radagast83 (5606) - Fairfax, Virginia, USA - SEP 18, 2007
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
As previous people have said, this beer is very subtle. To be honest I’m happy and disappointed by that. I like how the pumpkin takes a slightly more center stage to the beer unlike so many out there that seem to only use spices with a hint of pumpkin flavor. Nothing overly bad about it, and perhaps will be revisited before the season is over.
keepersj12 (2920) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very subtle. Doesn’t hit you over the head with pumpkin. Nice flavors of the season. Nicely done.
3fourths (8549) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 15, 2007
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle. Fresh. Perfectly clear amber and red apple colored body with a thin white head. Pretty nice nose of holiday spiced apple cider, marashino cherries, and only a small, candied sweet pumpkin note. Flavor is pasty and a little bland, with some crisp apples, some cider, some cherries and again that same candied pumpkin flavor, finishing with a tart peach skin note.
BeerBlitz (72) - Roslyn, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Poured from 12 oz bottle to standard pint glass. Minimal white head that dissipates quickly to nothing. Aroma is mostly of pumpkin, while taste is pumpkin and nutmeg. Medium bodied. One of the better pumpkin beers I’ve had.
stegosaurus (1882) - Levittown, Pennsylvania, USA - JUL 19, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle sampled. Pours a clear deep orange with a small off-white head. Aroma of spices, pumpkin, and alcohol. the flavor is sweet, pumpkin, spices galore, and finishes with slight traces of detectable hops.
melvin980 (184) - Pennsylvania, USA - JUN 14, 2007
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Very sim iliar to brooklyn’s pumpkin ale. You could definately taste the pumpkin in the brew.
Number1Dad (3) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - MAY 17, 2007 does not count
0.5 AROMA 1/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 1/20
Orange color looked good in my Bengals glass. Slightly bittersweet taste with a tad bit of pumpkin. Small head. Aroma reminds me of nutmeg.
Suttree (5474) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - MAR 3, 2007
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
Clear Orange, decent sized white head. Thin, faint aroma of cinnamon and allspice. The same components are in the flavor, as well. Mild crisp bitterness in the finish.
gallagwar (30) - USA - JAN 3, 2007
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
I’m a big fan of pumpkin beers, but this one didn’t do much for me. Very subtle flavor of pumpkin, a little too subtle.
FlacoAlto (3810) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - NOV 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours with a frothy, though meek at only half a finger in thickness, tan colored head that sits atop a lightly hazy, reddish amber colored brew. As I pour this I get a light vegetal note that I associate with pumpkin, plus some intermingling nutmeg notes. Upon further inspection I find that the aroma leans towards sweet, with caramelized notes and accentuating sweet spices like cinnamon and nutmeg. The sweet aromatics almost take on a fruity character, but not so much that I can pull out anything specific. The sweet spices are really what is accentuated here (though they are certainly on the subtle side for your typical pumpkin beer) as I don’t get much of any ginger character.
The taste is a touch drier than the aroma would suggest, but it still has a soft sweetness to it. As in the aroma the spices are fairly subtle, they mainly serve to accentuated the other flavors here, though they do add quite a bit to the flavor as well. There is actually a touch of pumpkin flavor here as well, it is in the background and much more subtle than the spices, but provides a sort of fleshy squash / vegetal note here. This has a medium heft to it, just enough to make it a touch chewy, but not enough to get in the way of what is really just a quaffable brew. This is one of the better pumpkin brews out there, it was not too heavy handed with the spices, which is a huge plus, and it had just enough body & sweetness to carry the spices that it does have.