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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: 348 | 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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Ratings: 2,419 | Reviews: 843
Photo of Jerone
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a clear brown with tinges of orange and rust, a slightly off white head that fades over a few mins and some bubbles.

Smell is of sweet malt, pumpkin and spices.

Taste starts with a mix of sweet malt and pumpkin flavor and goes towards some spices of cinnamon, clove and allspice. As the beer warms the sweetness begins to be unpleasant.

Light to medium body with medium carbonation.

An okay pumpkin ale, some like it but it's not for me.

Photo of ShemRahBoo
2.25/5  rDev -24.5%

Photo of Mjmoon15
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of shockrocker65
2/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of Gregwa
2/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of Perilousleigh
4/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of dragomni
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of GuinnessDude7
1/5  rDev -66.4%

Photo of globalbeerday
3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

An eerie familiarity and sense mystery seems to overtake this particular beer. It is familiar yet different, sweet but spicy, bold and fruity yet strangely crisp. In truth, this beer reminded more of a hard apple cider than true ale. But this minor flaw should not detract from the enjoyable and refreshingly unique perspective provided by the folks at Shipyard. So go ahead and try a bottle, what’s Halloween without a little obscurity and adventure right?

Origin: Shipyard Brewing Co., Maine, USA

Style: Spice/ Vegetable Beer

Color: Mid to light amber coloration, with a noticeable lack of fine sediment and a crystal clear body that is unusual for “pumpkin beers.”

Aroma: The bouquet opens with a big, sweet note of fruit. Though unlike most ales, this aroma shies away from the typical apple/ apricot/ plum smells, and instead embraces a markedly more vegetal characteristic. The fragrance quickly transitioned to a richer hay/ grassy smell, before finishing with a very strong note of spice supported by a light bourbon-vanilla quality.

Taste: The flavor profile for this beer opens with a mid-strength taste of fruit (not quite entirely unlike pumpkin). This quickly yields to a pleasant and cleansing spiciness (cinnamon) which fades to reveal a secondary layer of spices (cardamom or cloves perhaps?). The finishing flavor is the faintest twinge of citrus.

Mouthfeel: Mouthfeel is crisp and pleasantly dry without being overly astringent. Flavor dissipates quickly and does not linger.

Recommendation: A different interpretation of the American pumpkin beer, I found it to be enjoyable and pleasant. I will say that it seemed to favor a pumpkin style lager rather than any pumpkin ale I have encountered previously. Its low ABV also means that you can drink several at the cliché Halloween party and still be capable of driving home without hitting any trick-or-treaters.

Eat good food. Drink good beer. And above all, stay classy.

Photo of williahd
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

Photo of cstellats
4/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of tsmiller7
1.5/5  rDev -49.7%

Photo of stevecooks
2/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of cashbrook
4/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of KingsAce
4.38/5  rDev +47%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is one of the top pumpkin beers. The reviews above are a touch harsh for a beer that sells out of its seasonal stock (3 month's worth) in 2 weeks.

The beer is very flavorful, has great drinkability and is considered among many as one of the best pumpkin beers out there.

It is a must try during the Halloween/Thanksgiving season.

Photo of bigdaddyvoodoo
4/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of sevenarts
2.76/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Pale orange, with a very small head.

S: Not much of an aroma, just a hint of pumpkin and autumnal spices.

T/M: Nice taste of sweet pumpkin, cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices. The taste isn't especially strong but it's very drinkable and not overpowering like some other pumpkin ales. Mouthfeel is also pretty light and crisp, good carbonation, very refreshing.

O: A decent, not especially strong pumpkin ale.

Photo of phishinNYC
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of MsRif
2/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of bostonryan
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of BrewerB
2.54/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Bottle dated best by January 2012. Pouring this into a Firestone Walker nonic pint glass. Medium golden color, excellent clarity. 1-2 finger off-white head fizzled out quickly leaving barely a trace behind. No lacing.

Pumpkin pie-like spicy aromas heavy in the nose. Cinnamon sugar, vanilla, touches of clove.

Mild bready malt, dash of brown sugar. Low level of the pumpkin characteristics. Low bitterness. Dry finish cleaner than expected.

Medium-light body, modest carbonation levels.

Shipyard is a hit or miss brewery for my money and this one's whiff as far as I'm concerned. Pumpkin essence, while detectable in the aroma didn't carry well in the flavor. Not something I'd go for again.

Photo of newenglandontap
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

Photo of rwrk42
2.31/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Pour: A clear golden orange color with little head
Smell: Sweet with various pumpkin and spice scents like cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice
Taste: Smooth and sweet just like it smells. Pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg are all evident. Not much malt or hops taste
An okay pumpkin ale...more like a pumpkin flavored water than an ale

Photo of MaineMike
1.5/5  rDev -49.7%

Photo of tclapper
3/5  rDev +0.7%

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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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