AlabastorJones (815) - Seattle, Washington, USA - OCT 20, 2006
super thick and big creamy head, clear copper color, spicy nose, coriander, nutmeg, tastes like ginger snaps, sweet rich malts, intricate and elaborate arrangement of flavors, the owl on the bottle is fucking frightening however... damn good, best pumpkin ale of the fall fo sho harrisoni (20052) - Ashford, Kent, ENGLAND - OCT 18, 2006
On tap at Elysian, Seattle. Copper, lasting beige head. Spice powder aroma, cinnamon and nutmeg. My first pumpkin ale. Oh god this is horrible. Not badly made, but just not my bag. TheBeerGod (6318) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 14, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 24, 2017 GABF 2006. I was initially surprised at how many pumpkin beers they had at GABF. I was, for some reason, jonesing for pumpkin beers. This was my first of the lot. Muddy orange. Nose is pumpkin pie mix, spice, ginger, and cinnamon. Taste is gingerbread cookies mixed with home made pumpkin pie. Not overdone on the spice. Rather drinkable. Body is medium with moderate carbonation. Ends with more pumpkin pie flavors, light cookie, and spices. Nice stuff! oldno7 (137) - Spokane, Washington, USA - OCT 12, 2006
Bottle on 9/24/2017. Didn't realize I had rated this prior but glad I got a full bottle. Muddy orange with a short, dense, tan head. Nose is pumpkin pie spices, light caramel, and hints of pumpkin pie. Taste is close to Pumking but also taste similar to a slice of pumpkin pie with whipped cream on it. Body is a bit thinner compared to Pumking and overall not as rich and decadent. Medium overall with a moderate, prickly carbonation. Ends with more pumpkin pie spices, sweet malt, light caramel and hints of pumpkin pie.
Pours a thick hazy orange with tons of chunks and a small beige head. Aroma is very strong of gingerbread, cinnamon, and spice. It has flavors of malts, carrot cake, hops, and nutmeg.
Very different. hophead75 (2012) - Largo, Florida, USA - SEP 30, 2006
GABF 06. Orange with a small to medium off white head. Aroma is spices and malt. Taste is assertive spices, pumpkin, and malt. Very well balanced...very fresh. Tastes like a fresh slice of pumpkin pie. Very well done.
patrick767 (4475) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - SEP 27, 2006
tap at the brewpub - Pours amber with a malt and spice aroma. The flavor is malt, pumpkin, and spices, as one might expect. The pumpkin and spice flavors are nicely balanced and quite tastey, as long as you don’t mind some pretty assertive spices, and I don’t. Don’t expect much hops here. Enjoyable. asteele8 (322) - Des Moines, Washington, USA - SEP 13, 2006
Bottle. Pours a nice amber color with a nice tan head on top. Aroma is amazing! Smells just like pumpkin pie. I absolutely love this smell and this time of the year. Aroma is pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and spice. Flavor is liquid pumpkin pie. Tasting pumpkin with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg as if that were the crust of the pie. Such a nice beer to drink during the fall months, especially with football on and the weather cooling down just a bit. More bottles will be purchased and this will be experienced on tap! DarkElf (3067) - La Jolla, California, USA - JUL 2, 2006
(22 oz bottle: Obtained 22-Dec-05 in trade with Larry Pitonka, thanks André!) Okay, now this is the way to do a pumpkin beer! Some might not like that this beer is sweet and very heavily spiced with nutmeg and I think cinnamon, but this tasty libation is pumpkin pie in liquid form. But what really pushes this pumpkin beer stand out is the solid malt base. We’re not talking about taking a nasty beer and throwing in some spices to cover it up. This would probably be a decent amber beer even without the spices, and I think that makes all the difference in the world. Bitterness is quite mild too, so there’s no interference, no combat for supremacy from the hops. A great flavor, and unlike almost all pumpkin beers I’ve tried, the aftertaste is still delicious. The nose is equally enjoyable, boasting a nice mix of sweet, pumpkin pie spices and caramely malts. Medium "plus" in body, and perhaps the sweetness might get a little cloying after drinking a full bomber, but two pints of a pumpkin beer is a lot anyway. Carbonation is fairly mild, but I think too much carbonation would detract from the tastiness of this beer. Rather orange in color, which is appropriate I suppose, but the beer is fairly cloudy, not to mention all the large particles that are circulating around in the beer. Unfortunately, the off-white head doesn’t build much height on the pour, settles to a wide ring and leaves no lacing on the glass, so appearance isn’t this beer’s strong suit. Regardless, I’m quite sure that this is one of the finest pumpkin beers I’ve ever tried. I usually avoid them like the plague, but if I were to see this on tap somewhere, I would definitely order a pint. Tasty stuff! harlequinn (2744) - Tacoma, Washington, USA - APR 7, 2006
This is a very solid spicy beer, with the malt background to back up all the spiciness. Not overwhleming clove and cinnamon like some others I have tried. Ample, but not overpowering, with rich pumpkin pie flavors mixed with some cinnamon, nutmeg and applie pie spice and just a lingering bit of ginger in the aftertaste. Very soothing and settling on the palate. acertain (249) - Seattle, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2006
Pours cloudy dark amber. Aroma of spices, especially nutmeg and cardamom. Flavor is decent, but a little watery, especially compared to the Great Pumpkin. Hints of pumpkin and the strong spices combine for a nice brew, and if it weren’t watery, it’d be awesome. Fortunately, the Great Pumpkin is all these things!