UXO (1686) - CANADA - DEC 1, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Appearance: clear deep amber with one finger of medium dense ivory head, good retention and lacing. (4/5) Aroma: vegetal pumpkin, pumpkin pie spices, caramel and slightly bready malt, mild red berries, faint pine and chocolate. (6/10) Taste: moderate-high sweet, moderate bitter. (6/10) Palate: medium-full body, moderate-soft carbonation, off-dry bitter finish. (4/5)
I was a little disappointed to see a pumpkin ale as the first selection in this year’s advent calendar, but upon reflection I can sort of see it as autumn’s last hurrah, ushering in the winter season. And, to be fair, it’s an OK pumpkin ale - a nice blend of real pumpkin flavour and the usual suspect spices, with enough boldness to avoid being watery and boring. I find myself warming up to it the more the glass progresses. Just as long as there’s not a second one lurking in there… (14/20)
reebtogi (6012) - Edmonton, Alberta, CANADA - DEC 1, 2015
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
355ml bottle pours a deep amber color with a finger and a half of light beige head that leaves some spotty lacing on the glass. Aroma is pumpkin and some pumpkin pie spices, likely cinnamon and nutmeg. Taste is a herbal hop bitterness with a caramel malty sweetness with the pumpkin pie spices and a dry finish. Light to medium bodied with good carbonation. A nicely crafted brew for the style. Recommended.
BrewDad (5328) - Olympia, Washington, USA - NOV 29, 2015
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Very Good Pumpkin Beer. I love the pumpkin flavor and mixed malt this had some nice spice to it and was very refreshing. This was a good beer I was very pleased.
HighlanderOne (1275) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - NOV 25, 2015
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from bottle. Smelling pumpkin and cinnamon. Dark mahogany with a bit of tan head, Tasting nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon, caramel, marshmallow, pepper. Blends nicely as it warms. Good stuff.
tderoeck (8733) - Gent, BELGIUM - NOV 25, 2015
2.9 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
11/XI/15 - 12Fl. Oz. bottle from Geers (Oostakker) @ home - BB: n/a (2015-1549)
Clear ruby purple beer, creamy irregular yellow to beige head, little stable, adhesive, leaving a nice lacing in the glass. Aroma: very spicy, lots of cloves, quite some cinnamon, ginger bread. MF: soft carbon, medium body. taste: bit sweet, caramel, ripe banana, very spicy, somewhat citric. Aftertaste: lots of cloves, cinnamon, some caramel, way too spicy. Meh.
colui72 (803) - HONG KONG - NOV 24, 2015
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Hazy brown with a thin white head. Sweet aroma of caramel and cinnamon. Taste confirms the sweetness, adding pumpkin, cake, chocolate. Creamy, medium bodied, not much bitterness here. Surprisingly a very good ale!
MichaelAwesome (6497) - Wanne-Eickel, GERMANY - NOV 22, 2015
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Ein absolut klassisches Pumpkin Ale mit einer leichten Fruchtigkeit, etwas Strenge und einer mit der Zeit etwas unangenehmen Süße. Durchaus trinkbar, nett, aber man gewöhnt sich zu schnell an diese Biersorte.
McTapps (6680) - Reutlingen, GERMANY - NOV 20, 2015
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle brought home from Eindhoven. The beer has got a deep dark brown colour with a smooth head and medium body. Aroma of pumpkin, spices and cake. Taste of brown bread, pumpkin, spices, chai, vanilla, herbs and cake. Spicy finish. Nice and enjoyable.
cmacklin (1010) - Lethbridge, Alberta, CANADA - NOV 19, 2015
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12fl.oz. bottle from 2015 Craft Beer Advent Calendar. Pours a clear mahogany with a large. long lasting, creamy, beige head that laces. Nice aroma of caramel malt, pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove and bread. Sweet, spicy flavour of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg, clove and caramel malt with a hint of hops in a tangy, dry, slightly bitter finish. Light to medium body with a creamy, oily texture and soft carbonation. Well done, as far as pumpkin ales go.
EithCubes (5709) - New Jersey, USA - NOV 15, 2015
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
Bottle. Nose deep and malty, strong physical pumpkin with some earth and sweet spices. Pours deep blood red that’s dark brown at full volume, supports a thick tan head. Taste dry to start with strong scratchy spice and plenty of earth, picks up fruit (mainly red berry) with each sip and thus gains some sweetness; bitterness stronger than expected, about medium on my scale, and notable in the finish. Earthy, malty, pine from medium hops, mild chocolate with is hard to notice at first but adds nice, swirling complexity by the end. Touch caramel, nutmeg the strongest spice and could be pulled back a bit, but the others show some restraint. Bold flavor with body and seemingly more alcohol. As far as these go, good enough for two, but that might be enough for the entire season. [2015.11.15: 3.2]