The Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland, Maine pours out on the yellow side of orange in color with good clarity and is topped with an almost two finger, tightly bubbled, white head that reduces all the way down quite quickly, leaving just a thin collar. On the nose, more spice than pumpkin. Aromas of cinnamon, allspice, spiced sugar cookies and faint pumpkin. In the mouth, quite like the nose. Cinnamon and other fall spices dominate with an underlying pumpkin sweetness. Light bodied. Vibrant carbonation. Clean mouthfeel. Little lacing on the glass. The finish is of medium length and loaded with fall spices.
With all the pumpkin ales out there that are better than average this effort from Shipyard Brewing seems to fall short. Perhaps, unlike me, there are those that prefer a heavy does of fall spice in there pumpkin beer but to me this should be call Spiced Ale brewed with pumpkin. Of note, is that there is no mention of pumpkin being used in the making of this ale on the label. It simply says, "Malt beverage with natural flavor added." Not for me but you might like it.
12 ounce bottle, 4.7% ABV, Best enjoyed before January, 2013
Beer 264 of 366 for 2012