Ratman197 (9448) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle courtesy of Beastiefan2k poured a clear dark orange with a lingering ring of light amber foam. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, light carmel and light pumpkin. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar and a hint of pumpkin with a smooth spiced finish.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - NOV 17, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz. bottle, with thanks to Gregis. Pours a clear golden orange, with a quickly dissipating tan head, minimal retention and lacing. Aroma is pumpkin, cinnamon, and allspice. Flavor is more of the same, with more sweetness. Interesting, but lacking more dimension than I’d hope, although not surprising since its a Pumpkin. Decent for the style, but finding I’m not a huge fan of this genre. Thanks Greg!
smooch (238) - Sylvania, Ohio, USA - OCT 31, 2008
4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
One of the best pumpkins I’ve tested. You can nicely taste the pumpkin; not mild but not overpowering or too sweet. Nice overall brew. The only other pumpkin that I’ve found similar is Weyerbacher.
Silphium (3160) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear orange-red body, thin cream head. Pumpkin spice nose, sweet and sugary. Body with potent cinnamon, caked nutmeg and pumpkin. Robust and rich without being syrupy. Good.
KAggie97 (3529) - Ugly, Hot, and Humid Spring, Texas, USA - OCT 25, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours average amber with an aroma of nutmeg pie. Flavor is a nice slice of pumpkin pie, with nutmeg sprinkled on top. Watery mouthfeel. I drink more of this.
oreogobbler (228) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 23, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pumpkin spice overpowers most!!!
Pumpkin spice aroma, spice, wheat, hops.
Pours a light orange, slowly carbonating head.
Flavor: Pumpkin, spice, weird plastic, and a wheaty hop finish.
Palate is watery and not to pleasing.
beastiefan2k (2359) - Emerald City (formely NYC & KS), Washington, USA - OCT 22, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours with small head that quickly recedes into a halo lacing. Color is clear dark orange-copper. Aroma is rather hefty with at first a hit of allspice. Then comes a little bit of a candied Christmas tree. Some light biscuit/pie crust in there as well. Taste is more of an even flow with the pie crust and allspice. Long aftertaste of spices (clove very vibrant). Mouthfeel is average but I with all the pie crust I would like a fuller body to go with the beer. With 8% I would have liked a slightly less attenuated brew.
12oz bottled on 9/10/08, New Belgium Snifter/Goblet glass.
Narnad (1448) - Wonder Lake, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 12, 2009 Served in a snifter at the Schlafly location in downtown St. Louis. Thin cream head, ruby red color and had medium carbonation. Aroma has a faint malt aroma, spiced nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon with a slight pumpkin fruit smell. Flavor is awesome! Great light malt flavor balances the pumpkin fruit flavor and the spices. Cinnamon is the most prevalent flavor in the beer for spicing but nutmeg does shine through at the end. No alcohol flavor at all for this moderate alcohol level beer. I could drink this beer all day. A very smooth beer and is one of THE best pumpkin beers I have had a pleasure of trying out!
2009 Version - Clear copper color, small white head that fades quickly. Aroma is very strong of cinnamon, with a more moderate nutmeg, pumpkin, apple and clove note. Flavor has a strong cinnamon note making it taste like spiced apple juice, nutmeg, light pumpkin, moderately sweet overall. Very fine carbonation and a thin body. Overall a very heavily spiced brew but the sweetness of the pumpkin and apples really makes it work.
Aroma=6 App=4 Flav=6 Pal=3 Over=14
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - OCT 20, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle, bottled on 9/10/08. Served in a shaker pint. Poured a slightly hazy amber/gold with a thin off white head. Great aroma with plenty of pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and nutmeg. Medium bodied. More pumpkin pie spice in the flavor. Some malty sweetness and a little burnt sugar as it warms. Pretty drinkable for a spiced beer. Alcohol is fairly hidden. A great fall seasonal.
Butters (3725) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 19, 2008
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2008 Crystal clear reddish amber with thin light tan head. Aroma is lightly vegetal and nutmeg. Pumpkin pie flavor and aftertaste. Some alcohol appears as it warms. I don’t really care for pumpkin ales, but this one was a very good example.