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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Pumpkinhead AleShipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

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1,927 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,927
Reviews: 777
rAvg: 2.94
pDev: 27.21%
Wants: 17
Gots: 123 | 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 doughanson78


2.2/5  rDev -25.2%

12oz. bottle poured into a snifter.

A: Light yellow/orange. Super clear. One finger white head that you can literally hear fizzing. OK retention and almost no lacing to speak of.

S: Smells like pumpkin spices. But contrary to the label saying "Natural Flavors Added" it smells very unnatural. Cinnamon and nutmeg. Some light Graham Cracker aromas along with a crusty (pie crust) scent. Grainy. Something is very off about the smell tho.

T: Sweet pie filling at first. With spices hitting the tongue next. Super watery. It all comes apart before you can swallow. Has a definite canned pie filling taste. About a processed as it gets. Like an Old English 800 was mixed with Pumpkin Pie filling. This is on the verge of a drain pour but not quite.

M: As watery as it could get. Way over carbonated. No creaminess whatsoever.

O: Just a mess of a beer. I really hate to review bad beers but... Hey for my own reference and if anyone else reads my reviews... do not waste the $1.99 or whatever on this one.

08-20-2011 21:50:02 | More by doughanson78
Photo of Bendurgin


1.85/5  rDev -37.1%

Poured into a pint glass. This one pours a light amber color with a finger of fizzy white head that just vanishes to nothing.

Cinnamon comes through prodominantly in the aroma. It's overpowering though. Borderline sinus clearing and burning in the nostrils. No real pumpkin flavors here, just a autumn like spices such at cloves and nutmeg are noticed. The real dissapointment here is the lack of pumpkin. The taste is dissapointing also. There is a little bit on the pallet but there isn't much to notice really. A little bit of fruity yeast but nothing reminisant of pumpkin or even autumn for that matter.

The feel is light and somewhat rigged. The flavor lingers on the back of my tongue so that sucks.

I've had this beer before. I kind of knew what I was getting into here and I remembered correctly. This is a piss poor example of a pumpkin beer. Any trace of what this should be is very faint and leaves a lot to be desired.

08-19-2011 14:38:23 | More by Bendurgin
Photo of ReelBigwigFish

New Jersey

2.68/5  rDev -8.8%

Poured into pint glass from bottle

A: Clear amber color with a fizzy soda-like head that recedes very quick.

S: Spice, spice, and.... spice? Slight hints at grain, but the spice dominates the aroma.

T: Tons of spice, again. At least there is some pumpkin flavor here and not just cinnamon and nutmeg.

M: Fizzy light seltzery beer. Probably the worst part about the beer, it has no body at all.

O: It's really not awful, I think many of you are being extra harsh since the BA boys gave it an F. But I will agree that I have had many better pumpkin beers than this.

08-19-2011 04:08:56 | More by ReelBigwigFish
Photo of charliedvrs


2.1/5  rDev -28.6%

12oz bottle poured into pint glass

Pours a light crystal clear yellow, with a finger or so of white head that leaves no lacing. Small bubbles cling to the side of the glass and shoot up to the top of the liquid. The smell is all cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste is the same with a slight pumpkin, though I may just be imagining it because of the spices. Lots of sweetness and a strong buttery overtone. There's a slight acidic twang in the finish and a hint of corn tasting grains. Mouthfeel is light with a fizzy carbonation. I know this is an ale but it really drinks like a spiced adjunct lager. I can see how this would have a lot of mass appeal but really, it's not for me.

08-19-2011 03:58:24 | More by charliedvrs
Photo of DUBinMIA


1.68/5  rDev -42.9%

Served in a pilsner glass. pours straw yellow to mild orange. with a white head that dissipates as fast as it forms.

smells of stale malt and Cinnamon... i thought it was a stick of big red gum.

tasted like pumpkin pie filling...

medium to light bodied with light carbonation.

Did not like this beer and will not try it again.

08-19-2011 00:08:47 | More by DUBinMIA
Photo of Idodgepucks


2.35/5  rDev -20.1%

I was expecting something different, but the taste wasn't awful. The flavors were kind of awkward, bit cinnamony/pepppermint. Definitely would recommend trying something else though. Although I'm not sure if I would this give a beer an F, it definitely was not up to expectations.

08-12-2011 05:38:01 | More by Idodgepucks
Photo of BEERMILER12


3/5  rDev +2%

A: Pours a clear light orange/copper color with almost no head that fizzles out quickly to leave a cap of bubbles

S: Probably the best part about this beer. Big on the cinnamon and spices with a little pumpkin filler and pie crust

T: As long as this is super fresh, it actually tastes how it smells. Give it about a week in the fridge and it goes downhill quickly to become a metallic, weakly flavored alcoholic soda. Luckily this was released a few days ago, so it is super fresh

M: Light bodied with high, prickly carbonation. Almost always too over-carbonated

O: Honestly, I think this gets poor reviews because there are no hops, and the malts are pretty weak. But treat this how it's supposed to be treated. As a pumpkin pie flavored beer. And like I said, this needs to be super fresh, or else it is a beer morphed into alcoholic soda. Simple as that. But damn, I do love this beer fresh

08-11-2011 21:49:37 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of PhageLab


2.7/5  rDev -8.2%

Pumpkin ales? In August? How could I resist? Poured into a standard pint glass.

A - Golden orange coloration, moderate head that displayed some poor retention, and no lacing left behind.

S - Something soapy, along with some pumpkin notes, but not you usual spiced or pumpkin bread, no, this actually smells like raw pumpkin. Interesting, but a little unsettling.

T - Cinnamon, pumpkin juice, fruit notes, and a little bit of spice. The finish is a larger hit of cinnamon. Almost cider-like.

M - Light bodied with a mild carbonation level. Clean feel and finish, cinnamon aside.

D - I should have resisted. There are some redeeming qualities, and for the record, my girlfriend loved it, but this just isn't what I want or look for in my pumpkin ales.

08-08-2011 21:26:43 | More by PhageLab
Photo of EricMichael

North Carolina

2.25/5  rDev -23.5%

Appearance - Bottle labelled as "Maine made ale" and "malt beverage with natural flavor added". Immediate loss of head and lacing. Lots of fizzing - reminded me of a soda.

Smell - This smells like a Libby's pumpkin pie.

Taste - This tastes much like the smell, pumpkin pie and that sums it up - maybe a little cinnamon and nutmeg, but the overall pumpkin pie taste conquers anything else. Not too much in the way of malt and definitely no hop.

Mouthfeel - Very light on the tongue, watery even and carbonation all over.

Overall - If you want a New England pumpkin/fall ale, this is probably not what you are looking for, but if you want a novel pumpkin pie drink to go with a meal, you should give this a whirl.

08-07-2011 21:23:57 | More by EricMichael
Photo of callmeclemens

New Jersey

5/5  rDev +70.1%

Honestly Say what you will, here I go once again disagreeing with the Bro's.

Upon moving into my new apartment next september, a buddy brought me a sixer of this to bring in the fall spirit to my new apartment. I poured a glass of this opened the windows threw in Creature from the black lagoon and sat back.

The beer pours a beautiful deep orange like holding the glass up to the fall foliage right outside my window, my view of the forest. It tasted of slight pumpkin cinnamin, nutmeg, and brown sugar, maybe a bit bready, with a lager mouthfeel, combining the whole situation you could not have picked a better beer. I anxiously await september and this beer being in my fridge.

Maybe I judge beer in a strane way, but this beer to me embodie the season, just as much as the smell of dry leaves, and the crunch underfoot, warm afternoons and cold nights. Thank you Shipyard.

07-23-2011 19:00:56 | More by callmeclemens
Photo of Knapp85


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
Photo of jersk8


1.25/5  rDev -57.5%

Was accidentally poured this when I asked the bartender for a Halloween Ale.
oh well why donyt you try it anyways. I usually avoid Shipyard products, but here goes. Looks like beer as it is brown with foam on top, but there the similarity ends.
it smelled like an old batch of pumpkin pie spice that had been in the cupboard too long. It tasted like a really bad pumpkin pie that had been regurgitated. Cloying, way over spiced and too pumpkiny. I heve nothing against this style BTW. Smuttynose pumpkin ale is a seasonal favorite, but this has no subtleties, balance or sense of overall finish. Gave it back and asked for the halloween

04-29-2011 10:27:15 | More by jersk8
Photo of jsanford


1.58/5  rDev -46.3%

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. I don't know why I'm doing this to myself, I already know how bad this is gonna be. Well, let's see...

A - Pours a clear light gold with a 2-inch head of white foam. Nothing offensive, looks like a standard adjunct.
S - Sweet malt, a bit on "tinny" canned pumpkin, and cinnamon, but not real cinnamon, more like the cinnamon that's used to scent those brooms that they sell in the supermarket in the Fall. Fake cinnamon.
T - Yeah, this sucks. No pumpkin is noticeable, only some cloyingly sweet malt and artificial cinnamon flavoring. This tastes like a Fall Febreze air freshener smells. Ugh.
M - Adjunct-thin with fizzy carbonation.
O - This is a joke of an excuse for a "real" Pumpkin Ale, and further proof that Shipyard has no reason to brew *any* beer. Seriously. Stop.

03-30-2011 23:26:22 | More by jsanford
Photo of JPowell64


4.08/5  rDev +38.8%

Appearance - It has nice carbonation a clear light color. Doesn't have much of a head to it.

Smell - Has a great sweet smell of autumn. Very pumpkiny and nice spice. Doesn't really have much of a hoppy nose to it.

Taste - The pumpkin taste is very dominant, with cinnamon and ginger infused. Exactly like drinking a pumpkin pie. It is a sweet taste but it doesn't have that overwhelming sweet taste where you can't drink much of it.

Mouthfeel - The beer is fairly light making it very easy to drink. With the sweet taste it would be great for after dinner when feeling full. It has a nice bubble cabonation feel.

Overall - I enjoyed the beer, was extremely surprised to see the grades it has received. I would agree that as a beer it is not amazing but as a pumpkin seasonal drink it is very satisfying.

03-25-2011 02:27:03 | More by JPowell64
Photo of ktrillionaire


4.05/5  rDev +37.8%

On-tap at BackBooth

A - Looks like a Miller Lite, or perhaps more aptly, a Blue Moon.

S/T - I like pumpkin- everything, in general. This has a lot of pumpkin in the smell and taste, and some very basic ale qualities too. Bland APWA + fruit flavor = occasional winner, usually a big-time loser. This is the occasional winner, in my book, as would be: Sea Dog Blue Paw, Ithaca Apricot Wheat and Abita Satsuma Wit. The Sea Dog comparison is particularly appropriate, as it is very similar to Pumpkinhead, seemingly just a juxtaposition of fruit/vegetable flavors.

M/D - Feels good, is easy to drink tons of.

02-23-2011 23:28:37 | More by ktrillionaire
Photo of CuriousMonk


3.4/5  rDev +15.6%

From fall brew ranking notes (2010): Pours a crystal clear, golden-bronze colored body with a thin, fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly into a thin lacing. Aroma is pumpkin pie and cinnamon. Not very malty, more spiced, candy based. Flavor is thin and watery pumpkin pie spices with some sweeter caramel and strong cinnamon. Finishes with no real character after a thin body and fizzy carbonation. Overall, a distinct pumpkin flavored beer, but not very rounded or balanced. Watery with a little too much spice and not enough malts.

02-10-2011 14:32:20 | More by CuriousMonk
Photo of MaltsOfGlory


3.33/5  rDev +13.3%

Appearance isn't bad, looked kinda lagery to me, but that's ok. Pours a nice head that disappears quickly. The smell is very spicy and pumpkiny, smells excellent. Hmm, taste is ok, the body is very very light, just like the color indicated. It kinda tastes like water with pumpkin and spice in it, with a tiny hint of malt in the back end. The taste is not very impressive :(. I can't tell if I want to drink more or not, so I will say the drinkability is average. Overall disappointing, but not a horrible beer.

01-23-2011 06:08:41 | More by MaltsOfGlory
Photo of Kvlterbm


1.3/5  rDev -55.8%

Review from notes, tasted this in mid-October.

A: Pours a clear, amber yellow with a head that vanishes quickly.

S: Cinnamon, but not in a good way. I'm a big fan of some pumpkin beers, and this lacks everything that makes those enjoyable. The nose smells like cinnamon candy, not even real spice.

T: No pumpkin flavor whatsoever. Tastes exactly like it smells. Cinnamon candy... if there's any nutmeg or clove in this, it's hidden behind an overwhelming flavor of artificial cinnamon.

M: Decent carbonation, but it just feels thin and watery.

D: If you love cinammon red hots, it's very drinkable. It's a low ABV beer, so it's drinkable in that respect. Personally, I just couldn't stomach the flavor for more than a bottle or two.

01-19-2011 05:10:10 | More by Kvlterbm
Photo of gskitt

New York

2.63/5  rDev -10.5%

I originally did not think this pumpkin ale was as bad as smome of the reviews it has recieved until I tasted some others, namely DFH punkin and Pumking. Pours a orange color and has some light highlights. Little head and a little lacing. Smelled of cinnammon. Alot like cinnammon. Maybe a few whiffs of hops. Taste was way to undone. Too much or too little of toomnay things. Puumpkin flavor was artificial, and spices did not seem like they were blended. Mouthfeel was off. Bitter even. With all the better Pumpkin ales on the market, I won't be buying this one.

01-13-2011 14:55:47 | More by gskitt
Photo of kimbo33


1.2/5  rDev -59.2%

Maybe the worst tasting craft beer on the market. The cinnamon taste was overwhelming...but not a good cinnamon...more of a big red flavor. Really tastes like they used very bad extracts on this one. The malt flavor is also poor, might not be too bad, but the crappy pumpkin flavor along with the awful cinnamon overpowers anything else this beer has to offer.

01-02-2011 02:38:34 | More by kimbo33
Photo of BB1313


1.7/5  rDev -42.2%

I'm not really sure why I'm reviewing this one, but oh well. Pours a nice orangish amber, decent head, not too much lacing going on. Smells good, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger.. all of the usual suspects are in the mix. Once you start to drink is when the problem occurs. The flavors are all muddled into a mess and it's very watered down. Mouthfeel is really thin, boring, no character. Light bodied. Despite it being a mess, unless you're a snob, it's easy to drink, especially w/ the low abv.

This was the first pumpkin ale I ever tried back in the day. If Bud Light made a pumpkin ale, this would be it. I would avoid this one come fall, it's a disservice to the style. I can't believe there was actually a moment in time where I thought this beer was good.. gotta love the palate!

01-01-2011 21:59:07 | More by BB1313
Photo of bboelens


2/5  rDev -32%

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Pours an amber yellow-amber color with a thin white head that dissipates rather quickly

S-Smells pretty much like a pumpkin pie, slight malt and yeast

T-This is where this beer goes down hill, although the smell is that of pumpkin pie, the taste is of pumpkin flavored water, very little beer flavor, very little flavor at all really. Pumpkin, cinnamon, yeast

M-Crisp and carbonated, a good mouthfeel, even if the flavor is askew

D-Maybe if this beer were more like a beer, it would be enjoyable, however the pumpkin is far too overwhelming and the beer far too little in flavor.

12-31-2010 14:13:19 | More by bboelens
Photo of Dalgren

North Carolina

1.45/5  rDev -50.7%

A) Pours with light head that dissipates in no time at all clear yellow amber.

S) Strong spice smell. Smells like extract of urinal cakes. Like there is something to cover up here.

T) Overload of ginger, allspice, cloves, it ain't that nice. Where is the pumpkin? For that matter where is the beer?

M) Very thin with a mild spice bite and low fizz.

D) I will have a hard time drinking another one of these. The bad part is there is three more in my verity pack.

12-29-2010 02:34:14 | More by Dalgren
Photo of beergod1


3.18/5  rDev +8.2%

Wow, this pumpkin Ale is taking a beating in the ratings. I think it's a Decent pumpkin ale, though. It grew on me as I worked my way through. Poured a light orange with a fine white head. Nose of pumpkin Spice and slight pumpkin. I can taste some pumpkin at the finish. Light-bodied and pretty crisp, and some earthy flavor, that's hard to describe. I think I have been getting spoiled with Some Unbelievable Pumpkin Ales (Weyerbacher,Dogfish Head,Southern Tier) to name a few.

12-29-2010 01:25:38 | More by beergod1
Photo of donniecuffs

New Jersey

2.38/5  rDev -19%

Out of a bottle into a 4oz sampling glass, it poured an apricot color, with a thin white head that didn't retain or lace very well. Very little carbonation too. A very non-descript nose, preceded a flavor that was all malty/apply fruity, with very little spice flavor. Sweet finish as well. Thin, flat feel. Very bad specimen.

12-18-2010 01:58:06 | More by donniecuffs
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