RCL (2030) - Waltham, Massachusetts, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: AUG 26, 2008 Smells just like pumpkin rolls, including the cream filling; vanilla, pumpkin and spice. Spicy, sweet flavor. Kinda weird. Odd bready/cakey aftertaste with spices.
tennisjoel (1161) - Rochester, Minnesota, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22 oz bottle. Pour is orange with a smallish head. Aromas of nutmeg, cinnamon, and kind of a weird sawdust smell. Vegetable flavor, with some biscuity malts. One of the most flavorful pumkin beers I’ve ever had. Almost to the point of cloying. A little unbalanced for me.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. pours a golden with a slight orange ting. aroma is huge spice... clove nutmeg cinnamon, and sweetness... like a pumpkin pie with too much spice. mouthful is more of the same... i bit heavy on the clove... an interesting take on pumpkin beer... more pumpkin than beer...
41cubs (249) - , New Jersey, USA - AUG 25, 2008
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: FEB 10, 2009 bomber. 2008. First pumpkin ale for me. Definately much more pumpkin and vanilla flavors than spice. Pours yellowish orange with low carb and minimal head. Smells really nice fall, candied earth, pumpkin, vanilla like, warm smell. Taste is of sweetness and pumpkin, without any hearty nutmeg or cinnamon flavors to balance it. Taste more of a pumpkin ice cream or pudding than a pie. Good experience but it is hard to get through 22 oz. on your own due to the lack of balance. Very light viscosity.
vyvvy (3904) - Florissant, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2008
2.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear copper with an off-white head. The aroma has lots of biscuity cereal, graham crackers, vegetal, some pumpkin that’s dry without any sweetness. It is missing the spice that helps make most pumpkin ales more palatable. Medium crisp bone dry body with some minor semi-sharp carbonation. The flavor starts crazy dry with dry crackers and unsweetened pie crust, very veggie and medicinal. The flavors work okay on the aroma, but is a complete failure on the taste.
bp (785) - Queens, New York, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle: pours a light amber color with just a thin white head, spicy cinnamon, clove, some caramel, taste is sweet with some spice, cinnamon, a thin mouthfeel. Very nice pumpkin brew. Right up there with the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin.
dmtroyer (431) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 24, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz. I think this is kind of what everyone expects there first pumpkin beer to be. Pours clear golden orange with an off-white head. Very, very spicy nose with some citrus and artificial pumpkin coming through. Body follows suit with very sweet pumpkin, clove, cardamom, cinnamon, nutmeg standing out. Did I say this was sweet? Also offers some very weird, aloe, soap, sunblock type flavors that I really didnít care for. Hides the alcohol well, but is heavy on the palate. I think I prefer the not so sweet pumpkin ales.
Hoptagon (239) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - AUG 23, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz. Bomber. Color is light amber with virtually no head. Aroma is simply pumpkin seed, fresh bread and clove. Flavor is really more of the same with a hint of nutmeg. Finish shows some bitterness, but the memorable note is really just long lasting pumpkin on the tongue. The body is well balanced and showcases the pumpkin nicely if thats your thing. Alcohol kick is deceptive and well hidden. If you like being pummeled by pumpkin in your beer, you’ll love this one. The quality is there, but this beer is just overwhelming with a flavor that I don’t care for.
BeerBunker (709) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - AUG 23, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours orange with a white head. It smells like my grandmother’s house. Taste is all the spice and pumpkin flavor you’d get in a pumpkin pie. The alcohol isn’t apparent while drinking. Finish is malts and cinnamon.
satan165 (1019) - River Grove, Illinois, USA - AUG 21, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 17/20
strangest nose i ever experienced in my life, its not pumpkin, i dont know what it is. burnt clove? burnt something. very odd. flavor is not nearly as overwhelming as i thought it might be after wrangling the creme brulee recently. it has some real sweet pumpkin pie flavor but its very much in the background and an aftertaste, along with that mystery ’burnt’ smell. zero evidence of alcohol, thats for sure. before drinking this, i was convinced that southern tier was some kind of novelty brewery making silly beers becuase the vanilla in the creme brulee was just too much. forgive the constant references to that brew, but i think its representative of the chances southern tier is willing to take. this is very interesting and not overwhelming, and definatley thought provoking at the least.