sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Clear copper color with a light tan head. Aroma, cloves nutmeg and other spices. Flavor, nutmeg, cloves, sweet notes, toffee, not bad, run of the mill pumpkin beer.
nuplastikk (5693) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2009
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
12oz bottle. Filtered amber-brown color with a minimal head. Pretty solid pumpkin beer, lots of pumpkin pie spice but balanced out by a rich malt backbone. Nutmeg and cinnamon tastes abound. Faint smoke maybe? One of the better WI pumpkin beers I’ve had.
SHANER4 (491) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2009
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle 12oz. - Poured clear dark copper color with small white head that quickly fades.
Aroma - spice, cloves, pumpkin and some cinnamon.
Flavor - Initial clove/ginger taste finishing with pumpkin and cinnamon taste.
Palate - Medium bodied beer with below average carbonation. Finish is kinda dry and has little aftertaste.
Overall - Drinkable brew and tastes more like 4% abv. instead of 7.5%. Pumpkin spice was a little much in finish!
monkeychugg55 (1019) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2009
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
"Painted Ladies pumpkin spice ale??" Pours a clear ruby-copper with a small bone colored head. Aroma of pumpkin and light spice with some light grain and a bit of grassy hops. Flavor is similar and tasty. Subtle, but enjoyable. Medium to light bodied, with soft carbonation, and a bit of bitterness.
tmoreau (3559) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled at Famous Liquors Fall /Oktoberfest Tasting in Lombard, IL. and later, at Lunar Brewing Co.. A 12oz. bottle poured to a Czech-pils glass showing a deep, gold/amber color with a modest, off white, bubbly foam head and good curtains of clingy lacing. The aroma was a little sweetness and notes of ripe pumpkin and pie spice, with ginger as more noticeable. The flavor added a hint of cinnamon and a moderate hop bitterness, with some dryness to the finish. Somewhat similar fare, but more body than most seasonal pumpkins I’ve sampled.
HonkeyBra (4023) - 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 (3505) - Chagrin Falls, 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 (4033) - 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.