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RATINGS: 237   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.


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Cletus (6329) - 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
SSSteve (3661) - - SEP 25, 2009
22oz bottle. slightly hazy orange with no head. pink bubblegum, clove, nutmeg aroma. smooth with light carbonation and a medium body. really tastes a lot like pink bubblegum and some nutmeg.

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   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
dmac (3742) - 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.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
sloth (2399) - Ceciltucky, Co., Maryland, USA - OCT 14, 2009
Thin tan head thats short lived, minimal lace, hazy copper color. Nose is soapy, spicey and lightly malty. Medium body with little carbonation, lightly oily. Pumkinny spiceyness, lotsa clove and nutmeg with very little maltiness, some brown sugar, a bit too sweet for me. Sweet and spicey finish. Bomber procured @statelineliquors.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
blindeyedbetty (189) - Utah, USA - NOV 6, 2009
22 oz. bottle pours cloudy amber with tight white head that leaves minimal runny lacing as it fades. Aroma is heavy with spice, not much pumpkin. Allspice, and cinnamon are prevalent. Moderately thin to medium body with a malty front, nutmeg and cinnamon middle and clove finish with an overall mild pumpkin-squash palate. The alcohol is not well hidden in the aftertaste. This is a heartier fall/pumpkin ale, but very little pumpkin comes through for me. As with many of the fall seasonals, this beer tends to display spicier notes than pumpkin, lending itself to better be called (IMO) a fall, or spice ale, rather than pumpkin. That said, this is a nice accompaniment to a sun-dried tomato marinated turkey breast stuffed with spinach, sugared walnuts and goat cheese.

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   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (5741) - 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)

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
kramer (4684) - Sunbury, Pennsylvania, USA - DEC 20, 2009
22 oz bottle. Pours a slightly hazy copper orange body with a very minimal off-white head that completely vanished within seconds. The nose is spice heavy with mostly nutmeg but a lighter note of cinnamon. There’s a fairly hefty caramel and toffee maltiness below. The flavor is very sweet with lots of caramel under the heavy nutmeg and allspice. I like that there’s not as much cinnamon as there is in many pumpkin beers though. Long lingering spice and caramel on the finish. Fairly heavy and thick on the palate with a little stickiness. Very prickly fizzy carbonation. Overall this wasn’t bad, but not as enjoyable as Weyerbacher Impy Pumpkin.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6027) - 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!


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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
smith4498 (2910) - Miami, Florida, USA - JAN 3, 2010
Pours hazy orange/amber color with off white head. Aromas of cinnamon and nutmeg. Simillar flavors with some alcohol. Medium body with average carbonation.

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   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
yespr (29683) - Copenhagen O, DENMARK - APR 25, 2010
22 fl oz bottle, courtesy of Papsoe. Pours hazy brown to orange with a small off-white head. Aroma is nutmeg and cinnamon spiced. Sweet malty flavoured. Distinct pumpkin spiced, classic set of spices/flavours for this. Mild bite into a dry malty and spiced finish.


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