ditmier (1508) - Boise, Idaho, USA - OCT 10, 2009
2009 Bottle - Thanks Guerde! - Pours clear amber with a small off-white head...aroma is nutmeg and ginger, sweet malt and more pie spice...flavour is much drier than expected, grainy pumpkin spice, struggled to find actual pumpkin flavour, many pumpkin beers that are better than this... Cornfield (5570) - Oak Forest, Illinois, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Single bottle buy from Binny’s Beverage Depot in Orland Park, Illinois: It poured a deep orange body with an off-white head. The aroma was spicey with the usual - clove, allspice, nutmeg, cinamon - and had an underlying malty sweetness. The flavor was much the same, except that the spices got a bit bitter near the finish. Okay for what it is. sliffy (2040) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - OCT 9, 2009
Clear copper color with a light tan head. Aroma, cloves nutmeg and other spices. Flavor, nutmeg, cloves, sweet notes, toffee, not bad, run of the mill pumpkin beer. nuplastikk (6211) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 5, 2009
12oz bottle. Filtered amber-brown color with a minimal head. Pretty solid pumpkin beer, lots of pumpkin pie spice but balanced out by a rich malt backbone. Nutmeg and cinnamon tastes abound. Faint smoke maybe? One of the better WI pumpkin beers I’ve had. SHANER4 (500) - Green Bay, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Bottle 12oz. - Poured clear dark copper color with small white head that quickly fades.
Aroma - spice, cloves, pumpkin and some cinnamon.
Flavor - Initial clove/ginger taste finishing with pumpkin and cinnamon taste.
Palate - Medium bodied beer with below average carbonation. Finish is kinda dry and has little aftertaste.
Overall - Drinkable brew and tastes more like 4% abv. instead of 7.5%. Pumpkin spice was a little much in finish!
monkeychugg55 (1086) - Joliet, Illinois, USA - OCT 2, 2009
"Painted Ladies pumpkin spice ale??" Pours a clear ruby-copper with a small bone colored head. Aroma of pumpkin and light spice with some light grain and a bit of grassy hops. Flavor is similar and tasty. Subtle, but enjoyable. Medium to light bodied, with soft carbonation, and a bit of bitterness. tmoreau (4295) - Lombard, Illinois, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Sampled at Famous Liquors Fall /Oktoberfest Tasting in Lombard, IL. and later, at Lunar Brewing Co.. A 12oz. bottle poured to a Czech-pils glass showing a deep, gold/amber color with a modest, off white, bubbly foam head and good curtains of clingy lacing. The aroma was a little sweetness and notes of ripe pumpkin and pie spice, with ginger as more noticeable. The flavor added a hint of cinnamon and a moderate hop bitterness, with some dryness to the finish. Somewhat similar fare, but more body than most seasonal pumpkins I’ve sampled. HonkeyBra (4044) - Lemont, Illinois, USA - SEP 24, 2009
Labeled as "Painted Ladies Pumpkin Spice ale. Clear amber pour. Spicey aroma with nutmeg, cinnamon sugar, and all spice. Kind of fatty pumpkin flavor with a rush of the pumpkin pie spice. Kind of sticky. The alcohol isn’t noticeable. Brigadier (3665) - Chagrin Falls, Ohio, USA - AUG 11, 2009
On tap at GTMW 2009
Nuffield (4167) - Roseville, Minnesota, USA - JUL 31, 2009
Visiting during a lull in special tappings I tried two of Tyranena’s more rare releases. This was the first and it was certainly interesting. Other than the flavors that washed across the palate it is an average pumpkin ale. The taste though is rich enough to make me want more. If the brewers read this consider making it a BGW! release.
Aroma / Appearance - The body is deep orange with a fluid presence that belies it is not too heavy in ABV. The generous pour gave no head to speak of but was great to see.
The nose was cooled pumpkin pie with a hint of squash. More vegetatal than sweet it does not smell like extract at all.
Flavor / Palate - The taste was almost identical to the aroma but somehow improves on it. I savored every sip and almost went back for more. Had this been a different festival where you were not bombarded with world class options I likely would have gotten more. Instead I have to figure out to make it back to Madison some time when this is on tap.
UPDATED: OCT 18, 2009 Funny, it seemed to me to have a blueberry quality, a little spice, but more mashed pumpkin like in pumpkin bread. Rich golden color. From growler. Original rating: 7-3-6-3-12 (3.1) // Re-rated Oct. 2009: not much different. The pumpkin quality is hard to place and not esp. interesting, though it is more drinkable than I previously given credit to. Bumped up the score one tenth.