Heathen (1500) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - MAY 3, 2013
THOUGHTS: One of the best pumpkin beers I tried this year (and by that I mean 2012 and I am just really far behind in entering my ratings). Perfectly balanced between beer and pumpkin pie. Much lighter and easier to drink than most pumpkin beers. OnTheTrail (593) - Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2015
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a light to medium orange with nice carbonation and an average, off-white head that mostly diminished but left good lacing. The aroma had light, light bread, pale malt and cracker; light citrus hops; maybe light yeast; sweet fruity pumpkin; and slight sour pumpkin. The initial flavor was lightly sweet and slightly bitter; while the finish was moderately sweet, lightly bitter and ever-so-slightly sour. There was sweet pumpkin, light pumpkin pie spices, some hops, white bread, a little sour pumpkin, and something like Belgian yeast. The light to medium body was somewhat dry with very fizzy carbonation and a dry and ever-so-slightly metallic finish.
Sample at TW. Pours clear orange gold, surprising head. Spicy aroma, nutmeg, some pumpkin. Taste is rich spice with hoppy finish. Alcohol well hidden. Surprisingly good beer. ronaldtheriot (2009) - Laplace, Louisiana, USA - OCT 31, 2013
R. J. Rocker’s Gruntled Pumpkin Ale has a thick, foamy, crackling, cream-colored head, a hazy, bubbly, gold-orange appearance, some gray chunks roiling about, and practically no lacing left behind. The aroma is initially a rush of Fall spices, pumpkin pulp, and beer, and then that fades to mainly just a standard beer smell. The taste is the same experience, but this one seems to use black pepper, if that is possible. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and the finish is wet, refreshing, and simple. Overall, this is one of the best pumpkin ales I’ve tried, and it might appeal to me, because of the overriding beer and black pepper aspect. RJT Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, Michigan, USA - OCT 2, 2012
Bottle: The aroma consists of moderate-heavy cinnamon, light caramel, ginger, and nutmeg. It pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head that quickly fades to a thin film outlined by a thicker ring around the edges of the glass. There is some spotty lacing left behind. The flavor starts with a quick dose of caramel and light pumpkin. The finish has light-moderate ginger, light nutmeg, cinnamon, and some grassy bitterness. It’s medium bodied with light-moderate carbonation. Overall, a solid pumpkin beer if you like the style. Luvystypotables (2080) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Aroma of spice, cinnamon and cardamom, amber colour not a great head, complex taste of spices, hint of cinnamon, nutmeg and cardamom. Palate of spice.
mike5326 (1786) - virginia beach, Virginia, USA - OCT 13, 2013
Poured from a bottle. Orange color, slight white head. Smells of a spruce that I cannot think of at the moment. Medium bodied nutmeg flavor with a good finish. jmohno (1670) - Iowa, USA - DEC 4, 2013
Heady pour,cloudy orange,few yeast chunks. Frothy lace. Nice aroma, pretty fruity, kind of estery,kinda belgiany in a overcarbed fruity estery way. Taste is belgiany,fruity,semi-rich,overcarbed,fairly tastey. For a pumpkin ale, I like it more than average. strongpieman (1651) - Mount Airy, Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2012
Bottle. Orange with a foamy head. Strong pumpkin and nutmeg aroma, medium body, lots of flavor released in the mouth. Good pumpkin beer.