Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Serving: 22 oz. bottle.
Appearance: Deep, translucent amber-orange with a very small, foamy, white head. The head is gone pretty quickly.
Aroma: Grainy pumpkin bread, earthy, and doughy. Strange stuff indeed.
Flavor: Very similar to the nose but heavy on the pumpkin spice, especially the clove. Like a dense, slightly bitter pumpkin pie. Interesting and pretty tasty.
Palate: Medium carbonation with a dense, rich, mouthfeel. A long, pumpkin pie spice finish.
Overall: A great example of the style that is worth giving a try. This one isnít going to be for everyone though. My girlfriend though it was like drinking a pumpkin candle.
Capa (2727) - Kitsap, Washington, USA - OCT 5, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Aroma of pumpkin pie spices, buttery crust, and light on the dough. Flavor is the same as the aroma and powered by the 9% abv. The spices are very prominent and damníd enjoyable. Easily my favorite pumpkin brew.
petematte46 (330) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 4, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle courtesy of Jarspag. Pours a clear copper with a small white head. Aroma of fresh baked pie crust, buttery shortbread cookies, and pumpkin pie. Taste is the same as aroma but less prominent. Medium mouthfeel with a mild amount of bitterness and smooth alcohol.
SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a clear copperish orange color with a miniscule white head. Nose is pumpkin pie, spices like nutmeg and cinnamon, clove, some crust notes as well. Palate is full and filmy with lots of spices gripping the tongue and refusing to let go. Flavors are some dirty malt hints, more pumpkin flavoring, lots of cinnamon and fresh crusty malt notes.
ChainGangGuy (4803) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2009
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Appearance: Pours out a clearish, deep orange body with a tall-standing, frothy, white head.
Smell: All rights, friends, so, it smells greatly of oven-fresh pumpkin pie. Whoís with me? Who the HAPPY HALLOWEEN is with me?
Taste: Sweet caramel malts plunged deep into fresh pumpkin puree and liberally coated in a pumpkin pie spice blend and smoothed over with a touch of vanilla creme. Iím sure itís been said dozens of times over, but itís rather pumpkin pie-like, with the malts even mimicking a flavor of rich, crisp graham cracker crust garnished with candy corn. Subtle hop presence and bitterness. Drying finish with a lingering spiced pumpkin taste and some slight alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Excellent for a pumpkin ale! Look, whoever is giving you advice like, "donít bother with Pumking" is no friend of yours. Take your vengeful fists and clock that mofo in the mouth and spit on their prone, beaten body, because they arenít helping you at all. Oh, and Happy Halloween!!
HighlanderOne (1233) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2009
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2013 Poured from big bottle. What an aroma - like those orange and white halloween candies with a touch of brownie crust. True amber color, thin tan head. The candy/brownie comes through in the flavor as well, along with pumpkin pie, spice and hop notes. Alcohol is barely noticed in the back. Great finish. What a beer!
unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2009
4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Whoa! Smells like Thanksgiving Dinner. The whole spread. Fresh baked pies, fresh rolled crush cooked to perfection. Whereís the turkey, whereís the mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, stuffing. Oh man! Flavor has all of the spices youíd look for in a pumpkin beer. Loads of nutmeg. Huge flavor. Tastes better than the best baked winter squash Iíve ever eaten. Mellow spice, nice brown sugar complexity hidden in there, a bit of banana bread or carrot cake in there too. Not too sweet, smooth and creamy. Very nice fresh pumpkin character and loads of nutmeg. Awesome.
yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured copper with a decent yet short lived head that did leave a little lace behind for the offering. Pumpkin pie in a glass on nose with hints of a buttery flakey pie crust. On mouth this beer lives up to the aromas. While presenting a light medium mouthfeel this beer delivers on cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. I did pick up some hop on finish.
JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
shared a bomber pours a nice orangish amber colour with a light head. strong pumpkin nutmeg aroma. sweet flavour of nutmeg pumpkin and cinimamon
Maverick34 (2984) - New York, USA - OCT 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured a nice orange. A bit of head that disappears quickly. Nice pumpkin spice and cinnamon aroma. Pumpkin bread like taste with hops to finish. Well done.