vyvvy (3880) - 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 didn’t 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.
jetfande (8) - , Alabama, USA - AUG 21, 2008 does not count
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle, earlier release than last year. Had on draft last year and honestly can say the draft was superior. However, quite unique taste and aroma-anyone for pumkin pie-A nice treat for the fall season. Alcohol is downplayed by the spice and the pumpkin.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - AUG 21, 2008
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: SEP 20, 2011 Back on 8/21/2008 I gave this an even 3.0 (broken down as 7/4/5/2/12) finding it very corny and both astringent and cloyingly sweet. I promised a rerate and nearly 3 years later here it is. Bomber from a couple of friends for my birthday. Thanks! A couple of the finest people I know, and I’m not saying that because they gave me beer. Pours a clear amber color with a medium sized creamy offwhite head. Below average head retention. Aroma of huge pumpkin, spice and gingerbread notes, some corn and buttery notes as well as very faint hops. The taste is huge spice notes, pumpkin, buttered popcorn. Bitter hop finish. Some toastiness. Medium-full bodied. OK, looks like I wasn’t too far off the mark last time.
madcow75 (426) - Sun Prairie, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 20, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Pours clear golden, with a very thin white head that disappears. Aroma is sweet and well like pumpkin pie with all the assorted spices and some corn. Taste is corn up front, then some more of the pumpkin and spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. I’m not a fan of pumpkins or pumpkin pie, but this seems to be spot on.....assuming that is what they were going for. Not really my thing, but seems well done from a great brewer.
LooseCannon (938) - Norfolk, Virginia, USA - AUG 20, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours clear amber in color with thin white head. Aroma sweet, spicey and pumpkin. Taste spicey, spicey, caramel malt and pumpkin with bitter finish.