oakleyrudy (1) - - SEP 28, 2012 does not count
I’m rating this on two separate occasions. Out of the bomber (from Phil’s in Stockton, NJ) this beer tasted great. Of all the pumpkin beers in the 2012 season, this one was the closest to the great taste. It was very balanced, and was quite enjoyable. It definitely had numerous spice notes and just enough (but not too much pumpkin) to make it tasty. Poured with heavy carbonation which settled down fairly quickly.
The second attempt (four-pack from Phil’s in Stockton, NJ) was over-malty. The regular bottles were unbalanced and not as smooth. It tasted more like a Scottish Ale than an Imperial Pumpkin. It was not as enjoyable and the pumpkin flavor was low and away. It poured with minimal carbonation and deep color. I would recommend the bomber bottles over the four-pack. gripweed57 (2854) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2012
12 ounce bottle. Deep amber, red color. Small bubbly beige head. Rich pumpkin pie aroma upfront. Hints of clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and caramel. Tangy toasted caramel malt flavor is a cross between a caramel apple and pumpkin pie. Lot’s of flavor here. Pecans, cloves, raisins, vanilla and allspice come to mind. Medium to full bodied with a residual sweetness you’d expect for the style. Some sticky hops in finish. One of the best pumpkin ales i have tried. Beerathon (1681) - Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 16, 2012
How does this beer not have a higher rating on here? I was just at a brewfest and this easily was winner of the show. So much going on, from the aroma, to the taste, to the palate, to the overall effect. Loved it! I’m not a pumpkin beer fan by any means, but this is great. Lots of sweet malts and spices. Yum. Fr33ze (1) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 8, 2012 does not count
Easily my favorite pumpkin beer. Tastes like a Troegs Mad Elf with pumpkin replacing the the chocolate. From first taste, I’d already decided I was on the way back to the beer store to stock up on a couple of cases for this season. Dunt (321) - Illinois, USA - SEP 7, 2012
Received as an extra, poured into my Portsmouth tulip. Brownish orange in color with about a fingers worth of off-white head. Nose is composed primarily of spice, in particular nutmeg and cinnamon. There is also some light pumpkin and vanilla. Flavors starts of spice as well, but ends with a weird vegetal taste. Not all that pleasant. Moderate mouthfeel with good carbonation, slightly oily, and a moderate finish. Pretty run of the mill pumpkin ale. A lot of emphasis on the spice and not enough focus on the actual pumpkin. Decent beer, but I am happy getting it as an extra instead of buying it myself.
boxofrane (2559) - Spring City, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 2, 2012
From the Bottle at lucky lab. Aroma is full of spice, especially nutmeg and clove. Taste is very balanced with a lot of pumpkin and a good bit of cinnamon and nutmeg. Really nice. chicowv (477) - Canaan Valley, West Virginia, USA - AUG 30, 2012
12 oz bottle with Casey. Pours a dark, ruby, copper color with zero head. Decent CO2 release throughout. Aroma of pumpkin pie spices and pumpkin with caramel malts and dough. Taste is moderately spiced, heavy pumpkin, slightly salty. Smooth overall, especially for 9%. Pretty good pumpkin but too much spice for my taste. Godofthecellar (678) - NYC, New York, USA - AUG 19, 2012
pours a dark amber brown. smells like thanksgiving! im surprised this beer got such low reviews. i think this beer is delicious and the flavor completely masks the 9% abv. the flavor of pumpkin is light, with a spicy after taste tcane7 (1674) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 10, 2012
Bomber with coworkers. Pours a clean brown with thick tan head. Nose is pumpkin spices - cinnamon, clove, notes of vanilla. Taste is a little bit like cola up front with pumpkin spices and slight pumpkin that recedes into a slightly bitter boozy finish. vtafro (7444) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - AUG 6, 2012
Bottle. Brown pour with some tan lacing. Cinnamon, spices and some lighter pumpkin aromas. Cinnamon and spice with lighter pumpkin flavors, not all that much of a sweet tone.