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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Pumpkinhead AleShipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

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2,416 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,416
Reviews: 841
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 27.52%
Wants: 32
Gots: 340 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of ianjsullivan
2.24/5  rDev -24.8%
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
3.22/5  rDev +8.1%
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
1.27/5  rDev -57.4%
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
1.27/5  rDev -57.4%
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.

Photo of jsisko01
3.98/5  rDev +33.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a very clear, golden-orange color with an inch and a half thick, fluffy white head.

Smell - Pumpkin and apple pie.. Cinnamon and nutmeg, maybe some ginger. Definitely smells like a spicy brew.

Taste - I taste some coriander and slight hints of cinnamon. Pumpkin for sure along with some ginger, nutmeg, and clove. It's a pretty sweet beer.

Mouthfeel - It has a pretty thick body with quite a bit of carbonation.

Overall - If you're into pumpkin ales you'll definitely like this beer. It's better than most of the ones I've tried.

Photo of MattyG85
3.28/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and clear golden orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger white foam head with decent retention. Moderate amount of lacing.

Smell: Sweet pale malts and wheat grains with some hints of spices including cinnamon, ginger, and clove. Pumpkin smell is very light. Spices stand out over everything else.

Taste: Like the smell, sweet taste of wheat grains and pale malts with some spice. Light hints of cinnamon, ginger, and clove. Pumkpkin is very hard to find here. Taste is way to light.

Mouthfeel: Light bodied with a carbonation on the higher end. Very watery.

Overall: A pretty mediocre pumpkin beer. Some nice flavors but way too light.

Photo of Pintofbrown
3.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

App- The beer is a pale straw color. The head is bright white and falls from one finger almost immediately. This beer is audible it is so carbonated.

Smell- For as unappealing as this thing looks, it is actually not a terrible flavor profile. The nose is extremely spicy, and that is appealing. There is loads of cinnamon, nutmeg, and sweet caramel malt. It is like baked pumpkin pie, not actual pumpkin. If that bothers you, you won't like this.

Taste- The nose transfers to the drink rather well. Although, it mostly just the cinnamon that I notice. The finish brings out the biscuit malt and a bitter alcohol flavor, like a cider. This is supposed to be a beer...Get rid of that apple cider and boozy finish and this might be an okay to decent taste.

Mouth feel- This beer isn't as bubbly as I thought, but it is still pretty light.

Overall- I like the intense herbal smell, but everything else really needs work. The taste needs to be less apple cider and way more creamy and full.

Photo of JizackFH
1.83/5  rDev -38.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A - This pours a clear lightish orange amber color. There is a finger of white head on top. The head recedes pretty fast leaving a few specs of lace behind.

S - The nose starts off with a mild grainy aroma. There is some light pumpkin and spice aromas. Also, there is some sweetness. The smell is really reminding me of an adjunct lager with pumpkin and spice, not so good.

T - The taste pretty much follows the nose. It is like an adjunct lager with sweetness and light spice. There is a bit of pumpkin flavor too. Some how most of the flavor seems to vanish by the back end of the beer leaving a weird aftertaste.

M - This has a lighter body and average carbonation. It goes down easy, and has a light feel to it. There is a little bit of spice and sweetness. It's a bit watery as well.

O - The drinkability is not very good. Like I said before, it is like an adjunct lager with fall spices, which is weird considering it is an ale. I've never really experienced anything like it. I would say that this is a beer that I would stay away from.

Photo of tobelerone
2.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Wow, I didn't like this beer much but I'm surprised to see just how much people hated it! I thought it was more of a 'meh' experience I would quickly forget about.

Pumpkinhead was very clear gold, with a smallish head that disappeared quickly. So-so lacing. Very mild aroma with a little malt, pumpkin and spice is very very faint...kinda gotta reach for it.

This beer is extremely light in the taste department, with a little bland malt and vague traces of spice and pumpkin, and has a mild but clear honey flavor noticed in the finish. That's probably the best thing this beer has going for it.

Good carbonation, dry finish with that honey aftertaste. Very easy drinking but ultimately bland and boring.

Surprised I didn't dislike this beer more after a day of drinking Heady Topper and Three Needs beers...the missus was more blunt in her assessment, saying it tasted sweet and acidic like "hangover throw-up." So....enjoy!

Photo of UnderPressure
1.86/5  rDev -37.6%
look: 1 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

Extremely pale and clear. Virtually no head.

Pumpkin pie aroma. Almost nothing else. Maybe a bit of malty aroma? But not much.

Delicate spice flavor. Nothing else.

Watery, thin, fizzy American mass-market mouthfeel. Disappointing.

This is by far the worst pumpkin beer I've ever had. Put some pumpkin pie spice in a Coors Banquet, and you've got this piece of Shipyard. A coworker suggested I try this beer. I'll never trust his beer taste again.

Photo of TheBigBoy
2.9/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Over the counter straight out of 12oz bottle at bar.

Ok - Pumpkins beers are not my thing, but I enjoy trying a couple of these during Halloween Season.

As others has wrote, this one is not overpowering and has pumpkin flavoring & standard fall spices. In fact your could probably have 1 or 2 of these before moving on.

This is OK but not worthy of pursuit. I had this one and can now move onto next pumpkin. Still looking for the one pumpkin worthy of high votes.

This one ranks avergae or better for me.

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.63/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a clear light orange with a 1/2 inch fizzy off-white head that fades to nothing No lacing on this one. Smell is of malt/grain, slight pumpkin, and some subdued spice aromas. Taste is of an adjunct lager with some minor pumpkin pie spices thrown in. Not very balanced overall. This beer has a high level of carbonation with a crisp and prickly mouthfeel. Overall, this is not a very good beer but I had to try it for myself to see if all the negative reviews were warranted. They were.

Photo of klink40
3.47/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Right off the bat I gotta point out that the BA Bros score of "F" is way to harsh.

Pumpkinhead is a sentimental favorite as it's been around a lot longer than most other pumkin beers. The best quality of the beer is it's drinkability. Now there are many pumpkin beers that pack more taste and higher alcohol with a more complex taste but few as drinkable and as well-balanced as PH.

If you're looking for a seasonal-pumpkin style beer that is not exploding with vanilla, all-spice, and sugar sweetness. This it the beer to try. Other wise stick to the Pumking, Weyer Imp Pumkin, Hoppin Frog Pumpkin Hollow, etc.

This rating is on a bottle but I would recommend trying on tap if able.

Photo of alexkeil
2.42/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 3

This beer is misleading...when I get a beer named Pumpkinhead I expect to taste, well, pumpkin.
The appearance is nice, its a golden, crystal clear beer with a fizzy white head.
The smell is the first thing that threw me off. At first I couldn't place what I was smelling, but then it hit me, cola. There is also an herbal tea aroma with vanilla and cinnamon, which all put together doesn't work that well.
The taste is interesting, tricky to work out, but much the same as the aroma: a strange vanilla cola mixed with beer combo.
The mouthfeel is the weakest part of this beer: thin and unimpressive.
Overall its a strange, not really pumpkin beer that I won't be falling over myself to suggest to others.

Photo of jman892
1.89/5  rDev -36.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

A - Very clear and bubbly, straw color. Foamy white head which does not leave a lot of lacing

S - There is sort of a chalkiness to the aroma, not a lot of anything else, not really picking up any pumkin or spice.

T - Taste is very bland, very little going on. Lacks any discernable pumkin or spice flavor.

M - Wosrt aspect of this beer is the mouthfeel. Very watered down taste, and the feel is like I am drinking a flavored water

O - Was hoping to go against the grain and like this one, but my experience fell in line with the majority on here. Forgettable.

Photo of kylehay2004
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: clear golden with amber hues, single finger head and no lace.

S: this one almost smells more like a saison. they get the spiciness but no the pimpkin-ness.

T: some pumpkin and malt. Little else. A little watery.

M: light to medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: dont think this is an F beer. It is a safe pumpkin ale. It is no where near the best but its drinkable and meant for a more broad category of beer drinkers.

Photo of JustinMann
2.11/5  rDev -29.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

This amber-colored, 5.1%-ABV wheat ale offered by Shipyard Brewing Company was an alright seasonal treat. It had very little head, and the little bit it did have was white and frothy. I was surprised that there was very little pumpkin smell - the waft that hit my nose was all ale. After the first taste, it was evident why there was little pumpkin smell - there wasn't much of a pumpkin taste either. The beer had a subtle spiced flavor with just enough bite to it. Once the aftertaste kicked in, I did notice a faint cinnamon pumpkin flavor, but still not very strong.

Photo of Amalak
2.15/5  rDev -27.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This looks like a gold lager. Some bubbles. Clear. No real head and no lacing. Strong cinnamon?...

This tastes like they took a lager and threw in a bunch of Red Hot/Atomic Fireballs for flavor. Maybe there's some cinnamon thrown in, too. But this is just not a good attempt. This has a sour aftertaste. If this is skunked, fair enough, but from the reviews I'm going to assume this is not skunked.

I give this a D. While it's better than most American Macros, this is a lie as a Pumpkin ale. It's a non-beer drinkers pumpkin ale.

Photo of SolipsismalCat
1.59/5  rDev -46.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Clear golden color with two-finger, off-white, foamy head that lasted a while. Not much lacing. A little light for a pumpkin ale, but otherwise okay.

S: Light malt smell. Maybe some pumpkin, not sure. Alcohol.

T: Moderate sweetness and no bitterness. Artificial tasting. Malt aftertaste. Some spice. Not sure about pumpkin.

M: Light mouthfeel and fizzy carbonation. Too thin.

O: The taste really killed this beer. Terrible.

Photo of beyah
2.34/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured a 12 oz. into my PBR Stemmed Glass Goblet.

A- Golden Color white head that disappears quickly, lacing almost non existent.

S- This is one bizarre beer, all that I can smell is spices with a slight beer smell in the background.

T- Strong spices, no maltiness, a slight sourness.

M- Thin and too much carbonation.

O- Try another Pumpkin Ale, this one is not worth buying.

Photo of thadbme
2.62/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Pours a golden color with very little head and little cabonation. It has the appearance of a blond. You can see through this beer, its clear and not cloudy.

S: Its like a light pumpkin pie, a very mild pumpkin spice smell to it. No trace of alcohol smell on it. After I took a sip of it, and smelled again I could pick up on the smell of the fruit. Overall a very nice smell.

T: Definately has been brewed with pumpkin, no doubting that from the taste. The "fruit" from the pumpkin is front and center and the spice in it is very tame. It has a hint of sour in there but nothing overpowering. Slightly bitter. *EDIT* Didn't finish the whole beer before I reviewed. As this beer sat it got worse, and the fruit started to overwhelm the rest of the beer. This wasn't a good thing. Dropping from 3 to 2.

M: Light carbonation, doesn't feel heavy at all. Nothing too bubbly. This is a light beer.

O: This isn't my favorite style, but for what this is, its not too bad. I could have a few of these in the season.

Photo of Morey
2.61/5  rDev -12.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Pours pale orange in color with good clarity. Off white head stood approximatley one finger high immediately following my pour, but has settle to a ring of foam around the inside of the glass. Minimal head retention and lacing.

Very mild aroma. A bit of pumpkin I guess, but the spices are pretty much non-existent. Maybe just a touch of faint cinnamon. Starting to smell a bit like an autumn scented candle now (I let it warm up a bit).

I'm getting fizz/carbonation up front. Not too much else follows. This beer goes from thin to thinner very quickly. Taste is watered down and has an artificial candy vibe going on.

Thin mouthfeel with fizzy carbonation.

Not too impressed overall. It doesn't taste terrible, but this is definitely the most lackluster Pumpkin Ale that I've sampled, and I've had quite a few.

Morey's Bottom Line: Maybe this would be good for your girlfriend/wife or someone who normally drinks macro crap. Other than that, I can't see a reason to buy this when there are SO many better examples.

Photo of thedoubler55
3.25/5  rDev +9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a very light amber in color, a bit of head that goes way quickly, no lacing at all.

S - Smells like a pumpkin spice latte, not to much going on here.

T - The taste is nothing to brag about, very boring, spicy and sweet, almost no alcohol present, a bit of pumpkin.

M - Lots of carbonation, very watery for this type of beer.

O - This is a cheap pumpkin brew, nothing crazy, very bored with this one, this is a great brew for beginners trying the pumpkin brews

Photo of mtdewa1
2.4/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into glass from growler.

First impression

apperance was very light for a pumpkin beer, almost gold, not copper like it should be. Very little head, slightly overcarbonated.

smell was that of pumpkin but could not really smell any of the spices im use to

taste was a bit watered down, definitelly not what I was expecting. Trully lacked that pumpkin pie taste.

Overall I was not really impressed, had an overall feel of drinking a cheap beer or almost pumpkin flavored water. Will try again, this time out of a bottle.

Photo of Immortale25
3.51/5  rDev +17.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Cigar City snifter. Freshness date says best before January '12.

A- Pours a deep gold color with an 1/8 inch head and some lacing.

S- Mmm. Sweet, spicy pumpkin pie. Brown sugar, cloves. I could whiff this beer all day without even drinking it and be satisfied

T- Flavor is not as in-your-face as the aroma. Still getting pumpkin but it fades fast into a tingly, spicy sweetness with little to no hoppiness/bitterness. Malts also not making much of an appearance due to the overwhelming sugary-ness of the brew. Kinda tastes like soda since it's so light in alcohol. However, the pumpkin doesn't necessarily taste artificial. There's an idea: Pumpkin soda? Anyways, back to beer.

M- Like I said, tingly but not overbearing. Good compliment to the overall drinkability of the beer. Thin consistency further solidifies its sessionable nature.

O- I've had the Smashed Pumpkin before and enjoyed it thoroughly, especially on tap. I would opt for that rather than this but it's still a worthy brew

Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
69 out of 100 based on 2,416 ratings.