5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - OCT 1, 2016
Can:   Comes across as a moderate example, spices are there and in some ways are heavy but not bright.   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Some brown sugar as well.   Despite being heavy spiced up front, it falls off quickly.   Surprised to see this as 7.9%.   A little earthy bitterness after the finish.   Average example, needs to be brighter tho. Prufrockstar (2132) - Moscow, Idaho, USA - SEP 24, 2016
Can at home, paired with my wife’s pumpkin bread. She makes the best pumpkin bread. Seriously the best. So it’s a lot for this beer to live up to. Pours clear amber with head that dissipates immediately. This smells and tastes like an imperial Amber that’s been spiced up with pie spice (nutmeg, clove, cinnamon). Bread, candy, and caramel. Sweet, but not quite sweet enough to carry spice. Medium body, average carbonation. Slipstream (2660) - USA - AUG 16, 2016
On draft at Mac & Joe’s. This is malty, with the right amount of spice and pumpkin. There is a little ginger and allspice too. A good pumpkin ale. Brigadier (3710) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - MAR 31, 2016
12 ounce can
DavoleBomb (1867) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 30, 2016
A clever name and eye catching packaging pulled this seasonal into my cart during a visit to the Cincinnati area. It managed to impress with little reason to waste even a drop. One again MadTree affirms a risk by providing great rewards.
Aroma / Appearance - The deep mahogany body presents itself like a caramel brownie decorated by a scoop of vanilla ice cream. Nutmeg, spiced pumpkin pie, and cinnamon drive the agenda with little bready notes to steer it to the other end of the spectrum.
Flavor / Palate - Pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg lighten the mood. An assertive transition and finish glow with warmth as the 8% ABV makes itself known. A long lasting finish lets you enjoy it well past the final sip. This seasonal doesn’t back down and also doesn’t disappoint.
Poured into a perfect pint.
3.0 A: Clear orange amber color. One finger of beige soda type head that falls quickly and leaves no lacing.
4.0 S: Rich caramel and molasses. Loads of cinnamon with ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. Moderate toastiness. Good amount of pumpkin and sweetness overall.
3.75 T: Good mix of pumpkin and the spices listed above. Caramel and molasses. Toasty malts.
3.25 M: Lighter medium body. Good moderate carbonation. A touch of creaminess. Super smooth.
3.75 D: I hate to say this, but I think last year’s was better. I remember it being richer in taste and creamier. In fact I remember it as the best brew produced in Cincinnati. Now it’s still solid, but it isn’t phenomenal.
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BuckeyeBoy (8173) - Boise, Idaho, USA - DEC 4, 2015
12oz can thanks to Jeff. Pours out a rusty amber topped with a sand head. Nose is light pumpkin more squash and earthy tones with some spice. Taste is more of the earthy notes a little sweetness and the spice. Gription79 (2891) - Bountiful, Utah, USA - DEC 2, 2015
Poured from a 12 ounce can. Pour a a cloudy brown with very little head. The aroma is malty, the spicing is restrained, not one spice stands out. The flavor shows the spices a little better, cinnamon, nutmeg, malty. This is well done, great balance. drfabulous (8224) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - NOV 17, 2015
12 ounce can. Nice looking pour. Amber color. Some decent aroma and taste of pumpkin and pumpkin spice. crajun (1253) - , Texas, USA - NOV 7, 2015
haven’t really craved pumpkin beers this year - this was very nice. aroma was pumpkin, malt spices. taste was same and perfectly balanced - on the sweet side - balance of malt/ pumpkin and spice was just right. arn8897 (412) - Trenton, Ohio, USA - OCT 14, 2015
On tap at Max and Erma’s. Pours a dark hazy copper color with a white head. Aromas of pumpkin and spice. Taste the same with some malty sweetness. Nice beer. Light palate. Decent lacing in the glass. Very nice.