biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - SEP 15, 2004
2.1 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Bottle. Pumpkin pie spice aroma. Slightly acrid with a hint of biscuit. Pours a bit hazy with a orange color and no head to speak of. One dimensional flavor of spice with little pumpkin.Decent body. Slight bitter finish. Dissapointing as the originator of the style.
PWalk (337) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2004
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: DEC 27, 2004 Bottle: Extremely drinkable pumpkin ale that has the aroma of a freshly baked pie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice flavors are overwhelming at the nose and on the palate. The beer tastes great and the flavors are well balanced with a good malty finish. Poured a golden orange with a decent white head sitting on top. REcommended for the style.
Enniskillen (2046) - Salinas, California, USA - SEP 12, 2004
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 Smells like pumpkin pie, and I like pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, foamy white head. My 1st pumpkin beer. It was very nice, pretty fun. But I’m sure I wouldn’t want to drink this all the time, or more then one in a sitting.
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - SEP 10, 2004
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle pours translucent orange, small white fizzly head that quickly fades, good carbonation, with slick lacing. Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice on the nose... quite strong too. Nutmeg & cinnamon galore, with minor pumpkin like flavor on the tongue. Good body, decent mouthfeel. Finishes rather quickly, which I prefer. I look forward to this one each year, and this year is just about perfect.   Not overly spiced like it was a few years ago.   Defintely comparable to last years batch.
sethdude (706) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - SEP 5, 2004
3.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
I really like pumpkin ales, so this one gets extra credit just for being the style. POurs a rich orange color, making my snifter resmble, well, a pumpkin. Thin head rests on top, like cool-whip on a pumpkin pie. Aroma is wonderful, pumpkin pie with extra spices. Cinnamon, ginger, cloves, and pumpkin all distinguishable. Flavor is initially spices, then pumpkin, then sweet malts. The base for this is nothing spectacular, but lends quality to the end of this tasty treat. Man, do I love this style!
PorterPounder (7768) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - SEP 4, 2004
3.3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Dark orange pour with a quickly fading white head, not much lacing. Delicious spicy aroma - pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, nutmeg perhaps. Same spiciness carries over to the flavor with a little bit of cloves in there as well. Mouthfeel is a tad thin and the spicy flavor fades near the end. Still not a bad novelty beer though.
heemer77 (5344) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - SEP 2, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 8/20
UPDATED: FEB 17, 2005 Rerated a couple months later. This is unbalanced with a dirt tasting finish that covers up any pumpkin or nutmeg. Not a pleasure to partake. Nice dark golden coloring with a very small head. Aroma of nutmeg, pumpkin and maybe leaves of fall or am I imagining that? The taste has some pupmkin with a nutmeg finish. Fairly light and refreshing. Interesting, but nothing special.
EnderKiller (26) - Athens, Ohio, USA - SEP 1, 2004
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 6/20
Smells of pumpkin, spices, rubber and vomit...seriously. Tiny, fizzy head with bubbles filling the glass. Rich, amber color and, at first taste, not so bad. Full, spicy flavor...can definitely taste the pumpkin and pices but the aftertaste is RANK! Like "chewing on a pen" said one friend. Glad I tried it, but ewwwww. Not again.
jtw (1163) - farmington, Michigan, USA - AUG 23, 2004
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
a cool gimmick beer. aroma is pumpkin pie spices, mostly cinnamon. very little bitterness, some malt. very non-bitter but not quite sweet like pumpkin pie. plenty of nutmeg is there too. good experiment....excellent fall beer i think.
brewshthereen (316) - Oregon, USA - AUG 5, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Since this is the only pumpkin beer I have experienced, my rating might be a little inflated. From a novelty perspective I was really interested in the notion of a pumpkin ale. Who doesn’t like a good slice of pumpkin pie? I know I do. And this beer delivers. Nutmeg and pumpkin aroma greet you when opened. However, it didn’t pour as nicely as I would have liked. Appeared kind of watery orange and the foamy white head didn’t last long at all. Flavor is the real star here, and pumpkin and spices ruled my mouth. I really enjoyed this brew and would like to try other pumpkin infused beers.