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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.71/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.54   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 222   ABV: 7.4%
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Brewed with native Pennsylvania neck pumpkins harvested just a few miles from our brewery at Strites’ Orchard, Master of Pumpkins conjures the spirit of autumn by combining roasted pumpkins and traditional pie spices with a French saison yeast. This natural fermentation releases a palate of vanilla, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, ginger, and honey. In addition to 750mL bottles, Master of Pumpkins is also currently available on draft and for take-out growler fills in the Tasting Room. Taste it you will see. More is all you need! 2014 note: now sold in four packs of 12.7 oz bottles. (375 ml)

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
DocLock (7915) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Shared bottle at Craft Ale. Poured hazy orange with off-white head. Nose was pumpkin puree, pumpkin spice, mild hops. Tasted of pumpkin, spice, hops, nit sweet but with a finishing resiny hop matched with natural pumpkin and spice flavor.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
phaleslu (6609) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - AUG 31, 2014
750 ml bottle shared by some pals who just moved to town - thanks, Colin and Kristin! Bottled October 2013. Odd time to bottle one of these. Consumed in late August 2014. Pours a hazy burnt orange with some yeast floaters and a finger of resilient khaki head. Aroma of nutmeg, allspice, clove, ginger, vanilla, cinnamon, vegetal pumpkin, and toasted brown sugar. Flavor is the same. Medium-bodied, with medium carbonation and a spicy mouthfeel. Pretty spicy all the way through, not quite as balanced as it could be.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (6579) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2014
12.7oz bottle, shared with danielcoor and friends. Mildly hazy amber orange color. Thin off-white head. Good ropes of lace. Pretty excited for this, considering the high rates. Upfront, though, I’m surprised how much spice there is. Dominated by nutmeg and clove. Medium plus body. Smooth, kind of soft lighter carbonation. Moderate bitter taste. Light to moderate sweet, kind of spicy and rough. Some pumpkin to it beneath the spice. Was hoping for more from this.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - NOV 26, 2013
Bottle:   Deep amber, a little fiery, thin frothy tannish head, little lacing.   Spicy nose, definite cinnamon and nutmeg, along with some ginger and clove.   Plethora of spices on the tongue.   Clove and ginger are a bit stronger here.   Nutmeg and Cinnamon are a bit overshadowed, but come out a bit more after the clove and ginger die down.   This one is pretty tasty, not overdone, but certainly is a spiced kick.   Moderate body and mouthfeel.   Back of the throat just keeps that clove hanging around.   You want a plethora of spices, this is the beer for you!   Pretty tasty and bright!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheBeerGod (5287) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 18, 2014
Bottle - 375mL corked and caged. Dark russet pour with a medium tan head. Nose is exceptionally spicy with pumpkin pie spices, toasted pumpkin, caramel and malt notes. Taste is pumpkin pie spices up front, caramel, dark bread and toasted malt underneath. Body is medium with a moderate, bubbly carbonation. Ends with more pumpkin pie spices, roasted pumpkin, toasted malt, caramel and hints of cinnamon bread.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
nimbleprop (4998) - SouthWest, Washington, Washington DC, USA - OCT 25, 2014
375ml bottle pours a clear, burnt orange amber with some thin, creamy, white head. Nose has a ton of spices, nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, a little cardamom, malt, some caramel, root veg, squash and sweet potato, a little toasted marshmellow. Flavor is like a Coke and a Chai mixed together, some sweetness, caramel, cola, tons of spice, pepper, nutmeg, ginger. Spicy finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Beerman6686 (4427) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 4, 2014
This poured an orange color with a white head. Aroma was of light spices, cracker, yeast esters and grass. Flavor was a great blend between mild pie spices, pumpkin flesh, and saisiny rusticity. Really cool take on a pumpkin beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
sonnycheeba (3613) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 6, 2013
Bottle shared by friends. Pours mostly clear dark amber with creamy beige head. Aroma is cereal and cookie malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, spice cake, pumpkin, and light fig. Flavor is heavy spices, pumpkin, lightly sweet bready malts, and faint toast; dry finish. Medium body and carbonation.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
vtafro (3569) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 25, 2014
Bottle. Brown pour with tan head. Some vanilla, pumpkin, roasted/toasted, spice and cinnamon aromas. Vanilla and pumpkin, up front, followed by a whole crap ton of spice; nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, among others.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
AirForceHops (3309) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - OCT 19, 2014
375 ml bottle purchased at Leary’s Fine Wine, Newburyport, MA. $3.95. Dark orange with a brown hue for color, thin head. The aroma is mild nutmeg all spice and pumpkin! Thankfully I can actually smell the gourd and not pure spice. What a concept!

This the flavor starts as expected ginger, all spice, nutmeg with clove. They use a saison yeast but not sure how it really is affecting the flavor or body. I do get a slight vanilla hint with pumpkin purée flavor being real subtle. The body is fuller side of medium. I got excited when I saw a corked and caged 375 ml bottle but after sipping it, it reveals it’s as a slightly above average pumpkin brew.

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