bhensonb (13614) - Woodland, California, USA - DEC 31, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber from Capitol Beer in Sacramento, CA. Pours hazy orange amber with a transient beige head. Aroma is very light pie spice. Med body or better. Flavor is pie spice, but there is the yeast/fruit ester thing playing in. It’s thinning rapidly and the flavors aren’t really strong. It’s nice, but it’s not very exciting? Damning with faint praise? It isn’t really sweet or bitter. The flavors tend to fade away.
marcus (8696) - Sacramento, California, USA - DEC 26, 2013
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Capitol Beer & Tap Room. Pours light amber with a rich off-white head and a spicy pumpkin aroma. There is a rather harsh vegetable flavor with a mix of spices and a noticeable yeast presence.
furthur (761) - Eagle River, Alaska, USA - NOV 30, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Color cloudy dark amber. Aroma spice, malt, yeast, fruit. Taste apple, caramel, grapefruit, faint spice. Sweet and fruity. Smooth on the tongue, medium viscosity, not dry.
Dogbrick (10889) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample at Kurtkeller 001: Pumpkin-tastic 01 on 11/22/2013. Clear orange color with a medium white head that dissipates steadily to an outer ring. Short strings of lacing. Aroma of cloves, malt and pumpkin. Medium-bodied with flavors of cloves, yeast, earthy malt and ginger. The finish is mildly spiced with a ginger and yeast aftertaste. Decent overall.
bytemesis (6189) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - NOV 21, 2013
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours hazy orange amber with a medium beige head, creamy with nice lacing. Aroma is spices, allspice, clove, cinnamon, herbs. Flavor is the same, light sweet and light zesty bitter, herbal and quite spicy with strong earthy yeast notes as well. Medium body. Meh.
Zymurgeist2 (1649) - Redwood City, California, USA - NOV 5, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Aroma dominated by cardimon and nutmeg with moderate clove. Coppers range with off white head. Pretty. Spice dominates flavor with cardimon and clove. Proving yet again I don’t like pumpkin ales.
poisoneddwarf (2207) - Rathdrum, Idaho, USA - OCT 26, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer #4. Aroma is earthy, Belgian yeast imparting banana, light clove. Pours hazy orange with a medium beige head with good retention. Taste is extremely earthy, clove. Highly carbonated, medium-bodied. Second beer in a row with very little to no pumpkin character. Not bad for a spiced up earthy tripel, though.
Beerdrinker79 (1968) - Idaho, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle- Pours a very hazy orange with a one finger off white head that reduces to a blanket. Aroma is kind of beery, generic, sweet, Belgian yeast, spices. The taste is very Belgian, yeasty, earthy, spices. I am not really getting much pumpkin, maybe a general vegetal taste, but I want a pumpkin taste in my pumpkin beer. Still a tasty beer.
changeup45 (1729) - Mount Dora, Florida, USA - OCT 25, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I suppose now is the time to try this one. Amber-orange color with a short-lived fizzy head. No head retention. Soft Belgian yeast aroma, with clove, and fruity esters. Gentle nutmeg, cinnamon, and cardamon enter the mix. The flavors are a bit sweet, with Belgian yeast, brown sugar, clove, and a fruity ester character. There’s pumpkin spices; the same as noted in the aroma, with some more pumpkin specific flavors too. Not much of a crusty, cracker thing going on though. If I didn’t already know this was a "pumpkin beer" it may just pass as a decent Belgian Ale. While I was happy to find the pumpkin not so dominant, I was still a bit underwhelmed by this beer. It grew on me from my initial impression but nothing is here to get me overly excited with it. For what it’s worth, I would much rather have their TREAT.
BMan1113VR (7914) - Los Angeles, California, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours with a medium clarity, orange-bronze hued body with a medium sized off-white head that slowly fades. Aromas are of spices: ginger/gingerbread, cardamom, allspice, nutmeg, medium malt toasty qualities, light estery yeast and peppery phenolics. Flavors show a toasted malt quality, a bit crackery with warming spices notes (nutmeg and cinnamon and possibly light coriander). Toned down belgian yeast provides only a light fruity character. Medium body with high carbonation. Overall, it is quite a bit more balanced than I was expecting; definitely a good thing.