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RATINGS: 1094   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PilsnerPeter (3029) - Flushing, New York, USA - JUL 26, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 9, 2006 Pumpkin, sweet spices in the palate: cinnamon and cloves predominating. Light sweet malt, with a light alcohol flavor as well. The finish was light. This is the first Pumpkin beer Iím rating, so Iím probably just going hard on it.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
DarkElf (3038) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 2, 2006
(22 oz bottle: Obtained in trade with hopdog, thanks Steve!) Unfortunately, the best part of this pumpkin beer is the wonderfully amusing label. Now granted, Iím not much of a fan of pumpkin beers, but Iíve had some fantastic examples of just how tasty a pumpkin beer can be (see: Elysian Night Owl). This just doesnít match up. The spices are plenty strong initially and the sweet malts seems to provide a pleasant base. But things quickly go awry when an unwelcome perfuminess and a moderate bitterness set in, clashing with the spices, and then the malts become bready in the finish. Starts well, but the subsequent aftertaste is not pleasant to me at all. The usual pumpkin pie spices are present in the nose , but it just doesnít speak quality to me. The body is medium, perhaps medium-full, with standard carbonation and a mild astringency in the finish. Medium-dark amber and somewhat hazy in appearance. The pour yields nearly an inch of beige head, but it fizzes like soda, dissipating to a thin ring very quickly. No lacing, obviously. I was hoping this would be a really nice pumpkin beer, but itís merely mediocre for this style of beer.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
blankboy (6583) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 2, 2006
Bottle shared with HogTownHarry & tupalev -- courtesy of HogTownHarry. Pours a slightly hazy reddish-orange with a small diminishing foamy white head. Nice aroma of sweet malt, spices (nutmeg, cinnamon and more), pumpkin, fruit and hops -- well done! Nice fruity, spicy, malty flavour with a slightly bitter alcoholic finish. Alcohol could be hidden a little better, itís a tad boozy. Light bodied. Pretty good, one of the better Pumpkin beers out there.

   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 didnít 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 Maí making treats for Thanksgiving..

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Gorbalev (3000) - Ontario, CANADA - JUN 26, 2006
Bottle shared with Hogtown Harry and Blankboy, Harryís 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 - Iím 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 (6201) - 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 (2942) - 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 wasnít hiding, but was appropriate. Just the right amount of alcohol, sweetness, spices, and pumpkin-ness. Not overdone in any sense, if youíre open to pumpkins in the first place.

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