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.
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. OnTheTrail (494) - Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2015
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 (1921) - 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 (6539) - 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 (1929) - 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 (1746) - 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 (1612) - 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. blipp (9175) - La Mesa, California, USA - OCT 16, 2012
Draft. Pours hazy orange with an off white head. Cinnamon, pumpkin, and a toasted malty base. Restrained spices support the base beer quite well. Good stuff. 5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - FEB 19, 2013
Bottle: Orangish straw, hazy, thin to moderate frothy off-white head, fairly nice lacing. Bright spicy nose, candied apple with nutmeg and some cinnamon. Similar tongue, decent body and mouthfeel. Finishes bright, nutmeg (lots of it), and cinnamon, along with some candied apple, sweet citrus peel, and a touch of caramel. This was better than expected. I wish more could be like this one, simple, vibrant, with a little flair of something extra.