rocbyter (2047) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Moderate malt and spice aroma. Hazy dark orange color with a small off white head. Moderate hop bitterness in the beginning that fades for a spicy bitter finish.
pineypower (2978) - Ocean County, New Jersey, USA - SEP 23, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to Dmac. Pours out a moderate orange/brown color with an off white head. Aroma is of pumpkin spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin. Taste is much the same, nice balance of traditional pumpkin flavors, slightly spicy finish. This was a pretty tasty pumpkin.
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - SEP 22, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Impressive. Pours a deep amber orange color with a white foam head. Aroma of caramel, cinnamon, pumpkin, and earthiness. Has a sweet caramel taste with a nice gentle hop layer, nice booze level, and some cinnamon spice on the end. The pumpkin and spice is more muted in this brew - but it works for me.
Jabic (431) - Brigantine, New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
Ar: Clove, cinnamon and black pepper - spicy and warm, some sweet malt aroma as well.
Ap: Murky amber-orange - medium light tank head with great retention and a thick frothy lacing.
T: Brown sugar, clove, cinnamon, allspice - pumpkin spices are well balanced, and not sharp at all - deep caramel and toasted malt character, too, medium-sweet - a bit of vanilla lingers on the finish - alcohol is slightly warming, but incredibly smooth.
P: Hearty and full palate with medium carbonation - finish is not cloying sweet at all, but there is certainly substantial mouthfeel that follows into finish.
O: This is really wonderful - bold malt, caramel, and pumpkin spice flavors, all of which are smooth, well-integrated, and delicious - mouthfeel is beautiful - highly recommended, one of the best I have had this season.
TonyDiUlio (661) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 21, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pour is hazy orange with nice white head. Aroma is hoppy pumpki and some whiskey. Good brew
gpekar (486) - Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a hazy maple syrup brown with a thin light tan head. The head dropped to just a film rather quickly leaving jusat a hint of light lacing. The aroma is full of spice with clove being the predominate one. The beer had a nice thick creamy texture and good carbonation. There is a good spice flavor of clove and spice cake, but not so much pumpkin. There is a mild bitterness from the alcohol on the finish accompanied with a mild alcohol warmth that mellows slowly and leaves a nice finish.
beerlover82 (229) - 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 (917) - 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 (10801) - 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 (408) - 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.