BrewBoxer (2667) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 15, 2016
Bottle. Cloudy dark bronze color with a thick head. Taste is sweet and a little artificial.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - FEB 23, 2016
Bomber poured into a pint glass.
3.5 A: Nearly clear light orange color. One and a half fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.
4.0 S: Smells great! The big appeal is the pumpkin itself. Too many pumpkin beers rely too heavily on the spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and maybe a touch of allspice. A touch of toastiness with a caramel backbone. Has just enough sweetness to make me happy.
3.75 T: Like the nose, the pumpkin is the star here. Same mix of spices as above. Malts offer light caramel and toastiness. The only issue I have is that it’s a bit too dry. Still, it’s very good.
3.5 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could use some more body and creaminess.
3.75 D: It’s rare to find a good pumpkin beer, so I’m quite happy.
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DavoleBomb, Nov 16, 2015 anthony850 (473) - Andover, New Jersey, USA - SEP 14, 2015
A lightly spiced pumpkin ale that was easy to drink.
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Sampled at Tap NY 2015, 4/25/15, S/H/V Rating #200!
ChadPolenz (1847) - Lakeland, Florida, USA - JAN 14, 2015
This is a pretty good example of the style. The pumpkin pie spices are prominent for sure here. Additionally, there are not a ton of pumpkin beers around Tap since it happens in April, so it made for a nice change of pace.
When it comes to pumpkin beers, it seems like fewer breweries are opting for pumpkin pie-flavored brews and instead opting for squashy/earthy/spicy recipes instead. It’s been a long time since I’ve had a pumpkin pie beer that really amazed me and Horseheads Pumpkin Ale has thankfully ended that drought. It’s quite literally liquid pumpkin pie – there isn’t much more that needs to be said.
mansquito (7144) - Nueva York, New York, USA - OCT 31, 2014
I poured a 22oz bomber into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $5.75 at the brewery ($0.26 per ounce).
Appearance: Surprisingly clear shade of pumpkin skin orange with visible carbonation. Pours to a fairly large, eggshell, foamy head which retains and laces rather well.
Smell: Almost identical to pumpkin pie. Huge cinnamon notes. Sweet and inviting.
Taste: Right away there’s a strong note of cinnamon and graham cracker (but I repeat myself). Other pumpkin spices like nutmeg and ginger seem to be noticeable, though subtle. The cinnamon dominates, creating for an almost waffle or pancake flavor. It’s not a prickly or spicy sensation, but is rather sweet. Little in the way of bitterness and nothing in the way of hops. The back end is the best part as it tastes of pumpkin puree; in other words – pumpkin pie. All that’s missing is a dollop of whipped cream.
Drinkability: If I had to knock this beer for anything it would be on its body. The mouthfeel is rather thin and only lightly carbonated. Though it tastes great, it doesn’t seem to have the energy level of a 7% ABV brew (feels closer to 5 or 6%). But at least there’s no alcohol presence at all. There’s a slightly slick sensation to the texture, but otherwise Horseheads Pumpkin Ale finishes clean. It might seem redundant, but it pairs well with pumpkin pie (or substitute it for pumpkin pie).
The Sampler, NYC tap: Pours orange with a white head. Aroma is a lot of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cardamom, along with a nice helping of sweet malts. Taste is accordingly very spicy. Pumpkin spice is most powerful. There is little in the way of hops. I feel this is what mainstream pumpkin ales want to be, but are scared to be.