matt7215 (2263) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 21, 2009
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bomber from a local private order. pours bright orange with little head or carbonation. huge gigerbread and pumpkin flesh aromas. fresh pumpkin pie. the flavour has tons of real pumpkin and the spice plays a secondary role. a touch to sweet and this takes away from its drinkability. i wouldnt change anything about this brew and would love to have it whenever i feel like an imperial pumpkin ale.
markwise (4647) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - JAN 21, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Got this one from a trade, and wow. Pours a yellow gold with a nose that jerked my head away from the glass. Dang! Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, graham cracker, butter, spices, and lots of pumpkin goodness. Flavor is very similar with hints of sugar, spices, and all that is nice. Excellent pumpkin beer. Blows the rest away, except Cigar City Good Gourd, that beer can hang with the Pumking. Great job on this one, with well hidden alcohol presence, too.
hellbilly (3249) - scottsdale Łber alles, Arizona, USA - JAN 19, 2009
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: FEB 27, 2012 finally scored one of these from moelikebeer! many thanks.
pours a hazy coppery amber with a small creamy white head. drippy rings of lace form as the beer retreats.
the aroma packs a mean punch of real cooked pumpkin... iím talkiní relevent, real deal holyfield, MF pumpkin!... earthy cinnamon, wood, caramel, vanilla, flowers and real effen fresh ground nutmeg.
the palate is surprisingly NOT sweet. holy mother of gambrinus!...it contains the MOST real pumpkin flavor iíve had outside of eating a pumpkin... earthy gourd sweetness, vanilla woodiness, caramel/brown sugar/highly toasted almost burnt sugar, buttery short dough, a touch of umami and a floral hoppy finish with tons of cinnamon and spice.
smooth texture and soft carbonation make it luscious on the tongue. medium to full body which is not thick or syrupy... highly enjoyable. dare i say, sessionable?10/4/10/5/19/4.8
bottles from 2011 seem off...cooked, oxidized and generally meh
BrewDad (5117) - Olympia, Washington, USA - JAN 16, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz Bomber Ė 99 Bottles Ė Federal Way, WA Ė Huge aroma with this beer. The flavor was not too far off. Lots of spices that made this beer very much like drinking a liquid pumpkin pie. Almost too much flavor for this beer. Could have been toned down so it was not so overpowering for the pumpkin spices.
Abeersnob (16) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - JAN 15, 2009
4.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
AWESOME!! I ordered 5 cases of this stuff and went through everyone.I had one guy that was coming back months later for it.Strong at first seems like all your going to taste is alcohol but not even half way through the pint it smoothed out and was just so easy to finish.My favorite PumKING ale of all.
DocHop (278) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Such a total pumpkin pie aroma, the vegetal pumpkin as well as the bready crust. A lot of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, all pumpkin pie smells. Taste mirrors the very vegetal pumpkin with a lot of spices too. Some sweetness, but really just an overall dazzling blast of pumpkin pie. Quite delicious.
Braudog (5978) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - JAN 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bright orange with a creamy but thin white head. The aroma is pretty timid, but this pours on a huge gourdy flavor like pumpkin pie filling and brings along an almost creamy feel. Definitely a fall beer and for those who enjoy unusual beers. (#3474, 11/2008)
pjweaver (136) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - JAN 6, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Tulip on tap. Great aroma with buttery nutmeg, cinnamon, fresh dough, pumpkin, with some autumn crispness. Thin head, dark brown-orange color, like pumpkin pie filling. Taste is better than even the aroma advertises, with huge quantities of the aroma spices, lots of pumpkin, very very buttery with the boozy warmth. Great autumn beer, and one of the reasons I look forward to fall every year.
marchcow (664) - Coralville, Iowa, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Aromas of pumpkin bread, nutmeg, cinnamon and peaches with a hint of cookie. Light orangish and amber colors with a a bubbly head and good lacing. Pumpkin and spice flavors, with a bitter balance. Finishes with bread and sweet vanilla. Mild to medium creamy palate. Pretty good.
checkmatei1 (765) - Willow Grove, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Poured an orange color with not much head. The aroma was strange, sweet, hazelnut and caramel. The flavor was also strange. Had some nutty characteristics, some sweet malts and a strong ’real’ pumpkin flavor. None of that imitation pie filling taste. It was a little too much real pumpkin for me.