s_mondoro (1) - - NOV 17, 2011 does not count
Better than expected. Just enough pumpkin taste and spice to not be over powering. Dark amber color when poured, small head. Definitely taste spice, pumpkin, nutmeg and a little hint of citrus. Happy there wasn’t an over powering amount of cinnamon. Highly recommend over some other pumpkin beers. Metalchopz (3364) - Cantley, Quebec, CANADA - NOV 16, 2011
UPDATED: NOV 17, 2011 Purchased on my trip to Vegas at the Total Wine store. First of two pumpkin ales tonight (the other being the Wasatch). Pours a hazy amber-golden colour with a fizzy off-white that disappears quickly and leaves a bit of lacing. Mild aromas of pumpkin and spices (nutmeg, cinnamon). Thin mouthfeel with just a little stickiness. Again, the taste is mild with the Halloween vegetable and spices (not much cinnamon in the flavours though). Not a bad pumpkin ale coming from AB. hollardustin (327) - Indiana, USA - NOV 12, 2011
Pours dark gold with white head. Aroma is pumpkin, nutmeg, and allspice. Taste is sweet pumpkin with pumpkin pie spices, but not much cinnamon. Kind of has a pumpkin-like finish and mouthfeel. Not the best pumpkin beer but not terrible. vikingguy (1101) - Carver, Minnesota, USA - NOV 11, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 2, 2015 Cloudy orange with some sediment and foamy white head. Flavor is fresh, spicy and vegetal. Taste is about what I expected...spicy pumpkin, dry wheat and some caramelly malt. Pretty thin, lots of carbonation. Drinkable and a decent autumn brew. OmegaX (1374) - Florida, USA - NOV 11, 2011
Freebie! Thanks to The Village Wine Shop in Lakeland, FL. Nose is slight nutmeg/allspice with a hint of cinnamon. Poured out a nice clear orange with a decent sized, white head that stayed around for a while. Nice and drinkable with a decent raw veggie, pumpkin pie spice flavor. Better than expected.
NobleSquirrel (3438) - Chicago, Illinois, USA - NOV 9, 2011
Bottle at GAF. Pours a hazy gold with a persistent head. The nose is okay, subdued spicing of nutmeg & perhaps clove? Some earthy notes come through as well. On tasting, pretty inoffensive. Doesn’t kill you with nutmeg, which is a good thing. Light spicing works okay. Not too bad, could be far worse... Aurelius (5294) - Tallahassee, Florida, USA - NOV 7, 2011
A scary iguana-looking orange slice on the label - truly a bad trip. Auburn, woody beer with a very thin head. I’m not sure whether I hate pumpkin beers, or whether I just hate the cloying "Cinnamon/Clove/Allspice Rules The World" thing that they feel obligated to do in conjunction with pumpkin. Pumpkin works with basil. Pumpkin works with cocoa. Pumpkin works with your usual graham cracker flavors, which is stock beer flavoring. No need for the pie spices. That said, there was a certain mustard undertone to the aroma that was interesting. Not sweet, kinda bland. Thin mouthfeel, with a mustardy/raw vegetable aftertaste. A bit tangy on the lips. Tick (snicker, drowland.) Part of a mixpack. ABC Likkas, Appalachee Parkway. LetsGoState (883) - Pennsylvania, USA - NOV 6, 2011
UPDATED: DEC 10, 2014 Appearance is a small white head and hazy amber appearance. Aroma is strongly spice. Taste is a sweet pumpkin spice. Overall a decent fall variety. kirk36 (223) - Peabody, Massachusetts, USA - NOV 5, 2011
THE LABEL IS A MARKETING TACTIC! LOOKS COOL, MAKES ME FEEL AS IF I AM COOLER (THAN AN ORDINARY DAY OF COOLNESS) WHEN I HAVE ONE IN MY HAND. I ASKED MY WIFE TO GET ME A 12 PACK OF SHIPYARD PUMPKINHEAD...LIQUOR STORE WAS OUT OF STOCK SO SHE SUBSTITUTED SHOCK TOP. I YELLED, "NO SUBSTITUTIONS!"
HERES MY OPINION:
AROMA---POPPED THE TOP AND WATCHED THE DRAGON TAIL-LIKE FOG HOVERING IN-BETWEEN THE AIR AND LIQUID, SPIRALING INTO NON-EXISTENCE. THE LABEL READS "PUMPKINS AND A VARIETY AUTUMNAL SPICES" WHICH RAISED MY EXPECTATIONS; MY EXPECTATIONS WERE UNMET. TYPE IN "AROMA" IN GOOGLE AND SHOCK TOP WILL NOT BE NUMBER 1. NOR WILL IT BE 2, 3 OR 4...YOU SEE WHERE I AM GOING WITH THIS. THIS BEER LACKS A DISTINCT AROMA. CINNAMON, PUMPKIN (SOMETHING REDNECKS DO DURING HALLOWEEN) AND NUTMEG HAVE A STRONG AROMA. I COOK QUITE A BIT AND HAVE USED ALL THREE. I FEEL AS IF THE FOLKS AT AH-BUSH DID NOT USE ANY OF THE THREE. AND YES, I DID FOLLOW THE POURING INSTRUCTIONS ON THE NECK.
APPEARANCE--- LOOKS LIKE ANOTHER BUD PRODUCT. LETS INNOVATE FOLKS.
TASTE---MEDIUM BITTER AFTER TASTE, LIGHT TO START. NO SHOCK-TOP. BING "TASTE" AND YOU MAY GET SHOCK TOP AS A RESULT BECAUSE BING SUCKS.
PALATE---LIGHT BODY, THIN POLAND SPRINGS LIKE TEXTURE, DIET COKE FIZZ, SLIGHT BITTER FINISH LEAVING YOU TO CRAVE FOR SOMETHING ELSE. CLOSE TO FINISHING THE BOTTLE, I SWALLOW AND MAKE A FACE (TO MYSELF) ; A CONTORTED, JUST SMELLED A DEAD BODY KINDA FACE. AND FOLKS, DONT LET THIS BEER GET WARM...NASTY. THE LAST SWIG IS RESERVED FOR THE RECYCLING RATS AT THE REDEMPTION CENTER.
blipp (9170) - La Mesa, California, USA - NOV 5, 2011
Bottle. Pours hazy orange amber with an off white head. Pumpkin spicy aroma with some light sweetness. The flavor has nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice, a light sweetness, and pie crust. Pretty good. Put a name other than "Shock Top" on the front of this bottle and I bet this would be rated half a point higher.