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RATINGS: 242   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.


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
mabel (7443) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 24, 2012
[4415-20120504] 1pt6floz bottle. Thanksgiving spices and fruity pumpkin pie aroma. Slightly hazy, orange body with a medium-lasting creamy off-white head and lots of tiny floaties. Boozy pie crust flavour has a ton of pungent spices and pumpkin rind. Medium body has quite a kick. Really interesting big and bold. (7/4/6/3/14) 3.4
Overheard: "I’m not gay but I’m not not gay!"
(c/o blankboy, w/ him, garthicus, GregClow, HogTownHarry, jerc)

3.4
   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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (7100) - Reno, Nevada, USA - OCT 6, 2014
"this one was intriguing...an imperial pumpkin. maybe it would have the body and backbone sorely lacking from too many of the pumpkin ales out there. it smelled similar, but stronger, the abv making it’s presence known. the flavor also had a creamy aspect to it...like pumpkin pie a la mode...i imagine similar to Pumking based on it’s rep. It was quite good, and lingered, with a big body and creamy feel to back it up. good stuff."

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
b3shine (6617) - Indiana, USA - OCT 9, 2012
Draft to tulip. Looks good; a transparent burnt-orange with off-white head. Smells solid; pumpkin and appropriate spices. Tastes like it smells with an average mouthfeel. Solid.

3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6589) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - JUN 18, 2012
My bottle [660ml] shared with HogTownHarry, garthicus, GregClow, jerc & mabel. Pours a hazy orange-amber with a small semi-lasting frothy off-white head. A good amount of sediment in there. Aroma of pumpkin, spices and light alcohol. Slightly sweet flavour of pumpkin, spices and a bitter finish. Medium bodied. Not overly complex but very good nonetheless.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6449) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2009
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)

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Pours copper with a lasting white head. Smells of pronounced pumpkin pie spice, rice pudding caramel. Tastes of caramel, bubblegum, pumpkin pie spices, brown sugar. Sweet finish.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6300) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle:   Amberish golden, minor haze, thin finely bubbled head, whispy lacing.   Smells like a damn fragrance candle.   Hmmm, like pine and autumn leaves with gingerbread.   Hmmm, not quite sure to make of this.   Less of a pumpkin but instead a spiced ale of sorts.   Sweetened carrots too.   This is an odd duck.   Almost has a hot cinnamon spiciness, without the heat and cinnamon.   Hmmm...   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Certainly flavorful, but comes across as a spiced candle.   Thanks Rob!


3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6237) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2009
bottle, thanks to bman1113vr, golden orange color, fine foam, with spicy herbal aroma, pumpkin spice flavors

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
PorterPounder (6227) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - OCT 29, 2014
Conyers, Ga. - Sigman Bottle Shop - 22 oz bomber. Pours a slightly hazy medium copper with a light off-white head that sticks around a while. Aroma has some nice spicy hints with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Bold flavor with some boozy notes mixing along with the autumn spice flavors - cinnamon, nutmeg, you know the drill. Some pumpkin notes in the back end. Mouthfeel has a nice thickness to it. A little on the heavy side, but a good sipper.


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