor is very creamy mixed a slight pumpkin cinnamon banana mixture. Outstanding!!
Chad9976 (1017) - Albany, New York, USA - NOV 29, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
I received a 12oz bottle in a trade with a friend in Illinois. I poured it into a tulip glass.
Appearance: Brunt umber/dirty orange color; extremely hazy body but some carbonation visible. Forms a white frothy head with good retention and lacing.
Smell: A potpourri aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, and other sweet spices.
Taste: Usually pumpkin ales fall into one of two categories: the pumpkin potpourri beer, or the pumpkin pie beer. Screaminí Pumpkin Spiced Ale is a little bit of both with strong taste of individual spices, but of the lighter, sweeter variety. The finish is all pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie with a sweet, pastry-like taste but isnít sugary or cloying in the least. Thereís even a gentle cinnamon presence to create for a crust-like flavor, too.
It starts out slightly mild with a general mťlange of the usual pumpkin suspects: pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove. Thankfully itís light on the more earthy, rustic-type spices and a complete absence of cardamom (thank you!). Thereís a breadiness imparted from the malts that compliments these flavors extremely well creating for an authentic pumpkin muffin-like taste. On the finish comes the pumpkin pie flavor including the graham cracker crust. Thereís a dash of vanilla in there, too, and an overall creamy, crŤme-like texture and taste. Very delectable and enjoyable because it seems so genuine and has no annoying aftertaste. Not the best pumpkin ale ever, but one of the best of the non-imperial variety.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied all around with a soft, creamy texture. Not tepid at all, but not overly effervescent, either.
Drinkability: I couldnít get official numbers on this beer, but Rate Beer indicates itís a 6% ABV brew, and I could certainly see that. With no alcohol presence in the nose, taste, or weight, Screaminí Pumpkin Spiced Ale is quite robust. The palate, mouthfeel and extremely smooth finish make it a challenge to drink slowly. While not a refreshing beer, itís versatile enough that it would pair with a meal or with dessert or as dessert itself, or just to enjoy on its own.
Friday (30) - Brighton, Michigan, USA - DEC 21, 2003
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this in both tap and bottled. Both are excellent with tap being a bit better. Aroma is a stong pumpkin spice, with nutmeg and cinnamon in there, as well as a very faint hop. The taste is very, very good. You can taste the pumpkin first, with spices quickly following, then a very slight hop finish. I wonder how it would taste with whipped cream? This beer made for a nice afternoon with the kids at the brewery while they stuffed thier faces with peanuts. Another great beer produced by MBC!
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.
Pohje (1) - Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2010 does not count
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Iím a big fan of my stateís beers, and this one didnít let me down. The color is a beautiful fall-esque golden/red, and it smells like pumpkin pie in liquid form. You can really pick out the spices, and it provides the illusion of being sugary, without actually being sweet.
This tastes GREAT with a slice of homemade banana bread.
superspak (1895) - Michigan, USA - SEP 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2011 12 ounce bottle, no bottle date, but I am pretty sure it is this years batch. Pours slightly hazy and cloudy golden amber color with 1-2 fingers of a fairly dense white head with very good retention; that reduces to a fairly thick lacing cap. Not much lacing on the glass. Tons of carbonation streaming from the bottom of the glass. Aromas of huge amounts of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, caramel, and pumpkin. Huge on the spices, but this smells fantastic. Taste of cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg, pumpkin, caramel, and other spices. Not much bitterness noticed, but there are lingering notes of cinnamon, clove, bread, caramel, and other spices. Medium carbonation and body, with a bit of a creamy mouthfeel as well. No alcohol noticed other than a small warming after the finish, and this is very drinkable and smooth. Overall an excellent and drinkable pumpkin ale for the fall season!