brewbattles (40) - - SEP 17, 2013
We did a blind taste test between this beer and other pumpkin ales to determine which one is the best pumpkin ale for the season. The beers were Shipyard Pumpkinhead, Shock Top Pumpkin Wheat, Buffalo Bill’s America’s Original Pumpkin Ale, Blue Moon Harvest Pumpkin Ale, and New Belgium Pumpkick. Check it out:
http://youtu.be/pOZlhbi-0F0 jeremugohio (94) - springboro, Ohio, USA - SEP 15, 2013
Out of bottle flat, sweet, just a very mediocre pumpkin ale. Last years I thought was better. Just not a lot a going on here. mike5326 (1744) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - SEP 12, 2013
Poured from a bottle. Cloudy orange color, small short lived carbonated head. Slight hops and pumpkin smell. Tastes of fruit, pumpkin and slight butterscotch. yngwie (17038) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle. It’s an unclear, golden beer with a small, dense, off white head. Pale malts, generic fruityness and a faint spiced hint in the aroma. The flavor is lightly spiced, but mostly fruity and malty. Medium body, low but pleasant carbonation level. Quite decent, easy drinkable. 130906 Geokkjer (7627) - Kristiansand, NORWAY - SEP 6, 2013
Bottle. Pours deep golden with an off-white head. Aroma of malt, fruitiness , spices and malt. Flavor is sweet and fruity with some spices, brown sugar, pumpkin and malt. Medium body, average carbonation.
fidemaster (313) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 4, 2013
Decent Aroma. Dark amber color. Very watery palate. Does not really have a strong pumpkin flavor nor is it very spicy. Just a sweet, malty beer. Not really a top pumpkin ale in my opinion. UDBeernut (2883) - Saint Johns, Florida, USA - AUG 31, 2013
bottle pours light amber. nose has muddled spices with cinnamon and allspice sticking out. taste has light caramel, touch of pumpkin. body is thin and watery. AbbeyRoade (547) - Missouri, USA - AUG 26, 2013
Not so much pumpkin as is spices and splenda-ish sweetness. Not so good. Smooth but not tasty or complex. mrhoppy (1288) - Santa Clara, California, USA - AUG 3, 2013
Pretty good pumpkin ale. Good pumpkin taste, and nice sweetness. Spices. A little thin. Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAR 28, 2013
THOUGHTS: Pretty bland compared to the current norm, but this must have been a real shocker in the 80s. Definitely a beer first and then a pumpkin flavored beverage second. Almost more of savory pumpkin flavor than most.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a light, orangey amber with nice carbonation and an average, slightly off-white head that mostly diminished and left virtually no lacing. The aroma contained light caramel; very light hops; hints of brown sugar; hints of pumpkin pie spices; and a cross between fruity and vegetal pumpkin. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet, lightly bitter and slightly sour with a short duration. There was light caramel malt, sour and vegetal pumpkin, sweet an fruity pumpkin, and slight pumpkin pie spices (if any spice stood out it might have been ginger). The light to medium body was watery and then dry with fizzy carbonation and a dry finish.