cakanator (452) - South Hadley, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 15, 2008
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Draft @ Sierra. Amazing bright orange color with aromas of rich spice, nutmeg and pumpkin... almost creamy nose. The palate follows perfectly with those notes and is the best pumpkin I’ve had yet.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 15, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
A standard pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces an almost two-finger thick, frothy, light tan colored head. The beer is a light amber / dark copper color that shows a brilliantly clear, bright copper hue when held up to the light. Lots of clean caramelized, sweet malt notes add an almost butterscotch note. This is nicely lacking in the typically lame over-spiced pumpkin-pie spice blend. Aromas similar to vanilla, toasted cotton candy, . The aroma is incredibly distinct and quite sweet I would not have guessed that pumpkin would add these butterscotch / caramelized notes, but they are quite different from anything I have ever gotten from malt. While this does smell fairly sweet there is a significant, equally competing, toasted malt note that adds a ton of biscuit malt character.
Lightly sweet compared to what the aroma might have suggested, though this still ends up being quite sweet and at times a touch cloying. This does have a medium fullness to it that coats the palate a bit after each sip. The finish has a touch of hot alcohol to it as well as a lingering toasted cotton candy like note that gets more like toasted grain as the finish lingers on in the palate. An interesting, sort of fruity, butterscotch-sort-of flavor plays a significant role here and has a soft vanilla like edge to it. As the beer warms, the significant, toasty grain notes starts to take on a nutty flavor.
This is a very interesting take on the style, I really, really like that the spices seem to have been left out of this beer entirely (or at least used differently than typical); the pumpkin character though is quite a bit different than I was expecting and not in a bad way. This definitely comes off as a bit cloying (which is typical of this brewery), though I now expect to get dessert when I crack one of this breweries beer open.
blklab2007 (2081) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 13, 2008
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: AUG 11, 2009 22 oz bottle poured a copper amber color with a thin off white head that faded quickly. aroma has pumpkin, spices, a certain creamyness, light nutmg bread, sweetness, and vanilla frosty. mouth feel is medium with lighter carbonation. flavor has loads of pumpkin pie, lighter not overdone spices, milkshake lactic like pumpkin icecream, and graham cracker is right on. by far the beat pumpkin i have tried, totally fall time here.
502Che (999) - @, CAMBODIA - SEP 13, 2008
4.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 19/20
Bomber into a wineglass for lack of a goblet, which they suggest - ever so fittingly - that it be served in. I have been looking forward to this one for a few weeks now. Nice clear amber pour with a great (not overly building) off-white head that holds well and left some nice lace - nice density to it too. Smells great if you like pumpkins and spice - nice mellow but full pumpkin flavor with some great cinnamon and doughy bready notes - smells like fall and thanksgiving. Wow, the taste is just as good, this thing is delicious and exactly what I would want a pumpkin beer to taste like - rich thought not overwhelming or syrupy; not overly sweet but some nice sweetness to compliment the pumpkin and dough characters; no funky bitterness or any flaws on the finish. This thing is smooth on the palate with subtle carbonation and a medium to heavy body. I usually only give 5s on my palate rating to super thick and heavy and coating brews with soft silky carbonation, but this mouth feel is so perfectly suited to the flavor that it is literally perfect. Overall: this thing is unbelievable if the idea of a pumpkin beer appeals to you. It tastes like an amazing dessert. This far surpassed all I was hoping for. My only real discrepancy is that a bomber might be too much, maybe just a 12 ounce or a pint because it is so rich.
HomeBrewHawk (464) - De Soto, Kansas, USA - SEP 12, 2008
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
22oz bomber served in a chalice. Copper colored pour with a quickly dissipating head. Fantastic aroma of pumpkin pie spices, cinnamon, nutmeg even some bready pie crust. Taste is more spice with fruit. There is a bit of hop bitterness in the middle. The finish of spice lingers long. There is a little bit of alcohol as it warms. One bottle is plenty. Like the Creme Brulee, the aroma alone is worth the price of admission.
thejoeshow (232) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 10, 2008
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
22oz bottle. Pours a light amber color with a nice white head that produces a reasonable amount of lacing and decent head retention. The aroma is almost exactly like pumpkin pie filling. There is a hint of graham cracker hidden in there. Lots of cinnamon, all spice, ginger, all the typical seasoning you would think of when thinking of pumpkin pie. Smells wonderful! OH MY GOD! I figured this beer would taste a bit different than the aroma but no! It tastes exactly how it smells. All the typical pumpkin pie flavors you are used to with just a very slight hint of bitterness. This tastes wonderful!!! The palate is a touch too thick for me, but it fits the beer well. This is amazing!! Well done! Tops for fall seasonals!
avalonchimney (1) - , Missouri, USA - SEP 10, 2008 does not count
1.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 1/20
I promise I’m not trying to be the annoying contrarion, but I wasn’t impressed with this one. After the umpteen different pumpkin ales I’ve tried over the years, this is so far the worst.
The pour was fine, though initially I’ll admit, I swigged a few swallows from the bottle. Once I did pour some: lightish amber, dark yellow in color, decent whitish head. Aroma was *mildly* of pumpkin, (pumpkin-esque?) and a lot of some hard to place spice, sort of perfumy.
Overall flavor ... ugh, is that cardamom? Hand soap? Tasting revealed such an utter lack of any true pumpkin taste I had to double check the bottle. Zero taste of any cinnamon, allspice or ginger whatsoever.
Sweetness was marred by an almost overpowering, perfumed, spiced-but-not-pumpkin-spiced flavor. Double checked the bottle again, yep.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 10, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a rich amber color with thin off white head. Aroma is pumpkin, sweet malt, cinnamon, allspice, and graham cracker. Taste is much the same with a toasted grain taste giving it a nice graham cracker taste in the finish. Alcohol is well hidden, but overall the spice is too much for anyone drinking more then 6oz of this stuff.
kyzr (1153) - Belgrade, Montana, USA - SEP 10, 2008
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Clear orange pour, with smaller white head. Pumpkin pie nose with a little exrtra allspice. Flavor is very much pumpkin with spice all over the place. A nice little hint of hops that is blended well with the sweetness. Very clean, and not too much burn from the higher alcohol.
GG (2332) - NorCal, California, USA - SEP 9, 2008
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
This was a beer that was full on pumpkin pie. Man, just simply insane. Probably the most over the top, pumpkin-ish beer I’ve ever had. And to top it all off, it works amazing well. But, you have to be prepared to the onslaught of pumpkin-pie-goodness that awaits.
The beer pours out a medium-burt orange color, clear with an overly large, 4-finger thick head which took it’s sweet time dissipating. Aroma of sweet malts, huge nutmeg, burnt pie crust, some vanilla and a touch of alcohol. But WOW. What a shock. Amazing aroma.
The flavor had the same effect, just huge pumpkin pie up front, but it also carried with it a good dose of alcohol, so it was a bit like pumpkin pie vodka, but on a small scale. Finish was clean, with a bit of the alchol burn. Fantastic Fall beer.