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RATINGS: 1193   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale is a crisp and refreshing wheat ale with delightful aromatics and subtle spiced flavor.

First Brewed: 1996
First Bottled: 2002
Available: August - November
Malt Style: Pale Ale, Whole Wheat, Munich Light
Yeast: Top-Fermenting English
Hops: Willamette, Saphir
Color: Golden
OG: 1.048

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
stubby (334) - Santee, California, USA - NOV 10, 2006
"Itís not that bad" is not how I like to start a rating. But itís not that bad. Most non-Belgian spiced ales are drain-pours for me. This one is a light ale, (kolsh?) matched with light spicing (cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla?) that works in balance. There is a mild pumpkin aftertaste, donít know if itís a concentrate or a real squash addition. But it is a very good effort at an odd style. Try it if you are in the mood for something that says "AUTUMN!!"

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 1/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 7/20
GarrettB (1430) - San Diego, California, USA - NOV 10, 2006
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2007 It must be part of the October spell that any pumpkin beer had in the days immediately following Halloween will taste something like that frumpy, brown gourd that was once youíre proud Jack Oí Lantern. All the qualities that gave it that October splendor leech out of it with every minute that passes between All Hallowís Eve and Thanksgiving. Even a few days will warp the original flavors and tastes until itís nothing like its former self. It is, in a sense, a wicked, baleful transformation caused by the dearth of haunting hours Ė an irony not lost on my taste buds. This worryingly clear and watery looking drink, however, may not have rotted at all. Perhaps it was brewed this way, purposefully made to be a despairingly woeful incarnation of drinkable pumpkin flavor. The smell is bland and banal: malts, maybe some all spice and a general trace of cheap lager form the lackluster aroma. The taste is no improvement, reflecting a similar lack of any flavor. Most noticeably, the main actor of what should be a pumpkin beer is absent, leaving a basic malt flavor to fend for itself against an onslaught of furious criticism and scathing reviews. In other words: where is the pumpkin? At least be forthright about your beerís character Ė if there isnít any pumpkin then spare us the poorly photoshopped picture of a pumpkin cavalryman. One, itís tacky, and two, it gives me the false hope that purchasing your beer would help satisfy my craving for pumpkin beer. Alas, yours is no such thing, and has left me disappointed. However, rather than blast poor Shipyard with senseless vulgarity Iíll restrain my rage and make this remark, just in case Iím being unfair Ė this was the worst pumpkin beer I have ever had. That leaves the door open for worse pumpkin beers to come along, but in my limited experience, Shipyardís attempt at one of my most celebrated kinds of beer was an offense to my senses and sensibilities. It is, I hope, one less rotten pumpkin on balconies I donít have to see come next October.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
Braudog (6290) - Yorktown, Virginia, USA - NOV 9, 2006
Poured very shiny light orange, bubbly and effervescent. Very perfumey aroma. The flavor reminds me of gingersnaps cookies more than pumpking pie, but itís pretty good.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Steib (613) - Queen Creek, Arizona, USA - NOV 6, 2006
Light golden color with a diminishing head. Faint pumpkin aroma with some resemblance of spices. Smooth creamy mouthfeel, light pumpkin taste. Some spice notes with a well carbonated aftertaste. Wanted more flavor and body, expectations were a little high.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 3/10   PALATE 1/5   OVERALL 7/20
pilsnerrogge (2798) - FinspŚng, SWEDEN - NOV 4, 2006
[Bottle 4.8 % ABV] Golden colour, weak head. Strange toothpaste and ginger bread aroma. Thin and fizzy. Sweet toothpaste and ginger bread flavour.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
sunevdj (3938) - Copenhagen OE, DENMARK - NOV 3, 2006
Pours a clear golden with a dimminishing head. Smells of cinamon or Indian Chai. Very spicy. Light bodied. Mellow carbonation. Light cinamonny finish.

   AROMA 3/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Moz (613) - Gothenburg, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2006
Bottle. Golden colour. Sweet malty aroma with some gingerbread. Sweet candylike flavour, slightly spicy. Thin mouthfeel.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Storm (2684) - Amager, DENMARK - OCT 28, 2006
Golden clear colour with a little head. Nice christmas aroma of cinnamon and orange peel lot of aroma. Not the same taste as the aroma, some flavour of malt, spices and with a little fine and tasty finish of pumpkins.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 9/20
Svesse (7764) - Hšsselby, SWEDEN - OCT 28, 2006
(Bottle) Pale amber/orange colour with frothy, quickly disappearing, white head. Malty and very spicy nose with ginger, cinamon, cardamom, clove and unripe banana. Hints of honey as well. Cinamon takes over after a while. Strange, spicy taste with cinamon, ginger, clove, notes of citrus and honey. Slightly thin with short finish (luckily), a bit artifical. Definitely interesting, but more strange than good. Is this what pumpkin tastes like? Iím not really impressed.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joshwilfong (1200) - Cleveland, Ohio, USA - OCT 28, 2006
nice golden copper, very strong pumpkin flavor that overwelms the rest of the beer, some maltiness with strange mouthfeel and aftertaste

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