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RATINGS: 1111   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.6/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
Brewed with Pumpkin and Spices(Cinnamon,Nutmeg,Cardamom,Cloves). This 8.0% ABV pumpkin ale is heartier, spicier, and more caramelly and pumpkiny than its faint brethren! Perfect finisher on a cool autumn night, or match it up with a slice of pumpkin pie and fresh whipped cream. If you don't agree this is the mother of all pumpkin ales, then you just don't like mothers!

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2.6
sailracer (486) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 17, 2015
Bottle. Pours a cloudy amber color with almost no head. Smells of spice. No lacing. The taste is sour and spicy with a bad aftertaste from the spice. I didn’t detect any pumpkin. I didn’t like this one.

2.9
NJBarstool (35) - Rockaway, New Jersey, USA - OCT 14, 2015
I had this at a Rock music festival a month ago on tap. My impression was that there was more spice, mint and herbs than pumpkin. I didn’t really get pumpkin. It also had a lot of alcohol taste to it. Maybe it was that particular keg, but it was a very aggressive tasting beer.

3.5
chucklemation (1736) - Royal Oak, Michigan, USA - OCT 4, 2015
Pours a copper color with a thin white head that quickly disappears. Aroma is pumpkin, caramel, and spices, such as nutmeg and allspice. Flavor is dominated by the spices, with cardamom, cinnamon, and nutmeg dominating. Slightly sweet, with a lightly bitter finish. Enjoyable, if a bit too heavy on the spices.

3.6
markas101 (2482) - Ann Arbor, Michigan, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Bottle, Ann Arbor, MI, USA via Plum Market. Hazy amber orange. Heavy clove aroma, faint ginger. Earthy flavor, more spice and a long almost syrupy finish.

3.5
sinfull (1728) - Brooklyn, New York, USA - OCT 3, 2015
Deep amber/orange color. Thin , off-white head. Rich aroma of clove , nutmeg , cinnamon and pumpkin. Sweet taste with semidry , spicy finish. Full body , warming.

4.1
tillmac62 (750) - Gaffney, South Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2015
BOD 7/28/15. Pours a medium amber with a nice orange/red hue that is slightly hazy. Normal head volume and retention. Poor lacing. World class nose of rich blended spice (nutmeg and cinnamon with hints of cardamom and clove) over a solid malt base of biscuit with strong caramel notes. Solid heavy medium body with a semi-creamy texture that is quite smooth. A bit light on the carbonation with almost no effervescence in the middle and a fairly good burst in the finish. The flavor profile is outstanding and could achieve world class status if the alcohol were completely hidden. Dial this back to around 6 - 7 % ABV, pump up the carbonation and it has a good shot at it. First to arrive is a rich blend of spice over an equally rich malt base. These flavors are there to the finish and slowly separate. Nutmeg and cinnamon take the lead and the middle delivers a solid pumpkin flavor. As the pumpkin arrives, cardamom takes over the spice leadership. Towards the finish, a light touch of phenolic clove appears and the malt base becomes more caramel influenced. Unfortunately, here is also where alcohol removes its mask. While not obscenely offensive, it is noticeable adding an astringency and grain alcohol flavor to this, otherwise, near world class beer. The finish is a slow smooth fade of all flavor components.

4.3
Nsanders (1155) - St Paul, Minnesota, USA - SEP 13, 2015
Bottle. Orange brown with a medium off-white head. Pumpkin, cinnamon, cardamom, cream, brown sugar and green leaves. Brown sugar sweetness followed by a dry spice finish. Body is heavier with a foamy feel.

4.5
SteveOrz85 (249) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 10, 2015
12 oz bottle into pint glass. Aroma is strong with fall spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Some bready malts and doughy yeasts. Color is dark amber and somewhat cloudy with a tow finger off white head which slowly thins. Taste is medium to heavy sweet with a light bitterness. Spicy notes almost suffocate the mild pumpkin notes. Medium bodied with a slick texture and average carbonation. Somewhat long lingering finish. Overall this is a great pumpkin ale for those who appreciate the spices of the season.

4.4
ads135 (4873) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - SEP 7, 2015
Deep pumpkin spice aroma. Pours dark orangish brown. Thick cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin flavor. Very nice.

3.5
BroadestTom (446) - Pennsylvania, USA - AUG 14, 2015
Aroma caramel, clove, cinnamon, Appearance amber, Taste medium sweetness, Palate medium body, Overall I got a lot of cinnamon and spice. Still a nice fall beer that I would suggest to a friend.


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