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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
   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)

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   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
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
smith4498 (3038) - 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 (31470) - 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.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
redtechnj (214) - Williamstown, New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2011
Apperance- Hazy, dark amber color with a nice, fizzy off-white head. Aroama- Allspice, clove, nutmeg, cinnamon Flavor- Pumpkin, Nutmeg, Cinnamon, Malt, light biitter & alcohol finish.

3
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
Onslow (1184) - Kalamazoo, Michigan, USA - OCT 28, 2011
Pour from a 22 oz bottle. Hazy orange brew with frothy head. Aroma dominated by spice - cinnamon, nutmeg, clove. Taste is nice malts and hints of pumpkin at first, transitioning to a full spicey witches brew. If you like spice this is for you - no fake ’atomic fireball’ stuff here - you can tell it is brewed with fine spices. But, if like me, you don’t care for spice except as a flavor enhancer... or spice melange... well, not so great. Palate is a little watery. Great for the spice lovers.

3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
DiarmaidBHK (3455) - Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 13, 2012
Draft at bottle revolution. Pours orange with a thin white head. Big pumpkin on the nose. Lots of spices on the tongue. Too many for my taste. I could use more pumpkin. But it is flavorful.

2.9
   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.

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
kp (10886) - Woodstock, Georgia, USA - NOV 7, 2009
UPDATED: DEC 6, 2009
Name: Heavy Seas Great Pumpkin
Date: October 12, 2009
Mode: Bottle
Source: Bullock’s
Appearance: hazy orange, wispy off white head
Aroma: big sweet pumpkin aroma with lots of spices
Flavor: sweet pumpkin and malt flavor, well balanced spices, light bitterness follows the spices
Aroma: 6/10; Appearance: 6/10; Flavor: 6/10; Palate: 6/10; Overall: 11/20
Rating: 2.9/5.0
Drinkability: 7/10
Score: ** /4

2.9
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
chriso (7396) - London, Greater London, ENGLAND - JAN 22, 2010
On tap at the 2009 Great Pumpkin Festival, Cambridge Brewing Company, Cambridge MA on 31 October 2009. Orange colour. Falls into the "not outrageously spiced but not enough else going on to maintain my interest" category of pumpkin ales. Which is to say, for me, acceptable but uninspiring. Aroma is spicy but relatively restrained. Less spice on the palate. Could use more hops. Sweetish. Did I say I’m not a big fan of pumpkin ales?


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