Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
THOUGHTS: Decent. I prefer the imperial pumpkins, but this was pretty good for not being imperialized. Nice, but nothing much different from all the others.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium to dark, reddish amber with an average, off-white head that kept a thin sheet and left good lacing. The aroma had moderate to heavy caramel; lighter roasted malt; roasted pumpkin; real pumpkin pie; pumpkin pie spices. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was moderate to heavily sweet, slightly bitter and slightly sour with an average duration. There was caramel, toasted malt, a little sour pumpkin, pumkin pie spices, slight roasted malt and something like cider. The medium body was a bit watery nad then a little dry with fizzy carbonation and a slightly chalky finish.
CanIHave4Beers (4027) - Pouring Bus, Iowa, USA - NOV 2, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On Draught at El Bait Shop
Pours an amber color with a small head and not a lot of lacing to speak of, pretty color though.
The aroma is spicy with a good bit of rich maltiness, slightly nutty, with some dark fruit.
The beer has a mild bit of roast with some rich pie spiciness, plenty of clove and cinnamon, lightly fruity and the finish is dry and slightly bitter.
Better than I had expected.
GT (9982) - Oceanside, California, USA - OCT 31, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
355mL. Pours a deep, clear, deep red with a fizzier head. Finally a thicker, yellow head emerges with good retention and weak lace. Nose is cinnamon, cherry pie, pie crust. Taste is bitter, sharp, big specialty malt presence, nutmeg, cinnamon. Typical spice heavy beer masquerading as "pumpkin." Heavier, richer red ale underneath. Decent beer.
Arayaga2 (2131) - portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 29, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear reddish with minimal white head. Aroma is earthy nutmeggy, and taste is the same with a bit of ginger and some spicy astringency. $2/12oz
JoeTheYounger (1182) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one was a sleeper. Expected it to be sub par but its pretty damn decent to lots of other crappy pumpkin beers.
blklab2007 (2118) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle in a mixed 12 pack poured a red amber color with a thin coating of off white head. aroma has nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, and some malts. mouth feel is medium with average carbonation. flavor has a good pumpkin flavor, nutmeg, cinnamon, sweetness, and malts.
MarkSachon (949) - Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
As these types of brews go this one is not unpleasant. Iím not able to taste many of the flavors mentioned by the other raters.
corby112 (2804) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a dark ruby red color with golden copper edges and a one finger off-white head that quickly settles into a thin ring. Minimal spots of lacing left behind.
Sweet pumpkin pie aroma with lots of autumnal spices and sweet malt notes. Smells like desert with hints of pumpkin puree, rye, cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and clove.
Full bodied with a blast of crisp, zesty spice up front that lingers over the sweeter notes into a slightly dry finish. Hints of pepper, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg and ginger followed by a prominent pumpkin presence as well as some caramel and rye. The spiciness slightly overpowers the pumpkin flavor but itís still pretty flavorful and easy to drink.
SamGamgee (2452) - down the whirlpool, California, USA - OCT 23, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz bottle deep amber/red color with a cream head. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove spice aroma. Oh, and some allspice. Which is all smells like. I wish I know what pumpkin and not pumpkin pie smelled like (outside of raw pumpkin, which this could smell like). Also a little vegetal cilantro/coriander going on. Not the good coriander. Lots of spice astringency in the mouth with a decent sweetness and uncomfortable bitterness in the finish. I just donít think these light pumpkin ales work. If you want a beer to taste like pumpkin pie you have to make it as sweet and thick as pumpkin pie. If you arenít going for a dessert beer, youíre just doing it wrong.
lamas (1573) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 22, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Enjoy before: February. A light ruby pour with a smallish beige head. The aroma is dominated by nutmeg, roasted caramel maltiness, cinnamon, some pumpkin, and a hint of vanilla extract. Goes down thin and crisp. Caramel, toasted wheat/pumpernickel bread, and roasted nutmeg upfront taste-wise. Some dark chocolate and roasted coffee towards the end. A strange smokiness underneath it all. Faint hints of pumpkin here and there. Much more of a winter warmer than a pumpkin ale.