greenhorn1 (848) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle. 500th rating. Pours orange, no head. Aroma of holiday fall spices. Flavor is very sweet and the nutmeg is definitely noticeable. The pumpkin is hidden and there is a slight warming from the high ABV. I am not a big fan of spice/vegetable beers, but this one worked for me. However, I was expecting more pumpkin flavor.
italianjohn (2410) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Orange golden pale pour ...light lacing and off white head ... aroma of sweet malts, earthy and nutmeg ..... taste of nutmeg and sweet malts with an earthy pumpkin taste .... medium bodied and a malty spicy finish .... not bad lots of nutmeg in it .... decent pumpkin
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2010
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
The Smashed Pumpkin poured a lovely amber-gold topped by a soft coppery blanket with nowhere to go. Lace marks my glass, and in swirling her depths I release a beastly nose. Nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cinnamon powder are a mushroom cloud rising from my glass while softly whipped pumpkin filling mingles with vanilla extract and sweetened condensed milk. Pie crust patiently awaits its generous helping of pumpkin filling before making her way to my mouth for some intense quaffing. While her nose impressed with fresh pumpkin pie delights, she forgot to tell me about the intense alcohol heat that was lurking in the quaffing shadows. My first impression is bright, dry, and hot. Her dry spices braise their way across my tastebuds much like a brillo pad would. Hitting hard in the back of each quaff is unfettered alcohol heat that almost brings a tear to my eye. Condensed milk coats my lips, but it would have done better in his palate to soothe the rough, hot, and dry spiced edges. Ginger and cumin linger in my breath while burnt pie crust adds to the overall dryness of palate; my mouth soon resembles a desert instead of a dessert. A brief glimmer of hope comes in the form of creamy pumpkin pie underneath it all, but like an oasis on the horizon, reality soon revealed barren disappointment.
I finished my gifted bomber bottle because I didn’t want to be wasteful or inconsiderate. She had potential, but until Shipyard gets her palate to match her nose, I’ll be skipping this pumpkin release next time around.
sunevdj (3301) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - OCT 22, 2010
1.6 AROMA 2/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 4/20
Pours a clear light orange with a white head. Very sweet with loads of pumpkin aromas. Somewhat cloying. Highish carbonation. Medium to heavy bodied. Unbalanced towards pumpkins.
Zymurgeist2 (1153) - Redwood City, California, USA - OCT 20, 2010
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
UPDATED: OCT 4, 2013 Massive spice - clove and nutmeg on the nose. Autumnal sunset with a white lace emulating the rising moon on a clear night. Coats the mouth with a little oil. Full lingering mouthfeel. This tastes like a pumpkin pie. One of the best examples of this style I have had.
Powertrip (999) - Calgary, Alberta, CANADA - OCT 16, 2010
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
Colour: Ruby orange, or dark pumpkin as it were. Nose: spoiled corn, soy sauce, fresh heavily ryed bread. Taste: Pumpkin marinated in chardonnay, butterscotch middle, vanilla and young cheese finish.
BobbyAnalog (334) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 15, 2010
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
There is a splash of noncommittal spiciness, bobbing up and down, creating a sort of reasonable, albeit unimpressive, body. Is this beer as fancy as its font indented bottle? Not a chance. If the weakness of the beer’s flavor confuses you for artisan subtlety, you are confused, dear friend. Sure, it is a 9%, but that doesn’t make me want to drink it anymore. A little daft and neutered, this ale is approachable but not advisable.
Svesse (6634) - Hässelby, SWEDEN - OCT 15, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
(Bottle) Copper/amber colour with brief, frothy, beige head. Fruity, spicy nose with dried fruit, caramel, pumpkin and spicy hints of nutmeg and cinnamon. Fruity, spicy taste with notes of caramel, dried fruit, pumpkin, cinnamon and some sweet alcohol coming through. Some bitterness in the finish and hints of tannine showing after a while. More than medium body, fairly sweet. Pumpkin beers aren’t really my kind of thing, but the fairly solid malt structure and alcohol backs it up to make it quite enjoyable. Like the name though ... "Disarm me with your smile...", I wonder where I put that CD...
TheGent (656) - , Massachusetts, USA - OCT 13, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
I find this a most interesting pumpkin beer because pumpkin seems to be such a minor note in it. This is a light orange beer with very thin head and much bubbling rising from the bottom. The aroma is a bit of pumpkin and nutmeg but i also get a wheat malt and spicy hop smell that mixes well with nutmeg. The taste is subtle with a touch of nutmeg again and a light rich malt factor. almost a mix of pumpkin beer and octoberfest. really enjoyed and does not give any indication of its high ABV.
Ratman197 (10436) - Arvada, Colorado, USA - OCT 12, 2010
3.2 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Bomber poured a clear orange amber with a lasting amber head. Aromas of nutmeg, bubblegum, cinnamon and light pumpkin. Palate was medium bodied and smooth. Flavors of nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, carmel and light pumpkin with a smooth lingering spiced finish.