ChainGangGuy (4231) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 21, 2011
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
12 ounce bottle - $1.79 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clouded, dirtied orange body with a slim, short-lived, near-white head.
Smell: Listless pumpkin notes, a sliver of malted wheat, and spiritless sniff of spice.
Taste: Slight tangy wheatiness, then, some lightly vegetal canned pumpkin flavor. Mildly sweet. Modestly spicy, though none of the purported spice additions coming through enough to be identified beyond a vague "spice" hint. Nil hop character, very, very low bitterness. A bit more uninteresting pumpkin taste and wimpy spice on the increasingly watery finish.
Mouthfeel: Thinnish body. Vapid, lackluster carbonation.
Overall: Didnít dig it. When youíre making Blue Moon Harvest Moon look like a real treat, you know youíve screwed up.
jgb9348 (4282) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2011
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Crisp, very slightly hazy copper coloured body with a thin, fast-dying off-white head. Aroma of light wheat, some light pumpkin pie spice, a touch of allspice and a very small amount of squash. Medium-bodied; Some body from the squash is actually noticeable, a touch of wheat, a little yeast and yes, even some light spices come out in the initial tastes. Aftertaste is a bit less defined with some light wheat tastes, a bit of an earthy roundedness and a light touch of spices at the tail end. Overall, not as bad as I thought it would be, and quite simply, not the worst pumpkin beer iíve had - that said, it doesnít have nearly enough flavour or complexity to be one of the better beers for the time. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased at Liqour Outlet in Boonton, New Jersey on 04-September-2011 for US$1.15 sampled at home in Washington on 19-September-2011.
Pailhead (4232) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - SEP 19, 2011
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle: The aroma consists of light nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and a touch of vegetal notes. It pours a mostly transparent amber with a touch of haze and a one finger off-white head with okay retention. The flavor starts with a light-moderate dose of nutmeg. There are some light wheat notes in the background, but the overall impact on the flavor is minimal. The finish has light cinnamon and ginger. The flavor thins out pretty quickly and tastes watery at times. Itís light-medium bodied with somewhat fizzy carbonation. Overall, itís far from a world beater, but Iíve had worse pumpkin beers by brewers I respect more than AB. If you like pumpkin beers, this will do if your options are limited.
adnielsen (7576) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - SEP 18, 2011
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle @ home. Hazy, reddish orange appearance with a small tan head. Nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, moderately spicy, slightly toasty, wheat malty nose. Wheat malty flavor with a ton of spices- cinnamon and nutmeg, especially. Bleh.
stangger (576) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 18, 2011
2.8 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at the west avenue grill in jenkintown. Light orange / amber with a white creamy head. Unexpectedly mild aroma, barely present. Nutmeg, cinammon. Thin body with mild amber malt, nutmeg. Not really a pumpkin beer as much as a spiced beer. Drinkable. Could be worse.
jmulv (336) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 18, 2011
2.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
íTis the season for pumpkin beers. One of my least favorite of the style however. Medium to heavy bodied, not a strong pumpkin taste to it. Flavor comes off as a tad bland compared to others in this style. Itís solid and drinkable, but Fall only lasts so long, grab another pumpkin brew while you still can.
drowland (5686) - Valdosta, Georgia, USA - SEP 16, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
9/16/11. 12oz bottle. Hazy orange pour with a small white head. Pumpkin spice aroma - lots of nutmeg - with a touch of sweetness. Relatively clean flavor of sweet gourd and pie spice. Very light body, high carbonation. Could be worse, but meh.
heemer77 (5053) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 15, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
A very cloudy bright orange body with a thin light khaki head. The nose is strong banana bread with a little bit of clove. The taste was banana peels with some clove. There was a pumpkin seed finish. Like raw pumpkin. The body is lightly carbonated. This is ok.
topherh (1899) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - SEP 15, 2011
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours an orangeish amber with a white head. Aroma is toasty malt with pumpkin pie spices. Flavor is sweet malt, pie spices, pumpkin and a lightly wheaty tart finish.
brokensail (9128) - Orange County, California, USA - SEP 14, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
A: The beer pours a clear amber color with a short lived off-white head.
S: Not too shabby of an aroma. Lots and lots of spices, mostly cinnamon and all spice with a bit of nutmeg and clove. A slightly sweet malt note, maybe even a touch of vanilla. Surprising...
T: A definite vegetable/squash type flavor to it. A decent spiciness of cinnamon and all spice. There is a little bit of banana to it, interestingly. Maybe a touch watery, really my main knock on it.
M: Light in body with medium carbonation.
O: As much as Iíd like to say otherwise, this was pretty decent.