Pumpkinhead Ale | Shipyard Brewing Company

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Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
shipyard.com

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
umpkinhead 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.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-04-2001

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Photo of turbasco
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of KMcGrath
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Gajo74
3.14/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a clear golden orange with visible carbonation. The head dissipates but yields a thin ring of lace.
Aromas of pumpkin purée, cinnamon and nutmeg. All throughout, there is a backdrop of wheat malt.
The taste starts of rather clean and watery. A thin and seemingly artificial flavoring of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices begins to develop amidst a soft wheat malt flavor; they taste somewhat at odds with each other. No bitterness and a tiny iota of peppery hops flavor.
Medium to light bodied, rather thin overall, crisp and with a mostly clean finish.
Not particularly impressed by this one as it’s unbalanced and rather bland. Not good as a stand alone but passable with Thanksgiving leftovers.

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Photo of Tone
3.3/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pours a clear gold color. 3/4 inch head of a white color. Great retention and slight lacing. Smells of slight pumpkin, pale malt, hint of cinnamon, hint of nutmeg, and a hint of citrus hops. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Beer. Mouth feel is sharp and clean, with a high carbonation level. Tastes of slight pumpkin, pale malt, hint of cinnamon, grass, hint of nutmeg, and a hint of citrus hops. Overall, good appearance, but poor blend, too carbonated, and mostly spice and grass.

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Photo of Barleycorn
3.21/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jprudhomme7
3.25/5  rDev +8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Aeroscorp
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of cgrunin
3.03/5  rDev +0.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of alexsergio
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of jschott75
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Samhhhh
4.04/5  rDev +34.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of jeffdr123
3.28/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

On tap at Oak and Stone. My least favorite of the pumpkin beers. But that's just because it's wheat based. If you're a Witbier fan, this might be just your thing. Much lighter and crisper than other pumpkins.

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Photo of Colton89
3.1/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of rsuarez1982
2.54/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of matthewbrown324
3.43/5  rDev +14%
look: 2.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of chiefz1
2.08/5  rDev -30.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

Photo of shanegatter
2.33/5  rDev -22.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Not very appealing

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Photo of Kwright
5/5  rDev +66.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of sqpat
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Dalkri
5/5  rDev +66.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Photo of depechemode1983
3.24/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Pours out a clear pale gold color. The head is white and thin with little retention. No lacing.

The nose is reminiscent of pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, brown sugar, pumpkin, vanilla. It smells like a store bought pumpkin pie is all I can say. And that isn't a bad thing. Its fairly aromatic as well.

The taste falls short. Its a watered down version of the nose with cheap beer corn sweetness.

Feels god. Its light, its smooth, its crisp. Session pumpkin feel.

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3.52/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of lukaspodolski
2.93/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L: Light brown with short white foamy head
S: Mild gourdy and wheat-like smell
T: Pretty mild for a pumpkin ale, nutmeg stands out. Otherwise not much of well balanced body at all. Wheaty and hoppy.
F: Mildly carbonated, more watery than anything
O: Different than any other pumpkin ale I’ve had, stronger on the spice flavor than the pumpkin flavor. It sits on the lower end of pumkin flavored brews. Overall, not that impressive.

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3.29/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of MonDak_Joe1953
3.42/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12oz bottle into glass. No dating information found.
Clear, deep gold colored body. Minimal foaming with initial pour, with the result being a skiff of head and a thin ring. No lacing.
Smells of wheat malt, and the spices of cinnamon and nutmeg.
In the taste is the zing of the wheat malt, and minor notes of cinnamon and nutmeg. Not sweet at all.
Thin mouth feel. Okay carbonation.
Rather thin ale, with some fall aroma and taste notes of spices associated with pumpkin dessert dishes. A lot of pumpkin beers are sweet, this one is not.

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Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.01 out of 5 with 2,753 ratings