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RATINGS: 1113   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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3.6
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
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 I’ve had.

3.4
Silphium (3198) - 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
Pailhead (6543) - Rochester Hills, 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. I’ve been looking for a good pumpkin beer and really enjoy how the flavor begins, but the finish really throws things off for me.

3.7
ehhdayton (1188) - USA - SEP 28, 2006
Pours an amber orange with a creamy tan head. An aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinamon greet the nose and remain strong throughout. The spiceness of pumpkin pie dominates. There is a hoppish bitterness that provides some counterpoint and the finish has a slight bite.

3.7
beerbill (3618) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 28, 2006
22 oz. bottle. Pours a deep orange brown with a moderatelight tan head. Very nice aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg reminiscent of pumpkin pie. The flavor was less intense than the aroma, and the pumpkin was actually a bit subdued. As the beer warmed a bit, the cinnamon and nutmeg were front and center along with a slightly biiter hops finish. Very enjoyable autumn brew.

4.2
pythonmets (14) - Charles Town, West Virginia, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Very nice color, like a burnt orange. Aroma is very spicy, with cinnamon and nutmeg. Flavor is pretty much the same, and very little evidence of any pumpkin at all, but i am enjoying the pumpkin pie reference very much. Also bittering very nicely. If only the pumpkin flavor was more apparent.

4.1
cewldre (268) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 27, 2006
Bottle: Pours a nice orange color with a small tan head. Smells of nutmeg, maybe a touch of cinnamon. Has a slight pumpkin aroma. Smells a bit like pumpkin pie in the oven. Taste almost has to much nutmeg or ginger in it, but not a like of pumpkin. Taste is very sweet, with just a hint of alcohol in this one. A very good beer, but I was expecting more pumpkin characteristics... tastes more pie like than solid pumpkin like.

3.7
bubbleflubber (2235) - Swannanoa, North Carolina, USA - SEP 26, 2006
Nice pie spice brew.... Pours deep walnut mahogany into the glass, with a nice retentive head and webbed lacing. The nose is straight Allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Flavors of pie spices and a finish of pumpkin meat. The true pumpkin in this lies in its effervescence. Not that it doesn’t have flavor... it does, but it is a very "holiday" spiced brew. An "imp" because of the spice contingency, in my opinion. A nice, round brew that can be enjoyed anytime, but on an autumn night like tonight, it goes down very well.

3.7
IPFreely (1470) - Sanborn, New York, USA - SEP 26, 2006
bomber. Medium amber color with a light tan color head. Big time spice in the aroma and flavor, namely the nutmeg and cinnamon. Not really to much actual pumpkin, but that’s no big deal. Medium to full bodied, light booze. Definitely imperial, and it is actually a pretty fun beer. Nice stuff, I’ll definitely drink again.


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