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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Pumpkinhead AleShipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

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2,388 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,388
Reviews: 828
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 27.52%
Wants: 32
Gots: 308 | 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 jsanford
1.58/5  rDev -47%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

12oz bottle poured into a Pint Glass. I don't know why I'm doing this to myself, I already know how bad this is gonna be. Well, let's see...

A - Pours a clear light gold with a 2-inch head of white foam. Nothing offensive, looks like a standard adjunct.
S - Sweet malt, a bit on "tinny" canned pumpkin, and cinnamon, but not real cinnamon, more like the cinnamon that's used to scent those brooms that they sell in the supermarket in the Fall. Fake cinnamon.
T - Yeah, this sucks. No pumpkin is noticeable, only some cloyingly sweet malt and artificial cinnamon flavoring. This tastes like a Fall Febreze air freshener smells. Ugh.
M - Adjunct-thin with fizzy carbonation.
O - This is a joke of an excuse for a "real" Pumpkin Ale, and further proof that Shipyard has no reason to brew *any* beer. Seriously. Stop.

Photo of JPowell64
4.08/5  rDev +36.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance - It has nice carbonation a clear light color. Doesn't have much of a head to it.

Smell - Has a great sweet smell of autumn. Very pumpkiny and nice spice. Doesn't really have much of a hoppy nose to it.

Taste - The pumpkin taste is very dominant, with cinnamon and ginger infused. Exactly like drinking a pumpkin pie. It is a sweet taste but it doesn't have that overwhelming sweet taste where you can't drink much of it.

Mouthfeel - The beer is fairly light making it very easy to drink. With the sweet taste it would be great for after dinner when feeling full. It has a nice bubble cabonation feel.

Overall - I enjoyed the beer, was extremely surprised to see the grades it has received. I would agree that as a beer it is not amazing but as a pumpkin seasonal drink it is very satisfying.

Photo of ktrillionaire
4.05/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

On-tap at BackBooth

A - Looks like a Miller Lite, or perhaps more aptly, a Blue Moon.

S/T - I like pumpkin- everything, in general. This has a lot of pumpkin in the smell and taste, and some very basic ale qualities too. Bland APWA + fruit flavor = occasional winner, usually a big-time loser. This is the occasional winner, in my book, as would be: Sea Dog Blue Paw, Ithaca Apricot Wheat and Abita Satsuma Wit. The Sea Dog comparison is particularly appropriate, as it is very similar to Pumpkinhead, seemingly just a juxtaposition of fruit/vegetable flavors.

M/D - Feels good, is easy to drink tons of.

Photo of CuriousMonk
3.4/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

From fall brew ranking notes (2010): Pours a crystal clear, golden-bronze colored body with a thin, fizzy, white head that dissipates quickly into a thin lacing. Aroma is pumpkin pie and cinnamon. Not very malty, more spiced, candy based. Flavor is thin and watery pumpkin pie spices with some sweeter caramel and strong cinnamon. Finishes with no real character after a thin body and fizzy carbonation. Overall, a distinct pumpkin flavored beer, but not very rounded or balanced. Watery with a little too much spice and not enough malts.

Photo of MaltsOfGlory
3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance isn't bad, looked kinda lagery to me, but that's ok. Pours a nice head that disappears quickly. The smell is very spicy and pumpkiny, smells excellent. Hmm, taste is ok, the body is very very light, just like the color indicated. It kinda tastes like water with pumpkin and spice in it, with a tiny hint of malt in the back end. The taste is not very impressive :(. I can't tell if I want to drink more or not, so I will say the drinkability is average. Overall disappointing, but not a horrible beer.

Photo of Kvlterbm
1.3/5  rDev -56.4%
look: 2 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Review from notes, tasted this in mid-October.

A: Pours a clear, amber yellow with a head that vanishes quickly.

S: Cinnamon, but not in a good way. I'm a big fan of some pumpkin beers, and this lacks everything that makes those enjoyable. The nose smells like cinnamon candy, not even real spice.

T: No pumpkin flavor whatsoever. Tastes exactly like it smells. Cinnamon candy... if there's any nutmeg or clove in this, it's hidden behind an overwhelming flavor of artificial cinnamon.

M: Decent carbonation, but it just feels thin and watery.

D: If you love cinammon red hots, it's very drinkable. It's a low ABV beer, so it's drinkable in that respect. Personally, I just couldn't stomach the flavor for more than a bottle or two.

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

I originally did not think this pumpkin ale was as bad as smome of the reviews it has recieved until I tasted some others, namely DFH punkin and Pumking. Pours a orange color and has some light highlights. Little head and a little lacing. Smelled of cinnammon. Alot like cinnammon. Maybe a few whiffs of hops. Taste was way to undone. Too much or too little of toomnay things. Puumpkin flavor was artificial, and spices did not seem like they were blended. Mouthfeel was off. Bitter even. With all the better Pumpkin ales on the market, I won't be buying this one.

Photo of kimbo33
1.2/5  rDev -59.7%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Maybe the worst tasting craft beer on the market. The cinnamon taste was overwhelming...but not a good cinnamon...more of a big red flavor. Really tastes like they used very bad extracts on this one. The malt flavor is also poor, might not be too bad, but the crappy pumpkin flavor along with the awful cinnamon overpowers anything else this beer has to offer.

Photo of BB1313
1.7/5  rDev -43%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1 | overall: 1.5

I'm not really sure why I'm reviewing this one, but oh well. Pours a nice orangish amber, decent head, not too much lacing going on. Smells good, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger.. all of the usual suspects are in the mix. Once you start to drink is when the problem occurs. The flavors are all muddled into a mess and it's very watered down. Mouthfeel is really thin, boring, no character. Light bodied. Despite it being a mess, unless you're a snob, it's easy to drink, especially w/ the low abv.

This was the first pumpkin ale I ever tried back in the day. If Bud Light made a pumpkin ale, this would be it. I would avoid this one come fall, it's a disservice to the style. I can't believe there was actually a moment in time where I thought this beer was good.. gotta love the palate!

Photo of bboelens
2/5  rDev -32.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass

A-Pours an amber yellow-amber color with a thin white head that dissipates rather quickly

S-Smells pretty much like a pumpkin pie, slight malt and yeast

T-This is where this beer goes down hill, although the smell is that of pumpkin pie, the taste is of pumpkin flavored water, very little beer flavor, very little flavor at all really. Pumpkin, cinnamon, yeast

M-Crisp and carbonated, a good mouthfeel, even if the flavor is askew

D-Maybe if this beer were more like a beer, it would be enjoyable, however the pumpkin is far too overwhelming and the beer far too little in flavor.

Photo of Dalgren
1.45/5  rDev -51.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

A) Pours with light head that dissipates in no time at all clear yellow amber.

S) Strong spice smell. Smells like extract of urinal cakes. Like there is something to cover up here.

T) Overload of ginger, allspice, cloves, it ain't that nice. Where is the pumpkin? For that matter where is the beer?

M) Very thin with a mild spice bite and low fizz.

D) I will have a hard time drinking another one of these. The bad part is there is three more in my verity pack.

Photo of beergod1
3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Wow, this pumpkin Ale is taking a beating in the ratings. I think it's a Decent pumpkin ale, though. It grew on me as I worked my way through. Poured a light orange with a fine white head. Nose of pumpkin Spice and slight pumpkin. I can taste some pumpkin at the finish. Light-bodied and pretty crisp, and some earthy flavor, that's hard to describe. I think I have been getting spoiled with Some Unbelievable Pumpkin Ales (Weyerbacher,Dogfish Head,Southern Tier) to name a few.

Photo of donniecuffs
2.38/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Out of a bottle into a 4oz sampling glass, it poured an apricot color, with a thin white head that didn't retain or lace very well. Very little carbonation too. A very non-descript nose, preceded a flavor that was all malty/apply fruity, with very little spice flavor. Sweet finish as well. Thin, flat feel. Very bad specimen.

Photo of Wamesit
1/5  rDev -66.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A- Pours overly bright and thin. Looks like tonic.

S- Smells like apple-pumpkin candy.

T- Tastes like pumpkin-esque soda. Sharp, harsh. Artificial.

M- Unreal with the carbonation. Horrid.

D- Nightmare. If this were alcohol-free (which prove to me it isn't) and was marketed as a pumpkin soda I still wouldn't drink it.

Photo of getgetgettleman
2.53/5  rDev -15.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 3

Reviewed from notes 12/1/10

A=Amber yellowish/orange.

S=Heavy nutmeg and roasted root vegetable. Yeast and sweet flowers. But sort of synthetic...

T=Bubbly strong carbonation. Nutmeg, black pepper flavors and yeast. Again, sort of synthetic. Like roasting a turkey and adding all the seasoning at the end...Flavors not blending.

M= Bubbley gassy on the front end and a candied sticky finish. Synthetic.

D= Not my favorite in terms of Pumpkin Ales. But I give it an average rating as a primmer ale for those novice ale drinkers looking to expand their horizons. Just be sure to have another pumpkin ale on hand to compare it to. I would suggest La Percela No. 1 Pumpkin Ale, Jolly Pumpkin Artisan Ales, LLC Dexter, MI

Photo of colts9016
2.48/5  rDev -16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a pint glass at 40 degrees.

Appearance: A one finger head that is off white creamy and foamy. The retention on the head is poor. The color of the beer is a medium straw color with a light orange hue. The clarity of the beer is clear with carbonation.

Nose: A malty pumpkin aroma that has notes of caramel, yeast, floral, and a subtle sweetness.

Taste: Pumpkin, malt, caramel, subtle sweetness, toastiness, yeast, and floral.

The mouth feel is carbonate and thin.

Overall: The body of the beer is thin and the finish is light. This beer lacks depth and flavor, making it a tad hard to drink. I feel that if there was some depth, flavor, and body this would be a very nice beer.

Photo of climax
3.8/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

This one pours a gold color with very good clarity. The head was pretty modest, especially for how vigorously I poured it to force it up. The retention was ok, fading to a white ring with some patchy bubbles.

The aroma was strong of everything festive. Spicy pumpkin pie, butter, cinnamon, and apple cider really hit the nose strong. The plethora of spices are the usual bouquet of down home or Cracker Barrel gift store spices.

The flavor holds nothing back, this is a hardcore pumpkin beer. Obvious sweet and spicy pumpkin pie revs up both the sweet and bitter taste buds. Cinnamon twists, tart apple, diacetyls, and a dash of nuttiness make the mouth happy.

The feel and body is what this beer lacks. It's not watery, for ample carbonation keeps things crisp. But it's nothing more than light and thin. Some thickness or a bit more of an interesting feel would have really sent this one to the Chilly November sky. Obviously easy to drink, I'm damn near done with it before I know it.

Photo of BeerFMAndy
2.23/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

12 oz bottle in a Sierra Nevada imperial pint. Best Before J 11 notched.

Thanks to Onenote81 for knocking this off my wants!

A - I was one startled reviewer when this pumpkin ale poured a light-lager pale yellow straw color. Crystal clarity, it shows off the highly effervescent brew's carbonation rising to the loud and short-lived stark white head. No lace.

S - Bits of corn and husky straw fall behind a faded pumpkin spice aroma. Some nutmeg and cinnamon with mashed pumpkin. Borderline light-lager-like in aroma with a spike of pumpkin.

T - Heavy pumpkin mash and spice hits up front with a decent initial flavor but drops away due to a lack of backing malts. Honey sweetness that's almost cream ale in flavor finishes it out. It becomes cloying fairly quickly.

M - Extremely high carbonation resembles that of a college party beer and conjures up the same belching reaction. Light-bodied and spicy but finishing out with an artificial sweetness.

D - I was expecting an abomination from what I've heard about this beer but it wasn't that terrible. It's definitely a lot more light-lager-like as I kept saying and it certainly needs a lot more malt, but it would make for a fair early fall lawnmower refresher.

Photo of ToasterChef
2.85/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a cellar temperature bottle into a Pumpkinhead pint glass. Pouring into the center of the glass produces a thick white head made up of various sized bubbles and foam cap. The liquid is clear, colored golden orange, and has a lot of carbonation rising and clinging within. The head is settling quickly and leaves no lacing behind, just a slight film.

The aroma of this beer can be smelled as soon as you begin pouring. It has a lot of processed (i.e. fake) pumpkin aromas and tons of spices. Cinnamon is the most apparent to me. Lingering in the back is some crystal sugar sweetness.

Each swallow is like a mouthful of pumpkin flavoring--the stuff you get in a can, not an actual fruit. A sweetness is tasted throughout, but I can't identify it (crystal sugar, cane sugar, corn syrup?).

The beer is syrupy and has a lot of carbonation. A sticky coat is left on my lips, but not too much within my mouth.

I find this beer to be of average drinkability. I can have one or two bottles, but there are other fall seasonals I prefer. I know this beer is a big seller here in Shipyard's home market, but I think it is more of a novelty beverage than a well-crafted beer.

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

I poured this into a pint glass, it had a little white fizzy head that fizzled out quickly to nothing. The body is a pale yellow color, almost like apple juice with a lot of carbonation. I smell a strong aroma of nutmeg and cinnamon(nutmeg more dominant). The taste is just like pumpkin pie and not much else. This has a smooth mouth feel and is drinkable, i like it. My beer distributor guy said that this is one of the better pumpkin beers.

Photo of Minkybut
3.48/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

I poured this Halloween beer into my tumbler at 45 degrees. It looked pretty much like a beer with not much head. The taste was a little bit of cinnamon and had kinda of a apple pie taste to it I thought. It was okay I guess for a novelty beer. I would not buy it again though.

Photo of allergictomacros
3.33/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Clear gold with a finger or two of white foam. Drops quickly.

S - Nose is cinnamon and more cinnamon.

T - Sweet, cinnamon and ... maybe some ginger? Kinda gingerbready flavour and some generic beeriness.

M - Light body, very fizzy.

D - Not bad spicy ale. I was kinda expecting some pumpkin though.

Photo of ngeunit1
3.3/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

A - Pours a clear golden color. Only a little light head that fades quickly, but leaves behind some small lacing.

S - Smell is dominated by pumpkin pie related spices (nutmeg and hints of cinnamon), almost to the point that the pumpkin is not traceable.

T - Most of the taste is dominated by the spices. There is little taste of malt or hops and barely any pumpkin underneath the spices. The spices also linger in the aftertaste.

M - Fairly light, with a bit too much carbonation. Causes a bit of a bite to the beer.

D - Fairly drinkable, even though a bit empty beyond the spices. Not really a bad beer, just a bit unbalanced.

Photo of ghebel
2.85/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Pours clear gold with smallish, thin, 1/4 inch pure white head that lasts a short period of time. Dissipates to a very thin almost non-existent ring with no laces on the glass.

S - Grainy malt with fruity esters. Alcohol present. Most background beer aroma is hidden by up front pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg and cinnamon).

T - Strong flavor of pumpkin pie spices. No pumpkin flavor to speak of. Cannot discern any hop flavor through the overpowering spices. Leaves a lingering sensation on the palate similar to how I would imagine living in a spice cabinet.

M - Thin body with carbonation bite. Mild bitterness. A dry finish, almost sour or astringent, follows a moment of sweetness. Leaves the lips sticky however.

D - Drinkable in a pinch, but probably will not buy another 6 pack. The wife bought this one. Thanks Honey.

Overall - Light body and easy to drink, but too thin and too heavy on the spices. Maybe that is what they were going for here and I suspect it is popular with the masses. Basically, a thin beer with spices poured in.

Photo of Brez07
2.25/5  rDev -24.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Back in the day, I used to drink this by the case. Now, not so much. Reviewing a bottle that was left in my fridge from the weekend

A: Clear orange pour. Small head at first, but quickly fizzles to nothing

S: Artificial, overspiced pumpkin. Nutmeg and sugar completely overwhelm the nose. Almost hard to tell this is pumpkin

T: Watery pumpkin with some spice. Pretty sweet, but not quite cloying

M: Well carbonated. Light bodied. Touch of spice that lingers after each sip

D: Eh. Like I mentioned above, used to drink this all the time. Not sure what I was thinking. Pretty low on the pumpkin beer scale

Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
70 out of 100 based on 2,388 ratings.