vtafro (3795) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - JAN 21, 2010
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle @ Paul’s new decade tasting, thanks BrianK. Yellow orange pour with some head. Slight pumpkin notes, along with cinnamon, spices, some yeast and earthy vegetable and hop notes. On the weaker side of MS beers I’ve had.
SHIG (3637) - 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.
nickd717 (3569) - 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.
jsquire (3551) - 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 (3527) - 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.
bytemesis (3499) - 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.
TheEpeeist (3399) - 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.
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.
puzzl (3254) - 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.
tgncc (2879) - Bellmore, New York, USA - JAN 18, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
The aroma is sour, vegetable, squash. The appearance is clear, gold yellow, white head. the flavor is vegetable, pumpkin, sour, vinegar. The finish is noble hops. Medium body. Ok. Intersting idea, middling execution.