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Old 10-04-2011, 12:20 AM   #11
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So should I go for the shipyard smashed pumpkin, heavy seas the greater pumpkin, or southern tier imperial pumking tonight? I've only had the pumking this year so the other two will be new to me. Decisions, decisions...

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Old 10-04-2011, 12:22 AM   #12
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Here is my video review for Shipyards Smashed Pumpkin. One of my favorites as well as The Burery's Autumn Maple

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Old 10-04-2011, 12:32 AM   #13
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Chris, you know I watch your reviews the day you upload them! You've convinced me though, I'm going for the Smashed Pumpkin tonight. That Autumn Maple sounded very interesting!

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Old 10-04-2011, 12:47 AM   #14
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haha thanks man! I actually just posted the Autumn Maple today!

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Old 10-04-2011, 01:33 AM   #15
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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin

Poured a light, orange-tinted gold. A bit duller in the light than the other beers. Not as brilliantly clear. A creamy 3-finger head popped up upon pouring and quickly dissipated. Aroma is unrefined sugar and spice. Powdered ginger seems to be a significant portion of the spices used along with allspice. Soft cinnamon in there too. Very light delicate hop spiciness. Wow, very different flavors from the other beers so far. The powdered ginger, allspice and cinnamon from the aroma come through powerfully in the flavor. There's a munich-type malty sweetness and very little bitterness. Body is nice and full. I'm not getting a whole lot of pumpkin flavor in there. There's a slight twang that hits the sides of the tongue just before swallowing. This beer is definitely a sipper -- not because of the alcohol or richness, but because of the almost overpowering spice. You almost need a minute or two between sips to let your palate rest before being assaulted by the next mouthful. That's not a bad thing, necessarily, and those who like their pumpkin beers strongly spiced will be pleased. It's interesting that the mix of spices here comes off much differently than the other pumpkin beers. While most pumpkin beers have strong cinnamon, nutmeg and clove, this beer brings the powdered ginger and allspice very strongly with the cinnamon playing a more background role.

This beer is kind of a share-with-friends beer to me. I'm going to have a hard time finishing the bottle. It's not bad, just really in your face.

Oh, one other thing I should note. It had a foiled cap but it was a twist-off. Kind of disappointing...

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Old 10-05-2011, 01:08 AM   #16
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Southern Tier Pumking

Poured a crystal clear, glowing, light orange. An off white 1 finger head came up then quickly fell back. The aroma is quite powerful and layered. Most dominant is the aroma of Cap'n Crunch Cereal (I think this is what many refer to as graham cracker but it is much more like the cereal to me). To my nose, it is indistinguishable. Under that I'm getting the spices and below the spices there's just the hint of sharp pumpkin. It's all very appealing. Upon taking a sip, the first thing that hits is the malty, creamy, sweetness. It is followed quickly by gingery spice on the tip of the tongue and in the back of the mouth. Toasty, almost buttery malt fill out the mid palate and the finish is sweet and tingly. I'm almost getting a custardy flavor in there too. The aftertaste is reminiscent of pumpkin pie. Body is nice and full.

The best pumpkin beer among those I've tried this year. Despite the artificialness of some of the flavors, it is still very appealing. Unlike the shipyard beer, I have no trouble drinking pumking. It's not an all-day kind of beer, but a bottle after dinner is nice.

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Old 10-06-2011, 02:11 AM   #17
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Glad you liked the pumpking,its a good beer,personally i thought the smashed had alot more character/complexity and was mildly spiced compared to the pumpkings overwhelming aroma and flavor profile. Mine(pumpking) was on the shelf warm then cooled for a week whether its a difference? who knows. Turns out i liked the smashed a little less the second time than the first too. But i disagree that the smashed is overspiced.Because i hate overspiced pumpkin beers.cheers! Ill be looking for some more pumpkins, and thanks for the reveiws i enjoy and apreciate people like you that take the time to do this.

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Old 10-06-2011, 03:15 AM   #18
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Cool, keep it going!

I may have to hunt down some DFH when I am in Vegas next month. I love fresh pumpkin smell, and feel most pumpkin beers have too much spice. Sounds like my kinda' beer!

Thanks a bunch for the reviews. Great descriptions!

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Old 10-06-2011, 12:33 PM   #19
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Congratulations on getting a decent bottle of Pumking. The quality of the bottles have been 50/50 for me this year.

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Old 10-06-2011, 04:42 PM   #20
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I'm interested to read the review for the woodchuck hard cider, having only consumed one pumpkin beer before (it was the one by michalob, and it was horrible) I really appriciate these reviews.

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