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RATINGS: 1134   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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3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
golubj (1377) - San Mateo, California, USA - SEP 30, 2007
Bottle. Aroma of sweet malt, cinnamon, other spices, pumpkin, and some alcohol. The flavor is similar, with a pit fruit / spice finish. The best pumpkin ale i have had so far.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrBayern (1139) - Morehead City, North Carolina, USA - SEP 30, 2007
22 oz. bottle. Large and lasting creamy tan head with a slippery lace over a deep orange/amber body. Aroma is all about spice, especially nutmeg, but clove and cinnamon also come through. Medium body and carbonation, with a rich mouthfeel. Not as sweet as I had expected, and there is a tangy spicy bitterness that takes the edge off the sweetness. Alcohol is definitely notable in both the aroma and flavor. With all of the spice going on, its hard to pick out the pumpkin, but it persists in the background. Im not a big fan of these, but this one is among the best Ive had.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jgb9348 (5912) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - SEP 30, 2007
2007 Bottle:
Deep dark brown coloured body with a large and dense off-white head. Aroma of pumpkins (hey - who would have thought?) , nutmeg, cinnamon and hazlenuts. Medium-bodied; Strong malty flavour with the spices running rampant and sugars following soon thereafter. Aftertaste only shows the spices and the pit-fruity sweetness, no malt nor hops to speak of. Overall, a good pumpkin, a bit spicey and strong but fairly good in comparison to the others in this realm. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased at Norms in Vienna, Virginia on 29-September-2007.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
jwdevalue (158) - Neptune, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2007
This is part of a beer club. Had only one bottle but was decent for the price. Poured great and had a nice finish. Would do again.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
gottalottaibu (243) - charlotte, North Carolina, USA - SEP 29, 2007
nice golden orange with a soft small head. nice pumpin and spice aroma. flavor was similar. spicey up front then mellowed into some nice pumpkin pie flavors. cinnamon, brown sugar, pumpkin, nutmeg. not a big fan of these types of beers but this was by far one of the better i have had. alcohol is well hidden. light mouthfeel with a thi finish. easy drinking for sure

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
EKGoldings (649) - Radford, Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2007
I dont like pumpkin ales, and I dont see the point. Are parsnip porters far off? Having said that, this is as good a pumpkin beer as Ive had.

3.2
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
hopson (635) - Williamsville, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2007
bottle- not alll that special. Almost tastes like they made an ale, that tasted very much like an average session beer, and added some spices to it. Not very full bodied. Not very interesting.

3.2
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
JCB (3999) - Durham, North Carolina, USA - SEP 24, 2007
22oz from Whole Foods, Raleigh. I dont have the blood hatred of pumpkin beers that some seem to, and in fact I kind of look forward to them. This ones unremarkable looking - deep orange, moderate head - and has a pretty thin body and mouthfeel. The aroma is promising, with some clove and cinnamon coming through. But I was slightly disappointed with the overall flavor, with a somewhat weak sense of the pumpkin, not enough to elevate whats otherwise a kind of uninteresting ale.

2.2
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
estoppel (1028) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2007
Bottle. Orange-amber body, off-white (or light tan) head, some spice and something not right in the nose. Mildly spicy, some kind of unpleasant vegetal notes, unpleasant finish. Really pretty bad.

4.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
carl4beer (522) - Fairfax Station, Virginia, USA - SEP 21, 2007
pours a dark orange amber with i fizzy off white head. big pumpkin pie spice aroma with some sweet malt. mouthful is smooth with a mild spice and a great big ale backbone. this is by far the best pumpkin ale i have ever had.


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