bfeldmann (1048) - Wilmington, Delaware, USA - FEB 10, 2006
1.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
"Wow what an awful awful beer, this is the worst pumpkin beer ever. Pour a pale yellow, is there any yellow in pumpkins. Aroma was sour Flavor was way way tart no pumpkin, lemon flavor awful. "
TheBeerLover (1025) - DC Metro Area, USA - JAN 28, 2006
3.4 AROMA 9/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 11/20
UPDATED: JAN 31, 2006 Shipyard uses traditional pumpkin pie spices such as cinnamon, and nutmeg to great effect. This beer is of course brewed with those spices, as well as pale malt, light Munich malt, and malted wheat. It is hopped with Hallertau and Willamette hops, but you won’t find any hop character in this beer. What you will find, is a delicious, sweet and spicy wheat beer, that does remind one of pumpkin pie.
Pumpkinhead Ale pours to a bright, deep golden color with a creamy white head, and a good bit of carbonation. The nose is wonderful, with lots of good cinnamon and nutmeg aromas, paired with some sweet malty aroma. The palate is crisp and tart on the plate, with flavors of biscuity pale malt, and malted wheat. The malted wheat makes this beer very thirst quenching and drinkable. Pumpkinhead Ale finishes with more malt and wheat up front, then ends with a sweet and spicy, cinnamon and nutmeg finish that lingers.
This was once a draught only product, that could only be found at Shipyard’s brewpub Federal Jack’s in Kennebunk, ME. I’m happy to say, it has been available for the past couple of years in bottles($6-$7 a six pack) in good beer stores where Shipyard beers are sold. I really enjoyed this one, but as a pumpkin ale purist, I would have found it better, if real pumpkin was used as well. I believe that the squashy/gordy flavor of real pumpkin, like in pumpkin pie, balances out the spices.
morrdt (685) - Dirty Mo’, North Carolina, USA - JAN 18, 2006
1.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 1/5 OVERALL 6/20
I saw this beer at a local beer festival, and couldn’t wait to get my hands on it. Unfortunately, this beer is not as good as I had hoped. Take a 40oz Mickeys, pour pumpkin pie spice in it, shake, and serve. Just not good at all. Drink at a festival, but don’t pay for it.
leitrim65 (402) - Seattle, Washington, USA - DEC 31, 2005
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
Pours a thin looking straw color. Aroma is nutmeg, cinamon, and vegetable - perhaps pumpkin. Weak and watery with a poor combination of cinamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin flavors. This one just doesn’t work.
RCWCPACFP (102) - New Jersey, USA - DEC 29, 2005
3.9 AROMA 10/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 16/20
The spices are great but they separate a little too much from the malt. Still a great representation of the style. Hopefully the pie part of this drink can be blended a little closer to the beer part.
Brigadier (2990) - Clevelandish, Ohio, USA - DEC 17, 2005
2.4 AROMA 3/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 12/20
A pretty poor Halloween ale. One to avoid in the future - don’t let the bottle decieve you. Picked up from Woodmans on the west side of Madison.
Pailhead (4842) - Brownstown, Michigan, USA - DEC 2, 2005
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: DEC 3, 2005 Bottle: Courtesy of Cornboy via trade. Aroma of cinnamon, ginger, and light pumpkin. There is a touch of grassy hops that I could do without. Pours a transparent golden-orange with an insignificant white head that quickly fades to a ring. Ginger comes on the strongest in the flavor with some light cinnamon and pumpkin. Ginger lingers into the finish and mixes with some light grassy bitterness. I guess you either like pumpkin beers or you don’t. While I’ve never been blown away by one, I do find them rather tastey.
BrockLanders (772) - Panama City, Florida, USA - NOV 27, 2005
1.9 AROMA 4/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 3/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 7/20
What a crappy pseudo-pumpkin, holiday spiced malt beverage.....doesn’t match up to the competition at all. These guys just don’t get it done.
Walt (2449) - Austin, Texas, USA - NOV 24, 2005
2.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 5/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 10/20
Pour is slightly hazed yellow with a big dense off white head...smell is cinnamon, some nutmeg, metallic...taste is sweet corn with hints of metal and nutmeg...thin and watery...
BigBen2120 (688) - Derry, New Hampshire, USA - NOV 23, 2005
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 14/20
UPDATED: OCT 14, 2006 ORIGINAL RATE:I didn’t care for this one as much. It is better than some beers I have had, but not at all what I was expecting. I liked the Shipyard Winter Ale and the Gritty McDuff’s Halloween Ale better.
RE-RATE (10-14-06): Amber color with almost no head to speak of. Smells overwealmingly of pumpkin pie spice. Tastes malty and of pumpkin pie spice. Pumpkin is also present; more so than Sea Dog’s, less so than DFH, Smuttynotse, and others... Light to medium bodied. Rather drinkable... Not my favorite pumpkin ale, but a decent one. Better than I remember, perhaps this year’s batch is better than last year’s...