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RATINGS: 240   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.


3.3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
DrSilverworm (6579) - Cincinnati, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2011
UPDATED: SEP 15, 2012 22oz bottle. Mildly hazy orange color, active-looking carbonation. Thin, nice off-white head, leaving a nice row of lacing. Great pumpkin nose, sweet, but not too much. You can actually taste the alcohol in this one, which isnít awful... it actually kind of works. Good, crisp carbonation, easy to drink. 6 / 4 / 7 / 4 / 14

Re-rate, 9/12/12: Thin off-white head. Clear darker orange color. Some lace. Almost a balance of pumpkin and spice. Smooth lighter carbonation. Dry texture. Spicy taste, light bitter. Light spicy bite. Cinnamon, nutmeg. Solid double pumpkin. Kegs Iím seeing this year are labeled as 9%, but bottles are still 8%, which is odd... 6 / 4 / 6 / 4 / 13

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6354) - 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!


3.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
blankboy (6150) - 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.

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
Rastacouere (6134) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - FEB 17, 2010
Even though I did not like the beer, I reckon its appearance was attractive. It pours Orval coloured and with a large, relatively lacy white foam of uniform tight bubbles, not rocky, but charming enough. Upon smelling, the spices take a dominant stance. Nutmeg, allspice and ginger are the main culprits, veiling the biscuity (of course one bends towards saying pie-like) malt profile. Very sweet on the palate and quite hot on top of it, a heat that is enhanced by the ginger/nutmeg spiciness. Whatever else is going on goes mostly unnoticed. While the alcohol clearly states that this is 8%+, the complexity youíd expect is not there, hops being a non factor while malts feel fairly limited. Nevertheless, the texture is quite suitable. Itís a relatively thick offering, having a bready, cakey chewiness which is tamed by an adequate, small-bubbled, active carbonation. Itís just not all that interesting when a would-be sipper does not have the depth to keep one captivated (and is very sweet/not very drinkable), a truth that is only accentuated further by its 660mL conditioning.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
HogTownHarry (6126) - Toronto (Harbourfront), Ontario, CANADA - OCT 31, 2012
May 4, 2012 - with blankboy, garthicus, gregclow, jercraigs & mabel. Bomber c/o blankboy. Bright slightly hazy orange with a small rocky off-white head (4-). Aroma of pumpkin spices and real meaty pumpkin malt, some alcohol. Taste has less of the real pumpkin character, quite OTT with the spice, and the alcohol is fairly assertive too. Average body, astringent and nicely carbonated, dry and a bit warming in the finish - boy does the spice ever take over with this one - a very dry and spicy aftertaste.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6083) - 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)

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6022) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2009
bottle, thanks to bman1113vr, golden orange color, fine foam, with spicy herbal aroma, pumpkin spice flavors

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
slowrunner77 (5977) - 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 itís presence known. the flavor also had a creamy aspect to it...like pumpkin pie a la mode...i imagine similar to Pumking based on itís rep. It was quite good, and lingered, with a big body and creamy feel to back it up. good stuff."

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (5832) - Glenville, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Happy Halloween! This pours a hazy, opaque rusty orange, with a finger-thick head of white foam. The aroma is pure autumn, with an apple spice kick. In the flavor, it comes across as a spiced cider more than a pumpkin ale, with a body thatís much lighter and juice-like than any other "imperial" brew I can recall. Enjoyable on a cold trick-or-treat night. (#3723, 10/31/2009)


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