ben4321 (5484) - 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.
Dickinsonbeer (5074) - 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.
SHIG (4381) - 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.
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.
boFNjackson (4198) - 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.
jsquire (4097) - 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.
DiarmaidBHK (4085) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 13, 2013
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at top hops beer shop. Pours light orange with a half inch white head. It doesn’t leave a lot of lacing in the glass. Slight spice notes on the nose. Fairly big pumpkin on the tongue but it feels a bit one note. Finish lingers a bit. I feel this could be bolder and fresher and more pronounced. It all feels a bit thin to me.
nickd717 (4059) - San Francisco, California, USA - JUN 15, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft at the brewery. Orange-gold with a small white head. Belgian yeast and spices on the aroma. The flavor is mildly sweet and rather belgian with notes of coriander, ginger, and caramel. Not much pumpkin, maybe a little. Medium body and carbonation. A little underwhelming, but still good.
TheEpeeist (3709) - Media, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Clear amber with a diminishing head that settles to a haze. Roasted pumpkin really pops out in the nose. Yeasty with hints of nutmeg, coriander and clove. Pulpy medium body with a tang. Taste is pumpkin and brown sugar, more squashy than sweet. Orange peel and spices finishing with a clove ginger buzz. The vegetal earthiness is nicely countered by the zing of the spices.
Bulk_Carrier (3470) - Lake Champlain, Vermont, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reviewed from notes.
The appearance had a ruddy brown colored body with a thin white head that concaves a bit at the edges with its lacing.
The smell had some earthy Belgian yeast up front but some nice spicy tones that softly allow some clove and malty/somewhat sugary notes. There was some light pumpkin only after some warming.
The taste was earthy yet spicy yet malty sweetness with some light vanilla and pepper. Slight clove-like vanilla aftertaste and dry spicy finish.
On the palate, it sat at/about a medium, and was somewhat sessionable. Carbonation has an adequate harshness for a Belgian beer
yet still comes across with a decent smoothness.
Overall, this seems to be more of a Belgian ale than a spice/herb/vegetable ale. No worries, its still good stuff that I might have again as the Belgian and spicy notes take over more so than the pumpkin notes.