TheBeerLover (1026) - 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.
Cletus (6355) - 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!
radagast83 (5703) - 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.
Naka (717) - 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.
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.
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
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, 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.
MadRobin (2392) - Silver Spring, USA - NOV 4, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap 6 oz. sampler at Sweetwater Tavern in Centreville, VA.
Clear, bright amber-gold with no head or lacing. The rim of the glass and the surface of the beer were covered with a sweet, crumbly pumpkin spice substance. Apparently, the head was removed before serving.
Aroma of sweet commercial pumpkin pie, nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves and caramel.
Taste of cloves, cinnamon, sweet pumpkin, cookies, nutmeg and caramel.
Medium body and medium/low carbonization.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
DukeBrewDevil (732) - 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.