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Dry Dock Half Moon Pumpkin Ale

Dry Dock Half Moon Pumpkin Ale
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RATINGS: 9   MEAN: 3.47/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.2/5   SEASONAL: Winter   IBU: 17   EST. CALORIES: 171   ABV: 5.7%
This spicy copper colored beer was made with real bits of pumpkin....so you KNOW it’s good! A well balanced spiciness and a pinch of hop bitterness to let you know fall is here!

Note: Previously at 5.1%, the 2010 version is at 5.7%.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
jredmond (7460) - New York, New York, USA - OCT 12, 2012
Draft at the great northern. Pours a clear amber body with nO head, light white lacing. Aroma is strOng spice, pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Mouthfeel is medium with similar notes in the flavor but with a much more perfume-y character.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
arminjewell (9260) - East Lansing, Michigan, USA - OCT 14, 2011
On tap at old chicago, pours clear orange with white head, aroma has nice notes of pumpkin, caramel, toffee, cinnamon and clove, goes into a hint of pepper as well. Taste is really nice but very spicy, lots of cinnamon and clove, some nice brown sugar, pumpkin and sweet biscuit, with a big ginger finish. I dig this!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
onceblind (7325) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 16, 2010
UPDATED: NOV 23, 2010 Draught at the brewery’s taproom on 11/12/10. The chalkboard claimed this beer has a 5.7% ABV with 24 IBU. Pours out a clear orange with an ivory, spotty head, but lasts pretty long. Smells like cinnamon and nutmeg, but with a bit of funk. Taste definitely brings out the pumpkin, but the light body throws me off. Lots of clove and cinnamon on the finish. Neither hoppy nor bodied enough.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 18/20
agillespie81 (315) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 31, 2010
Aroma - heavy pumpkin, spiced well; Appearance - copper, decent head, average lacing; Taste - bold pumpkin front, cinnamon and clove blend nicely into the back, finish is long and heavy; Palate - somewhat crisp for the style, good body; Overall - a solid pumpkin brew, excellently balanced throughout.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
notalush (5728) - Denver, Colorado, USA - OCT 17, 2010
Tap at the brewery - like most pumpkin ales, this one starts with copious amounts of cinnamon and nutmeg - however, most "pumpkin" ales kind of stop here, without truly incorporating the flavor of the veggie - however, the earthiness of the pumpkin actually shines quite nicely through the middle of this one - the spices are much stronger, but they do not wash out the pumpkin itself - fairly light for the style - a bit of clove adds depth - spicy and complex, but light and quaffable at the same time - nice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
SledgeJr (3577) - Omaha, Nebraska, USA - JAN 24, 2010
On tap at the brewpub. Pours a light orange amber with a medium white head. This beer has lots of carbonation. The aroma has lots of big spices: cinnamon, cloves, and perhaps nutmeg. The flavor also reflects these spices. In fact, it’s a bit over the top with the flavoring spices. There doesn’t seem to be that much pumpkin in the flavor but the spices dominate.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
BeerandBlues2 (12101) - Escondido, California, USA - DEC 13, 2009
Draught at Dry Dock Brewing. Pours clear amber with an average, frothy off-white head, lasting with fair lacing. Aroma is malt (caramel, cookie), pumpkin, cinnamon, vanilla, nutmeg, and earthy hops. Taste is dominated by cinnamon and nutmeg, with notes of caramel malt, pumpkin, and faint ginger. Medium bodied, good carbonation, and a dry finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
arrogantb (1402) - Denver, Colorado, USA - NOV 14, 2009
On tap at Dry Dock, I don’t seek out pumpkin beers but for some reason I am curiously interested as if one will actually taste liek pumpkin pie. They almost never do and this was no different. This was golden orange with a heavy perfume like spiced smell. The flavor was intense, lots of perfume, potpourri, cloves, vanilla, spices! Overall, this was just too intense. Serving type: on-tap Reviewed on: 11-15-2009 04:56:02

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
EValP (30) - Colorado, USA - NOV 13, 2006
As far as spiced ales go, this one started off positive. Great aroma that enticed me to drink. Delicious blend of cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg and cloves as well as a trifling amount of pepper and a hint of pumpkin but no pumpkin used. Smelled like a Thanksgiving dessert as it should. Light malt aroma with perhaps some straw in it. Spicy hops and light leather in the yeast.

Initially served the head was about average from what I expect, frothy and fizzy, off-white head. It soon disappeared all together leaving me with a dark amber glass of clear sparkling ale. I sipped and tasted a light sweetness and a surprising bitter taste as well. The spices don’t show thru the taste as most other spices ales of this nature but the bitterness turned me off. It finished even heavier with a slight oily texture left in my mouth. The taste lasted quite sometime and seemed to get even stronger, maybe astringent like.

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