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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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4.3
   AROMA 10/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 5/5   OVERALL 15/20
fbennett (293) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 6, 2006
This offering from Weyerbacher pours a deep orange leaving a clear body that has a thick tan head that leaves pretty quickly. The aroma is exactly what I thought this brew would offer cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, pumpkin, very spicy similar to pumpkin pie. The taste starts bitter upfront, it has a little spicy twang that you get if you taste powdered cinnamon. It then moves to a sweet malty cooked sugar syrupy feel on the palate that is balanced by a bitterness of acidic tart hops. The finish is slightly boozey but not as strong as expected from a 8% brew. This is a great "Imperial pumpkin" delicious and satisfies my fall beer cravings.

4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
Tanker12 (173) - USA - OCT 6, 2006
UPDATED: SEP 3, 2009 Pours a very seasonably appropriate dark orange color. The aroma is the standard "pumpkin ale fair" with nutmeg and cinnamon. The flavor is amazing. There are not "hints" of pumpkin in this beer. Instead it smacks you upside the head. A must if you enjoy this type of seasonal brew. After finishing this beer i tried a regular pumpkin ale as a comparison and I couldnt even taste the thing.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
TrevorFloyd (309) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 5, 2006
Just what I had hoped it would be - both the pumpkin and spice flavors are strong, but neither quite overpowers the other. Medium bodied, the 8% ABV gives it a decent warming feel. Perfect for an autumn night.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
AlKHall (161) - West Hartford, Connecticut, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Im a huge fan of seasonal selections, and this one was great. Drank it with T.Floyd. Very spicy and pumkiney, but not too sweet. Had a orange-brown clear appearance with a strong head. Smooth flavor.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
BitchesBrew (716) - Fort Collins, Colorado, USA - OCT 4, 2006
[bottle] Deep orange color, with a fairly tall head. Aroma is quite spicy, with plenty of nutmeg and pumpkin notes. Flavors are pretty much what youd expect from one of these brews. Plenty of spice from the nutmeg, coriander and cinnamon, a bit of sweet malts and some subtle clove spice towards the end. Full bodied, thanks to the higher ABV. Alcohol is noticable, but seems to match the heavy spices well. A very nice take on this standard fall seasonal.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
wnhay (722) - Princeton, New Jersey, USA - OCT 4, 2006
Orange/amber pour with a thin orange head. Nose had spices, nutmeg, caramel and pumpkin pie. Taste had a strong alcohol presense with a good deal of cinnamon and nutmeg. Full palate with a good deal of alcohol burn. This is pretty impressive, Id like to try it on tap sometime.

3.6
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
ross (2146) - weddington, North Carolina, USA - OCT 3, 2006
Bottle from Jeff (doclock) Thanks! Pours out an orange color without much of a head at all. Smells like pumpkin, with some cinnamon, sugar, candy, and spices. Taste is like drinking an 8% pumpkin pie. Pretty good stuff, not the best, but I always love these ales coming around because that just means that stout time is near. Pretty cool, cool ass label too. Not too shabby.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
biz82 (1327) - austin, Texas, USA - OCT 2, 2006
Bottle. Pours very clear light red with loose orange head. Excellent fresh spice aroma with caramel. Sweet, candy like flavor with mild spice finish. More like spice candy than pumpkin pie. Still, one of the best Pumpkin beers Ive had.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Silphium (3193) - Traverse City, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2006
Bottle thanks to xproudfoot. Sediment-laden orange body, thin buff head. Strong notes of nutmeg and cinnamon in the aroma, with caramel and warming alcohol. Nicely spiced body paired with strong alcohol notes. More potent than the average pumpkin beer, more complex, and with greater heft.

3.4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pailhead (6539) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 28, 2006
Bottle (22oz): Great aroma of nutmeg, ginger, clove, cinnamon, and light pumpkin. Pours a dark transparent amber with a moderate soapy off-white head. Flavor starts off with lots of pumpkin pie spice. Nutmeg, ginger, clove, and cinnamon. Light pumpkin in the middle. Finishes with a moderate dose of alcohol and a moderate apple presence. As it warms, it improves slightly as the spice and pumpkin flavors intensify enough that the alcohol appears to fade a little, but the apple never goes away. Ive been looking for a good pumpkin beer and really enjoy how the flavor begins, but the finish really throws things off for me.


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