17thfloor (2443) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - FEB 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle. Pours a glowing golden orange with a frothy fine dense head. Aroma is floral, some buttery sweet vegetables, bit of paper, no real distinguishable spices, balanced. Flavor follows, creamy and full with warming alcohol, really has more of an egg-nog taste rather than pumpkin, some of the gourd taste in the finish, but pretty hot, not in a boozy undrinkable way but it certainly doesn’t let you forget, almost more like a butternut squash soup, pepper, vanilla, interesting bourbon on the finish combined with the sweetness, like Kan says kind of tripel-like, similar to Allagash Curieux . Medium bodied, full and creamy carbonation, bit hot.
JoeTheYounger (1183) - Lake Arrowhead, California, USA - JAN 31, 2011
4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 17/20
Bottle shared by Duffmansw. Poured a hazy holden with bubbly white outer head. Aroma was funky, oak, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Taste is very oaky with mild bourbon, pumpkin puree and spices. Lower carb. Very tasty surprisingly.
hopscotch (10901) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - JAN 27, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle… Hazy amber/orange ale with a small, creamy, white head. Decent retention. The aroma is of vanilla, pumpkin meat and clove – essentially, pumpkin pie. Full-bodied and sticky with feather-soft carbonation. Nice pumpkin pie and vanilla flavors, but a bit too alcoholic for the pumpkin and spices to really shine. Finishes boozy and raw. Less noticeable alcohol and you’ve got Southern Tier’s Pumking – a real winner. Bottle courtesy of ygtbsm94!
SSKD814 (854) - Pennsylvania, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
22 oz bottle poured into my large brandy snifter.
A- Body is a uniformly translucent pumpkin hue-its pretty cloudy. Pours with a 2 finger or so smooth, creamy white head. This slowly, eventually fades to a nice thick collar. Little lacing is left behind in the glass.
S- Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar stand out the most initially. Behind this is a distinct boozy astrigency. A slight bourbon sweetness can also be detected.
T-There is a very good balance initially of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet bourbon, and dry oak. Its quite complex. The finish is more astrigent-with some alcohol bitterness coming through-but the spices and pumpkin have almost equal strength. What lingers is a good bit of nutmeg and cinnamon, a hint of pumpkin-and a big alcohol warmth.
M- Medium to low carbonation with a slightly dry, spicy body with medium weight.
D- This is a very good, different pumpkin ale. The bourbon barrels add a different character-and certainly a big kick. This is clearly a strong pumkin ale that doesn’t hide its booziness. Job well done by Clipper City here- one of my favorites from them.
Serving type: bottle
Reviewed on: 10-07-2010 03:23:06
pantanap (3366) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 3, 2011
3.4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Heavy seas greater pumpkin. 22oz bottle thanks to Adam... Pours a
mostly transparent caramel orange brown with a thin frothy white
head... Pumpkin, oak, and ginger in the nose and predominantly sweet
for that matter... Pumpkin, spice, and a sweet vanilla barrel presence
overall, almost aggresively too sweet almost to a level of a Belgian
tripel. Very boozy in the aftermath and lingers on the palate for a
substantial margin. Carbonation is lively while body is average.
drewbeerme (3919) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - JAN 2, 2011
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
bottle shared by Adam. pours amber with white head. nose of pumpkin and cinnamon with bourbon notes. flavors of pumpkin vanilla clove, warming sweet honey.
TheAlum (7096) - Aurora, Illinois, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
22 oz bottle from TheEpeeist. Pours a glowing orange hazed pour, a small frothy offwhite head dies to a small ring. Aromas are typical pie spices, cinnamon and clove, some vanilla and nutmeg, pumpkin puree. Strong, a touch of oak and spirit, whiskey. Initial is some pumpkin, a touch of whiskey, warms as it goes down. A flurry of spices, vanilla, creamy with pumpkin puree. A touch of heat, oaky barrel. A bit thinned, the sweetness is taken out and the barrel sticks lightly. The spices linger, a bit warm. Ok
SpringsLicker (3538) - Tennessee, USA - JAN 1, 2011
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 12/20
Pours clear until you pour the sediment in the bottom of the bottle.
Medium amber with an off-white head.
Fruity aroma hints of apple cider.
A lot of alcohol in the flavor that stands in the way of what else may be there.
thirdeye11 (6131) - Dallas, Texas, USA - DEC 31, 2010
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
(22oz bottle, courtesy of Exiled) clearish orange with very few bubbles. Nose of pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, bourbon and wood. Taste of pumpkin, vanilla, nutmeg, allspice, wood and bourbon.
rayl101 (163) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 29, 2010
3.8 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle courtesy of ryan. Milky orange with a thin white head. Big pumpkin pie spice nose. Flavor is pumpkin spice with nice undertones of bourbon, and vanilla. Didn’t really notice any oak aroma or flavor though.