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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 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1327) - Windermere, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2009
22 oz bomber. This one pours a dark orange color topped by a small off white colored head that leaves thin rings of lace behind. The aroma is nice and shows good balance between the toffee and caramel malts, cinnamon, ginger, and clove spices and fleshy pumpkin. The flavor follows with the sweet toffee malts and fleshy pumpkin up front followed by subtle spices of cinnamon and ginger snap and touch of floral hops. Just a hint of vanilla bean comes through as well and adds nice flavor. Medium to full bodied with balanced carbonation and finishes with some spices and hops on the finish. I like how the spices were subtle in this focusing more on the fresh pumpkin and malts. Definitely one of the better pumpkin beers I have had in awhile.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
radagast83 (7602) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - NOV 8, 2009
On tap. Pours a dark transparent orange color with a very thin white head. Aroma is of pumpkin pie - completely pumpkin and spice. It is very smooth and the alcohol is quite hidden.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
daknole (10919) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2009
orange pour. This one has the normal pumpkin and spice aroma but also has more hops than most pumpkin beers. And flavor is much hoppier than most pumpkins. The minute you think the spice and pumpkin might be too much you get a really nice hit of hops. A really good twist on the normal pumpkin beer,.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Elwood (3336) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - JUL 7, 2010
Serving: 22 oz. bottle from Whole Foods Reston.
It pours a deep orange color with a small, foamy, white head. The head settles to a thin white sheet across the top. The nose is malty and sweet like fresh pumpkin pie. There is a fair bit of pumpkin spice in there too. The taste is spiced, sweet, and malty with a fairly bitter backbone. Lots of pumpkin flavor and lots of pumpkin spice without being too much or tasting and smelling like a pumpkin pie candle. Medium to rich in body with average carbonation and a lingering pumpkin bitterness. Definitely one of the better examples of a pumpkin ale Ive had.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - OCT 1, 2010
Presentation: It was poured from a brown 1pt. 6oz bottle into a tulip glass. The label has its ABV (8%) and a short description but no freshness or born on date. Appearance: Its body has a very nice deep honey amber color with about an inch of off white foam head. It has some visible carbonation and fine yeast sediment suspended in the body making it hazy. Its head fades to just a wispy thin layer and leaves a little spotty lace near the top of the glass. Smell: The nose has heavy pie spice and sweet honey like notes with bready malt, a slight vanilla note and faint hops. Taste/Palate: There is a sweet maltiness with notes of honey and vanilla up front with heavy cinnamon and pie spice right behind it. Under that there is just a hint of pumpkin or squash like flavor. In the finish I get a mix of pie spice and hop spice with some mild bitterness and acidity. Notes For me it was a little heavy on the spice but still good overall.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
udflyerfan07 (173) - Dayton, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2010
Bomber bought from belmont. Poured a nice orange color with little head. Nice aroma of spice and herbs. Really good beer especially for fall. Havent tried the Greater yet.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
fidelis83 (2270) - Clinton, Iowa, USA - OCT 15, 2010
Pours a hazy amber with a thin, creamy, white head. Aroma is pumpkin pie spice, mostly cinnamon, some nutmeg, vanilla, fresh pumpkin, caramel and a touch of citrus, very inviting aroma, the spice level strikes a nice balance. Flavor is planty, fresh pumpkin, pale malt, lots of nutmeg, some cinnamon, vanilla pudding, caramel, Irish whiskey(?), some alcohol and toffee come out as it warms. Palate is medium bodied, creamy on entry, dry and slightly oily to the finish, with a medium, slightly sharp carbonation and an interesting sort of spicy heat to it, cinnamon maybe. Good stuff

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jmm635 (1000) - Havertown, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 25, 2010
Bright orange color with a thin, creamy white head. Aroma is full of nutmeg. More pumpkin flavor on the tongue with noticeable alcohol. Could have been a bit more subtle.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
markwise (5305) - 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.

3.7
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 14/20
DYCSoccer17 (3663) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 22, 2010
22 ounce bottle purchased at Barks Beer Cave in Plattsburgh, NY. Aroma has light pumpkin spices like nutmeg. Not too much else in terms of spiciness. There is a bit of ethanol present retronasally. Maybe there is also some white pepper in there. Transparent copper body with a medium, fairly strong off-yellow head that leaves good lacing. Starts pretty sweet and caramelly, before this becomes a little spicy in the middle with hints of ginger spiciness and some nutmeg. This has a pretty creamy, caramelly, and chewy body. Finishes with some good roastiness and some lingering ginger spiciness. This is well-balanced and not over the top. The body is really nice on this, too. Easy-drinking.


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