Pawola22 (3262) - Plainfield, Illinois, USA - OCT 17, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a clear, copper-amber colored body with a thin, frothy, beige head that dissipates slowly and leaves a moderate lacing. Aroma is some pumpkin spices with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bit of ginger with a nice malt sweetness consisting of some toffee bread, a touch of toast, and a light caramel. Flavor is similar. Some bready toffees, a light toast, and caramel up front before an even amount of pumpkin spices come in. Nutmeg, a bit of ginger, and a light cinnamon that increases slightly towards the end as this dries with a light toasted toffee sweetness and balanced spicing. Lengthy aftertaste following a medium body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a pretty nice pumpkin beer. Pleasantly spiced and a light sweetness that is all well balanced and easy drinking. Solid.
JaBier (5160) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2011
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sample at Brew Kettle on 10/7/11. Clear copper pour with a medium beige head. Super spicy nose with cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and allspice notes with a pleasant malty sweetness. Allspice and nutmeg character on the tongue first, then maltiness before cinnamon and ginger round it out. Very solid.
Dogbrick (9109) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2011
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Sample from growler courtesy of a traveling friend. The beer pours a clear copper-amber color with a medium off-white head that recedes steadily to an outer ring. Partial rings of lace. Aroma of cinnamon and cloves as well as malt. Light to medium body with flavors of sweet spices, pumpkin and malt. The finish is sweet with a nutmeg and pumpkin aftertaste. Fairly straightforward but well-executed beer overall.
kramer (5320) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 24, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Tap @ TBK. Pours a dark copper, clear, with a small off-white head that fell to a partial covering. Huge cinnamon and clove nose, reminds me a bit of Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin without as much malt. Light pumpkin meat sneaking by. Mostly cinnamon and clove on the flavor with some pumpkin in the background. On the sweeter side, fairly thick, with moderate fizzy carbonation. Overall, the usual Pumpkin Ale, sweet with lots of pie spices and not enough pumpkin.
Beerman6686 (5057) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 17, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
This poured a dark amber color with an off white head. Aroma was of cinnamon, nutmeg and slightly roastd malt. Flavor was a fairly strong allspice flavor, cinnamon coming out the most with a blander malt finish.
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
draft at TBK- had so many pumpkin beers this weekend, and not one really distinguished itself- a lot of spicing, mostly nutmeg with sweet cinnamon, and a well made beer.
Tmoney99 (11590) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - JAN 5, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle from Brew Kettle. Poured clear dark orange color with an average off-white frothy head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid spicy pumpkin pie aroma. Moderate body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium pumpkin spicy sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Solid seasonal beer.
BeerBelcher (972) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - JAN 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
I was glad to see Brew Kettle still serving a pumpkin beer during my visit in late December...seems like a lot of brewers plan to sell out of pumpkin beer by Thanksgiving, and to me the flavor is appropriate through the new year. This one is a touch light on the pumpkin and maybe too light in the body, but is nonetheless a very solid beer with lots of nutmeg and other spice.
Appearance-wise, it looked a great deal like the Chief’s Rye - not quite colorful enough in the amber body, and with a medium amount of head. Aroma was very spicy, but both the aroma and taste led me to doubt the inclusion of actual pumpkin in the recipe, although the menu said it was in there. Flavor was more spice than pumpkin, with lots of nutmeg and I thought it pretty good. Mouthfeel was pretty good. A nice beer.
I would recommend this beer. I had it on-tap at the Brew Kettle in Strongsville.
fiver29 (1036) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the brewery. They are calling it pumpkinhead ale. I’m guessing this is the same version. Pours dark orange color with off white head. Has aroma of sweet pumpkin and its spices. Body is medium. Flavor is loaded with pumpkin flavor and its spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and maybe some clove. Its pretty spicy. I enjoyed this more than most pumpkin ales and its up there with the best in my mind.
sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 12, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft @ brewkettle: Damn, someone got around to this sooner than I did. Amber in color with a light tan head. Aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon, and a bit of pumpkin. Flavor, mild pumpkin notes, some spices, it was a bit tart. The mouth feel was a little thin for me. Solid beer though.