maniac (3800) - Baltimore, Maryland, USA - JUL 12, 2011
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle on 12/31/2010 courtesy of Butters. Clear dark amber body with a medium creamy off-white head. Big pumpkin aroma with some nutmeg and light spice. Sweet pumpkin flavor with some nutmeg, spice, and light caramel. Very much a pumpkin pie in a glass. Medium body with moderate carbonation.
beergodd1 (400) - Conneaut, Ohio, USA - JUN 22, 2011
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Poured a very clear amber/Orange with a bubbly off-white Head, has some Bubbles streaming from the bottom of the glass. Some light lacing, aromas of the actual pumpkin with some nutmeg and other spices. I really liked this Pumpkin Ale, reminded me of Southern Tiers Pumking Imperial Pumpkin Ale. I would say top 3 or 4 favorite pumpkin Ales. This also had about 9 months on it, so The 9% helped keep it preserved perfectly.
iabeerguy (392) - Iowa, USA - JUN 19, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a copper orange color and smells pumpkin and nutmeg. The aroma is really intense and fantastic. Nice head on the pour and the taste is of pumpkin pie spices. A really good pumpkin beer!
Volgon (2763) - Manchester, New Hampshire, USA - MAY 9, 2011
2 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 5/20
Bottle: The pumpkin mixed with ringwood yeast made this beer not quite undrinkable, but it was far from enjoyable. Even if you are someone that ringwood yeast doesn’t drive crazy, you have to admit that it doesn’t belong in every beer ever made.
Butters (3946) - Richmond, Virginia, USA - APR 26, 2011
4.3 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Shared at graham’s new years party. Clear golden orange pour with tan ring of head. Fantastic aroma and flavor! Pumpkin pie, sweet potato, not too much spice. Vanilla. This is definitely one tasty beer. Possibly one of the best pumpkin beers ever made. Definitely the best I’ve ever had, and certainly the best offering from Shipyard.
Ernesto987 (4451) - Arizona, USA - FEB 23, 2011
3.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: JUN 1, 2011 This year isn’t a good as last year, the pumpkin and spice flavoring went a little too overboard and leaves an astringent flavor profile that takes over the beer, last years was much better. Not as bad as the regular pumpkinhead, the alcohol attempts to balance this
glennmastrange (2411) - hobe sound, Florida, USA - FEB 20, 2011
2.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle. Moderate cereal for the malt, flowers fort the hops, with notes of white wine up front and brown sugar, pumpkin and cinnamon in the background, and a hint of alcohol. Head is small, frothy, off-white/slightly yellow, with fair slippery lacing and is almost fully diminishing.Color is sparkling clear amber. Flavor starts lightly sweet and acidic, then finishes lightly acidic and moderately bitter. Palate is medium, watery with a lively carbonation and a finish that is metallic, lightly to moderately alcoholic and lightly dry. Smells just like pumpkin pie, a little too much in fact. It tastes like all the "natural flavors" were added just before it went into the bottle. Overall okay as a novelty beer, but for me, not worth going back to.
Thorpe429 (5016) - , Illinois, USA - FEB 18, 2011
1.4 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 1/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 5/20
Thanks to Azurelimits for bringing this to our pumpkin tasting.
Pours a medium orange color with a thin off white head. The nose is quite strong and goes in all the wrong directions. It tastes quite a bit like someone melted a stick of butter on top of a pumpkin pie. The taste is quite awful, with a buttery, spiced flavor and not too much actual pumpkin coming through. Feel is really creamy and odd. I really did not like this one--definite drain pour. I should say that there were others who at least somewhat enjoyed it, so it’s probably just me.
EDIT: Matt’s review makes it clear that at least one more at the tasting found this to be thoroughly disgusting.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-18-2010
natejgood (414) - Bozeman, Montana, USA - FEB 4, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a clear medium golden color with a small white head and a nice amount of bubbles rising from the bottom of the glass. Smells of sweet malts and pumpkin spices. Smells a little sweeter than I would like, and this sweetness caries over into the flavor. While this beer has a more natural pumpkin spice flavor than many pumpkin ales it is also a bit too sweet and syrupy for my liking. There is a bit of a citrus flavor on the back end. Not a bad pumpkin ale but also not one of the best.
bigabe (194) - California, USA - JAN 30, 2011
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
Very, very good pumpkin ale. Not for those that like subtle pumpkin and spice flavors. This beer tastes like pumpkin pie in a bottle. Pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg dominated this one. There was a slight hoppy bitterness at the finish, but the spice from the cinnamon flavors killed it quickly. One of the best parts about this beer is the warming you get from the booze. It’s a good strong ale, perfect for cold winters.