dimenhetfield (2487) - , Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2011
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 6/20
12oz bottle poured into snifter. I love pumpkin beers and drinking them during a nice cold front but this was a just an utter disgrace. It was like they took the Octoberfest beer and just sprinkled some pumpkin spice on top. Not enough pumpkin flavor or aroma. Took a few sips and dumped it.
RayOhm (474) - Fergus, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 16, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle brought back by my parents from Boston. Poured a dark copper with a thin white head. Present pumpkin aroma. Syruppy mouthfeel. Pretty good pumpkin flavor, overall not bad.
joeneugs (2779) - Livermore, California, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
It pours a red/amber color with a disappearing orange bubbly head. The aroma is nicely spiced with ginger, cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg all in good balance and a nice mildly fruity malt backbone. The flavor is the same with a bit more spicy ginger on the palate. I do pick up some mildly vegetal squash flavors that remind me of pumpkin. Nice medium body with a rich maltiness. Very good pumpkin ale.
ChainGangGuy (4272) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 15, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Part of the Samuel Adams Harvest Collection Pack - $14.99 at the nearby Publix grocery store in Canton, Georgia. Enjoy Before: Jan 2012.
Appearance: Pours a clear, deep amber-hued body with a finger’s worth of ivory foam, though it’s rather short-lived.
Smell: Sweetish, bready malt notes paired with a scent of pumpkin and encompassed by a blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and ginger.
Taste: Bready, toasty malts with sweet hints of dark brown sugar. Has a good amount of squashy pumpkin flavor as well as the expected pumpkin pie spice blend (without becoming heavy-handed and overbearing) and, of course, the SA proprietary house yeast. Faint, faint touch from the herbal English hops, with a very low bitterness, allowed the spices to do their thing. Small bit of heat from the cinnamon and ginger. A bit of stickiness on the drying, gently spicy finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.
Overall: I thought it was a very solid, well-constructed pumpkin ale; a nice addition to the Autumn mix.
LetsGoState (561) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aroma is a sweet spice. Taste is a nice balance of pumpkin and spice. Overall solid for the style.
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not much pumpkin in the nose. Taste is fairly watered down in the pumpkin department, but a good mix of spices add a nice bitter kick to it. Goes down pretty well.
JohnnyJ (4041) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 12, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark clear amber pour, with a minimal off-white head. Interestingly this bottle was a gusher, first time I have seen a sam adams do that. Very sweet, caramel malts, pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice. Pretty watery. Certainly a pumpkin ale, but not a very good one.
beerchugger (708) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 12, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark and rather deep copper hue with a very nice full and fluffy creamy head. Nice sheets of lacing left behind that cling to the sides of the glass. The smell is pretty surprising with the amount of pumpkin and pumpkin spices that come through. There is almost a pumpkin pie-like quality in the nose with bread coming through. The flavor is actually pretty nice with loads of pumpkin, spices, bread, and a touch of nuts as well. The pumpkin is notably fake, but overall still very enjoyable.
HeistAlmighty (1032) - Saint John, New Brunswick, CANADA - SEP 11, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
355ml bottle. Red amber with lots of white head and lacing. Aroma is spices like cinnamon and nutmeg and a little malt sweetness. Taste is spicy and rich, but the spice overwhelms but of the pumpkin flavour. Its good, just not very pumpkiny. Palate was medium.
aracauna (2985) - Georgia, USA - SEP 11, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Clear copper. Little head. Spices come off slightly soapy in the nose. There’s just nothing here that stands out to make it good.