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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
69
poor

2,143 Ratings
THE BROS
41
awful

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Ratings: 2,143
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 2.96
pDev: 27.7%
Wants: 24
Gots: 214 | 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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Photo of gbrill
3/5  rDev +1.4%

gbrill, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of Dray
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

Dray, May 07, 2012
Photo of vdub191
3/5  rDev +1.4%

vdub191, Jan 19, 2013
Photo of cheesepuffs
3/5  rDev +1.4%

cheesepuffs, Sep 11, 2013
Photo of Bierleichen
2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

Bierleichen, Sep 21, 2014
Photo of bmills1608
3.4/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the 12 oz bottle a deep gold color. Moderate head. On the nose was pumpkin pie. Cinnamon and pumpkin, some light malty grains and various other baking spices. A rather forward, very interesting nose.

On the taste was basically the same as what was on the nose. Pumpkin pie. In the flavor however the pumpkin pie flavor is not nearly as pronounced as it was on the nose. Actually reminded me of a lightly hopped pale ale with a moderate pumpkin characteristic. Initial taste, you get some pie, middle and end are smooth grains and light malt. Finishes a little dry, some hay and perhaps some herbs. Mouthfeel and carbonation was OK. Mouthfeel was light and could have had a bit more smoothness.

Overall - I was pleasantly surprised at how this beer turned out. Pretty descent. I would def. drink it again but I would not go out of my way to seek it out.

bmills1608, Oct 13, 2003
Photo of daythree16
1.53/5  rDev -48.3%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. Pours a very clear golden with just a tinge of copper coloring. The 1" head doesn't stick around for too long.

Smell doesn't have a whole lot going on. Just a hint of cinnamon and ginger. I don't smell pumpkin anywhere in here. There's also a metallic apple juice aroma. Taste is almost like a macro lager. Filtered to the point of blandness. Fizzy with a little tartness and the faintest touch of ginger.

Mouthfeel is crisp and very thin. Drinkability depends on how you look at it. It's kinda like fizzy ginger water, so it goes down easily, but the taste sucks and there's no "pumpkin" to be found, so on that basis, drinkability is low.

daythree16, Aug 15, 2008
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1.5/5  rDev -49.3%

lockewoodfin, Oct 21, 2013
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2.92/5  rDev -1.4%

Northtexan, Aug 22, 2014
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3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

Beerme09, Jan 24, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +60.5%

DCH, Jun 12, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

BGCoon, Jul 03, 2013
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3/5  rDev +1.4%

Basshooker, Aug 27, 2013
Photo of Botulizard
2.01/5  rDev -32.1%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Held up to the light, it appears pale yellow- not unlike an AAL. At a normal glance, it's orange-ish. No real head, just a thin foam cover. No lacing on the glass at any point.

S: Pumpkin meat. It's not as spicy as I'd like it to be at all. There's also a faint smell of some ambiguous, plastic-like chemical.

T: Pumpkin pie with very mild, faint spice. The faint chemical-like smell also translates to the taste. No taste is very strong, and the beer's very watery.

M: Very thin, light carbonation. Watery.

O: It was OK enough to not be a drainpour (mostly because it's REALLY rare for me to actually pour out a beer), but it's quite lacking on all fronts. I don't think I'll be drinking this again.

Botulizard, Sep 25, 2013
Photo of davewlfpckfan29
2.75/5  rDev -7.1%

davewlfpckfan29, Oct 20, 2013
Photo of ryantupy
2.3/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

I have never had so much trouble getting rid of a six pack ever. Now I am stuck with with the remaining 5 bottles with no one to try and pawn them off on. This beer was a terrible dissapointment and had really no pumpkin flavor at all to it. It had quite a bit of cinnamon to it but no pumpkin flavors. This beer is defiantly not worth reccomending.

ryantupy, Oct 14, 2005
Photo of FLBEERGUY25
4.75/5  rDev +60.5%

FLBEERGUY25, Jun 12, 2012
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2.25/5  rDev -24%

Iamstryker, Sep 28, 2013
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2.5/5  rDev -15.5%

dphillips, Oct 07, 2012
Photo of stckhndlr
2.08/5  rDev -29.7%
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.

stckhndlr, Sep 28, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev +18.2%

Trevormcraig, Aug 02, 2012
Photo of Labeorphile
1.76/5  rDev -40.5%
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.

Labeorphile, Dec 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev +26.7%

StrayteEDGE, Sep 05, 2014
Photo of LPorter33
3.18/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

This is my probably my last pumpkin ale of the year as I'm getting quite sick of the style. Purchased this bottle from Martignetti's

Appearance = pale and fairly weak looking. Not much head that withers away into a faint white film. Lots of bubbles. Doesn't look rich or complex.

Smell = This smells like a pumpkin flavored lager, not ale. The pumpkin essence is light and refreshing. I like it although there's not much spice.

Taste = Hmm..this is like what I imagine the new Budweiser pumpkin ale to taste like. Very watery and flavorless beer with some pumpkin flavor inserted in. There's nothing great going on here, but it's not terrible and it's certainly drinkable.

Overall = This should be called a macro lager with pumpkin essence. It's certainly not a good ale but for what it is, it ain't bad. Better than average drinkability. I would not recommend this if you're looking for a real pumpkin ale: try Dogfish Head's version instead. But if you want an easy drinking beer with a bit of Fall spice, you'll probably enjoy it alright.

LPorter33, Sep 28, 2005
Photo of Avryle
2.9/5  rDev -2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm not all that impressed with this beer out of the bottle though on tap, it is quite pleasant.
A- Clear, light orange in color. Small white head dissipates to a small white ring.

S- Light spices but with an icky sourness lurking in the background

T- The taste is considerably more favorable than the nose. Nice spiciness of cinamon, cloves & nutmeg comes forward. Pumpkin is muted though. Finishes with a second round of spices. Kiind of cheap tasting overall though.

M- Thin bodied. good carbonation.

D- Ummm, there are better pumpkin beers out there to consume while they're in season.

Avryle, Aug 30, 2008
Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
69 out of 100 based on 2,143 ratings.