igneous1 (1508) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - AUG 29, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
orange/bronze color, very clear, head is almond-colored. aroma is bready with a decent amount of clove. flavor is mostly sweet with the cinnamon and clove coming through. pumpkin is not at all overpowering and a little toastiness comes through in the finish. body is light and overall, not that interesting of a beer, although far from offensive.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5359) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 20, 2006
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: AUG 27, 2007 Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured a dark amber color with a trace of a tan head. The aroma is spicy and hot and not entirely pleasant. The flavor is dry, spicy and hot. The spices are hard to identify but are nothing like pumpkin pie. Not one of Saranac’s better offerings.
hopscotch (10075) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - AUG 13, 2006
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle... Clear amber ale with a small, fizzy, off-white head. Spicy, malty nose with notes of allspice, cinnamon and vanilla. Well-balanced, mildly spicy, gently tangy flavor. Medium-bodied and oily with fizzy carbonation. Short, crisp, lightly spicy finish.
lamas (1435) - Washington DC, USA - AUG 11, 2006
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. A clear copper pour with a smallish light-tan head. Cinnamon, cloves, vanilla and some pumpkin in the aroma. Very thin and watery. Starts with a decent amount of caramel, malty sweetness and cinnamony spiciness. The taste is quite artificial. Finishes with a slight corny bitterness. A pretty lame effort, and this is coming from a guy who LOVES pumpkin beers.
TaktikMTL (6401) - Montréal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2006
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Verre de dégustation (provenant d’un fût) au Vermont Brewers Festival 2006 (Burlington, VT). Arôme: Odeur de tarte à la citrouille. Apparence: La couleur est ambrée. Présence d’un mince col mousseux. Saveur: Goût d’épices, de citrouilles et de caramel. Courte durée de l’arrière goût. Palette: Le corps est mince avec une texture minérale. Moyenne effervescence en bouche. Présence de citrouille en arrière goût. (Rating #564)
muzzlehatch (4420) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - JUL 23, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Vermont Brewers’ Fest 2006, sample from 12 oz bottle. Pale clear orange with a small fizzy quick-dying white head...dry, twiggy, rather dull nose, earthy but with little texture of pumpkin or spice....reminds me a bit of 7up.....in the body, significantly improved as the baked pumpkin shows up, some nice dark bready malts, and a nicely balanced spice equation with cinnamon and nutmeg, perhaps a bit of ginger and vanilla....light bitterness to finish, moderate to strong carbonation. Really turned out better than I expected.
MaBeer1972 (1430) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - JUL 11, 2006
4.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
After years of doubt about the middle-of-the road quality of Saranac products, I finally changed my opinion of this brand with this particular brew. It wasn’t instantly apparent, but by the 2nd or 3rd bottle, I really got into this one. Much richer and malty than some other pumpkin ales out there. Not overly spicy either. Every store I went ran out by early October last fall. I will be sure to stock up on this one this year!
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - JUL 8, 2006
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is clear amber brown with thin off white head...smell is spicy with lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves...definately pumpkin...taste is sweet at first with lots of malty flavors...then the fizzy fizzy mouthfeel turned more to a vegetal flavor...spicy, just very vegetal...
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - MAY 4, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an effervescent transparent dark copper with a frothy, off-white head. Aroma is nice and lightly sweet with some toasty caramel malt and mild clove and pumpkin character. Body starts with a light, sticky, earthy caramel malty flavor with hints of pumpkin and spice toward a slightly drier, thinner finish with some biting carbonation. Overall, could use some more body and pumpkin character, but what is there is pretty decent.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - APR 23, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a clear amber color with a fluffy off-white head. Big pumpkin pie spiced aroma (cinnamon and nutmeg). The flavor has a sweet start and a cinnamon finish. Light to medium body.