Avarax, I'm not a fan of Shipyard. I've consumed many bottles, but I prefer Post Road.
Eyes & Glyphen, It is a Halloween Party in your mouth.
The first time someone gave me a bottle I thought it was going to taste nasty, but it instantly became my favorite beer.
JT, to heavy for you? We're not lifting weights you woman. Put down the summer ale and grab a liquid pumpkin
I like Buffalo Bills Pumpkin Ale. It's the best of the pumpkin beers you'll find in the stores in Southern California. The only other ones are the blue moon and sam adams beers, both of which are boring. I'll be perusing BevMo in search of new pumpkin ales all month. Wish me luck!
I hit the bevmo and here is what I found and tried so far:
Shipyard Pumpkin Ale : Good and clean, like previously mentioned, a subtle pumpkin flavor. Very drinkable!
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin : Comes in a big bottle, 9% alchohol and a corresponding drier taste, spices stand out more than the pumpkin sweetness. Tasted best when it warmed up, and drink it in the glass. The adhesive on the bottle makes it taste bad if you get any in your mouth. This is a sit down beer, one will do ya.
Harvest Moon Pumpkin Ale: It has a picture with pumpkins on it and otherwise taste like a watered down winter ale. Not memorable.
Jacks Pumpkin Spice Ale: Had it once and never wanted it again.( I just included it since Haunti mentioned it). However, I liked its label the best!
Sam Adams Octoberfest: It's not pumpkin beer but it taste great. I thought I wouldn't like it when I got it in the Harvest Beers mixed 12 pack. Now it's one of my favorites. Rich, full flavored but very drinkable. I drank 6 in a row and didn't get tired of it or have any lingering aftertaste.
Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin Ale: Just as good as the Oktoberfest, but with more of that pumpkin taste your looking for. I would call this the most pumpkin pie like smell and flavor in a beer I have experienced. Might be too sweet to drink a whole 6 pack in one sitting.
Buffalo Bill's Pumpkin Ale: One of my favorites. Great tasting beer with a very well balanced mix of pumpkin and spice. A rich taste ending with light spice.