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RATINGS: 247   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.43/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 240   ABV: 8%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
The secret is in the 2.5 pounds of spice per barrel for this fall brew. We add the pumpkin during the mash at precisely the right time to create just the perfect balance of malt, hops, pumpkin and spice.

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3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 17/20
drfabulous (7117) - Lexington, Kentucky, USA - FEB 12, 2012
22 ounce. Big pumpkin aroma and spice. Heavy carbonation. Given that it was probably bottled last October, its held up really well and the spices are all dominant.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Strykzone (6946) - Wood River, Illinois, USA - OCT 4, 2010
Cloudy and the color of peach tea. A small late forming golden head. Nose is cinnamon spice and pumpkin. Flavor is pumpkin with some nutmeg. It is surprisingly dry. After the beer warms some there is some pepper in there. Not sure where that came from. Alcohol is tasted and I question why the level is so high. This is fairly close to a pumpkin pie, but one with a lot of alcohol in it.

3
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
5000 (6862) - Hardened Liver, Washington, USA - JAN 2, 2010
Bottle:   Amberish golden, minor haze, thin finely bubbled head, whispy lacing.   Smells like a damn fragrance candle.   Hmmm, like pine and autumn leaves with gingerbread.   Hmmm, not quite sure to make of this.   Less of a pumpkin but instead a spiced ale of sorts.   Sweetened carrots too.   This is an odd duck.   Almost has a hot cinnamon spiciness, without the heat and cinnamon.   Hmmm...   Body and mouthfeel are moderate.   Certainly flavorful, but comes across as a spiced candle.   Thanks Rob!


3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
BBB63 (6557) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2009
Bottle and served in Duval snifter: Tasted head to head against the Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin:

Hazy orangy amber hue with a fading head and okay lace. Shipyard wins the appearance battle (3-4). The aroma has notes of fresh pumpkin meat, cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg, doughy pie crust and brown sugar. Yep smells just like a classic Pumpkin Pie. The Clipper City wins the aroma battle by a wide margin. (8 -6) Now on towards the make it or break it sense data for all pumpkin brews...

The taste is full frontal kicking in your face pumpkin and spice. Big sweet malts, big traditional pie spice supported by a mild doughy background. What hops may have been used in this beer have long been beat into submission by the spice overtone. Just seems too one note and suffers the common issue I have with the genre, too much spice and not enough beer. The points go to Shipyard here (5-7). The mouth feel is slightly aggressive and the one moment that the 8% ABV shows up in a snappy bite. Still the mouth feel is quite average and gets the score you would expect. I give Shipyard a slight nod here as well (3-4). Overall, while the Clipper City is hardly the worse Pumpkin beer I had, I am let down by expecting this to be the more drinkable and complex of the head to head matchup. Boy this is a shocking outcome, (11)

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Iphonephan (6550) - McLean/Jackson Hole, Virginia, USA - OCT 16, 2012
On draft at lost dog cafe in McLean Va. Mild spice aroma. Sweet malts, pumpkin and spices. Sharp somewhat metallic bitter finish.

3.5
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Pailhead (6529) - Plymouth, Michigan, USA - SEP 29, 2010
Bottle: The aroma is very heavy on cinnamon and nutmeg along with pumpkin and a touch of caramel. It pours a transparent amber with a small off-white head that fades to a medium ring around the edges of the glass. The flavor starts sweet with caramel and pumpkin. The finish has notes of cinnamon and nutmeg, but not nearly as much as you would expect from the heavy presence in the aroma. The alcohol is noticeable in the finish and definitely has a warming affect. Medium-full bodied that I would stop short of calling sticky since the somewhat lively carbonation really cuts through it. I really like pumpkin ales...and while I dig the aroma, the flavor is a tad sweet for me and the alcohol flavor definitely needs to be toned down. The lively carbonation in a "sticky" beer doesnt really feel right to me either.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
blutt59 (6522) - Dallas, Texas, USA - NOV 6, 2009
bottle, thanks to bman1113vr, golden orange color, fine foam, with spicy herbal aroma, pumpkin spice flavors

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Beerman6686 (6497) - Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 16, 2009
This one poured a darker orange color with an off white head. Aroma was of mainly punkpin spice, clove and nutmeg, but a little weak. Flavor was sticky sweetness with some pumpkin flesh, cinnamon and nutmeg. Not too bad but nothing spectacular.

3.3
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6494) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - OCT 31, 2009
Happy Halloween! This pours a hazy, opaque rusty orange, with a finger-thick head of white foam. The aroma is pure autumn, with an apple spice kick. In the flavor, it comes across as a spiced cider more than a pumpkin ale, with a body thats much lighter and juice-like than any other "imperial" brew I can recall. Enjoyable on a cold trick-or-treat night. (#3723, 10/31/2009)

2.9
   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
PhillyCraft (6483) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 29, 2016
BB backlog, Amber orange color from a bottle bought at Canals Bellmawr. Aromas and flavor are pumpkin spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, dough, shaving cream, and peppermint. Really spicy and ginger heavy or it may be the nutmeg. Medium to fuller mouthfeel with a semi dry finish. Too much spicing


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