jlruthven (600) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 14, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a dark amber with reddish-brown tint. Small white head, slight lacing. Nose is spicy, cinnamon, nutmeg. Taste is surprisingly assertive, with stronger nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and substantial pumpkin. Soft carbonation, finishes smoothly with a slight spice kick. Shockingly solid offering from SA.
nuplastikk (5668) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Red-brown color, creamy off-white head. Pronounced sweet, sugary pumpkin aroma. Full on pumpkin tastes, some cinnamon and nutmeg in the aftertaste. Creamy, medium bodied, fresh. Somewhat thin and watery mouthfeel. Nails the style, in a bland way.
Dogbrick (11021) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: JAN 16, 2011 Bottle from variety pack. The beer is a chestnut color with a medium beige head that diminishes steadily. Thin rings of lacing on the glass. Aroma of pumpkin spices and biscuit malt. Medium body with a pumpkin character accented by hops and malt. The finish is sweet with a grainy malt and nutmeg aftertaste. Above average overall.
dalfaro86 (309) - Mexico City, MEXICO - OCT 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2011 Pours Brown, with pumpkin, spices and slightly roasted malts aromas, looks like a brown ale, tastes like a brwon ale with a touch of pumpkim, bottomline: good look, good aroma & great taste, the best pumpkin ale i´ve ever tried.
J_man (897) - Tustin, California, USA - OCT 11, 2010
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Exclusive to the Havest Collection Variety pack for 2010. Deep golden/copper color with an almost reddish tinge and an initially foamy off-white head that rapidly dissipates to a fine lace. Caramel and spice float off the top followed by a malty (but not overly sweet) taste with excellent pumpkin pie spice that is perfectly balanced. The best part is the aftertaste and the "back" aroma that comes when you breathe out and get a secondary spice flavor and a true pumpkin vegetality. Medium bodied and very easy to drink. Unlike a lot of other pumpkin beers, this doesn’t overdo the spices or underdo the pumpkin (which is often undetectable over the spices and sweetness). This is the best pumpkin ale I’ve had in a long time.
rodzilla79 (90) - Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
This is a good pumpkin ale. Some are far too overdone and result in a sipping beer that takes an hour to finish. This is crisp with the unmissable, delicious pumpkin pie taste.
cbkschubert (2901) - BFE, Arizona, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz. bottle from Plaza Liquors - Pours a deep amber color with a thin, short lived off white head. Faintest of lacing. Aroma and flavor is pumpkin and spice. Just like all the rest of the Pumpkin beers (ST Pumking excluded). Fortunately, the finish didn’t linger. These Pumpkin beers are just a tick. Still, the beer wasn’t bad.
Skyview (5464) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Picked up two 12-oz bottles via Samuel Adams Harvest Collection 12-pack. Pours a clear orange amber colored brew with a creamy beige head that quickly dissipates to a thin white ring. Aroma of nutmeg spice, caramel malt, and a hint of gingerbread. Taste is medium bodied, flavors of caramel malt, clove, nutmeg and a hint of spice. Finish is slightly metallic with a mild nutmeg aftertaste.
TheBeerGod (5912) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2011 Bottle. Rusty amber pour with a short off-white head. Aroma is strong spice (mainly clove, cinnamon and nutmeg), pumpkin pie and gingerbread cookies. Taste is gingerbread, light pumpkin pie, sweet malt, and spices (still mainly clove here but cinnamon is more pronounced). Body is medium with a strong, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more spices, sweet malt, gingerbread cookies and light pumpkin pie flavors.
RE-RATE Bottle. Ruby amber with a short, fizzy tan head. Aroma is strong spices with clove and cinnamon being the most upfront. Touch of pumpkin as well. Taste is relatively sweet, considering the aroma, and mellow on the spices. More clove and cinnamon, light nutmeg, hints of pumpkin pie, touch of caramel, sweet malt and faint gingerbread. Body is medium with a soft, fizzy carbonation. Ends with more cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, pumpkin, gingerbread cookies and sweet malt.
bigrond (1499) - factoryville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 8, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was a better than average pumpkin beer. It’s nose was on the light side as well as the overall pumpkin flavor. But it was still an easy drinking sweet brew.