Served chilled from a 12 oz bottle and poured into a snifter (due to the higher ABV and strong pumpkin aroma I wanted to have a wider mouth glass.) Pours an almost orange color with a one finger white foam head. Smells are of pumpkin, nutmeg and cinnamon. Carbonation is moderate with a medium body. Taste is of pumpkin, though it tastes quite artificial to me (much like Pumpkinhead). Additionally, there are some spices but the pumpkin flavor really overwhelms. Aftertaste is more of the same.
Years ago in college, when Pumpkinhead was one of the only accessibly pumpkin beers to me, I was a big fan of the beer. Now that I have had the opportunity to sample so many different ones, Shipyard has quickly fallen near the bottom of the ladder for me when it comes to their flavored beers. I had heard that this one was much better than the flagship Pumpkinhead (and the BA reviews justify it.) However, I was very disappointed by the beer, and would not buy this one again. Perhaps good for those trying to get into craft beer, but I feel my inner snob coming out here when I say it tastes much too fake for me.