leakyrivet (7) - Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2011 does not count
3.1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle poured to glass. Shallow off-white tan head. Clear Reddish amber color. Roasty and malty. Finishes semi-dry with a little caramel. Nothing to look at, nothing to smell, but very decent taste. I feared a too sweet pumpkiny flavor, but that wasn’t the case at all.
bsp77 (724) - Minnesota, USA - SEP 5, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Serving glass: Poured from bottle into Nonic Pint.
Appearance: Dark reddish-amber, but very little head and no lacing. Color is nice, but could have used a little more pizzaz.
Aroma: Pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, and ginger upfront. Some light caramel and toasted malt underneath.
Taste: While there are pumpkin spice flavors going on, initial impression is of a light toasted and roasted amber ale with a barely sweet caramel backbone. Then the pumpkin and spices (clove, cinnamon and nutmeg especially) rise up and provide balance. Ends with spicy English hops contributing to the actual spices.
Palate: Moderate carbonation, medium body, semi-dry finish.
Overall: Very well balanced and drinkable Pumpkin Ale. Extremely good for a non-Imperial.
Dixonian (1540) - Plano, Texas, USA - SEP 2, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper color with a thin line of head. Aromas of spice, pumpkin, caramel malt, and cinnamon. Flavor has lots of deep malt with just enough sweetness and spice. Surprisingly good pumpkin ale from Sam Adams.
thicksuds (382) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
really liking this beer, tastes like oktoberfest with pumpkin pie, not overdone, but the pumpkin flavor is done very nicely, and subtly, but not so little that you cannot taste it, perfectly done for me, not a huge pumpkin beer fan but this is nice
BeerandBlues2 (8984) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - SEP 1, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours clear dark copper/amber with an average, frothy light tan head, medium retention with good lacing. Aroma is heavy caramel and biscuit malt with nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice notes, and light squash/vegetable notes. Flavor is moderate malt with light hop spiciness and well-balanced pumpkin pie spices. Finish is dry. Medium body and carbonation, low warmth.
craftycarl21 (2115) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - AUG 31, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Dark amber pour with reddish tints. Aroma holds caramel, molasses, toasted malt, and good pumpkin notes. Flavor actually loses some of the nice dark malt undertones, but still tasty pumpkin spiciness. Light body, drinkable. Pretty solid.
nike (876) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 31, 2011
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Decent tasting pumpkin beer. Nothing great about this one, but not all tht bad. Again, just not my style, but this time of years, you have to drink a few.
Ret12 (447) - Maryland, USA - AUG 31, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This was a very tasty pumpkin beer with a nice spice. I would have liked a little more pumpkin flavor but overall this was a very good beer, very drinkable.
adam42381 (371) - Fort Myers, Florida, USA - AUG 29, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Poured from a 12 ounce bottle into a Spiegelau tulip. Best before February 2012 notched on label.
Appearance: Pours a deep reddish-brown color with ruby highlights and a 1-2 finger frothy light tan head.
Smell: Nutmeg and cinnamon are dominant here with a touch of malt in the background. Smells a lot like a pumpkin pie.
Taste: Pumpkin pie flavor up front followed by sweet malt in the middle before ending with more spices, a light amount of hops and a touch of black pepper at the finish. Aftertaste is fairly dry with spices mixed in.
Mouthfeel: Light-to-medium-bodied with a very high amount of prickly carbonation.
Drinkability: Good drinkability. You could knock back a few of these on a cold fall evening. This being a hot August day in Southwest Florida, I’m stopping at just one, but I won’t hold that against the beer.
Overall: Good beer overall. I could see myself reaching for this time after time during the fall if I lived in a colder climate. Definitely worth a shot.
FROTHINGSLOSH (4442) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 28, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This style has really run out of steam for me. That said this was a decent example. +++ Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a very dark caramel-orange color with a large foamy orange-beige head that lingered and left some lacing. The aroma was spicy - nutmeg and cinnamon mostly - and had a bready undertone. The flavor was dryish with fairly prominent nutmeg, cinnamon and clove and faint notes of honey and bread. The finish was medium length dry spice. Medium body. Solid.