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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Pumpkinhead AleShipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

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2,281 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,281
Reviews: 821
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 27.52%
Wants: 27
Gots: 260 | 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 TommyW
4.08/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Clear, gold with a medium white head.

S- Pumpkin spice over some bready malts.

T- Lots of pumpkin spice mixed with bready and caramel malt flavors. Almost no hop presence really noticeable.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Not much pumpkin present in the taste or aroma, but the pumpkin spice is pretty nice; an enjoyable beer really that seems like it doesn't get the respect it should.

TommyW, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of dahlen22
2.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I used to like this beer, but now it is shwag!!! I will skip the boring color, aroma stuff and get right to the taste. There is no taste!! Think of 3 day old pumkin pie that has been soaked in water. Skip this and go for Weyerbacher pumkin or Southern Tier. Farts...

dahlen22, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of VelvetExtract
3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Light yellow with minimal head.

S-Faint. Pumpkin pie. Nutmeg and cinnamon.

T-Faint. Same as the nose. Sweet. Mildly enjoyable.

M-Bubbly and light.

D-Easy drinker.

I don't love pumpkin beer. This one is nowhere near scrumptious but one sixpack every autumn doesn't hurt.

VelvetExtract, Aug 20, 2010
Photo of gestyr
2.95/5  rDev -1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a golden-orange color with a small head that dissipates rapidly. Clean and clean in appearance. No cloudiness or chill haze.

Smells of cinnamon and nutmeg with a slightly sweet background aroma.

Tastes: pumpkin pie spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, slight malt backbone.

Mouthfeel: disappointing. watery with a heavy carbonation bite.

Drinkability: average. Not the worst I have tried, not the best. right down the middle. I wouldn't go out of the way to get more but I wouldn't refuse it if offered.

gestyr, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of jsouza
2.03/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

I tried this beer because it was the first pumpkin beer out in my area for the season. I was not impressed. I usually enjoy Shipyard beers. The appearance was of a watered down copper color. The only way that I could describe the taste was that of pumpkin pie spice rather than pumpkin itself. I had a hard time finishing this beer. While I will continue to drink Shipyard, I will not be trying this one again.

jsouza, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of jdamaso84
4.33/5  rDev +45.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

I'm having a hard time figuring out why this brew isn't deserving of a little more respect.

It's sweet, but that's intended. I like that Shipyard wasn't afraid to come hard with the pumpkin flavor, even if it meant by way of artificial seasoning.

Pumpkinhead Ale is light, but don't be fooled; it finishes heavier than what a stare through the glass would suggest. The aromas are plentiful, just like pumpkin pie, and it's surprisingly smooth, albeit perhaps a little over-carbonated.

Personally, my favorite thing about Shipyard Pumpkinhead is it "tastes" the season. You're not chasing a mild hint of Fall flavors, which is what I've found in other brews. This plays the part - even if a little light - of a Fall seasonal brew to perfection.

jdamaso84, Aug 11, 2010
Photo of chrisgn
4.1/5  rDev +37.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

This is one of the most drinkable pumpkin beers out there. Admittedly it is a little watery and head retention is poor, but its aroma and flavors are subtle and refreshing. Many pumpkin beers go over the top with spice, but pumpkinhead blends them in to a well-balanced beer.

chrisgn, Aug 04, 2010
Photo of slaintemhor
3/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Had a bottle of this in the autumn of '09. The colour was light gold with a thin off-white head. The aroma was that of squash, thought not necessarily pumpkin, with hints of pie spice and crust and butyl esters (light). On the palate, biscuits, delicate spice, gentle CO2, and a pie crust finish.

slaintemhor, May 07, 2010
Photo of BeerNinja007
3.58/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixer of this for $2.99 at Beverage Warehouse in Winooski VT. Apparently they're getting rid of left-over fall beers... best by date of April 2010. Poured chilled into a pint glass.

Mostly clear deep yellow brew, 1/2" of fizzy white head settles quickly to nothing. Nose has a strong acidic bite, almost like hard cider. Some mulling spices also detectable. Interesting... taste also closely resembles a decent semi-sweet hard cider. Thin, light, crisp, fizzy carbonation. Some cinnamon and a hint of caramel distinguish it from cider. Overall not a bad brew. The timing here is fortunate, I think it'll make a better summer beer than it would've a fall one. Seriously chuggable.

Pumpkin ale? No, not really. Not even much of a beer. But since I didn't have much in the way of expectations (hey, it was 3 bucks!) I'm pretty happy with it. Wish I'd bought a case at that price.

BeerNinja007, Apr 27, 2010
Photo of DmanGTR
2.58/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Review from notes on 9/30/09

A - clear golden peachy yellow with a short lived white head. Very little lace. 2.0

S - pale malt, light cider/pear-like fruitiness, touch of pumpkin. 3.0

T - faint graininess, sweet fruit of pears, and cinnamon. Very faint overall. Nothing in the finish. 2.5

M - Thin and crisp, well carbonated. Mildly dry. 2.5

D - Pretty good but the blandness is a letdown. 2.5

Overall - too bland. Won't get this again.

DmanGTR, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of BDJake
2.73/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- translucent golden orange with a small head

S- nutmeg, cinnamon, vanilla, but really not much pumpkin

T- alas, some pumpkin! too bad sour funk clouds out all else

M- crisp yet cloying, with the other pumpkin pie notes only coming out in the aftertaste

D- not too bad, but why even bother at this point?

BDJake, Mar 26, 2010
Photo of bminor7
3.23/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12 oz from Hoosick.

I've had this once before and found it unremarkable. A coworker mentioned to me that when he visited Shipyard Brewery, he was told that the beer was far worse in the bottle than on tap. I have to imagine so.

Pours amber, virtually no head. Smells of pumpkin, yes, but what's more, a scent of menthol cigarette. The menthol also shows in the taste. The pumpkin flavor is hidden behind a bready malt profile. There isn't a strong showing of pumpkin spices or complexity. The mouthfeel is average but this could be very drinkable if put together a little better.

Unfortunately the overall rating speaks for itself. Don't waste your time on this beer.

bminor7, Feb 28, 2010
Photo of beer2day
2.33/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Pale yellow. Not mainstream adjunct pale yellow, but close enough. Slight head, no retention. No lacing.

Very faint spices in the nose. Almost too faint to detect. Slight cherry sweetness which is not expected at all.

Watery hit on the tongue. Just not much of anything going on here. No body to speak of. Beyond thin. Slight, faint spice finish. No hop presence at all.

The beer would quench your thirst on a hot day, but other than that there is nothing else going on for this poor offering.

beer2day, Dec 01, 2009
Photo of californiakulak
2.2/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into an Anchor Steam pint glass.

A. The second that I poured this beer I knew that it was going to be bad. It poured way lighter than other pumkin beers that I have tried. It was light gold or even yellow. There was a thin wimpy head that faded almost immediately.

S. Very little going on here. I was hoping for a spicy wonderful aroma but settled for a faint hint of yeast and nothing else.

T. It tasted like it was watered down. I may have noticed a faint wheat like taste but who knows. It just wasn't good.

M. Fizzy and very light bodied. No hop bitterness or any pleasant aftertaste at all.

D. I guess that it was easy to drink. I mean I finished it so that means that there is some drinkability.

I like to take different beers for my family to try every holiday. I really wanted to take a pumkin beer this year because nobody there had ever tried one. I should have gotten something else because this just was poor.

californiakulak, Nov 27, 2009
2.58/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

Clear fizzy golden orange with a near white head that dissipates as soon as it was poured. No Lacing.

Sweet and fruity with pumpkin pie spices.

Tart wheat and lemon. with loads of pumpkin pie spices, but not the earthy fruity pumpkin nor the hearty caramel malts that youd expect this brew to have. A tiny bit of spicy bitterness.

Very light in the mouthfeel, highly carbonated, watery, like a spiced cider.

Wheat and pumpkin spices just dont make a good pumpkin brew. Nice spices, but no pumpkin and no malt. A light spiced malt beverage is not what the doctor ordered.

CHILLINDYLAN, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of DavoleBomb
2.3/5  rDev -22.8%
look: 2 | smell: 4 | taste: 2 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Poured into a pint glass. Bought this for a buck at local place.

2.0 A: Clear golden color. Agressive pour resulted in half a finger of head that fell quickly, but surprisingly left a decent amount of lacing.

4.0 S: Faintly reminiscent of pumpkin pie. Otherwise, grainy. Completely pleasant, but could be stronger.

2.0 T: First couple sips were pleasant and had a pumpkin spice spiciness to it. After the initial exposure, however, the beer just ended up tasting like nothing.

1.0 M: Insanely light body. Good carbonation. No creaminess. Sucks.

2.0 D: This beer completely sucks other than the aroma. I'd give drinkability a lower score, but it isn't offensive like Old German or Schafer are.

DavoleBomb, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of tone77
3.78/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a brown 12 z. bottle. Has a pale golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smells of pumpkin with some spices. Tastes like a slice of pumpkin pie, lots of spice and very flavorful. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a tasty and enjoyable beer.

tone77, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of Traquairlover
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Dark yellow with an orange tint, a small fizzling, bubbling, seemingly heavily carbonated head forms quickly but also dissipates quickly leaving only a handful of bubbles at a couple spots around the edge of the glass. I am not sure if it is the color or what but there is definitely something about the appearance that is just not doing it for me.

S = Smells like melted butter with a strong, strong concentration of nutmeg, cinnamon, perhaps some cardamon, sugar. I expect a healthy dose of spice smells form a pumpkin ale, but I think this one is a bit over the top.

T = The taste is almost soda like, as if someone took an RC cola and added pumpkin pie spices to it. It is very sweet and buttery with a slight bite of nutmeg. Not actually as bad as I had feared from the smell, but it gets cloying kind of fast. Still, I much prefer a meaty, pumpkin fruit approach with spices added. This on the other hand, not only has no pumpkin, it fizzes and tastes like RC soda but with a light color.

M = A bit too much of a sting from the carbonation, but otherwise not a bad feel, it has medium-light body and decent mouthcoating. Actually given how the taste gets cloying perhaps it would be better if it had less mouthcoating.

D = I think this one is pretty much a one at a time beer. Just not easy enough to choke down. Still I have had beers I liked less and this does at least seem at least somewhat appropriate as I look out the window and see the Autumn leaves clinging to the trees in my backyard.

Traquairlover, Nov 11, 2009
Photo of thecarster1
2.28/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

a- bottle poured into a pint, one finger head that fades fast to a layer of lace with a ring around the glass, light orange color.

s- sweetness hits fast, flowery malt, cinnamon, very floral, thats all i'm really getting here.

t- cinnamon, floral notes, nutmeg, i can't put my finger on the floral smell - maybe geranium haha - i don't think i've ever smelled a beer like this.

m- on the lighter side.

d- i'm gonna give this an ok, this beer isn't a drain pour, i'll drink the other one i have in the fridge, but i won't seek this out again.

thecarster1, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of Mavajo
2.68/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3.5

Not impressed with this beer.

It makes a bad impression right off the bat with a too-pale slightly orange-yellow pour. Very thin white head that was gone by the time I'd carried it over to the couch. No lacing.

The nose is acceptable - spicy pumpkin. Taste follows suit. Simple spicy pumpkin flavor. It's nothing amazing, it's a pumpkin ale that smells and tastes like pumpkin. Pretty much as it's supposed to be. It does taste a bit watered down, however. But all in all, the taste is within the "acceptable" range.

The mouthfeel is where things go to shit again. Extremely thin body - that wateriness comes into play again. Bleh.

Drinkability is OK. I drank it down fairly easily, but it was moreso by virtue of the fact that it wasn't challenging or filling, rather than that I actually enjoyed drinking it.

Basically, it's like someone took a decent pumpkin ale, and then mixed it half and half with a glass of water. Appearance is too light, taste is watered down and mouthfeel is thin and watery.

Mavajo, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of claminat420
2.78/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- poured a golden straw color. solid two finger head with thin lacing.

S- more cinnamon than pumpkin. not a fan of cinnamon.

T- if you can get passed the crap cinnamon spice in the beginning it has a delightful weird biscuity flavor aftertase. that's prolly all the brew has going for it.

M- light bodied. decent carbonation

D- could knock down a 6 but would prefer not to. one or two of these and i'm fine.

Overall- just a finky cinnamon wheat ale. know real pumpkin action so they should change the name.

claminat420, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of generallee
3.2/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a big dimpled mug. The bottle date reads "Best Enjoyed Before Feb. 2010" and it was sampled on 9-12-2009.

Appearance: Its body has a clear, golden amber color with a thin off white head. The body is full of visible carbonation and still the head quickly fizzles down to just a very thin wispy layer. Lacing is minimal and very slick.

Smell: The aroma is very pleasing but light. There are notes of cinnamon toast, light grain and apple cinnamon cereal.

Taste/Palate: Like the aroma the flavor is light bodied and a little thin. Also there is no real pumpkin flavor. It does have a nice apple cinnamon crumb cake/carrot cake like taste. The finish is quick and fairly clean with maybe just a little bit of sweet spice hanging on. It has lots of active carbonation and with its thin texture it makes for a fizzy feel on the tongue.

Notes: If this was just a spiced ale with a little more body I would love it. However as a Pumpkin Ale it is rather boring.

generallee, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of waltonc
1.25/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 4 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

Worst pumpkin beer I've ever had, and that's saying something since I've also had Buffalo Bills. Looks fine - orange/gold color with white head. A sniff of this beer assaulted my olfactory senses - harsh, abrasive spices smelled less like pumpkin pie and more like a blend of cleaning supplies and toilet pucks. The smell was possibly the worst attempt at getting me to sip a beer... ever. But sip I did, since I paid six bucks for it on tap. But the taste followed in the smell's footsteps, and had an oddly sour component that just didn't work with the spices. Watery body and high carbonation rounded out this undrinkable brew. So sip I stopped, and ordered another RR Temptation instead. This is a drain pour.

waltonc, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of sophisticated
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

One of the first pumpkin beers i've ever had. While I've now had better pumpkin ales, this still paved the way to explore this style.
And I still love the label. :)

A) Pours a thin liquidly caramel-color, thin off-white head fizzles quickly

S) Pumpkin pie spice, vanilla

T) A mild ale with prominent brown sugar-cinnamon-nutmeg-vanilla taste. A little artificial, not so much about the pumpkin flavor as the spices used in pumpkin pie. Despite the flavors of pumpkin pie spices, it still is a little bland.

MF) On the thin side

D) I totally recommend this to people not into craft beer or for an intro to pumpkin ales. for an affordable, seasonable and sessionable beer, it's not bad. But not the best one out there.

sophisticated, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of chumba526
1.25/5  rDev -58.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This so called Pumpkin Ale was Given to me as a gift from Freinds; it was a nice thought for my freinds to think of me when on vaxation passing a beer shop. a nice thought, though the beer could not be catorgorized as anytrhing close to nice. its ironic that it is called pumpkin head and is consitered a pumpkin ale as THEIR IS NO PUMPKIN IN IT.

chumba526, Oct 23, 2009
Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
69 out of 100 based on 2,281 ratings.