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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Pumpkinhead AleShipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

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866 Reviews

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Reviews: 866
Hads: 2,585
Avg: 2.88
pDev: 48.96%
Wants: 38
Gots: 502 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-04-2001

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Reviews: 866 | Hads: 2,585
Photo of sjdevel
3.39/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Crystal clear light copper color. Not very bubbly, but there is a few streams of bubbles to create a bit of lacing.

Sweet and herbal spices. Some caramel notes, but mainly spices (nutmeg / cinnamon).

No real presence of hops or bitterness. There is an instant sweetness with a bit of savory vegetable and pumpkin flavors. There is a slight hint of caramel malt. Flavors are mainly vanilla and spices. As some of the flavors mellow out, it leaves me with an after taste of cream soda.

Very low medium side for mouthfeel. Not thick or oily feeling as some I have had and no dryness to speak of.

This one is drinkable, but there is a bit too much nutmeg and it is too sweet. This is a dessert beer that would be good with a slice of pumpkin pie and maybe along with your Thanksgiving dinner. I won't buy this one again as there are many pumpkin beers out there that are well above and beyond this one.

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Photo of superspak
3.68/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, bottled on 9/2/2012. Pours slightly hazy golden orange color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass, with a moderate amount of streaming carbonation retaining the cap. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, brown sugar, wheat, toasted bread, and herbal/spice earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of pumpkin/spices and light-moderate bready malt notes; with solid strength. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, brown sugar, wheat, toasted bread, and herbal/spice earthiness. Light herbal/spice bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, brown sugar, wheat, toasted bread, and herbal/spice earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Nice complexity, robustness, and balance of pumpkin/spices and light-moderate bready malt flavors; with a great malt/spiciness balance and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and light-medium bodied; with a very smooth, crisp, and lightly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming present after the finish as expected of 4.5%. Overall this is a nice pumpkin/spiced pale wheat ale style. All around good robustness, complexity, and balance of pumpkin/spices and light-moderate bready malt flavors; and very smooth, crisp, and clean to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of dacrza1
1.91/5  rDev -33.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

DATE TASTED: November 20, 2015 ... GLASSWARE: Hobgoblin pint... OCCASION: a Shark Tank double feature... APPEARANCE: pale orange body that sports reasonable bubbles; the white head holds steady while thinning out to a hazy, uneven circle... AROMA: cinnamon and nutmeg are up close and personal--where is the pumpkin? the label says as much, but the maltiness is a bit off-putting... PALATE: thin, fizzy at the start, and swift in its finish... the sizzle about the tongue is easy-drinking, but also not befitting an ale...TASTE: bland, malt-heavy lagerish profile with some spiciness but no pumpkin detected; a medicinal finish is prevalent; not memorable or strong in its profile... OVERALL: I pounded at least eight of these at Sara and Brett's wedding a few weeks ago, and it was nice having something with a little dimension to drink at a formal event; at home, in a controlled environment, this beer needs an experience to qualify its drinking; otherwise, it is a flat, weak, slammable seasonal ...

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Photo of rapayn01
3.61/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

I didn't mind this. I'm not a fan of pumpkin beers loaded with pie spices. This isn't. This Shipyard product doesn't have much head and the taste is basically lager with pumpkin. I like pumpkin flavor so my rating is higher than the rest of the community's.

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Photo of mnj21655
2.12/5  rDev -26.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2

12 oz can poured into a pint glass.

Pours a crystal clear pale golden color with notes of copper. About a half inch of short lived light khaki head which quickly dissapears leaving on a thin rim of bubbles and no lacing. Aroma is pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and artificial sweetness; not.much in the way of actual pumpkin. Taste is much like the aroma; this just seems to be a basic lager with artificial spices and pumpkin added. The taste is more focused on pumpkin but the artificial notes remain. This beer is overwhelmingly cloying and very sweet, no balance. Medium body, moderate carbonation. Overall I do not find this to be an enjoyable year. I've given it a try a few times before giving it this formal review so I feel comfortable reviewing this beer. I found it far too sweet with artificial taste and aromas that didn't sit right with me.

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Photo of MountainGoat13
1/5  rDev -65.3%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Other than the apparently ruined / wrecked Southern Tier Pumpking we just tasted and dumped out - this is probably the single worst beer falsely marketed as "craft" I have ever tasted. Being in Maine, I figured the regional breweries would have a lock on pumpkin w/o over doing it (which seems impossible, even for Dogfish Head) - but I was wrong.

This beer tastes like a standard corporate lager with weak / thin pumpkin flavor added. The color was terrible - the palest of ambers that immediately hinted at how bad the beer would be. Head was fine, but quickly disappated and it smelled - and then tasted like a pumpkin soda (which would've been great vs. this). Taste was, like most pumpkin beers, over-spiced, far too sweet,and thinner than thin. Overall this is among the two worst "craft" beers I've ever purchased. I dumped out the other 5 beers after suffering through the first one.

Having made pumpkin beers for several years and never (ever) using spices - I cannot see how any brewer on earth, other than AB (etc) could sell a beer like this with any type of conscience. Hard to figure this out how a beer this bad is possible - and how it seems to sell.

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Photo of pstam87
2.53/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This tastes like an adjunct lager mixed with pumpkin spice. The look of this beer is pretty bland, barely any head that fades away quickly. The smell is faintly pumpkin spice mixed it with standard adjunct lager smell. The taste follows the nose with a bland hint of pumpkin spice followed by an adjunct lager taste. Overall this is one of the worst "pumpkin" beers I have ever had.

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Photo of tekstr1der
2.96/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not sure how this ended up in my mouth. Knowing it was about as commercial, girl-oriented as it gets for an "ale", I still picked up a single. Shipyard has some truly decent brews, but this is not amongst them.

Pale amber pour with no head. Smells of alcoholic scents of pumpkin pie spices. Smell itself seems fake. Tastes pretty much the same, with almost an adjunct beer quality.

This stuff is barely palatable. Worst of its genre.

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Photo of StoutElk_92
3.1/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

12 oz. bottle aged for over a year

Pours a cloudy, unfiltered yellow-gold. Smells of sweet cinnamon and clove, and maybe a few other autumn spices. The taste is pretty sweet with a little spice kick throughout. Light body with medium carbonation.

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Photo of Real_Thirsty_Guy
1.69/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

I didn't get a good look at this beer, it was bottled and I knew just about how much I'd like it when I was dared to try it...which did not lend itself to giving it much of a fair chance...
It doesn't smell, taste, or feel like a beer...I really can't understand the novelty of loading up beers with this much garbage...couldn't even drink it!

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Photo of Marraybay
2.58/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Meh..."cider-esque" is the immediate thought that comes to mind. Thin; apple juice color; translucent. Very cinnamon forward in both nose and taste. Next to no booze. There will be no rematch.

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Photo of KLHBB
3.09/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

If I didn't know it was a pumpkin ale, I would think it was a Hefeweizen. Murky apricot color, smell of citrus and bananas, taste of tropical fruit. Pumpkin itself really doesn't have much of taste and this is missing the usual pumpkin pie spice. But that's okay. Looking at other reviews, I don't find it awful at all. Maybe it's just not a good example of a pumpkin ale. It's a pumpkin blonde or a pumpkin hefewiezen!

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Photo of JayQue
3.17/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer was not as bad as I was expecting!!!! Pours a clear gold color with a small creamy white head. Average head retention and no lacing on the glass. Mild pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavor and aroma. A little touch of yeast. Mouthfeel is light, not too watery. Hardly a memorable brew, but not a drain pour either.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.24/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden pour with a touch of amber. Normal head volume and lacing, poor retention.

Outstanding rich nose of pumpkin with notes of spice (nutmeg, cinnamon).

Light body with a semi-smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is good with a focus on pumpkin flavor rather than spices. Complexity is a bit lacking, a bit soft on intensity but balance is well done. Think of it as somewhat light version of pumpkin ale. It begins with a mild blend of spice over a subtle sweetness. The middle leads spice, then yields to pumpkin. The finish is a slow fade of weak spice.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, no dating on it that I could find. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear dark gold color with about a half inch off-white carbonated head that fizzled away quickly. Pretty much no lacing. The brew smells like pumpkin spices and artificial sugar. It tastes like pumpkin spices (allspice, clove, cinnamon), sugar substitute and a bit of breadiness. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's a bit coating and watery with a good amount of carbonation. It's not the best or most enjoyable pumpkin ale I've had, but with what I've heard about Pumpkinhead over the years I was expecting it to be worse. It's not hard to drink at all, and I wouldn't turn one down if someone gave me a bottle. With that being said, I'm glad I bought just a single!

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Photo of FrothFanatic
2.98/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very artificial tasting pumpkin ale, nothing too creative here. No head, no lacing retention, no creamy mouthfeel or a smooth robust texture, just a bubbly carbonated feel with a mildly strong aftertaste. The color was a light gold, lots of bubbles. Pretty basic stuff, it isn't bad but I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.06/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent colored color with no real visible carbonation and no head. The dominant smell is that of canned pumpkin with hints a vanilla and cinnamon. The beer is a little thin but I can feel the carbonation as I drink. I enjoy the be beginning flavor of the sweet pumpkin but wish it had more of a spice to it. Overall this beer was fine just wish it had a little more flavor.

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Photo of beergoot
3.03/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear, golden colored body; thick, foamy, sticky head. Gentle bready, allspice and cinnamon aroma. Mild and balanced flavor of pumpkin pie filling and crust. Light, watery body.

A fair, light and easy version of most pumpkin ales that nicely balances pumpkin flavors without being over-powering, yet the overall impression is something that is lacking and weak. The initial appearance falls apart with a quickly dissipating head and the body, especially, is so lightweight and unsatisfying that it greatly detracts from an otherwise respectable flavor balance. It's like a macro pumpkin lite. This would be a decent enough beer to bring someone new into pumpkin beers to get a hint of what's possible, but it really won't satisfy anyone looking for a stronger, more definitive example of the style.

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Photo of JPowell712
3.01/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I almost find this beer has more of a cider quality to it than a beer. I may be crazy, but I don't hate this beer... I don't love it either. I got a very strong almost apple cinnamon smell off the pour??? It may be pumpkin spice??? Anyway whatever it was it definitely smells and taste artificial. But I can't say I hate it? Weird stuff... I drank it, it was drinkable.

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Photo of RockRuler
3.02/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

More pumpkin spice than beer taste. I drank about half of a bottle and gave the rest to my wife. She actually enjoyed drinking it. I'd buy it for her again but I think I'll pass on drinking it again.

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Photo of fallenchaos55
3.15/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I really don't understand the extremely low ratings on this beer. I mean sure there are better pumpkin beers out there and this has a more sessionable taste. Slightly watered down and not a super Pumpkin/Cinnamon Taste. But At the same time it is a good introduction to pumpkin beers in my opinion and it is an easy drink.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.87/5  rDev +34.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a nice almost one-finger creamy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes, slight pumpkin. The taste is malty, slightly yeasty, with some pumpkin, nutmeg, apple notes. Medium body. Overall, a refreshing drink, a nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of sales_tax
3.63/5  rDev +26%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: Golden amber - 1 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. Very clear

Smell: citrus, sweet, pumpkin!

Taste: Pumpkin, but not overbearing by any stretch. Spicy pumpkin pie, but a little watery. It's good, but not great. Tastes better cold.

Mouthfeel: carbonated, watery

Overall: I enjoyed this and I enjoy this style. Wish it was a little more "pumpkiny"

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Photo of wumpshire
3.41/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Decent fall beer, tastes like a solid Oktoberfest marzen, with some "natural flavors" added. Smell is sweet with clove, honey. Taste follows the smell, very sweet with pumpkin spice. Overall its a good session beer, a beer I'd bring to a party but not one to remember.

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Photo of EEscobar
3/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: golden with an orange hue and thin white head
Smell: pumpkin clove vanilla and honey
Feel: thin and overly carbonated
Taste: soapy bitter with some honey pumpkin and vanilla
overall: one of the worst pumpkin ales I have had. Very poor flavor. Terrible example of pumpkin ale

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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
67 out of 100 based on 866 ratings.