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October 15, 2010

Shipyard Brewing’s Pumpkinhead Ale Beer Review 10.15.10

Shipyard Brewing's Seasonal Classic

Shipyard Brewing's Seasonal Classic

The Brewski Report Reviews Shipyard’s Pumpkinhead Ale.
File Date: 10.15.2010

File Name: Improving My Life And My Taste Buds Day By Day.
The Beer: Pumpkinhead Ale 
Type: Pumpkin Ale
Serving: Bottle
Stats: 4.5% ABV
Brewer: Shipyard Brewing Co.
Web Site:
Country/State of Origin: ME, USA
Brewer Info: Since 1994, Shipyard Brewing Company has been brewing fine quality products with a wide range of style profiles.  We use only top quality ingredients and pride ourselves on the consistency and freshness of our products. All our beer is hand crafted from recipes developed by master brewer Alan Pugsley, one of the most influential people in the craft brewing movement in North America. The Shipyard Brewing Company was founded by master brewer Alan Pugsley and entrepreneur Fred Forsley. Shipyard first began in 1992 at Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub in Kennebunk, which is one of Maine’s original brew pubs and working breweries. Within two years, demand for Shipyard beer outpaced the small operation and, in April 1994, Forsley and Pugsley opened the Shipyard Brewing Company in the heart of the waterfront in Portland, Maine on the site of the former Crosby Laughlin Foundry.

tbr-shipyard-logoBrewer Brand Hype: Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale is a crisp and refreshing wheat ale with delightful aromatics and subtle spiced flavors.
Label: Beer with natural flavor added.

The Brewski Review: On my many long business trips I’ve decided to take on the task of completing a set of Tony Robbins Self-help/Improvement CD’s I purchased many years ago but never seemed to have the time to finish. I’ve finally listened to them all and can say that, for me, there has been some benefit. We all go through life living day to day and we can easily forget the simple things. The collection can be somewhat considered a ‘life coach’ or a personal trainer to motivate you to spend the time to improve your life, situation, confidence, thought process, health, body and whatever. There are many little things I’ve picked up but the overall conclusion to me is that I need to work a little harder each and every day to be a better person: more understanding, focused, grateful, giving, energetic and less critical, procrastinating, stagnant and quick to give up. So, each and every day I’ve been trying a little harder to be a better parent, spouse, employee, citizen or collectively, a better human being. Challenges lay ahead but I’ll continue to replay the tapes so Tony can keep me on track. I’m already on my second go-around. Maybe I’ll even try to be a better taster? Is that possible? Take this Pumpkinhead Ale for example. I think this one is a keeper. If you like spice flavors, this beer has a taste that will jump out at you. It was tasty without being too overbearing. I like pumpkin ales and I would imagine that anyone else who likes this type of beer likes the spice flavor to be more pronounced than just a subtle flavor. I know I do. It’s not a pumpkin pie flavor that some tasters strive for. This is more akin to a spiced cider. Nonetheless very tasty. Pick one up yourself and give ‘er a try.

Drinkability: Yum. Will drink this one again.
Appearance: Medium to dark golden in color.
The Buds: Nice and crisp with a nice spice flavor.
TBR Cap Rating: 4.25 out of 5.

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