Friday, October 08, 2010

Beer of the Week (Vol. LXXIII)

Another edition of Beer of the Week brought to you by the earthy folks at Glen Lake Wine & Spirits who can help you harvest a rich bounty of wine, whiskey, and beer.

Simpson's Episode 5F03 "Bart Star":

Homer: I'm feeling kinda low, Apu. Got any of that beer that has candy floating in it? Some know.

Apu: Such a product does not exist, sir. I think you must have dreamed it.

Homer: Oh. Then just give me a six pack and a couple of packets of Skittles.

Which is sort of what comes to mind when I think of pumpkin beer. But 'tis the season. And so all the way from Maine, the beer of the week is The Shipyard Brewery's Pumpkinhead Ale.

Brown bottle. Label has dark blue background with orange font and pumpkin-headed horseman. Great autumn/Halloween look.

Beer Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by Volume: 4.5%

COLOR (0-2): Light gold and clear. 1

AROMA (0-2): Clove with hints of pumpkin. 1

HEAD (0-2): White. Fades very quickly. 1

TASTE (0-5): Not much there and what is ain't too good. You can pick up slight pumpkin flavors, more spice, but overall very flat and weak in taste. Light-bodied, thin mouthfeel, and I suppose drinkable. 2

AFTERTASTE (0-2): Hollow and empty. 1

OVERALL (0-6): When I saw the festive seasonal label I hoped that this could be a good Halloween beer. Unfortunately, the contents inside don't even begin to live up to the package. It would have been unlikely that I would come across a pumpkin beer that I would love, but I'd settle for one that I could like. Give me a six pack of good beer and couple of pumpkins instead. 2

TOTAL SCORE (0-19): 8