GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - NOV 10, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12oz bottle -
Picked up in the Fall Seasonal 12-pack box. Iíve been looking forward to sample and rate this beer, because thereís nothing I look forward to reviewing than a pumpkin beer (other than a stout of course).
The aroma has some nice pumpkin spice character to it, but itís really restrained. Kept under lock and key if you will. Perhaps itís not to startle the newbie trying a pumpkin beer for the first time? But the aroma was just a notch better than Michelobís Pumpkin Spice beer. Flavor has some light sweetness to it, and the pumpkin character seems watered down. Almost like the idea was to keep this quaffable, which to me...pumpkin beers should be decadent like a great dessert. And they did succeed in making this quite quaffable, but if you are gonna include only 2 beers into this pack, I guess to make money on it they couldnít dump all kinds of malt and alcohol into it. Is it on a level of Pumking? No way...not even close. But itís not bad.
Steve2256 (15) - Lathrup Village, Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2014
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Spot on description provided by Samuel Adams. With a real pumpkin flavor, unlike other pumpkin beers that are loaded with allspice and flavorings. You can actually taste pumpkin and the toasted flavor comes through loud and clear. Very nice fall offering here.
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punkska101 (1028) - Chambly, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 7, 2014
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared with Seb A: nutmeg, cloves, ginger app: hazy reddish/brown no head. T/p: med body with sweet and medium long finish. O: average. Subtle but present spiciness.
N3lson1 (284) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - NOV 6, 2014
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Drank from a twelve ounce bottle. Not a huge fan of Samuel Adams and found this beer very average in every aspect of beer ratings.
raymow (857) - Bensalem, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2014
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottled - a decent pumpkin ale. Nothing special (but Iím also not a big pumpkin beer guy). Definitely drinkable though.
Berard (356) - Salem, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 5, 2014
1.7 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Bottle. Pours deep red with a thin white head that dissipates quickly. Mild hop aroma with nearly no aroma. A wheat like spicy flavor.
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Cakes (382) - New Bloomfield, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 3, 2014
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12 oz. bottle
The deep roasted malts lend a toasty finish that is augmented with some spices. A slightly above average offering.
igneous1 (1506) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - NOV 2, 2014
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz bottle. brownish/amber color, clear. head is minimal and beige. aroma is more pumpkin and much less spice than I anticipated. flavor is a little more allspice and a nice pumpkin balance. pleasantly surprised with this as this style is typically way overspiced for my taste.
rjplumer (499) - Foxboro, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 31, 2014
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
A bubbly rich amber red body. Smooth nutmeg and pumpkin aroma that isnít overwhelming but yet enticing. Has a touch of roasted malt on the nose too. The nutmeg and pumpkin are noticeable to the taste. Has a crisp apple like character also. Smoothness from start to finish as it leaves your palate clean and wet without any negative aftertaste. First "pumpkin beer" to actually impress me. Rather than slamming you pumpkin spice it is subtle and respectful to your sense. Well done.
cleverlobo (319) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 26, 2014
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle; red-brown with moderate beige head; aroma- nutmeg, bread; taste-mild sweetness and bitterness, vegetables, slight smokiness, moderate carbonation. Decent. Needs more hops.