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RATINGS: 239   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.42   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 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 (3763) - 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 (7132) - 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 (4006) - 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 (2688) - 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 I’d put it near the very top of the genre.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jeremytoni (2980) - Swedesboro, New Jersey, USA - SEP 29, 2009
From a bottle poured brown with a good amount of head. Spicy malty flavor with a lingering spicy aftertaste.

   AROMA 2/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Pipper (325) - Ohio, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Poured from bomber into glass. Pours a dark cloudy-ish orange. Small white head, no carbonation. Straight soapy aroma, strange. Pumpkiny flavor and alcohol present for sure. Pretty good but not great.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
scraff (2121) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - SEP 28, 2009
22 oz - The Wine Source. Dark clear orange-amber, thin white creamy head. Sweet cinnamon graham crackers and vanilla nutmeg spice ride a soft bready foundation. Spicy cinnamon and ginger-nutmeg flavors balance on lighter vanilla pie crust tone. Medium bodied and slick, soft carbonation, spicy finish. Very nice, but I hope next years version dials the spices back a touch...

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
corby112 (2214) - philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 28, 2009
Pours a slightly cloudy golden amber with golden orange hues when held to a light source and a two finger frothy white head. Good retention, leaving sporadic lacing throughout. Sweet pumpkin pie aroma with hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, ginger, nutmeg and vanilla. The spiciness is however not overpowering, blending well with the pumpkin notes. Nice medium body with lots of pumpkin pie spice. Pretty malty for the style with a lot of pumpkin flavor, cinnamon, brown sugar, vanilla, ginger and nutmeg. The spiciness is pretty prominent but doesn’t overpower the pumpkin lasting into a dry finish . This one is thick and complex and the ABV is very well masked making it pretty drinkable. Not the best example of the style but pretty good.

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