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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Pumpkinhead AleShipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

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2,061 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,061
Reviews: 790
rAvg: 2.95
pDev: 27.8%
Wants: 22
Gots: 182 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  4.70% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-04-2001)
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Reviews by vitesse:
Photo of vitesse
2.93/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

poured from 12 oz. brown bottle.

pours a straw golden color. no cloudiness and poor head retention. looks like a lager in the glass. smells of spices and fruity esters. tastes like schlitz with a touch of nutmeg and cinammon mixed in.
spices don't really overpower the beer, but there ain't no damn pumpkin flavor in this at all. i didn't percieve any diacetyl, either, which is a common complaint wrt shipyard beers.
not undrinkable, but not an extraordinary beer, either.
i would call this more of a golden ale (light color and body, with lots of ale characteristics). not pumpkiny, though.

vitesse, Monday at 01:13 AM
More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Well I made many trips here this past week because it was in the same town where I had my honeymoon.This one sells like crazy,why?Anyways pours an incredably light color for a pumpkin ale with almost no head,aroma is crazy spicey-cinnamon and allspice and nutmeg.Taste hits hard with the spice when first hits your taste buds,way to much nutmeg and cinnamon after a few it mellows a little but definently not a top notch pumpkin ale.

oberon, Saturday at 11:42 PM
Photo of Dekhar
3.44/5  rDev +16.6%

Dekhar, Thursday at 11:43 PM
Photo of aszatk01
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

aszatk01, Thursday at 01:37 AM
Photo of ExtraStout
2.68/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It pours lager yellow with maybe a bit more copper. There is a thin white head that does not last too long. Little lacing and ample carbonation.

This is not what I expected. It didn't look, smell, or taste like an ale. It was just too light. I did like the spiciness of the beer - nutmeg and cinnamon (pumpkin pie), but if it had been backed up by a more robust platform I would have enjoyed it more. 1 beer maybe enough for most.

ExtraStout, Saturday at 01:55 AM
Photo of OhioBobcat
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

OhioBobcat, Friday at 01:47 AM
Photo of npala86
3/5  rDev +1.7%

npala86, Wednesday at 04:33 PM
Photo of tbryan5
3/5  rDev +1.7%

tbryan5, Saturday at 08:21 PM
Photo of Straz85
1.9/5  rDev -35.6%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

I had this at a fall wedding. It was either this, Bud, Coors or Heineken. I had never had this and generally I love pumpkin ales.

Light orange/yellow in color. Fizzy, looks like a soda. Smells like a pumpkin pie without the pumpkin (if that's possible). The taste was awful. Tasted like a bad ale mixed with water and pumpkin pie spices, very minimal pumpkin flavor. It was easy to drink because it had so little flavor.

In the future, I will choose water, juice or soda over this beer.

Straz85, Wednesday at 06:53 AM
Photo of SkiBum22
2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

SkiBum22, Sep 15, 2014
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2.2/5  rDev -25.4%

Anstuart5, Tuesday at 12:29 AM
Photo of chOAKbarrell
3.28/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

*I originally posted this a month or two back under the wrong Shipyard pumpkin ale (Eli's). This Pumpkinhead Ale is the one I meant to review*

Cinnamon ahoy! I cant believe the amount of cinnamon in this beer! I dont have the most distinguished palate, but this is a blast in the face! There are also apple tones present. Very interesting. I gave the taste a (relatively) high score for this beer, but I dont know if I should have. It kind of belongs in a catagory of all its own - cinnamon beer. There is so much more of that than any noticeable pumpkin flavor. Compared to other pumpkin ales, this one would rank low, as it doesnt seem to really follow the guidelines. I liked the taste, though, so it gets a 3.5 in that area.

All that being said, there is not too much else notable about this Pumpkin ale. It is very light colored, which is a bit of a turnoff. Same blast of cinnamon in the nose. Light, sharp mouthfeel to match.

I think after more than one of these beers, things would get way too sicky-sweet, and possibly nausea-inducing. I definitely wouldnt want a whole six pack. Low drinkability.

chOAKbarrell, Thursday at 04:33 AM
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2.94/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A- Was surprised by the lighter coloring of this Pumpkin Ale. Coloring reminded me of a
Sunkist soda diluted with white cream.

S- Initial smell was pumpkin followed by cinnamon & some nutmeg. But sadly, that disappears quickly.

T- First taste after pouring into a pint glass is of a cold piece of pumpkin pie the day after Thanksgiving. After that its more like a pumpkiny soda

M- Very thin & not much body

O- Was my first crack @ this Shipyard seasonal. I wouldn't make it a point to get it again but if I was offered one I'd gladly accept.

BigMarty1980, Saturday at 02:46 PM
Photo of lordofthewiens
2.58/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

This beer is a pale yellow color with a fairly good head to it. The smell s predominately spicy, but I have a difficult time appreciating pumpkin. The taste is pretty bland, but at least I can taste some nutmeg. OK to drink, just not very exciting. I've tasted better pumpkins.

lordofthewiens, Sunday at 04:04 PM
Photo of xgoodyx
1/5  rDev -66.1%

xgoodyx, Monday at 08:59 PM
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2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

DaftPatrick, Sunday at 06:23 AM
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2.5/5  rDev -15.3%

csmartin6, Thursday at 11:56 PM
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2/5  rDev -32.2%

heddar33, Tuesday at 12:18 AM
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3/5  rDev +1.7%

DWolf, Saturday at 12:47 AM
Photo of Todd
1.1/5  rDev -62.7%
look: 1 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pale yellow, very cidery in appearance, with a fizzy white head that you can literally hear sizzle its way into a head of nothing. I'd expect something a bit more robust looking to usher my palate into the fall with this beer.

No real pumpkin aroma, but rather the spices employeed when baking traditional pumpkin pies. Label states "Malt beverage with pumpkin spice added" -- says nothing about actual "pumpkin."

Very thin, and even though this is an ale (I use the term loosely) it has that cheap lager feel on the palate -- fizzy and bland. Speaking of fizzy, the carbonation is over the top. Not a hint of maltiness. Sweetness tastes contrived, as does the pumpkin spice flavour. Touch of sour in the background along with a moment of astringency. Finish goes dry with a semi-husky feel.

Hands down one of the worst Pumpkin Ales that I've ever tasted, and ranks up there with my worst beers ever. Save your money. Avoid this beer at all costs. This is not what New England style Pumpkin Ales are about.

Todd, Sunday at 03:51 PM
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3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

Lynch52, Monday at 06:48 PM
Photo of Beaver13
2.03/5  rDev -31.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear gold with a frothy white head that quickly goes to a thin film and laces the glass.

The aroma is light spices (spicy cinnamon sticks), some fruits and some skunkiness. Not much pumpkin.

The flavor is spicy cinnamon / peppermint and sour apples with a bland vegetal malt finish. The mouthfeel is thin to medium and watery.

Overall, very strange. More peppermint cinnamon than pumpkin.

Beaver13, Friday at 02:38 AM
Photo of TTripp725
3.5/5  rDev +18.6%

TTripp725, Sep 11, 2014
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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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