Gorbalev (2887) - 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 I’ve 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 (1700) - 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 don’t 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, that’s 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 didn’t 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 don’t seem in balance and harmony with the rest of the beer’s body. I wasn’t a huge fan, but I do believe that it wouldn’t 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.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 14, 2004
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice tasting. A more regularly drinkable pumpkin beer. Dogfish’s might be very spicy and loaded, but this one concentrates more on the pumpkin. Also like the attempt at a colonial style label. So really the question we should be asking is, "Would Benjamin Franklin drink this?" This will become a seminal question from hereon in as I taste new beers and think of what their rating should be. Not Sam Adams, mind you, he was biased, but that great beer drinker Ben, with his smashing intellect and incisive quaffing skill. How I love pumpkin.
zach8270 (3175) - Henrietta, New York, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 7, 2008 [12 oz. bottle] Clear orange color with a creamy looking white head. Rather light aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice and some nutmeg along with malts. Flavor is a mixture of pumpkin pie, nutmeg, cinnamon, biscuit and malt. Very smooth and well blended with a sweet mouthfeel and a sweet and slightly malty aftertaste. I never had a pumpkin beer before and I didn’t know what to expect. This was really, really good.
UNCCTF (477) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 6, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Flying Saucer in Charlotte - I wasn’t aware this was a Brooklyn beer when I tried it. Excellent aroma of pumpkin (gasp!) and cinnamon; the flavor also had a slight hint of clove or nutmeg. I’ve only had one other pumpkin ale (Cottonwood), and this one is better because it actually tastes more like beer with some bitterness instead of Cottonwood’s "pumpkin pie in a pint glass."
BuckNaked (1230) - Tempe, Arizona, USA - SEP 5, 2004
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On draught at the Brickskeller: I really enjoyed this version of a pumkin ale. Poured orange/pumpkin in color with a medium, thick, tight, white head. Spicey aroma of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, and malt. Has a fairly strong pumpkin pie taste in it, highlighting the spices with just a bit of sugar without overdoing it. Very crisp in the aftertaste as well. One of the better pumpkin ales I’ve had. Really a perfect beer for this time of year when I’m starting to think about autumn.
Firefaery (19) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2004
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2004 I love Autumn and everything about it so I really fell in love with how this beer captured the pumpkin essence . I had this on draft at Max’s on broadway last week. PR Pumpkin has a sugary nutmeg and pumpkin aroma with hints of graham cracker. Maybe I just really wanted pumpkin pie once I drank this. Has a strong spiced pumpkin flavor with hints of cinnamon. Has a autumn amber color. Like being back home for the fall and winter holidays .
shadey (1846) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - AUG 15, 2004
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour was orange with plenty of carbonation. Fizzy white head that dissipated quickly. Very spicy aroma with some pumpin scents. Flavor is also quite spicy. Pretty nice autumn brew.