whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 23, 2003
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Crystal clear and the color of... a pumpkin. Warm spicy aroma of cloves, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and pumpkin. Tastes like a clove cigarette and antiseptic. Spices do give the beer a nice tangy bite in the finish. Palate is more watery than expected and contributes to the antiseptic effect. The aroma and flavor beg for more chewiness in the body. A fun seasonal; definitely not a drainpour but not great either.
cb (810) - Roeland Park, Kansas, USA - SEP 21, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
An impressive allspice aroma hit me instantly. Tongue-numbing unsweetened version of pumpkin pie. No salty/sweet malty crust aspect though. Just the vegetable and spices playing a nasty version of tag across my lips and tongue. The cinnamon, cloves, etc. must give it the fairly dark reddish orange hue. I'd really like to give this a shot again if they ever used smoked pumpkin. That might be more creative and tasty and less gimmicky.
krisbierjaeger (844) - dolores, Colorado, USA - SEP 21, 2003
2.3 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
pours a fiery auburn; clean head shows enthusiasm for the grand opening, but retreats to a safe distance when the discerning taster approaches-- perhaps to avoid complicity and charges of aiding and abetting. aroma is predictably canned pumpkin with lots of nutmeg, tho if i hadn't been tipped off to it's true identity, i think i would have said woodruff and sawdust, chardonnay--and even more: sweet gherkin pickle relish. not many more sensory marvels to be revealed in the tasting: thin, not much substance or challenge beyond the advertised flavoring agent. some bitterness and moderate sweetness. if i savor a mouthfull and then exhale gently through my nose, the nutty holiday taste of baked pumpkin pie is quite convincing. if that's all you're looking for, well, here it is. perhaps they'll regale us with a holiday rendition of garlic mashed potato beer next year. yee ha.
jgb9348 (5974) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 19, 2003
2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
Orange/amber colour with a fairly thin white head. Smells of pumpkin (duh!), malt, spices and even a bit of sugar are clearly evident in the aroma. Light-bodied; Very subtle tastes of pumpkin & malt are basicaly the only flavours that come across in the taste. Some metallic twang is noticeable in the middle of the taste. Aftertaste is almost nothing, but there is some residual bitterness from the pumpkin spice and from the malt. Overall, not a good beer for the style or in general. If you are looking for Pumpkin, take a drive to Post Road and stay away from Buffalo Bill! I bought this twelve ounce bottle at Total Wine in Chantilly, Virginia and sampled it on 12-September-2003.
Ernest (7507) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - SEP 19, 2003
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2006 Bottle, blind rating (in a flight of three pumpkin beers).
Head is initially small, fizzy, off-white, fully diminishing.
Body is clear light amber.
Aroma is lightly malty (toasted grain), with notes of clove, allspice, hint of pumpkin.
Flavor is lightly to moderately sweet, lightly bitter.
Finish is lightly sweet, moderately bitter.
Light to medium body, watery texture, lively carbonation.
Clove-heavy aroma, and otherwise kind of flimsy, but not bad.
TheDean (786) - MIlwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 18, 2003
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Mmmm...This beer has a nice spicy smell. A nice cinnamon taste. One of the better Pumpkin Brews I have had (mind you, I have had only like 3).
mikeben (355) - Naperville, Illinois, USA - SEP 17, 2003
4.6 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 18/20
UPDATED: MAR 3, 2004 Good stuff, not overly sweet but no bitterness. I like it I wish it was a little more pumpkiny but it has the spices just right. Very complex it has hints of nutmeg allspice, cinniman, even pumkin(lol) Anyhow this is a great brew but a little thicker and more pumpkimy would make it great. It may be a little off puting to some but I like unusuall beer.
BückDich (5464) - McCall, Idaho, USA - SEP 6, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 13/20
Aroma is full cinnamon, clove and nutmeg, pumpkin is subtle though (which is a good thing). This one is just like a nice pumpkin pie but with a slight bitter dry finish. I really like this one but I wouldn't try it again unless it's thanksgiving or something.
GreatStelle (363) - Chico, California, USA - SEP 5, 2003
3.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I was a bit nervous about this ale. It was though very good. Just like pumpkin pie. Cloves, allspice, nutmeg. Somehow this beer works nicely.
JPDIPSO (5990) - Wauwatosa, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 4, 2003
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 13/20
Portlant Brewing. Not quite amber color with a cream colored head that leaves a think sheet of lace. All the spices are in the aroma - clove, cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg, even a undetone of pumpkin. Thin spicy start that tent to end up with the finish of just having eaten a gingerbread house. Lacks malt depth and spices tend to taste more chemical than natural after a few sips.