CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - APR 16, 2007
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
On tap at the Brea location on 12/3/06: Pours a transparent copper bronze with a wispy-lacing off-white head. Aroma of sweet cinnamony nutmeg and caramel malt. Body starts with a light sugary caramel maltiness and a pumpkin spice flavor that reminds me of those windmill cookies. Nicely-balanced and enjoyable brew with good use of the pumpkin and spice flavors.
allfreej (556) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - FEB 13, 2007
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
On tap, BJís Summerlin, Las Vegas. Pumpkin pie spices, malty, very clean tasting.
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2007
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Brea location: Hazy deep amber color with a creamy off-white head. Big aroma of cinnamon and ginget. It smells like a ginger bread cookie. Clove notes as well. The beer tastes like pumpkin pie. It was strong and almost overwhelms on the first sip but then you are ready for it. Not bad.
IrishBoy (4177) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 1, 2007
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Draft at Bakersfield; Nose of cinnamon and nutmeg; light amber with a medium beige head; flavor of cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel malt.
Odeed (1803) - Bakersfield, California, USA - JAN 31, 2007
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
on tap @ brwery.clear orange with a light white head.heavy on the cinamom and pumpkin.not really my thing honestly.
awaisanen (1304) - Fond du Lac, Wisconsin, USA - JAN 13, 2007
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap at the Irvine location. Dark, orangish amber pour, transparent, with a thin layer of wispy beige head. A distinct clove aroma instantly grabs my nostrils, along with a bit of ginger. Some light vanilla and caramels also combine, softening up the gingerbread cookie aroma a bit. Light bodied, crisply carbonated mouthfeel. Lots of clove and ginger spice - I wish it had more cinnimon and nutmeg characters to give it a bit of a more traditional pumpkin pie flavor. Its rare that I complain about this aspect of a beer, buts its almost over attenuated. The dry finish makes the ginger and clove seem all the more dominant, which overpowers the caramel malt background a bit. The spices start to get a bit astringent toward the finish. Not a bad beer though - easy drinking, great accompaniment to my meal.
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2006
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Sampled BJs-Tucson, Brewed by BJs Chandler AZ
This beer arrives fresh from the tap with a wispy, tan colored head that does not quite cover the beer. The beer is a hazy, brownish, amber color (actually it looks quite a bit like darkish honey color). This smells lightly sweet and of caramel up front. The spices then kick in. Noticeable notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and a touch of ginger, perhaps there is a touch of allspice as well, but maybe not. I would guess that real pumpkin was used in this as there is a sort of fleshy squash-like not to it that is subtle and only noticeable at times.
The taste is quite dry and even has a tartness to it. The fact that it is dry and tart really down plays the spices, which is nice, but it loses the holiday beer balance of sweetness that one might expect in this type of beer. A spicy note of ginger is definitely noticeable here and in the finish is a note that reminds me of pumpkin flesh (a touch vegetal leaning, and definitely squash like). The nutmeg character is here as well, but it takes on a different character because of the lack of sweetness; actual it adds a sort of savory character to the beer. Even though not sweet, the body has a heft to it that is nice. It sticks a bit to the palate even after the beer has left my mouth. The typical pumpkin pie spices are actually noticeable in the finish, again though they give a savory character to this beer rather than the typical sweet pie spice note one is used to. The finish is quite spicy from them though.
At first I was quite disappointed by this brew, but the spices are subtle enough and the tart character really drives an interesting flavor profile that I was not expecting from this brew. As the beer warms the spices in the finish start to add some sweetness; this accentuates the notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. My food arrives, and as I suspected this pairs quite well with food (in the general sense). The food even tends to bring out a soft sweetness in this beer.
luckygirl (1223) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - NOV 3, 2006
2.7 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Draught at the Boulder brewery.<P>
Beer is medium-amber colored with a thick, large, creamy, beige, mostly diminishing head.<P>
Not really enough pumpkin character to satisfy mu pumpkin-beer craving. The aroma was malty with moderate notes of toasted grain, caramel; Hoppy with moderate note of resin/pine, light note of lemon zest; Yeasty with a light note of dough; Miscellaneous notes included a light-to-moderate cinnamon and a light note of pumpkin pie filling.<P>
The flavor was moderately sweet, lightly bitter, moderately acidic/sour with a long, lightly acidic, lightly bittersweet finish. Slightly dull and vegetal in the finish.<P>
The body is light, the texture is watery and the carbonation is lively.
harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - JAN 5, 2006
2.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
This was easy to drink, but could have been so much more. There was very little spice, mostly pumpkin, and some irritating smokiness. The malt character was there, but this was not something I could drink more than a pint of.
turbo (1271) - Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
On tap BJs Mesa Arizona
Dark redish copper with a light thin head.
Light, sweet spice and pumpkin aroma.
Thin body with a light pumpkin spice flavor and finish.
Not the best.