BBB63 (6373) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - MAY 11, 2006
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
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!!
beermatrix (1497) - Twin Cities, Minnesota, USA - MAY 6, 2006
4.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
beerprincess (52) - Indiana, USA - APR 27, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Big spices on the nose...like a pumpkin pie. Very crisp and pumpkin tasting....pumpkin finish
sprinkle (114) - Arcadia, Michigan, USA - APR 27, 2006
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Wow! Fall spices upfront with sweet malts on the nose. Deep garnet/orange. Little head. Crisp, but very much like pumpkin pie. A nice change from the usual pumpkin beers/
beerguy101 (5319) - Newark, California, USA - APR 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
This spiced ale pours a deep orange color from a a 12oz bottle. Small sized white foamy head. Aroma is cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, clove and pumpkin. Medium bodied pumpkin beer. Malts are fruity and sweet with lots of pumpkin and spices. Hops are a touch earthy. Nice spicy flavors, mainly cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and clove. A touch thin but the pumpkin flavor really stands out. It doesn’t have that really artificial taste that some pumpkin ales have. The alcohol is somewhat noticeable. Mouthfeel is full. Finish is clean and smooth. Aftertaste is slightly spicy.
JFURYCAT (1079) - East Stroudsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - APR 2, 2006
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I liked the spiciness of this pumpkin ale and it melds nicely with the alcohol content. This is definately one of the better pumpkin ales of all I’ve sampled.
Ughsmash (7283) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - MAR 27, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 oz. bottle. Poured a clear, medium caramel with a tall beige head... kinda looked like it had tears, too. Aroma was solidly pumpkin pie!... pumpkin, nutmeg, cardamom, and a tiny bit of caramel. Flavor was about the same, with alcohol accentuating the caramel and pumpkin malts. Smooth for the most part on the palate, with some rather sharp alcohol highlights. Finish felt a tad empty after the nose and flavor, but the spices remained. Very nice brew overall!
kramer (5330) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 21, 2006
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
12 oz bottle. Pours a dark copper color with a minimal white head that faded quickly. Very spiced aroma, pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, cloves, and on and on. A virtual spice coctail over sweet caramel malt and a touch of alcohol. Alot of spice in the flavor as well, yet the pumpkin really shines. The most "natural" pumpkin flavor I’ve ever had. Full bodied and slightly cloying with light fizzy carbonation. A very nice beer, this one will change your mind about pumpkin beers.
warrior (213) - Mt. Wolf, Pennsylvania, USA - MAR 7, 2006
4.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Beer is a clear dark amber color with a good full tan colored head. Aromas of cinnamon and clove dominate followed with some malt. Flavors of cinnamon, clove, pumpkin and malt sweetness with a nice slightly dry finish. A good full bodied beer with a little bit of the alcohol coimg through. This is probably the best pumpkin ale I’ve ever had. Good job weyerbacher!
BrockLanders (780) - Panama City, Florida, USA - MAR 6, 2006
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Nice deep dark amber pour....nice spicey nose, all the Thanksgiving spices are accounted for. Big flavor, sweet malts, more cinnamon and allspice, fruitiness too. Very tasty ale. Medium bodied, spicey and bitter in the end. Great tasting ale.