Sam Adams: Fat Jack (Double Pumpkin) - Beer Review

  • Brewery - Samuel Adams
  • Location - Boston, MA
  • Type - Pumpkin Ale
  • ABV - 8.5%

 

Reviewer:

Ryan M. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

10/10

Aroma

10/10

Taste

10/10

Mouth Feel

9/10

Holistic

10/10

Total

49/50

Thoughts

Do most people share a 22 ounce? Because I won't give this up! Excellent!!

 

Reviewer:

Michelle M. (Pumpkin Beer Fanatic)

Appearance

9/10

Aroma

10/10

Taste

8/10

Mouth Feel

9/10

Holistic

9/10

Total

45/50

Thoughts

Definitely taste the roasty smoked malts. An upgrade from the harvest pumpkin ale.

 

Reviewer:

Ryan K. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

8/10

Aroma

8/10

Taste

9/10

Mouth Feel

7/10

Holistic

8/10

Total

40/50

Thoughts

Beautiful amber color that seems to shine when the light hits it. Surprisingly strong aroma when the bottle is first opened. No question there is pumpkin in this one (amazing how that is not always obvious in pumpkin beers) and the roasted malts really cut through the other flavors!

 

Reviewer:

Laurel K. (Non Beer Drinker)

Appearance

6/10

Aroma

8/10

Taste

7/10

Mouth Feel

7/10

Holistic

10/10

Total

38/50

Thoughts

Friggen awesome label! Smells amazing. Has a smoky flavor, I dig it!!

 

Weyerbacher: Imperial Pumpkin Ale - Beer Review

  • Brewery - Weyerbacher
  • Location - Easton, PA
  • Type - Pumpkin Ale
  • ABV - 8.0%

 

Reviewer:

Ryan M. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

9/10

Aroma

8/10

Taste

10/10

Mouth Feel

9/10

Holistic

9/10

Total

45/50

Thoughts

Definitely can smell the cinnamon in this one. Excellent taste, pumpkins & spice are there!

 

Reviewer:

Michelle M. (Pumpkin Beer Fanatic)

Appearance

9/10

Aroma

10/10

Taste

9/10

Mouth Feel

9/10

Holistic

9/10

Total

46/50

Thoughts

Awesome pumpkin beer. Nice malty pumpkin flavor with a perfect blend of spices. Lots of cinnamon flavor!

 

Reviewer:

Ryan K. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

8/10

Aroma

8/10

Taste

9/10

Mouth Feel

7/10

Holistic

9/10

Total

41/50

Thoughts

Great redish tint on this one. No doubt there is cinnamon based on the aroma. There is a heavy caramel and cinnamon taste involved but it works great with the underlining pumpkin.

 

Reviewer:

Laurel K. (Non Beer Drinker)

Appearance

4/10

Aroma

5/10

Taste

4/10

Mouth Feel

5/10

Holistic

6/10

Total

24/50

Thoughts

Smells spicy and has lots of strong flavors.

 

Dogfish Head: Punkin - Beer Review

  • Brewery - Dogfish Head
  • Location - Milton, Delaware
  • Type - Pumpkin Ale
  • ABV - 7.0%

 

Reviewer:

Ryan M. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

7/10

Aroma

7/10

Taste

7/10

Mouth Feel

9/10

Holistic

8/10

Total

38/50

Thoughts

A little light for a "brown ale". Lacking in the spice department. A brown sugar rim would totally complete this beer.

 

Reviewer:

Michelle M. (Pumpkin Beer Fanatic)

Appearance

7/10

Aroma

10/10

Taste

10/10

Mouth Feel

9/10

Holistic

10/10

Total

46/50

Thoughts

Love this beer! Nice pumpkin and brown sugar taste. Dogfish Head makes some unusual beers and this is one of their best.

 

Reviewer:

Ryan K. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

5/10

Aroma

7/10

Taste

6/10

Mouth Feel

6/10

Holistic

7/10

Total

31/50

Thoughts

Not what one would expect from a brown ale. Pumpkin is strong with not as much spice as I was expecting. Maybe it is just the placement within the beer tasting session but I'm just not feeling this beer like I expected.

 

Reviewer:

Laurel K. (Non Beer Drinker)

Appearance

4/10

Aroma

4/10

Taste

3/10

Mouth Feel

3/10

Holistic

4/10

Total

18/50

Thoughts

Brown? No thanks... Yuck

 

 

Ithaca: Country Pumpkin - Beer Review

  • Brewery - Ithaca Beer Co.
  • Location - Ithaca, New York
  • Type - Pumpkin Ale
  • ABV - 6.3%

 

Reviewer:

Ryan M. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

6/10

Aroma

7/10

Taste

8/10

Mouth Feel

8/10

Holistic

8/10

Total

37/50

Thoughts

Cloudy, almost like a wheat ale. Aroma is lacking some of the spice that you taste. Good beer overall.

 

Reviewer:

Michelle M. (Pumpkin Beer Fanatic)

Appearance

6/10

Aroma

7/10

Taste

8/10

Mouth Feel

7/10

Holistic

8/10

Total

36/50

Thoughts

Great blend of pumpkin and spice. Nice malty flavor and coloring. Very good, easy drinking, pumpkin beer.

 

Reviewer:

Ryan K. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

8/10

Aroma

8/10

Taste

7/10

Mouth Feel

7/10

Holistic

7/10

Total

37/50

Thoughts

Light, cloudy, and yellow appearance with a very white head. Nice scent with nothing that jumps out. Spice notes in the back of the tongue with higher malt flavors and overall clean feel.

 

Reviewer:

Laurel K. (Non Beer Drinker)

Appearance

4/10

Aroma

6/10

Taste

6/10

Mouth Feel

6/10

Holistic

6/10

Total

28/50

Thoughts

Complex flavor. Not bad.

 

 

Arcadia: Jaw-Jacker - Beer Review

  • Brewery - Arcadia Brewing
  • Location - Battle Creek, Michigan
  • Type - Herbed/Spiced Beer
  • ABV - 6.0%

 

Reviewer:

Ryan M. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

8/10

Aroma

8/10

Taste

8/10

Mouth Feel

9/10

Holistic

8/10

Total

43/50

Thoughts

Despite the absence of pumpkin, this tastes exactly like a pumpkin pie. The colors & taste are there. Very good overall.

 

Reviewer:

Michelle M. (Pumpkin Beer Fanatic)

Appearance

7/10

Aroma

9/10

Taste

8/10

Mouth Feel

8/10

Holistic

9/10

Total

41/50

Thoughts

This pumpkin (although not listed) beer is well balanced with pumpkin flavor and spices. Clove is really noticeable. Can't believe there is no pumpkin in here!

 

Reviewer:

Ryan K. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

6/10

Aroma

8/10

Taste

7/10

Mouth Feel

6/10

Holistic

9/10

Total

36/50

Thoughts

Cloudy pale appearance. Fruity & spicy notes take the drinker to the pumpkin beer frame of mind. Somewhat odd mouth feel that is hard to explain. This is a pumpkin beer, even though there is no pumpkin in the recipe.

 

Reviewer:

Laurel K. (Non Beer Drinker)

Appearance

6/10

Aroma

7/10

Taste

6/10

Mouth Feel

7/10

Holistic

8/10

Total

34/50

Thoughts

Sweet with a kick. Awesome name and label! Smells fruity.

 

Anderson Valley: Fall Hornin' Pumpkin Ale - Beer Review

  • Brewery - Anderson Valley
  • Location - Coonville, California
  • Type - Pumpkin Ale
  • ABV - 6.0%

 

Reviewer:

Ryan M. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

9/10

Aroma

8/10

Taste

9/10

Mouth Feel

9/10

Holistic

8/10

Total

43/50

Thoughts

Nice dark color. Great combination of spice & pumpkin. I want more!

 

Reviewer:

Michelle M. (Pumpkin Beer Fanatic)

Appearance

10/10

Aroma

10/10

Taste

10/10

Mouth Feel

10/10

Holistic

10/10

Total

50/50

Thoughts

Excellent pumpkin beer! Perfect balance of pumpkin and spices. Nice caramel color. Taste like a pumpkin pie.

 

Reviewer:

Ryan K. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

8/10

Aroma

7/10

Taste

8/10

Mouth Feel

8/10

Holistic

8/10

Total

39/50

Thoughts

Great dark red color. Somewhat muddled scent. A little hop heavy but still get a sense of drinking pumpkin pie, with a somewhat thicker mouth feel from previous examples of this style. Fun bottle label adds to the experience.

 

Reviewer:

Laurel K. (Non Beer Drinker)

Appearance

7/10

Aroma

5/10

Taste

4/10

Mouth Feel

5/10

Holistic

7/10

Total

28/50

Thoughts

Sweet at first but turns bitter. Awesome name and label!

 

Sam Adams: Harvest Pumpkin Ale - Beer Review

  • Brewery - Samuel Adams
  • Location - Boston, Massachusetts
  • Type - Pumpkin Ale
  • ABV - 5.7%

 

Reviewer:

Ryan M. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

8/10

Aroma

7/10

Taste

9/10

Mouth Feel

9/10

Holistic

8/10

Total

41/50

Thoughts

Nice dark colors and great flavors. Spices are there but not overpowering, same with the pumpkin.

 

Reviewer:

Michelle M. (Pumpkin Beer Fanatic)

Appearance

9/10

Aroma

7/10

Taste

8/10

Mouth Feel

8/10

Holistic

8/10

Total

40/50

Thoughts

Excellent pumpkin beer! Great pumpkin and spice flavor with a nice caramel color. Glad they finally took it out of a variety pack and made it its own 6-pack.

 

Reviewer:

Ryan K. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

8/10

Aroma

7/10

Taste

9/10

Mouth Feel

8/10

Holistic

9/10

Total

41/50

Thoughts

Nice amber color with a well formed head. Pumpkin and spice notes seem well balanced while coating the mouth well. Nice aftertaste that is not as overpowering as many beers in this style. Would certainly be a go-to choice when looking at pumpkin beers at the bar or store.

 

Reviewer:

Laurel K. (Non Beer Drinker)

Appearance

6/10

Aroma

6/10

Taste

6/10

Mouth Feel

6/10

Holistic

6/10

Total

30/50

Thoughts

Smooth tasting and smells good.

 

Matt Brewing: Saranac Pumpkin - Beer Review

  • Brewery - Matt Brewing
  • Location - Utica, New York
  • Type - Pumpkin Ale
  • ABV - 5.4%

 

Reviewer:

Ryan M. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

5/10

Aroma

5/10

Taste

4/10

Mouth Feel

5/10

Holistic

5/10

Total

24/50

Thoughts

Unimpressed. No spices at all. It just taste like straight pumpkin. Almost bitter and looks watered down.

 

Reviewer:

Michelle M. (Pumpkin Beer Fanatic)

Appearance

7/10

Aroma

6/10

Taste

5/10

Mouth Feel

6/10

Holistic

3/10

Total

27/50

Thoughts

Tastes like a pumpkin bud light. All pumpkin taste and barely any spices.

 

Reviewer:

Ryan K. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

8/10

Aroma

5/10

Taste

4/10

Mouth Feel

5/10

Holistic

4/10

Total

26/50

Thoughts

Amber pour with very bland aroma. Pure pumpkin taste with no real spice to back it up. Feels overly "lite" and just does not fit the style. Simply disappointing after what I had read about this beer.

 

Reviewer:

Laurel K. (Non Beer Drinker)

Appearance

4/10

Aroma

2/10

Taste

2/10

Mouth Feel

2/10

Holistic

3/10

Total

13/50

Thoughts

YUCK. Ewwww.. where is the spice?? WTF

 

Shocktop: Pumpkin Wheat - Beer Review

  • Brewery - Shocktop (Anheuser-Busch)
  • Location - St. Louis, Missouri
  • Type - Pumpkin Ale
  • ABV - 5.2%

 

Reviewer:

Ryan M. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

8/10

Aroma

8/10

Taste

7/10

Mouth Feel

7/10

Holistic

8/10

Total

38/50

Thoughts

For an Anheuser-Busch product I am impressed. Nice orange color, also gets the hazy "wheat" look to it. Great spicy smell and very good taste. Spices definitely come out.

 

Reviewer:

Michelle M. (Pumpkin Beer Fanatic)

Appearance

7/10

Aroma

8/10

Taste

6/10

Mouth Feel

7/10

Holistic

7/10

Total

35/50

Thoughts

This beer smells wonderful with a nice pumpkin flavor and hints of spice. The taste let me down a bit thought, as the smell didn't come through in the taste.

 

Reviewer:

Ryan K. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

8/10

Aroma

7/10

Taste

7/10

Mouth Feel

7/10

Holistic

6/10

Total

35/50

Thoughts

Cloudy with a light head, decent for a wheat style. Moderate spice notes on the aroma that cover the pumpkin when tasting. Feels almost like a soda when drinking.

 

Reviewer:

Laurel K. (Non Beer Drinker)

Appearance

7/10

Aroma

7/10

Taste

5/10

Mouth Feel

5/10

Holistic

5/10

Total

29/50

Thoughts

Smells sweet. At first it tastes good but then its like a kick in the mouth.

 

Bearded Guy Brewing: Pumpkin - Beer Review

 

Reviewer:

Ryan M. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

9/10

Aroma

9/10

Taste

6/10

Mouth Feel

7/10

Holistic

8/10

Total

39/50

Thoughts

Color & smell are great but too much head. Clove flavor is overpowering and tends to hide the pumpkin.

(Editor's note: Ryan M. is owner/brewer of Bearded Guy Brewing)

 

Reviewer:

Michelle M. (Pumpkin Beer Fanatic)

Appearance

9/10

Aroma

8/10

Taste

7/10

Mouth Feel

7/10

Holistic

7/10

Total

38/50

Thoughts

This pumpkin beer has a nice dark orange appearance. Needs more pumpkin flavor and less clove, but nonetheless has a nice spicy flavor.

 

Reviewer:

Ryan K. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

8/10

Aroma

6/10

Taste

6/10

Mouth Feel

7/10

Holistic

7/10

Total

34/50

Thoughts

Super carbonated, resulting in a big head but beautiful dark amber color makes for a nice appearance. Very spicy aroma that continues into the taste, with a punch of clove that sticks around. Coats the mouth well, that plus the strong clove taste prevents this from being a session beer but even so, still enjoyable.

 

Reviewer:

Laurel K. (Non Beer Drinker)

Appearance

8/10

Aroma

10/10

Taste

7/10

Mouth Feel

7/10

Holistic

7/10

Total

39/50

Thoughts

The smell is AMAZING! Needs to be made into a candle scent!! Holy Moly clove and very pretty color.

 

Shipyard: Pumpkinhead Ale - Beer Review

  • Brewery - Shipyard
  • Location - Portland, Maine
  • Type - Pumpkin Ale
  • ABV - 4.7%

 

Reviewer:

Ryan M. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

4/10

Aroma

9/10

Taste

6/10

Mouth Feel

6/10

Holistic

6/10

Total

31/50

Thoughts

By the appearance you couldn't tell the difference of this or a Budweiser. Smells great, like a pumpkin pie! Taste is OK, the spice is there but there is hardly any body to it. Feels almost like it is watered down.

 

Reviewer:

Michelle M. (Pumpkin Beer Fanatic)

Appearance

4/10

Aroma

6/10

Taste

4/10

Mouth Feel

5/10

Holistic

3/10

Total

22/50

Thoughts

Very light pumpkin flavor with very subtle hints of spice. Not one of my favorites, taste like a pumpkin flavored yuengling.

 

Reviewer:

Ryan K. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

7/10

Aroma

6/10

Taste

6/10

Mouth Feel

6/10

Holistic

7/10

Total

32/50

Thoughts

Super light, somewhat yellow, appearance. Strong aroma with hints of banana but overwhelmingly spice heavy. Surprisingly watery feel.

 

Reviewer:

Laurel K. (Non Beer Drinker)

Appearance

3/10

Aroma

4/10

Taste

4/10

Mouth Feel

5/10

Holistic

7/10

Total

23/50

Thoughts

Meh.... looks like piss.

 

Unita Brewing: Punk'n Harvest - Beer Review

  • Brewery - Uinta Brewing
  • Location - Salt Lake City, Utah
  • Type - Pumpkin Ale
  • AVB - 4.0%

 

Reviewer:

Ryan M. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

8/10

Aroma

7/10

Taste

8/10

Mouth Feel

7/10

Holistic

8/10

Total

38/50

Thoughts

Nice Orange color. Smell is lacking a little of the advertised spices. Missing a little of the spices in the taste, but still taste very good.

 

Reviewer:

Michelle M. (Pumpkin Beer Fanatic)

Appearance

8/10

Aroma

8/10

Taste

9/10

Mouth Feel

9/10

Holistic

9/10

Total

43/50

Thoughts

Excellent pumpkin flavor that is well balanced with hints of vanilla & spices. Appearance is a little lighter than I would have liked.

 

Reviewer:

Ryan K. (General Craft Beer Fan)

Appearance

8/10

Aroma

7/10

Taste

7/10

Mouth Feel

7/10

Holistic

8/10

Total

37/50

Thoughts

Clear and surprising light orange appearance with almost no head. Somewhat watery feeling that makes for an easy drinker, though the pumpkin flavor could be more pronounced, instead sensed almost a banana backdrop.

 

Reviewer:

Laurel K. (Non Beer Drinker)

Appearance

6/10

Aroma

6/10

Taste

3/10

Mouth Feel

3/10

Holistic

5/10

Total

23/50

Thoughts

Bright color which is pretty. Bitter taste that stings.