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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

Shipyard Pumpkinhead AleShipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

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1,755 Ratings

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Ratings: 1755
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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Photo of flagmantho


3.49/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz can into a pint glass. Wow, the reviews on this one don't seem too good. I guess I'll just have to see for myself!

Appearance: medium golden hue with a light haze and a moderate effervescence. Head is a thick finger of pillowy ivory foam. Not bad at all!

Smell: sweet and pumpkiny with plenty of typical pumpkin spice character: nutmeg, cinnamon, maybe a little cardamom, and the like. It's almost cloying, but that's kind of the nature of the style.

Taste: lightly malty with a decent pumpkin flavor and a more subdued pumpkin spice element. There's a hint of sourness as well. I'm not sure what all the fuss is about -- this is a pretty middle-of-the-road pumpkin ale. It's quite decent if you like the style.

Mouthfeel: light body with an interesting-enough carbonation. Not great, but passable.

Overall: a completely serviceable pumpkin ale. Not the best thing in the world, sure, but drinkable enough on a chilly October night.

Serving type: can

10-24-2013 02:01:52 | More by flagmantho
Photo of woodychandler


1.78/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I CAN't believe that a) I have never reviewed this before and b) they bothered to put it in a CAN. The CANQuest (TM) CANtinues on its merry way.

From the CAN: "'It comes alive once a year!'"

As always, I enjoyed the auditory aspect of a big Crack! and subsequent to that, an inverted Glug. I got a creamy, fluffy two fingers of bone-white from the pour and then I sat quietly as it slowly subsided. Color was a hazy, light orangish-yellow (SRM = 4). Nose had a lightly spiced presence but it was odd, like they may not have gotten it precisely right. Mouthfeel was thin and watery and the taste was extremely light, especially for this style, in which spices are supposed to dominate. Finish was mildly spicy and I found myself suppressing a bored yawn. Rubbish!

Serving type: can

10-20-2013 16:34:02 | More by woodychandler
Photo of Cylinsier


2.81/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can

Pours a hazy golden, half inch of white head dissipates to a film.

Smells of mild citrus tartness and mildly wheaty malts. Some cinnamon peaks through. No hint of pumpkin.

Tastes of mild citrus and light grassy malts, maybe a hint of dryer papery malt character. Again, no pumpkin.

Lighter body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

All in all, this isn't a bad summery ale. But this is supposed to be a pumpkin ale. Where's the pumpkin? Did they forget to add it to my batch? No evidence in the appearance, aroma, or flavor. While the beer itself is fine, you'd never know it was supposed to be a pumpkin ale. .

Serving type: can

09-26-2013 00:16:40 | More by Cylinsier
Photo of ThisWangsChung


2.43/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz can into a pint glass. I really hope this is as bad as the horror stories lead me to believe...

A: Pours a hazy golden color. The head is a one finger white shade with bad retention. That combined with nonexistent lacing means this isn't exactly a looker.

S: Let's see. Cinnamon and nutmeg notes? Check. Actual gourdy character? Check. Nothing that makes me want to retch? Uh...check! As a complaint, the pumpkin pie character seems weirdly artificial, like some saccharine pumpkin-flavored candy. So while we're at it...too sweet? Check. I really don't hate the aroma, though; in fact, I actually like it.

T: The flavor is a big step down, and it's not good, but it's not the sheer terror I expected. It starts with a light note of allspice, before turning into some weird pumpkin-flavored candy finish. It's dawning on me - this tastes more like pumpkin-flavored cream soda instead of an actual beer. Like most sodas, it's quite sweet, to the point of being bothersome. Even worse, the sweetness is kind of artificial.

M: Light and fizzy. Just like soda, actually. All the carbonation tries to dry the palate out some, but all that sugary sweetness wins out. This combination really taxes the palate after a while: something so light shouldn't be so hard to imbibe.

O: I can actually see why this appeals to so many casual drinkers. It's pumpkin-y (read: spicy) enough, and not very beer-y, so mission accomplished. Beer geeks, though, needn't bother. I really wanted to hate this a lot more than I do. Still, that only means it's wretchedly forgettable instead of wretchedly awful, and I'm not really sure which is worse.

PS: I couldn't have been the only one surprised to see this pumpkin soda-- oops, I mean beer get tons of high scores from Untappd users.

Serving type: can

09-21-2013 03:02:55 | More by ThisWangsChung
Photo of Huffs

New York

2.94/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured into a Sam Adams glass and a nice frothy head developed and dissipated quickly with no lacing. Appearance was cloudy with a straw to dark yellow color. Aroma had strong spicy notes of allspice and cinnamon. Taste was also of the same spices with hints of citrus and indeed pumpkin. Mouthfeel was light and aftertaste was of spice and lingering.

Serving type: can

01-12-2013 22:39:11 | More by Huffs
Photo of stakem


2.38/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

12oz can into a snifter. Thanks go to Kegatron for not only gifting me with this but also continuing with being my source of 90% of my can reviews. A pumpkin ale in a can, well that is unique. The brew appears a very pale golden color with a finger of slightly off-white head that rests atop and fades leaving some spotty patches of lacing effect. There is a very mild haze to this but it is borderline more light and clearer than any other pumpkin brew I have had.

The aroma is interesting. It opens up with a pumpkin aspect that is somewhat like pumpkin flesh and a bit of a seedy to earthy aspect but doesn't really carry with it that vegetative aspect I have come to expect in pumpkin ales. There is a very mild spiced aspect going on in this and a bit of a fruity tinge. There is something just very different about this brew's aroma but it is strangely familiar and quite similar to the essence found in timmermans pumpkin lambic. It is almost like a scent that you would expect to emit from green tea.

The taste is a bit shocking. You get the feel of pumpkin flavors but it just seems to be fake and strangely reminiscent to the previously mentioned timmermans. I think it is strangely similar with almost a green tea sort of feel to it. Spices like cinnamon and zesty almost lemony ginger are present. There is no base grain and no essence of hops. When a bigger sip is taken, this has a feel about it more like soda than beer. The aftertaste is a bit like cinnamon toast crunch and the overall profile is quite lacking. I dont want to point fingers and make accusations but I would not be surprised if you told me that this beer was made with Torani pumpkin spice syrup.

This is a light bodied brew with a lively amount of uplifting carbonation. It is easy drinking and unique. I had no problems throwing some of this back but it really is lacking in beer qualities. It is enjoyable in a strange sort of pumpkin spice carbonated green tea and pumpkin cocktail, not a beer. As a beer it is a failure and I am sad to say it because there is nothing horrible or off-putting about it, it is just not what you would expect/want in a pumpkin beer or a beer at all for that matter.

Serving type: can

11-29-2012 03:13:24 | More by stakem
Photo of BMMillsy


3.45/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a can, slightly darker than the usual pale lager. Aroma is basic corn/hay aroma with a hint of pumpkin and minor spice. Flavor follows with light lager, but I like that I finally found a pumpkin beer that highlights pumpkin rather than overpowering nutmeg. Sorry people, nutmeg in beer is disgusting. This is underrated. While the base beer is only okay at best, I really enjoyed having a sixer over 18 holes on a nice late fall afternoon. The pumpkin flavor is present, but not overpowering. The beer is light. No it's not a masterpiece, but I would drink this over the overspiced Pumkings of the world any day.

Serving type: can

11-23-2012 18:28:16 | More by BMMillsy
Photo of Kegatron


2.98/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12 oz can into a pint glass.

Pours a clear paler gold with several fingers of rich slightly off-white looking head. This retains with a thin creaminess that hangs some sudsy swathes of lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma smells of ripe fruit, butter and sweetness with more of a spicy and green feel crammed along the back. The fruit from the yeast is VERY strong here.

The taste is mellow green pumpkin, green crisp hops and sweetness. A smattering of light pumpkin spices are scattered throughout. The greenness of the pumpkin and hops do shine through here. The finish is dry and lightly bitter. The mouthfeel is lighter to medium bodied, with a firm prickle up front and then more of a smooth foaminess across the back.

It’s been a long while since I’ve had this and my overall impression is a bit of a mixed bag.
The flavor and feel are on the lighter side for the style but that can be a good if you know, you’re into that or are looking for a more accessible example of a Pumpkin Ale to introduce someone to. My big gripe with this overall though is with the Ringwood yeast here. Especially in the nose, where it is nauseatingly prevalent. It’s just not my cup of tea, especially in this style. I do like seeing this in cans though, so points for that. I picked up a sixer, so I’ll end up giving this another try.

Serving type: can

11-02-2012 18:26:08 | More by Kegatron
Photo of MRclean


3.33/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vessel: I poured this beer from a 12 oz. can into an SA "perfect glass". I really enjoy the fact that I can get this beer in a can. Let's keep this trend up craft beer!

Appearance: Light golden color with a hint of orange. Pours with decent white foam head that dissipates gradually. The beer has a haze to it.

Smell: the aroma is light but distinctive of pumpkin spice, not over powering.

Taste: The beer is very light and not overpowering at all when it comes to the pumpkin, but there is no doubt that it is a pumpkin beer from the spice notes. Its departure from other pumpkin beers I have had is the lack of sweetness. I find this to be a nice change.

Mouthfeel: Light in body and finishes dry.

Overall: This is an enjoyable beer and a nice departure from the super sweet over powerful pumpkin beers that are beginning to flood the market. I you are looking for a light pumpkin beer that you can have more than one of before you are pumpkin's out than give this one a shot.

Serving type: can

10-17-2012 23:57:56 | More by MRclean
Photo of ArrogantB


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
Photo of Chilly444


4.11/5  rDev +40.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

Although this one lacks in character is really is my favorite fall beer. Its things like drinkability and personal preference that can go easily unnoticed. While this could certainly use some work, the pumpkin/nutmeg flavor really does come through in excellent fashion. If you drink it from the Keg (preferrably right from the source in Portland) you will notice the flavor (while light and airy on the toungue) really packs a deep punch in the body of this beer. My favorite beers tend to be stouts, my favorite so far being the Breakfast Beer from Founders Brew, and the Dogfish Head Miles Davis Bitches Brew. So that being said I can understand why people who are used to loving a deep flavor, lacing, and body would most likely hate this sweet bubbly ale. I would advise you to give it an honest try. This stuff is an all day ale thats perfect for pairing with fall food/deserts. It is certainly a friendly beer both for your mouth and wallet. If you guys don't decide to drink it then thats fine....just means more cases for me.

Serving type: on-tap

01-31-2014 16:37:23 | More by Chilly444
Photo of ChrisNYCLIDC

New Jersey

4.71/5  rDev +60.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

This is my favorite pumpkin/fall seasonal beer. I know it can be a bit sweet for some and the pumpkin flavor tastes a bit synthetic not exactly fresh, but I find it the most addictive to drink. Not a super dark or heavy ale taste for fall seasonal. A pumpkin beer that I dont get sick trying to drink more than one at once. Definitely a bit girly with the cinnamon/sugar rim, but the taste I've grown to associate with fall.

Serving type: on-tap

12-19-2013 03:02:58 | More by ChrisNYCLIDC
Photo of 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
Photo of Labeorphile


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
Photo of Das_Reh


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
Photo of kojevergas


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.


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
Photo of Jackofallbrews


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
Photo of 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
Photo of 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
Photo of hitman44


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.


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
Photo of LordVodka


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
Photo of CAS56

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Here's the thing - by itself it's not a great beer. But on tap with a cinnamon sugar rim on the glass it's actually pretty nice. I don't pretend to be an expert but I like what I like, and this I liked - better than a lot of other beer I've had lately (like Dogfish Head 60 Minute IPA yuck!)

Serving type: on-tap

10-18-2013 19:09:29 | More by CAS56
Photo of BeerWithMike


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
Photo of buschbeer


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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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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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
68 out of 100 based on 1,755 ratings.