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RATINGS: 247   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The secret is in the 2.5 pounds of spice per barrel for this fall brew. We add the pumpkin during the mash at precisely the right time to create just the perfect balance of malt, hops, pumpkin and spice.

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3.7
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jcos (1851) - Maryland, USA - NOV 2, 2009
22oz bottle from Norms Beer and Wine. Nice color, decent pumpkin aroma. Sweet pumpkin taste that covers the 8% alcohol. Im adding this beer to my favored pumpkin beers list.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
kassner (1634) - Wexford, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 2, 2009
This was a really nice full bodoed but balanced and mellow seasonal. While the alcohol was hwefty it did not impact that much. Very slightly cloudy

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
JaBier (7674) - Capital City, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2009
22oz bottle. Clear amber pour with a thin off-white head. Malty aroma with brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spicy and malty flavor up front that is fantastic, but quickly turns a bit boozy and has a weird finish. Aside from the finish, very good beer.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fevernova (222) - Willoughby, Ohio, USA - NOV 1, 2009
22 oz Bottle -- Pours vibrant cloudy orange with a thin white head. Strong spice on the nose with unique tartness. Great balance in malt and spice character. Some hints of dried fruit. Medium body with a bitter finish.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6582) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Happy Halloween! This pours a hazy, opaque rusty orange, with a finger-thick head of white foam. The aroma is pure autumn, with an apple spice kick. In the flavor, it comes across as a spiced cider more than a pumpkin ale, with a body thats much lighter and juice-like than any other "imperial" brew I can recall. Enjoyable on a cold trick-or-treat night. (#3723, 10/31/2009)

3.4
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 17/20
twindog (274) - Hampstead, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Pours opaqe with a thin off white cream head. Brusting with nutmag, cinnaman and apple cider overall this is a good pumpkin ale

2.8
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
fistfull (30) - Halethorpe, Maryland, USA - OCT 31, 2009
The funny thing about this brew is that I smell and taste old-fashioned grape salt water taffy; no doubt a fruity ester... There is a background note of nutmeg, if faint. The pumpkin flavor does not shine, nor does the overall flavor; not bad, just not to my liking.

3.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 16/20
Slipstream (2571) - USA - OCT 31, 2009
On tap at Capones. A richly flavored pumpkin ale, sweet and spicy, with clove and pumpkin flavors. Very nice - another high quality offering from Heavy Seas.

2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 1/20
Maltajo (329) - Tucson, Arizona, USA - OCT 29, 2009
1pt 6fl oz. Bottle Thanks to DChmela and his Super Sixpack Shipper. Nice frothy pour with a huge nose full of cinnamon and spice. Dark amber hazy appearence. Bold spice flavor with a coppery finish. Nice label but there are better pumpkins out there. Happy 100 Ratings! HAPPY HALLOWEEN!

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jhumphries69 (1034) - Tyrone, Georgia, USA - OCT 26, 2009
22oz bomber. Pours a cloudy glowing orange with old gold and tan highlights and a medium-sized light tan head that leaves a few thin wisps of lace on the glass. The aroma is rich with cakey malts, brown sugar, and lots of pumpkin spice - ginger, allspice, clove... The flavor starts cakey and toasty with a decent bit of malt sweetness. There is also a strong pumpkin spice note up front that lasts throughout. The maltiness turns to caramel and toffee towards mid-palate. A growing balancing neutral bitterness emerges towards mid-palate as well, along with a modest bitterness from the soft taste of ethanol (that is actually quite well-hidden until you realize that the bitterness tastes more like alcohol than hops). The finish is dry, bready malty, and spicy (cinnamon emerges as a strong contender, unlike in the nose). It is also mildly warming with a soft booziness (again, well-hidden at first -- gets stronger after a few sips). The mouthfeel is crisp and full-bodied with a slight astringency from the combination of spices and alcohol. Overall, a decent pumpkin beer that is surprisingly strong in all aspects. I think a little more age would do it nicely (the alcohol becomes more apparent after you drink a bit - and age would mellow out both the alcohol and the strong spiciness which is a bit strong on some spots of the tongue).


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