IPAsavedMYlife (346) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - SEP 2, 2010
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thereís two elements to this beer... Thereís the smell, which is the absolutely fantastic, and thereís the taste. Smell is very sweet with pumpkin, spice and lots of carmel. The taste is more like a pale ale. Itís hoppy with a good aftertaste of hops. The color is very nice and the head is completely white. If you smell this beer while you drink it itís a 9/10 but on taste alone itís more like 7/10.
Butters (4006) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 2, 2010
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: AUG 31, 2012 Clear copper pour with no head retention. Nose is boozy, almost hot like nail polish. Flavor is even worse. Vegetal rubbing alcohol. Yea there is some cinamen and underlying caramel and biscuit, but this is just an alcohol bomb. Maybe I got a bad bottle, or maybe this is a bad year, or this is just a bad beer period. Probably the worst thing Iíve ever had from these guys. Original score 1.8
Rerate: Holy hell this is fantastic. I would never have guessed that the 2011 batch would be sooooo much better. Absolutely heavenly gingerbread aroma could not be any better. This is up there with their Creme Brule. Flavor loses a little bit, and the alcohol is there. Lingering mild bitter bite on the finish. Great beer.
Rerate: 2012 - EVEN BETTER!!! This was FANTASTIC!!!!! Perfectly blended and balanced with just an amazing blend of pumpkin and spice. Superb job this year.
portableparty (2257) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - SEP 1, 2010
4.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle. Pour is amber and soapy head. Aroma malt and earthy field grass. Taste is pumpkin pie and whip cream on top which finishes malty. Palate slick and bubbly with a dry finish. Wow, was not excepting this to taste like this! Amazing!!!
mattyb83 (737) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 31, 2010
3.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap. Poured clear amber color. Light pumpkin pie aroma, but nothing is distinct. Flavor is sweet with some spice. Cream, clove, slight cinnamon, and a bitter finish. Not as good as i remember it being, but still pretty good for a pumpkin beer.
HOPSHUNTER (742) - Tampa, Florida, USA - AUG 30, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Clear amber body with a thin off white head. Nose is heavy on warm spices, ginger, cinnamon, clove, with faint pumpkin. Medium body mouth feel is somewhat soapy. Flavor is more cinnamon and ginger, the pumpkin comes through very squash like, medium caramel sweetness and a aspirin like bitterness. Finishes with lasting bitterness.
AwecksWuvsBeow (1) - USA - AUG 30, 2010 does not count
3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Very excited for the fall seasonals, This is the first Ive had so far this year. Really like the color, aroma is a bit weak. Taste develops from an immediate booze taste and evolves into a nutty flavor with a slight hint of the "true" pumpkin flavor, very easy to taste the caramel malts.
paultheguru (644) - Parker, Colorado, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
A: snifter. pours a slightly opaque crisp orange with yellow hues. off-white head with a mild retention rate and light lacing.
S: great aromas of cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, pecans, and pumpkin. smells like pumpkin bread.
T: by far the most pumpkin tasting beer I have had. it tastes like a slice of pumpkin pie or pumpkin bread. tons of spices and true pumpkin flavor.
M: medium to full bodied. good carbonation level. great seasonal palate.
D: amazing pumpkin ale. great flavor, 9% is rough but well hidden. good brew and well worth drinking if you like spices.
jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 29, 2010
4.1 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Clear amber, small white head, minimal lacing... aroma of nutmeg, ginger, graham crackers, pumpkin... a bit boozy, subtle flavors seem a little overwhelmed by the booze, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice, ginger, very awesome... medium full bodied, not sticky...
hamrech (134) - Carbondale, Illinois, USA - AUG 27, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
This was the first pumpkin brew Iíve had that I actually liked, and I liked it a whole lot. Just the right amount of spice, not too sweet (actually it was fairly bitter behind all the pumpkin spice). Spices and heavy carbonation masked the massive abv% without becoming overpowering themselves--very well balanced.
conciergeman (73) - Minnesota, USA - AUG 26, 2010
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
pours very nice deep golden color, very small head that left quickly. Little carbonation and a great aroma that reminds me of some spicy pumpkin latteís with the special little drop of booze that makes it warm you up just right. The amazing part is with the taste, you get it all, other than the alcohol. I loved the smoothness of this beer especially with the late tones of the pumpkin puree hitting you right before the slight aftertaste of hops.
Very well balanced beer and probably the best íflavor infusedí brew I have had to date. Great fun when baking up some pumpkin seeds in the oven after carving the Jack-o-lantern for the year.