MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to Santa for the bottle. Clear light orange color with a small head. Aroma of dark brown sugar, nutmeg and cinnamon. You can really taste the butternut squash, more so than the pumpkin. Alcohol is well hidden. Medium-light body. Thin texture.
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Orange hued amber, fairly clear, moderate to thin sudsy off-white head, dies quickly, spotty lacing, very little carbonation.
Nutmeg, all-spice, and pumpkin pie filling on the nose.   The tongue yields some clove, nutmeg, cinnamon (minor), pumpkin (minor),
and cereal like malts.   Very slight heat to this one.   8% ey?   Could use a little bit more malt, but not bad.   Body and
mouthfeel are moderate.   Heavier malts would certainly help.   Finish is a little lackluster.   Flavor drops off pretty quick
from the start.   However, tiz fairly clean.   Slight cereal like malts after the finish.   Loved the nose, but could use a
little work on the tongue.   Otherwise for a non Imperial Pumpkin, its quite good.   Thanks Matt for sending me a few of
pintsize (1042) - Austin, Texas, USA - DEC 24, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
see through copper amber. Pumpkin malt aroma - with hints of apple cider in there too. More like an apple cider with alcohol than a pumpkin by any means. Creamier than most other "pumpkins". Not watery, but has high carbonation. Very decent overall. Average!
TheBeerOrg (2145) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - DEC 16, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 5, 2010 Rated 2007-12-16 - Pours amber with a mostly receding off-white head. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, toffee. Taste is spicy, phenolic, toffee, gingerbread, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Mouthfeel is medium to full bodied with moderate carbonation. Not bad, but pretty spice centric.
Rated 2010-10-05 - Ap 3 Ar 7 Ta 7 Mf 4 Ov 15 = 3.6
Gregis (1281) - Shawnee, Kansas, USA - DEC 12, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
The last of the pumpkin beers that I was able to try this season. Sampled at the Power Plant Strong Ale Festival on 12/8/07. Pours a slightly hazy amber-orange with a thin, creamy, beige head. Medium-bodied and slick with a toasted and spicy, yet clean, finish. I’d say that this "tastes like pumpkin pie", only it doesn’t. It’s better. This is a very well integrated beer with the fruit and spices (cinnamon, nutmeg & a bit of clove) coming together in splendid harmony. This is the best pumpkin beer that I’ve tried to date. I guess that, this year, I saved the best for last.
fordest (2073) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz bottle at Logan’s Pre-GABF party. Lots of pumpkin and spice on the flavor and the aromas. Very good. One of the best Pumpkins I have had.
mcox90 (1706) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 18, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle acquired via trade with Acknud. Pours a deep copper color with a small white head. Pretty decent lacing too. Aroma was overwhelmly of pumpkin. This is one of the stronger tasting pumpkin ales I’ve had so far. Like liquified pumpkin pie. Pumpkin flavor and cinammon spice, along with some malty sweetness. Fairly high abv, 8%, for a pumpkin ale, though the alcohol is well hidden.
SkyinBrian (430) - Saint Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 10, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I asked for a sample of this at the taproom because I didn’t think I could stomach an entire glass of a pumpkin ale (not my favorite style or taste really, but sometimes I enjoy pumpkin flavored baked goods). Aggressive for a pumpkin ale at 8%. tase is as expected: sweet pumpkin and spice with hint of alcohol burn. I think making this sort of a "bigger" pumpkin beer was a good idea. The higher gravity allows the spices and pumpkin not to overwhelm the beer.
natedoggkc (164) - Overland Park, Kansas, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours orange with quick dissapating head. Aroma of cinnamon and ginger. Taste cinnamon and spices with a little hop on the finish.
weeare138 (936) - Collegeville, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thanks to hopdog for sharing this one...
Appears a transparent copper toned amber with a small white head that quickly fizzles out into a mild cap. Small spots are left around the glass.
Smell is of spicy pumpkin pie with doughy bread, and a touch of caramel.
Taste mimcs the aromas with hints of cinnamon, cloves, all-spice, dried juniper berries, and Chinese 5-spice.
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, spiced with pumpkin bread and roasted walnuts lingering into a thin finish.