Brigadier (3125) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 8, 2007
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
650 ml bottle opened by miketd
Thanks to miketd for cracking this open at the beginning of the tasting. We’d gotten there a little early to break open the heavy hitters but this was not bad at all. It is one of the better pumpkin beers I have tried this year. Hopefully it makes a return next fall.
Aroma / Appearance - The clear orange body was mostly translucent but affected everything coming through. A white half finger head was a stark contrast. Spices, oranges and cloves reminded me of a pumpkin spiked Belgian. Closing my eyes it was easy to imagine a hot slice of pumpkin pie with a huge dollop of whipped cream on top.
Flavor / Palate - Whipped cream, mulled spices and pumpkin pie were the strongest flavors but lurking in the back was a bit of nutmeg and other spices. For a pumpkin ale it had a very full body and mouthfeel. The spiciness was more evident towards the end of the glass yet still not overpowering. This is a nice example of the style.
bfeldmann (1049) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 8, 2007
4.2 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
The pour was a clear orangeish small head good lacing. Aroma was just like punkin pie. with the whip cream. Flavor amazing just like i walked in the kitchen after thanksgiving and getting a piece of pie and this was a spiced beer and i loved it.
ClarkVV (3892) - Allston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 6, 2007
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Draught tulip at Sunset Grill on 10/13/07
Clear, straw and light-maize golden with some amber tints. Yellow-beige head is small, leaving a light layer atop the liquid, with little/no lacing.
Ack! It smells absolutely awful when it’s first poured. A strong mix of vegetables, alcohol, vanilla and earth...Sweet, sort of, with vanilla cake-like sugars and lots of allspice. Moderate amounts of pumpkin emerge, though combined with the raw sugar notes, it dosent smell all that authentic. Something interesting comes of it, though, upon letting it breath, as this strange mix of veggie-spice-earthiness unfolds in to more of a deep earthy, crusty white bread nose that continues to put forth vanilla, but does begin to round somewhat, working the vanilla, sweet, crusty bread and spice in to more of a harmonious mix. Unfortunately, as it warms, sharp, grainy alcohol notes are very present on the finish, cutting the aroma short and mixing with the spices to overpower the senses. Medium-high strength of aroma, some flaws it seems, and definitely some alcohol.
A very, very grainy, sharp, raw texture to the beer, almost like oat bran or perhaps "fibrous" would be a good word (or as Rastacouere aptly puts it, "floury"). Certainly not supple or soft, and with the alcohol burning through on the finish. Vanilla casts itself over everything, giving a table-sugar-like sweetness to the beer. Only moderate doses of pumpkin, with tempered allspice are able to provide a relief from all of the negative qualities. Earthy, crusty bread notes linger on the finish, and some sticky caramel is notable as well. Like most things Southern Tier does, it’s got way too much alcohol and a stripped-out texture that cuts at the palate.
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - NOV 5, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
UPDATED: MAY 31, 2008 Courtesy SoLan, thanks Alan! This poured a dark orange color with very little head at all. The aroma is just amazing on this one. It just blows you away with the smell of pumpkin with some cinnamon spices as well. It is almost like fresh pumpkin flesh with some butter mixed in. The flavor is very rich and creamy of pumpkin and spices. It has an almost toasted pumpkin taste to it. The pumpkin is the dominant flavor with the spices in the background. Has a nice full body with a creamy mouthfeel with a slight bitter finish on the back end. All the flavors are blended so well and mask the alcohol perfectly. This is the best pumpkin beer I have had yet, and it will be hard to top.
KingpinIPA (841) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - NOV 2, 2007
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Amber color. Smell of pumpkin, flowers, hair spray, cinnamon, pepper, clove, hops, bread and honey. Tastes the same with a more of a graham cracker taste instead of the bread aroma. Dry bitterness at the end.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - NOV 2, 2007
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
thanks to SOLAN! Buttery pumpkin squash aroma. Pours copper amber. The flavor isn’t very spicy, loads of pumpkin, i mean real pumpkin, a little buttery, very vegetal, butternut squash like. very very nice pumpkin beer.
emacgee (4175) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2007
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Thanks bmartin. Pours a copper orange with a two finger creamy orange white head. Man that is one of the most amazing aromas I have ever experienced. It smells like pumpkin pie cider. Meaty pumpkin, sharp spices, chai latte, nutmeg, cinnamon, some grassy hops too much to describe. The flavor is a little "bigger", more alcohol upfront, mellow pumpkin meat, spices, nutmeg primarily, cinnamon too. The palate is a little more bubbly and warm than what would fit best with the flavor. This could hold up much better with a little less alcohol.
aubreya (676) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - OCT 31, 2007
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Trade with bmartin. The color was light golden with orange hues. The head was creamy and off-white. The aroma was chai tea, pumpkin pie, spices, bubblegum, and sweet candy. The flavor was alcohol, pumpkin, spices, sweet malt, and nutmeg. The palate was lively. The finish was warm and pumpkin.
dalekliz (884) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 31, 2007
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 18/20
Thanks to WeeHeavySD for sharing a bottle! Beautiful bright orange color. Aroma is of candied apples, pumpkin, and cinnamon. Flavor is complex and snappy, of pumpkin spice, apples, and warm baked goods. Amazing pumpkin beer.
RollinHard (1024) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2007
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear intense orange with a small off-white dissipating head. Aroma is intense pumpkin, cake, nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnemon sticks. Similar flavor, but with a bit more caramel and toasted malt flavor and more subtle spicing. Still pumpkiny. Finishes with pumpkin and fades gently. Fairly substantial mouthfeel compared to other pumpkin beers, but it’s not creamy and enveloping enough. Kinda hot. Pretty nice! A pumpkin beer that I would love to have multiples of.