ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 29, 2004
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
My favorite pumpkin ale so far, but thatís not saying much. The others have been generally pretty bad. Pours a disturbingly light and clear amber color. Aroma is a bit weak - not all that much there - some cinnamon, and a bit of hops. Flavor is mostly pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg, with some hops presence and a touch of caramel. There is not nearly enough malt character in my opinion. A serviceable brew, itís at least smooth and drinkable.
aracauna (3114) - Georgia, USA - OCT 28, 2004
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear, medium copper with a sizeable sandy off-white foam. The aroma comes up with a whiff of hops in the first sniff, but after it sits for a few minutes, cinnamon and nutmeg come out and overtake the hops. The caramel malt flavors meld nicely with the pumpkin (you can actually pick out the pumpkin flavor in this and not just the spices) and spices to make for a decent beer. Still, Iíd like to see this with a little more body and a little chunkier malt. Otherwise, itís good.
iratherbe (255) - Marlton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2004
2.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Expectations exceeded results. Aroma of spice, pumpkin and cinammon. Not a very heavy or complex bodied ale, rather dry and somewhat bitter. The spice and pumpkin flavor dominated and not in a good way with no backing from the ale.
beerandsteak (12) - Syracuse, New York, USA - OCT 25, 2004
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Bitter to taste, but then the pumpkin and spices take over. Itís enjoyable, but I canít help but think that there could have been a better beer behind the nice balance of pumpkin and spices.
PhatB420 (635) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 20, 2004
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very bitter, lacked full body flavor I was looking for, wasnít expecting the dullness that the taste provided, i was expecting an abundance of pumpkiuness decadance, but no.
Crockett (1009) - Southampton,Ontario, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 19, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very fresh. Pours amber with a small off white head. Aroma of spices. Cinnamon, mace, nutmeg and herbs. Pumpkin pie in the flavour. Cream. Mushroom earthiness. Crusty bread. Bolder in the start. Peters off in the finish. Still, very good.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4988) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2004
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
UPDATED: AUG 15, 2007 I tried this one once last year. I do not recall being particularly impressed. Tried it again now to rate it. My opinion has not really changed any. Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle the beer pours a medium amber color with a large fluffy yellow head that lingers. The aroma is sweet and has nice amounts of nutmeg and cinnamon. The flavor is surprisingly dry. The spice is there but relatively subdued. There in not much else there but the mild spice. Very dry on the finish. I doubt that I would get this one again.
OldGrowth (2712) - the Containment Area, North Carolina, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle, from Julioís. Good nose, Pumpkin,nutmeg,cinnamon like it says on the label. Clean orange color. Small to no head. Bitter flavors, Same as aroma, though the cinnamon and nutmeg overdo the pumpkin. Thin body, lite creaminess,little bitterness on finish, though I think its the cinnamon. Tasty, very drinkable. Iíve had better pumpkin ales though
jmuhops (669) - Winchester, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2004
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours copper/amber with a small head. You can smell the pumpkin as soon as you open the bottle. Some other spices in the aroma as well. Flavor like pumpkin pie. Not too bad, but seemed a little watery.
Eyedrinkale (3213) - Astoria, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2004
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Beer on the Pier. Although I only had a few ounces of this, I probably wouldnít have had much more if it was from either a bottle or a pint. Light pumpkin spice flavor and hardly any other spices. Another dissapointing beer from Brooklyn Brewery.