muzzlehatch (4424) - 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 (1374) - 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 (7132) - 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.
Hawksfan17 (890) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 9, 2006
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
I enjoyed this pumpkin ale and I have become more accustomed to liking them all year round. It smelled like pumpkins and tasted like them as well. The flavor was a little more spicy and you could taste cinnamon at the end. This actually poured brown, darker then some of the other ones I have had.
fatty (363) - Perkiomenville, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 3, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours dark brown with orange hue and thin white hed that doesn’t stick around. Aroma of pumpkin, malt, sweet molasses. Flavor of pumpkin, malt, spice/cinnamon. Creamy palate with active carbonation that bites the tongue.
hopdog (9270) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz bottle. Poured a dark and clear amber color with an averaged sized off white head. Lighter aromas of pumpkin and cinnamon. Tastes of pumpkin, cinnamon, and cloves. Seems a little on the artificial side. Thinner body.
IMtheOptimator (1161) - Bethel, Connecticut, USA - NOV 18, 2005
0.9 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Poured a clear light mahogany with a small fizzy off-white head. Smells of bad beef stew. Tastes like someone ate a pot of beef stew, vomited the contents into my glass and added a touch of brown sugar (to accentuate the flavors, of course). Don’t know if it’s past its prime or if whatever they did with this just doesn’t work for me. Either way, down the drain it goes.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - NOV 6, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
What a pleasant surprise this one was. Pours copper with a tan head. Aroma is of cinnamon and cloves. Holiday spices (all-spice, vanilla) take center stage, but unlike many pumpkin beers, this is balanced by a nice caramel malt backbone and moderate grassy hops presence. Medium bodied, and pretty clean in the finish despite the sweetness. Nicely done.