pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 12, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12oz bottle from 17thfloor. thanks gerritt.... pours slightly more hazy than the previous southampton pumpkin ale with a more dense very light beige head.... nose comprised up of pumpkin and lightly spiced... flavor has much less pumpkin than anticipated. earthy and grassy with light spiced notes and a subtle pumpkin flavor. sweet through the middle and finish. finishes on a slightly bitter note.
BeerBunker (901) - Burbank, Illinois, USA - NOV 8, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
bhensonb (12308) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 7, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
TheAlum (6193) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - NOV 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
kosko20 (350) - Hopewell Junction, New York, USA - NOV 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
1FastSTi (3344) - Glendale, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
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.
Scubatrip (605) - Annandale, Virginia, USA - OCT 27, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
xnoxhatex (1305) - Grand Rapids/Chicago, Michigan, USA - OCT 26, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.
Juelze (1141) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 24, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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!
jebert (500) - Watertown, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 22, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
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.