puboflyons (2147) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 13, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
From the 22 fl. oz. 2010 batch bottle. Orange-copper pour with a thin fizzy head and limited lacing. Nice clarity and carbonation. The aroma of pumpkin and spices is evident but not overdone. For a 9% ABV beer the alcohol is not noticed at all. The taste is also full of pumpkin and spices with a a clove sort of bitterness and mildly hopped. A nice brew.
MaBeer1972 (1315) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2011 A clear light amber with good pumpkin and spice aromas and flavors. Highly drinkable. Slightly warming, with a clean, lightly sweet finish.
Re-rate: Upgrade. This is one very well made pumpkin brew. Crystal clear orange with tiny bubbles. No alcohol aroma whatsoever. Excellently balanced, slighty sweet pumpkin and malts and well spiced. Nothing is overdone and everything dances well together. Incredibly smooth and drinkable!
2011: slight downgrade. Not like I remember it from last year.
beerbill (3409) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazed golden orange with a moderate linen white head that lasted until mid-glass and left a complete layer of foam with each sip. Very pleasant aroma of pumpkin, malt, cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor is very similar with ample pumpkin, malt, cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor is much more focused on the pumpkin with the spice in more of a supporting role. Medium-full bodied with a well-rounded mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden. I would place this among the top five or six pumpkin beers I have had.
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. A copper orange color with an off-white head. the pumpkin aroma and flavors at first appear understated but as it warmed and my glass emptied, the nice pumpkin and spiced flavors came through well. It had a nice finish.
patrickfannon (1240) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Drank this bottle to my face on one of the first nights on Mount Vernon. Pours a glowing clear orange with a nice thick, rich, off-white head. Aroma of fresh pumpkin, nutmeg, pepper, slight dry hops, and a great malty kick. Body is on the fuller side, with a tight, sticky palate. Slight warmth and spice on the tongue and through the finish. Very good pumpkin ale.
DrinkEmUpJones (1062) - Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2010
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours burnt orange with one finger of off-white head. Aroma: PUMPKIN and pie spice. Palate is smooth, strong pumpkin pie flavor with lots of cinnamon. Not sweet. A bit super-sized on flavor but still delicious. I want to put whipped cream on this beer and drink it for dessert. Would be awesome after Thanksgiving dinner.
GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle -
Aroma - noticeable pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), light ginger, alcohol and caramel. Also some light wort aroma too.
Apperance - clear amber body, 1" white head, dissipated to a thin scummy ring of foam
Taste - alcohol seems to mess up the pumpkin/pumpkin pie flavors. Almost like someone took their regular Shipyard Pumpkin and just dumped vodka in it. It wasn’t completely awful, but it’d be difficult to drink more than just a pint of this and even a pint might be a bit much.
Palate - medium bodied, noticeable alcohol bite, lingering sweetness
Overall - an interesting take on the pumpking seasonal beer and not half-bad while enjoying a half-pint. But the alcohol seemed to get worse and the enjoyment of the beer dwindled. My brother felt the same way. 22 oz of this? Not for me. Their regular pumpkin beer was more enjoyable to me.
Damico (2579) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One year in the cellar, purchased at Capone’s. The aroma of warm cinnamon and a note of pumpkin sweetness. The color is orange amber with a small white head. The flavor is big with sweet pumpkin and cinnamon to start, then some malt and a bit of bitterness from the hops, and a nice bit of sweetness again to settle.
Capa (2029) - Manama, BAHRAIN - SEP 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber/orange with a white head. Aroma is sweet with light fruits, spices, some floral, earth, cinnamon. Medium to thin bodied, which was surprising. A heavier body could have really aided this one. Sweet to begin with but not overly so (but it got to me at the end). Light spices, floral, fruity, light pumpkin, some cinnamon. Finish has a touch of spice and a decent portion of sweet malts. Real solid pumpkin brew. The sweetness finally caught up to me at the end but if I hadn’t drank the whole bomber myself I don’t think I would have noticed.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown bomber (1pint 6oz) bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a good description of the beer on the back which includes its ABV at 9% and OG at 1.088. There is no freshness or born on date however.
Appearance: It has a deep amber body with good clarity. It also has a nice level of visible carbonation which supports a good creamy off white head. This head has good retention and makes for lots of lovely slick lacing on the glass.
Smell: The aroma has loads cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices over a delicate squash and malt mixture.
Taste/Palate: There is a nice mixture of pie spice like cinnamon, ginger, and a touch of clove up front and throughout. There is also a good squash-like (pumpkin) flavor note with pie crust like malt. As it warms the cinnamon and spice come out a bit more. Its 9% ABV is also noticeable and adds another level of complexity and warmth. The body has a solid medium to full body with pleasant lively texture. The carbonation helps to keep thing from getting sticky or cloying as there is a good level of sweetness. Hops are barely noticeable but do offer just a touch of leafy/herbal bitterness towards the finish.
Notes: This is a very well done Pumpkin beer with wonderful complexity, decent balance and texture. This is much better then there other pumpkin beer by far, in fact this one is going high up on my favorite list.