b3shine (9200) - Indiana, USA - NOV 7, 2015
Draft to taster at the Cincinnati brewpub. Looks solid; a fairly transparent pale burnt orange with foamy off-white head. Smells solid too; pumpkin pie with the related spices. Tastes like it smells with a pleasant medium-bodied mouthfeel. A good pumpkin ale. maxwelldeux (4433) - Snohomish, Washington, USA - OCT 30, 2015
Draught in a flight from the Cincinnati Rock Bottom. Pours a clear reddish dark amber color. Nose is sweet and heavy on both the pumpkin and the pumpkin spice, with a lot of cinnamon coming through. Taste is a bit sweet with a fair amount of pumpkin and cinnamon coming though. This one actually worked pretty well for me. alexsdad06 (10947) - West Chester, Ohio, USA - OCT 10, 2015
Draft sample at Listermann Craft Beer Octoberfest. Pours a clear copper color with a small off white head. The aroma and flavor have big holiday spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, that covers the fleshy pumpkin pie sweetness more than most, hints of bitterness, not bad, but too much spice. drsordr (2885) - Loveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 11, 2014
Draft sample pour copper orange. Nose huge pumpkin pie filling. Taste clove, nutmeg, cinnamon. Lots of seasonal pumpkin pie. Very light bitter on the finish. DrSilverworm (9672) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 7, 2014
8oz pour at the Cincinnati Rock Bottom. Mostly clear orange color. Thin white head, leaves some ropes of lace. Medium plus body. Smooth, kind of crisp lightly soft lighter carbonation. Lightly slick texture. Pumpkin spice, some pumpkin, mild caramel malt. Moderate sweet taste, light bitter. Solid pumpkin beer.
phaleslu (10747) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 21, 2013
Draft sample at Listermann Oktoberfest. Pours a somewhat cloudy golden color with a big, barely off-white head. Really spicy take on the style: nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, pepper, and a big dose of ginger drown out most of the malts, which seem not as sweet as other pumpkin ales. Some underlying vegetal notes, as well. So the spice makes it smell great but doesn’t do as much for the flavor or palate, which is light in body and high in carbonation. Interesting fall ale nonetheless. Chudwick (3393) - Taylor Mill, Kentucky, USA - OCT 5, 2013
Not retired any more - draft pours amber with offwhite head and decent lacing. Nose is potpourri. Flavor is sweet with slight lemon peel bitterness. Better than I expected. Tmoney99 (15034) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 15, 2009
Draft sample at RB - Cincinnati. AllAboutStout (605) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 26, 2008
Poured clear light orange color with an average white frothy head that mostly diminished with fair lacing. Moderate pumpkin aroma. Moderate body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium pumpkin sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration.
Average seasonal beer.
I’m a huge pumpkin beer fan, so I’m very eager to try this. shigadeyo (3796) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - NOV 17, 2008
Pours a ruby brown in color with not much of a head on the pour. Smell is more vegetal than pumpkin. There is some pumpkin in the taste, but there is not your typical sweetness or spice in this beer. Decent medium mouthfeel. To be honest, this was a bit of a letdown, was hoping for more sweetness.
10/22/2008: Rock Bottom Pumpkin Ale has a coppery-orange color like the color of bourbon if lit from behind with a bright white bottle. Good analogy, right? Well, at the Rock Bottom in Cincinnati they have all of the liquor behind the bar on a counter that is back-lit with lights. Anyways, this beer has a very slight chill haze and an off-white head. The aroma is roasted pumpkin sprinkled with brown sugar and some pie spice including ginger and nutmeg. The flavor is nothing great or overly memorable, but the important thing is that it is balanced. There is a slightly caramel-like maltiness and pumpkin in the front paired with a dry nutmeg-like spice in the middle and some lingering cinnamon and ginger as well. The medium-light body is bright and has an average palate. Overall this is a drinkable pumpkin ale that isn’t really offensive in anyway, but doesn’t venture out quite far enough in any direction to really be unique.
Draught (20 fl. oz. mug) at Rock Bottom in Cincinnati, Ohio. Rating #1 for this beer...