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RATINGS: 1199   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 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
Pozzle52 (9) - Hypoluxo, Florida, USA - DEC 3, 2006 does not count
Appearance: When poured had tons of carbonation which created an interesting initial appearance, exhibited a slight orange hue and head a white head. The beer aroma was laced with cinnamon and hints of pumpkin. However, look and aroma was similar to a domestic light beer. Taste was also similar to a domestic light beer, however, the spices were tasted initially and the light pumpkin flavor was tasted in the swallow. The high level of carbonation created a lasting sensation in the mouth Ė not unlike seltzer water. Overall, a slightly above average beer that may be a replacement for a domestic light beers during the holiday season.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
argo0 (13313) - Washington DC, USA - DEC 2, 2006
(12oz bottle, best by Feb. 07) Medium off-white head diminishes fairly quickly, atop clear light amber body. Aroma is medium sweet, strong nutmeg, some clove, cinnamon, light lime. Taste is medium sweet, nutmeg/pumpkin pie. Watery light body, low carbonation.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 8/20
Ughsmash (7508) - Pewaukee, Wisconsin, USA - DEC 2, 2006
Bottled. Poured a clear, lighter golden with a short cap of white head that fizzled out quickly. Nose was weak with cinnamon, nutmeg, and a bunch of odd sweetness. Flavor found cinnamon and candy corn sweetness.. mega-artificial feel to it... a bit of honey and gingerbread, too. Fizzy carbonation and light-bodied on the palate... sweet cinnamon finish. This was not good.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
Cappadonna (110) - Delray Beach, Florida, USA - DEC 1, 2006
Pours translucent orange with a large amount of carbonation. White head- the carbonation keeps on coming. There are notes of cinnamon, but nothing great. The pumpkin flavor defiantly comes through, but thatís about it. A very average beer with a unique pumpkin twist.

   AROMA 9/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 10/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 19/20
irishpenguin13 (36) - Leesburg, Florida, USA - NOV 30, 2006
wow. i dont think i can say enough about this one. a very complex brew, the taste says it all, and is perfect for a holiday party where the in-laws are getting on your nerves.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
bhensonb (14161) - Woodland, California, USA - NOV 25, 2006
Very light spice aroma. Light gold color. Decent white head that goes fast. Taste hits with cinnamon and nutmeg, quickly giving a good imitation of pumpkin pie spice. A bit thin. Not much here other than the spice. Worth trying.

   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 (1474) - 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 (6377) - 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.

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