hopdog (10105) - 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 didnít 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. Donít get me wrong, this was a pretty good beer, but it didnít quite live up to my expectations (that being said, I would drink this everyday if I had the chance to!).
Sammy (9826) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Enjoyed on nitro-tap at the brewpub.Surprisingly good for pumpkin and for nitrogen. Mild spicey, more on the nutmeg. Light orange. A bit less than medium mouthfeel. Lasting white head. Easy drinking, smooth.
3fourths (8701) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2007
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2012 2007 vintage
Pint at Selins Grove. Moderately muddy orange and near-brown colored body with a finely-bubbled foamy tan head. This may be one of the few times when I stick my nose into a beer without knowing what to expect and have it completely blow me away. I canít do it justice with my limited rating ability (ííthey should have sent a poetíí), but dear lord this thing smelled amazing: rich, creamy and spicy pumpkin soup with a hint of whipped cream, some apple cider aromas and some pumpkin bread and cinnamon as well. Ridiculously amazing aroma. Flavorwise itís almost the same, with the whipped cream/pumpkin pie and apple cider flavors, made even better, I think, by a rich and creamy-smooth nitrogen palate. I could seriously drink this beer through the entire fall and winter, and itís one of those rare beers you will look back on and crave over and over.
Maybe a little more sweet up front, certainly served too cold, opens up very well with temperature. Huge spiced pumpkin pie all over this thing, nutmeg is strong and peppery. Less meaty and less of the creamy pumpkin pie charachter than the 2007. Still an amazing beer. Last years was a 4.6, this perhaps is 4.0-4.3.
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at the brewpub on 10/25/08: Pours a hazy dark copper amber with a dense, creamy light tan head. Aroma of sweet cinnamon and chewy pumpkin flesh with a hint of roasty character. Body starts with good fullness and juicy pumpkin flavor with a nice nutmeg and cinnamon spice balance before a slightly drier doughy finish. A very tasty and well-balanced complex pumpkin brew with great drinkability.
JaBier (5739) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 23, 2009
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Rating #1200. On tap at Selinís Grove. Pours clear amber with a big tan nitro head. Aroma that reminds me more of apple pie than pumpkin. Spice seems to be all cinnamon (maybe a bit of ginger) with some nice sweetness that isnít overbearing. Cinnamon flavor with hints of allspice and ginger, a bit of sweet malt and a clean semi-dry finish. Awesome beer and it seems that simplicity is the key. Easily the best nitro beer Iíve ever had.
egajdzis (5656) - 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.
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: NOV 18, 2011 Draft at Selins Grove Brewpub. Pours an amber body with a creamy vanilla head. Huge lush cinnamon notes, like smelling a cinnamon shaker. Pumpkin pie, and vanilla nitrogenous like notes. Creamy whip body with a beautiful cinnamon spiced accent. This beer is phenomenal, it completely blew me away, at 5% per the menu, i couldnít believe the body that this one had. I had to have myself another and if the brewpub didnít close at midnight boy i would have been in trouble. Its very rare to find so much quality flavor with such a full body and yet have so little alcohol influence. Absolutely 100% the best beer iíve had in this style. This blows away any other pumpkin beer iíve had to date by a landslide. So so so good! 4.7
2011 ~6 pints
Nitro. Pours a deep amber toned lightly crimson bruin body with a 3/4 tan heady tone with light retention n almost no retention. Aromatically all pumpkin, cinnamon, lighter squash tones a hint of cardamine n softer herbal vegetative tones. Very soft body nitrogenous n soft creamy toned body very subtle yet complex. Huge flavorful burst of cinnamon upfront, not sweet as one might expect but more so sharp spicy without being hot so to speak. Softly toning down to squash/pumpkin tones. A hint of seed n spice to finish light lingering/tingling cinnamon. Delicous n incredibly quaffable. A solid pumpkin ale n morre. 4.3
kramer (5436) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2007
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Multiple pints, at brewpub. Pours a clear orangish copper under a creamy one inch nitrogenated off-white head. The spicing is incredible on the nose, the usual cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg, with a little caramel malt, and fresh scooped pumpkin meat. Reminded me of a fresh baked pumpkin whoopie pie. The flavor is much more subtle with the spices, just light cinnamon and allspice with lots of meaty pumpkin on the finish. The most distinctive pumpkin beer as far as conveying the pumpkin flavor instead of the usual hodgepodge of pie spices. Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy with the nitrogen serving method. In general Iím not a huge fan of nitro, but it was great the way it worked with this beer. Overall, easily the best pumpkin beer Iíve ever had, this made Weyerbacherís Imperial Pumkin look like crap. Very natural tasting.
vtafro (5088) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Nitro tap @ brewpub. Not many beers live up to the hype, including 3 hours of driving excitement, but this is by far the best pumpkin beer I have ever had. Dark golden pour with some white head. Pumpkin spices, cinnamon, vanilla, this was delicious and smelled just as nice. Mostly the fact it is only 5 percent and still has a great full bodied texture and flavor is what kills it.
Dickinsonbeer (5075) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - FEB 9, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nitro pour at Selins Grove. Pours a murky hazy woody orange with a thick nice fluffy tight nitro head and great lace. Aroma is your typical pumpkin pie spice, a bit of creamy wheat, toasted malts, light smooth sweet crystal and carapils malt- nutmeg and some clove as it warms. Flavor is doughy smooth light yeastiness, toffee, and lots of all spice pumpkin pie spice with some whipped cream smooth light sweetness. Smooth creamy mouthfeel and a nice overall beer especially for a pumpkin beer but I heard people saying it just wasnít as good as it was last year. It was really good but just not mind blowing like I had thought it would be.