phaleslu (5154) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - APR 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz. bottle via trade from Keir- thanks, Keir! Naturally, I brought it back up to share on his birthday. Pours a clear amber-orange color with almost no head, just a little off-white ring. The aroma has a nice pumpkin ale thing going on- pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel malts, and graham crackers. The flavor is initially disappointing, watery and vegetal, but it gets better after a couple minutes- pumpkin, the same spices, caramel malts, and honey. Light-medium bodied, with a sweet, sticky mouthfeel and low carbonation. Stick with this one after the initial taste- I promise it gets better.
Dickinsonbeer (5076) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - JAN 3, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bomber shared by BrianK. Pours a mostly clear dull orange/yellow with a thinning white head. Aroma is very light on the pumpkin spices, cinnamon nutmeg, etc- ok Belgian yeast- spicy phenolics, some clove and black pepper- light doughy toasted malts. Flavor is lightly sweet, doughy malts, light pumpkin spices, earthy toasted malts, light bitter slight cabbage and DMS crackery and a straight forward sugary syrup sweetness in the middle- finish is a bit slick- ok overall but nothing special. A bit boring.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 24, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Thanks to BrianK. Poured a mostly clear copper with a white head. Yeasty spice aroma with light cinnamon and squashy. Semi-sweet caramel flavor with spices mixed through. Sweet finish.
jgb9348 (4273) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - FEB 23, 2013
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: FEB 24, 2013 Crisp copper and amber coloured body with a nice rich tan head, about two centimetres tall. Aroma of light spice, a bit of brown sugar, some earthy malt and a hint of nuts - nice and complex. Medium-bodied; Nice robust earthy malts at first with a definite pumpkin and spice flavour with some light sweetness behind. Aftertaste shows a mostly dry and spicey flavour with a lot of nice malt, some sweetness and also a hint of peanuts. Overall, a good and complex beer with a bunch of flavour and a nice malty flavour profile. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Half Time in Poughkeepsie, New York on 26-December-2012 for US$9.99 sampled at home in New Paltz, New York on 21-February-2013.
boFNjackson (3894) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 13, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Tap @ Elysian’s Great Pumpkin Beer Fest... Poured clear, golden orange with a white head. Big Belgian yeast esters with some pumpkin spice. Residual sweetness from the malt and a drying, yeasty finish. A little underwhelming compared to the others at the fest.
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 10, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Fairly fresh 2010 bomber. The body is a clear, dark, copper-amber color, and it’s topped by a moderately sized head of spongy, beige tinted foam. Collapsing fairly quickly, the head settles in as a wispy film with a thin, bubbly edge. Lacing is limited to minimal spotting and skinny horizontal lines. The nose is based in crusty cake, caramel sugar, and roasted pumpkin with a hint of cream. Spices are dry, suggesting toasted coriander, nutmeg, and clove, with a slight hint of cinnamon. Yeast is definitely of a Belgian mold, doughy and spicy, well paired with the malts. Flavors mostly follow suit, bitter, dark, winery spices giving a sharp edge to the dried brown sugar and toasted pumpkin malts. Earthen hops and nutmeg balance the sweetness out well, as dry, bready Belgian yeast contributes a unique feel. Still, I’d say it is a little coriander-heavy for my tastes. The palate is substantial, yet sufficiently dry, as the yeast has done well to attenuate the excess sugars. Carbonation is on the lively side of moderate, which intensifies the dryness. Overall, I found this to be solid, but far from great. Back the coriander off a bit and it would certainly be better.
ben4321 (3334) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - MAR 27, 2013
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Whole Foods-Bowery, 3/27/13, This beer is to moving forward!
Aroma: The nose is has some spice, ginger, clove, pumpkin, sweet malts, and Belgian yeast
Appearance: Pours a clear orange color with a small off-white head and some drippy lace-work
Flavor: The taste is mid-sweet, with a nice spice component, and some light bitterness
Palate: The body is medium, it has a nice, clean feel, tingly carbonation, and a mildly dry finish
I have a fairly limited cellar/fridge selection right now, but this seemed like the perfect beer to use for a nice celebratory drink! Anyway, this is another really nice one from Midnight Sun. I’ve been lucky enough to try a few, but I’d like to get my hands on more of their beers for sure. Not only it this one a complex and flavorful beer, but I found it to be both really interesting and really good as well.
SHIG (3279) - Wasilla, Alaska, USA - DEC 30, 2012
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle: Poured a brown color with a off white head. Aroma is a mix of spices, grain, and coriander. Taste is spicy pumpkin, veggie, and grain.
jsquire (3225) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Golden amber color out of the bottle with a thin white head. Nose of sweet malt and some spice. Malty beer with some white sugar and honey sweetness with some subtle nutmeg and spice flavors. This was an easy drinking beer and not as big as I expected from a Midnight Sun pumpkin.
puzzl (3216) - New York, New York, USA - JAN 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle shared by BrianK. Man, these guys have gone down hill. Pumpkin spice, very vegetal, zucchini, white pepper aroma. Prickly body, harsh, a bit thin. Sweet, unfermented malts in the finish. Bleh.