Metalhead (627) - Lake Zurich, Illinois, USA - SEP 10, 2004
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
I may have had this too cold. Right at fridge temp. Color is a great murky orange,carbonated but little head. Nose was faint pumpkin and a hint of cinnamon. Kinda watery.From the color I was REALLY hoping for something akin to pumpkin cream ale. DOH! I agree with the post below that you could almost call this a pumpkin wit bier. Fairly quaffable tho unremakable
Ernest (6163) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2006 Bottle, blind rating (in a flight of three pumpkin beers).
Head is initially small, frothy, off-white, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy medium amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (cookie), lightly hoppy (apricot), with notes of pumpkin and nutmeg.
Flavor is moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, lightly to moderately bitter.
Medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
The best of this 3-beer blind flight...and certainly the one with the most pumpkin aroma.
JoeM500 (1904) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - AUG 24, 2004
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Best Pumpkin Ale that I have had (6 so far). The nose immediately makes my mouth water, tricking it into believing a fresh warm pie is on it’s way. Body was rich and tasty, pure sweet pumkin pie all over the place. Spices compliment nicely without overpwering.
JCapriotti (1379) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2004 Great Taste of the Midwest. Recommended by the brewer. Pale and cloudy amber body. Fizzy and fading off-white head. Aroma is a pumpkin-like spice. Tastes quite like a pumpkin-witbier with a touch more flavor than what I consider witbiers to have. There is a bit of astringentness to it as well. Not bad.
sethdude (694) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 26, 2003
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a deep orange, cloudy, lots of floaties, big thick head. Smells like fresh zucchini-bread, maybe some ginger as well. Tastes like gingerbread, bananas, and yes, pumpkin. Not terribly unlike pumpkin pie at all. My first of the style, and something I'llprobably drink again.
jsquire (3402) - St. Marys, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2003
2.8 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Murky orange with a thin white head. Some spice in the nose but I got too much stale urinal cake to like the smell of this beer. Nice spice flavors of cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice. There was not enough of a malt backbone to hold up the spices though and it came across too thin. I have a bunch of pumpkin beers to try yet, and I hope they get better. Thanks to silphium for this one.
flemdawg (531) - Naples, Florida, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
FWE beer#5. My first pumpkin beer. Orangeish color with small white head. Very intersting aroma. A whole bunch of spices, and they did't seem to mesh well in the nose. The taste more than made up for the smell though. Tasted like a blended pumpkin pie. The obvious pumpkins with spices were a great treat. Thanks silphium.
thedm (4928) - Fort Wayne, USA - OCT 19, 2003
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Fort Wayne event. The sixth brew of the evening came from Silphium, thanks. This brew poured a small head of finely sized off-white colored bubbles that left behind a transparent carbonated hazy orange colored body. The aroma was rather funky with notes of cinnamon and other spices. THe mouthfeel was bubbly and the flavor was somewhat pumpkin-like but not as strong as I had expected after comparing it with other pumpkin brews I have had. Perhaps this is a good transition ale for those who have yet to try a pumpkin brew.
Silphium (3161) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 19, 2003
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vastly different from that other (and great) pumpkin ale I've had the pleasure of sipping, New Holland's Ichabod. All O'Fallon beers tend to be light in body and flavor. This was no exception. Body was cloudy, light orange with an off-white head. Light, spicy aroma gave way to wet socks and detergent (dirty urinal? Who am I to judge?). Flavor was surprisingly light, with nutmeg and pumpkin spice hiding the wet socks tang or sourness. Yo, O'Fallon- build your beers bigger! I guess the lighter flavors make this beer "safer" for the masses, but I would have preferred something a bit on the bolder side. Enough alliteration, Silphium.
hotstuff (4058) - Indiana, USA - OCT 19, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Fort Wayne PubCrawl: Yes, thanks Silphium for bringing this bottle to our event. It poured a small sized white head with fine-small sized bubbles that mostly diminished. The body was cloudy and carbonated with an orange hue. The nose in my opinion consisted of clove, nutmeg, pumpkin, and cinnamon with a light spicy and mildly sweet flavoring to it. This beer had a bubbly, tingly, smooth, watery and thin texture to it and it was light bodied. The lacing was very sparse on the sides of my glass. Not a bad beer, but I just can't quite seem to get into pumpkin ales so far.