jmohno (1347) - Iowa, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 17, 2012 I already want another bottle.This is a great pumpkin,maybe its the abv that helps some of the other lower abv pumpkin beers were not real good. This one is just a good solid beer and i was surprised that it had so much going for it. good body malt sweetness with an obvious hop bitterness along with the taste of fresh english yeast or malt, with malt sweetness with the presence of pumpkin with a very mild spice. This beer is very smooth soft and pretty delicious.The spice seems to play with the alcohol in this giving you hints of each. Pretty much a party of flavors in your mouth.The creamy tasty,not heavily spiced like others that taste like cola.The yeast might be what makes this one a winner here.
2012 notes:more orange(mild citrus/tart)tones as well as cinnamon
thegreenrooster (3640) - St.louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 24, 2011
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pour is a bright orange with a small white head. Aroma is pumpkin and other spices. Flavor is a decent pumpkin a little lingering spice and a nice hop backbone. The hops really stand out in a beer going the spice route. This is probably a beer for those that aren’t sure about pumpkin beers. Everything is here in the way of spice and pumpkin but not over done.
drewaha (129) - Columbus, Ohio, USA - AUG 20, 2011
3.8 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Pours a nice orange gold. Smells sweet and yeasty. Tastes like pumpkin puree but not as sweet as it smells. A slightly bitter finish. Overall a well balanced tasty brew. Southern Tier Pumpkin still rules for pumpkin beers
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 (3990) - 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 (4965) - 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 (2489) - 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.