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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Pumpkinhead AleShipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

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2,419 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,419
Reviews: 843
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 27.52%
Wants: 32
Gots: 349 | 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:
Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-04-2001

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to March 2013.

Aroma has a malty sweet scent slight trace of grassiness. Pours a hazy orange yellow with large off white head. No lacing of glass. Clean pumpkiny taste, not over spiced or pumpkin PIE flavored. No bitter aftertaste, very crisp.

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I enjoyed this light yellow-amber colored seasonal pumpkin ale out of a 12oz bottle as well as out of a Sam Adams Brewery glass. It pours a small half finger head that dissipates quickly leaving a very slight lace. The taste follows the nose in that it is quite sweet with hints of spices like cinnamon and nutmeg with a hint of malt. It is my favorite pumpkin ale out of all that I have tried because it is light and sweet and reminds me of a slice of pumpkin pie. I highly recommend it because of its versatility, as it has the excellent taste that a pumpkin seasonal should without the heaviness that others do, thus one can easily enjoy multiple bottles of this ale.

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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.

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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.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Presentation: 12 oz. brown bottle. No freshness date. Served in a Samuel Adams sensory glass.

Appearance: Thick two finger head that holds fairly well. Very clear, dark yellow color. Lacing is very nice all the way to the bottom.

Smell: Smells very strongly of allspice. Seems to me it's meant to remind you of pumpkin pie but it's just too strong.

Taste: The smell carries over into the taste. The allspice is very strong on the palate. There's a bit of malt in there but that's about it. It's very sweet and does not taste like a beer at all.

Mouthfeel: Almost no carbonation. It's very light and easy to drink. Feels more like a soda that's gone flat than a beer.

Overall: For a beer called "Pumpkinhead Ale", you'd expect, firstly at least some pumpkin and secondly, an ale. This "beer" is disappointing on both fronts. There's no pumpkin to be smelled or tasted at all. On the "ale" part, well I'm just not sure where that comes from. It's more like an allspice soda, I guess. Not the worst beer in the world, but most certainly one of the worst pumpkin ales out there. If you see these on the shelf at your local store, just skip right over it, you're not missing anything.

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look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance has a light orange amber color with a thin dissipating head leaving no lace. Not a lot of aroma to this one, very faint of the malt and hops. Taste is watered down malt with pumpkin spice that really comes out tasting like a flat cola. Mouthfeel is light with light carbonation. This one was really not worth saving till thanksgiving, but I do have a backup.

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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Review from notes.

A: Pours a golden amber color with a small white head that holds as a thin cap on top with moderate lacing.

S: A very faint aroma of spices, some cinnamon and nutmeg.

T: A very light flavor profile, some more spice, cinnamon and nutmeg, a little bit of vanilla, and some bready malt.

M: Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation.

O: A very basic pumpkin beer, pretty boring. Excited to try the BBL version though..as of now at least.

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look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

a light pee yellow with a finger of head which quickly diminished.
smells of apples, cinnamon, nutmeg.. very sweet on the nose.
yikes... i'm getting a slight (VERY SLIGHT) flavor of the spices, and that's it. it's almost like a spiced bud light :(
light body, high carbonation.

i feel this isn't AS bad as some people make it out to be.. i mean, the majority of pumpkin ales are very artificial tasting.. and this fits right in. granted, this is lighter than most, it still tastes slightly like pumpkin pie and is still something i'd rather drink over some shitty malt liquors and bud/miller/coors. ehh, actually i'd take high life over this any day.

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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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