thehoff (598) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - SEP 2, 2003
2.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 3/20
UPDATED: JUN 29, 2004 Cannot compare to Olde Peninsula's Pumpkin Ale. Great bouquet but has a tendency to taste like flavored soda water toward the end of the beer. The finish is smooth but leaves a taste of spices in your mouth for hours. Re-rate, the more I have the more I disclike it. Too bad I bought a six pack. Re-rate: I cannot finish the six pack and must lower the rating. The aroma and appearance are great so I really can't lower them but overall the beer is just too much. Fizzy flavored water. Blah.
FlacoAlto (4176) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - SEP 2, 2003
2.9 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
UPDATED: OCT 20, 2003 This beer is a copper orange color and pours with a cream colored thin head. It smells strongly of pie spices, strong nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice aromas. Quite a dry beer, not much sweetness at all. The spices in the beer are mostly evident as an aroma as one is tasting, though they also come through a bit in the finish. A fairly light beer, which is basically a vehicle for the pumpkin pie spices. The spices seem to add a bit of astringency in the finish.
ampp (155) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - AUG 12, 2003
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
nice pumpkin aroma. watery when cold, but more flavor comes out as it warms.
Wakie (612) - Centreville, Virginia, USA - JUL 19, 2003
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Alcoholic liquid pumpkin pie. Very interesting and very pleasant. Smelled exactly like pumpkin pie and had a lovely taste that was similar.
JazzNorm (3) - USA - JUN 17, 2003 does not count
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
My overall impression is higher than the individual components because I've learned to mix is about 50-50 with Rogue Chocolate Stout and to enjoy the mixture with some high-fat grilled sausages. Hard to drink all six on its own merits, but mix in the chocolate (Rogue or Youngs Double) and you can finish them all.
DougShoemaker (3147) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 7, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Allspice, cloves, nutmeg aromas, (taste will tell the tale.) Orangey, dare I say it? pumpkin coloured, custard head. Mild pumpkin pie taste,has a somewhat bitter aftertaste. Creamy, chewy, full bodied. Pumpkin pie in a bottle!
Sully (1380) - Potts Point, New South Wales, AUSTRALIA - JUN 4, 2003
1 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 1/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 4/20
Sorry guys, but I have to say "Only in America". Geez, what's our equivalent? Macadamia Nut or Prickly Pear beer (please note the absence of the ridiculous reference to Koala Bear or Kangaroo beer as there is no such thing as Turkey or Buffalo beer either). Anyway, beer should be beer right? No pumpkin, no mashed potato in gravy, no corn chowder or no grits and beans. Add this to some soup stock and you have dinner.
MilkmanDan (1943) - Eagan, Minnesota, USA - APR 10, 2003
2.2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Bought around Halloween during a "buy anything that's new" phase. To be honest, I don't particularly care for pumpkin. I mean, it has its applications, as my wife's fresh-baked tasty pumpkin bread sitting on the counter attests. That being said, I prefer not to have my wife's pumpking bread in liquid form. Orange-gold, thin sticky head. Nose is expectedly amazingly pumpking with loads of nutmeg. I swear every brewery on Halloween just shoves pumpkin pie in a mash tin to get this effect. Anyways, sweet malts in the flavor are significantly enhanced by the pumpkin flavor, making this just far too pumpkin-esque. Can't really even notice the palate, just too much pumpkin. Hopefully this will be a lesson that I need to stop buying pumpkin beers.
BeerPrince (1701) - Vancouver, British Columbia, CANADA - MAR 13, 2003
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Great idea. A very spicy beer but quite nice and tasty. Flavour is great but kind of wears on the taste buds after half a bottle. I will drink this again in October.
WabashMan (1024) - Noblesville, Indiana, USA - FEB 11, 2003
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2003 A nice, cloudy copper color and white head start this brew. Aroma seems to have more spice than in previous years, and is nice. Flavor is very crisp and has a very nice punkin' pie finish. Cinnamon is also very apparent in the finish. Overall, part of me really likes this beer, while part of me does not. The nose and finish are great, but the flavor is rather thin in between. As this is a spiced amber ale, I wonder if a better approach would be to utilize a more bold style, such as a pale of some sort which would give, ideally, a stronger body to the beer and still allow that great pumpkin/cinnamon finish!