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Harvest the flavors of fall with a bottle opener and a stroll down the craft-brewed beer aisle. Four+ Punkín Ale is the pick of the crop with notes of roasted pumpkin and seasonal spices. Savory. Crisp. The sweetness is in the celebration, not on the palate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
MaBeer1972 (1416) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - OCT 5, 2010
This is quite a good pumpkin beer. I donít understand the low ranking. itís a clear light amber with pleasant roasty aroma and very well balanced pumpkin, spice and malt flavors. Not overdone. Smooth clean finish.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onionkid (371) - Fayetteville, Arkansas, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Bottle. Clear ale with a white head. A great, pumpkin/carrot smell to it. Medium body. The taste is what makes me love this beer. The pumpkin tastes wonderful, and isnít so spice-heavy as most other pumpkin beers Iíve ever tried. The thing is, I think it may be a little *too* light on the spices and wouldíve preferred maybe a touch more, but all in all a great flavor. Has a nice roasted flavor to it, but I donít really detect the caramel/toffee flavors I see a lot of people mentioning...oh well. This is actually one of my favorite pumpkin beers at this point, although I kinda think it could be a bit more bold, in more ways than one. Iíd like to see a higher abv, more spice and an in-general distinctness that I think itís missing. As is, still a great beer to help kick off October and goes great with football! 4.0% alcohol.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
dpento1 (236) - Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2010
Pours a amber orange, with a thick head. Aroma of light nutmeg, allspice and pumpkin. Flavor follows the aroma, being light pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Overall, not bad, but doesnít stand out.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
obxdude10 (2107) - Pottstown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2010
This pumpkin beer had some real potential, but just barely missed the mark. The aroma was full of pumpkin notes, along with cinnamon, nutmeg, ceral and toasted barley. The beer poured a clean and bright copper color with a decent-sized head. Unfortunately the head disappeared quite quickly. The body has was a little thin and didnít have enough pumpkin and spice flavors. Thatís really where this beer fell short. Had the Punkín had more actual pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices, it would have been a real winner.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 30, 2010
Bottle:   Fiery amber, clear, bubbley, moderate to large frothy off-white head, decent lacing.   Has a citrusy sort of pumpkin like aroma.   Pumpkin spices arenít too strong, nutmeg and cinnamon seem to be very light or missing.   Malty up front, pale sweetness, a little pumpkin pie in the background.   Yeah, this is a lot like Pumpkin Pie but not real robust.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate, but leaning light.   Finish is really light, flavors falling off quickly.   Not as spicy as I would have liked, but overall its okay.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nena (963) - Seattle, Washington, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Clear golden orange pour with a large thick off white head. The aroma is mild and slightly sweet, with pumpkin pie spice and bready toastiness. The taste of this is very straightforward as pumpkin ales go: more pumpkin pie spice, cooked pumpkin flavor, bready malt. Itís all very subdued and on a very light body. Thereís no really flaws here... it tastes fine, but itís a little too light and watery to really showcase the pumpkin and spice.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
GKillian (525) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 25, 2010
Pours orangish amber with off-white head and some lacing. Notes of pumpkin and clove. Balanced taste of pumpkin and some hops. Smooth.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Steeeve (327) - Ambler, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 19, 2010
Hazy orange pour. Lots of pumpkin in the nose and pretty much everything youíd 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 Iíve head. All in all itís a pretty standard pumpkin brew. Didnt seem too far from Dogfish Head Punkiní Ale so Iím not sure why this one is rated so low. Solid.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Nickls (1942) - Washington, Washington DC, USA - JUN 24, 2010
(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

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - MAR 7, 2010
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 canít 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 lightíish 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 donít like pumpkin pie spice in your beer then I would stay away from this beer as it is a bit one-dimensional.

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