beachbum25 (1086) - Powellville, Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2006
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
12 oz bottle-Pours a nice cloudy orange color w/a moderate foamy head. Has a distinctive spiced aroma. Good looking beer, good smelling beer, not a good tasting beer, at least not to me. Does have a distinctive Pumpkin flavor which I didn’t find very enjoyable. Crisp & clean w/a lot of carbination, but just found it to be a very odd flavor combination. Sharp pumpkin flavored hops?? Not a lot of balance, seemed to have a soapy or medicinal aftertaste, would be better if it had some kind of sweet or bitter finish. This was my first Pumpkin Ale, wanted to keep an open mind @ it & try one, this will likely be my last.
harmfuldrunk (288) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 12, 2006
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
looks nice with a nice head, spicy aroma, same overly heavy spicy taste, a bit bitter, a decent brew i just think these pumkin beers have a bit to much spice in the flavor
jpm30 (1587) - East Central, Georgia, USA - OCT 12, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
From a 12 oz. long neck brown bottle with a best before date along the left side of the label, Jan/07.
Poured a hazy pumpkin orangey golden with a foamy off-white head that settled into a thin bubbly lacing, small amount of laced sticking.
Aromas of pie spices, pumpkin flesh and a light sweet maltiness.
Good carbonation and a malty crisp, smooth medium bodied mouthfeel.
Tastes of pie spices and pumpkin, not pie filling-like, but raw pumpkin, a nice earthy sweet maltiness and a dryish spicy, malty finish.
A really nice pumpkin ale, one of the better ones I’ve had this fall.
chimpscampee (566) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 12, 2006
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Well done. Clean, crisp with solid pumpkin flavor. Spices are not overdone. I would prefer a bit more hops. Not as good as dfh pa but not as expensive either.
porterhouse (1580) - Boothbay, Maine, USA - OCT 12, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle (best before 12/06) from Glen Beverage (NH)) Full of pumpkin-pie spiciness...Pours rather hazy yellowish amber with about 2 fingers of biscuit head. Aroma fairly spicy - nutmeg and other pumpkin pie spice. Sloppy, webby lacing. Mouthfeel fairly smooth, a bit prickly on back end. Tastes more of the spice than of pumpkin, although there is some pumpkin in there. Pretty decent fall treat.
1FastSTi (3360) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 8, 2006
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Best by 01/07. The beer pours to a lightly glowing copper body with a creamy white head. Nice lacing, even in a shaker. The aroma is nicely full of pumpkin flesh and light spices with cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor is very malty. Like roasted pumpkin flesh with allspice. Extremely spiced. Malty palate.
kkearn (1165) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 5, 2006
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Orange, with off white head. Allspice and nutmeg aroma. Malty up front, pumpkin and hops become evident later. Dry finish.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 4, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours amber with a white head, and lively carbonation. Very assertive aroma of pumpkin spices..nutmeg and cinnamon. Flavor is pretty much the same, but there is a british pale ale maltiness hiding behind those spices. Spicy hop finish, with some grassiness and cinnamon bite. Pretty darn solid. I enjoyed this more than the DFH Punkin. Yet another good beer from Smuttynose.
Trooper11 (468) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2006
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks to Immy for this 12 oz beauty. What a huge foamy white head atop this orange-amber brew. Finally, a Pumpkin ale that actually smells like pumpkin and spice with notes of grass. Very malty, pumpkin spice flavor. Medium bodied. Mostly smooth but a little rough on the edges. Probably my favorite in this category.
after4ever (7539) - Brier, Washington, USA - OCT 4, 2006
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
12-oz,; thanks, BeachBum25! This is definitely one of the better pumpkin ales I’ve tried. Pours a big bright amber/orange with frothy, moussy/bubbly white head that runs away as soon as your back is turned. Nice pumpkin/coriander nose; very pie-like. Crisp attack and nice crisp hop finish; they really tried to make a classic APA out of this with some extra holiday cargo, rather than just doctoring up an overly malty autumn beer and calling it a pumpkin ale. I would actually drink this beer any month of the year pretty happily. Nice!