I am usually not a fan of pumpkin ales. In my experience they tend to try to taste like pumpkin pie too much, and the nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice flavors tend to overwhelm everything else going on in the beer. Dogfish Head avoids that trap by muting the spices (which is unusual for DFH), adding some coffee and cardamon to the flavor profile, and playing up the brown sugar flavors. It is a bit sweet for my palate, but not cloyingly so. This is not a beer I am going to reach for very often, but it will serve as my Halloween beer, 6/10.