PhillyBeer2112 (2517) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - NOV 1, 2006
1.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 2/20
I can barely believe this is a pumpkin ale, and then I note that the commercial description lists spices but no pumpkin. As I sampled this, I could taste no pumpkin flavor at all, just a thin crystal malt dominated palate rifled with a bunch of dry dusty spices, with a profile that reminded me of some christmas beers, heavy on a nutmeg/ginger type spicing, despite neither of those being listed. I think it was the allspice that gave rise to that. But, without enough malts to offset those spices, nor any pumpkin flavor, this beer misses widely on multiple counts - and thats not even a ’rating to style’ comment, but rather its missing the mark on being a good, drinkable beer. The first few sips made me shudder (slight unpleasant tartness in there too), after half the glass, I started to gag a little and dumped it.
spkldhenlvr24 (517) - Newburgh/Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 30, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a clear copper body with a small, quickly dissapting off-white head. Decent spicy, warm pumpkin aroma with some skunky, cinnamon scents. A good balance of sweet malts and spices to really get a solid pumpkin taste. Thin, light metallic finish. It wasn’t bursting with flavor, as most Saranacs seem to do, but this was relatively enjoyable.
1FastSTi (3334) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2006
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle via John’s Grocery. The beer pours to a transparent dark amber body with a thin white head that rapidly but not completely dissipates. The aroma is sweet pumpkin and vanilla. Light cloves and allspice. The flavor is sweet, with a pumpkin base, lots of spices and sweet vanilla. Pretty watery.
probstblueribbon (2871) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 25, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Sampled at Real Beer Expo (Rochester). Nice dark amber colour with little -to-no head. Vanilla, caramel, warm/sweet spices on an overall sweet nose. Fairly heavy mouthfeel and sharp carbonation. Definite clove and nutmeg finish, a mild aftertaste and sl. sourness.
Lubiere (9788) - Ottawa, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 24, 2006
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
A dark amber colour with a thin off white head. Overbearing aroma of pumpkin spices, nutmeg, very sweet. In mouth, a very sweet concoction ith pronounced cinnamon and cloves, artificial, light and not very good. Bottle. The Real Beer Expo - Rochester, NY, Oct. 21, 2006.
Slick (1969) - Thief River Falls, Minnesota, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Nice light brown/amber color,small off white head that had a decent hang time then faded to leave nothing behind.The aroma was not as bad as my last punkin ale.This one had a nice but still mild spice with a bit of maltiness.The flavor was pretty decent,Nice spicy side all around with a bit of caramel and a slight bitter finish.Mostly you get alot of spice throughout the tasting and little else,Very nice brew.
Veeve (312) - Winston-Salem, North Carolina, USA - OCT 22, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
served at NYC Brewtopiafest. pours a golden orange body that looks more amber towards the top third of the glass. little bubbly white head. smells sweet and of pumpkin. tastes sugary, of pumpkin of course, some cinnamon, a hint of cloves and nutmeg (nice touch!) and a little bit of vanilla. I did not expect to like this but it was refreshing, and sweet but not overly-so. I’m a fan of pumpkin ales now for sure.
MacDaddyOJake (274) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Medium body that I wish would accompany most pumpkin brews. Lots of spice, little cinnamon, and a touch of clove. Pretty good, and easily one of the best pumpkin beers I’ve ever had.
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 13, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Very dark copper/mahogany with no head whatsoever. Aroma and flavor both dominated by spice and nothing else. Allspice and clove the most prominent. Body is thin. Vanilla and residuel sugar in the finish.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - OCT 11, 2006
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
bottle. smells badly of DMS and metallic. obvious this bottle was not stored properly.