chickenflea (312) - Oviedo, Florida, USA - SEP 8, 2010
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
As with most pumpkin beers, this smells just great - cinnamon, nutmeg, spices. Iím not a huge fan of pumpkin pie, but the flavors in this one donít overwhelm - I think that was helped by the thinner, very carbonated body - it seemed to usher the pumpkin flavor out quickly. Beer seemed more like a fruit beer with a pumpkin aroma. It was not unpleasant, just unexpected. A refreshing finish.
ThisWangsChung (747) - Leonardtown, Maryland, USA - MAR 1, 2014
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12 oz can into a pint glass. I really hope this is as bad as the horror stories lead me to believe...
A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is a one finger white shade with bad retention. That combined with nonexistent lacing means this isnít exactly a looker.
S: Letís see. Cinnamon and nutmeg notes? Check. Actual gourdy character? Check. Nothing that makes me want to retch? Uh...check! As a complaint, the pumpkin pie character seems weirdly artificial, like some saccharine pumpkin-flavored candy. So while weíre at it...too sweet? Check. I really donít hate the aroma, though; in fact, I actually like it.
T: The flavor is a big step down, and itís not good, but itís not the sheer terror I expected. It starts with a light note of allspice, before turning into some weird pumpkin-flavored candy finish. Itís dawning on me - this tastes more like pumpkin-flavored cream soda instead of an actual beer. Like most sodas, itís quite sweet, to the point of being bothersome. Even worse, the sweetness is kind of artificial.
M: Light and fizzy. Just like soda, actually. All the carbonation tries to dry the palate out some, but all that sugary sweetness wins out. This combination really taxes the palate after a while: something so light shouldnít be so hard to imbibe.
O: I can actually see why this appeals to so many casual drinkers. Itís pumpkin-y (read: spicy) enough, and not very beer-y, so mission accomplished. Beer geeks, though, neednít bother. I really wanted to hate this a lot more than I do. Still, that only means itís wretchedly forgettable instead of wretchedly awful, and Iím not really sure which is worse.
PS: I couldnít have been the only one surprised to see this pumpkin soda-- oops, I mean beer get tons of high scores from Untappd users.
BaroneBirra (223) - Gorizia, ITALY - FEB 13, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle. Pale copper, medium creamy head.
Aroma noce moscata and pumkin. Also in the taste pumkin cake, sweet spices over a crispy and low bodied lager like beer. Lively carbonation, dry final.
Parrothead (291) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2014
3 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
A bit deceptive. Unlike any other pumpkin-themed beers Iíve had. It doesnít have a lot of the pumpkin pie spice aroma Iím used to, and is not as dark as other pumpkin beers Iíve had. not much of a head, either. Ah, but the taste..........thatís itís strong point. Maybe because itís based on a wheat beer, I dunno. Certainly not as heavy and cloying as other pumpkins. Very good.
Brewdork (190) - Sanford, Florida, USA - JAN 2, 2014
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle poured into shaker. Pours clear pale orange color with a generous but short-lived off-white head. Mild grainy aroma with slight notes of pumpkin and spice. Dull lager-like flavor with just a hint of pumpkin on the tail end. Thin mouthfeel contributes to an overall lack of substance. I like pumpkin beers, but this one falls pretty flat.
HuskerTan (300) - Kearney, Nebraska, USA - DEC 30, 2013
2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 7/20
A- Pumpkins, spices, wheat.
A- Orange color, cloudy liquid, white head.
T- Pumpkins, spices, cinnamon.
P- Medium body, average texture, average carbonation, spiced finish.
O- Strong pumpkin and spices tones make this a little off putting. Could be a lot worse, but I have had much better pumpkin ales.
crajun (874) - , Texas, USA - DEC 29, 2013
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
I think I have decided I donít like pumpkin brews; tried a lot this fall; this was one of the lower rated. ugly clear pour. aroma of pumpkin and malt. taste was malty and pumpkin sweet.
k0mpsa (900) - Jšrvenpšš, FINLAND - DEC 23, 2013
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle at anodyne, albuquerque. Almost clear light golden color color, small white head. Aroma is malty, sour notes, pumpkin. Light and spicy body, pumpkin. Tastes like christmas.
Rperez (92) - Florida, USA - DEC 17, 2013
2.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
The aroma might be this beer best trait, the taste of cinnamon and pumpkin gets a little overwhelming after a while. This is a decent thanksgiving beer but just for the season
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DrinksAllKinds (14) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2013
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Tastes like a light ale with pumpkin added. Decent, but not really great as beer seems "watery". Might not buy next year.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
ESPh (41) - Branchburg, New Jersey, USA - DEC 9, 2013
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Tastes fake. Too much spice, too carbonated and the head vanishes. Stay away.