Rustyham (1731) - St. Petersburg, Florida, USA - DEC 21, 2009
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
really spicy aroma- nutmeg and cinnamon. Like egg nog on the nose- moutghfeel is very dry and fizzy. Not too much flavor, definitely not of pumpkin. I expected a lot more in this. Overall thin.
kramer (5063) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper orange body with a very minimal off-white head that completely vanished within seconds. The nose is spice heavy with mostly nutmeg but a lighter note of cinnamon. There’s a fairly hefty caramel and toffee maltiness below. The flavor is very sweet with lots of caramel under the heavy nutmeg and allspice. I like that there’s not as much cinnamon as there is in many pumpkin beers though. Long lingering spice and caramel on the finish. Fairly heavy and thick on the palate with a little stickiness. Very prickly fizzy carbonation. Overall this wasn’t bad, but not as enjoyable as Weyerbacher Impy Pumpkin.
ChainGangGuy (4395) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - DEC 14, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
12 ounce bomber - $4.99 at Bullock’s Wine & Spirits in Marietta, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours a clear, robust dark orange body with a susdy, frothy, ivory-colored head. It thins down into a fine, thin layering, though it has some nice staying power.
Smell: Well-spiced, bready nose with plenty of chunky pumpkin notes. It’s a nicely fragrant bowl stirred up with brown sugar, cinnamon, and bread crumbs is what it is.
Taste: It’s bready, sweet, and spicy. Dry, crumbly, lightly toasted bready malt profile generously coated in dark brown sugar and cinnamon and nutmeg. This one has just the right amount of pumpkin flesh flavor. Mildly bitter though with a restrained hop character, allowing for the spices to shine. The very faintest touch of warming alcohol nearing the end. Drying, spicy finish with a faint, lingering taste of pumpkin.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: A good, admirable, though not great pumpkin brew, but I will certainly say it exceeded my modest expectations after the lackluster showing of the previous members of the Mutiny Fleet. Give it a try, provided you’re a fan of pumpkin ales!
daknole (9415) - Scottsdale, Arizona, USA - DEC 13, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
orange pour. This one has the normal pumpkin and spice aroma but also has more hops than most pumpkin beers. And flavor is much hoppier than most pumpkins. The minute you think the spice and pumpkin might be too much you get a really nice hit of hops. A really good twist on the normal pumpkin beer,.
SphinxTX (2876) - Mata Gorda, Texas, USA - DEC 6, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr. Pours a murky gold with off-white head. Aroma of nutmeg and pumpkin. Flavor of pumpkin, nutmeg, some faint sweetness. Mouth feel is medium body with medium-high carbonation. Overall, not bad at all, pretty tasty!
pineypower (2527) - Pine Barrens, New Jersey, USA - NOV 27, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours out a nice mostly clear orange color with a light off white head. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon and other typical pumpkin spices along with a little bit of sweet malt and a slightly boozy note in there too. Taste is of pumpkin pie spices, namely cinnamon, nutmeg and a little clove with a few other spice notes in there too, slight malty notes and a touch of some bitterness, but the boozy alcohol notes from the aroma follow into the taste and are present throughout, granted its 8%, but the alcohol could have been a lot more hidden.
Skeegle (566) - Maryland, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Decent beer that’s somewhat pumpkiney but not to the likes of Pumpking or Weyerbacher. Decent, but not great. Can’t see what the rave is about. Some sour beer tastes otherwise drown out other tastes that could have been done up in a more refined beer. But perhaps that’s why those others are higher rated. Glad I tried it none the less.
travita (4116) - Frisco, Texas, USA - NOV 25, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle thanks to bman1113vr. The look is clear, orange in color, and has an off white head. The taste is sweet, puimpkin, and spices. The smell is nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnammon, and good.
mar (4940) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
bottle thanks to bman1113vr. light amber with a white head. nose is big spices, heavy pumpkin and not much else. nice on the palate with a smooth pumpking flavor and a spicy finish.
BBB63 (6122) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle and served in Duval snifter: Tasted head to head against the Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin:
Hazy orangy amber hue with a fading head and okay lace. Shipyard wins the appearance battle (3-4). The aroma has notes of fresh pumpkin meat, cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg, doughy pie crust and brown sugar. Yep smells just like a classic Pumpkin Pie. The Clipper City wins the aroma battle by a wide margin. (8 -6) Now on towards the make it or break it sense data for all pumpkin brews...
The taste is full frontal kicking in your face pumpkin and spice. Big sweet malts, big traditional pie spice supported by a mild doughy background. What hops may have been used in this beer have long been beat into submission by the spice overtone. Just seems too one note and suffers the common issue I have with the genre, too much spice and not enough beer. The points go to Shipyard here (5-7). The mouth feel is slightly aggressive and the one moment that the 8% ABV shows up in a snappy bite. Still the mouth feel is quite average and gets the score you would expect. I give Shipyard a slight nod here as well (3-4). Overall, while the Clipper City is hardly the worse Pumpkin beer I had, I am let down by expecting this to be the more drinkable and complex of the head to head matchup. Boy this is a shocking outcome, (11)