LinusStick (2838) - Moon Twp, suburb of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2011
2 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Ugh...how is this rated so high? Drinkable, sure, but nearly unenjoyable. Aroma was like a very distant manure patch. Pour was a flat murky dark gold with no head. Taste was pretty nasty and weird. Not much in the front but mid swallow there is a huge hop soapy flavor with strong metallic notes. The aftertaste is left numb with medicinal hops, band aid and metal. The beer grew on me as I drank it, but I can’t give it much better of a score. Decent carbonation makes the beer finishable.
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 4, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
THOUGHTS: Not bad, but not what I was expecting. Overall I think it fails at trying to blend the fresh hop and pumpkin beer styles. It came across more as a nice hoppy ale that was sort of ruined by spices. Goes down easy, though. I just wished it tasted a little nicer. The actual flavor was fine, but the aftertaste of spices lingered too long and left a dry, almost dandy coating in my mouth. Tons of hops without all the bitter. It definitely got better as it warmed, but it was still a fail on the concept.
TECHNICAL: Can. Poured a light copper with an average to large, off-white head that mostly diminished. The aroma had light bread an caramel; hints of toasted malt; moderate orange hops; lighter pine hops; a little pumpkin pie spices and a hint of pumpkin. The pine and ginger really blended together. The initial flavor was light to moderately sweet and lightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet, light to moderately bitter and slight to lightly sour with a long duration. There was caramel malt, a little pumpkin, citrus hops, pumpkin pie spices, sour pumpkin, pine hops, orange, toasted malt and orange hops. The medium body was a little oily and then dry and also slightly sticky on the lips with tingly carbonation and a dry, slightly metallic and slmost chalky finish.
jcwattsrugger (11078) - Florida and, New Jersey, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
16oz can-pours a light tan head with gold/orange color. Aroma is citrus-orange, some light malt. Taste is spice/herbal/some citrus hops, some light malt.
Sammy (8524) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can from NY state. Hoppy aroma, light orange coloured body with 3/8" of retained head. Firt I taste the hops, and then the spice in the finish led by ginger and pumpkin. Hoppy pumpkin beer, in a word. Decent drinkability, but not something I will seek out again. Average mouthfeel, above average carbonation.
nimbleprop (4756) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2011
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
16oz can pours a hazy, burnt Texas orange with a frothy, lacing white head. Aroma is nice, mixes earthy hops and fall vegetables, pine, a little wet soil, dried leaves, maybe just a touch of spice. Flavor has some nice noble hop bitterness, lemons, a little soap, some sweetness, carrots, roasted squash, very light brown sugar. Medium bodied with a rounded bitter finish. A nice take on the fall beer style. Definitely not a wet hopped IPA but it’s also not a standard Spice/Herb/Veg either.
SrSilligoose (3243) - pouring bus, New Brunswick, CANADA - OCT 30, 2011
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
can. notes of nutty, doughy , toasted caramel. earthy grains. cereal. good.
sailracer (398) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 28, 2011
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Can. Had a nice hoppy smell. Flavor had some nice hops and a bit of spice. Let a little bit of a bitter aftertaste.
LilBeerDoctor (3429) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Can. Pours a hazy deep orange with a thin white head. Aroma of sweaty, grassy hops and corn. Actually it smells pretty similar to Bengali. Flavor is similar plus just a hint of spices. I don’t really get any pumpkin. And again, overall, very similar to their regular IPA. Pretty tasty, just doesn’t live up to its description.
mcox90 (1534) - Wilton, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
16 oz. can. A "pounder" we called it back in the day. Poured into a pint glass. Pours a beautiful slightly hazy red/orange color with a thick one finger off white head. Sticky rings of lace are left as the head leaves us. Nice hop forward aroma with a semi sweet maltiness. Smells like a well made IPA to me. Maybe a hint of spice. As to flavor, this brew is full of floral hop taste that gets richer with every sip. There are some bits of spice and just a hint of pumpkin. The palate is full bodied & bitter. I thought this brew was terrific & will seek out more.
jgb9348 (4690) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2011
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Slightly hazy bronze and copper coloured body with a thick, dense, but rather soapy off-white head that leaves a horribly ugly lace. Aroma of tons of fresh hops, a touch of light malt, caramel, toffee and some light alcohol - but the hops really come out in the smell! Medium-bodied; Assertive hoppiness at first with a good dose of malt and some clean, soapy type tastes with a little alcohol and a bit of toffee. Aftertaste is mostly a dry hop note with some oak and a little floral flavours, but the soapy almost pervasive cleanser type taste gets pretty bad actually. Overall, pretty well done, but not great, and the soapy, astringent flavour gets in the way of a great beer. I sampled this sixteen ounce can purchased from Total Wine in Alexandria, Virginia on 09-October-2011 for US$2.49 sampled at home in Washington on 23-October-2011.