badgerben (4354) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Skyview Tasting 2.5. Orange color with no head. Aroma of dry grains and a bit of spices. Way more spices in the flavor, as it is pretty much all nutmeg and allspice. A moderate amount of pumpkin pokes through.
Skyview (5104) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
From 22-oz bottle and shared at MN gathering. Pours a dark copper amber colored brew with a thin off-white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma of nutmeg, pumpkin, some caramel malt, and toasted white bread. Taste is medium bodied, light carbonation with flavors of pumpkin, sweet potatoes, nutmeg, cinnamon, and caramel. Finish is semi-sweet with a lingering sweet potato, nutmeg and cinnamon aftertaste. One of the more spiced pumpkin ales I’ve tried.
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I don’t usually like pumpkin beers at all, but I really enjoyed this. I find pumpkin beers much too sweet, but the flavor of the Smashed Pumpkin is more complex than the others in its subtlety. The fall spices are there but do not over shadow the natural pumpkin flavors. The nose is really the highlight of the entire experience. It smells just like grandma’s pumpking pie from childhood (not to mention fall in the Midwest with its myriad of aromas and sensations all foriegn to the muggy seansonless state of FL in which I’ve been living for the last four years).
redlight (2303) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bottle. Pumpkin and spices on the nose, mellow spices, a light citrus, very malty nost. Pours golden amber with a thin white head. Very nice pumpkin flavor, the spices are very mellow (which i like a lot), malty caramel, nutmeg, baked pumpkin, sweet potato, hints of citrus, the flavors blend well. Very nice!
Guerde (1135) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
(bottle) Pours copper with no head whatsoever. The aroma is pretty much non-existent, there might be some light pumpkin here, but otherwise the aroma is barely imperceptible. The taste is decent though, with some baked pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The finish carries on with some more baked pumpkin, but everything is really restrained here. I guess you could call this a poor man’s Pumking,and at $9 a bottle I can’t justify a repeat purchase. Gets better as it warms though.
BDR (2534) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A light orange color with no head. Light pumpkin on the aroma. Strong pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin on the body. Strange, the bottle I had on Thursday seemed to have a much stronger aroma than this one.
Arayaga2 (1747) - portland, Oregon, USA - SEP 19, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Chestnut red / amber with a bit of white head. Aroma is nutmeggy with fermented fruity berry notes. Taste contains the standard pumpkin pie spicing, and the combination of sweetness and tannin content gives a bit of a medicinal edge. Gingerbready notes burn a bit into the finish.
sigma23 (380) - , Maine, USA - SEP 10, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
pours rich red/orange with very little white head. aroma is of spice, alcohol, pumpkin, red fruits. drinks the same with the spice rising above the pumpkin and the high 9% alcohol dominating the finish. its good, but i bet it’ll be best when aged. very warming