Darkmagus82 (1976) - - OCT 1, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Transfer from BA review on 11-2-13-
Poured from growler into a pint glass
Appearance – The beer pours a nice orange-reddish-amber color with a very foamy head of 2.5 fingers. The head fades rapidly at first but, at about one finger, persists for a few minutes more. Once the persistent foam head fades, it leaves a nice level of foamy lace on the sides of the glass and some foam islands on the surface of the brew.
Smell – The aroma is of a roasted pumpkin smell with some bready aromas mixed within. Along with these smells are some spice aromas of clove and nutmeg as well as a light cinnamon and a little bit of brown sugar and caramel. Overall a nice balanced pumpkin ale aroma.
Taste – The taste begins with a bready and lightly roasted pumpkin flavor at the front. Along with these flavors are some lighter caramel tastes sweetening the brew ever so lightly. The caramel fades as the taste moves on with some spice flavors of a clove and nutmeg coming more toward the middle of the taste. Some of the caramel returns more toward the end of the taste along with some brown sugar as well. With these sweeter flavors coming, the once lighter roasted pumpkin taste takes on a much more roasted flavor. With a decent sum of cinnamon and a light herbal and earthy flavor coming to the tongue at the very end, one is left with a lightly sweetened, nicely roasted, and moderately spiced flavor to linger on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is a bit on the thinner side with a carbonation level that is average to above average for a growler pour. The carbonation level is quite nice for the roasted pumpkin flavors and the lighter sweetness of the brew, although a bit more body thickness may have helped all the flavors around a bit more. With that said while at only 4.6 % abv., the mouthfeel is actually quite good overall.
Overall – This is likely the best pumpkin session beer I have ever had. While not a super flavorful powerhouse like many of the pumpkin brews out there (imperials in particular) it packs tons of great flavor and a wonderful drinkability into a very modest 4.6 % abv. Perfect for sipping on a nice autumn day watching football and chatting with friends.
Beerdedone (2933) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 30, 2014
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Pours orange with a small white head. Faint aroma of cinnamon, clove and pumpkin spices. Flavor was sweet with caramel, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and vanilla.
orangesol (968) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Served on-tap at Old Forge into a pint.
A - Pours hazy orange with no head, thanks to a giant over-pour, that leave no lacing down the glass.
S - Just like any other pumpkin beer. Plenty of pumpkin with a light spice note that does not overpower the other aromas. A faint touch of bready malt and piney hops add a good balance.
T - Plenty of things going on in this one. Flavors are similar to the nose with plenty of pumpkin (obviously), a little graham cracker malt, piney hops, and the ever present light spices. While I would say the spices are the dominate flavor they play very well with all the others and do not overpower them. Very nice balance of flavors.
M - Medium body and flavor with moderate carbonation. Fairly smooth with a bite at the end that lingers on the pallet.
D - While I enjoyed this one thanks to the reduced amount of spices compared to most other pumpkin beers I can’t say I would drink it again. It just didn’t have that pop that would make me order another. A decent pumpkin beer just not great.
BillsmafiaCO (15) - New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Poured Amber with a thick head. Nice lighter pumpkin beer, this still tasted decent after having two Dogfish pumpkin...
hopdog (9713) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 25, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
16oz can. Poured an amber color with an averaged sized head. Pumpkins and spices. Sweet with some caramel in the tastes.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5357) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 22, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Sampled from a 16 oz can this beer poured a hazy bright apricot color with a huge creamy-fluffy orange-white head that lingered and left minimal lacing. The aroma was sweet honey, cinnamon and clove. The flavor was a bit dry with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, a touch of pepper and was sadly a bit thin and watery. Medium length vague and muddled spice finish. Light and watery body. Disappointing.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - DEC 7, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can: Dirty straw, soft orange hue, thin frothy white head, spotty lacing. Apple cinnamon spiced nose, slight clove. Nutmeg and cinnamon with soft clove on the tongue. A little bit of brown sugar and allspice as well. Body and mouthfeel are moderate. Very spicy finish, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, with a touch of clove. This one might be a little overdone in terms of spices. The border between artificial and real is a thin one, and this one is bordering on artificial.
italianjohn (2472) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pale copper pour with a thin off white head ..... aroma is earthy and of caramel malts, light vanilla and hardly any spice kind of metallic .... taste is very earthy with vanilla, light cinnamon and spice, slight brown sugar and caramel malts ..... mildly carbonated with a dry spicy earthy finish and a light bitter bite ..... simple and boring, but I like the earthy flavor
Leafs93 (1857) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours Amber with an off white head. Aroma is earthy, pumpkin, cinnamon and caramel. Taste is mild sweet with mild bitters, mostly sweet. Very middle of the road in both taste and aroma. Medium bodied, decent carbonation. Old Forge can do better.
callmemickey (3566) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2013
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear orange body, medium to thin head, spotty lacing. Pumpkin, all spices, clove, doughy malt. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation, lingering finish.