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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 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
tomciccateri (1034) - Albuquerque, New Mexico, USA - OCT 25, 2006
12-ounce brown bottle date notched five months out. It pours a bright dark gold with orange hues. Well carbonated but a slight head. Big cinamon aroma then a solid combo of light malt, caramel and moderate pumpkin spices - all within reason. Matched with a light-medium body and medium mouthfeel, it is overall very drinkable.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 8/20
Styles (2014) - Lincoln Park, Michigan, USA - OCT 23, 2006
Golden, slightly orange with no head. Aroma is very vegetal, with standard pumpkin spice background. Flavor has a certain fruitiness going on, that I can’t pinpoint. almost Belgian like. Clove and allspice? in the finish. Very weak overall.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
ThomasE (5174) - Copenhagen, DENMARK - OCT 23, 2006
Clear golden colour with a small white head. Malty, spicy aroma with a light caramel sweetness. Cookie flavor witha light spicy note. Light dry, sweet and spicy finish.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 12/20
trokini (1025) - San Diego, California, USA - OCT 23, 2006
First time with the pumpkin beer. Orange-brown pour with a bubbly head. Aroma is close to gingerbread. Taste is the same, with the pumpkin coming out. Spicy and sweet, but watery. A nice little beer.

   AROMA 4/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
thomasacross (129) - Edina, Minnesota, USA - OCT 19, 2006
Bottle. No significant odor. Very bubbly, felt overcarbonated in my mouth. Much more like a lager in that respect. Best part of the beer is a definite pumpkin flavor -- moreso than other pumpkin beers I have had, which taste of spice but not necessarily pumpkin. Vaguely metallic finish. Sort of a pumpkin-flavored Heineken.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
goldtwins (4320) - Nesconset, New York, USA - OCT 18, 2006
Poured a clear dark yellow color with a small head. Caramel aroma over pumpkin and spice. Almost some herbal notes. Cinnamon and cookies as it warms. The flavor starts tart and thin. Malt and spice. Some notes of cinnamon and apple sauce.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 13/20
Gr0ve (2177) - Oslo, NORWAY - OCT 17, 2006
12 fl oz bottle. Glowing orange colour with a small head found only around the edges. Fruity cinnamon and apricot aroma with a little hops. Rounded fruity mouthfeel and flavour. Very drinkable. Notes of cherry. Thin-bodied and a little watery in the finish. Not quite sure where the pumpkin comes into the picture. Nice, but restrained spices.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 9/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
MattHimself (7) - USA - OCT 16, 2006 does not count
Im shocked how long most people ranked this one. Shipyard has always been, in my opinion, a very consistent brewery. Few are outstanding, but most quite nice. This bottle poured nicely, though had little head, leaving a golden brown ale to look at. A nice lacing is on the glass though. The aroma is all cinnamon and nutmeg. I take a small sip and allow to savor. The mouth feels like your standard ale, just a bit on the sweeter side. The after taste though is much like having swallowed a nice piece of pumpkin pie. The only downside is that for me the flavor isn’t "thick" enough. It tastes good, but is rather thin. However, this is still a beer I look forward to buying each fall, and plan on getting a growler or two (or three) on my trip to Kennebunkport this weekend. Not the best pumpkin beer, or even the best from Shipyard, but a very enjoyable beer nonetheless.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 2/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
badnewsbeers (2312) - Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA - OCT 16, 2006
maybe the oddest arrangement of numbers for a beer.....golden orange, heavily filtered appearance with large carbonation bubbles and no head...aroma of light pumpkin and cinnamon...flavor was unique for a pumpkin beer offering, and was heavy in pumpkin pie (nice that the focus was away from the nutmeg and cinnamon for a change, with a more straight-forward pumpkin approach)...excellent, creamy palate

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
Hildigöltur (5105) - København, DENMARK - OCT 16, 2006
Bottled. Golden coloured. Aroma and flavour of bread and cookies full of Christmas spices. Soft mouthfeel. Very pleasant.

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