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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Pumpkinhead AleShipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

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1,828 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,828
Reviews: 772
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 27.55%
Wants: 15
Gots: 79 | 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.

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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

11-02-2013 20:59:57 | More by dsreeves
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

06-30-2013 21:41:54 | More by dgherm
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

10-02-2013 00:08:19 | More by buddha5050
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2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into pint glass from 12oz bottle.

A - No head. Crystal clear. Golden with a hint of orange.

S - Not much smell except for spices, mainly cinnamon. I can't put my finger on it but the spices almost have a candy-like scent to them.

T - Most of the flavor is comprised of spices with a little pumpkin. The aftertaste is spices with a little caramel.

M - Very light body. Highly carbonated.

D - It's very drinkable considering the light body but the lack of a complex flavor is a turn off.

"Beer with natural flavor added" on the label. That pretty much says it.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 00:29:10 | More by FredTheSeal
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2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pumpkin beer lovers seem to fall into two camps - those that want beer with pumpkin flavor and those who want beer with pumpkin pie spice flavor. This is more a pumpkin flavor beer, but built on a wheat beer base the assertive malty and warming alcohol backbone that I really want in any fall beer. Wheat beer is for summer, not fall! Spice notes are just as the description says - 'Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg' - and if your not paying attention, you'll miss them.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2009 20:32:40 | More by JimmyK77
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2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a pale golden color, with a big spongy head that dissipates quicker than you can blink. These shoes have no laces.

Smells a little bit like the sour beer stench of a college bar cleaned up with cinnamon. The cinnamon is nice.

It doesn't taste much like sour beer. The cinnamon is very strong, along with some other Halloween spices. It has nice mellow sweetness to it right afterwords, but finishes sour.

Its feels spicey.

Really nothing special... I've had much better pumpkin beers, and I'll probably never buy again.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2011 00:44:28 | More by rel
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2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Very full foamy white head that dissipates very quickly. Has a golden yellow/light amber color (straw colored up to a light). Lots of carbonation.

Smells like sweet canned pumpkin pie filling with nutmeg and cinnamon. Very light malt aroma with no hops to speak of. Fairly run of the mill, but not bad.

Has a watered down pumpkin pie filling taste. Some citrus and tart apple, which seems out of place. Some doughy pie crust flavors. There's some very off-putting medicinal flavors hanging around in the background, but this subsides a little as it warms up. Overall it's a pretty average tasting beer, but I could score it very high because of this off flavor.

Very thin and light, almost watery, but very smooth with good carbonation. Has a clean finish. I wish there was a little more body to it.

This is a pretty ordinary beer that has some off flavors (and out of place flavors) with not enough body. You can drink it despite the flaws, but there are far better examples out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2009 21:56:54 | More by Kallessin
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2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured a light golden color with a half inch head after a hard pour into pint glass. Head went away rather fast.
The thing I noticed next was the smell. A strong nutmeg scent. Other hints of spices were there but nutmeg really stood out. I was then surprised by the fact that the spices were very light in the taste of the beer. Don't get me wrong, the fact that it was not overpowering helped make the beer taste like I could have a couple more. The problem is that I wanted a stronger tasting beer. Also this in another "pumpkin" ale that is missing... well, pumpkin! Sure pumpkin pie spices were used but there was no pumpkin taste. I know that this is done due to multiple reasons and most brewers don't use real pumpkin. So while this beer does quilify as a pumpkin beer, I will keep looking for one with pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2007 06:25:02 | More by JMBSH
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2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- translucent golden orange with a small head

S- nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, but really not much pumpkin

T- alas, some pumpkin! too bad sour funk clouds out all else

M- crisp yet cloying, with the other pumpkin pie notes only coming out in the aftertaste

D- not too bad, but why even bother at this point?

Serving type: bottle

03-26-2010 08:10:52 | More by BDJake
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2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Shipyard's Pumpkinhead arrives relatively early for fall beers, this year it was in stores by June. Pumpkinhead is brewed in the Pumpkin Ale style. Date ticked on the bottle is March 2013. No information on the label, this beer has gathered some notoriety for very shallow pumpkin flavor and heavy spice presence.

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle to a pint glass. Served at 43º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a near white crispy head over a golden yellow body with a mild haze and ample carbonation. Head retention is average at best- a shallow frothy surface. Body color is pale and thin for the style and the head quality is poor by comparison to other beers of this style. 2

(Smell) Aroma is pleasing, although pumpkin doesn't come to mind over cinnamon applesauce. Malt presence is clean and one-dimensional. The aroma is overall sweet and crisp. Potency is medium. There's not much pumpkin to be found in the aroma of this beer, but there is an enjoyable enough, if not misleading aroma overall. 3

(Taste) Flavor is not as enjoyable as the aroma predicted. Dry cinnamon spice with a slightly less sweet malt base is lacking in substance overall. Fruit is barely audible. Pumpkin, if present at all, is limited to rinds and tart, unripe meat. It would be a stretch discerning this beer from a malty hard apple cider, which is problematic for defining the beer style. Amongst other Pumpkin Ales, this beer is a very light drinking option, and many are likely to feel shortchanged for what they'll get. 2.5

(Mouthfeel) Crisp, lively carbonation throughout. Body is light for the style and light overall. Alcohol presence is light, masked partially by the cinnamon. A bit crisp and lively, which is okay for this beer in particular but not your robust pumpkin ale. 3

(Overall) I constantly got the impression that I was drinking fermented cinnamon applesauce throughout the beverage. It isn't terrible, but it's very misleading. If there is pumpkin in this beer at all, it falls through in nearly every way imaginable, and the resulting beer is very light in taste and shallow in flavor. This isn't a terrible result all-around, but for those looking to settle into the fall flavors of a fuller-bodied-pumpkin-heavy beer, this may feel more like a summer cider than you hoped for. 3

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Serving type: bottle

11-19-2012 19:53:52 | More by Jadjunk
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North Carolina

2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 2 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

what the hell is this thing in my glass. It looks like an IPA: deep goldenrod body, high carbonation, and tiny white head. The smell, I cant even, I dont know. I wanna say theres a hint of lactic acid reminiscent of a German Berliner Weisse. Very tart, and I would love this from a Berliner/Jolly Pumpking sour, but theres nothing else there. No spices aside from a light powdery cinnamon.

The lone bright spot is the taste. Very sweet, sweet grain bill reminiscent of a German Munich Helles. theres almost a sweetness like that of candy or Pumking. The dominant flavor is super sweet cinnamon candy, but no pumpkin or balance of spices. light Red Hots or Fireballs (the candies). Almost feels watered down.

The finish just gets worse. Kind of tastes like tap water really late. Odd I know, but still.

Finishes super clean and sits light. Doesnt exactly feel like a beer, maybe the girlfriend will like it.

Serving type: bottle

08-17-2012 17:42:32 | More by VncentLIFE
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2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Appearance: Looks more like a lager with deep orange tones.
Smell: Pumpkin is evident here, along with hops and bitternes.
Taste: A very unique style. It's like pumpkin pie without any sweetness. Add some hop bitterness and you've got one bitter beer.
Mouthfeel: Creamy in the mouth.
Drinkability: I don't know how it stacks up against others of this style, but in general, one is enough.

Note: On-tap at the Shipyard Brewery.

Serving type: on-tap

09-12-2004 20:36:30 | More by jvajda
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2.73/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass

A - straw colored body thats quite transparent. big frothy head that recedes quickly with no real lacing. just your average looking beer.

S - pumpkin cinnamon spice bread malts. its simple but enticing.

T - spice and pumpkin are there again but the backbone is rather watery and lacking in character. with a better malt base this could be a brilliant beer.

M - good carbonation mild hop feel light bodied.

O - overall this is an alright pumpkin beer. there are much better pumpkin beers out there. its good for a thirst quencher but when you stop to think about it its just an OK beer.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2011 16:37:15 | More by celticfutblclub
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2.71/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A- pours a light golden copper with a white head that doesn't stick around too long. Translucent almost. Doesn't look like a pumpkin ale at all really.

S- Fruit esters, some squash, with a woodsy core. Lots of nutmeg.

T- charred malts, spicy cracked pepper. Touch of hops brings some balance to the table. Pretty rich, but the sweet notes seem a bit contrived and artificial. Touch of cinnamon, but just not enough natural pumpkin.

M- light and drinkable, but not at all like the style indicates. Much too light for a pumpkin/fall beer.

O- A summer style pumpkin brew? Taste was a bit fake, but not totally terrible i guess.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 03:25:05 | More by Bosoxfan20
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2.71/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a nice deep auburn –copper color with a two finger foamy off white head. The head has a great level of retention, slowly fading over time as big bubbles pop within the foam, leaving a tiny level of lace on the sides of the glass.

Smell – The aroma is heaviest of a heaviest of a roasted malt smell mixed with some caramel notes. Along with these smells are some light aromas of roasted nut, apple, and a bit of spice.

Taste – The taste begins with a crisp roasted and slightly bready taste. Upfront there is some caramel sweetness and a little bit of a spice. As the taste advances it temporarily sweetens up a decent sum as flavors of apple join the caramel. Soon the caramel fades as the apple maintains it strength drying out the brew once again. While this occurs the roasted flavors grow stronger and are joined by a light toasted nut taste. With more spice flavors and a light floral taste coming to the tongue at the end, a rather crisp and lightly roasted flavor is left on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the medium to lighter side with the carbonation level begins just a tad above normal. Both accentuate the lighter fruit and caramel flavors all while creating a more crisp feel that is very good for the style.

Overall – A rather crisp and enjoyable brew overall with a nice blend of roasted flavors, light sweeter flavors, and spice flavors which overall create an easy drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-30-2013 00:43:06 | More by Darkmagus82
Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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