Creedence (261) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 7, 2013
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Had this one on cask and keg side-by-side at Bierhaus Cork. The cask was getting a bit long in the tooth, so I said I’d rate both to give it an accurate reflection.
Cask: pours a hazy ruby copper with a bubbly beige head. Aroma is fairly vinegary, as it’s beginning to turn... but still some nice pumpkin notes coming through. Taste is nice malty and squash sweetness with a little spice and a touch of sour. Smooth but reasonably full mouthfeel, sweet and lightly spicy aftertaste.
Keg: left it warm up a little, and the aroma really started to come out. Lots of cinnamon, clove and pumpkin - smells like a fresh spiced pumpkin pie! Light sour start on the taste with a very spicy sweetness and a doughy malty finish. Light spiced aftertaste with a smooth and full mouthfeel. Now that’s more like it!
Overall, a really nice and drinkable pumpkin ale. Spiced beers wouldn’t usually be my think, but I really enjoyed this one!
stjamesgate (36) - IRELAND - OCT 30, 2013
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at Against The Grain.
Orange-amber with a white collar. Squash and spice on the nose. Toffee and carrot up front, big nutmeg and cinnamon in middle, then earthy hops. Medium, chewy and round.
Thin, over spiced and sticky. More pumpkin spice than pumpkin. Too light for the style, too. Nothing special.
ciaranc (676) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 15, 2013
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at the bull and castle. Orabnge amber, lovely pumpkin since nose. Flavour is sweet malt and pumpkin, cloying sweetness. Light body, medium carbonation. Sweet finish. A nice pumpkin ale, but not my favorite style.
omhper (18765) - Tyresö, SWEDEN - NOV 15, 2012
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Draught at L. Mulligan Grocer, Dublin. Hazy bronze colour, creamy head. Spicy pumpkin aroma. Dryish with light-medium body and well rounded mouthfeel. Fruity, spicy and lightly buttery. Balanced bitterness. Interesting and well drinkable.
jlhooker (25) - Dublin, Ireland, IRELAND - NOV 2, 2012
3.6 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap L Mulligan Grocer. Golden orange with thin head. Pumpkin aroma with lovely pumpkin dominant balanced taste. Smooth on palate with bittersweet finish. Nice.
Deu (588) - Nantes, FRANCE - NOV 1, 2012
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
On tap at o’Neil’s in Suffolk street. Nice pumpkin pie taste. Color golden orange. Good carbonation I recommend.
Sizzler80 (412) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 29, 2012
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at Brew Dock. Dark golden pour with small, dissipating white head. Aroma: pumpkin, hops, malt, hint of citrus, nutmeg and a bready aroma. Slightly tangy on initial sip with good carbonation. Quite a balanced flavour profile. A lot of pumpkin, hint of citrus, malty sweet notes, spice and bread.
garthicus (2570) - Dublin, IRELAND - OCT 28, 2012
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
On tap at Against the Grain. Appearance: Golden orange, good visible carbonation, small white head. Aroma: Awesome pumpkin pie nose, vanilla and spices. Smells great. Flavour: Fantastically pumpkin, right up there with a North American standard, like a mild pie in beer format. I was so surprised (not at Trouble Brewing) but at how popular this was. I’ve been craving pumpkin ales since moving back from Canada and this certainly scratched the itch. Fantastic. Well done.