Pawola22 (3262) - Woodridge, Illinois, USA - OCT 21, 2011
12oz bottle. Pours a clear, deep red-amber colored body with a finger-width, frothy, somewhat creamy, light tan head that dissipates quickly and leaves a pretty nice lacing. Aroma is sweeter with caramel and a bit of a biscuit along with a nice pumpkin spice mix of nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. Flavor leans more towards the sweeter caramel malt with some biscuit up front along with a medium-light pumpkin spicing. The mixture of nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon comes in, but seems a bit timid. Finishes with a touch of toast to the sweeter caramel and biscuit along with a balanced, light spicing. Medium length aftertaste following a medium, smooth body and a moderate carbonation. Overall, a clean and well made pumpkin ale. Sweeter caramel with some biscuit and a decent pumpkin spicing. Not my favorite pumpkin ale, but enjoyable. Tmoney99 (14460) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - OCT 20, 2011
Bottle shared by shigadeyo. Poured clear orange amber color with an average off-white frothy head that was mostly lasting with good lacing. Solid toasted malt and pumpkin spice. Medium body with a smooth texture and soft carbonation. Medium balanced pumpkin sweet flavor with a medium sweet finish of moderate duration. Good seasonal beer.
tronraner (2459) - Walland, Tennessee, USA - OCT 18, 2011
12 oz bottle. Pours mahogany brown with beige head. The aroma is nutmeg, clove, and caramel. The flavor is caramel sweetness with a heavy dose of nutmeg and little bits of cinnamon and clove. A faint woody bitterness comes in the finish. It has a nice toasty quality to it. Decent, but I don’t taste the real pumpkin that’s supposedly in it, just the spice. jzzbassman (1631) - Arlington, Texas, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Pours dark copper with a two finger cream head. Aroma is heavy to ginger and spices, quite nice. Very sweet, dominated by the ginger in the flavor, with cinnamon and pumpkin playing the foil to the ginger. A bit thin bodied, but easy to drink and a decent overall brew. NeoHippie2 (1074) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - OCT 17, 2011
Solid pumpkin ale. Very nice balance between malts, pumpkin, and spices. Probably the most well-balanced pumpkin beer I’ve had. Very drinkable too.
48FanInCali (851) - California, USA - OCT 14, 2011
12oz bottle. Orangish maple pour with some head and little retention. Nose similar to a Marzen on the base with some distinct autumnal spices albeit not overpowering. Taste follows the nose with a malty backbone peppered with nutmeg, cloves and pumpkin. Very drinkable fall offering. Rickmill (1) - mitchell, Indiana, USA - OCT 14, 2011 does not count
Strong sweetness to start that was typical for an ale with a some what bitter pumpkin taste with a nice hint of spice at the thenfinish. For me the extreme from intense sweet to a spicy bitter was a little much jrodooo5 (1672) - DOVER, Delaware, USA - OCT 14, 2011
A nice brew from Sam Adams. Aroma is nearly perfect with the pumpkin smell really standing out. Pours a dark crimson color with a thick head. Not a very sweet pumpkin but very drinkable. A nice effort! robgibbens (432) - Gaithersburg, Maryland, USA - OCT 13, 2011
Finally found this in the Harvest Collection 12-pack. Pours a dark amber with a short head with some nice lacing. In the aroma, I get a light spice and pumpkin fruit. It’s not that strong. The taste has pumpkin spices right up front with a malty finish. This goes down smooth. StefanSD (2451) - Ouray, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2011
UPDATED: AUG 23, 2012 12 oz bottle. Pours a rich amber color with a small off white head that soon dissipates. The aroma is mild with sweet grains and squash. The flavor is sweet roasted grains, pumpkin, squash, and some mild mulling spices. The palate is full and smooth with light carbonation. Finishes medium in duration with lingering spices. Overall: Very mild pumpkin character, could use a bit more really. Re-rate 2012 batch, lowering my marks the taste had a chemically aire to it and the palate was oily.