hopscotch (10085) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle… Hazy amber/orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. The aroma is of vanilla, pumpkin meat and clove – essentially, pumpkin pie. Full-bodied and sticky with feather-soft carbonation. Nice pumpkin pie and vanilla flavors, but a bit too alcoholic for the pumpkin and spices to really shine. Finishes boozy and raw. Less noticeable alcohol and you’ve got Southern Tier’s Pumking – a real winner. Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94!
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle poured into my large brandy snifter.
A- Body is a uniformly translucent pumpkin hue-its pretty cloudy. Pours with a 2 finger or so smooth, creamy white head. This slowly, eventually fades to a nice thick collar. Little lacing is left behind in the glass.
S- Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar stand out the most initially. Behind this is a distinct boozy astrigency. A slight bourbon sweetness can also be detected.
T-There is a very good balance initially of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet bourbon, and dry oak. Its quite complex. The finish is more astrigent-with some alcohol bitterness coming through-but the spices and pumpkin have almost equal strength. What lingers is a good bit of nutmeg and cinnamon, a hint of pumpkin-and a big alcohol warmth.
M- Medium to low carbonation with a slightly dry, spicy body with medium weight.
D- This is a very good, different pumpkin ale. The bourbon barrels add a different character-and certainly a big kick. This is clearly a strong pumkin ale that doesn’t hide its booziness. Job well done by Clipper City here- one of my favorites from them.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-07-2010 03:23:06
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Heavy seas greater pumpkin. 22oz bottle thanks to Adam... Pours a
mostly transparent caramel orange brown with a thin frothy white
head... Pumpkin, oak, and ginger in the nose and predominantly sweet
for that matter... Pumpkin, spice, and a sweet vanilla barrel presence
overall, almost aggresively too sweet almost to a level of a Belgian
tripel. Very boozy in the aftermath and lingers on the palate for a
substantial margin. Carbonation is lively while body is average.
drewbeerme (3898) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle shared by Adam. pours amber with white head. nose of pumpkin and cinnamon with bourbon notes. flavors of pumpkin vanilla clove, warming sweet honey.
TheAlum (6297) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle from TheEpeeist. Pours a glowing orange hazed pour, a small frothy offwhite head dies to a small ring. Aromas are typical pie spices, cinnamon and clove, some vanilla and nutmeg, pumpkin puree. Strong, a touch of oak and spirit, whiskey. Initial is some pumpkin, a touch of whiskey, warms as it goes down. A flurry of spices, vanilla, creamy with pumpkin puree. A touch of heat, oaky barrel. A bit thinned, the sweetness is taken out and the barrel sticks lightly. The spices linger, a bit warm. Ok
SpringsLicker (3251) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear until you pour the sediment in the bottom of the bottle.
Medium amber with an off-white head.
Fruity aroma hints of apple cider.
A lot of alcohol in the flavor that stands in the way of what else may be there.
thirdeye11 (5782) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle, courtesy of Exiled) clearish orange with very few bubbles. Nose of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, bourbon and wood. Taste of pumpkin, vanilla, nutmeg, allspice, wood and bourbon.
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of ryan. Milky orange with a thin white head. Big pumpkin pie spice nose. Flavor is pumpkin spice with nice undertones of bourbon, and vanilla. Didn’t really notice any oak aroma or flavor though.
ryan (3186) - Beltsville, Maryland, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Strong spice nose, lots of nutmeg and cinnamon, lots of sweetness, some light vegetal pumpkin, and a bit of bourbon. The taste moderately sweet, lots of pumpkin and spice, some bourbon and warming alcohol.
Pailhead (5684) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - DEC 28, 2010
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: DEC 29, 2010 Courtesy or ryan
Bottle: The aroma is loaded with pumpkin pie spice...lots of cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger. It pours a hazy orange with a small off-white head. The flavor starts with some sweet caramel. There’s a nice cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg presence. The finish isn’t hot, but the bourbon is a little strong along with vanilla. The bourbon is a little distracting for someone who really likes pumpkin beers. Medium-full bodied with a slightly sticky mouthfeel.