jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - FEB 24, 2011
This beer was too sweet for my palate. My I held onto it for too long before drinking. Thorpe429 (5035) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
Poured hard into a tulip glass. Bottle split with Amyliz4, the resident expert of all things pumpkin. Very slight, quarter-finger head that quickly recedes. The beer itself is a dark shade of copper amber with a bit of orange. No visible carbonation bubbles. After a tough swirl, surprisingly there’s a pretty good deal of spotty lacing clinging to the sides of the glass. A tiny layer of foam remains.
Initial whiff brings quite a bit of sweetened caramel malt and a bit of cider, though not in a bad way. The whole things combines with spices and reminds me a bit of Apple Jacks. This follows through in the taste, which isn’t as sweet and caramelized as the nose would suggest. Mild pumpkin flavors come through, like a very delicate pumpkin mousse.
This is almost like a modification on a brown or amber ale, in that it focuses on some mildly sweet malt. This brings a decent amount of pumpkin flavor, but isn’t very heavy at all on the spicing. It’s much different than most pumpkin beers, but definitely has quite a bit of a Fall vibe.
Mouthfeel is fairly light with low levels of carbonation. Somewhat sweet and nowhere near cloying. The near lack of spice is much better than being overly spiced. Somewhat dry in the finish. This drinks really well overall. This is a nice and easy drinking beer, a pretty good Fall beer.
Also, wow. Just now seeing that this is an 8% abv beer. I had no idea and had assumed it was near 5%. I’ll have to bump the feel up a bit. I’ll leave drinkability as is, but this is way too drinkable considering how high in alcohol it is. I was just about to comment that this could be a sessionable ale on cold nights. Overall, quite good, and certainly a bit different than the average pumpkin beer.
B+ from the wife. Not as good as Pumking or Schlafly’s version.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-17-2010 DocLock (10706) - Lower Pottsgrove, Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 11, 2011
Pours hazy deep copper toward ruby with off-white head. Nose is rich caramel malt, pumpkin puree and spice, cinnamon, nutmeg. Tastes delicious; rich, sweet, complex, with a huge authentic pumpkin puree/spice flavor, even notes of pie crust, and a super smooth finish. Truly one of the best pumpkin ales I have ever quaffed. Rosebud butternuts (2396) - Denton, Texas, USA - JAN 21, 2011
bottle thanks to exiled. poured copper with a white head. aroma and flavor were cinnamon, pumpkin, and nutmeg with a light body and low carbonation. italianjohn (3145) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 26, 2010
Cloudy deep orange pour with brown tint ... very light off white head very sweet and pumpkin spice with light pie crust in the aroma ... taste is very sweet and spicy lots of sugar and pumpkin spice in this one mostly cinnamon and some clove that lingers into the finish ... not a bad pumpkin brew if you like the sweeter side
pottygok (548) - Ohio, USA - DEC 6, 2010
Aroma: The pumpkin is overpowering, and it’s pumpkin, too, not pumpkin pie or pumpkin pie spices, but there are hints of floral hops underneath.
Apperance: Cloudy Orange with a white head that faded quickly.
Taste: Sweet, sweet, sweet.
Palate: Medium body with creamy texture, soft carbonation, almost flat, and a lasting finish.
Overall: The label does not lie. This tastes like pumpkin pie--rich, spicy and creamy. Of all the pumpkin beers I’ve tried this Fall, this would certainly be one of my go tos. DCJack (185) - Alabama, USA - DEC 1, 2010
I’m not big on fruit beers and this has a big fruit taste. Lotsa cinnamon, like drinking a pumpkin pie. Bet I’m the first person to say that.
Very thick mouthfeel, which I like. Gives a good happy buzz. bu11zeye (13029) - Frisco (Dallas), Texas, USA - NOV 23, 2010
(12oz bottle, courtesy of Exiled) Pours a clear orange body with a small white head. Aroma of pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Flavor of pumpkin, roasted malt, caramel, some clove, and cinnamon. michael-pollack (4959) - King of Prussia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 17, 2010
12oz. Bottle: Aroma of pumpkin, malt, light caramel, light spices, cinnamon, and light nutmeg. Poured orange in color with a very small, off-white/tan head that lasted throughout as a film on top of the beer, as well as around the edges. Clear. Lightly sparkling. Flavor is light to medium sweet. Tastes of malt, pumpkin, light caramel, light cinnamon, and nutmeg. Medium body. Average texture. Average carbonation. Lightly sweet, malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, and light caramel finish. deyholla (11628) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2010
Bottle thanks to Dan! poured a clear orange amber with an off-white head that dissipated to the edges. Aroma was full of pumpkin with a strong spice note, particularly cinnamon and brown sugar coming through. The flavor was quite sweet with a strong brown sugar overcoming the pumpkin note and backed by other spices such as cinnamon. Over spiced in my opinion.