HonkeyBra (2857) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Labeled as "Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice ale. Clear amber pour. Spicey aroma with nutmeg, cinnamon sugar, and all spice. Kind of fatty pumpkin flavor with a rush of the pumpkin pie spice. Kind of sticky. The alcohol isn’t noticeable.
Brigadier (2600) - Northeastern Ohio, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap at GTMW 2009
Visiting during a lull in special tappings I tried two of Tyranena’s more rare releases. This was the first and it was certainly interesting. Other than the flavors that washed across the palate it is an average pumpkin ale. The taste though is rich enough to make me want more. If the brewers read this consider making it a BGW! release.
Aroma / Appearance - The body is deep orange with a fluid presence that belies it is not too heavy in ABV. The generous pour gave no head to speak of but was great to see.
The nose was cooled pumpkin pie with a hint of squash. More vegetatal than sweet it does not smell like extract at all.
Flavor / Palate - The taste was almost identical to the aroma but somehow improves on it. I savored every sip and almost went back for more. Had this been a different festival where you were not bombarded with world class options I likely would have gotten more. Instead I have to figure out to make it back to Madison some time when this is on tap.
Nuffield (3541) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2009 Funny, it seemed to me to have a blueberry quality, a little spice, but more mashed pumpkin like in pumpkin bread. Rich golden color. From growler. Original rating: 7-3-6-3-12 (3.1) // Re-rated Oct. 2009: not much different. The pumpkin quality is hard to place and not esp. interesting, though it is more drinkable than I previously given credit to. Bumped up the score one tenth.
GeneralGao (3614) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - JUN 19, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Draft at The Happy Gnome. A little odd that they had this one on tap in May, but there you go. Poured a clear medium orange color with a thin off white head. Smelled of graham cracker, nutmeg, and vanilla. Medium bodied and slightly sweet with mild bitterness. Mixed spices carpet bombed my tongue including the likes of allspice, vanilla, nutmeg, and clove. They were accompanied by pumpkin and toffee notes. Not the best pumpkin beer I’ve had, but pretty good.
snakeoilpete (324) - Seattle, Washington, USA - JUN 1, 2009
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Happy Gnome. Pours clear light copper with a decent off-white head. Smells like spiced pumpkin pie and roasty malt. Flavor is a little more fruity and floral than spicy. Light and smooth with a lingering cinnamon/nutmeg finish.
JK (4157) - Uptown, Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 22, 2009
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2009 Brown color. Pumpkin pie spices in the aroma. Nutmeg and cinnamon in the aroma with malt. rerate 10/2009. Well carbonated, but still the same flavors and aromas. score unchanged.
MatSciGuy (906) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - MAR 10, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
[Growler] shared at Skyview’s Lex/Larp Cellars Farewell. Pours an orange amber with a lot of floaties and a small soapy head. Aroma is lots of fresh pumpkin with the nutmeg to back it up. Flavor is primarily pumpkin, with some background cinnamon and nutmeg. This beer had one of the better true pumpkin flavors.
BVery (5134) - Burnsville, Minnesota, USA - MAR 7, 2009
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
TAP: copper pour, with pumpkin, graham cracker, spice nose and taste. Silky smooth, lots of spice and pumpkin character in the flavor, great beer!!
badgerben (4323) - Blaine, Minnesota, USA - MAR 2, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Growler courtesy of Skyview. Copper color with a medium head. Aroma of cloves and alspice. It tastes like it does have some pumpkin in the beer and not just spice, though not nearly as much as Pumpking. Ginger and alspice dominate.
Guerde (1112) - St. Paul, Minnesota, USA - MAR 1, 2009
4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
(growler from Skyview at the Farewell to Lex/Larp Cellars event) Pours dark copper with a medium off-white head that leaves a thin film on top. Good spice and pumpkin aroma, so much so that it almost smelled like one of those fake pumpkin pie candles. Spice aromas of nutmeg and a bit of cinnamon as well. The taste is just really great for a pumpkin beer, with a lot of baked pumpkin flavor that then changes to more of a sweet and lightly bitter/spiced finish. The mouthfeel is medium and the carbonation is smooth. I’m normally a little more biased when it comes to pumpkin beers, and this beer really nails it in the flavor department. Well done indeed. Thanks Bob!