Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Pumpkinhead AleShipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

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2,432 Ratings

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Ratings: 2,432
Reviews: 850
rAvg: 2.98
pDev: 27.52%
Wants: 32
Gots: 372 | 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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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Appearance: golden amber color

Overall: If you really like a pumpkin taste, this beer is for you. It has taste of cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet, and of course pumpkin. Good fall beer, especially if you want a pumpkin fix.

Photo of jordie123
1.25/5  rDev -58.1%

Found this on sale at the local distributor on Halloween; 12 oz cans. Real harrible; just terrible.

Photo of goodbeer4cheap
4.75/5  rDev +59.4%

I rate this one closer to tops. Do not know why. I have had 24 pumpkin beers this year and that number is going up each days. Shipyard smashed pumpkins is better but it costs so much more that I cannot say it is better. All beer should be rated on a cost to ounce scale and that is how I come to saying you BRO's are so wrong on this one but so right on many other styles. I want pumpkin pie in My pumpkin beers and I get this solidly in this and you guys can eat your Pumpking ratings because you rate on cool factors and pumpking is a pumpkin beer with little spice and a high alcohol rating and price. Shipyard only follows O'Fallon Pumpkin in my book and if you count the years I went pumpkin you can say I am rating on 60+ although I am new to this site. Pumpking is pumpkin pulp ipa and lame on seasoning. At least this beer has it and is a six pack for a 22 oz bottle of the smashed pumpkin which wins in my book over Pumpking. Kings are dead and the prime ministers and presidents rule and I will go with this beer over it any day and O'Fallon is my pumpkin beer king if price matters. Not alcohol content.

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.05/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, golden amber colored with a short white head that dissipates leaving a little lacing, clear

S: light pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove

T: the flavor is pretty intense pumpkin pie spice but artificial, sweet, slight flavor of Sprite

M: watery and flat

O: Meh, it isn't that offensive. Think of it as the Bud Light Lime of pumpkin beers.

Photo of WestHam973
1.5/5  rDev -49.7%

way too flowery, couldn't finish a bottle

Photo of barnabasdog
4/5  rDev +34.2%

A- golden orange, nice head but no retention or lacing, good visibility

S- tons of sour apple and light spice

T- cinnamon, nutmeg, apple, pumpkin spice,

M- very light and watery but surprisingly refreshing

O- I actually really enjoy this beer. It's like a pumpkin spice hard cider. Not what I expected from the warmer, malty, and heavy pumpkins I'm accustomed to. I appreciate how refreshing and light this pumpkin ale is!

Photo of NonSequitur
4.5/5  rDev +51%

I'm surprised by the 69 BA rating, and angry about the bros 41 score. Without being prejudiced by the label or description, Pumpkinhead simply delivers a great tasting and refreshing product in this category. And unlike the more expensive Pumple Drumkin ($11 for 6), this one is inexpensive, widely available, and tastes like what it says it tastes like. I look forward to this one each fall.

Photo of jennw2ns
2.5/5  rDev -16.1%

It's ok.

Photo of rob111270
2/5  rDev -32.9%

TERRIBLE!!!! Enough Said!!!!

Photo of Eando35
3.75/5  rDev +25.8%

I had this for the first time Fall 2013 and wasn't a huge fan - it tasted a bit artificial and overly spiced compared to some of the other spiced pumpkin ales that I tried. However, I bought another 6 pack a few weeks ago (in spirit of the season) to find that it tasted much better. Not sure if they lowered the amount of spice or not but it came out nicely. Pours a golden color with a hazy colored head. Tastes of cinnamon and pumpkin with a splash of nutmeg. Combines really well with cider and other spiced liquors for when you're sitting around a fire!

Photo of JohnFatAss
2.28/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 1.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

More of a pumpkin soda than a pumpkin beer.
It tastes like a cheap beer with artificial pumpkin pie spices added.
Light orange color, fizzy, watery mouthfeel.
It is drinkable, but not very enjoyable or satisfying.
Just about any other pumpkin ale would be a better choice.

Photo of Robjm1987
3.36/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Beer is ok, not much pumpkin too much cinnamon. ABV is rather low
compared to others. Typical fall favorite,
but not mine. Aroma and look there, but not taste.

Photo of AdrianAltine
4/5  rDev +34.2%

Good Beer good pumpkin taste with a slight nutmeg taste

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.18/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a mason jar: color is gold, head is bright white but dissipates quickly to a ring, no lacing.

Aroma is probably the best quality of this ale: light spice, good amount of wheat, subtle earthy, fleshy pumpkin.

Taste is thinner, as described it is refreshing, a lighter pumpkin ale. Flavor is crisp, good amount of wheat, subtle pumpkin and moderate spice; spice is ginger, clove, all spice and cinnamon.

Mouthfeel is a bit crisp and lager like for a pumpkin ale.

Overall, a thinner, crisper pumpkin ale - not my preference but not a bad take on the style

Photo of aristotle
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

I actually like this beer. No head. Light Color. Not your traditional pumpkin beer. BUT it is what is marketed to be.

The flavor is refreshing - just like they market it. Shipyard isn't marketing a super intense Fall explosion. According to Shipyard, "Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale is a crisp and refreshing wheat ale with delightful aromatics and subtle spiced flavor."

If you are reading the description when you purchase the beer then you should expect a lighter subtle pumpkin beer. The beer tasted how it was described. It was great for a sunny Fall day - a great transition from Summer beers to something more intense.

Photo of Ds0589
3/5  rDev +0.7%

Surprised this beer is ranked so low. It's not great but it's a good session beer and good for the season. It's a darker gold. The head is only around for a few seconds. The aroma I'm picking up on is mainly cinnamon. I'm liking the spices in this beer and the taste has a bit of cinnamon and you pick up on the pumpkin presence fairly easily as well. It is a little too watery which would be my main complaint about it, yet the spices, cinnamon and pumpkin to blend together nicely and while it's not a great pumpkin beer, it isn't half bad either. Definitely could have a few of these.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.14/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Deep golden colored with great clarity. A fingernail of eggshell white head is present,but not for long. Aroma is of cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste is overwhelmingly spiced nutmeg and cinnamon. The body is a bit thin and the spices are a bit much.

Photo of Boca-X
3.75/5  rDev +25.8% weak? Great beer, killer pumpkin flavor...the low ABV keeps the geeks at bay...whatever, enjoy a great session pumkin brew...easy drinking with a ton of flavor!

Photo of logicalparadox
1.5/5  rDev -49.7%

Ick! Watery. Way too much spice. Mostly pumpin pie spices, with a weak backbone. Just... no. Don't even bother.

Photo of Nthode33
4/5  rDev +34.2%

Best pumpkin ale I've experienced thus far. Cinnamon sugar around the rim isn't needed, can taste the flavor right away

Photo of yarnbomb
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

Okay, so i really like this beer in a convenience store junk food kind of way. Like when you're driving through the dregs of PA and come across a Sheetz and it's the best thing ever even though you know it's really very bad. It comes in cans, which taste way better than the bottles. Also, don't bother pouring it anywhere else than your mouth.

Photo of Chris_Kifer
4/5  rDev +34.2%

If you like pumpkin bread you'll like this beer

Photo of RobVS
3.5/5  rDev +17.4%

I love this time of the year because of all the pumpkin beers that come out. I tend to like the pumpkin beers that have a lot of spice and pumpkin flavor to them. I was a little disappointed with this beer. The reason that I bought this beer is because I wanted to try something new. The pumpkin and spice flavor is not as intense as I like and once you swallow the beer the flavor goes down with it.

Photo of Badmofo
1/5  rDev -66.4%

Too sweet. One is ok

Photo of Treyliff
2.83/5  rDev -5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75

12oz can to pint glass

A- pours a clear deep golden yellow color with a small fizzy white head that disappears completely, leaving no trace of lace behind

S- cola and sugar candy aroma with hints of cinnamon. Also picking up an artificial caramel aroma

T- sugary and sweet up front with an artificial cola-like taste that kicks in mid-palate and continues into the finish, hints of cinnamon on a dry finish

M- medium-light body with moderate carbonation leads to a foamy-creamy mouthfeel and a crisp-dry finish

O- this one is just too artificial tasting, it reminds me or watered down cola with cinnamon, not a good example of the style

Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
69 out of 100 based on 2,432 ratings.