DCLawyer (682) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - DEC 1, 2012
2.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
5 oz sample at Sweetwater Tavern Merrifield. Came with rim of glass coated in spices. Aroma is heavy pumpkin and spice, but this appears to be imparted by the added spices to the rim. The beer itself, once you get past the added spice, is slightly malty but devoid of any serious flavor. Overall a mess.
Travlr (7975) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - NOV 3, 2012
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Cask at Mad Fox. Hazy amber color, small white head. Aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is very sweet and spice-dominated gourd.
Elwood (2490) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Appearance: Let me say this, any time you have to frost a rim of a beer, something is wrong. Don’t even bother drinking it! Okay, enough about that. It pours a clear, pale orange color with an active, pillowy, white head.
Aroma: Once I wipe some of the shit off the rim, I get light pumpkin notes, a bit of nuttiness, and some earth. Not much here.
Flavor: After one sip, I see why they frosted the rim, because this beer has no flavor. Seriously. It is slightly bitter and tasteless. What the hell!?!??
Palate: Medium carbonation with a watery mouthfeel and a short, tasteless finish.
Overall: Dreadful and a poor attempt at brewing a beer. Definitely not recommended.
bigbish (414) - California, USA - NOV 5, 2009
2.5 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Had off tap at the restaurant. Not that great. Pumpkin flavor is pretty mild. Actually, the entire flavor is pretty mild and boring. Ho hum. Nothing to see here...
Naka (684) - Indiana, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 29, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled from growler. Pours a clear amber orange color with a thick off-white foamy head. Decent lasting power. A little lacing as well. Aroma of carbonic pumpkin, nutmeg, clove, and a heap of malt sweetness. Flavor has a slight clove and ginger spice. A lot of sweetness, maybe a little cloying. Very smooth silky body. Leaves the spicy pumpkin on the tongue. It is served with some pumpkin spices that give the beer an almost savory taste. The spices definitely make it better. As far as pumpkin beers go, this one is pretty decent.
radagast83 (3098) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2008
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On Draft at Merrifield location. Had beer with bag of spices and pumpkin seeds, added little to the actual beer itself. Aroma of beer is pumpkin pie. Flavor is relatively light pie flavor with spice, and notes of nutty malt. These beers can be hit and miss from times to time, and this one was spot on.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 23, 2008
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Draft at Centreville served with a spiced rim. The spices smelled great, but I wiped it off so that I could smell the beer. The aroma smells like pumpkin pie and bread pudding. Pours pale orange amber with no head. Lighter side of medium with a clean mouthfeel. Flavor of pale malts and pumpkin, with some subtle spices that carry through to the finish. Balanced and simple
DukeBrewDevil (724) - Chapel Hill, North Carolina, USA - NOV 22, 2007
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draft at restaurant. Golden color, thin head, served in a pint glass with the top rimmed with some sort of ground pumpkin/spice stuff. The smell is delightfully spicy pumpkin, almost like a pie, but that might be more the topping than the beer itself. The flavor, outside of the topping, is really pretty thin, It tastes mostly like a mild amber ale with some artificial pumpkin juice added. Quite drinkable, but nothing to come back to.
argo0 (10338) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 18, 2007
2.4 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 9/20
(Served with spiced glass rim) Clear amber body, small off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, cinnamon, oatmeal cookie, nutmeg. Taste is medium sweet, caramel, earthy, faint nutmeg. Also get the spices from the rim, mostly cinnamon. Tastes more like an Ofest than pumpkin. Light-medium body.
JamesD (243) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - NOV 16, 2007
2.2 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Not one of sweetwater’s better beers. The aroma and flavor seem kind of like a bland brown ale with some pumpkin flavor. It’s pretty one dimensional, but not undrinkable.