Beer 321/365 – Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

Shipyard Pumpkinhead

Style: Pumpkin Ale

ABV: 4.5%

Purchased at: Vintage Estate – Boardman, OH

What makes this beer different: TONS of spice and NO pumpkin.

Will I be drinking this again: Hell no.

Grade: C-

9/25/2010: I vaguely remember reading a review of this beer, and the author said it was terrible. Like I said, I was in a blur the last time I went on a beer run and literally grabbed each and every pumpkin/oktoberfest beer I could find. Besides like Jared said, bad beers sometimes make you appreciate the good brews all that much more.

Shipyard Pumpkinhead smells spicy as hell for a pumpkin beer. The flavor has no sign on pumpkin at all. The flavor is almost ALL all spice, with a little bit of nutmeg. Not that I dislike these flavors, but the super light mouthfeel doesn’t help mute them at all. The high carbonation is the only characteristic that avoids making this a drain pour. Avoid this beer.

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Published in: on September 25, 2010 at 8:19 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 165/365 – Sebago Frye’s Leap IPA

Style: American IPA

ABV: 6.2%

Purchased at: One of my winnings from the superbowl poll

What makes this beer different: Too bitter, and not in a good way

Will I be drinking this again: Negative

Grade: C+

4/22/2010: Not sure why but there are three different entries for this beer on BeerAdvocate. All have different ABV, but the same label. I have no clue how to truly tell which one this is so I just went from the one with the highest amount of reviews for all the technical info above.

I drank this the night the pens went into TRIPLE overtime. Not sure if a lot of you know but I work as an usher at the Mellon Arena to watch the Pittsburgh Penguins play, while getting paid for it. So I didn’t end up drinking this until about 1am, and I had to get up for work at 7:20. Needless to say I drank this down pretty quick, and woke about about 3 times in the middle of the night haha.

I am starting to realize that pine hops are the kind I dislike. I won’t act like I know which hops give that type of taste, but from what I read in reviews is that beer with a lot of pine flavor is not my cup ‘o tea. The smell is bitter hops, with a bit of grainyness. The taste is just too bitter on the hope end for me. Not a whole lot of malt to work with, and the hops are pretty piney. Very light mouthfeel. Maybe I am just tired and the hops are too intense but I won’t be drinking this one again. Dedication!

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Published in: on April 22, 2010 at 10:17 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 147/365 – Atlantic Coal Porter

Style: American Porter

ABV: 6.5%

Purchased at: I honestly forget, but I think Jared sent this to me? amirite Jared?

What makes this beer different: Lots of flavor, and some charred action going on.

Will I be drinking this again: Its not readily available sooo probably not

Grade: B+

4/4/2010: Okay so I’m not going to lie, I thought I forgot to drink a beer on Sunday. I was freaking out on gchat asking the girlfriend if she could remember if I drank anything, and what it was. She is a bit more responsible than I am about those things haha. She mentioned that worst case scenario I drank a pint of Ballast Point Victory at Sea Porter a little after midnight at The Headkeeper. They are probably the most reasonably priced bar that has a good selection of craft beer in my area. Anyways turns out I drank Coal Porter late on Easter and forgot about it. I found my notes on it buried in my email, and the photo on my laptop. Maybe I need to stop drinking so much, or maybe I should start updating day after I drink the beer? haha. I would have been pretty pissed if I missed a day after going 146 beers deep into my journey.

So onto the beer. Smells of light chocolate and roasted malty goodness. It actually has a very rich taste for a medium bodied porter. Even amounts of chocolate and coffee flavor, and there is a bit of a “charred” taste i am getting. Charred but not quite burnt, but it gives this beer a uniqueness that I like. Very silky smooth mouthfeel which makes it very drinkable.

Picture of the day: Those New Yorkers are such rebels.

Published in: on April 4, 2010 at 9:40 am  Comments (4)  
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Beer 127/365 – Shipyard Prelude Special Ale

Style: Winter Warmer

ABV: 6.8%

Purchased at: Received in a trade with jlindros @ beeradvocate

What makes this beer different: Typical Winter Warmer styled beer

Will I be drinking this again: hmmm not sure really hah

Grade: B

3/15/2010: Received this one from Jared at Beeradvocate. We traded about 30 beers back and forth earlier in the year. Finally getting through my stash from him haha.

The smell is very Christmasy. Caramel malts and winter warmer spices you usually get with these sorts of beers. Lots of caramel malt in the flavor. A bit of cinnamon/brown sugar taste, with a hint of non-descript spice. The one thing that doesn’t sit right with me is the sharp boozy punch you get. I don’t mind strong, but this one kind of stabs your tongue just real quick. Mouthfeel is nice, syrupy with good carbonation. Overall a pretty decent beer, just wouldn’t go out of my way to drink again

Picture of the day: I give you.. Irony Man!

Published in: on March 15, 2010 at 8:10 am  Leave a Comment  
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Beer 59/365 – Allagash White

Style: Witbier

Purchased at: Vintage Estate

What makes this beer different: Citrusy

Will I be drinking this again: Yes

Grade: A

1/06/2010: So when I first got into craft beer years ago I thought all wheat beers were in the same “category”, but apparently I was wrong. Dark Wheat, Pale Wheat, Hefeweizen, Dunkelweizen, Witbier just to name a few. This one falls into the Witbier category. Witbier typically is a Belgian style wheat ale, unfiltered, cloudy, with coriander and citrus type spices added in.

As soon as you open this one you smell the cirtus, mostly lemon, along with some grain smell and coriander. The taste is SUPER smooth; typical wheat beer flavor but with a nice punch of lemon. It goes down unbelievably easy. I actually drank this after finishing a big meal, and it still went down quicker than any of my prior 58 beers. If I had the money I would stock my fridge with this stuff and use it as my go-to session beer, and because of that fact it gets a rare ‘A’ grade from me.

Published in: on January 6, 2010 at 3:46 pm  Leave a Comment  
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