ndfreak77 (126) - USA - OCT 17, 2014
4.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 18/20
Pours a copper color. Aroma is of ginger and cinnamon. Flavor bursts with pumpkin pie flavors. This is one of my favorite styles of beer and this tops them all. Great pumpkin ale.
gripweed57 (973) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
12 ounce bottle. Chestnut brown color with a foamy beige head. Big cinnamon and clove nose with a sweet toasted malt note. Tangy toasted malt flavor with lots of pumpkin pie spices. Rich and flavorful with full body. Notes of caramel and pecan. Finish is herbal hops and and cardamom.
pjames317 (93) - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2014
3.9 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Pours a deep mahogany/chestnut color into tulip glassware. An inviting autumnal hue and appropriate for the imperial style. This beer has gained traction in the pumpkin ale market and the attention it garners is deserved. Pleasant bouquet that expertly straddles the line between sweet pumpkin pie and seasonal spices. Pumpkin puree essence is well honed and intermixed with cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Almost has a Grand Marnier-like sugary sweet booziness in the nose as well. Dry mouthfeel with a slightly stinging spiciness complimenting the obvious sweet pumpkin notes. If there are any criticisms, maybe would benefit from less black pepper (or maybe too much cinnamon?) flavors on the spice profile. But probably in my top 3 pumpkin ales (non-stout). I do miss the old label..
Spab (2796) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
12 oz bottle from Premier Gourmet. Pours a cloudy amber brown with modest-sized cream-coloured head. Aroma is quite spicy with nutmeg the most obvious to me and cinnamon also definitely apparent, as well as caramel and pumpkin. Flavour is very spicy with lots of nutmeg and cinnamon, and a little clove, lots of caramel and a bit of pumpkin character. Plus body. Nice.
labattslover74 (68) - Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2014
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Finally after sampling pumpkin beers/ales all night I found one that compares to Shipyard Pumpkinhead. The label art made me decide to save this one for last. Pours dark Amber with a tan head. Aromas of pumpkin, spice, and malt with similar flavor. Stronger taste than most of the pumpkin brews and with a higher alcohol content it makes it worth the while. Good brew I’ll have to remember when autumn rolls around.
devman171 (1220) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle pours amber, aroma is sweet cinnamon and nutmeg, taste is similar with a warming cinnamon and nutmeg finish.
two7offsuit (364) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2014
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
Pours dark Amber with a tan head. Aromas of pumpkin, spice, an malt with similar flavor.
ajtrupp (307) - Keenesburg, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2014
3.8 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
One of the better pumpkin ones I've had in a while. Good balance between pumpkin and spice. Not as good as one I had at GABF last week, but I was trashed, so I may be remembering it too fondly, if it existed.
---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone
rondphoto (2879) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 7, 2014
3.1 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
bottle @ Vino Bellissimo / Lima OH --- Cloudy dark amber brown with a tan rim head, streaks of lace. Aroma of pumpkin spice and malt. Taste is Malt and pumpkin spice that moves to a light, watery, short finish. Seems weak for 8%abv, with a finish that doesn’t deliver.
John25 (1067) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle. Murky amber with caramel brown hues. Aroma is sweet and strong fall spices. The taste adds big rich pumpkin spice and caramel with bitter warm booze. Full body, creamy texture, low carb, and a rich finish. Overall, imperial all the way. A good one to sip. Liquid pumpkin pie.