The latest Fall seasonal from Clipper City’s Mutiny Fleet is The Great Pumpkin – Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Clipper City didn’t really provide much information about how it was brewed, except to say that it is made with, “hops and secret spices”, three kinds of malts, and 3 ounces of spice per barrel. It is 8.5% ABV, 25 IBU, and like the rest of the Mutiny Fleet, is distributed in 22 ounce bombers.
The Great Pumpkin poured with a translucent, cloudy, amber to light-orangey color with lots of adjuncts floating throughout the liquid column and an apparently moderate carbonation. It developed an off-white, creamy / fluffy head that was mildly sweet and laid down rather quickly but left behind decent lace. The aroma was of sweet pumpkin and spice, which became more reminiscent of pumpkin pie as it warmed. The first sip revealed a light crispness on the front of the tongue, which progressed to a creamier mouth-feel throughout.
As I continued to drink, it seemed to present what were perhaps estery taste characteristics and developed what I thought was an astringent quality. I never detected much in the way of pumpkin flavors and it left a bitterish, astringent finish that lingered for longer than I liked. Since the IBU is relatively low, this could be contributed to the 8.5% ABV (since I also detected the edge of a buzz) but I think more likely it was some other, or combination of, factor/s. At any rate, Clipper City’s – The Great Pumpkin Imperial Pumpkin Ale didn’t quite live up to my expectations. I was hoping it would fall in line with some of this year’s other fall and pumpkin seasonals which overall, have been pretty good. While it was in no way a, “spit out” beer, to my taste it really didn’t make the grade. I didn’t mind drinking it but don’t think I will buy it again.