bubbleflubber (2245) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - OCT 7, 2017
This pours a clear amber into the glass, with a huge eggshell head and ample lacing. The aroma is of pumpkin pie spices, with plenty of pumpkin meat present as well. Flavors are of heavy pumpkin pie, finishing with a combination of pumpkin spices and light alcohol notes. The ABV is well-hidden amongst the nice Impy Pumpkin flavors afloat. Full-bodied, extremely substantial and complex, this is an awesomely palate-filling imperial pumpkin ale. Great job here! Kudos!! rayg1 (597) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - JAN 9, 2017
Draft at the source, the ale pours out a reddish brown and has a dark tan head. Light aroma of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, and of course pumpkin. Really tasty brew, excellent fall/winter warmer. This beer is pretty high on the ABV level yet the alcohol is very well hidden. One thing I’ll say about this, many pumpkin beers are way over the top with spices and/or sweetness, this beer is neither. Really good brew as far as pumpkin ales go, which are pretty low on my list as far as styles go. Panzuriel (2496) - Westerville, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2015
Sample on tap at the taproom. D9 Head Of The Horseman Pumpkin Ale is a almost clear red copper brew with a tight head of off white bubbles. Nose is earthy, malty, a touch of spice and a bit of alcohol. Taste is a nice earthy pumpkin with a restrained level of pie spices and just a bit of tang. A very smooth body. a very nice pumpkin ale. monk191 (2023) - Portland, Oregon, USA - NOV 1, 2015
A nice pumpkin. Pours a clear red. Smells of of pumpkin pie. Taste is pumpkin and cinnamon, with a bit of a boozy finish. Had on tap at the Lighthouse Beer and Wine Festival in Wilminton, NC. chinchill (5548) - South Carolina, USA - OCT 23, 2015
UPDATED: OCT 25, 2015 On tap at Sanctuary Brewing in NC.
Good looking ale. It has a slightly hazy orange-amber body with a sizable mixed-density head. Excellent lacing.
Listed as 10% but drinks like 5% - remarkably well hidden alcohol. Really, it is hard to believe it could be over, say 6.5%. Some alcohol presence in the aroma, however.
The spicing is also nice and subtle. Pumpkin is evident, if less obvious than the malts or spicing.
Fine lingering spicy and bready flavor, whereas too many pumpkin ales leave an overwhelming flavor of pie or ’Fall’ spices.
Travlr (27363) - Charlotte, North Carolina, USA - NOV 14, 2014
Draft at the source. Hazy amber color. Aroma of subtle spice. Taste is malty gourd, light spice. Boozy. freekyp (2535) - Thomasville, North Carolina, USA - NOV 3, 2014
Spices are not overbearing here. Lots of pumpkin fruit character and lightly sweet. Massive amounts of lacing. Hides its ample alcohol content admirably. Pours clear amber. HourGlass13 (1156) - North Carolina, USA - NOV 1, 2014
Pours a deep amber color with light off white head. Aroma is pumpkin and spice. Taste was pumpkin but not too sweet or spicy like a lot of pumpkin ales. It has a mild balanced taste. Very well done. ABV content was high on this one, but you do not taste it. mbtrailbuilder (14) - , North Carolina, USA - SEP 15, 2014
Pumpkin ales tend to be too sweet for my taste, but this one isn’t. Imperial IPA and Pumpkin ale married together, and very well done. Most hops I’ve tasted in a Pumpkin ale, and that was just fine with me.