polomagnifico (1202) - Saginaw, Michigan, USA - SEP 17, 2011
Bottle. Aroma has notes of pumpkin, nutmeg, gingerbread, nuts and brown sugar. Hazy medium orange hue with an average white foamy head that mostly diminished and left ok lace. Flavor is medium-heavy sweet. Palate is medium to full bodied and oily soft. Overall a nice pumpkin ale that is enjoyable and balanced. DrnkMcDermott (3123) - Downers Grove, Illinois, USA - OCT 9, 2003
Draft, on premises Well, ya either like pumpkin or ya don't. And I do like this one. This has everything a pumpkin pie has except the Crisco. Has a strong pie taste, but not unpleasantly so. This 2003 edition (listed as 5.0% ABV) nicely balances the pumpkin and spice aspects, though at the cost of the beer flavor. Certainly would taste best fresh at the brewery, so make a stop! Silphium (3199) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - DEC 25, 2003
This is the "Screamin' Pumpkin Spiced Ale," which I assume is the same beer. This clear orange beer poured with an off-white creamy head and spicy nutmeg aroma. Rather full-flavored, with nutmeg and cinnamon joining forces. A wee bit of bready malts peek through the spicy morass. Decent example of a style that is otherwise wearing thin on me at this point. flemdawg (563) - Rowlett, Texas, USA - JAN 16, 2005
Orangeish brown in color with suspended particles in the body along with a tan head. The expected pumpkin aroma along with some cinammon and nutmeg spices. Some pumpkin taste and spices . A typical pumpkin beer, but this one may have lost a bit as it is somewhat old. SuIIy (1983) - Burlington, Vermont, USA - OCT 13, 2005
12oz Bottle. Pours a light brown color with very minimal fizzy head. Nose is pumpkin pie, light nuts. Taste is mostly pumpkin, a bit fall spicy, some carbonation, with a sour, lightly bitter finish.
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. BigBeer45 (1554) - Michigan, USA - OCT 25, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 10, 2006 12 oz. bottle, poured a light brown amber color with some red, this pumpkin ale looked more red then the other pumpkin ales I have had, some bubbles that stayed around a bit, that spices jump out compared to the other pumpkin ales, a bite on the tongue in the after taste, I do not know if it is the hops or the spices, this smells like a piece of pumpkin pie in your glass, the spices overwhelm the pumpkin, I had to search for the pumpkin in this one, pumpkin is hardly there in the brew, this ale left some lacing on the glass, there is a bit of bitterness on the palate after swallowing, little dry on the palate, not as thirst quenching as some other pumpkin ales but I liked the kick in the nose with the spices, just wished the pumpkin came through more. ClarkVV (6825) - Boston, Massachusetts, USA - DEC 20, 2006
2006 bottle drunk on 11/3/06Block (2894) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 3, 2009
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.
Pours a yellow-amber color with a white head. Aroma is spicy and sweet. Flavor is much more spice than pumpkin but there is a nice balance between the spice and malts. Better than I expected. patrick767 (4063) - fort wayne, Indiana, USA - OCT 28, 2009
bottle - Pours hazy orange with a small white head. It smells like pumpkin pie with lots of pumpkin and spice, especially cinnamon. The flavor is sweet, spicy pumpkin and some bitterness in the finish that unfortunately tastes a little off. I think a more robust malt profile would have helped this one, but it’s alright.