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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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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
Pailhead (6539) - Rochester Hills, 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 doesn’t really feel right to me either.

3.5
ben4321 (6502) - Hoboken, New Jersey, USA - NOV 16, 2009
Location: 22 oz bottle from Gilly’s, 11/16/09

Aroma: The aroma has some of the nice pumpkin spice and other spice characteristics I like in this style
Appearance: A mostly clear orange color with a thin lasting head, and light, drippy lace
Flavor: The taste is also lots of spice malts with a nice hop backing, spice is more cinnamon and nutmeg then pumpkin
Palate: The carbonation is pretty high for this beer, the mouthfeel is pretty nice, and a bit dry, and a bit of alcohol feel
Overall Impression: This is a pretty good Pumpkin beer, but my main complaint is that the pumpkin spice is not as predominant as I would like it to be. That is only a minor compliant though, as I did enjoy this beer. As winter beers start to show up more, and this style is less available in stores, I can already tell I’m about to start missing the pumpkin beers. This is a quite good one.

2.9
JStax (6478) - Devola/Marietta, Ohio, USA - OCT 19, 2012
Poured from a bomber into a tulip glass. Pours a pale, translucent orange with a white head of foam. Not much retention. The aroma is kind of dull with some spices coming through, but not enough to awaken it from it’s blandness. Taste has some spiciness, but it’s really just not doing much for me.

3
Cletus (6355) - Connecticut, USA - SEP 22, 2009
Pours copper with a lasting white head. Smells of pronounced pumpkin pie spice, rice pudding caramel. Tastes of caramel, bubblegum, pumpkin pie spices, brown sugar. Sweet finish.

3.6
obguthr (6344) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 29, 2010
Nutmeg and cinnamon aroma. Cloudy amber, firm medium head, good lace. Orange flesh, cinnamon, and nutmeg aroma. Pumpkin flesh. A little excessive for my tastes.

3
dmac (6259) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - OCT 2, 2009
22 oz bomber from EZ Liquors. Pours an orangey/amber with a smaller white head that quickly and totally disipates. The aroma on this one is the best thing about this beer, lots of spice, pumpkin, vanilla extract and alcohol. Fuller bodied with lots of alcohol warming, a bit too much if I may say so. Flavor is lots of spices, lots of alcohol and the pumpkin is present but not as apparent as the overspiceing and over kill ABV. The overpowering alcohol on this one really takes over the aroma, palate and flavor...spicey pumpkin alcohol bomb.

3.6
nuplastikk (6254) - Madison, Wisconsin, USA - OCT 25, 2010
500ml bottle split at a tasting. Big pumpkin pie spice aroma. Orange-brown color. Relatively mellow for the ABV. Pumpkin pie spice dominates the flavor. Some malt tones, but mostly a cinnamon bomb.

3.2
jgb9348 (6250) - Arlington (Pentagon City), Virginia, USA - OCT 24, 2009
Deep orange coloured body with a nice sized thinnish tan head. Aroma of potent pumpkin, some spices, alcohol and a good caramel scent. Medium to Full-bodied; Strong assertive pumpkin and squash flavours with nutmeg and cinnamon coming through too. Aftertaste shows a lot of pumpkin, good caramel and a touch of yeast - not much spiciness, but way more pumpkin and malt. Overall, a good pumpkin beer - definitely worth trying if you can find it, but the high alcohol and the minimal spices make it not the best overall beer for the season. I sampled this 65 cL bottle purchased from Norm’s in Vienna, Virginia on 02-October-2009, sampled on the Eastern Shore of Virginia on 24-October-2009.

3.7
TheBeerGod (6216) - Newport News, Virginia, USA - OCT 9, 2009
Bottle. Murky orange-amber pour with a short, dense white head. Big spice nose to this - cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, and some ginger. Pumpkin pie notes as well. Taste is a bit lesser on the spice, though it still is present. More clove, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, pumpkin, ginger, candy notes, caramel and soft bread. Body is creamy and smooth with a soft carbonation. Very slick in spots and only slightly warming. Ends with more spices notes, pumpkin pie with whipped cream, brown sugar, light caramel, ginger and candy. Very tasty! Spices are not overdone and that’s always a plus!


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