OlivierMTL (709) - Quebec, CANADA - SEP 9, 2005
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Couleur orangée revêtue d’une faible mousse blanche concassée et plutôt persistante. Arômes marquants de biscuits aux épices en forme de petit bonhomme souriant. Sérieusement, gingembre, pain d’épice, cannelle, extrêmement parfumée. Flaveurs jouant dans les mêmes tons que les arômes, parfumés et épicés, faiblement malté et sucré, finale introduisant le houblon, partiellement amer. Appréciable pour quelques instants mais devient rapidement beaucoup trop parfumée, à mon goût. En fût chez Ginger Man, Manhattan N.Y.
Hugerat (452) - somerville, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 8, 2005
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear orange color. Aroma is of nutmeg, cinnamon, spice and a dry, grassy hop nose. Sweet malt flavor with lots of fall spices augmented by a bitter finish.
lamas (1555) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 7, 2005
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle. Brewed and bottled: 08/05. A hazy orange pour with a very thin light-tan head. Spicy, pumpkiny aroma. The ingredients really mesh well in the aroma, unlike other pumpkin beers where each spice seems to stand out individually. This smells more like an actual pie. Taste is hoppier than other pumpkin beers I’ve had. Tastes more like the pie crust than the pumpkin, though there’s still a good bit of sweet pumpkin and malts present. A hoppy, spicy finish. Different than the others (more IPA qualities), but good in its own way.
SwedeDog (364) - Windsor, Connecticut, USA - SEP 6, 2005
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. What better way to ring in the fall season than to tailgate at a UConn football game, and enjoy a pumpkin ale. Orange and clear with a decent head. Somewhat spicy aroma, almost like pumpkin pie, but not totally. Some nutmeg and brown sugar in the nose as well. The flavor has all the aspects of pumpkin pie, but they never come together all at once. It first hits your tongue sweet with pumpkin spices and nutmeg ... like the meat of the pumpkin pie. Swirl it around a bit, and you get a subdued sweetness along with a slight nuttiness. This must be the crust. It finishes very dry and chalky. It appears they forgot to take the stems off of the pumpkins before adding them to the mix. Overall, it’s rather good
Rastacouere (6174) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - SEP 6, 2005
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Lasting white head covers the shiny hazy orange hue. Huge gingerbread nose, not necessarily very malty despite Smuttynose being champions at that, just very perfumey, spicy, peppery and cinnamon indented with light mustard seeds. Oily medium body, small bubbled carbonation. Average balance, very spicy and incredibly simplistic, devoid of bitterness.
Hazmatt (363) - Virginia, USA - SEP 5, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 15, 2006 Bottle. Orange/amber, decent head. Spicy, pumpkin aroma. Maltiness and pumpkins upfront with a spicy finish. Moderate bitterness. Good flavor. Aftertaste makes you go back for more.
Lizabeth (360) - east falmouth, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 31, 2005
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Bright orange copper body with a small white head. Sweet, spicy pumpkin pie aroma and taste. Nice.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - AUG 29, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours bright deep orange with a tiny head. Aroma is slightly pumpkin spice. Taste is watery at first but great pumpkin spice on the finish. Awesome subtle pumpkin taste. Well done.
StewardofGondor (1934) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 24, 2005
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Translucent orange and filtered (why filter this one while every other beer of yours is unfiltered, Smuttynose?) with a bubbly and stringy head. Aroma is ripe with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, hints of orange rind and an overall pervasive sugar complex reminiscent of pumpkin pie. A lot happens at first quaff. Once the sprits dies down, we’re left with delectable pumpkin puree and pumpkin pie spice. Nutmeg adds a spice bread dimension. Some separating and dactylic alcohol. Fairly light bodied with the hops being a touch to hot at times, and no anteceding creaminess. On the other hand, this has one of the best aftertastes known to man. A noble effort. Thanks for the bottle, tpkenned!
lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - MAY 9, 2005
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours golden orange with a big white head. Some lace evident. Smell is spicy. Coriander, cinnamon, clove and pumpkin. Sweet hoppy aromas too.
Taste is spicy as well. Sweet maly up front with a bitter finish. Cinnamon and pumpkin flavors witha hoppy aftertaste. Medium bodied.
This is a really solid ale and the best pumpkin ale I’ve ever had. not a big fan of the style but this is one I could drink with no problem.