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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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2.9
Rastacouere (6177) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2010
Even though I did not like the beer, I reckon its appearance was attractive. It pours Orval coloured and with a large, relatively lacy white foam of uniform tight bubbles, not rocky, but charming enough. Upon smelling, the spices take a dominant stance. Nutmeg, allspice and ginger are the main culprits, veiling the biscuity (of course one bends towards saying pie-like) malt profile. Very sweet on the palate and quite hot on top of it, a heat that is enhanced by the ginger/nutmeg spiciness. Whatever else is going on goes mostly unnoticed. While the alcohol clearly states that this is 8%+, the complexity you’d expect is not there, hops being a non factor while malts feel fairly limited. Nevertheless, the texture is quite suitable. It’s a relatively thick offering, having a bready, cakey chewiness which is tamed by an adequate, small-bubbled, active carbonation. It’s just not all that interesting when a would-be sipper does not have the depth to keep one captivated (and is very sweet/not very drinkable), a truth that is only accentuated further by its 660mL conditioning.

2.8
thirdeye11 (6160) - Dallas, Texas, USA - JAN 20, 2010
( 22oz bomber thanks to BMan1113VR) Pours clear orange with nice oily bubbles. Nose of sourness, pumpkin mash and cinnamon. Taste is heavy on cinnamon, bad/rotten pumpkin and lingers the same way on my tongue. Really not very well done.

3.5
sonnycheeba (5988) - Federal Hill, Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 16, 2012
Tap. Pours clear amber/copper with thin, fizzy white head; short retention and minimal lacing. Aroma is pumpkin, caramel and cookie malts, vanilla, nutmeg, floral hops, and light spice. Flavor matches the nose with sweet malts forward, pumpkin, vanilla, nutmeg, and light hops towards the end; dry finish. Medium body and low carbonation.

3.5
thornecb (5907) - Marblehead, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Pours amber into a Sam glass. White head with medium retention recedes leaving spot lacing. Pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon aromas. Slick with pumpkin, nuts and cinnamon. Lasting hot cider finish.

3.8
Cybercat (5832) - Georgia, USA - OCT 22, 2011
Malty aroma has a firm overtone of pumpkin and cinnamon - very October indeed. It pours a slightly hazy coppery amber with a thin pale pumpkin-orange head, but the condition of the head may be an artifact of the pour. Lip-smacking malty flavor has firm tones of pumpkin and cinnamon with hints of cloves and fruit and a bit of an alcohol nip. Texture has above average body and is smooth with a subtle fizz, leaving an edgy, malty, pumpkin finish. Perfect for this time of year!

4.1
superspak (5584) - Michigan, USA - MAR 9, 2011
22 ounce bottle. Pours slightly hazy orange color with a foamy 2 finger white head with average retention that reduces to a very thin cap. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and brown sugar. Taste of cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and some clove; with the pumpkin flavors in the background with some pie crust noticed. The finish is fairly dry, but there is some lingering notes of sweetness, with some spices. No bitterness noticed, but it fits this style perfectly. Alcohol was very well hidden, only a very small warming after the finish noticed. Quite drinkable because of the good flavor, and very smooth going down. Medium carbonation and body. I was actually letting this sit in the fridge for a while, afraid to try it, because I didn’t know what to expect. Most pumpkin beers can be done very badly, but this one is done very well, and I would definitely have it again. Delicious.

3.4
Rciesla (5499) - Exit 15W, New Jersey, USA - DEC 30, 2010
Bottle. Pours a copper orange body with a white head and poor retention. Strong spices incense like, hints of pumpkin, soft cinnamon notes. Modest warming seems a bit grainy. Alright.

3.5
burg326 (5482) - Florida, USA - MAR 27, 2012
22 ounce bottle pours a murky orange color with aromas of caramel, allspice, some pumpkin, cinnamon, and some brown sugar. Flavor is sweet up front with some allspice and some pumpkin thrown in. Surprised at this one, and a nice beer overall that I would drink again.

3.5
jkwood04 (5448) - Connecticut, USA - NOV 28, 2012
22oz bottle in a snifter. Pours ruby/copper with a lacy, beige head. Aroma of pumpkin, spices, caramel, and a little bit of hops. Flavor the same, with a nice blend and a little bit of alcohol on the finish. Smooth texture. A decent pumpkin beer.

3.7
markwise (5441) - North of Tampa, Florida, USA - NOV 12, 2010
Thanks to tampapourhouse for the share. Pours orange with a white head. Nose is pumpkin, allspice, sugar, slight vanilla, and slight booze. Flavor is similar with lingering pumpkin and spice. Better than the average pumpkin beer, but not as good as a Pumking or a Good Gourd.


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