mansquito (6795) - Nueva York, New York, USA - SEP 16, 2011
Whole Foods, P St, DC sixer ($13): Pours a reddish color with a small, thin beige head. Aroma is pretty big. Cinnamon, nutmeg, sugary malts, are amongst the things I smell. This is a really malty ale. Maybe it is a little bit too sweet. Lots of spices are present throughout the taste. It has a kind of buttery mouthfeel. Basically, this is miles better than most pumpkin ales that exist and especially better than those I had most recently. Might be a little too much for some people though. FreshHawk (596) - Iowa City, Iowa, USA - SEP 16, 2011
A - Burnt amber color with an average sized, foamy, bubbly, slightly stick, white head. Decent retention leaving a decent lacing.
S - Spices (primarily cinnamon and nutmeg) fight with slightly burnt caramel aroma for prominence. Mid to late smell there is plenty of sweet pumpkin pie aroma with some brown sugar. Pretty nice.
T - Very nice flavors. There is a good amount of actual pumpkin taste as opposed to pumpkin pie taste. That said the spices come on strong, especially on the finish. Clove is strongest but there is also cinnamon, nutmeg and all spice. Some buttery and brown sugar flavors mid sip. Some burnt caramel malt as well. Not overly sweet or spiced but a good mix.
M - Medium to light body with average carbonation. A touch too thin but not bad.
D - Great balance between sweet, spice and actual pumpkin flavor. Alcohol is very well hidden, no way I’d guess it at 8%. Very enjoyable beer to drink and one I could drink a couple of in a night, despite the ABV.
Notes: Great pumpkin beer, probably the best one I’ve had as of yet. Actual pumpkin flavor is wonderful compared to pumpkin meaning pumpkin pie. The mix between spices and brown sugar, buttery sweetness is great. Very enjoyable and I’ll probably have to get some more. Recommended. tmongoose (2504) - Louisville, Kentucky, USA - SEP 15, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 9, 2016 12oz bottle, pours almost a dark amber brownish color with an off white head that disappears rather quickly. first aroma is of nutmeg and cinnamon and maybe canned pumpkin. the first taste is strong cinnamon and not much pumpkin. if you let this beer warm up you get the nutmeg and some pumpkin flavors but its still over shadowed by the cinnamon. reggiedunlop (3726) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 14, 2011
Pours a deep amber...very clear...with a medium tan head. Aroma is slightly earthy and malty with all the traditonal spices...bit of caramel. Flavor is caramely and spicy but not sweet or muddled...earthy...notable hoppiness. Mouthfeel is lively and the finish is dry and more hoppy than most pumpkin ales I’ve had. Not quite up to the hype I’ve heard. jeff789 (1408) - West Chester, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 12, 2011
clear dark amber with a small very white head... limited lacing, limited retention... this might be the first pumpkin ale where the beer actually smells like pumpkin, nutmeg is noticeable, cinnamon less so, spicing is fair, less than what i expected based on what ive heard/read about this beer... lively, medium bodied.. this is awesome.. this tastes like the filling of a pumpkin pie, its not quite complete because it doesnt incorporate the crust, but the flavor of the beer is amazing pumpkin pie filling flavor... becomes a bit tough to drink and the flavors fade quickly as the beer warms though...
jandd1983 (4544) - Wentzville, Missouri, USA - SEP 12, 2011
It poured a copper color with an off-white head. The aroma was of some nice pumpkin and clove spice with nutmeg and cinnamon. The taste was mostly cinnamon and nutmeg on the palate, finish is very creamy. A very good Pumpkin Ale. jmagnus87 (2912) - Rockford, Illinois, USA - SEP 12, 2011
12oz bottle from Pick’s poured into a lager glass. Pours a dark orange with about 1 finger of off-white head. Aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. Smells just like pumpkin pie. Taste is medium sweet. Tastes strongly of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. It tastes just like pumpkin pie in a bottle. Slightly aftertaste of vanilla. Medium bodied with a thick and creamy texture. Lively carbonation and a long finish of cinnamon. Overall, it’s a very good beer. I couldn’t drink more than a couple of these but it could easily take the place of any after dinner drink. Something worth seeking out. Block (2950) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 11, 2011
I really liked this beer. A really nice pumpkin and spice flavor. Doesn’t have the synthetic or cardboard flavors that many other fruit/spice beers have. A nice sweetness that compliments the spice well. Noticeably better than many of the other pumpkin beers I’ve tried. Jabic (661) - Plainfield, Vermont, USA - SEP 8, 2011
Ar: Deep notes of brown sugar, cinnamon and nutmeg - very pumpkin-pie-like.
Ap: Dark red-amber - small off-white head with good retention and fine bubbles - nice lacing.
T: Spicy up front, with lot of cinnamon and brown sugar - medium-sweet and some peppery and earthy notes mixing with a nice deep maltiness - finish is medium with clove flavor helping to dry things out.
P: Medium-full - medium-high carbonation - very rich mouthfeel.
O: Delicious! Substantial and warming fall beer that tastes like the season - great balance of spice, sweetness, and malt character, and good look to boot. SpencerH (33) - Maryland, USA - SEP 6, 2011
A solid pumpkin ale, this tastes just like pumpkin pie. If you looking for pumpkin pie in a bottle this is it, not over spiced and drinkable. Great color and smell.