hopscotch (9388) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - FEB 23, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draft… Clear dirty orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. There’s an awful lot going on in this one’s aroma – heaps of pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon and dashes of vanilla and funk. Full-bodied and lightly creamy with moderate carbonation. Sweet, caramely, spicy flavor with just a whisper of acidity to keep things interesting. Sweet, spicy, vanilla finish.
Ughsmash (7177) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2010
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Thanks to Hank for the bomber! Poured clear, translucent orange with a dense cap of beige head.. looked good. The aroma opened with a bang.. cinnamon, nutmeg, and charred brown sugar over canned pumpkin meat.. a little on the sweet side.. the spices never let up, and more succulent sugars emerge.. great, great stuff! The flavor found more of the spices than the support, with nutmeg, cinnamon, and black pepper over pumpkin meat and caramel.. light earthy bitterness fought spices on the edges and lost.. dried out on the finish with essence of pumpkin over caramel and peppery notes. Light-medium bodied and spicy on the palate.. balance was decent.. this lost something from the nose on, but it still maintained very well.
MrsUghsmash (24) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - FEB 18, 2010
4.5 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
Smells AWESOME. I want to eat this beer. Pumpkin pie, nutmeg, cinnamon, caramel. Pours orangey with a little head that quickly dissipated. Doesn’t taste quite as good as it smells, but still tasty. Nice little bit of fizz to it. Really tasty beer.
redlight (2317) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 10, 2010
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft @ redlight redlight. Pumpkin pie spices on the nose with caramel malts. Pours a golden amber with a solid white head. Pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, hints of nutmeg with bready maltiness with traces of caramel. Not bad a little heavy on the spices for me, but over all enjoyable.
Teege (375) - Orlando, Florida, USA - FEB 9, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at redlight redlight. pours an slightly amber orange. the nose is more of a fresh pumpkin with some cinnamon and spice notes that straight pumpkin pie as it seems most pumpkin beers go for. the flavor is not overly pumpkiny, which i like though it is a little buttery, which detracts from it a little bit. i also get some notes of fried bananas. a little sweet but crisp. better than most pumpkin ales, yet far from as good as my favorites.
wolfenstein62 (48) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 6, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Copper in color with a minimal white foam head. A fresh aroma of Pumpkin Pie Spices comes flying out of the glass. A hint of a Oktoberfest is there too. A tad thin in texture. Finishes with a Citrus Orange flavor. Very Odd. Over priced considering other Pumpkin Ales that are out there.
drewbeerme (3879) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 5, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle. pours murky brown, nose of pumpkiny goodness. flavors of pumpkin, clove, mild roast. thin body. good if you dig pumpkin brews.
Drake (8779) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - FEB 2, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
22 ounce bottle from Whole Foods Market, Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear copper color with a thin head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of pumpkin, caramel, toasted malts and a nice bouquet of spices, including cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, ginger. Taste is toasted malts, caramel, vanilla, cinnamon, clove. Smooth, medium bodied. This is a nice blending of the two beer styles and a very enjoyable beer.
illinismitty (2270) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - FEB 1, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Hamilton Creek Brewery tasting. Pours orange amber with an off white head. Aroma of pumpkin spice. Lighter side of medium bodied, with some soda like carbonation. Flavor of pale malts with clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg taking center stage. Nice balance of spices. Dry finish. Overattenuated for my personal tastes.
DalzAle (1999) - Eden Prairie, Minnesota, USA - JAN 31, 2010
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle sample. Pumpkin color, medium carbonation and an aroma of pumpkin spices (and nothing else). Flavor is flowers, pumpkin, herbs and finished with a little bit of heat. Another good attempt at a pumpkin beer, but not really enjoyable.