beerlover82 (220) - Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Having developed a taste for pumpkin ales since last year with DF Punkin Ale and this year’s batch of Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, I sought some more out, and noticed this one, from River Horse, whom I’ve had the quite decent Hop-a-lo-amus Double IPA, bought it instantly. Here goes:
Pours from bottle into pint glass a cloudy dark amber almost brownish orange, with very thin pale white head. Fizzles away fast, very minimal lacing. Poor retention.
Nose detects very light scents of sweetness all around, some nuts, spices, cinnamon, malt, faint traces of hops, leaves and yes, pumpkin. Very nice aromas, but kind of light/faint, by that I mean you kind of have to put an effort into detecting i.e. nose real close and sniffing hard.
Tongue catches a lot of the same, malt sweetness, some spices and artificial pumpkin flavoring. Brewery has stated on their website they use pumpkin puree. Slight alcohol warmth, aftertaste at the end. Medium body, fairly heavy carbonation.
Very nice effort by River Horse. A fine example of a Pumpkin Ale. I think what’s holding this one back a little is the faintness of the aromas and palate, it should stand out a little better without the drinker putting effort to taste and savor. Nonetheless, a worthy addition to the style.
Bricks (745) - Delaware, USA - SEP 17, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very good pumpkin ale. Smooth, not too sweet. Highly recommended. Good one by Riverhorse, not to mention9%
daknole (10280) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Lightly hazy burnt orange color. Mostly white head. I actually get realy pumpkin in the aroma and not just spices. Flavor hits with a bit of pumpkin and spice, but it still remains a "beer"...no sweet or artificial flavors going on here. Pretty damn good.
ScoWRee (401) - Perkiomen, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a nice merky brown, Iced tea color, with a nice thick white foamy head. Aroma of spices, Clove , Pumpkin. Taste is very pumkiny. Nice finish. Alcohol nicely hidden.
BillWyce (841) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From notes: pours hazy orange-amber with a small, thin, light tan head. Aroma is a pleasant blend of pumpkin meat and pumpkin spices. Medium-bodied, with a mild depth to it. Taste is pleasant-heavier on the pumpkin spice up front with the pumpkin meat coming through more in the finish, along with a slight buttery note.
SpencerH (33) - Maryland, USA - SEP 4, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a bad offering, this tastes more like a heavy malt beer than a pumpkin beer though. You can pick up the pumpkin and some spice but you have to search for it. Good beer but if youre looking for pumpkin I would try something else. Aroma is of a malty beer and again you’ll have to search for the pumpkin and spice. Very drinkable, a good beer.
Butters (3963) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sampled at the beach with kristen. Pours a nice clear amber with ring of near white head. Smells like zuchinnibread. Not too heavy on the pumpkin or spices, but very present. Very good. A little alcohol heat. Good name and label.
rman18 (312) - Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 14/20
I enjoyed this beer very much. It has a light note of pumpkin and a stronger note of roasted malt.
brokensail (13234) - Orange County, California, USA - AUG 28, 2011
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
A: The beer pours a cloudy, brownish, amber color with a small, soapy, off-white head.
S: There’s a light metallic note to it and some water there as well. Very heavy on the spice/herb notes. There’s a ot of cinnamon and nutmeg along with a bit of sage. Some light grass and bready malt.
T: The flavor is almost savory/meaty. A light smoke note, some cardboard, and minimal pumpkin. There is also a moderate spice note, mostly the same ones as detected on the aroma.
M: Medium bodied with a medium carbonation.
O: Not a good aroma or flavor. Pretty bad pumpkin beer.
jtclockwork (10827) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 22, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours dark amber. Off white head. Nose/taste of all spice, pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Soda like carbonation out of the bottle. Mouth feel is a bit chalky with lots of pumpkin and spices. Touch of warming alcohol in finish.