Ernest (7285) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Head is initially average sized, frothy, off-white to light brown, mostly diminishing.
Body is hazy dark amber.
Aroma is moderately malty (caramel, cookie, nuts), lightly hoppy (flowers, apricot), with notes of nutmeg, clove, peanut butter, pumpkin.
Flavor is moderately to heavily sweet, lightly acidic, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly acidic, moderately bitter.
Medium to full body, watery/syrupy texture, lively carbonation, lightly alcoholic.
Delightful stuff. Most of the holiday spice-pumpkin beers on shelves are pretty crappy, to be honest, so this one shines in comparison. For some reason it’s really hard to find something clean, enticing, and drinkable in this style. The nutmeg and clove are prominent here, but they don’t drown out all of the other delightful elements...peanut butter aroma is distinct and unique and somehow works in this context. Rich, sweet malt in the mouth with *just* enough to balance...very flavorful without being a train wreck. It would be better if it was just *slightly* more attenuated, but it’s not fatiguing. Mouthfeel is not great, but not bad. Not the type of beer I ever crave, but fun to try and a very good example.
dimenhetfield (2486) - , Florida, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle poured into glass. Dark brown color, murky with a soapy bubbly head. Aroma has since subtle hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice and brown sugar. The flavor/body is a little thin which cuts down on the pumpkin experience, but overall it’s pretty decent.
JAF737300 (1291) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours deep amber with notes of pumpkin pie spices. Pumpkin notes continue to enhance as the mouthfeel lingers. Excellent pumpkin ale!
travita (4841) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. The look is a decent beige colored head, clear, and light brown in color. The smell is squash, nutmeg, allspice, sweet, and cinnamon. The taste is the same as the smell.
jkwalking05 (4577) - Arlington, Texas, USA - NOV 9, 2012
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Cloudy brown with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of pumpkin, squash, cinnamon, toffee. Taste is of earth, pumpkin, leaves, allspice and cinnamon.
mdntklrmth (34) - Lawrence, Kansas, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured into my Free State pint glass. Cloudy. Already has some points in my book. Who says beer has to be crystal clear? I am not that big on filtering. Pumpkin colored with thick, bubbly head that dissipated fairly quickly. Smells of maple syrup and ginger. Not a bad combo. Already I was worried that this beer would be too heavy handed with the spices. Then I remembered it was Rogue. I put a lot of trust in John Maier. Not too heavy handed on flavor. It seems to be a beer first, then pumpkin and spices second. Spices seem to come up in the aroma more than the taste. I get enough hop bitterness to balance. Medium-light on the palate also. Still not a huge fan of pumpkin beers (except once in a while) but this one was actually pretty good. In John I trust.
KajII (800) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 8, 2012
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
750ml Bottle. It pours a clear medium burnt orange with a large (2-3 finger) off white fizzy head that quickly diminished until there was almost nothing left, but did have a tiny bit of spotty lacing.
The aroma was mild of a sweet bread malt and a light doughy yeast with notes of pumpkin, clove, vanilla, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar.
The taste was lightly sweet and quite malty with a touch of brown sugar and nutmeg throughout. Then a slight bitterness crept in along with a bite of clove and a hint of vanilla, with the ending having a spicy cinnamon taste. The flavor was average in duration following the swallow, with a light spiciness lingering on the taste buds for a bit longer.
Mouthfeel was somewhere between light and medium in body with a watery yet slightly dry texture and a fizzy carbonation.
Overall this was a light and tasty Pumpkin Ale with a slightly sweet start, a spicy bitter middle and a nice cinnamon ending. Yep, it’s Fall alright...
Crispy34 (496) - Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2012
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bomber bottle. The aroma is a duller pumpkin smell, I assume cause they were fresh pumpkins. Nice pumpkin spice aroma. It looks really good. Dense brown with a lasting cream head with some decent lacing. The taste starts out subtly spicy and rolls into what i am picking up as fresh pumpkin. The spice carries through out. The palate is pleasing, with some spice aftertaste. Overall, a great pumpkin beer for seeming to just be a fresh pumpkin gimmick. Well done, rouge.
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dresden (1434) - Saskatchewan, CANADA - NOV 7, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bomber. Really dark amber, clear i think...drank on a dark patio. Smells of pumpkin pie, quite heavy on pumpkin and not so much on the nutmeg and all spice (this is a good thing). This is actually one of the better pumpkin beers, maybe i’ll let my wife order for me more often.
sloppyface (7) - Belleville, Michigan, USA - NOV 7, 2012 does not count
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a nice dark reddish brown color. Low carbonation, and minimal head. Mild pumpkin spice aroma as you go to take a sip. Medium body and not light like a lot of pumpkin beers that only add spices. This is the real deal with pumpkins from Rogue’s farm added in. I definitely recommend if you like pumpkin beers.