Drake (10806) - Free Union, Virginia, USA - OCT 7, 2008
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
12 oz. bottle from Sam’s Quik Shop. Hazy muddled orange with a 2-finger head. Poor retention and lacing. Not much pumpkin in the aroma but the spice mix is not overbearing either. Some nutmeg and a little bit of cinnamon. Taste is subtle pumpkin in the finish, preceded by green apple and a spicy spice mix. Lots of cinnamon. Medium bodied.
Angeloregon (2055) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2008
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
From a 12 ounce bottle from Belmont Station in PDX--Rustic orange-copper body with a thin, soft off-white head. Obvious pumpkin-pie spice nose. A tad tart-sweet. The flavor starts with a stinging to the front of the tongue. Toward the middle of the tongue, the acidic and carbonic profile is realized. By the time the back of the tongue is introduced, the marzen-looking and malt-driven English-esque ale disappoints some. Not sure what to make of this beer. Red Sox tied with Anaheim of LA in the 9th inning.
dmac (4849) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2008
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Multiple drafts at HTPD Octoberfest. Poured a dark amber with an off white head that had some nice staying power. Malty spicey aroma with notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, and corriander with what appears to be a chocolate malt base. Average to slightly strong carbonation with a medium to full mouthfeel. Flavor has a good dose of pumpkin and spice but not overpowering. Pretty good stuff and it was nice to have some decent beer choices at a PBA picnic.
phishpond417 (2088) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 4, 2008
3.2 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Man I love a good pumpkin beer. Pours a cloudy orange colour with a large white head. Immediate aroma of nutmeg, pumpkin pie, cinnamon and molasses. Taste is rich with pumpkin, spices and grahm cracker like flavors. Mouthfeel is creamy, pleasent- overall flavors are great. A really nice beer.
willblake (2654) - Bel Air, Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
20081003 12oz bottle, Spirits RB. Dark amber color with small, quickly fading off-white head. Aroma shows undertones of pumpkin with a mild raw squashiness, a good deal of spice but not overwhelming with mostly notes of cinnamon and clove. The flavor is lightly tart, lightly sweet across a medium bodied middle, and finishing with an almost hot spice, more cinnamon, pie spice, and lots of clove. Somewhat aggressive eff, especially at the finish, but goes well with the flavor. In fact, reminds a bit of a sharp wit, only with squash instead of wheat and pumpkin pie spice instead of corriander. Dries out nicely. As pumpkin beers go, this one is very pleasing.
zathrus13 (1739) - Mount Laurel, New Jersey, USA - OCT 3, 2008
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Pours a deep orange, with a white head. Aroma is spices, pumpkin, and caramel. Flavor is much the same, but also with a slight tangy/sour taste. Medium body.
FROTHINGSLOSH (5658) - GREENSBURG, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2008
4.2 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Sampled from a 12 oz brown bottle this beer poured an orange-caramel color with a large orange-tan head. The aroma was sweet, spicy and had notes of orange, nutmeg and cinnamon. Wonderful nose! The flavor was sweet spicy cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of orange and a long tangy and spicy and dry finish. Full bodied. Very nice.
boFNjackson (4191) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle... Poured a hazy orange with an off-white head that lasted quite awhile. Lots of spices and warm pumpkin on the nose. Foamy and full palate, pretty hoppy with smooth, balancing malt and a backbone of pumpkin flavors. Good pumpkin ale.
lb4lb (2574) - Austin, Texas, USA - OCT 1, 2008
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a hazy orange-amber color with a light dirty beige head. Smell is slight pumpkin and some subtle nutmeg, and tangy lemony malt. Taste is tangy and malty with very light dull meaty pumpkin flavor and subtle spices. Fairly lemony and bright as well, and it makes it a unique pumpkin beer. Medium bodied and normal carbonation. Spice flavor is not overdone and the lemony element is interesting. Perhaps worth another try.
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - OCT 1, 2008
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
12oz. pours deep copper with small head. aroma is pumpkin and spice and very yummy. mouthful is tart and tangy with some lingering vegetable taste... the pumpkin and spice was hard to find... a little let down.