Beer Reviews: Shipyard Pumpkinhead and Odell Oktoberfest

So tonight was one of those two beer nights. As I was watching my main man James Hinchcliffe (IndyCar driver) and his instructor/partner Sharna Burgess tear it up on Dancing With the Stars I was sipping on a couple of fall seasonal beers that I picked up on the cheap at my favorite local grocer. Let’s do a couple of quick reviews here for each of them!

Beer #1: Shipyard Pumpkinhead

From Shipyard Brewing in Portland, Maine comes Pumpkinhead – a pumpkin ale weighing in at 4.7% ABV. Pour is a light golden color with a thin head that dissipates quickly. Aroma primarily consisting of spices (nutmeg and cinnamon) with a hint of pumpkin. Flavor is fairly muted overall – just tasted like a pale ale with just a hint of pumpkin and spice. Thin mouthfeel with high carbonation. The beer is chuggable but nothing special. Honestly I was left wanting more pumpkin and spice flavors. Disappointing. Rating: 2/5.

Beer #2: Odell Oktoberfest

From Odell Brewing in Fort Collins, Colorado comes their take on an Oktoberfest. A little high on ABV for the style at 6.1%. Pours a medium red-amber color with a fluffy head that sticks around for awhile and then dissipates to a thin ring. Malty/bready aroma with a slight herbal quality. Flavors follow: bready, malty, caramel. A hint of tea-like bitterness on the back end; surprisingly robust flavors for the style. Medium bodied mouthfeel with medium carbonation and drinks very easily. Quite impressed with this one. Rating: 4/5.

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