Pumpkinhead AleNovember 1, 2009 Portland, ME
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Available: 35 states around the United States
Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale was first brewed in August of 2002.
Original gravity: 1048
Disclaimer: I am not much of a pumpkin beer enthusiast! Creative label, the headless horseman’s head replaced with a jack o’ lantern, is perfect for Halloween parties. Bright yellow with slight, quickly disappearing head. Nice nose with subtle spicy aromatics though it, too, fades quickly. Clean, well-brewed beer relies more on nutmeg and cinnamon than malt and hops for flavor and aftertaste. Served chilled on an autumn day with freshly picked, crisp apples, a wedge of cloth-wrapped New England cheddar, and a chunk of honeycomb.
- Charles Finkel
Pale yellow glows through this mild brew with immense honey aroma and flavor tempered mint-like spiciness. Very low hop character. Subtle malt sweetness. It’s called “Pumpkinhead,” but one doesn’t know from the label whether there is pumpkin as an ingredient. Goes down simply and without intrigue. Well made and conversational.
- Charlie Papazian
Founder of Merchant du Vin and the Pike Brewing Co., Charles Finkel is a pioneer in the marketing of craft beers in America.
Author of the New Complete Joy of Homebrewing, founder of the Great American Beer Festival and a Beer Examiner at www.examiner.com, Papazian is a leading voice in beer and brewing.
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