In a blind tasting by BJCP trained experts, this beer rated


Shipyard Brewing Pumpkinhead Ale

Aroma: “Nice malty nose, but the spices offer more of a phenolic complexity than pumpkin character. The aroma doesn’t promise much.”

Flavor: “Pumpkin flavor comes through as baked pumpkin with a touch of brown sugar, followed by cinnamon and allspice that add complexity rather than a big pie experience. Nice big mouthful of malt, with toast and caramel standing tall. Crisp with almost a carbonic bite and balanced with a subtle hint of sweetness in the finish.”

Overall: “Spices are used well to support the pumpkin flavor. Very tasty but comparatively simple in its use of spice and malt complexity.”