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RATINGS: 1094   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.61   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
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Brewed with Pumpkin and Spices(Cinnamon,Nutmeg,Cardamom,Cloves). This 8.0% ABV pumpkin ale is heartier, spicier, and more caramelly and pumpkiny than its faint brethren! Perfect finisher on a cool autumn night, or match it up with a slice of pumpkin pie and fresh whipped cream. If you don't agree this is the mother of all pumpkin ales, then you just don't like mothers!


4.4
   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 18/20
ndfreak77 (126) - USA - OCT 17, 2014
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.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
gripweed57 (973) - Hamilton Square, New Jersey, USA - OCT 17, 2014
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.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
pjames317 (93) - Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 12, 2014
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..

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Spab (2796) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 12, 2014
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.

3.8
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
labattslover74 (68) - Florida, USA - OCT 10, 2014
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.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
devman171 (1220) - Annapolis, Maryland, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Bottle pours amber, aroma is sweet cinnamon and nutmeg, taste is similar with a warming cinnamon and nutmeg finish.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 11/20
two7offsuit (364) - Massachusetts, USA - OCT 9, 2014
Pours dark Amber with a tan head. Aromas of pumpkin, spice, an malt with similar flavor.

3.8
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
ajtrupp (307) - Keenesburg, Colorado, USA - OCT 8, 2014
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

3.1
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
rondphoto (2879) - Lakeside Park, Kentucky, USA - OCT 7, 2014
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.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
John25 (1067) - Middletown, New Jersey, USA - OCT 5, 2014
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.


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