Sirmixsomewhat (266) - Paoli, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 10, 2015
This beer balances pumpkin notes and what tastes like gingerbread notes really well. The pumpkin isn’t too much and the rest of what you’d associate with a Scottish ale is readily apparent and it all combines nicely to make a really smooth beer. ordybill (1815) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2015
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. This is a clear dark red amber colored beer with a small off-white head. The aroma is a nice fresh blend of pumpkin and cinnamon. The flavor matches the aroma. An outstanding pumpkin ale. tekstr1der (495) - New Hampshire, USA - SEP 4, 2016
Clear dark amber pour with minimal head. Aroma is on point - pun intended. Seriously, this has the perfect level of spice amid notes of sweet caramel and toast. Flavor follow similarly. Finally someone has made a pumpkin ale that’s not overboard with the spices. Complete balance, and as the commercial descriptions states, the scotch ale (a fave style of mine) is indeed the perfect backdrop. Well done. tillmac62 (756) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - SEP 23, 2015
Beautiful clear mahogany garnet pour. Outstanding head volume, normal retention and lacing.
Complex, but subtle, nose of light spice (clove, nutmeg, ginger and maybe cinnamon) over equally subtle hints of molasses and Scottish ale dark fruit character (plum, raisin).
Medium body with a smooth texture. Perfect carbonation with a nice effervescent burst in the middle and a rousing finely bubbled prickly rush in the finish. This final effervescence really makes the complex flavors pop.
The flavor profile is outstanding. This stylistic blend of pumpkin and Scottish ales produces an intense complex flavor that is balanced to perfection. The beginning is a subtle molasses that is quickly wafted over by the spices of the nose with a subtle pumpkin base. These soon succumb to a mild bitter hop flavor in the middle over hints of caramel. As the bitterness ebbs a bit, hints of dark fruit emerge in a blended fashion. The finish is a slow return of spice notes that fade with a subtle bitterness.
MetalNHopHead (2127) - Lincoln, Nebraska, USA - AUG 13, 2016
I’d never think of putting pumpkin and Scottish Ale together but Ballast Point apparently knows something I don’t since the combination actually works pretty nicely. Pumpkin Down pours a mahogany shade and an off-white head that dissipates fairly quickly. Toasted malt and cooked pumpkin aromas. Candy-like malt flavors with nutmeg, clove, and pumpkin. There’s definitely a pumpkin pie comparison to be made, but really, what’s most impressive is that this tastes exactly like you’d think: a pumpkin-infused Scottish Ale. The balance is sublime, giving both elements an equal chance to show up on the palate. Tasty and original.
MayumiH (1214) - - NOV 9, 2015
Bottle at home. Puréed pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, nutmeg. Not too sweet or overly spiced. This is no novelty. Really lovely :P shadey (2148) - Nashville, Tennessee, USA - SEP 6, 2016
12oz bottle. Pours a dark amber orange with a thin, swirling head of cream. Aroma is subtle but clear pumpkin and fall spices. This beer would have been delicious on its own with its Scottish character, but the pumpkin notes really bring it alive and complicate its flavors. Really nice toffee and dark fruit malts. Easily in the top of the pumpkin beer category for me. poisoneddwarf (2621) - Coeur d’ Alene, Idaho, USA - SEP 24, 2016
12 oz bottle. Aroma is pumpkin spices, cola, earth, toast. Pours amber with a collapsing beige head. Taste is toasty Scotch ale with pumpkin flesh and spices, as described; starts sweet before turning lightly bitter. Good and unique take on the pumpkin beer category. Beerdrinker79 (2188) - Idaho, USA - NOV 12, 2016
12 oz bottle Pours hazy dark burnt orange with a large light tan head. Aroma is pumpkin spice, primarily cinnamon and nutmeg, real pumpkin flavors are there as well. The taste is a nice balance between a pumpkin ale and the peated malts of a Scottish ale, real pumpkin flesh flavor, which is very much appreciated, spice, primarily again cinnamon. Body and carbonation are medium, mouthfeel is a bit bubbly, and lingers. This is a wonderful pumpkin beer that i thoroughly enjoyed. slowrunner77 (12588) - Reno, Nevada, USA - AUG 30, 2015
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2015 Very nice and balanced spiced beer with a great base, and just the right amount of pumpkin and pie spices.
Pumpkin flavor and malt linger.
A month later a bottle stored at room temp kinda sucks. What gives?