Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Pumpkinhead AleShipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

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2,387 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,387
Reviews: 828
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 27.52%
Wants: 32
Gots: 311 | 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:
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(Beer added by: BeerAdvocate on 11-04-2001)
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Photo of jeffthepony
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of viaingo
4.47/5  rDev +50%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Type: Pumpkin Wheat Ale
Color: Golden
Body: Fizzy. Very carbonated. It may ward people off but I am accustomed to it.
Head: white and disappears quickly
Taste: spicy but not overpowering. You can certainly taste the cinnamon and pumpkin. A bit tarty but light.
Aroma: I am a spice guy so I love the overbearing spice smell to it. Its like a spicy pumpkin pie. Delicious.

If you add brown sugar and cinnamon to the rim of your glass this beer is complete. This review may sound like a fan boy reviewing his favorite brew and I don't care. This beer symbolizes many traditions in the North East. Shipyard delivers around the country so if you have the chance to try this amazing seasonal beer please leave your review below.

Photo of BeerRox
1/5  rDev -66.4%

Photo of semicharmedkind
5/5  rDev +67.8%

Photo of YoItsBeerTym
4/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of jrutigs
2/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of NCbeerpirate
2/5  rDev -32.9%

Photo of ColSanders123
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of harrylee773
1.25/5  rDev -58.1%

Photo of Slyjoker87
3.1/5  rDev +4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served from bottle into a pint glass.

A - Golden amber color, but very light; has a white head that recedes quickly.

S - Faint smells of pumpkin and cinnamon spice

T - The flavor here is very artificial and seeming added as a second thought. There is a very light pumpkin and cinnamon spice on the top, but it tastes like pils with pumpkin floating on top. Mostly plain and boring.

M - Very thin, fairly carbonated.

O - It's easy to drink, but really lacks in the flavor department. I do have to note, however, that I tried it straight out of the bottle and it wasn't terrible. I could see this at any fall casual party, but nothing to take seriously.

Photo of SevaTse
4/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of Lawnboy33
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of Adamostella
4/5  rDev +34.2%

Photo of Jspriest
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Photo of KajII
2.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

[Best served in a Lager glass]

The pour was a sparkling clear light amber with an average sized (1-2 finger) white fizzy head that quickly dissipated and had almost no lacing to speak of.

The aroma was extremely light of a light bread malt and a doughy yeast with very mild hints of nutmeg, pumpkin, cinnamon and some brown sugar.

The taste was super lightly sweet with an almost non existent hint of nutmeg and brown sugar at first. Then it became ever so lightly bitter with a hint of cinnamon and a light touch of pumpkin at the finish, with the flavor disappearing almost immediately after the swallow.

Mouthfeel was incredibly light in body and very watery in texture with a fizzy carbonation.

Overall an extremely light beer with the flavor being very subtle with no lingering effect at all. For a Pumpkin Ale the aroma was nice and well balanced, but it lacked slightly in flavor and body.

Photo of BeerKangaroo
3.38/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

In a pint glass:

A: very clear, golden-orange color with an inch and a half thick, fluffy white head

S: pumpkin, some cinnamon and nutmeg, some ginger

T: previously mentioned flavors with added coriander

M: medium, slightly sessionable, carbonation assaults the tongue and mouth more so than other "pumpkin ales", watery aftertaste and a dull finish

O: just an average pumpkin ale, it was much better combined as a Black & Tan with the Blue Fin Stout by Shipyard

Photo of Cadebro
2.68/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served from draught into a pint glass.

A - Golden colored with a thin white head.

S - Smells of biscuit and spices.

T - Brown sugar and spices. Aggressively flavored, almost artificially so.

M - Thin and bubbly.

D - Easy to quaff one, too sweet and spicy to drink more than that.

Photo of Phocion
1.95/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

12 ounce bottle aggressively poured into a shaker pint. Finger of fizzy white head that quickly dies sitting atop a clear, pale, golden body. Very minimal lacing and very bubbly.

Aroma is very wheaty and puts off a hint of a pie-crust-like scent. Light nutmeg and allspice. A bit of cinnamon and a somewhat outputting diacetyl aroma. No pumpkin really evident, just the spices.

Flavor is kinda musky, although the spices are a fairly healthy dose. What is underneath the spices, however, is completely unimpressive. A bit bready.

Mouthfeel is very thin and watery, but heavily carbonated. Sort of like club soda, and not in a good way.

I've had some good pumpkin ales this year, some bad ones, and plenty in between. This definitely falls in the bad category. The only way to make this beer drinkable would be to keep the bottle and change everything else.

Photo of jb413
2.58/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Light in color, an almost transparent citrus look to it.

S - Mainly pumpkin pie spices. Some cinnamon and nutmeg. Didn't find any pumpkin in the nose.

T - Spice in the front, although it seems almost forced. No authentic pumpkin I could find here. Worse, there is an off-tasting, almost sourness in the finish that lingers.

MF - Light bodied, tastes like 4%.. A little over carbonated. Drinkable for sure, but not certain that's a good thing.

O - A disappointing pick. No pumpkin, perhaps overly spiced, and an unpleasant finish. I am unfortunately regretting the six pack.

Photo of Ilovesuds
1.4/5  rDev -53%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Everywhere I go I see box after box of pumpkin beer. Folks talk about Shipyard Pumpkinhead on tap with the rim dipped in brown sugar as the height of fall beer enjoyment. Nothing about this appeals to me but I figured I should give one a try.

My wife and I stopped at a nice Haverhill pub called The Peddler's Daughter. Had the barkeep pour me a draught (less the brown sugar). Appearance was light brown and fizzy. Smells like a Yankee Candle. I was scared at this point.

Tastes like you dumped an apple pie spice bag in a glass of beer. No pumpkin flavor. It was so bad I left half the pint and ordered a Harpoon IPA to get the taste out of my mouth.

I don't get it...

Photo of KELPAK
2.93/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I was rather disappointed in this year's Pumpkinhead. Shipyard was once at the top of the mainstream pumpin beer world but this year it lacks body and pumpkin flavor.

relatively watery with a somewhat overbearing spice taste to it, not what i expected from Shipyard.

Photo of ianjsullivan
2.2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

ST: 12oz bottle poured into a pint glass. The bottle does not list the ABV, but does have a DBD.

A: Apple cider or dark champagne gold and very clear. Speaking of champagne, it has an insane amount of carbonation which keeps a half-a-finger nail of white head on top for a while. I must stress, this might be the most racing carbonation I have ever seen in a beer. It does not look like a fall pumpkin brew.

S: Some allspice, cinnamon, and nutmeg dominate the aroma.

T: Starts out with mostly nutmeg and cinnamon, some watery pumpkin joins in the finish.

M: A bit watery on the back, but with plenty of carbonation zip (it reminded me of soda water).

O: I was on the forums a month or so ago and one of the topics was favorite pumpkin brews. It has been awhile since I read the forum, but when I saw this beer at the store today, I could have sworn it was raved about by someone. Luckily, I only picked up one bottle instead of a six pack. This pumpkin beer has too much carbonation, a watery finish, and the pumpkin spices taste artificial and added in rather than blended to be a part of the beer. This is not a recommended beer.

Photo of Mit
3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

a-Pours a pretty usual golden colour with minimal head...but that could be cause of the glasswear and not the beer.

s-The traditional pumpkin flavours....cinnamon, clove....nutmeg...not a ton of sweetness.

t-Cinnamon...slight hops...very light sweetness.

m-good for the abv.

o-decent beer...there is better Pumpkin beers but I liked this one for sure.

Photo of TheDudeRules
1.25/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Poured into my Founders snifter.

Light amber in color. White head that is about a half a fingers thickness. Goes away quickly. Leaves a light ring around the glass. The bubbles dance against the light.

Smell is of clove, cinnamon and pumpkin. But really it smells more like vomit. Honestly it's making my stomach turn.

Tastes like clove and shitty pumpkin pie. This is truly awful. It is fairly light in the mouth and easy to drink, but the taste is so damn terrible there is no point. My drain is going to enjoy the rest of this.

Photo of JustinAniello
1.25/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 3 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

A - Pours a clear orange with a one finger head. Dissipates to nothing relatively quickly.

S - Raw pumpkin, cloves, and cinnamon. Heavy sourness mixed with mild sweetness in the background. As it warms, the rotting pumpkin in the taste comes out as well.

T - Starts out sweet, not much flavor. Followed by the cloves and cinnamon. Then, suddenly, you are hit with sourness and rotting pumpkin seeds.

M - Light body and medium carbonation.

O - This is by far the worst pumpkin ale I have ever had. Couldn't even make it through more than a quarter a glass with help. One of the (very) few beers I have had to pour. With the wide selection of great pumpkin ales out there, pick something else.

Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
69 out of 100 based on 2,387 ratings.