dwyerpg (4567) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - SEP 9, 2011
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Wow...89th percentile? Well, there’s certainly plenty of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, but mostly cloves in the aroma. The flavor is better than the aroma up front. Definitely pumpkin-laden from the start to finish, just not my cup of tea. 4 oz. would be plenty.
desurfer (1219) - Melbourne, Florida, USA - SEP 9, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sample from bottle. Solid example of a pumpkin beer, with hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a nice pumpkin pie flavor overall. Not too overpowering or vegetably; just right. This should come in sixers rather than having to dig into the sampler pack!
puboflyons (2151) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 8, 2011
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
2011 Batch with an expiration date of Feb 2012. What an attractive dark amber-pumpkin orange pour with a soft, silky lingering head and excited carbonation. The aroma is of moderate pumpkin, malts, and spices. The body is nice and full for the style. The clove and pepper are more evident in the taste than in the aroma and there’s a pleasing bitter bite at the end.
Nephilium (1360) - Ohio, USA - SEP 8, 2011
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Slightly sweet aroma, with a touch of rich spices. Pours a clear reddish color, with just a dusting of head. The pumpkin is noticeable in the flavor, as is the spicing. The spicing is in the finish, and isn’t as overpowering as some pumpkin beers are. Light on the palate, with a lingering finish. Not bad, but I wouldn’t go out of my way for it.
mcnealc31 (252) - Elida, Ohio, USA - SEP 6, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
A gorgeous orange and tan color and delicious spices. While I did taste some pumpkin, it was mostly in the background. But those warm, delectable pumpkin pie spices were right up front. Cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, they’re all there. It was still refreshing and crisp, too. And even though it is heavily spiced, it is fantastically well balanced.
GTAEgeek (1227) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 6, 2011
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz. bottle. Pour dark reddish orange with a small beige head. The aroma is unmistakable pumpkin pie, with notes of pumpkin, brown sugar and cinnamon. The flavor is very malty sweet with a little spicy burnt malts and very little hops. The palate is medium, a little grainy, and sticky. The finish is short and mildly bitter. Overall, this is another sam adams that matches the flavor gimmick. Fun, but not really a good beer.
italianjohn (2338) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Clear reddish orange pour with a thin off white head .... aroma is of pumpkin spices cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger and some earthy roasted qualities .... taste is a decent balance of pumpkin spices and earthy pumpkin with a slight roasted feel .... the mouthfeel is a bit watery and thin .... finishes with a spicy ginger kick and dry not bad
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 (1561) - 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.