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RATINGS: 238   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.41   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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The secret is in the 2.5 pounds of spice per barrel for this fall brew. We add the pumpkin during the mash at precisely the right time to create just the perfect balance of malt, hops, pumpkin and spice.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
CJfromPhilly (138) - Aston, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 11, 2009
Pours from the 22oz. bomber bottle a medium amber-is color with a half finger head that quickly dissolved into a light lacing. I see almost ZERO carbonation going on, I can practically count the bubbles on one hand. The aroma is malty and slightly sweet, with hints of pumpkin pie spices and maybe just a hint of brown sugar. 1st sip brings a strong hint of pumpkin (yes, you can actually taste the pumpkin), malt, and spices. There is a strong bitterness on the finish from a combination or hops, alcohol & spice. The mouth feel is smooth and neither heavy or watery. Drinkability is pretty good...I could see myself downing a few of these on a Saturday or Sunday while watching football. Overall, a very good beer, IMHO. A nice take on a style that seems to be a love-it-or-hate-it type of beer. I, for one, love it!

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
argo0 (11353) - Washington DC, USA - OCT 11, 2009
22oz bottle. Small off-white head atop hazy amber body. Aroma is moderately sweet, sweet potato, allspice, clove, nutmeg. Taste is moderately sweet, clove, allspice, nutmeg, some ginger, light alcohol. Medium-full body, some creaminess.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
VTHopHead (1511) - Barre, Vermont, USA - OCT 10, 2009
Bomber - Pours a nice "pumpkin" amber in color with a very small whitish head that fades to almost nothing... low carbonation. Aroma is slightly sweet and almost all pumpkin spice (clove, nutmeg, cinnamon,etc.) and nothing else. Flavor is a bit more complex. Some pumpkin, spices ( as noted) and a bit of harsh, unpleasant alcohol character. Slightly bitter and astringent at the end. Lingering bitterness with little else.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
TheBeerGod (5188) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2009
Bottle. Murky orange-amber pour with a short, dense white head. Big spice nose to this - cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and some ginger. Pumpkin pie notes as well. Taste is a bit lesser on the spice, though it still is present. More clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, pumpkin, ginger, candy notes, caramel and soft bread. Body is creamy and smooth with a soft carbonation. Very slick in spots and only slightly warming. Ends with more spices notes, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, brown sugar, light caramel, ginger and candy. Very tasty! Spices are not overdone and thatís always a plus!

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
fiver29 (1026) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Bottle pours clear orange amber color with beige head. Aroma is ginger, cinnamon, and real pumpkin with a brown sugar overtone. Luscious mouthfeel. Flavors follow the nose and finishes with a hot rubbing alcohol taste. The best part to this beer right now is the aroma. I am guessing with some time the hot rubbing alcohol taste will fade. Its still a solid offering in the pumpkin ale market.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
JoeMurphy (41) - Ohio, USA - OCT 6, 2009
Most "pumpkin" beers strike me as really "pie spice" beers. And this one really commits - you might as well call it a clove beer. It is balanced and not too sweet, two things I canít say about a lot of other spice beers. But that big punch of clove in every sip gets old fast. I will say itís an interesting beer to eat dinner with.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
aracauna (3053) - Georgia, USA - OCT 4, 2009
I have to admit that they managed to do the pumpkin spice thing without going overboard. Itís obvious and something Iíd noticed even without the warning of the name, but not so strong that it becomes overpowering. Sweetness and spice covers the alcohol without becoming cloying or undrinkable.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
rocbyter (1895) - Waterbury, Connecticut, USA - OCT 4, 2009
Mild pumpkin spice aroma. Lightly hazy orange color with a small off white head. Slow starting bitter pumpkin flavor that fades in the finish.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
juiceisloose (1055) - Windermere, Florida, USA - OCT 4, 2009
22 oz bomber. This one pours a dark orange color topped by a small off white colored head that leaves thin rings of lace behind. The aroma is nice and shows good balance between the toffee and caramel malts, cinnamon, ginger, and clove spices and fleshy pumpkin. The flavor follows with the sweet toffee malts and fleshy pumpkin up front followed by subtle spices of cinnamon and ginger snap and touch of floral hops. Just a hint of vanilla bean comes through as well and adds nice flavor. Medium to full bodied with balanced carbonation and finishes with some spices and hops on the finish. I like how the spices were subtle in this focusing more on the fresh pumpkin and malts. Definitely one of the better pumpkin beers I have had in awhile.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 3, 2009
dark orange with nice white head. very nice spiced nose, with cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger being present. moderate carbonation. mild bitterness followed by a nice spice note with some residual sweetness, unfortunately, like many clipper city brews, the alcohol is far too apparent and overbearing, adding no depth and only providing drastic distraction from the beer, making it a very unenjoyable drinking experience.

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