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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Pumpkinhead AleShipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

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1,896 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,896
Reviews: 774
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 27.21%
Wants: 16
Gots: 110 | 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 Genuine


2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

Very light in color, along with the size of the head. Nothing much to be spoken of, or even not. Lacing is hardly present.

Lighter in color than I expected. I was hoping for more of a orange color instead of amber.

Smell - lots of spice and cinnamin, that is starting to slowly get my hopes up higher than what they were.

taste - this is where it fails the most. Very light and watery tasting. Nothing like the other pumpkin ales that i've had recently. Very disappointing.

Mouthfeel - reminds me a lot of soda.

Drinkability - i'm not a fan, I probably won't be having another.

09-08-2009 21:47:31 | More by Genuine
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3/5  rDev +2%

12-08-2011 19:42:03 | More by Rusty18
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1.5/5  rDev -49%

08-15-2013 11:32:59 | More by Tamaquadan
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3/5  rDev +2%

09-19-2013 21:10:12 | More by Jersh67
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

01-26-2014 01:04:18 | More by LoudRed
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

09-10-2012 00:17:17 | More by UnoMasBelgian
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2.5/5  rDev -15%

07-13-2014 22:48:06 | More by wdf210
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2/5  rDev -32%

09-19-2012 22:38:20 | More by IlPostino
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3/5  rDev +2%

03-21-2012 21:36:37 | More by rah1734bones
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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

10-17-2012 18:54:56 | More by Ryanc23
Photo of vitesse


2.93/5  rDev -0.3%

poured from 12 oz. brown bottle.

pours a straw golden color. no cloudiness and poor head retention. looks like a lager in the glass. smells of spices and fruity esters. tastes like schlitz with a touch of nutmeg and cinammon mixed in.
spices don't really overpower the beer, but there ain't no damn pumpkin flavor in this at all. i didn't percieve any diacetyl, either, which is a common complaint wrt shipyard beers.
not undrinkable, but not an extraordinary beer, either.
i would call this more of a golden ale (light color and body, with lots of ale characteristics). not pumpkiny, though.

11-15-2004 01:13:40 | More by vitesse
Photo of lehows

New York

3.15/5  rDev +7.1%

This pours a light orange/amber color with a fizzy almost soda-like head that disipates to nothing. Not much lacing going on here. The nose is full of spice, somewhat artificial smelling and a mild malt backing. Maybe I had high expectations but this really doesn't taste much like beer to me, but its not horrible. Its an easy drinking beer that I could session but there are much better pumpkin beers out there.

11-30-2006 17:05:04 | More by lehows
Photo of joekfsu


3.48/5  rDev +18.4%

12 oz bottle. Pours clear gold with 1 cm foamy white head that is quickly diminishing. Aroma of clove, pumpkin, and spice. Initial taste of pumpkin, clove and spice are the ending flavors. Aftertaste is short lived, not all that great. Light carbonation, light body, no lacing, and no real alcohol hanging around. Overall, a decent beer in the pumpkin style but wouldn't drink it on a regular basis.

09-23-2008 00:35:11 | More by joekfsu
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2.33/5  rDev -20.7%

This brew snapped, crackled, and popped after the pour into my pint glass. As you can imagine the head was gone pretty much instantly. It also had what looked like a slight orange tint: food coloring? The smell was nondescript - sort of like taking a whiff of your standard light macro. The taste was supposed to be of pumpkin? More like honey. That was all I got from the taste. And as soon as the honeyish flavor left, I found there was almost no actual beer flavor. I'm glad I got this one in a make-your-own and that I don't have five left...

09-17-2008 03:45:14 | More by HoppyMcStout
Photo of a74gent


2.58/5  rDev -12.2%

This isn't good pumpkin beer.

A - this is too light. Too straw colored. It has a big soapy like head that goes away eventually, but yuck.

S - Not much here, some mild pumpkin pie spices which are appealing in the mildness as opposed to some others. Clove...

T - Not much...more pilsner flavored to me than pumpkin spices. A failure on flavor which should be the attraction to this beer style.

M - foamy mess...might be good if there was flavor to go with it, but so so over carbonated.

D - You could put these back fairly quickly, but you wouldn't necessarily enjoy it before, during or after.

Stay clear...this is a waste of your time.

09-08-2010 22:30:26 | More by a74gent
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3/5  rDev +2%

10-08-2012 01:26:49 | More by Juice-O
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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

11-04-2013 02:16:22 | More by jstevep00
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1.25/5  rDev -57.5%

03-14-2013 02:06:40 | More by surfrogue1
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New Hampshire

3/5  rDev +2%

07-29-2013 11:58:32 | More by Joe_Grizzly
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South Carolina

2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

12-10-2013 21:27:22 | More by BeerGod27
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2.9/5  rDev -1.4%

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle with a festive headless horseman holding a beer aloft.

Appearance--Amber to orange hue, disturbingly thin looking for an ale. The head disappeared very quickly.

Smell--Mmmm. Pumpkin pie.

Taste/Mouthfeel--The smell misleads the drinker into expecting a much thicker beer, it's actually a bit on the thin and watery side. Obvious "autumnal" spices, but it's so thin it's not doing too much for me.

Drinkability--One at a time, thanks!

10-11-2006 01:48:00 | More by arnulfooxblood
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3.25/5  rDev +10.5%

10-18-2012 00:05:38 | More by docrates
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2.75/5  rDev -6.5%

09-26-2013 20:22:14 | More by HookerBrews
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New Jersey

2.5/5  rDev -15%

10-21-2013 22:02:36 | More by MO5290
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North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +39.5%

I think this is my favorite. One of the great tasting pumpkin beers I've tried. This is all of my friend's favorite as well.

The color is a light copper color, with a minimal lacy head. Not the best looking. But like I said, the flavor is great. A lot of cinnamon, nutmeg, spice etc. A wonderful blend. One of the few pumpkin beers I drink repeatedly in the fall.

09-23-2012 17:49:45 | More by kneeland
Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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