Drake (11605) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 26, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 ounce bottle from Wine Warehouse in Charlottesville, VA, opened 9/5/10. Pours a clear reddish amber color with a medium tan head that fades quickly. The aroma is pumpkin and big spice notes, including nutmeg, ginger and clove. The taste is pumpkin and fresh baked gingerbread. Cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices. Medium bodied. Damn good, and a contender for my favorite pumpkin ale ever. Nice job.
brokensail (15754) - Dublin, California, USA - OCT 25, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A: The pour is your rather average amber color with a finger’s worth of off-white head.
S: Lots of pie spice notes fill the nose. I get plenty of cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice. There’s a mild graham cracker malt note and rather than pumpkin, I get apples...
T: The apples are present on the flavor as well, but still not really any pumpkin qualities. The spices are the bulk of the flavors in this beer, and fit the same description as those mentioned in the aroma.
M: The body is medium with a fairly lively carbonation.
D: This didn’t necessarily say "pumpkin beer" to me. It was much more of an apple pie beer, and a good one at that.
VengefulOdin (193) - , Missouri, USA - OCT 23, 2010
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
I’ve never had a Pumpkin ale, so this will be my first time. Poured into a dimpled mug. First aroma and impression I get is of cinnamon, like a cinnamon red hot. Caramel malt in the background as well. The mall fizzy head quickly disappears. First taste is … well, there’s really no other way to describe this. It’s like drinking a liquid pumpkin pie, right down to the crust. Clear pumpkin flavor up front followed by nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove. Pie crust malt sweetness and powdered sugar finishes. This thing is making me crave my mom’s pumpkin roll. I’m going to have to pick a lot of this up for Thanksgiving in November. Delicious.
ljay6880 (475) - , Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
12 oz bottle served in a tulip. Pour is deep amber with about an inch of off-white head on top; this quickly dissipates without a trace of lacing. Nose is cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, sugar, pumpkin, and even the crust. Taste is exactly the same, only it is pulled off without being overly sweet/syrupy with quite a light body. Of all the pumpkin beers I’ve tried, this one most closely mimics home made pumpkin pie on thanksgiving. Definitely a treat that I could sip entirely too much of! On a side note, where is the 8% ABV hidden?
jgb9348 (5610) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 21, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Great deep amber coloured body with a bright orange glow when held up to a light and a lush, three centimetre tall tan head. Aroma of pumpkin pie spice, strong cinnamon, a bunch of hops (awesome to smell) and a bit of yeast. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong assertive malt, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin are very noticeable throughout this. Chunky, chewy mouthful afterwards with a lot of sweetness, noticeable pumpkin and a good spicy character. Overall, a very nice and well done beer that shows a lot of complexity and pretty much everything you’d want from a pumpkin beer. This one sits strong and deep, just like a meal - so if you want a beer that’s almost like a meal or a bit to eat - drink this! I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Bon Vivant Market in Smithfield, Virginia on 14-October-2010 for US$2.80 sampled at home in Washington on 21-October-2010.
obguthr (5585) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pronounced cinnamon and pumpkin aroma with clove accents. Clear orange, medium yellow head. Lots of cinnamon on the front end. Greater pumpkin notes appear later with nutmeg. Medium body. Much more cinnamon than most pumpkin spice beers. Exceptional for the style.
unclemike (2871) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - OCT 18, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a very dark amber color with no head. Smell is nutmeg and clover. Not getting all the cinnamon that was advertised, but still a decent nose. Taste is exactly the same as the nose. Taste has a acidic, bitterness taste to it. Medium body in the mouthfeel. This is a very sessionable beer, but at 8% it will definitely be felt.
hoosiers1994 (684) - Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Aroma is of pumpkin pie and apple pie...lots of cinnamon on the nose. Very sweet smelling. Appearance is reddish brown with minimal head despite a vigorous pour. The head leaves very quickly and looks like iced tea now. Taste is better than expected, based on the aromas. Pumpkin and squash flavors dominate, but the cinnamon overpowers up front. The finish is medium, with gourd notes coming through. Palate is thin to medium with little carbonation. Overall one of the better pumpkin beers i have had...just not my favorite style.
wnoble (1251) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2010
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Dark amber almost brown pour and clear with a creamy head. Nose is a cross between pumpkin and apple pie, nutmeg and sweet candy. Taste is similar, seriously just like a pumpkin pie. Really nice for a pumpkin beer. Strange and good.
Chronoflash (76) - New York, USA - SEP 29, 2010
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy cinnamon hue body with a very light head that withers quickly. Aroma is heavy on the pumpkin spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and some clove over a sweet, toasty, melanoidin-rich malt base. Body is medium-full, with a malty texture, some breadiness, good spices, some pumpkin flavor, and both a bitter and carbonic bite from start to finish, slightly harsh and reminiscent of orange pith. The bite "seems" to cloud some of the booziness, which is perceptible past the finish in a warm citric breathiness. A good pumpkin ale, but clearly stronger spice on the nose than the tongue. The spiky bitterness is also a bit off-putting and unexpected. Still, with as strong an aroma as it has, it is sure to please.