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.
Cletus (6329) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 23, 2007
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Courtesy of kmweaver. Pours gold with a nice white dissipating head. Smells of pumpkin spices, but they are more muted than on other examples I’ve had. Some fruity qualities as well as dough are also present. Taste is a nice blend of earth and spice with some residual pumpkiny flavors and a nice bitter finish. Very refreshing!
TheBeerLover (1024) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 25, 2006
4.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 10/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 19/20
Ghost Town Pumpkin Ale pours to a beautiful, bright orange color, with a nice white head that fades, and a moderate amount of carbonation. The nose is absolutely wonderful on this beer. A melange of spices combine with really nice malty aromas, and ripe fruity estery aromas. The palate is firm, with really good pale and caramel malt flavors, some estery fruit flavor, and a nice underpinning of squashy pumpkin flavor. Ghost Town Pumpkin Ale finishes with more malty/pumpkin flavors up front, then ends with a wonderful melange of pumpkin spice flavors of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, and allspice that lingers on the tongue.
This is an absolutely delicious beer, and is a slice of pumpkin pie in a glass. Sweetwater adds a really nice extra touch when serving this beer. They frost the rim of the glass with crushed pumpkin seeds, sugar, and the aforementioned pumpkin spices. This adds a little extra "sugar and spice" to the beer, but if you like, you can pass on the frosted rim.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - NOV 14, 2005
1.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
I’m not much of a pumpkin beer fan, and I’m even less of a fan when the lip of the glass has been dipped in crap. Clear amber, nose of pumpkin pie and gingerbread. Vague pumpkin flavor and some overdone spice. Palate is a combination of undercarbonation and dirt thanks to the dipping in crud. Blech.
Nel (180) - Virginia, USA - NOV 1, 2005
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
On draft at the sweetwater tavern. They decorated the sides and head of the beer with some delightful pumpkin seed spices. Wow, I really enjoyed this. The punkin flavor really came out well in this brew. Delightful and sweet on the palate. The balance was excellent. Definently enjoyable.
jasonp (1555) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2005
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Light clear copper with a medium white head. Very prominent nutmeg/allspice aroma but a good portion of that may be due to the spiced pumpkin seeds around the rim of the glass. Flavor has notes of caramel, toasted malt, light pumpkin and spice. The beer itself isn’t as pumpkin-y as you would think. Medium bodied with very lively carbonation. Overall, not bad
jeffc666 (1984) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - NOV 10, 2004
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Not being a huge fan of pumpkin beers I met this one with some trepidation. Frothy and dirty looking tan head (dirty from the spiced glass rim). Clear medium amber. The spice on the glass dominates the aroma. Flavor is pumpkin, lightly sweet malt and a hint of hoppiness. The palate is medium-light, beer served too cold, and the spices make it somewhat gritty. Drinkable but forgetable. Based on the number of folks who seemed to order it, the mass appeal is very high.