hopdog (13258) - Lansdale, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2008
On tap at the Selins Grove Brew Pub. Nitro. This one was the reason for making the long trip out (I had very high hopes for it!). I heard they just kicked a keg before we got there and almost didn’t put on another one right away (they had to call the brewer to find out where it was - or something like that).
Poured a medium and cloudy amber color with a smaller sized off white head. Aromas of pumpkins, pumpkin seeks, cinnamon, and pumpkin pie crust. Tastes of pumpkins, vanilla, pumpkin pie crust, and spices. Don’t get me wrong, this was a pretty good beer, but it didn’t quite live up to my expectations (that being said, I would drink this everyday if I had the chance to!). Sammy (13009) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 14, 2009
Enjoyed on nitro-tap at the brewpub.Surprisingly good for pumpkin and for nitrogen. Mild spicey, more on the nutmeg. Light orange. A bit less than medium mouthfeel. Lasting white head. Easy drinking, smooth. 3fourths (9367) - Boulder, Colorado, USA - OCT 28, 2007
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Pint at Selins Grove. Moderately muddy orange and near-brown colored body with a finely-bubbled foamy tan head. This may be one of the few times when I stick my nose into a beer without knowing what to expect and have it completely blow me away. I can’t do it justice with my limited rating ability (’’they should have sent a poet’’), but dear lord this thing smelled amazing: rich, creamy and spicy pumpkin soup with a hint of whipped cream, some apple cider aromas and some pumpkin bread and cinnamon as well. Ridiculously amazing aroma. Flavorwise it’s almost the same, with the whipped cream/pumpkin pie and apple cider flavors, made even better, I think, by a rich and creamy-smooth nitrogen palate. I could seriously drink this beer through the entire fall and winter, and it’s one of those rare beers you will look back on and crave over and over.
Maybe a little more sweet up front, certainly served too cold, opens up very well with temperature. Huge spiced pumpkin pie all over this thing, nutmeg is strong and peppery. Less meaty and less of the creamy pumpkin pie charachter than the 2007. Still an amazing beer. Last years was a 4.6, this perhaps is 4.0-4.3.
Rating #1200. On tap at Selin’s Grove. Pours clear amber with a big tan nitro head. Aroma that reminds me more of apple pie than pumpkin. Spice seems to be all cinnamon (maybe a bit of ginger) with some nice sweetness that isn’t overbearing. Cinnamon flavor with hints of allspice and ginger, a bit of sweet malt and a clean semi-dry finish. Awesome beer and it seems that simplicity is the key. Easily the best nitro beer I’ve ever had. CaptainCougar (7634) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - JUN 14, 2009
On tap at the brewpub on 10/25/08: Pours a hazy dark copper amber with a dense, creamy light tan head. Aroma of sweet cinnamon and chewy pumpkin flesh with a hint of roasty character. Body starts with good fullness and juicy pumpkin flavor with a nice nutmeg and cinnamon spice balance before a slightly drier doughy finish. A very tasty and well-balanced complex pumpkin brew with great drinkability.
vtafro (7451) - Wayne, New Jersey, USA - OCT 29, 2009
Nitro tap @ brewpub. Not many beers live up to the hype, including 3 hours of driving excitement, but this is by far the best pumpkin beer I have ever had. Dark golden pour with some white head. Pumpkin spices, cinnamon, vanilla, this was delicious and smelled just as nice. Mostly the fact it is only 5 percent and still has a great full bodied texture and flavor is what kills it. kramer (6991) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 29, 2007
Multiple pints, at brewpub. Pours a clear orangish copper under a creamy one inch nitrogenated off-white head. The spicing is incredible on the nose, the usual cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg, with a little caramel malt, and fresh scooped pumpkin meat. Reminded me of a fresh baked pumpkin whoopie pie. The flavor is much more subtle with the spices, just light cinnamon and allspice with lots of meaty pumpkin on the finish. The most distinctive pumpkin beer as far as conveying the pumpkin flavor instead of the usual hodgepodge of pie spices. Mouthfeel is incredibly creamy with the nitrogen serving method. In general I’m not a huge fan of nitro, but it was great the way it worked with this beer. Overall, easily the best pumpkin beer I’ve ever had, this made Weyerbacher’s Imperial Pumkin look like crap. Very natural tasting. egajdzis (6830) - Pennsburg, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 26, 2008
Poured a nitro’d amber, with a creamy, medium sized, off white head that left nice lacing on the glass. Aroma of pie crust, cinnamon, nutmeg, toffee, and vanilla. Taste of vanilla, toffee, toasted pie crust, pumpkin spice, and brown sugar. Tasty, subtly spiced, and still a nice pumpkin ale. DiarmaidBHK (6151) - Lewisburg, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2011
On tap at brewpub. Pours dark orange with a half an inch of thick creamy foam. There’s a faint hint of pumpkin on the nose. The pumpkin is more prominent on the tongue with a cinnamon vibe on the finish. Solid example of the style. Ernesto987 (6050) - Arizona, USA - OCT 21, 2012
on nitro which was a bummer. I prefer more carbonation. Tons of spices that are subtle so you get this very energy complex flavoring, good pumpkin flavoring, one of the best