Braudog (6042) - 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 (6322) - 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, there’s a cheap spice aftertaste I don’t like, and how come this 5.4% thing is making my ears tingle? Oh, yeah, it’s a Saranac all right - better than a macro and not good enough to drink again.
PhillyBeer2112 (2661) - 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 (3346) - 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 (3352) - 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.