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RATINGS: 1151   WEIGHTED AVG: 2.85/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 18   EST. CALORIES: 135   ABV: 4.5%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
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

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blankboy (7808) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2007
Bottle. Pours a clear, bubbly copper-gold with an average size fluffy white head. Aroma’s quite sweet, like sugar candy, along with a bit of pumpkin and weak spices -- not spicy or pumpkiny enough for a Pumpkin beer. Flavour’s a little better: More pumpkin and more spices along with what reminds me, weirdly enough, of rootbeer. A little watery and could use more flavour. Average bodied. Not bad, an average Pumpkin beer.
Note: halfway through the beer, as it warmed slightly, i got more notes of cinnamon and pumpkin in the aroma, bumping it up a point.

3
JoeMcPhee (9550) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 17, 2007
Tap. Pale golden with a very spicy aroma of allspice and nutmeg over a thin pale malt base. Semi-sweet with lots of spicing. Medium bodied and a bit too sweet for my tastes. Lingering clovey spice.

0.6
00cobraR (1103) - Greensboro, North Carolina, USA - OCT 17, 2007
I must have gotten a bad bottle. This thing had all kinds of things floating in it and there was no spicy pumpkin aroma to it. The flavor was sour and disgusting. This one made it down the drain. I was hoping for much more and really hope that was just a bad bottle. Seems like i am stumbling upon alot of bad bottles these days. THis was less than enjoyable.

3
StompBrockmore (316) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - OCT 16, 2007
12oz. bottle - pours light gold with a small white head. Aroma of spice, pumpkin pie, sweet, sharp malt, cinnamon. Again, sweet. Flavour is quite sweet, quite a candy-like pumpkin pie flavour. Too sweet I think, but pleasantly drinkable. Nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices comes forward in the middle to finish. I’d prefer something "warmer". Fairly thin in the mouth, a bit too watery. My first pumpkin ale, so hard to compare. I mean...impossible to compare.

3.1
BREWMUSKCLES (2744) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 15, 2007
they did an honorable job with the pumpkin in this one. pretty good spices infused with a genuine _touch too much candy_ pumpkin flavor. shipyard you can tinker with this one and come up with one of the best pumpkins... get going, i wish you well!

3.5
Quake1028 (638) - Tampa, Florida, USA - OCT 14, 2007
12oz bottle....Finally found this one, took a little while....body is light orange with a small, lasting off white head....nose of pumpkin pie filling, coriander, nutmeg, cinnamon and clove....tastes pretty good, don’t get that sense of artificial pumpkin that I do from a lot of the other lesser beers of this style....medium bodied, creamy palate....ending is spicy, full of nutmeg and pumpkin, fading into a bit of a watery end, which hurts some....overall not bad at all, and a bit underrated I think

3.4
blklab2007 (2120) - Connecticut, USA - OCT 14, 2007
bottle poured a golden in color with a one finger head on the beer and good carbination as it is poured. smell is malt, spice, nutmeg, and pumpkin. taste is medium light in body, not as strong tasting as the smell lead on, and finishes smooth with a light pumpkin and cinnamon. beer went down quite well, not overly spiced like many pumpkin brews are, on the lighter side but it works here.

3.1
scrizzz (2223) - Bothell, Washington, USA - OCT 13, 2007
UPDATED: SEP 19, 2009 surprisingly light for the dark aroma, really a light gold. Golden crust aroma, allspice, even bubblegum and cinnamon. Doesn’t fully translate, more crust than pie. Or pumpkin. Kind of perfumey in its flavor, lots of flaky crust and spice essence.

3
zamco17 (134) - Corpus Christi, Texas, USA - OCT 12, 2007
wow surprising, the color scared me. just doesn’t look like much. but the smell got me going, can actually smell the pumpkin pie. flavor is just right. perfect amount of pumpkin spice on the finish. bravo on this one.

4
dlovell2 (2291) - Columbia, Maryland, USA - OCT 11, 2007
Sweet, Cinnamon, Nutmeg aroma. Pours glowing orange with short lived fizzy head. Feels bubbly on tounge. Great Pumpkin taste with cinnamon and Nutmeg. This is my favorite Pumpkin Ale. I was excited to find it in Maryland.


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