jercraigs (9046) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - DEC 20, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of Mabel. Dark amber body with a light orangey hue, small off white head. Lightly spiced - nutmeg or allspice and chinnamon? Muted metallic notes in the background of aroma, mild malt. Sweet malt flavour with similar muted spice as the aroma that add to the bitterness of a finish that is slightly sharp. Average palate. Not unpleasant but does little to impress.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 Pours clear orange with a medium, mostly diminishing, head. Good lacing. Aroma was pie-spice - nutmeg, allspice. Flavor of mainly spices; nutmeg, clove, cinnamon. Thereís also brown sugar, pumpkin and vanilla. A good run-of-the-mill pumpkin beer. I really canít see why itís rated so low, except maybe Saranacís reputation.
Braudog (6066) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - NOV 26, 2006
2.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Poured crystal clear, medium amber with a inch of tiny bubbles forming the off-white head. Big spicy aroma, clove, nutmeg. Not quite as pronounced on the tongue, this starts mostly sweet-n-sour.
RichJ7 (1175) - Cullman, Alabama, USA - NOV 23, 2006
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not a pad pumpkin. Pours a dark orangish amber in color with a small off-white head. Subtle aroma of pumpkin, malt and cinnamon. Flavor is much the same, more malty than pumpkiny, though ... slightly sour. Went well with Thanksgiving dinner.
JB175 (1665) - Bucks County, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 12, 2006
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Golden color with light head. Malty, somewhat pumpkin-like smell. Taste is macro lager + a little bit of pumpkin. Not recommended.
MullMan (1099) - New York, USA - NOV 11, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
thick foamy/creamy extra light tan head, pale copper color. aroma is nutmeg, allspice, vanilla, and pumpkin pie. a little dryish sour malt aroma in the background. texture is watery, flavor is dryish wheat-like sour malt, sort of grassy. spices are very muted in the flavor. more clove and allspice, other flavors gone. goes better w/ginger snaps.
dolemike1 (1288) - Jeannette, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 7, 2006
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tan head, amber body, nose of pumpkin pie spice albeit light, taste is lightly spicy, cinnamon and nutmeg, watery.
HogTownHarry (6371) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - NOV 5, 2006
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle (12oz). Clear deep amber with a froth white head. Smells of sour malt, pumpkin, a few sharp seasoning spices and maybe some stale hops - not horrible. Taste is like a fake pumpkin pie filling - still uncooked - with some old blush wine tossed in, I get the cloves and vanilla and other spices but am regretting opening the bottle a little. Watery body, astringent for sure, even a little unpleasantly sour, thereís a cheap spice aftertaste I donít like, and how come this 5.4% thing is making my ears tingle? Oh, yeah, itís a Saranac all right - better than a macro and not good enough to drink again.
PhillyBeer2112 (2679) - 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 írating to styleí 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 wasnít bursting with flavor, as most Saranacs seem to do, but this was relatively enjoyable.