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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Pumpkinhead AleShipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

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BA SCORE
68
poor

1,912 Ratings
THE BROS
41
awful

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Ratings: 1,912
Reviews: 775
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 27.21%
Wants: 17
Gots: 120 | 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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Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.23/5  rDev +9.9%

An average beer for its style, light orange with carbonation bubbles. Some creamy white lace falls in with the drinking. Clove, some pumpkin, brown sugar, nutmeg and ginger. Half a bottle was drinkable, not more. Warming aftertaste. Complex though subdued aroma.

03-07-2008 21:34:46 | More by Sammy
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t0rin0

California

4/5  rDev +36.1%

I guess the mob has spoken on this one and thus everyone will review accordingly. The beer is thin and light, so what? Its got plenty of flavor. Anyway, on to the review.

Pours light orange, almost yellow. I would prefer it to be darker and slightly more pumpkin in color but its very clear and has some decent foam. Retention and lacing are lacking so it averages out to be alright.

Aroma is very pumpkin pie-like. Cinnamon, clove, possibly corriander. Very inviting. Its hard to judge the aroma fairly after looking at the beer as its easy to assume that a light looking beer will not have any flavor or smell. No hops, no alcohol.

Taste is equally enjoyable. Heavy on all that aforementioned pie spices, though not much actual pumpkin flavor. Again, no alcohol and ho hops. Slight bitterness though.

Body is light, medium carbonation, very smooth and goes down easy. I would guess this would be good for the non craft beer drinker that likes pumpkin pie. A step up from Jacks for sure.

11-13-2008 07:09:21 | More by t0rin0
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UCLABrewN84

California

2.63/5  rDev -10.5%

Pours a clear light orange with a 1/2 inch fizzy off-white head that fades to nothing No lacing on this one. Smell is of malt/grain, slight pumpkin, and some subdued spice aromas. Taste is of an adjunct lager with some minor pumpkin pie spices thrown in. Not very balanced overall. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is not a very good beer but I had to try it for myself to see if all the negative reviews were warranted. They were.

10-22-2011 06:19:46 | More by UCLABrewN84
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djrn2

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

02-16-2014 13:37:20 | More by djrn2
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Thorpe429

Illinois

1.33/5  rDev -54.8%

Reviewed from notes.

First, a quest. Why oh why oh why does this brewery continue to make a pumpkin beer? This is absolutely disgusting and awful, with one of the only worse pumpkin beers being by none other than...Shipyard. Second, why do people like this? There's nothing redeeming about it. Sure, it pours an inoffensive orangish color. Other than that, bleh. Rotten pumpkin that they've attempted to cover up with a crapton of spicing. Not sure, but this might make it worse. Disgusting spicy feel covering up the putrid rot that lies underneath. Unbelievably undrinkable, making nearly anything else seem like the epitome of craft beer excellence.

10-24-2010 23:37:42 | More by Thorpe429
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nmann08

District of Columbia

2/5  rDev -32%

11-18-2011 20:34:28 | More by nmann08
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metter98

New York

3.38/5  rDev +15%

A: The beer is clear yellow in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a thin off white head that gradually died down, leaving only a ring of bubbles on the surface around the edge of the glass.
S: There are sweet aromas of pumpkin spices in the nose with nutmeg standing out in particular.
T: The taste is quite sweet and very similar to the smell—it almost takes like eating pumpkin pie filling, but with only traces of pumpkin flavors.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin and watery on the palate with a moderate amount of carbonation.
O: This beer is definitely very easy to drink. I’m not sure if I could drink this all night with the sweetness and spices but it definitely would pair well with an autumn dish at dinner.

09-05-2011 16:26:18 | More by metter98
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

2.65/5  rDev -9.9%

Gold bullion with absolutely no hint of orange that I can see. I don't know how it's possible to brew a pumpkin ale and have it be anything other than orange. Points need to be taken off for that alone. The yellowed bone crown is nothing special either. It's small, short-lived and unsticky. No surprise then that no lace ends up on the glass. Not a good start.

I like the nose because it smells a lot like pumpkin pie with a dollop of whipped cream. At least that's the impression that enters my brain each time I sniff. It's a bit weak though, and doesn't earn the next highest score as a result.

I wondered how well a pumpkin ale that uses a wheat beer as its base would turn out. And the answer is... not very well. Pumpkin ales need to be brewed with caramel malty amber ales (or something along those lines) in order to work. In this case, the grainy wheatiness comes through and impinges on my enjoyment of the other flavors.

It might have worked if those 'other flavors' were more prominent and more pumpkin pie-like. This is one of those cases in which the aroma and the flavor don't really match up. SBC says that Pumpkinhead contains 'hints of cinnamon and nutmeg'. I'll go along with that. Strong statements rather than hints of spice would have made for a better beer however.

The mouthfeel is no more impressive than the flavor. It's too thin by half and comes scarily close to being aqueous on the finish. Actually, it is aqueous on the finish. A lack of bubbles doesn't help. This beer just isn't big enough to be a credible fall seasonal. Who wants to drink light beer when there's a chill in the air and frost on the pumpkin?

I've never been impressed by Shipyard (with the exception of Old Thumper) and this beer does nothing to change my mind. I love the Legend of Sleepy Hollow-like Pumpkinhead dude on the label, but the bottle's contents leave quite a bit to be desired.

11-07-2006 15:15:30 | More by BuckeyeNation
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brentk56

North Carolina

2.78/5  rDev -5.4%

Appearance: Golden color with a quickly dissipating, though large head; some lacing.

Smell: A cross between pumpkin pie and orange juice

Taste: Relatively flat taste with a bit of clove and nutmeg that doesn't really capture the spices all that well; the buttery flavor is a little strange on the finish.

Mouthfeel: Light mouthfeel with decent carbonation.

Drinkability: Not bad but not memorable

09-29-2004 22:49:27 | More by brentk56
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zestar

California

3/5  rDev +2%

08-06-2014 06:08:30 | More by zestar
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acurtis

New Jersey

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

12-30-2012 19:46:49 | More by acurtis
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

3.05/5  rDev +3.7%

Pumpkin beers always sound like a bad idea, but they usually turn out tasty. Looks a basic golden with orange hues and a bit cloudy. Moderately carbonated and not much head retention or lacing. Smells softly sweet and spicy. Tastes lightly of barley malt and pumpkin pie. Spices of allspice, nutmeg, cinamon, and pepper follows closely. A soft and safe beer. No flavors dominate. Body falls a bit short of firm. Aftertaste is mildly spicy, but fades quickly. A little too soft for my liking, but an ok beer.

07-10-2005 23:05:26 | More by BEERchitect
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mikesgroove

South Carolina

1.25/5  rDev -57.5%

Why I did this to myself I will never know. Had an autumn seasonal tasting session and this rounded it out. Poured a clear light orange, big white fizzy head faded almost immediatly, like in 2 secs. No lace, very thin looking overall. Smell was musky, pumpkin spice, almost a moldy smell to it, and very very strong. Overpowering musky dank smell. The taste followed the smell. Too strong, and I mean strong sour taste, actually made me wince. Super strong pumpkin spice flavor, almost like an extract. Huge fizzy carbonation. I did not think this would be as bad as it was, I normally like spiced/seasonal brews, this one just overpowered me.

02-27-2007 00:36:57 | More by mikesgroove
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womencantsail

California

3.35/5  rDev +13.9%

A: The pour is a golden color with a finger of white head.

S: A very intense aroma of spices, most of which is in the form of cinnamon and nutmeg. There is a touch of vanilla extract in the background as well. Just a slight touch of pepper and straw on the finish.

T: The flavor is a bit watery, but otherwise similar to the aroma. Cinnamon and nutmeg with a touch of vanilla. Faint bread flavors with some straw and grassy hop notes. Sort of light, overall.

M: Light bodied with medium to high carbonation.

O: Really not a terrible beer, but it just had something off about it that I made me not care to have it again.

09-04-2011 19:46:14 | More by womencantsail
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ygtbsm94

Virginia

1.75/5  rDev -40.5%

09-18-2013 03:39:44 | More by ygtbsm94
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kylehay2004

Florida

3/5  rDev +2%

A: clear golden with amber hues, single finger head and no lace.

S: this one almost smells more like a saison. they get the spiciness but no the pimpkin-ness.

T: some pumpkin and malt. Little else. A little watery.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: dont think this is an F beer. It is a safe pumpkin ale. It is no where near the best but its drinkable and meant for a more broad category of beer drinkers.

10-16-2011 03:57:01 | More by kylehay2004
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ChainGangGuy

Georgia

2.88/5  rDev -2%

($1.29 at Total Wine in Kennesaw, GA)

Appearance: Pours a clear coppery body with a bubbly, small white head.

Smell: I'm shaking and swirling here, but all I can coax out of it is a light wheatiness and hints of allspice and nutmeg.

Taste: Not much pumpkin flavor at all, but the spices are there, mainly allspice and nutmeg. Light lemony taste. Hint of graham crackers. Not much in the way of hops or malt. Finishes crisp, watery, and spritzy.

Mouthfeel: Light-bodied, but the moderate carbonation makes it feel just a tad bit fuller.

Drinkability: I'd say I would prefer it with more pumpkin flavor, but really I would prefer it with ANY pumpkin flavor.

10-01-2007 01:31:19 | More by ChainGangGuy
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jaydoc

Kansas

2.5/5  rDev -15%

08-26-2013 03:45:23 | More by jaydoc
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Knapp85

Pennsylvania

2.33/5  rDev -20.7%

This beer poured out as a fizzy looking golden color. Shouldn't this be more of a copped color? Anyway, there's no head after a few seconds. The smell of the beer is spicy, that's about all. The taste is spicy but very light. The mouthfeel is like club soda. Overall I really don't like this pumpkin ale. It's very bland and boring from start to finish. Be start and look elsewhere for a pumpkin ale over this one.

06-17-2011 20:21:21 | More by Knapp85
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oberon

North Carolina

2.68/5  rDev -8.8%

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.

10-18-2003 22:42:25 | More by oberon
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TMoney2591

Illinois

2.78/5  rDev -5.4%

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Keepin' the pumpkin beers rollin' in while they're still around. This one pours a pale golden amber topped by a half-finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises cinnamon, mild toffee, light clove, brown sugar, and dry grass. The taste brings in more of the same, with milder and buttery-er toffee, more grass, and with slightly watered-down spices. The body is a rather light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick, almost watery feel. Overall, a pretty sad pumpkin beer, probably one of the worst I've had so far this year.

10-03-2011 01:03:22 | More by TMoney2591
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westcoastbeerlvr

California

2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

01-10-2013 16:54:13 | More by westcoastbeerlvr
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zeff80

Missouri

3.33/5  rDev +13.3%

A - Poured out a clear golden orange color with a white, bubbly, one-finger head. It left no lace.

S - It smlled of pumpkin, spices and some grains.

T - It was very sweet and pumpkin-tasting. There was also some light caramel malt.

M - It was crisp and sharp. A light-bodied brew.

D - This was pretty good. I'm starting to like the style.

10-08-2007 01:48:39 | More by zeff80
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largadeer

California

2.05/5  rDev -30.3%

Appearance: Pours a pristine amber with a thin white cap that settles to nothing within 60 seconds. Looks filtered to death.

Smell: Pumpkin pie spices; cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger. Brown sugar. Malt? No. Hops? Nope.

Taste & mouthfeel: Spices and cloying sweetness, all held together with a butterscotch slickness. Thin yet difficult to drink due to abusive amounts of spices and weird artificial sweetness. This is truly terrible.

09-16-2009 23:30:20 | More by largadeer
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JAHMUR

Connecticut

2.5/5  rDev -15%

12-04-2013 04:31:58 | More by JAHMUR
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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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