pjweaver (136) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 4, 2009
4.3 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nitro on a sampler platter.
Great overall pumpkin ale, tough to beat. Smells strongly of cinnamon and nutmeg, looks like a pumpkin pie filling color in a glass. Tart and spicy on the tongue, lacking the sweetness that ruins many pumpkin ales. Nutmeg tones remain after the cinnamon fades from the palate. Smooth and satisfying.
beerbill (3605) - Laurel, New York, USA - NOV 18, 2008
4.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
On nitro at the brewpub. I have been wanting to try this beer for a while now, but haven’t been able to arrange to get there at the right time of year. We stopped by for lunch on our way to Hershey and I was not dsiappointed. Pours a hazy orange with a thin-moderate dense, creamy, linen white head that lasted until the end and left ample lace throughout. Very pleasant aroma of pumpkin pie spice including cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. Some pumkpin in there as well, but the aroma is more influenced by the spice than the pumpkin. The flavor is very similar with the same pumpkin pie spices as the aroma. The mouthfeel, aided by the nitrogen push, is silky and creamy and suits this beer extremely well. This might just be my favorite pumpkin beer this year.
fredandboboflo (1570) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2008
4.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nitro. Of course. Aroma of pumpkin pie; mellow spices, sweet pumpkin, and, call me crazy, but I smelled whipped cream too. Either it was there and awesome, or the rest of it was so pumpkin-pie like that my mind just automatically added it, so a plus either way. Flavor is, as I wrote, ’’holy crap. pumpkin pie.’’ The nitro REALLY works well with this one, giving it a creamy texture that is the final straw in separating from th rest of the pumpkins. Excellent.
nqualls (1452) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 28, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Nitro Tap. Poured a dark orange with a thick creamy tan head. Aroma of pie spices and pumpkin. Flavor is very cinnamony, with pumpkin mixed in. Creamy body.
MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nitro draft at the brewpub. The first thing you might notice about this pumpkin beer is that you can actually taste the pumpkin mixed in with the pie spices. Aroma was fresh, roasted pumpkin flesh, nutmeg and other pie spices and vanilla. The initial spices were followed by a bready taste which was a bit distracting to the whole effect. Seemed a little thin at the finish.
LilBeerDoctor (3772) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 27, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On nitro tap at the brewpub. Pours dark orange with a thick light tan nitro head. Aroma of cinnamon, brown sugar, and whipped cream. Flavor is more of the same--lots of sugar and cinnamon. The nitro gives it a smooth body. Definitely my favorite pumpkin ale (although it’s not really pumpkiny so much as full of pumpkin spices). It reminds me of my 2nd favorite pumpkin beer (John Harvards Pumpkin Spice) except that instead of actual cinnamon and sugar on the rim of the glass, this beer has incorporated these flavors. Personally I didn’t quite enjoy the nitro tap as I like a beer to have decent carbonation, but apart from that I really have no complaints. Top notch beer.
GMCC2181 (1591) - Newark, Delaware, USA - OCT 26, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap (nitro) at the brewpub. Orange in color, good creamy white head. Aroma of pumpkin, spices and some cinnamon. Taste was very creamy... Nice taste of pumpkin, spices and cinnamon. It was very well balanced, nothing was overdone or over the top. Very easy to drink, a good creamy texture. Good beer.
Swolf3 (262) - Elkton, Maryland, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On nitro at brew pub. Poured a nice amber with very thick white head that left milk mustache. Aroma was cinnamon, spice, pie crust. Taste was cinnamon, baked pumpkin pie, spice, and nutmeg. Finished very nice, smooth and creamy. Very drinkable and enjoyable, but personally Southern Tiers Pumking is better.
hopdog (11653) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at the Selins Grove Brew Pub. Nitro. This one was the reason for making the long trip out (I had very high hopes for it!). I heard they just kicked a keg before we got there and almost didn’t put on another one right away (they had to call the brewer to find out where it was - or something like that).
Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of pumpkins, pumpkin seeks, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie crust. Tastes of pumpkins, vanilla, pumpkin pie crust, and spices. Don’t get me wrong, this was a pretty good beer, but it didn’t quite live up to my expectations (that being said, I would drink this everyday if I had the chance to!).
egajdzis (6136) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a nitro’d amber, with a creamy, medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pie crust, cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee, and vanilla. Taste of vanilla, toffee, toasted pie crust, pumpkin spice, and brown sugar. Tasty, subtly spiced, and still a nice pumpkin ale.