mjs (7470) - Helsinki, FINLAND - OCT 24, 2009
(Draught at HB Union Square) Amber and clear. Medium sized white head. Spices, treacle and malts in aroma. Medium bodied palate with medium carbonation. Sweetness, malts, treacle, spices, roastedness and bitterness. Treacle, roastedness and malts in aftertaste. CUJO (383) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 14, 2009
sample: definitely better than anticipated, thought this would have been lifeless. The brew’s got all the usual pumpkin pie ingredients in taste and nose. The body is very thin while making it very drinkable, for this style particularly weak. bconger (144) - Birmingham, Alabama, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Draught at blind tiger in NYC. Copper pour with a thin off white head with little lacing. Aromas of Cotten candy and clove. A nutty taste up front quickly gives way to cloves and nutmeg. There is a persistent underlying pumpkinness, but it’s more old pumpkin pie than fresh pumpkin. The beer has a somewhat unpleasent lingering bitterness. Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 27, 2009 Seen ads for this sucker all over the city on phone booths and such. The guy with 2 teeth freaks me out. Tried on tap at empire state location. Pour is a copper amberish with some collective white head atop. Decent amounts of nutmeg and cinnamon spice. Wasn’t lacking in flavor as I expected. Body could have been a bit meatier but over decent. blipp (9373) - La Mesa, California, USA - SEP 13, 2009
Draft. Pours golden orange with a thin head. Sweet malty aroma with nutmeg and other spices. The flavor has nutmeg, ginger, and a light sweetness. Average.
DSG (14921) - Tel Aviv, ISRAEL - NOV 29, 2008
(10/22/08) Draught sample at the brewpub at Empire State Building, New York. Hazy deep golden color. Aroma full of pumpkin, brown sugar and spices. Sweet flavor of pumpkin, some malt, sugary notes and buttery hints. Medium-bodied. rugbydude05 (478) - Bridgewater, NJ, New Jersey, USA - OCT 24, 2008
Tap at Union Square. Pours a light rusty color, fantastic aroma of spices and pumpkin. Taste is mildly bitter, sweet and spicy. Fuller body than the rest of the heartland brews. Average palate, no aftertaste. argo0 (14127) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 19, 2008
(draft, 43rd St) Crystal clear amber body with off-white head. Aroma is medium sweet, nutmeg. Taste is medium sweet, nutmeg, some allspice, ginger, light clove. Light-medium body. KnutAlbert (6753) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 14, 2008
On tap at Empire State Building.
Sure there is fruitiness, but they have also used the whole spice rack, which is too much for me. I will never be a strong pumpkin ale fan! mgoy (344) - New York, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2008
On tap at the Union Square location
Heartland Smiling Pumpkin Ale is a clear orange color with a small, orange-tinted head. The aroma is light and non-descript while the flavor is also lacking in character.