GG (2039) - NorCal, California, USA - SEP 7, 2010
3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
22oz bottle -
Aroma - noticeable pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg), light ginger, alcohol and caramel. Also some light wort aroma too.
Apperance - clear amber body, 1" white head, dissipated to a thin scummy ring of foam
Taste - alcohol seems to mess up the pumpkin/pumpkin pie flavors. Almost like someone took their regular Shipyard Pumpkin and just dumped vodka in it. It wasn’t completely awful, but it’d be difficult to drink more than just a pint of this and even a pint might be a bit much.
Palate - medium bodied, noticeable alcohol bite, lingering sweetness
Overall - an interesting take on the pumpking seasonal beer and not half-bad while enjoying a half-pint. But the alcohol seemed to get worse and the enjoyment of the beer dwindled. My brother felt the same way. 22 oz of this? Not for me. Their regular pumpkin beer was more enjoyable to me.
Damico (2585) - Royersford, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 6, 2010
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 17/20
One year in the cellar, purchased at Capone’s. The aroma of warm cinnamon and a note of pumpkin sweetness. The color is orange amber with a small white head. The flavor is big with sweet pumpkin and cinnamon to start, then some malt and a bit of bitterness from the hops, and a nice bit of sweetness again to settle.
Capa (2030) - Manama, BAHRAIN - SEP 2, 2010
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Amber/orange with a white head. Aroma is sweet with light fruits, spices, some floral, earth, cinnamon. Medium to thin bodied, which was surprising. A heavier body could have really aided this one. Sweet to begin with but not overly so (but it got to me at the end). Light spices, floral, fruity, light pumpkin, some cinnamon. Finish has a touch of spice and a decent portion of sweet malts. Real solid pumpkin brew. The sweetness finally caught up to me at the end but if I hadn’t drank the whole bomber myself I don’t think I would have noticed.
rampmaster (642) - Alden, New York, USA - SEP 2, 2010
4.5 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 5/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 5/5 OVERALL 17/20
Presentation: It was poured from a brown bomber (1pint 6oz) bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a good description of the beer on the back which includes its ABV at 9% and OG at 1.088. There is no freshness or born on date however.
Appearance: It has a deep amber body with good clarity. It also has a nice level of visible carbonation which supports a good creamy off white head. This head has good retention and makes for lots of lovely slick lacing on the glass.
Smell: The aroma has loads cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices over a delicate squash and malt mixture.
Taste/Palate: There is a nice mixture of pie spice like cinnamon, ginger, and a touch of clove up front and throughout. There is also a good squash-like (pumpkin) flavor note with pie crust like malt. As it warms the cinnamon and spice come out a bit more. Its 9% ABV is also noticeable and adds another level of complexity and warmth. The body has a solid medium to full body with pleasant lively texture. The carbonation helps to keep thing from getting sticky or cloying as there is a good level of sweetness. Hops are barely noticeable but do offer just a touch of leafy/herbal bitterness towards the finish.
Notes: This is a very well done Pumpkin beer with wonderful complexity, decent balance and texture. This is much better then there other pumpkin beer by far, in fact this one is going high up on my favorite list.
AirForceHops (3223) - Epping, New Hampshire, USA - AUG 27, 2010
4.1 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 20/20
Much better then the standard Pumpkin Head ale by Shipyard. I like the fact that the spices are WAY lighter in this then the Pumpkinhead. It’s smoother even tho you can taste the higher alcohol content. To me; I will look froward to knocking back more of this! 9 % alcohol content by he way... great brew by Shipyard!
dtborelli (322) - Sacramento, California, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours orange/copper with a medium white head and ok retention. Strong aroma of cinnamon and pumpkin pie. Flavor is some bitter hops, but not a ton with a bunch of pumpkin pie. Crisp bubbly mouthfeel with a nice clean finish. Spicy bitter and pretty good, but a little gimmicky.
jkwood04 (3975) - Connecticut, USA - AUG 26, 2010
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
22oz bottle in a shaker. Pours copper/orange with a thick, lingering off-white head. Aroma of pumpkin, some caramel, cinnamon, and some floral hops. Flavor the same with the hops strong in the finish. Average body and texture. A pretty good pumpkin beer.
jlieber17 (201) - San Diego, California, USA - AUG 22, 2010
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
UPDATED: SEP 22, 2011 22 oz bottle. Pours a clear golden with small bubbly head and lots of carbonation. Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg. Light mouthfeel. Tastes very much like a pumpkin pie; quite good.
Diogène (1066) - Mirabel, Quebec, CANADA - AUG 22, 2010
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Hazy orange with a thin off-white head with below average retention. Aroma is ripe banana, subtle pumpkin pie spices, sugar, and caramel. Flavor is pumpkin pie, caramel, sweet malt and a mildly bitter and sweet aftertaste. Medium body with a slightly sticky mouthfeel. Moderate carbonation.
KnutAlbert (6110) - Oslo, NORWAY - AUG 20, 2010
2.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 10/20
Amber glow, spicy aroma. Fruit and spices, cinnamon, apple pie. Not much of a beer. With spicy food?