JaBier (6503) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2008
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Had this one last fall for the first time and it knocked my socks off. I’m a sucker for Pumpkin Ales and have been searching for one to top Pumking. None yet, but hopefully this year’s is just as good. 22oz bottle. Pours a copper/amber color with some off-white head. Aroma is super spiced with cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Flavor is straight up pumpkin pie. All the spices I detected in the nose are here in full force, plus some added flavors of butter and graham crackers. Yep, it’s still the king.
jake65 (3244) - Meridian, Idaho, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3.8 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle: Clear copper pour with a thin head. Amazing aroma is like the damn pie itself, crust and all! Tons of pumpkin, spice, cool whip... I can smell it baking. Tastes of pumpkin and spice, some floral notes and a more in depth taste of the pumpkin puree. Smooth. Thanks BuckeyeBoy!
crowderm (382) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 27, 2008
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Copper pour with essentially no head. Aroma of graham cracker crust, pumpkin, brown sugar and green leaves. The aroma is pretty good, but the flavor is a huge let down. Tastes like biting into a rotten pumpkin that has been dipped in stale frosting. Some sourdough and spice notes too. I actually had a hard time finishing this beer. Not recommended.
Vas19 (313) - Maryland, USA - NOV 21, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours clear amber with minimal white head. Powerful aroma of baked/toasted pumpkin with hints of nutmeg and other spices. Big flavor of pumpkin and spice but it’s off balance. The alcohol is a little too high. Didn’t live up to its aroma.
slimchill (1044) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 20, 2008
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Huge graham cracker nose, intensely sweet. Clear gold with thin bubbly head. Pumpkin pie spices and sweetness (nearly too sweet). Along the lines of most of the Southern Tier Jellybelly line of beers that taste more like artificially flavored candy than beer.
zach8270 (4022) - Henrietta, New York, USA - NOV 19, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
(bottle - 22 oz) Copper color with a puffy white head. Aroma is very light pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, and the smell of those popcorn balls you get around Christmas time. Flavor is lots of cinnamon at the start that gives way to a very light pumpkin flavor in the middle and a spicy and very sweet finish. Aftertaste is bitter and has that same buttered popcorn thing going on in it. Some gingerbread as well. Couldn’t really taste the pumpkin.
cgarvieuk (20241) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - NOV 15, 2008
1.5 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
UPDATED: JUN 17, 2009 Bottle at home ... BIG thnaks to berrbill for this despite all that follows Copper coloured ... big white foam head .... Oh my big pumpkin with something a bit unpleasant in nose (wife says popcorn and id say shes sopt on, and i dont like popcorn)...
rich yeasty vegtable pumpkin ... its very veggy ...again some popcorn... and quite unlike other pumpkin beers ive had ... really dont like it ... In fact its the First Tarde beer ive poured.. and it really hurt. Given the Postage 1.9...
TK2 YEUCH 1.5 ...
durhambeer (2500) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - NOV 2, 2008
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottled shared by emacgee. Light orange pour with off-white head (like most pumpkin beers... slightly brighter, perhaps). Smell is prety great... totally like a pumpkin pie with homemade crust. If that sounds good to you... well, then you might enjoy this beer. Also notes of caramel and vanilla in the taste. This beer smells great, but can be a bit much after more than about 5 ounces... my suggestion is share this with friends and enjoy the novelty... but drink 22oz by yourself at your own peril.
doubleo (1432) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 1, 2008
2.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
22oz bottle. This beer is awful. Pours hazy amber with a large offwhite head, decent retention, spider web lace. Smells sickly, spicy sweet. Tons of allspice and cinnamon, with a bit of vanilla and a hint of pumpkin. Way too much spice and not enough... well, beer. Tastes spicy sweet as well but not as sickly. Allspice and cinnamon with some pumpkin. Awful nose and flavor, drain pour. Medium body, fizzy carbonation. Overcarbonated in general.
GAManiac (1944) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear orangish amber with a short lived off-white head that showed decent retention and lacing.
The smell is fantastic, like a pumpkin pie. Huge Pumpkin aroma with brown sugar and spices with some base malt.
The taste is a little spicier than the aroma with nutmeg, cinnamon and addition spices. There is an underlying malt sweetness with some pumpkin and a hint of hops.
The mouthfeel is medium bodied with lots of carbonation.
This is the most authentic pumpkin ale I’ve tasted in recent memory and a perfect drink for Halloween evening.