murrayswine (101) - Whitefish Bay, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a golden fog that settles to a orange cloud of a beer. Only had a 1/4 inch of head that fizzed out after 30 seconds or so. The smell has hint’s of tart apple, lemon zest cinnamon, and a heavy baked pumpkin pie.
Taste is weaker than I expected. I was hoping for more pumkin, less citrus bitter. It’s smooth enough and consistent with it’s taste. The best part is the cinnamon/nutmeg finish.
THe mouth feel is a little heavy on the carbonation for a spiced beer. It would have added to the cream if they had mellowed the bubble effect.
Overall this isnt at all a bad pumkin beer, but if you have anything else as an alternative, you might have better luck their, like Lakefront Pumpkin.
kramer (5213) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 23, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle, via KUEric. Pours a murky orange color with minimal to no head. Sedimented bottle. Fruity and spicy aroma with clear nutmeg, clove, pumpkin, and cinnamon. Light aroma of yeast and orange rind as well. Very heavily spiced flavor, with cinnamon and cloves most prevelant. Generally very sweet with pumpkin showing thru on the finish. Medium bodied with very fizzy carbonation on the tongue. Overall, a little too sweet and highly spiced, tiring the palate by the end of the bottle. Main problem with this is that I don’t think that they started out with a good base beer to begin with. You can’t dress up a weak thin beer with some spices and get an awesome product.
Dongster (15) - DeKalb, Illinois, USA - JAN 18, 2006
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of the better pumpkin ales I’ve had. well balanced flavor (most are overly strong pumpkin) and a suitable body and finish.
robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 13, 2005
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very Clear Copper/Orange Tints Coloring and White Skin. Pumpkin Spice Aroma: Nutmeg and Cloves Notably...Some Sweet Malt Flavor, Light Pumpkin Spice..Taste Drops Off At End for a Dry Light Finish. Like Many Pumpkin Ales, it Seems the Flavor Stand Up to What the Aroma Promises.
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - DEC 10, 2005
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I suggest that SpringsLicker try this beer in a hot tub during a Nebraska snow shower. I found that to enhance the beer drinking experience. My favorite thing about this beer was the strong aroma of cinnamon and cloves. The pumpkin flavor is strong up front and not masked by the spices. The finishing sweetness is well balance with the emerging spices at the end. Tony the brewer told me that he brews up a "tea" of spices and adds that to the finishing tank. He uses the canned Libby’s Pumkin pack and lots of it. Any homebrewer knows that this method is a real mess at racking time. I hope that this labor of love continues annually for Tony and Fran as I’ll make an annual pilgrimage for this beer!
SpringsLicker (3192) - Tennessee, USA - DEC 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Thanks to Sledge Jr for this brew!
This pours with a creamy off white head over a hazy dark orange body.
The aroma is more pumpkin than spice.
The flavor is a bit strange at first and then the spices come on to balance it all out somewhat. A little disjointed at first ,but it really improves as the flavors come out.
mstockton (225) - Frankfurt, GERMANY - NOV 27, 2005
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Had a bottle at Hackney’s in Chicago. It sure smelled good,but like most pumpkin beers, not a ton of pumpkin taste. Plus, there was a lot of carbonation. Don’t get me wrong, though, it’s pretty well made with a decent amount of flavor. It seems to have a lot of spice flavor to it such as clove. Kind of neat.
hopdog (9327) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle acquired in trade with TannerTavernboys (thanks!). Poured a deep and cloudy amber color with a large sized off white head. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg and light pumpkin. Tastes of pretty much the same. The cloves came out as I drank the beer. Lively body. This one was OK as the pumpkin and spices weren’t overpowering.
tjthresh (1866) - Greenfield, Indiana, USA - NOV 13, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
I had a 12 oz bottle while touring the brewery. Poured a very murky goopy, orange. It looked just like a can of Libby’s pumpkin. The clove was the dominate feature, but the other spices where very presant. Very fizzy in my mouth.
badgerben (4529) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - NOV 4, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Amber color wtih no head. Solid aroma of cloves and cinnamon. The cloves really stand out in the taste, but the base is pretty watery malt. Tasty, but it smelled like it would be so much more.