lagermonkey (725) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - JUN 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
This one pours a crystal clear orangey copper with a thin ivory colored head. Clove and all spice in the nose. Maybe cinnamon. Sweet caramel malt too.
First sip tastes like pumpkin pie. Sweet caramel malt, lovely mix with the spices, sweetish finish with the sweet spice in the aftertaste (allspice, cinnamon and ginger). Sweetish finish and creamy body.
Terrapin does it again. They manage to strike the right note while combining two disparate styles.
glennmastrange (2423) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - MAY 28, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Moderate malt aromas of cereal and roasted, light herbs and dough for the hops and yeast, with notes of brwon sugar, nutmeg and cooked pumpkin. Head is small, fizzy, off-white with no lcing and is fully diminishing. Color is clear orange/tan. Flavor starts lightly sweet and lightly to moderately acidic, then finishes lightly sweet, acidic, bitter and a little sour. Palate is medium, watery with a lively carbonation. Smells like pumkin pie and tastes like a bowl of raosted oats.
thagr81_us (175) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Served from bottle into a Euro pint. Pours a nice copper color with a one-finger white head that quickly subsides to a minimal height. There was slight lacing evident throughout. The aroma was comprised of pumpkin and cloves. The flavor was of pumpkin, sugar, and spicy. It was light on the palate with medium carbonation. Overall this was not that bad for a pumpkin-style ale. Actually I typically do not like them, but this one was quite enjoyable and is by far my favorite pumpkin ale tried thus far.
mar (5011) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAY 22, 2010
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. poured a deep gold/amber with a cream head. nose is pumpkin, spices, nutmeg, and more pumpkin. nice on the palate, pumpkin is not as strong as the nose, nutmeg, spices, and a pumpkin finish.
jrmac (331) - South Carolina, USA - MAY 19, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This beer pours an orange brown color with no head, which seems to be typical of pumpkin beers. Aromas of pumpkin, malt, cinnamon, and other spices. Taste is pumpkin with a nice malty backbone. Not as subtle as some pumpkin brews, but not intense either. They should turn this into a every year seasonal.
Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - MAY 17, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
22oz bottle. Pours a clear, orange-copper colored body with a finger-width, creamy, off-white head that dissipates slowly and leaves a nice lacing. Aroma is some sweeter pumpkin pie, lean caramels, and light spices. The spices include some ginger, cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg. A touch of florals, toasted nut, and vanilla. Flavor is similar. Sweeter pumpkin up front with a nice, lightly sweetened caramel. The spices kick in during the finish along with a hint of smooth vanilla. Finishes smooth and slowly dries while leaving a fairly lengthy aftertaste. Medium body, very smooth, and a light amount of soft carbonation. Well balanced and very easy drinking. Overall, a pretty cool beer. Not the most intense pumpkin beer, but I don’t think that’s what they were going for with this hybrid. Plenty of flavor with a nice mix of sweet and spicy. Great body and quaffable. Nice.
puggy211 (712) - cordova, Tennessee, USA - APR 28, 2010
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Pours a bright copper orange with a one finger foamy offwhite head. Nose shows lots of spice, notes of star anise, nutmeg, and allspice. Malty sweetness and mild undertones of pumpkin meat. Flavor is spicy upfront, sweet pie spices, earthy pumpkin, sweet malt character. Palate is also dominated by the spice with a full supporting mouthfeel.
HonusWagner (1702) - Florida, USA - APR 14, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
As someone not crazy about either style, this one was surprisingly drinkable. Tastes a bit like a lightly spiced brown ale, drinks like one, easy to down, not over the top flavor explosion but not watery or flavorless either. Side Projects have been mostly interesting if not really all that great.
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - APR 9, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Beautiful fresh pumpkin flesh aroma with a touch of brown sugar and nutmeg. Bright ruby amber, sparse off tan head. More of a canned pumpkin body, coats the mouth with a film. Rosy herbal finish. Pie spices are gentle and doesn’t fully match the vegetable.
DocLock (8500) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 29, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Smith’s circa 9/09. Pours deep copper with 1-finger off-white head. Nose is caramel malt, pumpkin, significant pumpkin spice. Tastes caramel malty, with a lot of pumpkin and pumpkin spice, a soplid caramel malt bill, and a semi-sweet, refreshing flavor and above average palate heft. This one is good, and gets a tiny bit hot late.