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RATINGS: 1091   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Brewed with Pumpkin and Spices(Cinnamon,Nutmeg,Cardamom,Cloves). This 8.0% ABV pumpkin ale is heartier, spicier, and more caramelly and pumpkiny than its faint brethren! Perfect finisher on a cool autumn night, or match it up with a slice of pumpkin pie and fresh whipped cream. If you don't agree this is the mother of all pumpkin ales, then you just don't like mothers!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
jasonp (1556) - Ashburn, Virginia, USA - JUN 30, 2006
UPDATED: JUL 2, 2006 Pours a pretty dark clear reddish amber with a medium off-white head. Spicy, nutmeg, allspice and Big Red gum in the nose. Flavor has notes of caramel, a bouquet of flowers, lots of orange peel/citrus, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice and some grassy hops. Aftertaste is somewhat reminiscent of RC Cola. Moderately sweet, well-balanced hop bitterness, alcohol content was very well-hidden. The only thing I didn’t care for was the body; it was light bodied with a watery texture and very light carbonation. Overall, interesting stuff.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
footbalm (1219) - Western Minneapolis Suburbs, Minnesota, USA - JUN 29, 2006
Bottle from Zathrus13,thanks again Jeff. First thing you notice is the faint aroma of mulling spices.Reminds you of Ma’ making treats for Thanksgiving..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (2974) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2006
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, Harry’s bottle. Huge pumpkin spice aroma -lots of malt too - very nice. Nutmeg and ginger compliment in the background. Nice bright orange, decent white head. Formidable malt, alcohol, and pumpkin spices in taste - exactly as advertised (love the label by the way). Nutmeg and ginger linger along with the alcohol burn. Quite sweet. A very nice beer - I’m not afraid to give a pumpkin beer the rating it deserves, I like these seasonal efforts when done right!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
beervana (781) - Libertyville, Illinois, USA - JUN 22, 2006
(05.20.06) 12 oz brown bottle from trade with Firemoose15. Poured clear reddish amber with large off-white head. Soft carbonation. Spicy (nutmeg and cinnamon) aroma. Medium-bodied ale that starts with light malt sweetness and spice (nutmeg) and vegetal flavors. Finished dry with light hop bitterness. Very good malty drinkable beer with a flavor profile similar to pumpkin pie. Thanks Firemoose!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6150) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - JUN 20, 2006
UPDATED: JUN 27, 2006 Bottle (12oz). Shared with blankboy and tupalev, my bottle via trade with DocLock. Hazy bright orange with an average foamy-rocky off-white head. Sharp sweet spice (cinnamon and pumpkin spices), floral/funky hops, sweet juicy malt and fresh pumpkin pie! Taste follows, even stronger spices (is that cardmon?), alcohol comes in strong to make a bitter finish. Mouthfeel is average - boozy, astringent, bitterly spicy - very nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Thaichile (599) - 10aFly, New Jersey, USA - JUN 20, 2006
Bottle. 22oz. Pours a copper colour with a minmal head. Nose is pumpkin pie spice. Flavor was redolent with cloves, however, there was no pumpkin to be found which is true in the vast majority of pumpkin ales (I like Post Road). A little sprinkling of hops in the bleand and not overly sweet made this a pretty nice sipper.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
eaglefan538 (2912) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - JUN 7, 2006
Maybe my favorite pumpkin ale. Poured a nice amber-red (like an irish red) color with a nice tan colored head. The aroma was typical for the style: pumpkin and spices, light breadiness. The flavor was rich, balanced, and somewhat sweet, but not overly done. Alcohol wasn’t hiding, but was appropriate. Just the right amount of alcohol, sweetness, spices, and pumpkin-ness. Not overdone in any sense, if you’re open to pumpkins in the first place.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
FridgRaider (108) - Lancaster, Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 6, 2006
Copperish color nice head. Could smell pumpkin and cinnamon spice. A very good spiced beer.

   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BBB63 (6301) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2006
Bottle and served in my NB worthy glass: Poured a bronze hue topped by a small frothy head and left some lace. Man I could smell cinnamon and nutmeg a mile away and upon further investigation found some cardamon, clove and ginger as well. Vapors of pumpkin meat, light toffee and some phenols action discovered out and about. The most natural aroma from a Pumpkin based brew I have discovered, heck one the best in the spiced style period.

The taste is straight forward pumpkin pie at first with a sweet malt and yeasty background. What I found interesting was the snap of bitters found on the finish before becoming overtaken again by the cinnamon and dry nutmeg. The mouth feel is aggressive and sharp with a dry finish, moderately warming and the alcohol is noticeable.

Finally, a pumpkin beer I can dig. I knew this day would come, hooray for this beer! Bravo Weyerbacher!!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2006
Dark coppery browned color. One inch stack of firm, cigarette stained, foam. Fades slowly to a solid skim and thinning collar. Minimal lacing sticks in strings, otherwise mostly drippy and fast. Aroma is mostly of mixed spices, clove dominates with a good portion of cinnamon drawing through along with some cardamon and highly ripe pumpkin rind. Taste is quite nice. One of the better pumpkin brews I’ve had without a doubt. Fun flavors and spices mix well and boldly across a sweet candied malt backing. The pumpkim is there along with a good portion of balanced in spices bringing cinnamon, cardamon, and a nutmeg dryness. Finish has a light dryness with the spices and some yeastyness. Then it rides around going back and forth for a bit with the malty candyish backing. Feel is fairly active and forthcoming with a steady medium body, seemingly light in areas but malty rich and thick in others. A fun and unique ride with this one. Smooth overall with fairly fine vibrant spicing and yeasty dryness. A very solid pumpkin spice brew. A nice treat to be shared, if and whenever possible. Although I can see why some people don’t like it. It can border on the love it or hate it line of character for some. To each their own. Mine is thimbs up; as is the Mrs. - who probably liked it alot more then I did. Good stuff.

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