jpfrog (130) - Bellingham, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2002
This beer is interesting to say the least. It is something that I have never tried or tasted before. It is like a pumpkin pie in liquid form. Maybe if they added vanilla to it, it might taste better. Just a thought though because I don’t like pumpkin pie without vanilla ice-cream. drismyhero (815) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - OCT 19, 2002
Bazarre. I laughed when I first took a whiff of this beer. Overwhelming perfume of nutmeg and cinnamon. Tastes like spicy pumpkin pie with a hint of barley malt. Mouthfeel was a bit on the spicy side as well, I don’t think a pumpkin ale can really stand alone without an excellent malty warmth to back up the strong addition of nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, etc. foduck (330) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 15, 2002
Relies too much on spices for flavor without much else going on. Like others said, the smell is great, but the flavor is awful. I almost couldn’t finish this. I think this would work better with a higher gravity, sweeter brew instead of a pale ale. Andrew196 (1902) - Katy, Texas, USA - OCT 13, 2002
Not bad....it’s one of those beers that you really need to be in the mood for though. Tasted just like pumpkin pie...tone down the spices a bit though. loweredsixth (946) - Clovis, California, USA - OCT 9, 2002
This beer isn’t messing around with the flavor. When they say ’pumpkin’ they mean pumpkin! While I enjoy the boldness of really goin’ for it, the combination of flavors really didn’t work. I found myself wishing this was not a beer, because the hops bitterness really got in the way of the pumpkin pie flavors. Maybe the brewers got so excited about making this thing taste like pumpkin pie that they forgot that it was still a beer. Maybe this would have worked with a nice scottish ale recipe instead.
flutetokill (523) - Fresno, California, USA - OCT 9, 2002
Strong pumpkin pie aroma: pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Nice copper or ’pumpkin’ color, and interesting flavor. Strong nutmeg (very spicey), cinnamon, and pumpkin flavors with a fairly strong hops taste. The strong hops kind of ruined it for me. When I smelled this, I expected more of a malty sweet taste to compliment the other flavors. Nuffield (4171) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - OCT 9, 2002
This is truly a remarkable beer--not good, but remarkable. It is so overwhelmingly true to the real aroma and flavor of pumpkin pie that it throws your palate into overdrive thinking that it has to scrape the mush from the roof of your mouth, the way you do with pie. The aroma is strong and very true: nutmeg, cinnamon, a touch of clove. Orange/copper color lends to it (not much head retained). The flavor is too much, bringing me close to a gagging reflex. Heavy carbonation adds a bit of tingle but also increases the incongruousness of this beer with your expected sensations. So much like pie that it is no surprise its rating is in the vicinity of 3.14. :-) Points for being interesting, but very few people will have a second after having their first, I would predict. heykevin (1281) - Decorah, Iowa, USA - OCT 9, 2002
Decent copper color, light head. Strong spicy aroma allspice, and cloves. Taste is awful. Horrible spiciness runs rampant over any malt background that may be there. Tastes like sucking on a spice bag after having steeped it in something. The question is can the finish redeem this beer??? The finish is pure acid reflux, no kidding. Absolutely foul terrible beer. labattblueleaf (225) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 6, 2002
Too much pumpkin pie spice killed this potentially good brew. I had New Holland’s Ichabod the same night and it was tremendously better than this. igneous1 (1535) - Davenport, Iowa, USA - OCT 5, 2002
very interesting..pours and orangeish copper (almost pumpkin if you will) color, aroma is fairly spicy...it’s like they didnt stop with the pumpkin in this beer and instead threw in the whole damn pie..definite flavors of nutmeg and all spice...unusual.