Heathen (1470) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
THOUGHTS: If I didnít know this was a pumpkin beer, I might have never guessed it. Not a bad beer, just not the best pumpkin beer. It was almost like a doppelbock and a Belgian dubbel had a baby. The little bit of smoked malt blended well with both of those styles. Hid alcohol fairly well. I was kind of surprised that I didnít like this more. Way too much going on. Definitely interesting, just not pumpkin-beerish enough for me.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium to dark reed that was nearly blood-red in the glass with an average, creamy, off-white head that mostly diminished but left excellent lacing. The aroma was overly sweet and contained heavy caramel malt; moderate to heavy musty yeast, fruity pumpkin sweetness, smoke, toffee, brown sugar, hints of pumpkin pie spices, bacon, wet do and dog shampoo. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet, moderately bitter and lightly sour with an average to long duration. There was caramel malt, molasses, smoked malt, burnt caramel, maybe pumpkin spices (but it comes across more as spicy yeast), fruity pumpkin, dark candy sugar, maple syrup and bacon. The medium body was sort of creamy with soft but very tingly carbonation and a dry and slightly alcoholic finish.
noid1985 (84) - Broadview, Illinois, USA - SEP 22, 2014
1.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 4/20
Really didnít like the taste, perhaps a little watered down but ive had better fall brews
BelgianBeerGal (3197) - Panama City, Florida, USA - SEP 20, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft sample at Fishale. Light aroma of caramel and vanilla. Flavor is very spicy and finishes with lingering cinnamon. Okay but the pumpkin is buried deep.
sjohnny (374) - - SEP 20, 2014
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Lots of spice. Some vegetal and malt aroma. Opaque red brown with a thick light tan head that lingers leaving a good amount of lacing. Glassy smooth. Sweet. Lots of pumpkin lots of spice. Very well balanced. I like it. Just a hint of esters on the finish.
DocJitsu (957) - Florida, USA - SEP 18, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear copper-amber with a light taupe foamy head. Smells like the inside of a hulled jackolantern that has candle char. Moderately thick, pleasant mouthfeel. Pumpkin pie, cardamom, and a bit of char smoke. Horehound hard candy as well.
Jerm719 (110) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 17, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Nice balance. Medium pumpkin, plenty of spices. Rounded sweetness, bit of dry earthy hops on the finish. Decent
ordybill (94) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - SEP 14, 2014
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Poured from a 22 oz bomber bottle into a pint glass.
Aroma- I can easily note spices from the first removal of the bottle top. Definite pumpkin and cinnamon aroma, very inviting.
Appearance- A very nice clear red color.
Taste - Excellent flavor, one of my favorite pumpkin beers. You can taste the pumpkin and cinnamon but you know it is still a well crafted brew beneath the surface,.
Palate- A full bodied experience with a strong booze finish. A great dry finish.
Overall- One of my favorite pumpkins to date. Highly recommended.
jaymobrown (1666) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 13, 2014
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nice looking dark beer. The nose is a spice veg with nutmeg. Flavor is pumpkin, malt, alcohol and hop.
GarrettB (1039) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 8, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
January 29th, 2013 - Iím loving the Sam Adams experimental series. Compared to their main lines of beer, it feels like they leave out a sack or two of refined sugar, and bring in some of the craft that their brewers trained so hard to hone. As for their Pumpkin Ale, itís not much of a pumpkin beer, but it is a pretty tasty autumn brew. Ruby red in color, it invokes the violent scarlet strands that wrap the Rock Mountains in September, and the smell is rich in caramel and toffee, with touches of bubble gum, coconut, pepper and pear - a mixture of flavors that reminds me of some older, continental recipes, where savory and sweet is mixed to good effect. The taste is more decidedly sweet, with the taste of warmed honey, peaches and smoke, all on a soft, fuzzy palate, plenty of brown sugar and molasses. There may be a bit of pumpkin pie in here, but thatís searching for a flavor that hasnít found me. Still, this will ring in the season nicely, pumpkin or not.
fidelis83 (1954) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Copper to chestnut pour with a tall, fluffy beige head. Aroma is full of caramel and lactose sweetness up front, then light nutty notes, pie spice and sweet pumpkin. Flavor is earthy pumpkin, ginger heavy pie spice, dark caramel, lactose, light roast, light nutty notes and citrus, herbal and pine hops. Medium body, chewy feel throughout and a medium, sharp carbonation.
NikkTwist (1630) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 7, 2014
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at Moriartys. Very dark clear copper pour with some nice tan foam. Well balanced but unexciting Pumpkin Beer. Does not quite taste like pumpkin but thankfully feels like more than just Pumpkin Pie Spice. There are a few acetic notes in the mix here but that may likely be an issue with the keg/pour. A nice safe pumpkin beer for the unadventurous.