badlizard (5533) - Berkeley, California, USA - NOV 6, 2007
On tap at BJs. Copper brown with a fizzy white head. Pumpkin and malt aroma. Taste of pumpkin and spice. Better than most pumpkin beers, but that’s not saying much. jbruner (5463) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - OCT 27, 2013
Pours a clear copper on tap with fluffy off-white head that dissipates to leave light lace. Aroma is pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, hints of cloves. Taste follows, a slight sweetness but mostly the spice. Dry and refreshing on the mouth. Not bad, but I think I have become more of a pumpkin beer snob over the years and this turns out middle of the road. mar (5456) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2009
Amber with a cream head. Pumpkin, nutmeg and other spices on the nose. Decent on the palate and a bold flavor of nutmeg with a pumpkin finish. travita (5008) - Dallas, Texas, USA - OCT 31, 2008
On tap in Lewisville. Look is an amber red color with a light white head. Smell is spiced, pumpin, some sweetness. Touch articial. Taste is pumpkin, spices, malts, sweet. Light body. kidmartinek (5007) - austin, Texas, USA - NOV 4, 2010
Clear amber color. White head lasts 5 minutes. Dirty water aroma. Strong bite. The flavor starts off creamy and smooth tasting like pumpkin pie with whipped cream on top. As you get halfway through the pint though the flavor gets more rough and spicy. Overall its a very flavorfull and tasty desert-like beer.
jkwalking05 (4745) - Arlington, Texas, USA - JAN 19, 2011
Orange in color with a decent off-white head. Aroma is of pumpkin pie (cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, pumpkin). Taste is the same. Just like most every other pumpkin beer out there. nick76 (4403) - Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 13, 2007
UPDATED: NOV 1, 2009 The aroma was more spicy than pumpkin like. That is not to say there was none because there was definitely some. There was also caramel malt but not much in the way of hops. The appearance was amber with an smaller head. The flavor had more pumpkin that the aroma lead on but it was very similar to it. The palate was OK. I love pumpkin beers so this seemed quite good to me. goldtwins (4319) - Nesconset, New York, USA - FEB 9, 2007
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 (4254) - Bakersfield, California, USA - FEB 1, 2007
Draft at Bakersfield; Nose of cinnamon and nutmeg; light amber with a medium beige head; flavor of cinnamon, nutmeg, and caramel malt. FlacoAlto (4228) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - DEC 2, 2006
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.