Bamaboy1975 (242) - Suffolk, Virginia, USA - SEP 14, 2013
I LOVE THIS BEER. I was in phonexville at the end of fall last year and happened to walk into a bar that had it on tap. I have had ALOT of pumpkins beers, this is by far my favorite. I live in philly and am excited for the fall, mainly because of this beer, I hope that it finds me again, as I continue to search for it.
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Great pumpkin beer. With all of the new pumpkin beers on the market this one, and Schlafly stand above the rest. Great aroma, great pumpkin pie spices, great mouth feel, very drinkable. I only bought one bottle, but I will be going back to get more. Davetopay (54) - Leesburg, Virginia, USA - OCT 4, 2009
UPDATED: OCT 10, 2009 TOP OF THE HEAP! This is my flat out favorite pumpkin this season. You KNOW that this is the real deal when you smell it. This beer is made with roasted cut pumpkin, not pumpkin flavor, not pumpkin extract, but the REAL stuff. The pour is a bright autumn orange with a creamy dense head that maintains a consistent thickness all the way down. The aroma is of mild spices, and big sweet carmelized gourd. The flavor is big on bready toasty malts, hints of caramel, and the slightly burnt sugars of the roasted pumpkin. The spices are there, but no where near the intensity of some other brews that try to mimic a Thanksgiving pie. They compliment the sweetness of the fruit and malt by adding a special earthy nature in conjunction with the hops. The potency of the flavors in this ale, along with its dense mouthfeel make a perfect dessert beer in my book. I only hope I can find more of it! stephen57 (36) - Midlothian, Virginia, USA - NOV 14, 2015
Poured aggressively. Small head. Little carbonation. You smell the spices up front and right away! Great color! Taste the pumpkin and other spices right off! Very smooth and sessionable but beware the high alcohol content! It will sneak up on you at 8%. Excellent and well made beer! Best Pumpkin beer I ever had. SEH!! Drake (13742) - Milwaukee, Wisconsin, USA - SEP 19, 2009
UPDATED: SEP 30, 2012 12 ounce bottle from Beer Run in Charlottesville, VA. Pours a clear vibrant reddish copper color with a thin head. Not so great head retention and lacing. Rich, inviting aroma of pumpkin spices, primarily nutmeg but a hint of cinnamon and clove. Notes of pumpkin, caramel and apple. Taste is caramel, pumpkin, apple, citrus and a nice spice profile of cinnamon and nutmeg. A fair amount of vanilla in the finish. Smooth and medium bodied. Sweet overall with a bit of spiciness and a faint tartness. This is a damn good pumpkin beer.
zmaninvb (3) - Virginia Beach, Virginia, USA - JAN 30, 2012 does not count
The 2010 vintage is a bit stronger and sweeter, but still has nice balance, a nice spice mix, and is still pretty damn good. No score updates.
OH. MY. GOD. The 2012 vintage is fucking amazing. More toasted notes this year, vanilla, pumpkin, perfect level of spice. Seriously, they’ve hit a home run with this beer this year. Old score was 8/3/9/4/17. Taste is going up, as is palate, as is overall. This is now a top 10 beer for me.
This is one of my favorite pumpkin beers. Smells of pumpkin pie and nutmeg, nice lacing, pours nice amber color, and it is quite drinkable. This is one fine brew. AmBunni (18) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - SEP 26, 2013
The best. I've tried a lot if pumpkin beers and this one is my favorite by a landslide. The king has been dethroned!
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I’ve heard a lot of good buzz about this one from many of my beer friends. Some say it’s even better than Schlafly’s, so... I’m doing a comparison tasting and drinking a Schlafly at the same time. Here goes:
Ap: Pours pretty thick, with a slight bubbly head that quickly withers away to nothing, and a beautiful dark dark orange-red (almost bronze) color. The carbonation is moderate.
Ar: Deep smell of pumpkin. And I mean HUGE! All the standard spices are there (nutmeg, brown sugar, etc.), but the smell of the actually gourd is prominent.
T: Much sweeter than Schlafly and not as much pumpkin "roast" overall. I really love the crispness. The spices are a little more muted than the Schlafly, and the sweetness is a bit more "tart."
P: Really good. Nothing offensive about the sugar content. It feels exactly the way it should for this style.
O: Since I love pumpkin ales and the harvest time of year in general, I’ll drink this again. Definitely in the top 5 pumpkin ales available!
UPDATED REVIEW! The 2011 version is much better than Schlafly’s (the local phenomenon). It’s richer, creamier, and more pumpkin-like.
Honestly, I couldn’t imagine a better pumpkin ale. Eberndt (235) - - SEP 2, 2013
Great pumpkin beer. Better than pumpking but not as good as schlafy’s. Sweet flavor and aroma. Wife liked it. ordybill (1759) - Douglasville, Georgia, USA - NOV 10, 2015
Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. The appearance is a clear amber color with a small white head. The flavor is a great pumpkin flavor with a semi-dry finish. An excellent pumpkin ale.