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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Pumpkinhead AleShipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

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2,407 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,407
Reviews: 838
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 27.52%
Wants: 32
Gots: 327 | 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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2/5  rDev -32.9%

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4/5  rDev +34.2%

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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.

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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.

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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2/5  rDev -32.9%

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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.

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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

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1.5/5  rDev -49.7%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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4/5  rDev +34.2%

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4/5  rDev +34.2%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

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4/5  rDev +34.2%

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3.31/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours out a clear golden color with a small fizzy white head. Quickly subsides to nothing. No perceptible lacing. Odd, not even a trace of orange in it.

S: Cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, pumpkin. Strong on the spices. Wheat from the malt?

T: Mostly pumpkin spices as mentioned above. A hint of buttery pumpkin in the aftertaste. Can taste some wheat too as it warms. Taste is pretty mild.

M: Somewhat high carbonation. Pretty thin.

O: Pumpkinhead was my go-to pumpkin ale for years. Once I discovered a good beer store and BA I have tried many many pumpkin ales since then. This is still a very decent pumpkin ale but not the great one it used to be (for me). It's a great crossover beer, all of my BMC swilling friends love it still. I give it extra points for this, especially since it was the start of my craft beer drinking experience.

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

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3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

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5/5  rDev +67.8%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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3/5  rDev +0.7%

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2/5  rDev -32.9%

Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
69 out of 100 based on 2,407 ratings.