SpudClampDawg (1029) - Jasper, Indiana, USA - OCT 26, 2009
4.4 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Draft at The Bad Apple in Chicago: The bartender said this went on tap the day before and you could really taste the freshness. Very well made beer. Starts off with a orange/reddish body that screams fall. Great, two-inch head. The aroma is amazing, not only because of the depth and complexity of the things that I smelled, but because of how closely it mimicked a fresh baked pumpkin cake that was just pulled from the oven and covered in a sugary glaze. Fantastic. The aroma is so perfect though, that there is no way the body can stand up to it. Now, donít get me wrong, the body is great and my rating with reflect that, but the aroma is just that perfect. Phenomenal when fresh and on tap.
Msdrbeat (494) - East Lansing, USA - OCT 11, 2016
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
On tap at Hopcat. Pours orangeish clear. Strong chai aroma with a hint of pumpkin. Taste is robust and not sweet. A true fall pumpkin beer.
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Block (2324) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2016
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
This is a good pumpkin beer. It has some flavors that more closely resembles the vegetable rather than a synthetic taste.
PlantCityJax (56) - Plant City, Florida, USA - OCT 9, 2016
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Tastes a lot like a spiced cake. Has that distinctive spiced cake note to it. I can definitely drink one during the season as a nice change, but I don't think I could ever drink two in a row.
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TH28 (384) - - OCT 7, 2016
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12oz bottle. 2016 vintage. Appearance: Semi clear light golden with some haze, and minimal white head that disappears immediately. Almost still.
Aroma: Like pumpkin pie with whipped cream. Toasted bread malt is prominent to go with the spicing. Really nice.
Taste: Bready maltiness with great pumpkin spicing of cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg, turning to a light toast and some alcohol heat that accentuates the spice.
Mouthfeel: Light bodied for the strength, almost thin, with low carbonation and noticeable alcohol warmth.
Finish: Spicy alcoholic breadiness lingers, with a touch of nutmeg and toast.
Overall: Probably the best aroma on a pumpkin beer Iíve had, it smells like the pie and whipped cream are right in front of you. I also like the bready, toasted maltiness that shows in the aroma and flavor. This beer does have room for improvement though. It has very little carbonation, and almost appears still. The high alcohol against the low body doesnít balance well, leaving a thin body that accentuates the alcohol heat. With a bit more carbonation and body Iíd rank this at the top of the pumpkin ale pile.
Sirmixsomewhat (206) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 7, 2016
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pumkingís reputation is well known and deserved; itís nice to look at and is very smooth and isnít in your face with a pumpkin flavor. Itís got more of a spice taste than a pie taste, and it packs a very pleasant punch. Excellent.
Medic490 (1) - Thornville, Ohio, USA - OCT 4, 2016 does not count
5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 20/20
Very very Good Beer!! Aroma is one of beerís most complex features and very good tasting beer!
jsporrer (728) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 29, 2016
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a clear yellowish orange with a thin white ring. Light sweet cinnamon and spice aroma. Lightly syrupy body. Smooth with a full mouth feel. Spices are more sweet and flowery than most beers of this style. Flavors linger for awhile and leave a fairly pleasant aftertaste. Not really my style but better than most pumpkin beers Iíve tried.
biirusaikou (2585) - - SEP 26, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle shared. Not a big fan of the style but this is quite delicious, basically a pumpkin pie in a glass with rich cinnamon notes. Quite an enjoyable one and pretty outstanding for the style.
ChadPolenz (1699) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - SEP 26, 2016
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
2015 BJCP Category: 30B Autumn Seasonal Beer (base style: ?)
AROMA: Strong cinnamon graham cracker scent. Nutmeg is quite prominent along with a general autumn spicy aroma. Alcohol is present, but mostly as a background note. No distinctive malt or hop presence. 10/12
APPEARANCE: Pumpkin skin bright orange. Very cloudy body with sediment floating in suspension. Small, beige, soapy foam dissipates quickly. 1/3
FLAVOR: Mild base of pale and amber malts, though they are not especially sweet on their own. A honey/lemon flavor indicative of oxidation emerges towards the middle (though it blends with the palette). Cinnamon and nutmeg gently bite at the end with slight cracker/crust taste. Alcohol imparts a liqueur-type sensation. Palette has diminished with age but is still quite flavorful. Faint spicy hops. 14/20
MOUTHFEEL: Medium body; low carbonation. Feels a bit flat in the mouth (but not slick). Alcohol warmth is fairly subtle and easily tolerated. Clean, dry aftertaste. 3/5
OVERALL IMPRESSION: Tastes very good for a year-old vintage, but nothing was gained by aging this beer. Spices faded; mouthfeel is a bit dull. 7/10
TOTAL SCORE: 34/50
DISCLAIMER: The author is not a certified BJCP judge; therefore, this score sheet is not necessarily indicative of proper BJCP judging techniques and protocol. The author is grading to 2015 BJCP Guidelines in order to prepare for examination.
unclemike (2922) - Ft. Riley, Kansas, USA - SEP 23, 2016
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a bright amber/orange with a very minimal head of small white spots. Aroma is rich with spices, especially allspice and nutmeg. I can see how others donít enjoy it, but I find it very enticing. The flavor is pretty much the same thing. Pretty nice spicy pumpkin beer with some pleasant doughy malts.