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RATINGS: 1063   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!


2.6
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Rastacouere (6131) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - DEC 11, 2005
Totally clear orange-amber pour offering an off-white ring. Strong nutmeg nose makes efforts to focus on pumpkin white vegetal roasted grains try to showcase more without any considerable success. Focused, almost unfortunately grainy, alcoholic spicy taste that quickly dulls out, managing to be different from anything else, but at the same time accentuating the wiseness of the more conventional takes. Not so characterfull ultimately, light bodied,sawy and its drying attempts, sweet and spritzy in its effervescence.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JPDIPSO (4956) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 7, 2005
Truly a rich pumpkin color with a moderate but stable lid of tan bubbles. nice lace. Sweet spiced brew aromas. Nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, ginger, they all seem to be in there. Fruit bread notes lie underneath it all. Perhaps a bit sharp and young, but it sure does clean out the nasal passages. All kinds of spice in the flavor as well. Cloves seem to dominate with a a mild toasted cinnamon bread flavor in the backdrop. A touch unbalanced and "raw" at this point in time. This has some mellowing to do and should be better in six months or so. As a pure spice brew quite good now. Thanks Santa.

3.5
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fordest (2008) - Santee/San Diego, California, USA - DEC 6, 2005
12 oz. bottle thanks to SuIIy. Red pour with a very smallish head. Aromas were amaizning with cinnamon and nutmeg. I really wanted to put some whipped cream on top of this. The flavor started off fine with all those flavors up front, but the finish was a bit off for me. Maybe it was that squash character? Still not bad, and the best Pumpkin Ale I have had.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
heemer77 (5102) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 6, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 6, 2007 Medium copper colored body with a thin light tan head. The aroma is lightly spiced with nutmeg and pumpkin. There are also fall leaves and some apple core. The taste has some light pumpkin with a spicy nutmeg and clove finish. There is also some fresh squash character here, but I know I am confusing that with the pumpkin which gets stronger as you go through the beer. Less spices than many pumpkin beers. Pumpkin lovers, this is your beer. Thanks a lot for the bottle, Duane.

3.5
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Odeed (1779) - Bakersfield, California, USA - DEC 5, 2005
(i believe hopdog sent me this,although i clould be wrong)poured a see-through orange with very little head to speak of.the aroma was simply outstanding.pumpkin pie with whip cream,christmas trees,cinnamon,and just a bit of hops made for a wondeful christmas time smell.the aroma was a mix of the same parts with a bit of tabasco suace thrown in.(and i thought that was a strange twist if ya ask me.)overall this is very good.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Numenor (871) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - DEC 5, 2005
Cinnamon and nutmeg aromas are most present, though good amounts of pumpkin come through. Golden amber in color with a small white head when pouring. Caramel and pumpkin tastes are most evident, ending on a nice spice. One of the better pumpkin ales out there, though Iíll put the Dogfish Punkin Ale above this one.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - DEC 5, 2005
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2011 Bottle from Once Upon a Vine - South on 09/17/2011. Clear dark amber body with a medium creamy off-white head. Sweet nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice aroma. Sweet nutmeg, cinnamon, pepper, allspice and pumpkin flavor. Medium body with moderate carbonation. 7/4/7/4/15 - 3.7 12/5/2005 - Dark amber color with a thick creamy off-white head, Pumpkin spice aroma. Fairly mild spice flavor. 7/4/7/3/15 - 3.6

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Darkover (1517) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - NOV 28, 2005
Hazy bronze color with a thick creamy beige head. Aroma of spices-cinamon and nutmeg. Flavor of the the same spices, pumpkin and caramel. I found it hard to drink.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
JohnnyFlake (53) - Henderson, Nevada, USA - NOV 28, 2005
22oz bomber - Pours a very clear, medium amber color, with virtually no head at all. There is no lacing either. Aroma is mostly clove and all spice, with hints of hop. Flavor is on the complex side, with nuances of clove, hops, nutmeg, all spice and alcohol. Itís was hard for me to find the light hints of pumpkin, but they are there. Mouthfeel is light and soft and the alcohol is noticeable but not up front. Aftertaste is on the bitter side but mildly so and some lingering spiciness. This is actually a nice easy drinking beer. I like it!

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
ABUSEDGOAT (2402) - California, USA - NOV 28, 2005
UPDATED: OCT 8, 2007 Ok. Didnít seem much different than the other pumpkin beers I had but whatever. Here we go... pours a clear dark amber body with a moderate head. Aroma is the usual spices and pumpkin. Flavor is the same with caramel. Thatís about it. This style feels pretty limited and this didnít make me change my mind.


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