Voodoo (293) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2013
2.6 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: AUG 17, 2013 Pours the color of cola soda with little to no head. Aroma is nutmeg, hard to pick anything else out with no head. Since this is a cross between a pumpkin and a harvest (unless I’ve read something incorrect into the lableing) it has understandably less pumpkin taste than normal, but the harvest part of the ale is not coming through either. Mouthfeel is weak, unmistakeable molasses flavor comes through a bit though a tad burnt, and the taste hangs around quite a while. A great idea but this needs work and more ingredients to fill the bill.
BrewCrusader (3) - Langhorne, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 16, 2013 does not count
1.5 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 3/20
Aroma: Caramel malt aroma dominates the nose. Difficult to find spices, which I thought would be more apparent. Malt overpowered the spice. No hop aromas.
Appearance: Nice rich dark orange/brown color. Clarity was good. Poured a moderately low head. Thought it would be more for a 5% beer.
Taste: Heavy malt bomb. So much so that the pumpkin/spices were difficult to discern, similar to aroma. Had a harsh graininess to it that made tasting it unpleasant. No noticeable infections.
Palate: Low carbonation lends a very full mouthfeel. Thick and viscous with some astringency. Possibly sparged with water that was too hot, pulling tannins from the grain husk.
Overall: Not a very good beer. With the plethora of Pumpkin beers on the market, there is no need to pick this up. The beer’s heavy mouthfeel and overpowering malt in the nose and taste points to underattenuation. Possibly mashed/sparged too hot which could explain the harshness and astringency.
WooPigBrewey (46) - North Little Rock, Arkansas, USA - AUG 6, 2013
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Not a big fresh pumpkin flavor but I did get the pumpkin, which worked well with the cinnamon and spices. Overall a bit thin in the mouthfeel and taste.
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - APR 18, 2013
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: Decent beer, but I don’t know if I would have guessed it was a pumpkin beer. Flavorful and easy to drink, but a little watery in body.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a medium brown with red highlights when held to light and an average, tan head that kept a decent sheet and left fair lacing.
The aroma had moderate caramel, molasses, chocolate and roasted malts; light herbal hops; hints of pumpkin pie spices; cola, slight sour pumpkin and vegetal pumpkin. The initial flavor was moderately sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was heavily sweet, slightly sour and lightly bitter with a short duration. Overall, it was a little watered down. There was molasses, caramel, roasted malts, cola, and a little sour pumpkin. The medium body was watery with soft, yet tingly carbonation and a dry and lightly astringent finish.
Lemke10 (754) - Waukesha, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 18, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
This pumpkin brew pours a medium brown color with a slight off-white head. The aroma is somewhat reminiscent of Libby’s pumpkin filling out of a can. There is more of an Oktoberfest taste to this brew rather than pumpkin. Lots of harvest spices hit your taste buds. Also, getting a little bit of that molasses too in the taste with only hints of pumpkin. Not a great pumpkin beer but also not bad, so the average rating this beer has is appropriate. Depending on the pumpkin brews in you area, this may be worth a try!
jhbeer (43) - - DEC 9, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Dark brown with a cream colored head that faded quickly. Scent is a bit sweet malt, some roastiness, some pumpkin, a bit of spice and a tad of hops. Quite sweet at first, light spices and molasses make quite an impression with a bit of the pumpkin and roastiness coming in with some hops at the end. Medium palate. A tasty ale altogether.
Beerman6686 (4188) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2012
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
This poured a dark amer color with an off white head. Aroma was of spices, mainly clover and cinnamon, and toasted malt. Flavor was toasted malt and caramel, with light spicing, but not too over the top. An ok pumpkin.
Drake (8030) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - NOV 23, 2012
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 ounce bottle from Total Wine Virginia Beach. Pours a dark rust color with a medium sized frothy tan head. Good head retention. Aroma of caramel, pumpkin, apples and that molasses really comes through. The taste is earthy notes, pumpkin, brown sugar, faint hops and a spicy finish. Medium bodied. Nice beer.
KajII (779) - Macon, North Carolina, USA - NOV 17, 2012
2.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
12oz Bottle. The pour was a clear burnt orange with an average (1-2 finger) light brown fluffy head that had OK retention, reducing slowly to a thin film and small collar with good sheets of sticky lacing
The aroma was on the mild side, with a toasted grain malt and an earthy doughy yeast and had notes of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, a touch of brown sugar and of course pumpkin.
The taste was very lightly sweet and a tad malty with notes of brown sugar and pumpkin from the get go, and then took on an almost stale bitterness and had a mild spicy finish. The flavor was most definitely short in duration with not much left behind but a slight hint of spices.
Mouthfeel was light in body and watery in texture with a decently mild carbonation.
Overall this was a light tasting Pumpkin Ale, which did possess a decent drinkability but was pretty much nothing special...
MIBRomeo (2537) - Wisconsin, USA - OCT 19, 2012
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Reddish pour small white head. Aroma of miller and pumpkins. Thin pal canned pumpkin and beer. Drinkable but not good.