Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Hazy orange pour. Lots of pumpkin in the nose and pretty much everything you’d expect from a pumpkin ale. Cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, allspice, clove. Tastes pretty much the same as it smells. Taste is reminiscent of gingerbread. More of an earthy, pumpkin-y flavor than other pumpkin ales I’ve head. All in all it’s a pretty standard pumpkin brew. Didnt seem too far from Dogfish Head Punkin’ Ale so I’m not sure why this one is rated so low. Solid.
Nickls (1829) - SE DC, Washington DC, USA - JUN 24, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Old BA rate - bottle)
Pours with a nice creamier looking mostly white head; fairly clear darker burnt orange color. Nice enough, and looks the part; decent retention. Pumpkin pie spices that are a overshadowed by a more sour/earthy pumpkin-like aroma. Hints of ginger and breadiness in the aroma. Gingerbread; all spice and some cloves; fairly tame and balanced, but tasty enough. Lacks the sweetness that some others in the style have. Thinner to medium with tight bubbly carbonation. Decent drinking at a low abv, with some decent amount of flavor
FlacoAlto (3800) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottles August 2009; Sampled March 2010
An aggressive pour into my 25cl tulip glass produces four-fingers of frothy, tan colored head. The beer is a bright amber, with gold highlights, color that shows a brilliantly clear deeply amber stained, copper color when held up to the light. The aroma smells just like pumpkin pie; it is a sweet mix of cinnamon, ginger, allspice and a touch of pungent nutmeg along with a rich caramelized sugar note. I can’t say that I smell much in the way of the base beer, but I have a soft spot for pumpkin beers so that is ok with me. Actually I do like that there is enough caramelized character here to carry the expressive spices and to keep them from being too harsh.
My first sip is lightly sweet, even a touch tart, with a brown sugar like flavor and a solid toasted maltiness in the middle. The beer finishes with a pumpkin pie spiciness that is smooth, but sees the nutmeg and perhaps the ginger lingering on the palate after each sip. There is a certain creaminess to the mouthfeel that makes this otherwise light’ish beer feel a touch lush as it hits the tongue.
This is actually a good pumpkin beer, the mix of spices was well done such that they are not too overpowering, despite being the dominant note in the beer. But if you don’t like pumpkin pie spice in your beer then I would stay away from this beer as it is a bit one-dimensional.
chriso (7347) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2010
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap at the 2009 Great Pumpkin Festival, Cambridge Brewing Company, Cambridge MA on 31 October 2009. Copper colour. Rather grainy aroma. A fairly light pumpkin beer. Not too heavy on the spices either. But a bit low on interest. So it goes. Drinkable.
MaltDawg (1344) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - JAN 15, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(Sample Date: 10/24/2009 Source:Other) Light spiciness and fruity pumpkin in aroma. Clear dark golden with white head. Apple pie spices in flavor along with some pumpkin fruitiness and light bitterness. Medium body and mouth feel. Fish is medium to dry with light spicy bitterness.
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JAN 2, 2010
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bottle on 10/25/2009. Slightly hazy copper orange body with a medium foamy off-white head. Spicy aroma, some banana, and lots of nutmeg. Sweet nutmeg and light cinnamon flavor, with a pumpkin background. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2009
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Big white fluffy head. Well carbonted dark copper color. Stale, weak pumpkin aroma, too old. Faint hint of malts. Slightly sweet, a litle grainy even grassy. Pumpkin is there but faint. Finishes dry. Needs to be fresh.
AmEricanbrew (5800) - Same Trailer, Different Park, Louisiana, USA - DEC 17, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Glowing amber color/ fleeting head. Malty pie crust aroma with spices, pumpkin meat. Light frothy mouthfeel. Nice flavor is malty pie crust, mild fall spices and pumpkin meat meshing nicely.
dwyerpg (4528) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 18, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Thought I’d rated this already. This is a pretty decent pumpkin beer, not too overpowering in flavor, though it has a fairly strong aroma. Couldn’t drink too much of it, but it’s good.
ElDuderino (183) - Hyde Park, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 16, 2009
2.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bottle, pours a semi transparent orange gold body with a this whispy white head. Nose of all spice and cinnamon. Pallate tasted thin and almost vinegar like, low carbonation but acidic. Flavors of light weak malts, generic lager yeast and sour dry sugars all masked by pounds and pounds of allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg and whatever other things you might put in a pumpkin pie. So herbal and overpowering with absolutely no body to back it up. Drain pour.