5000 (4974) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: Deep amber, moderate to large off-white head, spotty lacing. Fairly heavy spicy nose, but not too sharp. A bit of pumpkin pie, moreso than most other beers. Moderate amounts of nutmeg and cinnamon on the tongue, with a nice bit of canned pumpkin with a bit of pumpkin pie. Seems more authentic and less artificial than many others, but not by much.   Pretty smooth on the tongue, body and mouthfeel are moderate. Spices linger for quite a while, lots of canned pumpkin and pumpkin pie. Enjoyable and very festive! Label is pretty boring tho...
boFNjackson (3580) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured amber with an off-white head. Nose had pumpkin seeds, toasted malt and spices. Some vanilla, with pumpkin pie flavors, a little bit of roast, charred grains, and a toasted sweetness. Little nutty, drying towards the finish.
presario (4406) - Stampede City, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 28, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Dark copper with a good head. Even with a cold there is a nice aroma of roast squash and a light spice. Mid-glass the aroma is more dark spice. Body is light. Light beer allows the roast pumpkin to be the star. Spice is just strong enough to complement and not get in the way. Not an all star but an honest pumpkin beer. I’d have one every year but would not want a six pack of my own. OK....having finished the bottle and tasted the growing spice and the warming body I am ready for another...next week.
AmEricanbrew (4868) - Belcher, Louisiana, USA - OCT 27, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
2011 Elysian GPBF #16. Clear amber color/ ivory head. Big spicy clove, nutmeg, allspice, caramel aromas. Medium bodied. Lots of spicy clove, nutmeg, coriander flavors on a caramel malty base, not much pumpkin mostly a spice brew--not bad though.
tool2scream (179) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Super disappointing and bland. The pour was a beautiful brown, with a magnificent nose. The nose was full of spices, cinnamon, and cloves. You could definitely smell the cardamom and vanilla from the beans, also. It was a fantastic nose. Then you drank it, and you didn’t taste any of that. It was basically a standard brown ale with some ever-so-faint spice quality. Nothing special at all. Very disappointing.
BrewDad (4256) - Olympia, USA - OCT 25, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Orange in color, clear with a thin head. Nice spice notes and light hops lingering. Sweet Pumpkin flavors and light dry finish. This was a nice tasty pumpkin brew.
DaSilky1 (2604) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 19, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. This settles in the glass an inviting deep burnt amber invoking the cool air aura of autumn. Not much in the way of lasting head, but some suds make a solid ring around the glass and a few congragate in the middle. Spice, orange peel, and potentially some squash/pumpkin hints show their presence in the nose. Similar characteristics come out in the flavors as well with some late entering bitterness in the finish and the lingering flavors of pumpkin pie spices. Body has an oily texture and medium build. Its a nice, drinkable pumpkin ale with an adequate yet not overpowering spice profile that tells you exactly what its trying to be but not overpowering you with cumbersome over-spicing. Overall, its a nicely balanced, flavorful, relaxingly drinkable autumn-appropriate concoction.
BillKismet (3000) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Rich amber sprays out from the glass in rays. Decent head. Appreciable fresh pumpkin nose, mixed up with browth sugar and an array of diffuse spices. Muted spice body, but it has a nice pumpkin ale underpinning that beckons my memory back to the first time I discovered Buffalo Bill’s Pumpkin Ale and it was pure sessionable pumpkin ale bliss. Easy finish. Nice, moderate pumpkin and spice character and drinks like a session ESB.
after4ever (5294) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 8, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at GPBF. Slightly hazy medium amber with a nice soft sudsy tan head. Caramel and a bit of sweeter pie spice on the mid-palate. Another of the more straightforward canned-pumpkin-pie sweet tooth approaches to pumpkin ale at GPBF this year. Creamy medium body with soft carb, mid-palate showing lots of caramel, residual sugar, and a sweet pie spice blend.