Brigadier (3680) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2009
650 ml bottle
ChainGangGuy (4894) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2009
I am always game for a new pumpkin seasonal so as soon as I saw this on the shelf (reasonably priced no less) I picked up a bottle. It took a while to get through but the payoff was worth it.
Aroma / Appearance - Mildly carbonated with a orange hue the color of the setting sun this glowed brilliantly. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and a squash character gave it some depth but nothing too rich. As with any solid pumpkin ale the aroma of warm pie filled the air.
Flavor / Palate - Strong and spicy the kick settles down after a while. Leaving a trace of nutmeg on the throat it hides the ABV dangerously well. Like pumpkin pie mixed into alcoholic form this is a well done seasonal.
12 ounce bomber - $4.99 at Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, robust dark orange body with a susdy, frothy, ivory-colored head. It thins down into a fine, thin layering, though it has some nice staying power.
Smell: Well-spiced, bready nose with plenty of chunky pumpkin notes. It’s a nicely fragrant bowl stirred up with brown sugar, cinnamon, and bread crumbs is what it is.
Taste: It’s bready, sweet, and spicy. Dry, crumbly, lightly toasted bready malt profile generously coated in dark brown sugar and cinnamon and nutmeg. This one has just the right amount of pumpkin flesh flavor. Mildly bitter though with a restrained hop character, allowing for the spices to shine. The very faintest touch of warming alcohol nearing the end. Drying, spicy finish with a faint, lingering taste of pumpkin.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A good, admirable, though not great pumpkin brew, but I will certainly say it exceeded my modest expectations after the lackluster showing of the previous members of the Mutiny Fleet. Give it a try, provided you’re a fan of pumpkin ales! mixmasterob (1057) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - SEP 27, 2010
Served from a cask @ The Porter in Five Points. This was one of the most fresh smelling pumpkin beers I have tried. Super strong spicy aromas mixed with a big pumpkin presence. Just delightful. This stuff tastes on par with how it smelled. Super intense array of pumpkin pie like spices and pureed pumpkin mixed with a big mouthfeel made this super enjoyable. An 8oz pour is about all I could take being that it was so full flavored. I love cask ales. Boliv (1150) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2010
Bomber. Pours hazy reddish copper with a medium off-white head. Aromas of sweet caramel malt, pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Flavor is sweet sugary gourd, tons of cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, and alcohol. Hot, peppery alcohol and spices in the finish accompany buttered pie crust sprinkled with sugar. Medium carbonation, full-bodied, creamy, sweet, and warming. Sweet stuff, but I like it; nicely spiced, a little boozy, and warming...mmmm. j12601 (11573) - Poughkeepsie, New York, USA - OCT 2, 2010
Bottle courtesy of Justin. Pours a just clear orange, with a slight touch of haze under a medium sized beige head. Spice, a bit of pumpkin and vanilla. Medium bodied and smooth. Spicy light bitter finish. Pretty good, but the bourbon version was much nicer.
hershiser2 (3205) - Charlottesville, Virginia, USA - DEC 12, 2010
Bottle. Pours a hazy orange-amber with two inches of off-white head. Smells of rich spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, as well as some pumpkin. OH a nice strong spiciness, lots of pumpkin pie flavor, including crust. Finihses with a creamy pepper. RolkaNation (141) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - MAR 30, 2011
22oz bomber poured in snifter. Hazy burnt orange color with thin, creamy head that dissipates quickly. Aroma is full of cream, toasty/bready notes, and caramel. Taste is great with pumpkin, nutmeg, and other spices before giving way to a creamy dry finish. Boozey all the way through and nice on the palate too. Good beer. Drake (13726) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - AUG 7, 2011
Bomber from Vintage Cellar in Blacksburg, VA, opened 6/28/11. This has a bit of age on it. Pours a hazy orange color with gobs of floating matter. Large creamy offwhite head. Decent head retention and lacing. Aroma of pumpkin, squash, clove and other spices. The taste is pumpkin, brown sugar, pie spices, a bit of squash. Medium-full bodied. Cracking this the wrong season, but its quite nice.
nittanyjim (118) - - DEC 2, 2011
Orange/amber color. Very nice pumpkin pie and spice nose, no alcohol apparent. Very smooth and creamy mouthfeel despite the moderate carbonation. Taste is about as similar to pumpkin pie as I’ve had in a beer. A bit of a bitter finish with a little alcohol warming. Parrothead (294) - Ephrata, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 4, 2011
22oz bomber. Pours a hazy dark orange color with a thin creamy head.Nose of allspice, nutmeg, malt. Thick oily mouthfeel - you can just about chew it. Wonderful flavor - you can taste the pumpkin but it is not overwhelming, with just the right amount of hops to balance out all of the sweetness. At 8%ABV you can’t drink many of these, our you’ll walk the plank! Arrgghh!!