rangerred (842) - Johnson City, Tennessee, USA - DEC 4, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 18/20
12oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a hazy medium brown with a very thick one finger white head. Amazing head retention with some decent lacing.
Aroma is loaded with typical pumpkin pie spice in the form of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove. There is a really nice toasted malt undertone that sticks out over the spice. Also some Earthy hops shining through.
The spices in the flavor are somewhat muted and balanced nicely with the toasted malt. There is even a bit of chocolate in there. Hops are noticeable with a mild bitterness and earthy flavor but they remain restrained. Very thick and sticky mouthfeel making this feel stronger than the 7.3% that it is.
Overall, the more this beer warms the more I like it. I like that the spices arenít overdone and there is some noticeable malt and hops. A pumpkin ale that is better than most out there.
Suttree (4874) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - DEC 2, 2013
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Reddish copper, nice white head. Smells like cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Taste is pretty much the same. I didnít get any clove, which is a plus. Finishes a little drier than most Pumpkin Ales. Pretty typical, but Iíve had worse.
nearbeer (3375) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - NOV 11, 2013
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz. Clear copper-red with a lasting quarter inch of meringue on top. Nose of caramelized pumpkin, toasted nut, fruity bubblegum and pie spices. Tastes of sweet-sourish baked pumpkin, rye, pie spices, toasted pecan, earthy tea leaf, and touches of peppery clove, ginger and citrus. Medium body has low carbonation and is well balanced with a spicy-pithy finish. Very sessionable, which I canít often say of a pumpkin ale. Different, but harmonious, combination of spices is not overdone and lets the leafy hop and caramelized pumpkin flavors shine. Really tastes like a touch of rye in there too.
BeerandBlues2 (9003) - Hanover, Maryland, USA - NOV 5, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle at home. Pours clear reddish copper with a medium, frothy and bubbly beige head, medium retention with light lacing. Aroma is toast, cookie, and nutty malt, dates, figs, and plums, earthy hops, nutmeg and cloves. Flavor is bitter hops and spices, light to medium hops, crisp malt, balanced towards the bitterness, dark fruits and a dry finish. Medium body and moderate carbonation.
superspak (2123) - Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2013
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2013 bottling. Pours lightly hazy deep orange copper color with a 1-2 finger dense light khaki head with good retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings around the glass. Aromas of big pumpkin, pumpkin seed, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, caramel, toast, gingerbread, brown sugar, and herbal earthiness. Damn nice aromas with nice prominence of pumpkin notes with balanced malt/spices; with good strength. Taste of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, caramel, toast, clove, brown sugar, and herbal earthiness. Minimal bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, gingerbread, cinnamon, nutmeg, toast, caramel, and brown sugar on the finish for a good bit. Very nice balance and complexity of pumpkin, malt, and spice flavors; with nice robustness and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth, moderately slick, and crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice pumpkin ale! All around good balance, complexity, and robustness of pumpkin, malt, and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A very enjoyable offering.
chinchill (1265) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 16, 2013
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 oz bottle served in a snifter.
Pours clear, deep red-copper with a small tan head. Lacing takes the form of small spots.
Plenty of pie spices; a nice mix in both the aroma and flavor but bordering on over spiced with nutmeg in the mouth. Excepting the aftertaste, even with rather bold spicing this pumpkin is not over-spiced, leaving a general impression more like pumpkin bread than pumpkin pie.
Feel: near medium body with lively carbonation imparting a crisp feel.
O: A tasty and solid pumpkin ale.
itrosky (6) - fort lauderdale, Florida, USA - OCT 12, 2013 does not count
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Amazing hazel color smells like malt, little bitterness in the palate good apearance.
wlajwl (3481) - Quad Cities, Iowa, USA - SEP 21, 2013
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is strongly spicy/cinnamon and slight vegetative notes. The flavor is spices/cinnamon, citrus, slight heat and a tart finish.
Travlr (9999) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - SEP 21, 2013
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Clear reddish amber color with amber waves of foam. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon. Taste is light bodied light spice.
SpringsLicker (3035) - Tennessee, USA - SEP 14, 2013
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear orange/amber body with a minimal off-white head.
The aroma is fruity, some pumpkin, sweet with a touch of alcohol.
The flavor has some spice and hop bitterness but is largely lacking a pumpkin character.