Pumpkinhead Ale
Shipyard Brewing Company

Pumpkinhead AlePumpkinhead Ale
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Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #215
Ranked #29,713
3.02 | pDev: 26.49%
May 26, 2023
Nov 04, 2001
Pumpkinhead AlePumpkinhead Ale
Notes: Pumpkinhead is a crisp, refreshing wheat ale with delightful aromatics and subtle spice flavor. To celebrate the fall season, we enhance the pumpkin flavor with a proprietary blend of spices including cinnamon and nutmeg.

A proper pint of Pumpkinhead is served in a pint glass rimmed with sugar and cinnamon and often accompanied by a shot of spiced rum or vanilla vodka.
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Reviewed by MikeWard from Pennsylvania

3.36/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
12oz bottle into a pint glass. Last Falls release.

Crystal clear pale amber body, head shrinks to a ring. Smells and tastes like cinnamon. Light in body which probably works in its favor.
May 26, 2023
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Reviewed by Iamaskier from Idaho

3.12/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
Looks like a lager. Smells like pumpkin spice, bread dough, and cola. Taste follows. A bit of nutmeg and cinnamon, cola, cracker on the finish. Feel is crisp, finish is dry. Rather watery. Like a pumpkin flavored AAL, which is kind of funny actually.
Feb 02, 2023
Rated: 3 by Drkstr24 from Maine

Dec 25, 2022
Rated: 3.68 by Mikeking99 from Florida

Dec 24, 2022
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Reviewed by Bitburger from Vermont

2.38/5  rDev -21.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5
OK: I don´t like pumpkin beer so i am biased but this brew is sub omni canone. Totally artificial smell, flavor and taste. Overly carbonated. Has to be ice cold to get it down.
Nov 02, 2022
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Rated by archermarks

1.64/5  rDev -45.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1
Pumpkin ale, alright packaging, smells nice but tastes like cleaning product. Do not recommend. Would rate lower on taste if possible.
Oct 26, 2022
Rated: 3.45 by Wizzman from Massachusetts

Oct 23, 2022
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Reviewed by crazyspicychef from Pennsylvania

2.13/5  rDev -29.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2
Very thin and watery pumpkin pie.
It's on the lighter side, which is a plus if drinking this with Thanksgiving dinner, as I believe that is the only place for Pumpkin beers.
Too much nutmeg & cinnamon.
There's better and there's worse pumpkin beers, but this one is definitely middle of the road. Nothing really good to say about it other than it's looks.
Oct 17, 2022
Rated: 2.92 by petrusek23 from Ohio

Oct 06, 2022
Rated: 3.47 by jzeilinger from Pennsylvania

Oct 06, 2022
Rated: 2.71 by ravger from Illinois

Oct 04, 2022
Rated: 3.51 by aprabhu from Kentucky

Oct 01, 2022
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Reviewed by jadpsu from Georgia

3.86/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
LOOK: Pours a light, bright and very clear amber with an off white head that quickly recedes to pretty much nothing.
AROMA: Pumpkin, and pumpkin spice are most prevelent. Some malt breads.
TASTE: Again pumpkin is strong. If one likes pumpkin pie you will likely love this brew. Very true to its label.
On the thin side, with low carbination, but rateing this beer to it's style this is many areas is a bullseye.
Sep 30, 2022
Rated: 3.18 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Sep 28, 2022
Rated: 3.75 by GoHabsGo from Canada (ON)

Sep 24, 2022
Rated: 3.39 by drews240 from Rhode Island

Sep 20, 2022
Rated: 2.92 by ImperatorScab from Tennessee

Sep 17, 2022
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Rated by DistrictElite from District of Columbia

2.62/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
It smells appealing. That’s the best part. After that it’s a mild and not very tasty beer. Just meh. Boring? Lacking flavor. One and one. Thanks.
Sep 16, 2022
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Reviewed by JJKBeerLvr from Pennsylvania

3.39/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a bottle into pint glass. I did not see any bottled-on date and I drank this less than 1 week after purchase.

Appearance: Amber/orange. Very clear. There is a 1-finger white head when poured. The head lasted about 1 minute, and left a very small covering. There is some lacing left on the side of the glass.

Smell: Sweet, with some pumpkin aroma. Some caramel aroma to a lesser extent. Almost like smelling a pumpkin pie.

Taste: Very nice and a unique taste. I can definitely taste the pumpkin, and there are some spicy flavors which makes for a unique taste. I like this better than other pumpkin ales I have tried.

Mouthfeel: Thin and more watery than I expected. Alcohol matches the 4.5% on the label.

This is an interesting seasonal beer. The sweet pumpkin flavors are ok. Not the same as my favorite pumpkin beers from Weyerbacher or others that have more body, more spice, and more flavors.
Sep 07, 2022
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Reviewed by maddogruss from New Jersey

3/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
Had this from a bottle.
A: pours a light amber body with small.m, white head with ok retention and lacing.
S: allspice notes; all allspice
T: clove, allspice, subtle nutmeg notes; subtle malt finish.
M: light and thin.
D: ok overall; decent.
Sep 03, 2022
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Reviewed by Hmpay82

4.86/5  rDev +60.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5
This is my all time favorite pumpkin beer. The only down side is it can be inconsistent with the spices. But I love the pumpkin spice mix and a float of whipped vodka with cinnamon and sugar on the rim make for a great dessert.
Aug 25, 2022
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Rated by SmoothOverEverything from Ohio

3.25/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
Very strong pumpkin start and fades into a more traditional lager. Very tasty.
Aug 17, 2022
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Reviewed by KT3418 from Colorado

3.05/5  rDev +1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
The fact the description tells me to have a rimmed glass and a shot already tells me this beer Is weak. More flavor than I thought when I first poured but very mild. Feel is better than I'd think. Still meh and no business being a $13.99 sixer
Aug 02, 2022
Rated: 3.25 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2022
Rated: 3.81 by Humanusfermentum from Virginia

Jan 12, 2022
Rated: 3 by hybridentropy from Angola

Nov 21, 2021
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Reviewed by nicholas2121 from Ohio

4/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
Pumpkinhead Ale brewed by Shipyard Brewing Company, with an ABV of 4.50% This pumpkin beer pours out of a 12oz glass bottle into a pint beer glass. The color is a deep golden amber color with a nice white head. There is also a nice amount of lacing to this brew, it sticks to the side of the glass well. The smell is rich with pumpkin lot of it to, mild spices to the nose. You also pick up a nice amount of grains in an malts in the smell as well. So far Pumpkinhead Ale is a nice inviting brew. Now for the taste, it is Bold with flavors. This pumpkin brew is definitely more pumpkin than spices, not saying that is a bad thing. Really kinda digging the pumpkin flavor mixed with the grains an malts. The spices are there , cinnamon, nutmeg, Ginger notes , but nothing overpowering. The body of Pumpkinhead Ale is a solid medium, there is nothing overpowering about this brew. This brew would go nice a cool fall day. The mouth feel is Bold, Rich, Pumpkin, Clean, Smooth and Refreshing. Overall I am going to give this brew a solid 4 out of 5. I would definitely look this brew up again givin the opportunity to. Shipyard Brewing Company did a super nice job with this pumpkin brew.
Nov 14, 2021
Rated: 3.66 by jcoleMA66 from Massachusetts

Oct 14, 2021
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Reviewed by ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Look – Bright orange color with transparent body and a finger of white head which disappeared quickly.

Aroma – Subtle notes of pumpkin and cinnamon with not much else going aside from maybe a mild potpourri scent.

Taste – Light. Everything about this beer is light. Light pumpkin, light cinnamon, light nutmeg, etc. Nothing too bold or robust, but it’s still there. Flavors don’t linger at all and it finishes clean.

Moutheel – Light-bodied with decent carbonation. It’s like soda on the tongue

Overall – This was probably your first pumpkin beer, and hey, as an introductory pumpkin beer, it serves its purpose. There are many better examples out there, but still, this is easy to drink and does have just enough flavor to keep you entertained.
Oct 14, 2021
Rated: 4.09 by Rhetion from Florida

Oct 07, 2021
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Reviewed by tucson_brewson from Arizona

3.18/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
12-oz can poured into a pint glass.

L- Pours a clear, golden amber color with a tinge of copper and a generous finger of tan-colored foam that dissipates quick and leaves a thin lacing.

S- Pumpkin pie, cinnamon, cloves, ginger

T- Pumpkin pie, some bready malt that follows, overload of spice and sweetness. After a few sips I realized in the aftertaste that this tastes like a Coke

F- Light-bodied, very carbonated, for a seasonal pumpkin ale it’s crisp and drinkable like a lager, finishes slightly sticky from the sweetness

O- Good enough for your once-a-year pumpkin spice fill, at least in the beer realm. Not very balanced with the pumpkin pie flavor overpowering all other aspects and the similarity to drinking a Coke. But drinkable enough to get you into the Halloween/fall spirit.
Oct 06, 2021
Rated: 3.49 by edthehead from Maryland

Sep 25, 2021
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Reviewed by Storm_Rryder from Iowa

3.75/5  rDev +24.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
This is A-OK ! Definitely pumpkin taste. Quite sweet but i find it enjoyable. It reminds me pumpkin soda i used to buy at Aldi. Not as sweet though. It's kind like one of those fruity beer, with enough fruit flavor that it doesn't feel like beer anymore. I wouldn't drink this often but fun for the season.
Sep 25, 2021
Rated: 3.79 by ummswimmin from New Jersey

Sep 11, 2021
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Reviewed by Charlottergrady

3.76/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
I look forward to at least one Shipyard Pumpkinhead every fall! A little more sweet than my ideal, and the nutmeg/pumpkin flavor could be a bit more subtle, but otherwise a great pumpkin beer. ABV is low, so a good choice if you prefer something light.
Sep 10, 2021
Rated: 4.25 by PeterBarrettJr from New York

Jul 31, 2021
Rated: 3.87 by xx_adolfhitler42069_xx from Virginia

Jan 24, 2021
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Reviewed by Opsczar from Connecticut

4.64/5  rDev +53.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75
I very rarely give flavored beers a try. Certainly when it comes to something as seasonal as pumpkin. That said, this is the ONLY pumpkin beer I will drink.

The taste isn't overly sweet or taste artificial. The best pumpkin beer on the market and thoroughly enjoyed in the fall/around Halloween.
Dec 16, 2020
Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Company
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