ChainGangGuy (4895) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Appearance: Pours out a clearish, deep orange body with a tall-standing, frothy, white head.
Smell: All rights, friends, so, it smells greatly of oven-fresh pumpkin pie. Who’s with me? Who the HAPPY HALLOWEEN is with me?
Taste: Sweet caramel malts plunged deep into fresh pumpkin puree and liberally coated in a pumpkin pie spice blend and smoothed over with a touch of vanilla creme. I’m sure it’s been said dozens of times over, but it’s rather pumpkin pie-like, with the malts even mimicking a flavor of rich, crisp graham cracker crust garnished with candy corn. Subtle hop presence and bitterness. Drying finish with a lingering spiced pumpkin taste and some slight alcohol warmth.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: Excellent for a pumpkin ale! Look, whoever is giving you advice like, "don’t bother with Pumking" is no friend of yours. Take your vengeful fists and clock that mofo in the mouth and spit on their prone, beaten body, because they aren’t helping you at all. Oh, and Happy Halloween!! HighlanderOne (1343) - York, SC via NJ, South Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2009
UPDATED: JAN 27, 2013 Poured from big bottle. What an aroma - like those orange and white halloween candies with a touch of brownie crust. True amber color, thin tan head. The candy/brownie comes through in the flavor as well, along with pumpkin pie, spice and hop notes. Alcohol is barely noticed in the back. Great finish. What a beer! unclemattie (4358) - Georgia, USA - OCT 3, 2009
22oz bottle. Whoa! Smells like Thanksgiving Dinner. The whole spread. Fresh baked pies, fresh rolled crush cooked to perfection. Where’s the turkey, where’s the mashed potatoes and gravy, sweet potatoes, stuffing. Oh man! Flavor has all of the spices you’d look for in a pumpkin beer. Loads of nutmeg. Huge flavor. Tastes better than the best baked winter squash I’ve ever eaten. Mellow spice, nice brown sugar complexity hidden in there, a bit of banana bread or carrot cake in there too. Not too sweet, smooth and creamy. Very nice fresh pumpkin character and loads of nutmeg. Awesome. yinzerbeernut (180) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 2, 2009
Poured copper with a decent yet short lived head that did leave a little lace behind for the offering. Pumpkin pie in a glass on nose with hints of a buttery flakey pie crust. On mouth this beer lives up to the aromas. While presenting a light medium mouthfeel this beer delivers on cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. I did pick up some hop on finish. JHunter (676) - British Columbia, CANADA - OCT 2, 2009
shared a bomber pours a nice orangish amber colour with a light head. strong pumpkin nutmeg aroma. sweet flavour of nutmeg pumpkin and cinimamon
Maverick34 (3250) - New York, USA - OCT 1, 2009
Poured a nice orange. A bit of head that disappears quickly. Nice pumpkin spice and cinnamon aroma. Pumpkin bread like taste with hops to finish. Well done. jeremytoni (3073) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - OCT 1, 2009
From a bottle poured brown with a good amount of head. Spicy malty flavor that tasted like pumpkin pie, with a quick finish. GT (10000) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 29, 2009
2009 650mL. Pours a clear orange with a good almost high amount of carbonation. Has a tan, semi-rocky, one-finger head that settles down quickly to practically nothing. Aroma is insane. I have never smelled these notes in a beer: gingerbread house, cinnamon roll, carrot cake with lots of cream cheese icing. Taste is a bit of creamy, spicy pumpkin pie but then becomes mostly carrot cake with a nice hoppy bite at the end. Hoppiness at the end becomes a bit soapy. 9% is very well hidden. Overall makes other seasonals and pumpkin beers look stupid. awiseman01 (469) - Indianapolis, Indiana, USA - SEP 29, 2009
2008 Bottle from Binnys, shared with brother Eric. Pours cloudy/hazy bright orange with dancing sediment and abundant rising bubbles, quickly fading white foam head. WOW NOSE! Fresh baked carrot cake/pumpkin pie, right out of the oven! I can’t believe what I’m smelling, it smells so good I almost don’t want to drink it for fear that the taste with let me down and thus ruin the aroma for me. Not to worry, the nose comes through in the flavor! Taste is smooth with mild carbonation and slightly bitter pumpkin pie filling, carrot cake flavor with a slight hint of malt and hops. Alcohol is very mild as well, making this brew hard to keep in the glass, but it does catch up to you before long. The taste is just a notch below the nose in freshness...making me really want to get my hands on a fresh bottle! If only I could find this on tap! puboflyons (3438) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 29, 2009
2009 batch. From the 650 ml. bottle. The pour is a rich orange-amber with nice clarity but almost no head retention. Practically no carbonation activity. It is almost stagnant. The aroma is of pumpkin spice but there is also a weird sweetness of brown sugar to it or maybe a bit of butternut squash. The taste tends to be both sweet and sour with a strong dose of pumpkin spice and hops along with something smooth and sweet. And there’s also something tart. This is truly a complex seasonal and is one of the more unique pumpkin spice brews I have ever had.