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 (2492) - 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 thatís somewhat pumpkiney but not to the likes of Pumpking or Weyerbacher. Decent, but not great. Canít 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 thatís why those others are higher rated. Glad I tried it none the less.
travita (3857) - 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 (4790) - 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 (5965) - 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)
Heathen (1458) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - NOV 21, 2009
3.6 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
THOUGHTS: Very nice. A bit like Pum King. Itís definitely in my top four pumpkin beers. Breweries should just stop making non-imperial pumpkin beers. This had the perfect amount of spice for this amount of body and alcohol. The spices went from the tip of my tongue to the back of my throat. It went great with light cinnamon applesauce. When it was done, I found myself wanting more.
TECHNICAL: Bottle. Poured a hazy, medium orange with a small, off-white head that mostly diminished and left fair lacing. The aroma was moderate caramel, along with nutmeg and other spices, and pumpkin pie. The initial flavor was rather sweet and a little acidic; while the finish was sweet, sour and a bit acidic with an average to long duration. There was caramel malt, pumpkin pie, tons of spices with some major nutmeg and more pumpkin pie. The medium body was somewhat syrupy with fizzy carbonation and a slightly chalky and light to moderately astringent finish.
ben4321 (3824) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.5 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Location: 22 oz bottle from Gillyís, 11/16/09
Aroma: The aroma has some of the nice pumpkin spice and other spice characteristics I like in this style
Appearance: A mostly clear orange color with a thin lasting head, and light, drippy lace
Flavor: The taste is also lots of spice malts with a nice hop backing, spice is more cinnamon and nutmeg then pumpkin
Palate: The carbonation is pretty high for this beer, the mouthfeel is pretty nice, and a bit dry, and a bit of alcohol feel
This is a pretty good Pumpkin beer, but my main complaint is that the pumpkin spice is not as predominant as I would like it to be. That is only a minor compliant though, as I did enjoy this beer. As winter beers start to show up more, and this style is less available in stores, I can already tell Iím about to start missing the pumpkin beers. This is a quite good one.
Acetobacter (816) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Enjoyed from a 22oz bomber in a tulip glass. The beer pours a medium to slightly dark amber color with a small head that quickly disappears. The nose and palate are strikingly similar to Weyerbacherís Imperial Pumpking Ale, to the extent that the two are essentially dead ringers for one another. Lots of nutmeg, cinnamin, and a touch of store-bought pumpkin pie spicing. Hops are irrelevant and note noticeable. Malt makes an appearance, but is unfortunately vastly overshadowed by the spicing. Overall, this canít hold a candle to Dogfish Headís Punkin or Southern Tierís Imperial Pumpking, but it is a nicely done seasonal that belies its strength.
Brigadier (2900) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - NOV 11, 2009
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
650 ml bottle
I am always game for a new pumpkin seasonal so as soon as I saw this on the shelf (reasonably priced no less) I picked up a bottle. It took a while to get through but the payoff was worth it.
Aroma / Appearance - Mildly carbonated with a orange hue the color of the setting sun this glowed brilliantly. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and a squash character gave it some depth but nothing too rich. As with any solid pumpkin ale the aroma of warm pie filled the air.
Flavor / Palate - Strong and spicy the kick settles down after a while. Leaving a trace of nutmeg on the throat it hides the ABV dangerously well. Like pumpkin pie mixed into alcoholic form this is a well done seasonal.