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RATINGS: 243   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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 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 (3454) - 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 (2067) - 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 (1296) - 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.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Butters (4033) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Pours a clear amber with fair thin layer of white head. Nice pumpkin bread aroma. Flavor is a little medicinal, and fake pumpkin spices, but not offensive. Only a little alcohol warming, but noticeable. Great label though.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
CaptainCougar (7133) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 3, 2009
Pours a transparent orange amber with a thin, stringy-lacing white head. Aroma of sweet pumpkin and cinnamon spice with some doughy caramel malty notes. Starts with pretty good fullness and sugary sweetness with some holiday spice and earthy bitterness before a warming finish. Good balance of sweetness and spices, but could cover its alcohol better.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (5294) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2009
22 oz bomber from EZ Liquors. Pours an orangey/amber with a smaller white head that quickly and totally disipates. The aroma on this one is the best thing about this beer, lots of spice, pumpkin, vanilla extract and alcohol. Fuller bodied with lots of alcohol warming, a bit too much if I may say so. Flavor is lots of spices, lots of alcohol and the pumpkin is present but not as apparent as the overspiceing and over kill ABV. The overpowering alcohol on this one really takes over the aroma, palate and flavor...spicey pumpkin alcohol bomb.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
keepersj12 (3051) - Sicklerville, New Jersey, USA - SEP 30, 2009
Very good pumpkin seasonal. Nice looking amber with a small head. Aroma of pumpkin pie spice. Flavor is crisp and light. Dominated by pumpkin pie spices. Finish is dry and warm.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
Beerlando (3342) - Orlando, Florida, USA - SEP 29, 2009
Fresh bomber. The pour yields a mostly clear, blazing orange amber tinted body with a small head of fading, smooth, ivory colored foam. Thin sheeting drips down the glass, pulling apart and drying to minimal spots. The aroma is nicely balanced, notes of lightly sweetened pale and toffee malts spiced delicately with coriander, ginger, and clove, all wrapped in a shroud of fresh, fleshy pumpkin. Flavors are equally well structured, perfectly balanced between the sweet, pumpkiny malt and a surprising dose of peppery, floral hops. The spicing is appropriately toned down, which is an area at which most pumpkin beers fail. Ginger, graham cracker, clove and vanilla bean all come through nicely. Like the rest of the brew, the palate sports nice balance, showing ample substance without much heat or stickiness, along with a spicy, hoppy finish. Generally speaking, I hate pumpkin beer, so it takes alot to impress me. This one did just that, and Iíd put it near the very top of the genre.

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