Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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2.3/5 rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
I've had a few friends rave about how great this beer is. Thought I'd give it a shot when I bought the Shipyard variety pack. Poured into a pint glass from a 12 oz bottle. Shipyard hags listed a born on date on the left side of the label.
A - Pale yellow color. Would have expected something darker from a pumpkin ale. Could have easily mistaken it for an adjunct lager. After an average pour, the head dissipates quickly leaving minimal lacing. Whats left of the head sits lightly on top.
S - Smells of pumpkin and cinnamon, though not overly powerful. Somewhat faint.
T - Tastes of pumpkin and cinnamon. Starts out kind of nice but goes downhill from there. Very bland after that, almost so much that you forget that this beer is supposed to taste like pumpkin. Tastes like a light beer in some ways. I'm not sure if I just happened to get a bad bottle, but theres not a ton going on here. I've had some great pumpkin beers, most notably Dogfishheads Punkin Ale, and this one's flavor just doesn't compare.
M - Medium carbonation. Light in terms of mouthfeel, though very fuzzy towards the end.
D - I could easily have another though I'm not sure I'd like to just because it doesn't really taste like a pumpkin ale. It feels like this was created for the light beer drinker who might want a dash of pumpkin added to their beverage.
Pumpkin beers are (at least in my opinion) supposed to closely coincide with the season in which they're introduced. In other words, they're meant to warm the pallet when the weather is gradually getting cooler and the leaves are turning all sorts of colors. There's just nothing warming about this beer, nothing autumn, and most importantly, just not a lot of pumpkin. I'll look elsewhere when it comes to buying a pumpkin ale in the future.
Serving type: bottle
10-13-2010 03:23:13 | More by micmillon18
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