rajendra82 (933) - Alpharetta, Georgia, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer was sent to me by beeradvocate spiritdeus as part of a trade. I sampled it right after Buffalo Billís Pumpkin Ale to provide a contrast. This beer poured a clear orange yellow in color, with mild carbonation and a thin, but durable head. The aroma was very subtly spiced, with a delicate mix of cinnamon and nutmeg.
The taste was creamy and a bit on the sweet side. There was a hint of pumpkin, but the resinous hops and the biscuity malts were balancing it quite nicely. The spices blended in and faded out as session wore on.
The mouthfeel was nicely dry and roasty and did not convey a watered down impression at all. A sessionable charming beer that is quite different from the hop monsters I usually crave, but a quality brew nonetheless.
Yankovitch333 (612) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - OCT 1, 2004
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours a light copper with a thin white head. Spicey nose. Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and LOTS of pepper on the tongue. LOTS of pepper and a little bit of pumpkin. This doesnít hold a candle to Dogfish Head Punkin Ale.
rumberto02 (6) - USA - SEP 30, 2004 does not count
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
One of my favorites, it just strikes me right. Unlike other pumpkins, such as Blue Moon, Buffalo Bills and Rock Creeks, this one doesnít assault you with true pumpkin taste. Definitely the best of the pumpkin ales, has a full body to it, with hints of nutmeg, clove and cinnamon.
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 27, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Yellow-amber w/ off white head. Aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, & clove. Light feel. Pumpkin pie flavour w/ all the trimmings (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, pepper). Some crustiness & light hops. Dryish finish.
Sancho (245) - Da Bronx, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
bottle from new beer, LES,
has a lightbown colo r smell like pumkins has som spice cinnimaon going on decent pumin beer
wilkie (1208) - Raleigh, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2004
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Amber with medium off-white head. Strong spice and pumpkin aroma. Flavor is fairly interesting--pumpkin at first, and then a strong burst of spice followed by a semi-bitter finish. Sweetness present throughout flavor. Good beer.
Gorbalev (2893) - Ontario, CANADA - SEP 20, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Buffalo Brewfest 04. Subtle pumpkin spices in aroma. Great cloudy orange colour. Pumpkin flavour is subtle but surprisingly balanced. Rounded off by a light dry malt taste and a good amount of carbonation. The best pumpkin beer Iíve tried.
GeniusGirl (221) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 19, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
tap. wonderful nutmeg aroma and sweet pumpkin spice flavors, full flavors without going overboard... a bit of a bitter finish, but still overall balenced.
bubbleflubber (1709) - Asheville, North Carolina, USA - SEP 19, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
I honestly donít mind a pumpkin beer when things are in correct proportion. My rating for this may not account for the way this beer is put together. It has some good things going for it. The pour is reddish-orange in color with a decent head, fading quickly. The nose is spicy, and the flavor is........ well, complex. The front of the beer shows the "holiday" spice, the middle has the biscuity malt flavor, and the pumpkin takes a minute to kick in. Unfortunately, thatís when the lasting nutmeg (almost salty at times) decides to uninvite itself back to the party. It starts ok, and appears to seem ok until the "bitter end"... pardon the pun.... I would enjoy this beer more if I didnít feel like I had eaten pure pretzel salt at the end of it. It almost tastes like spices were added just for the sake of adding spices. They donít seem in balance and harmony with the rest of the beerís body. I wasnít a huge fan, but I do believe that it wouldnít take a lot to make this beer really good, really quick.
Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 18, 2004
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Had this after trying the Blue Moon pumpkin ale. This was definitely the superior. The pumpkin is there but not super almost artificial pumpkin taste. Same goes for the spices. They mix together for something nice, not as spicy as the Dogfish Head pumpkin ale, but not as bland as the Blue Moon.