DocLock (7721) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2007
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle from Caponeís. Nice label that reminds me a little of the Weyerbacher concept. The pour here is chill hazy coppery orange; very Halloweenish color in this, with off-white head. Aroma is big pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, slight caramel malt, orange zest, mango, and hops. I swear I smell candy corn in this, too. The flavor is caramel malt mixed with subdued yet layered pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices, hops, more orange zest, and a very smooth palate that remains complex throughout. This is definitely one of the best pumpkin ales I have had thus far, and well worth seeking out.
Cornfield (5452) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - SEP 18, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Iíve long been of the opinion that if youíre going to drink a Pumpkin Ale, it may as well be an Imperial Pumpkin Ale. And here I have one. From the bottle it makes a striking pour, a crystal clear orange/amber with a hefty ecru head. Good lacing. The strong alcohol content gives the aroma an almost liquer-like twist, albeit it contains the usual allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some squash. The flavor gives the allusion of sweetness because of all the pumpkin pie spicing, but thereís some bready malt and an underlying earthy bitterness that keep the reality in check. It finishes on a cookie spice finish with just a touch of bitterness. Pretty decent, but, not being a huge fan of the style, I think that having drunk a bomber will suffice for a while.
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beerguy101 (5277) - Newark, California, USA - SEP 17, 2007
4.1 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This spiced ale pours a orange color from a 22oz bottle. Small to medium sized white foamy head. Aroma is gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some pumpkin. Very nice aroma, might be the best smelling beer I have had so far this year. Medium bodied spiced, vegetable beer. The malts are gingerbread cookie, caramel. some pumpkin. Nice blend of the spices, cinnamon, nutmeg and cinnamon, they are there but in the background. It is really like a slice of pie in a bottle. The start is sweet and it finishes spicy. Best Pumpkin Ale I have tasted. Hides the 9% alcohol extremely well. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is spicy.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle: Pours a clear orange color with a big white head. Aroma, graham crackers, cinnamon, nutmeg and brown sugar. Flavor, graham crackers, brown sugar, lots of pumpkin pie spices, but the actual pumpkin is barely noticable. Itís definitely the first beer Iíve had that really captures the "pie in a bottle" but itís a little over the top at times. Still pretty good though.
hophead75 (2008) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 17, 2007
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle, Jimmack Invitational 2007. Amber in color. Aroma has a huge amount of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin and caramel. Taste is very spicy, with alot of nutmeg, cinnamon, and is sweet with caramel and pumpkin. Tastes and smells like fresh pumpkin pie, but it is very overwhelming. A bit too sweet for my tastes- I can see how people would get into this though.
ElJefe (553) - Rochester, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Clear golden amber with a very light tan head. Smells just like pumpkin pie, moreso than any other pumpkin beer Iíve had. Cloves, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and ginger in the nose along with toasted nuts. Sweet flavor of vanilla cookies and the spices from the aroma. Hops show up late in the finish to cut the sweetness.
RiverHorse (457) - New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Poured a clear orange color into the lager glass. There was a light beige head and minimal lacing. The scent was of nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin extract. The taste was over the top sweet with pumpkin, spices, caramel, malt and nutmeg overwhelming the palate. A vanilla touch in the finish. A little too sweet for my liking.
sheatripper (863) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - SEP 15, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bomber. Light copper color with a minimal off-white head. Doesnít look like much, but what a nice aroma! Cinnamon, clove, gingerbread and rice pudding with a liberal sprinkling of nutmeg. Pumpkin is really an afterthought. Nice light biscuity malts with pumpkin and spice flavors, and even notes of carrots? I love the overall balance of this- not an overbearing, overspiced heavy pumpkin bomb like some of the others of this style. All the more surprising as this is "imperial." Even the alcohol is well subdued. Normally, I donít seek out pumpkin beers, but I bought this since there was such a good "buzzí out over it. Another nicely executed specialty brew from ST.
adrian910ss (2326) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 oz bomber. Pours a clear orange coppery color with a medium white/beige head. Aroma of pie crust, pumpkin filling, nuts and caramel. Taste is of fresh pumpkin filling, pie crust, nuts and freshly whipped creamy butter. Different from most other pumpkin ales in a better way.
zathrus13 (1703) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours orange, with a white head. Aroma is pumpkin, spices, and pie crust. Flavor is pumpkins, spices, caramel, and some vanilla. Almost over powering. Interesting and very up front.