1FastSTi (3341) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 5, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled from a 2005 bottle, this beer pours to a large fizzy tan head that diminishes to a thin spotty head that’s barely there within a minute. The body is a hazy shiny orange/copper. The aroma is nutmeg, cloves, light cinnamon, and pumpkin pie. Very festive! The flavor is mostly pumpkin bread. (If you’ve never had that, think zucchini bread w/ pumpkins instead.) Smooth fresh pumpkin, nutmeg, light cinnamon, cloves, heavy/dense (as in vegetable infused, cake-style?) bread. The palate is medium bodied and really goes with the flavor. I’d drink this again. Give is a try, but don’t get pissed off if it isn’t an "over the top big beer"! Take it for what it is...
fmbrewing (12) - Dodgeville, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 26, 2005
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
For sure the best pumkin beer I have ever tasted! I love this beer so much I went back twice for another tasting at the great taste of the midwest! This beer is a little spicy with a hint of cinnamin and alot of smelly goodness. Yum!
heemer77 (5108) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - AUG 16, 2005
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2005 Sampling this again in a bottle. Poured the same cloudy orange with a slightly yellowish head. The aroma is light bananas and pumpkin. I get a hint of cinnamon. The taste is light pumpkin with a note of nutmeg. The finish is dirt and a little bit of clove. This beer still rubs me the wrong way. Sampled at the Great Taste of the Midwest 2005. Poured a cloudy orange. The aroma is nutmeg and pumkin. Not spicy at all. The taste is cardboard and nasty old sunflower seeds.
Tmoney99 (11076) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - MAR 30, 2005
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Cloudy amber color with medium white head. Aroma of light pumpkin. Flavor was sweet pumpkin and sweet spice. Finish was short and sweet. Worth trying once.
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Cloudy golden color with hints of orange. Frothy white head. Really has all the nose of a pumpkin ale; Mild cookies, fresh pumpkin and light spice. Fairly firm bodied. Light spice and pumpkin seem to carry form start to finish with this brew. Balanced in that respect. Some odd chocolate flavors seem to sneak in and the pumpkin and malt come back in the linger.
Murphy (1759) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 16, 2004
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Slightly cloudy golden, no head. Some pumkin in the aroma, but a little lacking. Medium bodied with solid bitterness and a nice vegitative pumpkin taste. Nice combo of hops and pumkin. My only complaint is that the pumkin taste just isn’t strong enough- the beer comes off a little weak/bland. Still a good effort.
Stantastic (2) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - OCT 14, 2004 does not count
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
A surprisingly good stout. It’s more spice than pumpkin, which is a good thing. The spices hit you in the aftertaste and the beer has a good body. It may be a touch overly carbonated though.
DrnkMcDermott (2835) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2004
2.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: OCT 28, 2009 Bottled. Weill, this was on the shelf with the Dogfish Head Punkin Ale, and I went with this since the brewer was "new to me." Pours a medium head with some fizziness visible in the body. Beer itself is a really orange color, and has the definite taste of pumpkin baked with brown sugar. Nutmeg is most prominent, but none of the spices is especially overpowering. It’s just a nicely tuned little pumpkin pie beer, definitely using pumpkin instead of just pumpkin pie spices.
I finished the last bottle in my sixpack yesterday (March 31) and I found it did hold up pretty nicely. It was well filtered at bottling, no icky sediment on the bottom. Spices had not become overpowering, but added to the malt to make it come in a little "richer." I wouldn’t want to hold on the this too long, but it aged well.
lizzy (44) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - OCT 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
smells just like baking pumpkin pie, and tastes the same. definitely the best pumpkin ale I have tried. very drinkable. one I look forward to each year. sorry my ratings are kind of crappy, I’m new.
Cornfield (5544) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 6, 2004
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
This looked good as I poured it. Dark orange color and a (quickly disappearing) off-white head. For all of the claimed seasonings, the aroma was fairly weak, but had pumpkin spices in the fore. (I would’ve rated aroma better if they were stronger.) Quite carbonated. Not a bad taste, but the spicing doesn’t really come through until after the swallow.