Shipyard - Pumpkinhead

It feels like it has been forever since we last talked about beer here at Hops and Homers, but that is changing tonight. We will take a look at some pumpkin beers over the next three weeks and then some fall beers before shifting gears around Thanksgiving into the more wintery styles of brews out there. I have some in mind, so it will all depend on availability and my searching skills.

This week we take a look at a beer that some who know me well, might say is an appropriate name for me. The beer is from Shipyard Brewing Company out of Portland, ME, and the name is none other than Pumpkin Head. Go ahead and laugh, you know you want to. Okay, now that that's out of the way let's get into the actual beer itself.

Pumpkinhead pours a lighter color than most pumpkin ales, primarily because it is not an imperial pumpkin and just a normal ale flavored with pumpkin and spices. While the initial smell is that of the typical pumpkin ale smells, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar and a hint of buttery goodness, the predominant smell is the cinnamon.

The first sip is exactly what the smell would indicate, an array of flavors. Yet again the cinnamon is the star of the show. This beer feels like it is missing something, but I am not sure what it is. It could be that I am used to the big flavors of the other pumpkin beers that I have tried, or it could be that there is that much more of a cinnamon flavor in this one. The feel of this is also of a pumpkin light. Most of the other pumpkin beers out there are all big flavors and big alcohol contents, this one not so much. Hence, the pumpkin light moniker. This beer is very much a beer for someone looking to explore the world of pumpkin beers. Keep an eye out for Pumpkinhead and absolutely grab it if you are looking to jump into pumpkin ales.

Here are the vitals:

Brewery: Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer: Pumpkinhead Ale
ABV: 4.7%


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