glennmastrange (2459) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Moderate cereal for the malt, flowers fort the hops, with notes of white wine up front and brown sugar, pumpkin and cinnamon in the background, and a hint of alcohol. Head is small, frothy, off-white/slightly yellow, with fair slippery lacing and is almost fully diminishing.Color is sparkling clear amber. Flavor starts lightly sweet and acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, watery with a lively carbonation and a finish that is metallic, lightly to moderately alcoholic and lightly dry. Smells just like pumpkin pie, a little too much in fact. It tastes like all the "natural flavors" were added just before it went into the bottle. Overall okay as a novelty beer, but for me, not worth going back to.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Thanks to Azurelimits for bringing this to our pumpkin tasting.
Pours a medium orange color with a thin off white head. The nose is quite strong and goes in all the wrong directions. It tastes quite a bit like someone melted a stick of butter on top of a pumpkin pie. The taste is quite awful, with a buttery, spiced flavor and not too much actual pumpkin coming through. Feel is really creamy and odd. I really did not like this one--definite drain pour. I should say that there were others who at least somewhat enjoyed it, so it’s probably just me.
EDIT: Matt’s review makes it clear that at least one more at the tasting found this to be thoroughly disgusting.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-18-2010
natejgood (433) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear medium golden color with a small white head and a nice amount of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Smells of sweet malts and pumpkin spices. Smells a little sweeter than I would like, and this sweetness caries over into the flavor. While this beer has a more natural pumpkin spice flavor than many pumpkin ales it is also a bit too sweet and syrupy for my liking. There is a bit of a citrus flavor on the back end. Not a bad pumpkin ale but also not one of the best.
bigabe (194) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very, very good pumpkin ale. Not for those that like subtle pumpkin and spice flavors. This beer tastes like pumpkin pie in a bottle. Pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg dominated this one. There was a slight hoppy bitterness at the finish, but the spice from the cinnamon flavors killed it quickly. One of the best parts about this beer is the warming you get from the booze. It’s a good strong ale, perfect for cold winters.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 14, 2011
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Date: 12/31/2010 Source:Other Nice spicy fruity aroma with hints of warming alchohol and lots of caramel and honey notes. Fruity pumpkin almost sweet potatoe like flavor with nice balance of apple pie spices. Clear light amber brown. Moderate bitterness. Medium body and mouth feel.Finish is lightly bitter and very fruity with pumpkin hanging in there. Best of the pumpkins I can remember.
davidm (1979) - Sunnyvale, California, USA - JAN 8, 2011
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
On tap. Great beer. Aromas of cinnamon, caramel, toffee, and alcohol. Taste is sweet, with bitter notes, and long length. Palate is creamy, and full bodied. Amber, with no head.
JFGrind (1925) - Glenside, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
When it’s a week before Christmas, it’s time to drink the pumpkin beers. Smashing Pumpkin had a high alcohol content, pumpkin spice and some light bitterness. Very drinkable.
dlovell2 (1307) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - DEC 27, 2010
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 27, 2014 On tap at The Great Lost Bear. Copper with orange hue. Pumpkin cinnamon and Nutmeg aroma. Sweet pumpkin flavor with hints of vanilla and toffee. Nutmeg and hops finish. Alcohol is nicely hidden.
raverchikadee (14) - Florida, USA - DEC 13, 2010
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
I LOVE THIS BEER!! So yummy and full of pumpkin!!!! most flavorful pumpkin ales out there!! Get this when its in season!!
GRM (3370) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 12, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brown bottle, 1 pint 6 ounces, via Luc Bourbonnière (merci!), savoured on December 12 2010; eye: copper, clear, no effervescence, tiny ring of tan head, no lacing; nose: spices including nutmeg, alcohol, malt, pumpkin; mouth: alcohol, spices including nutmeg, malt, toffee, finale in alcohol warmth with presence of nutmeg, full body, average carbonation, mildly sweet, lightly alcoholic texture; overall: fine
Bouteille brune, 1 pinte 6 onces, via Luc Bourbonnière (merci!), savourée le 12 décembre 2010; œil : cuivrée, claire, pas d’effervescence, très petit anneau de mousse fauve; nez : épices dont muscade, alcool, malt, citrouille; bouche : alcool, épices dont la muscade, malt, toffee, citrouille, finale en chaleur d’alcool avec présence de muscade, corsé, carbonatation moyenne, moyennement sucrée, texture légèrement alcoolique; en résumé : bien