npdempse (934) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2002
Pumpkin pie spice over a fairly sweet caramely malt base. Not my cup of beer. baobubba (454) - Starkville, Mississippi, USA - NOV 26, 2002
The aroma of this beer was very appealing - nutmeg and ginger(?), kind of spicy. But that is where it all ends with this beer. It seemed over carbonated and watery. It was similar in flavor to a not-so-sweet ginger ale. mpbro (132) - Stanford, California, USA - NOV 25, 2002
Initially rated 19Nov2002. Average beer.
Has a nice orange color, but sorry guys, I don’t think it’s from the pumpkin.
The added spices dominate the aroma, though I detected a hint of vanilla.
A relatively thin-bodied beer, particularly when it’s served too cold. 55-60 degrees F is probably ideal.
Little hopping is evident, either aromatically or bittering.
Spices dominate the flavor, though at warmer temperatures pumpkin is indeed evident. Little malt or hop flavor to remind me that I am indeed drinking BEER. Some sourness and unpleasant aromatics.
The carbonation is perfect. Beer is bottle-conditioned. The head is fluffy and long-lasting, and provides much-need effervescence to break up the strong spice flavors. DaSilky1 (2606) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 22, 2002
UPDATED: FEB 22, 2003 nice retained head on a brightly color orange body..tha alcohol and pumpkin spice kind of clash in the aroma combining in a sort of disgusting like way..I love pumkin pie..and this beer would probably pair quite well with it..However, on its own, theres just too much spice..the hops and the spice clash at the end..during the whole experience, the aroma doesn't go away either and that doesn't help..Its all novelty, and nothing too good NJBeerman013 (1054) - Hamilton Twp., New Jersey, USA - NOV 18, 2002
Delicious. Just like a slice of pumpkin pie in a bottle, flavor is rich with pumpkin and spice. Good malt sweetness. There is almost as strong of a nose as there is flavor. It almost has the same comforting effect as a real slice of pumpkin pie.
beerguy101 (5360) - Newark, California, USA - NOV 18, 2002
Medium gold color, medium head. Pumpkin and spicy aroma. A mild tasting ale, flavored with pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. The malts and spices clash a little, but combine for a rather interesting taste. Would not want to drink a lot of this beer, but one once in a while would be OK. Mouthfeel is full and a little flat. Finish is clean. Aftertaste is a little sweet and spicy. MMM...Beer (385) - Las Vegas, Nevada, USA - NOV 13, 2002
Wow, this was absolutely excellent. I’m a big pumpkin pie fan so this baby measured up just right. At first I was a little concernced that it would be too sweet, but that wasn’t the case at all. This beer had a wonderful blend of pumpkin and spice, a great mouthfeel and a beautiful color. This was my first pumpkin ale but definitely not my last. Great job Bill! AceOfHearts (1374) - Mountain View, California, USA - NOV 12, 2002
My first experience with a pumpkin ale. Cozy looking label. It tastes pretty much exactly like I expected. Pumpkin taste with all kinds of sweetness, quite like pumpkin pie. Not bad at all but I don’t think I would drink a pumpkin ale as any more than a novelty beer. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - NOV 9, 2002
Light orange body with a light tan head. Aroma is pumpkin pie. Flavor is fairly mild hops, topped by pumpkin, nutmeg and allspice. Nice, but nothing you’d ever have a hankering for. khayman70 (153) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - NOV 3, 2002
A very nice spiced ale. I have had both this and New Holland’s Ichabod and prefer this. The flavors blended nicely and this beer goes extremely well with cake donuts. I look forward to this beer every fall.