mreusch (858) - Olathe, Kansas, USA - OCT 27, 2009
12oz. bottle, with thanks to ksurkin for the nice bonus. Pours a clear dark orange with a moderate off-white head that settles to a thin ring. Aroma is a nice pumpkin pie spice, with nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar. Flavor is more pumpkin pie, nutmeg, spices and a little brown sugar sweetness. A little reminiscent of a nice apple butter in some ways. I’m not really a big fan of pumpkin beers but this is a good one, thanks again Ken! alexsdad06 (11223) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - JAN 7, 2010
12 oz. bottle from dkachur. Pours a clear amber color with a small fizzy white head. The aroma has a nice blend of sweet and spices going on: the spices are typical of a well done pumpkin pie. The flavor, like the aroma, has a wonderful blend blend of the sweetness with the pumpkin spices, some vanilla, pumpkin pie. This quickly became one of my favorite pumpkin beers.
Rating #29 for this beer. Thorpe429 (5122) - , 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 jeff789 (1423) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 5, 2011
clear amber with a small white head that fades quickly... spicy aroma, cinnamon and allspice dominate... some mild graham in the flavor which is the key flavor component for quality pumpkin beers in my opinion... Some nice spicing, not too heavy on the spices, and a touch of actual pumpkin comes through... medium body, good, lingering spice, very very good... Capa (3623) - DC, Washington DC, USA - OCT 6, 2011
Copper with a white head. Medium, fairly smooth body. Aroma has light pumpkin and a decent helping of pie spice, with light toasty malts. Flavor is toasted pumpkin, malts, spices, nutmeg. Well rounded, well crafted pumpkin beer. A bit lighter than ST Pumking, which makes this a bit more drinkable. Quite good.
Chalsk (1104) - North Caldwell, New Jersey, USA - NOV 24, 2011
Bottle. Pours an amber orange color with an off white foam head. Aroma of caramel and pumpkin spices. Sweet caramel taste with notes of cider and brown sugar. Nice nutmeg and cinnamon spice flavors mixed in. Excellent. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - DEC 27, 2011
12 oz bottle, great base beer for the style, it’s like a brown ale or amber ale. Great spicy pumpkin flavors. DiarmaidBHK (6143) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 2, 2012
Draft at Mellow Mushroom Charlottesville. Pours orange with pleasant notes of pumpkin on the nose which actually smell like pumpkin and not some of the artificial notes you get with other kinds of pumpkin beer. Nice spice notes on the tongue again without the sticky sweetness or artificial vibe. Vlean finisher. One of the best pumpkin beers I’ve had so far.