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RATINGS: 138   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 243   ABV: 8.1%
HIPP-O-LANTERN Imperial Pumpkin Ale brewed with pumpkin puree and spices.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 25, 2010
Bottle:   Deep amber, hazy, moderate foamy tannish head, nice lacing.   Somewhat of a squash pumpkin pie like nose.   Spicy, but not heavy.   Some crust and pumpkin pie filling aromas dominate.   Subtle pumpkin pie flavor on the tongue.   This is pretty tasty, and actually more pumpkin oriented than most.   Its like a muted down Pumking.   Moderate to full body and mouthfeel.   This one tastes authentic, not just a bunch of spices thrown in to a beer.   I can dig this one, spicy, but not overly done.   Decent malt base.   Yeah, this is is good.   Thanks Jeff for the bottle!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - NOV 24, 2010
Bottle: Pours a slightly hazy copper orange with a spotty-lacing off-white head. Aroma of lightly sweet caramel malt and fresh pumpkin with a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg. Starts with good fullness and rich sweet caramel and toffee with good pumpkin flavor and spice balance before a slightly drier biscuity finish. An enjoyable, complex and well-balanced pumpkin ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5126) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 22, 2010
Very hazy orange coloured body with a burnt amber glow and a very thin, oily tan head. Aroma of VERY pungent pumpkin, a lot of alcohol, some spices (nutmeg and allspice are potent) and a bit of sweetness is noticeable. Full-bodied; Deep, pungent, biting pumpkin flavour that shows up almost as a food and not a drink - a lot of malt in here and a dense, chewy mouthful. Aftertaste has some spices, but a lot of pumpkin, some sweetness and a strong alcohol warmth. Overall, this is a very potent beer with some good flavours, but not amazing. If you want a deep beer experience that borders on a meal - you’ve got it right here. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle (as part of a six pack) purchased from Liquor Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 10-October-2010, sampled at home in Washington on 22-November-2010.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Beerdedone (2981) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange/amber with a short off-white head. Aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices. Flavor was pumpkin pie, nutmeg, cinnamon, a bit of caramel and a touch of spice with a clean and dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jcwattsrugger (11590) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2010
on tap @Doughertys-pours a light tan head and hazy amber color. Aroma is sweet medium malt. Taste is sweet medium malt, spice-cinnamon, vanilla, some pumpkin?

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
chimplechamp (601) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 26, 2010
tastes like someone cracked open a can of ready made pumpkin pie. not bad, but i think i had one too many pumpkin beers.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
nickd717 (3673) - San Francisco, California, USA - OCT 20, 2010
12oz bottle thanks to afrantzell. Pours a clear orangish-copper color with a white head that leaves a film on the beer. Big pumpkin and spice aroma, with caramel and brown sugar. The flavor is decent if a little unbalanced. Big brown sugar, intense spices, and a little pumpkin flavor. Not very smooth. Medium body and carbonation. Not one of the better pumpkin ales I’ve had - a little above average for the style.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
reggiedunlop (3475) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 19, 2010
pours an opaque amber color reminiscent of a weizenbock with a medium sized lt. tan head. aroma definitely has allspice, cinnamon, and pumpkin...hint of dough or crust to it. flavor is similar but has more spice than pumpkin to it...still reminded a bit of a weizenbock in the flavor too (yeast maybe?) mouthfeel is medium...lively with a lingering spicy finish...clove and spicy hops. not bad at all but a bit too spicy for my taste.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 19, 2010
20101019 12oz bottle from State Line. Murky light brown with thin but lasting khaki head of loose foam. Aroma is full of the typical pumpkin pie spice, fairly one-dimensionally so, but pleasant enough. It’s curious that for the last couple years I was mostly turned off by the spicy pumpkin beers, but this year I’ve had a craving for them. Unfortunately, many pumpkin pie style beers turn out to be sweeter than I’d like, especially in the higher ABVs -- this one is an exception. The flavor actually reminds me of the old apples and cinnamon oatmeal I used to eat growing up, and maybe I am finding that comforting. The beer seems to have some nice interplay of spice from a number of factors: the yeast, the high ABV, and the adjunct spice itself. One 12 oz bottle is definitely enough to get me by until next year, but this one was a pleasant surprise. Lingering heavy dose of perfumey nutmeg and some potent alcohol flavors with temp, neither of which are that awesome.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Slightly hazy amber with a small white head... Lots of pumpkin pie aromas, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger.. Flavor follows suit, lots of complexity, alcohol is not really present... good flavors, medium to medium full bodied, loads of flavor, awesome for the price...

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