Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - FEB 18, 2007
Overall a solid pumpkin ale. I liked the way the beer was still extremely well spiced, but it had more than a hint of pumpkin. Complex, and had that smutty bite. 2beerguys (299) - North Shore, Massachusetts, USA - FEB 14, 2007
This is the first of three pumpkin beers we reviewed this night, and we did well to start with this one. It pours a light amber color with a small, fizzy white head. Hazy body. Fully diminishing head. It appeared to be bottle conditioned. Aroma was decidely colorful, with notes of ginger, nutmeg, and allspice. Pumpkin pie was also noted. Initial taste was moderately bitter, ramping up to a heavy bitter finish with a long duration. Light on the palate, it left an oily feel behind with fizzy, lively carbonation. Sean was initially hesitant about the pumpkin beers, but turned out that he liked this one the best. Some notes from the review were: It’s got a bite -- Ian; I taste the spice -- Sean; Hoppiness -- Sean; I would drink this again -- Anonymous
Reviewed on October 8th, 2006 tonyc603 (43) - New Hampshire, USA - JAN 22, 2007
I was looking forward to this one as I heard good things about it. A bit over spiced for my taste but very tasty in small quantities. Deep golden color with a good body for a pumpkin beer. Aroma and flavor is mild of pumpkin, more focus on spices, like cinamon,clove,vanilla, perhaps ginger. I’ll drink this gain, but I won’t be running out to get it. Naven (1001) - Poway, California, USA - JAN 4, 2007
12 oz bottle: Smell is......... you guessed it, pumpkin pie. The smell was actually very deceiving, in that there was a lot of spices on the nose, but the flavor was rather subdued. The flavor was a little funky and bitter. There was a harshness to this beer that didn’t sit very well with me. Without the spice and harshness, this would be a fairly nice APA. dmradus (227) - Ithaca, New York, USA - JAN 3, 2007
Looks and smells just like a pumpkin pie. A gorgeous burnt orange with absolutely no head, fresh out of the oven heavy spice aromas waft up from the brew. Clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, a slight vegetal/pumpkin essence. In the mouth the spices fade considerably - unfortunately - leaving a heavy malt presence and a flat, boring pumpkin taste that is only piqued with the occasional splash of lemon that comes through. High carbonation but watery; crisp but not pleasing on the tongue. If only it tasted as good as it looks and smells.
radagast83 (8624) - Arlington, Virginia, USA - DEC 15, 2006
Bottle. Orange color. Pumpkin aroma, with less of a spice aroma as other pumpkin beers I’ve had. Flavor is the same, with more subtle spice flavors, which I like. robertsreality (2460) - Minnesota, USA - DEC 14, 2006
Pumpkin Coloring with White Head. Pumpkin and Spice Aroma...Malt Hoisting Up Seasonal Flavors. The Same in the Flavor...Nice Clean Pumpkin Flavor, Although Not Very Pronounced..and Light Spices. Great Amount of Spices...Subtle and Smooth. Lightly Dry Ending. Very Nice Easy Drinking Pumpkin Beer. Cheers! vyvvy (6835) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - DEC 6, 2006
Pours orange with a rocky off-white head. The aroma is very spicy, mainly nutmeg and cloves. There is some pumpkin in there as well. Medium body with some subdued sharp carbonation. Flavor starts with some pumpkin veggie taste and s a bit of spice, but not as much as the aroma. There is some amber ale style malt in the back. The finish is a littel spicy from the hops and somewhat astringent. An okay pumpkin ale. Ughsmash (7502) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Bottled. Hazy medium amber with a short layer of off-white headage. Nose was spicy (nutmeg, clove, and coriander) with airy, dried floral hops. Spicy as well in the flavor department, with little pumpkin noted... moderate bitterness. Unpleasantly metallic on the palate with tart, wheaty notes toward the finish.. not much in terms of body either. Not toward the top of my list for pumpkin beers. MrBendo (1064) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - NOV 28, 2006
UPDATED: NOV 2, 2007 Pours slightly cloudy amber/orange with a large head and good lacing. Smells of orange, malt, pumpkin pie spices, yeast and cardamom. Not as much pumpkin pie spices as many others. Maybe some coriander in there, too. Kind of reminds me of a pumpkin/wit brew. It’s got a little tartness in there somewhere. Pretty damn original.