Pumpkin Beast - Aviator Brewing Company
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3.7/5 rDev +2.2%
The color is aglow in a warm pumpkin orange but it's complimented by a deep caramel hue. The head was strong with a frothy bubbling that slowly ebbed away.
The pumpkin, gourd and spice, was present with a caramel malt sweetness. A little bread and cracker add a dry aroma.
The pumpkin is very fair on the palate with a subtle gourd/earth tone. Nutmeg and cinnamon add a spiciness with a little more nutmeg. The caramel malt sweetness melds well with a barley malt dryness.
I truly believe the taste would score higher but a watery thinness seems to wash away the best parts of this ale. This feel detracts from the overall structure of the beer. Otherwise, it's an enjoyable pumpkin and worthy of a try.
10-01-2013 21:39:46 | More by KYGunner
3.73/5 rDev +3%
Poured on-tap at the Tap House and served in a shaker pint, the beer is a caramel-gold coloring with a filmy, sparse, white head. Nose of roast pumpkin, subtle spice blend, vanilla, and caramel. Flavors are roast pumpkin forward, with a blend of cinnamon and nutmeg, and a toasty backbone. The body is smooth, but still thin and drinkable. The aftertaste is roasted and spiced, with an effervescent, filmy finish. Solid pumpkin beer.
10-28-2013 03:10:08 | More by GarthDanielson
3.53/5 rDev -2.5%
Ok, so... If you have a brewery, and if you want to make a "fall seasonal" beer, you've got two choices: Pumpkin Beer or Oktoberfest. Which do you choose? How about both!
The marriage of the two fall treats results in a beer with burnt orange and rusty hues. Its medium haze allows for a diffused glow through its translucent cloud. As a creamy lather builds on top the beer, its foam is dense, thick and with long-lived retention. Lacing nicely, the beer denotes each drink with well defined rings.
As the beer reaches the nose, a sweet spiciness ensues- caramel, toast and pie-like cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice tingle the senses. Lightly starchy, the scent is malty as the sweetness turns savory and robust with bread crust and light pecan.
To taste, the malt sweetness layers on the tongue with toasted barley for the slight burnt caramel taste. The "peanut brittle" taste turns toasted, nutty and savory in middle palate. That's also when the spices build. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice and mild clove all combine for a "pumpkin pie-like" semblance. The spices turn bitter in its finish due to its growing noble hop presence.
Medium bodied, but quite full for Oktoberfest biers, the beer is starchy-sweet early and is slow to release, or to develop a drier or crisper finish. Instead, the beer's moderate dessert-like character keeps its texture malty-dry and warm with added spices and moderate alcohol.
Pumpkin Beast gives the pumpkin pie spice lovers something more to cheer about. With no shortage of Pumpkin Beers on the market, Aviator smartly chooses a Marzen base and is careful not to overwhelm its elegance with pie spices- although the beer is tilted toward the malty sweet side.
09-30-2013 16:31:55 | More by BEERchitect
Pumpkin Beast from Aviator Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 10 ratings.