deadguy (42) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2008
4.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Nice golden orange color, lots of head, moderate lacing. Initial nose of pumpkin and cinnamon. Tastes of caramel, cinnamon, pumpkin with a hint of coconut. Overall the best pumpkin ale I have ever had. Bodega restaurant had it on draft but the keg ran out, now I can’t find it. Can’t taste the alcohol at all, I expected quite a burn with such a high abv.
Beardface (1517) - Eugene, Oregon, USA - OCT 19, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I’ve never enjoyed pumpkin beers in the past, but I had also never tried one this highly rated so I figured I’d give it a shot...turns out I just really don’t like the style. Very powerful smell of cloves and pumpkin, and taste is just too overpoweringly pumpkiny. Great job of masking the alcohol content though.
DragonsHead (140) - Morgantown, West Virginia, USA - OCT 17, 2008
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
I usually can’t stand a pumpkin ale with flavor, but this one sticks with me. The aroma give you a full feeling of fall. I need to keep a bomber of this for the winter. The taste is straight up pumpkin pie having sex with a yankee candle. It’s almost too much. I had a 12oz snifter of this, and it was almost too much. In the words of comic book guy.... Best pumpkin beer ever!!!
garmonbozia (429) - Hattiesburg, Mississippi, USA - OCT 16, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Holy Cow. I have never smelled nor tasted a pumpking beer like this. A huge Thnaks to Kingpin IPA, man what an awsome beer. I could almost taste a pumpkin pie. Nice orange color with beige head. Taste was amazing. I can’t say it enough. the 9% is very well hidden.
carruthm (1401) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 16, 2008
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
V - clear golden orange color, right off the bat reminds me of a pumpkin. Very small, practically non-existent head.
A - the pumpkin aroma (nutmeg, clove, cinnamon) is incredibly potent, able to get whiffs of it from three feet away. Close up, the nutmeg is almost overpowering. Very pleasant.
T - follows up on the aroma but introduces a creamy richness from some hops and just a touch of malt.
P - after the strong aroma, the taste is almost too much and this is one of the very very few spiced ales that I think might benefit from a more mild taste in order to let the nose of the beer do the work.
Overall, very good and at least in the top 2 of pumpkin ales with the Elysian.
cloudstrife (54) - Rochester, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2008
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz Bottle poured into glass. Pumpkin gold color with a yellowish white head. The smell of fresh pumpkin pie! Very delicious smelling beer. Absolutely the best pumpkin beer I have ever tasted, just like pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving. I agree with the person who said they can taste everything right down to the graham cracker crust. Especially because the aroma of graham cracker crust is so strong. Great job of hiding the 9% alcohol which I must confess I love too. As far as harvest brews go this is what I would recommend to anyone interested. Overall Southern Tier scores again with another awesome beer, a must have.
discoverbeer (3) - , Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2008 does not count
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle from By The Bottle, Discover Great Beer! Pours clean,cooper color, not overly carbonated. Aroma of pumkin,nutmeg, allspice,and freshly baked pie crust. Alcohol makes a big appearance in the finish. Hoppy Halloween enjoy!
jgentgesdo (673) - Tulsa, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 13, 2008
2.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pours clear amber with no head. Nose is pumpkin and allspice. Very strong creamy pumpkin flavor, tons of vanilla... almost like drinking pumpkin flavored creme brulee. Very strong alcohol note. Quite sweet. Strong spicy/bitter finish. Not doing it for me.
lebshiff21 (174) - Skippack, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pretty remarkable spices and overall flavor. Tastes like pumpkin pie - all the way to the graham cracker crust. Vanilla notes are nice, plenty of nutmeg. Probably the best pumpkin beer I’ve had.
WickerBrew (311) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 13, 2008
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Ok I am all over the board on this. Plus it is quite possible that I have been wrong all along with my dislike of the punkin beer. This is loaded with punkin taste. Loaded. Its a sweetness that has very little of the spice that Dogfish is overwhelmed with. This is a total oppisite in the same style. Very interesting and I must admit, much more drinkable.