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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

Shipyard Pumpkinhead AleShipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

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BA SCORE
68
poor

1,753 Ratings
THE BROS
41
awful

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Ratings: 1753
Reviews: 772
rAvg: 2.93
pDev: 27.3%


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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ArrogantB

Colorado

3.1/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got a chance to try this though it is not something I would ever buy. Golden color, decent head. Aroma was a lot of honey which surprised me, I didn't taste pumpkin either it was almost strictly honey. I wonder if this would taste better or worse if it had been fresh but either way it's probably still average.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2014 17:35:27 | More by ArrogantB
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Kiwano

New York

2.05/5  rDev -30%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured a bottle into a glass.

A - Straw yellow. Frothy head at first that went away.

S - Smells like a cheap beer with a bit of cloves or some type of similar spice.

T - Sweet with a thin pumpkin or squash taste except it tastes artificial and there isn't much else there in the mix to support it.

M - thin and watery with some tight carbonation

O - disapointed in the lightness and artificial aspect of the pumpkin nature of this beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2013 03:47:27 | More by Kiwano
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Labeorphile

Texas

1.76/5  rDev -39.9%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.75

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. A friend at work gave this to me and was really excited to get his hands on it because it was one of his favorite beers. So I was excited to give it a go. Oh, dear.

It poured a light, cloudy gold color with a big fluffy white head. Not a great start. Looked strange.

The aroma was definitely pumpkin related spices but also very metallic and to be honest almost smelled like coca cola.

The taste was about the same, lots of nutmeg and pumpkin with some graham cracker and more cola.

The mouth was very thin and watery, and again felt like I was drinking a new Pumpkin Coke rather than a pumpkin ale. Whatever Shipyard was trying to do here, they swung and missed. But hey, at least they impressed the IT guy at work.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2013 01:04:01 | More by Labeorphile
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Das_Reh

Florida

2.24/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

I should have had my phone... should have looked up reviews for this before buying it... but 'tis the season and I wanted to try a pumpkin beer.

Poured from a 12 oz twist-off bottle into a pint shaker.

A = much lighter than I thought... a light golden yellow with crystal clear clarity. There is a 1.5 finger head and, surprisingly, good lacing.

S = Smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, gingerbread, with a faint pumpkin note in the background

T = Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon, and a faint artificial pumpkin flavor. Low hop bitterness, on the sweet end of the spectrum. The strong cinnamon character is off-putting and the pumpkin flavor is week.

M = Thin and slick, easier to drink than water. It desperately needs some body.

O = I was going to try Innis and Gunn's Scottish ale, but was scared away by the clear bottle. Saw this and though it would be a decent seasonal to try. Thoroughly disappointed, will not buy again. At least I have a Founder's Breakfast Stout and Jai Alai to look forward to next.

NOTE: 15 minutes after drinking this I'm rewarded with heartburn...

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 16:47:59 | More by Das_Reh
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kojevergas

Texas

2.95/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

12 fl oz brown glass bottle with fun label art and branded twist-off pressure cpa acquired as part of a 6 pack at me local HEB grocery and served into an Independence Brewing pilsner glass in me gaff in low altitude Austin, Texas. Reviewed live. Expectations are below average given its current 68 rating. Best enjoyed before May 2014. "Ale with natural flavor added." 4.5% ABV according to my bottle (2013 vintage). Reviewed as a pumpkin beer because the name implies it's a pumpkin beer.

Served cold - straight from me fridge - and allowed to warm over the course of consumption. Side-poured with standard vigor as no carbonation issues are anticipated.

A: No bubble show forms as it's poured.

Pours a one finger wide head of off-white colour. Pathetically thin. No creaminess or frothiness at all. Head retention is poor - about 20-30 seconds. Zero lacing clings to the sides of the glass as the head recedes, and I can't generate any by tilting the glass either.

Body colour is an extremely clear/highly translucent yellow-copper. You can read text through this easily it's so clear. No yeast particles are visible. Vibrance is average.

It's within style conventions for a pumpkin beer, though those conventions are admittedly rather loose. It's not great-looking, but there are no egregious flaws. Not unique or special. I'm looking forward to trying it.

Sm: Pumpkin gourd, brown sugar, nutmeg, allspice, ginger, gingerbread, and crusty vaguely pie-redolent notes. Caramel. Light cinnamon. It brings the pumpkin, which is more than I can say about many pumpkin beer aromas. I'm hoping the flavour profile delivers on the promise of the aroma.

No yeast character or hops are detectable, nor is any alcohol or off-notes.

The pumpkin could easily be from artificial extract/"natural" flavors, but I find it pleasant enough. A pleasant and appealing if simple aroma of average strength.

T:/Mf Somewhat artificial pumpkin is prominent enough here, accomplishing what many other pumpkin ales cannot. Some amber malts and caramalt. Cinnamon and nutmeg come through, but I can't find the ginger and allspice from the aroma. Not quite as crusty or bready as I'd hoped, but it has a decent body to it.

No hop profile comes through, nor does any alcohol or yeast. There are no off-notes aside from the obvious artificiality of the pumpkin flavours. Quite clean.

Overall, it's painfully simple but still an enjoyable enough pumpkin beer. No complexity, subtlety, intricacy, or nuance here. A cohesive beer, but not a gestalt one. The build is a bit light for a pumpkin beer if you're used to the stout approach to a pumpkin ale, but it's a nice departure from the massive heavy pumpkin beers put out by other breweries.

Smooth and wet. Nicely soft. Unrefreshing. Well-carbonated. Has a light somewhat weak presence on the palate. Very approachable. A biteen thin. Lightly crisp. Suits the flavour profile pretty decently.

Not oily, astringent, rough, harsh, gushed, boozy, or hot.

Dr: Pretty drinkable for the admittedly low ABV. I'll have no trouble killing this 6 pack. An enjoyable simple pumpkin ale from Shipyard. It'd make a good introduction to pumpkin beers for newcomers to the style, and I could see it finding success as a stepping stone beer into craft. I wouldn't get it again, but it's fairly priced for its quality.

Perhaps the most average pumpkin beer out there, this is a good mid-rating beer around which other pumpkin beer ratings can be calibrated.

C

Shipyard recommends you pair this with lamb. Please for the love of God do not do that.

Serving type: bottle

11-25-2013 02:47:59 | More by kojevergas
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Jackofallbrews

Minnesota

2.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Made with 2-row English pale, malted wheat and light Munich malt, as well as Hallertau and Willamette hops. Uses an English ale strain. I don't find any note of which spices are in the beer, so will have to trust my senses!

Aroma: Lots of ginger in the nose, followed by strong cinnamon. Some fruity esters combine with the spices to make this smell like apple pie! Possibly some vanilla. No hop aromas.

Appearance: Light gold in color. Fine white head that fades quickly to edges of glass and then gone. Perfectly clear.

Flavor: Hints of cinnamon and ginger up front, followed by a mellow sweetness. Ends with a somewhat flat and bland finish, though crisp. Very light mouthfeel. No hop flavors. A bit of apple ester here as it warms up.

Overall: A pretty weak beer. Little body and flavor here to work with, overwhelmed by the spices. Eventually poured out the last of it to make way for another beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 20:21:44 | More by Jackofallbrews
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bgillespie

New Jersey

2.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Light golden color that is very clear. Very small white head that dissipates very quickly.

Smell: Normal pumpkin beer smell, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, etc.

Taste: A decent amount of pumpkin flavor, but it taste artificial and not like real pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: Very light, similar to a light a beer with a lot of carbonation. Doesn't feel like an ale.

Overall: I give in an ok overall, definitely not special, but it is drinkable. Worth it to try it, but I won't go out of my way for it.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 05:55:38 | More by bgillespie
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youngs11

Rhode Island

3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into pint glass.

Light golden appearance with visible carbonation. Quarter inch cap forms and shows decent retention. Just a few spots of lacing.

The seasonal spices are really apparent in the smell, especially nutmeg and cinnamon. Sweet and malty aroma. Not much else.

The taste is a little thin. Hints of the spices are apparent, and there is just a little bitterness on the front end. Finishes rather smoothly with a mostly malty backbone. Not a lot going on, tastes almost as subdued as it smells.

Medium-bodied, about average carbonation.

Overall this beer is incredibly bland. It does not taste bad, but there is just nothing exciting or unique going on. I'm no Pumpkin expert, but I will get something different next time.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 00:57:31 | More by youngs11
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hitman44

Georgia

3.28/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

This beer is an okay pumpkin beer. It is a one and done type beer for guys but for girls I can see them loving this because of how sweet it is. To me it taste like a pumpkin pie without the beer aftertaste.

S-Bottle

A-Nice amber color

SM- Very sweet

T- To sweet for me and I love sweets

M- your average beer

O- 3/5

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 00:43:40 | More by hitman44
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LordVodka

California

2.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I really wanted to like this beer!!! But I can't say that I do lol.

I bought it as I really wanted a nice pumpkin ale and the cards at total wine said this was a 93 idk who gave it that but they should be court martialed lol.

Appearance: Beer poors much lighter then I expected resembles a Budweiser.

Retention: Pretty much no head retention to speak of it bubbles up and dissipates just as fast.

Lacing: No visible lacing on glass wall, like I said the head came and went in a furious pace.

Taste: Definitely a little pumpkin in here, main issue I have is that it is overly sweet. Needs a higher alcohol content to cover up this flavor, and it could use a touch more spice. After taste however is pleasant leave a nice pumpkin pie taste on the tongue.

Overall: I wouldn't really recommend this beer, it falls short of the mark for pumpkin ales.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2013 00:13:47 | More by LordVodka
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BeerWithMike

Nebraska

2.98/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Sampled on 10/12/13. Chilled down to 36 degrees F in my beer cooler and poured into a pilsner glass.

The "Best if used before' date is "March, 2014". Pours a golden yellow in color that has a 3-finger foamy white head. Some spotted lacing is seen. Lots of carbonation. This "Malt Beverage with Pumpkin Spice Added" aroma is of mostly of cinnamon and nutmeg. No 'pumpkin pie' smell was actually detected. Actually the taste wasn't that bad but a bit watered down. Could of had more pumpkin taste though.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 16:59:44 | More by BeerWithMike
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buschbeer

Ohio

2.9/5  rDev -1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.75

12 FL. OZ. bottle
Served in a Shipyard pint glass

A - It is a golden color with pale yellow highlights. The head disappeared like that of a flat beer.

S - The aroma is of pumpkin and pumpkin spices. It smells like pumpkin pie.

T - It tastes like an adjunct with some pumpkin spice in it.

M - Watery and thin.

O - I had to try this beer because of its notoriety as a bad pumpkin beer. The smell is decent. It looks like an attempt that BMC would throw out there. I am glad I tried it.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 01:12:17 | More by buschbeer
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Chefkoli

Arizona

2.03/5  rDev -30.7%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Poured from bottle into pint glass:

A: Yellow-orange haze

S: Hits the nose like sour flat generic cola

T: Hits the buds with huge spice notes. Cinnamon and cloves the most prevalent. Finishes with more of that cola taste

M: Light and fizzy

O: I was looking forward to trying a new pumpkin beer..this was not one of my favorites.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 04:53:34 | More by Chefkoli
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biboergosum

Alberta (Canada)

3.08/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, a single from the local Whole Foods in a far-flung Denver suburb. Decidedly amateur, yet still complex Jack Pumpkinhead character rendered on the label.

This beer pours a hazy, very pale golden yellow colour, with two fingers of weakly foamy, mostly bubbly off-white head, which leaves very little beyond a few remote islet specks of lace around the glass as things quickly fade away.

It smells of metallic, somewhat acrid pumpkin mash, a building earthy cinnamon and nutmeg spiciness, some middling wheat and caramel maltiness, and weakly perceptible leafy, weedy hops. The taste is rather heady spice up front - still pushed through an aluminum filter - nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, and ginger all taking a turn - while a softly bready, somewhat crackery caramel malt ups the ante a bit, but not that much - I'm just not getting the oomph that I expect from the style.

The carbonation is a bit fizzy and frothy, but to no great end, the body very much on the light side, weight-wise, and smooth in the vein of wet cardboard. It finishes a bit on the sweet side, the breadiness rearing up yet, amongst the lingering, watery and flinty gourd-adjacent spiciness.

Not as bad as all this probably sounds, but still not up to the measure of your typical craft-brewed pumpkin ale - perhaps another blithe gateway offering, and for that, I cede a passing grade, but not any sort of suggestion for a repeat engagement.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2013 08:07:24 | More by biboergosum
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

2.96/5  rDev +1%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale has a thick, fizzy, white head, which goes right away, no lacing, and a yellow-orange, clear, fairly bubbly appearance. The aroma is strong- spiced candle, candle wax, pumpkin pulp, sugar, and cinnamon bread. Taste is of all these elements, with a slight bitterness and even more pronounced candle wax and pulp. Mouthfeel is light, watery, and waxy, and Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale finishes wet, sweet, sugary, vegetable, and somewhat gross. Overall, I’m not too happy with it.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 13:52:19 | More by RonaldTheriot
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BigMarty1980

Pennsylvania

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.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2013 13:46:20 | More by BigMarty1980
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SleepyDrunk

Wisconsin

4.23/5  rDev +44.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

12oz bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance- a translucent white-orange - thin white head.

Aroma- Not a very powerful aroma - but hints of cinnamon and pumpkin come through.

Flavor- The best flavor in a pumpkin beer I've ever had. A nice balance between the spiciness of the cinnamon and the sweetness of the pumpkin. As far as pumpkin beers go, this is on the lighter side.

Mouthfeel- Smooth mouthfeel that encapsulates all of the pumpkiny goodness. A very sweet finish.

Overall- Of all the pumpkin beers I've tried, this is far and away my favorite. The poor reviews from the community is very surprising. I have yet to find another brewery that strikes a balance as well as Shipyard does with Pumpkinhead. A New England favorite! So good that I get it shipped out to me in the fall.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2013 00:29:07 | More by SleepyDrunk
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Billolick

New York

2.59/5  rDev -11.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

12 ounce bottle, with no freshness or best before type info.

Pours lightly hazed light golden amber, off white head. Leaves a thicker collar, next to no film and just a few spots of "lace" on the glass.

Sweet fruit juice nose...Hmmm kinda off putting.

Sweet, artificial tasting and again nasty/off putting is the feeling I get. I get no pumpkin, perhaps a hint of seasonal spicing, but mosty sweet/artificial/cheap fruit juice.

Only made it through about 1/2 of the bottle. Life is too short to consume much of this stuff.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 23:33:59 | More by Billolick
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dwren89

Virginia

2.89/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: gold with pale yellow highlights, thin white fizzy head, good clarity

Aroma: very pumpkiny and very nutmeggy. Pale biscuit notes round out the aroma

Taste: definite pumpkin taste that kind of mellows into a lager like biscuity malt flavor (even though it is technically an ale). Some spicy nutmeg flavor but overall a little bland

Mouthfeel: a little thin, medium bodied, medium carbonation

Overall: not the best pumpkin ale on the market but fairly accessible to those who aren't up for the dark beer pumpkin ales. Definitely not overpowering, if anything a little too light on taste.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 21:29:11 | More by dwren89
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stckhndlr

Virginia

2.08/5  rDev -29%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

A- The color is spot on (if this was a hefeweizen or a summer wheat beer) but seems way too light in color for a pumpkin ale. Cloudy pale orange color with a one finger head that disappeared super fast. Lacing is an absolute no show.

S- Faint pumpkin spice but reminds me more of a citrus wheat beer. Some yeasty malt in there but it's hard to pick up. Smells are very timid.

T- Flavor is about as non existent as the smells. there is a bit of allspice or ginger in the finish but that is about it. In a blind test it would be hard to tell this is a pumpkin beer.

M- thin

O- The crazy thing about this beer is that as a pumpkin beer it fails. But it still has more flavor than Bud Light and is as easily drinkable as one. So if macro brews are your thing this is super drinkable. But if you have been waiting all year for a great pumpkin beer, you should just pass this one by.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 22:45:35 | More by stckhndlr
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Bosoxfan20

Missouri

2.71/5  rDev -7.5%
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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upton7418

Virginia

1.64/5  rDev -44%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A: Held up to the light, it appears pale yellow to orange with a small head that disappears quickly with no lacing

S: smell is cider like to a light almost synthetic pumpkin pie spice smell not at all what i expected from a pumpkin ale

T: not very pumpkiny at all not much of a taste but carbonated water. in all honesty i felt like i was drinking a pop (soda) and not at all a pleasant one. there is also a carbonated pumpkin pie spice taste as it warms. what little flavor is there does not really mesh well. NO malts or hops come through in this drink

M: Very heavy pop like carbonation in the beginning but dissipates fast leaving a lightly carbonated water like drink...

O: It was dissappointing and i dumped about 3/4 of it out. I will not be buying this one again and would rather drink a Dr. Pepper if i want something that tastes like pop (soda). I was expecting a little malt and pumpkin pie spice, my least favorite pumpkin beer to date.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2013 01:21:08 | More by upton7418
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sommersb

Tennessee

3.5/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 09-25-2013
Freshness: Best by 03-2014
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, twist-cap
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Single from Pour Vous, Hendersonville, TN

A: Clear and golden beer with a white head that fades fast. I don't get any lacing.

S: Pumpkin aromas, along with spices like clove and allspice.

T: Fruity and spicey with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkins.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation, the finish is fruity with pumpkin pie spices.

O: A pretty good pumpkin beer

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 03:10:15 | More by sommersb
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Chirpie

Kansas

3.88/5  rDev +32.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Let's throw this out there... this beer doesn't takes like pumpkin. Using that metric, I could see why there's a fair bit of disappointment surrounding this brew.

But otherwise, sue me, I like it. I tasted this out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip. Appearance is kind of underwhelming. The way it tastes and smells, you'd think it'd be a little less clear and a tad darker.

It's a spice bomb all the way. If you aren't a fan of it in the first 5 seconds, you're not going to get much else as you finish the bottle. Cinnamon all the way.

As a pumpkin beer, it sort of is a fail, but as a brew I like, I think it's better than that. Cheers.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 01:00:04 | More by Chirpie
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AndyAvalanche

Massachusetts

2.79/5  rDev -4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Comes out golden/yellow straw, like a valley in at harvest time. Excellent clarity and a thin white head with small fizzy bubbles. Little bit of lacing and glass retention. Gets a lot of credit for being horrible all around, but a decent looking beer. Slightly darker and more full looking than an average macro-ale.

Smell is adequate for the style, a bit too sweet for my liking. tough to distinguish, but there are some toasted malts in here; it's just really masked by all of the pumpkin pie spices. Smells more like pumpkin pie with a dab of whipped cream.

Really not a fan of the taste. It at least SLIGHTLY smells like beer, but it doesn't taste like it. Like a lite lager with the same pumpkin pie spices.

Mouthfeel is okay. Light bodied, more of a light and crisp on the mouth for a summer style than fall. Taste only slightly lingers for a few seconds then disappears. Again, a bit too sweet. Good carbonation level though. Reasonably drinkable, just not my thing.

I remember having this on tap years ago and thinking it was ok, but Pumpkin Ales have come so far these days that this is just more of a seasonal crowd pleaser than anything else. Worth trying, I'm sure it's available to almost anyone in the US these days. Was looking for an easy pumpkin beer on my night off and had this in the fridge from some friends bringing it over. Not bad, not good, in-between.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2013 21:52:13 | More by AndyAvalanche
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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
68 out of 100 based on 1,753 ratings.