craftycarl21 (2338) - Seattle, Washington, USA - AUG 31, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: OCT 16, 2011 Clear light amber pour, minimal head. Looks like a cider. Nose of really delightful tart cranberry, pumpkin spice, tertiary fruits like blackberry and currant, and nice touches of sour throughout. Flavor is really nice; more fruit, spice, and tartness. Not especially dry on the finish, but refreshing, unique, and delicious. Big ups for creativity to New Belgium.
Rerate 10/16/11- Huuuge change in this beer after 1.5 months. The sourness has mellowed out considerably to reveal much more legitimate pumpkin and tart cranberry notes, and beautiful lactic acidity, and increased wood presence. I did love it as quite a sour brew, but the restrained, slightly aged bottle had much more complexity to it. Upping from a 3.7 to a 4.
beersearcher (2382) - Glendale, California, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
A good beer but no sign of pumpkin at all. Nice sour tang and fruit snap from the cranberry. Would be good with Halloween candy.
twindog (274) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a great orange color and a crisp white head. Flavors of the sourness of the cranberry is the for front of this beer. The cranberry is the stand up flavor of this beer. The cranberry is the dominant flavor. This is another great beer.
emacgee (4593) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - AUG 30, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks turd. Pours soft sharp gold with one finger offwhite head. Nose is an interesting blend of cranberry acidity, a light sweetness, and pie spice character. Nice tartness in the mouth with a mild tannic bite and sweet spice character. Notes of lemongrass and citrus zest. Dry spicy palate with a lasting finish.
TURDFERGUSON (4043) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Hazy orange with small white head. Nose is tart fruits--apricot, peach, cranberry is harder to pick out. Also some leather, wood, light pumpkin flesh. A little heavier than Iíd like, but overall pretty refreshing.
That1Guy (2192) - Colorado, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber split and crushed with Ronbra. Pours a glowing orange with a bubbly head that disappears quickly. Cranberry dominates the aroma and the flavor. Nice and tart with the pumpkin and wood mellowing it out in the finish. Tasty and refreshing.
Goodgrief (1992) - Middletown, Delaware, USA - AUG 27, 2011
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Golden brown pour, fruity aroma. I only bought this because it was the New Belgium release in the area, so I bought them all. I hate pumpkin beers. But this was great. A light body, but full flavored ale. Itís wonderfully zingy and tart and has a moderate cranberry flavor. I canít say I got very much pumpkin flavor in it...and no goofy spicing.
HonkeyBra (4034) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz. bomber. Pours an orangish hue with twinges of red. Almost no head, the little head that there is sits atop in whisps. Aroma has light oak, mild pumpkin sweetness and apparent cranberries impart some tartness. Flavor focuses on the mildly tart cranberries and pumpkin sweetness. Some mild wood notes, mostly light vanilla. Light lingering tartness towards the finish. This is an interesting beer, and definitely above average. It has a lot going on and the flavor is pretty good. Iím not sure Iíd ever think about it again, though.
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - AUG 26, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from Samís. Cool bottle; very reasonably priced. Pours light yellowish orange with slightly pinkish tint. Soft, foamy head. Nose of sour apricot, tart wood, pumpkin, pie crust. Taste adds odd cranberry tartness as well as bitterness. Odd combination, but I like it.
Travlr (21191) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 22, 2011
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Clear golden color, white edge head. Aroma of sour grapes and apricots. Taste is smooth, soft sourness and a bit of a brett kick at the finish. Very nice.