jgb9348 (6474) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - NOV 15, 2017
Ever so slightly copper coloured body with a nice, three centimetre tall off-white head. Aroma of pumpkin pie spice, bunches of allspice and canella, some coriander seed, a lot of brown and caramelised sugars and a dash of nutmeg in the mix - very nice and aromatic. Medium-bodied; Assertive spicey elements up front with the nutmeg, allspice and canella right in the front with some lighter malt notes, a touch of grain, a lot of brown sugars at the tail end and ending soft and subtle throughout. Aftertaste shows some nice sweetness with a perfect balance and structure of the spices with a good kick, but not pungency or overt potency. Overall, a very nice spice-based beer that shows the great sides of a pumpkin beer without too much pungency or spices, but a great balance, the only thing this could have used is more squash and body in the malt bill. I sampled this twelve ounce bottle purchased from Merchant's in Dearborn, Michigan on 10-December-2016 for US$1,99 sampled at home in Washington nearly a year later on 14-November-2017. Onslow (1527) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - MAR 2, 2016
Six packs being sold at $3.50 at Drake’s market - just had to go for it. Pour from a 12oz bottle. SLightly cloudy light amber brew with on inch of fizzy head, very consistent thin head that stays till the glass is drained. NIce aroma of pumpkin pie spice. Taste is sweet malt up front with mild pumpkin pie spices emerging int he middle of the swallow. Spices stay light but are nicely offset by the moderately sweet body. The sweetness and the somewhat creamy palate give it a nice pie like note. A bit of metal in the finish but otherwise nicely pumpkin. Not a typical March brew for me but one of the better pumpkin brews that I’ve sampled. katrinaez (2234) - norristown, Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 16, 2016
Nice light pumpkin. Easy to drink. Nice all spice. Easy light ale. Low orange yellow color.tap rumproasts (6035) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - DEC 20, 2015
bottle. Amber with one finger head. Pretty straightforward pumpkin ale. Mild pumpkin and light spice. Will give it credit for not being overdone.
superspak (6000) - Waterford, Michigan, USA - NOV 9, 2015
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, Fall 2015 bottling. Pours slightly hazy/cloudy orange/amber color with a 1-2 finger fairly dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a fair amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of pumpkin, brown sugar, toasted pie crust, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness. There was a light metallic note in there as well. Okay aromas with good complexity and solid balance of dark/bready malt and pumpkin/spice notes; with solid strength. Taste of pumpkin, brown sugar, toasted pie crust, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness. Light-moderate herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, brown sugar, toasted pie crust, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and herbal/toasted earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance, complexity, and robustness of dark/bready malt and pumpkin/spice flavors; with a great malt/bitter/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a very smooth, fairly creamy/bready, and lightly sticky mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 5.3%. Overall this is a solid pumpkin ale. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of dark/bready malt and pumpkin/spice flavors; and very smooth and easy to drink. The metallic note was a bit off-putting in the nose, but there was minimal amounts of it in the taste. An enjoyable offering.
arminjewell (9720) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - MAR 7, 2015
Pour on tap at the brewery, slightly hazy orange pour with thin white head, aroma brought notes of nice vanilla, pumpkin, graham cracker into some caramel, toffee, slight spicy note with cinnamon, clove. Taste is a mix of graham, vanilla, caramel into some pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice with a hint of cinnamon, finishing sweet. Nice. umich03jm (3512) - Flat Rock, Michigan, USA - MAR 18, 2014
Tap at Liberty. Pours a slightly hazy gold with a small foamy head that fades to a ring and leaves some webbing. Aroma has strong ginger along with other pumpkin pie spices. Some actual pumpkin makes it through with a little caramel as well. Taste mostly pumpkin pie spices but I think the ginger is a little to heavy. Light caramel. A bit watered down. tectactoe (3125) - Michigan, USA - JAN 10, 2014
Tap: very clear amber body with a quickly receding layer of white foam that leaves decent lacing behind. Aroma has notes of pumpkin spice, nutmeg, & gingerbread with a very mild steel-y caramel note & some sharp yeast. Some apple pie notes, too. Taste is full of decently bitter & leafy hops, cinnamon, gingerbread, warm & sweet apples, mild nutmeg & some faint graham cracker. Dry, toasty bread & bitter finish with very mild metallic notes. Nice pumpkin ale. Alextricity (509) - Michigan, USA - NOV 8, 2013
$5.25 pint at Boat Works in St. Clair Shores, Michigan.
Appearance: Slightly hazy pumpkin color with almost no head. Lacing is minimal. Looks like I expected it to.
Smell: Best part, no doubt. It really smells like pumpkin pie with a perfect amount of spice (I.E., it doesn’t burn your nose hairs). Nice sweetness, slight pumpkin, spicy... pretty much on point.
Taste/feel: Eh... a pint was more than enough for me. The taste at first is actually very nice, and better than I was expecting. Punkin Pie tastes just like the aroma, but it just doesn’t have that "Mm, I really want another sip." sort of thing going for it that I had with Screamin’ Pumpkin. I also got sick of the watery feel near the end of the glass. It’s a respectable pumpkin beer, and actually one of the better ones I’ve had, but it probably won’t blow your mind. Tmoney99 (14948) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2013
Draft. Poured clear orange copper color with an average white frothy head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid pie allspice aroma. Medium to full body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium to heavy spice sweet flavor with a medium spice sweet finish of moderate to long duration. Good spice with no pumpkin beer.