BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 2, 2010
The nose on this thing is out of this world. There is a wafting, pillowy scent of cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste is dusted with sugar and flaky hops. The pumpkin here is pronounced without feeling like you’re seed deep in the stuff. Good dichotomy going on. This seasonal ale feels great when stewing in that frothy maw of yours. Awesome after-meal treat. onceblind (9655) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 11, 2010
Pours out a transparent dark orange, fluffy khaki head with good lacing. Oh, that smell! Perhaps the best smelling pumpkin ale I ever smelt. Creamy pumpkin pie pilling, a hint of nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is found lacking though. Still good, just lighter bodied than I demand, crisp and clean. Not as creamy as the smell would hint at. Good, not great. SuperDave (1932) - Beautiful Sunny Mesa, Arizona, USA - JAN 8, 2011
Deep amber pour with a good head. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon and pumpkin.Lightly sweet, spicy pumpkin pie flavor. A bit thin, but surprisingly not bad. jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
(draft at BJs Colorado Springs, 11/7/10). Clear amber/orange color. Medium off white head. Moderate nutmeg aroma with light ginger and cinnamon. Same flavor. Avg duration. Smooth finish. Slick texture. Moderate carbonation. Fair lacing. JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Pretty decent for a BJS brew a pretty balanced between pumpkin and spicea that have a nice after taste.
Mora2000 (6158) - McKinney, Texas, USA - OCT 20, 2012
On tap at the Allen, Texas location.
The beer pours an orange color with a white head. The aroma has a lot of cinnamon notes, as well as some nutmeg and pumpkin. The flavor is a bit different. I get the pumpkin notes once again, but the clove character also really comes through. There is also a good bit of cinnamon in the flavor. Medium mouthfeel and medium carbonation. My main complaint is that like all beers from BJ’s, the beer was served way too cold and also in a frozen glass. It needed to warm up for about 10 minutes before the flavors begin to come out. cubs (10635) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - NOV 22, 2013
Tap @ BJs, courtesy of Daryl Nielsen. Paired with some deep fried garbage. Pours a burnt orange appearance with a cream colored head. Pumpkin spice, vanilla, cinnamon, caramel aroma. Pretty standard aroma. Big pumpkin pie, toffee, cinnamon flavor. A touch fruity. Not bad. Bricktop86 (847) - Moore, Oklahoma, USA - OCT 17, 2014
On tap amber color with a white head. Aroma is spicy and sweet. Taste is sweet and spicy GenDV138 (7284) - Falls Church, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2016
4-5 oz pour on draft at BJ’s (Gainesville, VA location) with a Mustang Sally yelling DCLawyer. A pumpkin ale on tap in April, who would have thought? Clear dark amber with beige head. Aromas of pumpkin spices, herbs, cinnamon. Tastes of pumpkin spices, herbs, cinnamon, malt, caramel. Medium-light body with a dry finish. FlacoAlto (4182) - 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.