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RATINGS: 128   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.5   SEASONAL: Special   EST. CALORIES: 225   ABV: 7.5%
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The Painted Ladies Annual Fling celebrates the renaissance of downtown Lake Mills. Although named for the restoration of the many Victorian storefronts, some of the more adventurous women-folk added a playful twist and dressed as, well, painted ladies. Inspired by these bold and spicy women, we brewed Painted Ladies, a pumpkin and spice-infused amber ale. This fall, make sure you enjoy a fling with a few Painted Ladies.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
BeerBunker (835) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2009
12oz bottle. Pours a slight amber with a small, fizzy white head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is of malt, spice, pumpkin, cinnamon, dirt, and some fruit. Taste starts off with a large amount of sweet fruit, and spice. After a few seconds, a decent amount of pumpkin comes through. Has a backbone of slightly toasted malt. Has a fair amount of sugar too it, but it doesn’t detract. Lingering taste of spice, pumpkin, and some apple. Mouthfeel is light, and very heavily carbonated. Finish is all pumpkin. Easy to drink, tasty, but too carbonated. Aside from that, it’s a winner.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
bhensonb (12134) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 7, 2009
Bottle from Guerde. Pours dark amber with very little head. Aromas of roasted caramel and pie spice. Medium plus body with strong carbonation. Flavor is kind of squash with pie spice. Finishes with lots of spice flavor. There’s a detectable pumpkin in the end - unless the spice is messing with me.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2009
12 oz bottle sample at the Flossmoor taping courtesy of Arnie (Flossmoor, IL). Pours a deep dark copper, a small offwhite head, laces a bit and clings to the corners. Aromas are pumpkin, cinnamon, pie caramel sweetness, some vanilla, sweet. Initial is thinner side of medium bodied, sweet pumpkin, spicey cinnamon, vanilla, caramel. A bit sweet further into the palate, light coating, vanilla, faint to no bitterness, light soapiness. A very nice more sessionable pumpkin seasonal. Finishes lightly sweet and spicey. Very nice and a solid drinkable pumpkin ale overall. Some people find these to be a gimmick, but I generally enjoy comparing them and this is certainly one of the better ones.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2009
Good pumpkin ale. Pours an opaque copper gold, no head. Aroma is clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin. Flavor is slightly bitter. Palate is creamy and rich but slightly astringent.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
1FastSTi (3343) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2009
Pours to a deep mahogany body with a tall, foamy dense beige head. The aroma is spicy with ginger and allspice with a lot of pumpkins. The flavor is heavily pumpkin with some ginger and nutmeg. I love the heavy amount of pumpkin. The palate is medium bodied and subtly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Scubatrip (605) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2009
From the bottle, pours almost orange with a thin white bubbly head. Pumpkin pie spicy aroma. Taste is also like pumpkin pie, with an extra spice kick at the end. Thin, but good. I’d say one of the better pumpkin ales out there.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2009
Bottle thanks to 17thfloor. Orange copper appearance with creamy off-white head. Aroma is sweeter spice, big pumpkin, sweeter malt, real rich, pleasant. Flavor is rich pumpkin, caramel, spice, slight toast and biscuit as well. Medium, creamy body. One of the better pumpkin beers.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Pours a copper color with thin off-white head. Aroma is of pumpkin spice and light malt. Taste is pumpkin spice (nutmeg, cinnaomon) in the front but quickly fades. For once, a pumpkin beer that doesn’t laden your palate with over the top spice. Very delicious and easy drinking!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2009
Pours an amber copper with a moderate light tan head. Nose is nutmeg and spices. Taste is nutmeg, pumpkin and malt. Nice carbonation and mouthfeel. A pleasant beer to enjoy in the fall. Pairs well with corned beef on rye.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
FunkyBrewster (1518) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - OCT 19, 2009
Thanks 17thfloor for sharing the bottle! Pours a lightly hazy golden brown with a thick pillowy off white head. Aroma is spicy and very pumpkin, more so than many of the other pumpkin ales. Lots of cinnamon and ginger in there. Flavor is again, very pumpkin, and lots of sweet pumpkin pie sugars. Nice maltiness in the finish, like the crust of the pie. Just a hint of bitterness from the hops lingers. Medium to full creamy body and a soft pleasant carbonation. Really nice dessert beer, very true to the pumpkin spice.

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