Friday, October 17, 2014

Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale (5/10)

Pours a clear gold, amber color with finger-thick white head that dissipates quickly, leaving behind almost no lacing.

Aroma is pumpkin, ginger, and cinnamon.

Flavor starts with ginger, cinnamon, and pumpkin.  I get some nutmeg, too.  This initial flavor gives way to malt, pumpkin, and cinnamon.  Finish is mildly bitter and sour.

Beer Advocate gives this a 41-68 or “poor” rating.  Ratebeer gives it a 32/100.

I’m rating it a 5/10.  It’s not terrible, but it’s disappointing for a pumpkin beer.  The aroma is nice, but beer itself is sour and just mediocre overall.

Pumpkin Beer Flavor Profile:

More standard beer flavor or more spiced ale:  Beer
Pumpkin intensity:  Medium
Spice intensity:  Medium
Malty or hoppy:  Malty
Sweet, balanced, or dry:  Balanced
Dominant flavor:  Ginger and Pumpkin sourness

ABV:  5.1%
IBU:  Unknown, but estimate in the 18-20 range
My Rating: 5/10

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