GrainBeltGuzzler (249) - Goodhue, Minnesota, USA - DEC 19, 2004
Pretty solid beer, I would say that it has more of the spiciness that is associated with Pumpkin pie, than the actual pumpkin flavor, kind of a spicy sweet flavor, no real hops to speak of, good but not really a style that I would repeat much
heemer77 (5360) - Urbandale, Iowa, USA - DEC 12, 2004
UPDATED: JUL 8, 2005 Thin white head with a dark, cloudy body. The aroma is fairly spicy with nutmeg and mace. Also the pumpkin and soem earthy must comes out. The taste has a funky tartness under the pumpkin. It is hard to get past the tartness. A lame lager beer and probably the worst pumpkin beer I have had. Thanks Secret Santa. crizay (1050) - Brook Park, Ohio, USA - DEC 1, 2004
Tasted just like pumpkin pie, there’s so much spice and flavor to it, so if you like pumpkin pie you’ll love this, but I don’t like pumpkin pie that much, so I won’t get it again. MaxPower (961) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - NOV 24, 2004
Cloudy golden-orange color, aroma of cinnamon and pumpkin. Small white head that doesn’t last, not much lacing either. Pumpkin , ginger, cinnamon and butter bread flavors, Medium body body with a buttery mouthfeel, finishes pretty sweet, I had a tough time finishing the bottle.
Goblincat (399) - Petersburg, Michigan, USA - NOV 16, 2004
Pours amber with a small Head. Nose is heavy with pumpkin and spice... Very strong scent. Taste is almost too overpowering with pumpkin spices. I know that’s what this is marketed as, so I won’t discredit for that. Anyone looking for liquid pumpkin pie won’t be disappointed.
beerinmarch (2830) - Washington, USA - NOV 4, 2004
Pours a perfectly transparent amber with a small white head. Tons of sweet pumpkin pie in the nose, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a light hopping. Taste is very sweet and light malty. All the pumpkin pie is present, if this brew were as thick as darklord it would be like drinking pumpkin pie. Very well balanced. Slightly thin on the palate with the cinnamon trailing off in the background. JoeM500 (1909) - Crown Point, Indiana, USA - NOV 1, 2004
Pumpkin meat orange with a thin, whispy head. Strong notes of spice: coriander, ginger, cinnamon, clove. Pumkin pie is the best way to describe the nose, the taste is first laden with spice and vegetable, with lots of dryness at the finish. One of the best pumpkin beers out there. StewardofGondor (2088) - Washington Heights - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 27, 2004
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2005 Rerate based on two follow-up tastings: one was a fresh bottle from the 2005 batch, the other from the Autumn 2004 run in the spring of 2005. I would swear that this recipe has changed for the worse over time. Nowhere near as good as it is fresh on tap at the brewery, or newly bottled in 2002 and 2003. Regardless, my original review, slightly tweaked to reflect what you’d get today, is below...PorterPounder (8294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 23, 2004
One of the better pumpkin beers I’ve had. Glorious aroma of pumpkin paired with spices - nutmeg and cinnamon are the most prominent. Cleansing, crisp and slightly spiced on the palate. Creaminess is interrupted by an acidic bite, distorting the other wise similar flavor to pumpkin pie with a scoop of buttercream on top. Always a tradition to get a sixer of this when it’s in season.
Pleasant pumpkin pie spice aroma with some Christmas spice and cinnamon in there as well - quite nice - mostly downhill after that. Light off white head sits atop the light copper pour with some floaties speckled about. Flavor has a brief pumpkin pie spice splash, but settles to a bland vegetable like flavor. Has a bit of pepper in there as well and as it warms, tastes similar to spiked hot cider. The aftertaste is not unlike some malt liquors - slighlty fusel alcohol-like. Started with high possibilities. DavidP (1748) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 15, 2004
Clear amber body. Tastes like pumpkin pie filling but with less sweetness and more of a cooked vegetable and bitter spice flavor. A "gardeny" taste. Pretty light aroma - features more of the organic parts of pumpkin. Not that great overall. I think the aroma has better "pumkin beer" character than the flavor does, mostly due to the cooked vegetable notes.