Jine (896) - Nutley, New Jersey, USA - SEP 26, 2004
1.7 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 5/20
Meager pumpkin beer. Meager beer all-round. I really just didnít enjoy this.
beaconstreet (811) - Washington DC, USA - SEP 26, 2004
1 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 2/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 2/20
The palest pumkin Iíve ever seen. The taste gets not much better. Just a twinge of pumpkin. Called a "malt beverage", and tastes like malt liquor in a sort. Does not have much pumpkin flavor, just a pinch of "pumpkin spice added". Save your buck.
Darkover (1518) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - SEP 23, 2004
2.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
Clear yellow color with a small white head. Faint aroma of spice and pumkin. Slight cinnamon and pumkin flavor. Very thin and watery..
whaleman (2178) - North Wales, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 21, 2004
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pale golden body and minimal head (nearly headless like the character on the bottle). Strong apple and nutmeg aroma. Nutmeg dominates the flavor and the body is insufficient. No pumpkin character like I would prefer. Drinkable I guess, but this is a very limp beer.
Pigfoot (2268) - Minneapolis, Minnesota, USA - SEP 14, 2004
2.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
I guess I had certain standards in mind when I first tried this out, something with pumpkin flavor, like Buffalo Billís. After the taste let me I re-read the label. "Malt beverage," though it also bill itself as an ale, "With pumpkin spice added." Okay..fine..be that way...
Appearance: clear, light orange color, with a full, frothy head.
Aromatics are intensely strong and spicy, cinnamon, and more, alert, lively, liberally populated with the requisite pumpkin pie aroma, minus the pumpkin.
Taste: buzzing, but brief, from spices and a little hoppy, but over too quick. Lingers just a bit. The ale, I mean, "malt beverage", behind these spices is far too thin and flavorless. Precious little body, texture only comes up front. Iíd have to deem this one-dimensional.
Maybe I was looking for more than they intended, but itís still underwhelming, didnít exert itself in the slightest. Forgettable.
NYHarvey (2153) - New York, New York, USA - AUG 17, 2004
3.7 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: SEP 13, 2004 Bottle from Hyde Park Express. Smelled awesome. Looked decent. tasted ok. Way too watery. When I think of pumpkin I think of Pumpkin pie and Pumpkin Pie is creamy. If this could somehow be creamier (Boddingtonís style) with a more substantial mouthfeel it would be close to perfect.
almostfrozen (26) - USA - JUL 7, 2004
2.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 8/20
This tastes exactly like you would expect it to-- like pumpkin spice. (Although not like pumpkins, whatever those taste like). While Iím all for spiced beers, and there is nothing foul about this beer, pumpkin spice just isnít a good choice for beer. It gets pretty old real quickly. 12 oz. Bottle
beerbuzzmontreal (3490) - Montreal, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 5, 2004
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: AUG 7, 2004 Blonde/copper color with a thin, sparkling head. Very inviting aroma of spices and pumpkin. Very good and long lasting flavor of cinamon, nutmeg and pumpkin. Medium body and powdery mouthfeel. Reminds me of some spicy winter beers, very good.
sfontain (818) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - APR 21, 2004
3.1 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours an orangeish light golden color with a minimal head that completely disappears. Aroma is mostly of nutmeg and cinnamon, but I like it. Flavor is also primarily of nutmeg and cinnamon; it's a bit on the weak side, and there isn't much pumpkin in this, although I like the spices. As it warms up, though, the flavor seems to taper off and just has a cheap lager taste with minimal spices. Mouthfeel is quite thin. I like this stuff, although Shipyard hasn't really accomplished what they were trying to do with this, I think. Harpoon's Winter Warmer is a better version of this.
BennyTicklez (621) - USA - APR 15, 2004
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
UPDATED: OCT 2, 2004 WOW! what a unique beer. Light ale, with pumpkin, pumpkin and more pumpkin. Drink it in a pint glass with cinnamon around the rim like salt on a margarita glass! The only bad thing about this beer is the taste kind of gets old after three or more beers. But, the first few are great!