shp555 (2024) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - DEC 11, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a clear amber orange color with a tan head. Aroma is pumpkin and some nutmeg. Flavor is pumpkin, a hint of cinnamon, and nutmeg.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - AUG 25, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. pours a golden with a slight orange ting. aroma is huge spice... clove nutmeg cinnamon, and sweetness... like a pumpkin pie with too much spice. mouthful is more of the same... i bit heavy on the clove... an interesting take on pumpkin beer... more pumpkin than beer...
topherh (1912) - Kearney, Missouri, USA - AUG 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours orange with a thin white head. Aroma is pumpkin and light spices. Flavor is sweet, lots of pumpkin, the flavor is over the top.
BuckeyeSammy (543) - Palo Alto, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nose is creamed corn, very unusual. Smells great though. Orange brassy color, light this head. A little spiced, caramel, pumpkin, and cream.
mreusch (851) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - SEP 8, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz. bomber, pours a clear orange with a two finger white head that drifts to a whispy covering, minimal lacing. Aroma is pumpkin pie filling, fresh carved pumpkin guts, nutmeg, and other fall spices. Flavor is more of the same, with the nutmeg and other spice coming out a bit more; can’t find that 9% anywhere. The spice got to be a bit much, but overall this is an interesting beer, especially on a cool fall night. Not a favorite style, but can appreciate what’s going on here.
Juelze (1139) - 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.
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.
WisconsinBeer (711) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 26, 2008
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Orange color, some carbonation, minimal head. Flavor is roasted malt, pumpkin seed, pumpkin pie spice, ripe fruit. Medium-light bodied. Lingering sweetness, just looked at the ABV, hot damn! Yeah, this is some pretty good stuff.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 6, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Nutty malty aroma. Clear golden with small white head. Pumpkin and spice; nutty with supporting hop bitterness. Touch of alcohol warming. Medium body with full mouthfeel. Finish is dry with mace and other spices coming through.
Rib Eye (147) - USA - OCT 28, 2008
3.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Finally a pumpkin beer that ACTUALLY TASTES LIKE PUMPKIN. The surprise is itís much weirder and not necessarily as good as you might guess.
You know how a pumpkin smells when you are carving a jack-o-lantern? Thatís how this beer tastes. It also has some strong bready notes and light pumpkin spice. The overall sense though is vegetal. The mouthfeel is a bit heavy thick and oily. Not bad, but not what I was expecting.
Dogfish Head Punkin Ale is a better beer, but doesnít taste nearly of pumpkin the way this does.
Buffalo Billís Pumpkin ale might be a nice compromise between something that tastes something of pumpkin and isnít too far off from a traditional bitter.