Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 28, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
THOUGHTS: Great for the price. Full of flavor and with the relatively low ABV it’s quite easy to drink. Not spectacular, but possibly the best by the dollar of all the pumpkin beers.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a clear, light, orangey amber with an average, slightly off-white head that mostly diminished. There aroma contained light caramel; pumpkin pie spices; and fruity pumpkin. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and ever-so-slightly sour ; while the finish was moderately sweet, lightly sour and slightly bitter with a short duration. The medium body was fairly watery with very fizzy carbonation and a dry and slightly chalky finish.
DocLock (8978) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2015
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle from Wegman’s. Pours copper with off-white head. Nose is pumpkin, very spicy, with nutmeg, cinnamon, cardamom. Tastes very spicy, with decent pumpkin flavor.
Beerman6686 (5827) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 21, 2014
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
This poured an orange color with a white head. Aroma was of cinnamon and apple spice. Flavor similar, light nutmeg, no pumpkin or.really much beer character behind it at all.
N3lson1 (705) - Long Valley, New Jersey, USA - AUG 28, 2014
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Drank from a twelve ounce bottle. Aromas way too strong of pumpkins and the taste also very overpowering of pumpkins. I love pumpkin beers but I want to feel as if I am drinking a beer and not drinking a pumpkin.
Darkmagus82 (2129) - - AUG 9, 2014
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Transfer from BA review on 10-13-12-
Poured from bottle into pint glass
Appearance – Pours a nice amber-orange color. Upon pouring there was a one finger white head. The head faded very fast to leave a thin persistent film and only a tiny amount of lacing on the sides of the glass.
Smell – The smell is big of a nutmeg and cinnamon spice smell. Mixed with the spice, are other spices of some clove and a light amount of allspice (all quite classic pumpkin pie). Along with all the spice is a sweeter pumpkin aroma with some lighter notes of a brown sugar smell.
Taste – The flavor begins with roasted malt and pumpkin. With these is a very light sweetness up front that fades as the taste goes on. Initially only a lighter spice flavor is present, but it soon comes on strong. In the middle a huge cinnamon and nutmeg flavor comes to the tongue. They are quite potent and grow even stronger more toward the end. With the growing strength of the spice, some more pumpkin comes to the tongue. In the end the spice actually becomes a bit too robust with the cinnamon and nutmeg leaving their mark on the tongue producing, when mixed with the roasted pumpkin, a somewhat off taste on the tongue.
Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average side in terms of thickness with a carbonation level that is rather average as well.
Overall – The taste is just a bit too spiced and lacks a balance of sweetness with the spice and roast. Nothing too exciting for me here.
Beerdedone (3112) - Croydon, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 27, 2014
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle. Pours copper orange with a medium off-white head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and light pumpkin. Flavor of pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg and caramel.
Leafs93 (1987) - Clarks Summit, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours hazy burnt Orange with a small off white head. Aroma is caramel, pumpkin pie and cinnamon. Taste is sweet with a touch of spiciness. Medium bodied with slight touch of stickiness.
kramer (5611) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 24, 2013
2.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Pours a clear orange body with a one finger fizzy off-white head that faded pretty quickly. The nose is overloaded with spices, tons of cinnamon and nutmeg, some lesser vanilla. Not a whole lot of pumpkin, but there is some. The flavor is pretty well what I was expecting from the aroma, very spicy with a slight caramel sweetness. The flavor more hints at pumpkin pie rather than showing off a whole lot of pumpkin flavor. Rather thin body, fizzy prickly carbonation. Lacking in body and actual pumpkin flavor, this pretty well sums up what gives Pumpkin Beers a bad rap.
reggiedunlop (3582) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 23, 2013
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a clear caramel/amber with a medium white head. Aroma has nice fall spices, a touch of caramel and mild doughy notes. Flavor follows suit and adds a nice touch of earthy hops. Mouthfeel is full and the finish is fall spices lingering to dry leaves/earthy hops. Really fairly decent as the non-imperial pumpkins go.
chinchill (3590) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Undated 12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Pours clear, orange-copper color with a modest and weak bone-colored head.
Spices are more subtle than in many pumpkin beers. There is a clear suggestion of pumpkin pie along with a pronounced caramel malt component. Sweet but not cloying.
Feel: Light-medium body seems too thin; Medium, prickly carbonation. Slight heat from the cinnamon.
O: A tasty and solid pumpkin ale, but not up with the best of style.
ROGUE (2152) - Lewes, Delaware, USA - OCT 2, 2013
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
12oz bottle. Pours a clear golden orange color with a small white head. Strong spicy aroma dominated by cinnamon and nutmeg. Pumpkin flavor takes a back seat to the spices; lots of cinnamon and nutmeg; faint caramel notes, slight bitter finish. Medium bodied with mild carbonation.