HogTownHarry (7287) - Toronto (Harbourfront), CANADA - OCT 27, 2009
Draught. At Cole’s, Buffalo NY. Hazy amber with an average diminishing off-white head. a GREAT aroma of pumpkin, pumpkin pie spice, cream and graham crackers - so moreish. Tastes similar, not quite as mouthwatering; Cool Whip ("why are you sounding the "H"?!!!) instead of whipped cream, so dry herbal bitterness. Light bodied, decent carbonation, mild alcohol, a hint of spice-astringency; it finishes quick, but leaves a pleasant spicy/biscuity linger - a solid pumpkin beer, and disturbingly easy to drink. ClarkVV (7050) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2006
2006 bottle drunk on 11/3/06swoopjones (7020) - Buffalo, New York, USA - OCT 11, 2006
Foamy, somewhat fizzy graham cracker colored head sticks to the side of the glass, but seems destined to dissipate to partial cover, rather quickly. Deeply burnished brass color with some strong auburn tints and a high clarity with plenty of carbonation.
Not much in the nose, very dry and spicy, with cinnamon and/or nutmeg blanketing much of the other character. Some fleshy, medium-dry pumpkin flavor breaks through and a touch of hard crystal malt (dry caramel and toffee). Reserved aroma, with no alcohol and too much spice.
Though as spicy as the nose suggests, the beer is actually more malty than expected. Medium-light bodied, with more dry, bready and crackery crystal malt (dry caramel again), but without the buttery/creamy sugariness that most in the style have. I actually found some fruitiness, a touch of toastiness and light cherry-cola notes, to go with a bit of sweet vanilla. Of course, the spices do come pretty hard on the finish, though a wetness to the texture helps soak them up. Medium amounts of loose carbonation do not help contribute to the malt presentation, however. No alcohol or flaws that I can find.
On tap at Coles, Buffalo NY. Aroma heavy on cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice. Medium body with decent white aromatic head. Pumpkin pie in a pint glass. prefer it over Post Road & it’s pretty comparable to Shipyard. One or two limit. Reccomend if you like these sort of things 5000 (6900) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 1, 2008
Bottle: Amber, a bit on the darker side, moderate foamy off-white head, decent lacing.   Big cinnamon and nutmeg nose.   For
some reason it reminds me of egg-nog a bit.   Perhaps its heavy on the nutmeg?   I do believe it is.   Flavor is like nut-meg
beer for me.   Weird, most beers I think of as Pumpkin beers, but this just reminds me of Egg-Nog beer.   I love Egg-Nog, so its no
surprise I do find this tasty.   Not as sweet as others, but remains fairly spicy from start to finish.   Body and mouthfeel are
moderate, nearly full.   Finish does have a slight astringent bite to it, very very subtle tho.   Nutmeg lingers for quite a while.
Decent, even if it reminds me almost more of Christmas than the Autumn season.   Thanks Chris for yet another good brew! Boutip (6669) - Gatineau, Quebec, CANADA - MAR 7, 2012
Bottle: Poured an orangey color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some light lacing. Aroma of cinnamon and cloves is quite strong with light pumpkin notes. Taste is also a nice mix between some strong notes of cinnamon and cloves with light pumpkin and some semi-sweet caramelized malt. Body is average with good carbonation. Well brewed with just about right amount of spices.
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 18, 2005
UPDATED: AUG 30, 2009 Bottle: Huge spice aroma. Loaded with ginger with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin. About as close to pumpkin pie as your going to get in a pumpkin beer aroma. Maybe a tad too much ginger, but I really like it. Pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head that diminishes quickly. Flavor is rather disappointing after the aroma. Very watery up front with light pumpkin. Flavor builds into a spicy ginger and cinnamon finish with light bitterness. A light sourness hides in the background. No doubt the overall score benefits from the aroma. Cletus (6351) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 16, 2007
Pours amber with a sparse amount of carbonation. Smells strongly of pumpkin pie spice (a little too much so). Tastes of sweet malt and spicy with some peppery undertones. I like my pumpkin beers on the spicy side, but this one is a bit overdone. cheap (6256) - CHINA - SEP 15, 2007
What an aroma of cloves, anisette and licorice, quite anesthetizing. Color is orange/ruby and clear. Has a small off white head. Wow, lots of pumpkin spice in this brew, more than any other I’ve tried. Certainly tries to imitate the fall pumpkin feeling. May be overdone on the spices. Yes, if you are looking for something that is like pumpkin pie without the sugar, you got it. But isn’t sweetness the major portion of a pumpkin pie? Barely any carbonation on the palate and what does exist is slight champagne creaminess. Finish is pumpkin spice all the way, don’t know if I can take more than two of these at a time. No bitterness detected but the spice is quite in your face. thirdeye11 (6162) - Dallas, Texas, USA - MAR 27, 2011
(Draught at GABF) clear golden, fine ring of white bubbles. Nose of pumpkin, huge cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet brown sugar, juniper and herbal. Taste of spruce tips, christmas *HUGE* spices, cloves, little bit of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Well carbonated, huge spice linger and allspice on the palate. Skyview (6115) - Papoose Jct, Minnesota, USA - OCT 17, 2007
Sampled from 12-oz bottle at Cellar’s Wine and Spirits in St Paul, MN. Pours a copper amber brew with a fast dissolving white head that leaves behind a ring and film top. Aroma of spiced pumpkin filling, cinnamon, nutmeg and some mince meat raisin. Taste is medium bodied, lightly carbonated with a pumpkin filling flavor. Finish is semi-sweet with a spicey pumpkin aftertaste. No doubt, Mr. Peter Peter would be proud of this one.