It’s a funny thing. Every year I try the Pumpkin Ale offering from Shipyard Brewing Co. out of Maine. And every year I’m disappointed. Must be a genetic defect on my part.
I tried it for the first time a couple of weeks ago and my string of un-impressed tastings has reached 4 or 5 years in a row now. Then I started reading some great reviews of it online and even my guy at the local distributor claimed that it was his favorite Pumpkin Ale. By far.
So tonight I picked up a sixer of it to give it a second (5th? 6th?) chance.
While it possesses one of the more interesting aromas (a lot of spice…not a lot of pumpkin) out of any of the Pumpkins on the market today, that is where it’s appeal ends. For me, at least. It’s thin. It’s watery. It’s got no aftertaste whatsoever. I relate it to the Coors Light of Pumpkin Ales. It’s THAT weak. Not necessarily awful, just weak and disappointing.
My Rating: 3 out of 10.