Pumpkinhead Ale
Shipyard Brewing Company

Pumpkinhead AlePumpkinhead Ale
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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #387
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3.04 | pDev: 26.64%
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
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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Opsczar from Connecticut

4.64/5  rDev +52.6%
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
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kj35 from New York

3.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Not my favorite pumpkin beer. It's meh. Smells great but it's a bit blah. I'll drink it but I prefer more pumpkin flavor in a pumpkin beer. This is probably the weakest of it.

Nov 20, 2020
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andrewjraab from Michigan

3.18/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A - Golden brown with some orange tints and good clarity. Thin sheen of bubbles and head surrounds the glass.

S - Pumpkin pie, pumpkin spice, caramel, malts, nutmeg and spices. Overload of pumpkin dominates the nose on this.

T - Front loaded with pumpkin, spices present - nutmeg, five spice, caramel, malts. A bit of an overload of pumpkin that just isn't balanced out.

O - Decent Pumpkin brew, but lacks a bit of touch and balance.

Nov 15, 2020
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akaizer from Virginia

3.49/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From a bottle. Poured out with a short lived off-white foam head with a clear, golden-amber body. Scent is pleasantly of pumpkin with minor hints of spiced flavors (nutmeg, then cinnamon). Taste follows, although at times their is an almost stagnant like quality (like nutmeg that is a bit old), although in general the flavors are pleasant. Feel is on the crisper and lighter side with only a slight nutmeg aftertaste remaining, which doesn't exactly surprise me given its lower ABV and wheat ale background but could do with a bit more heft. Overall much more like a wheat ale with a smattering of pumpkin with a dash of spice rather than pumpkin pie in a bottle which can be a nice change of pace.

Oct 26, 2020
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GreesyFizeek from New York

2.64/5  rDev -13.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

This one pours a light straw yellow, with a slight orange tint, with a small head, and a bit of lacing.

This smells like very little, with some kind of corniness, some metallic aromas, perfume, and light cinnamon.

This essentially tastes like a light lager with a pumpkin candle lightly shaved into it. It's not very good - not good at all. There's a weird floral almost perfumey/dishwater sort of thing as well.

This is very thin, and a little bit flat, and just not an enjoyable thing to drink.

This really can't be recommended for anybody. It's just quite poorly made.

Oct 04, 2020
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Tony210 from New Jersey

3.79/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear medium yellow/orange color. Aroma is mainly pumpkin, not the usual spice aromas. Flavor is again mostly pumpkin, not to a of pumpkin spice like so many other pumpkin beers. Pretty light bodied, carbonation is appropriate. Overall a very easy drinking pumpkin beer that is not overly spiced.

12 oz bottle
3.75 rating

Sep 27, 2020
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rudiecantfail from Pennsylvania

3.47/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle poured into a Duvel tulip glass.

L---Rich golden color. Crystal clear. One finger soapy, white head faded quickly to a ring. and left nice lacing.

S---Light spices (nutmeg, clove, allspice, cinnamon). No actual pumpkin.

T---Follows the nose. All pumpkin spices, no actual fruit. Kind of just generic "pumpkin beer" flavor.

F---Fairly light, which could be expected from the low ABV. Well carbonated. A bit airy even.

O---A pretty piddling example of a pumpkin ale. Literally nothing special.

Sep 23, 2020
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k8kruk from New York

3.39/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

So, pumpkin ale - not PSL - is where my basic bitch shines. Southern Tier, Pumking and all its variants are right up the road, so even though I’ve never met a pumpkin ale I disliked, I know what the really good stuff tastes like.

All that said, this was solid and I enjoyed it. Not the prettiest, creamiest or most sophisticated beer out there, but you will enjoy it when the temperature is 50-68 degreees. Lightly spiced with those ubiquitous fall flavors, a touch sticky and highly drinkable.

Sep 20, 2020
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

2.74/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.75

Look: Pours a light orange, yellow hue with a half finger off white head that fizzles away immediately. Leaves no lacing.

Aroma: Very mild / nondescript. Not much on the nose, which is very disappointing. I'm getting some off metallic/aluminum notes. Sugary pumpkin puree in the background but it's very tepid. Vague cinnamon and graham cracker but it's muted and hard to pick out.

Taste: There's a strange, almost apple cider cinnamon / cranberry flavor to it . . . very odd. The pumpkin flavor is mild, almost an afterthought. Some sour undertones . . . yeah I'm not digging it but it isn't that bad. Thankfully the metallic notes on the nose don't translate over to the palate. Moderate creaminess. Aftertaste of dry cinnamon and tepid pumpkin puree. Overall very underwhelming but not necessarily bad or offensive. It's nothing to write home about however. I have a feeling the nutmeg and cinnamon they are adding to this masks a lot of the beers flaws (and even it's good qualities unfortunately).

Feel: Probably the best thing the beer has going for it. Medium body (although most of the weight is coming from the spice), medium carbonation. Borderline fizzy. Somewhat thirst quenching, if it weren't for the lingering effects of the spice. Apparently this is brewed with wheat? It doesn't feel like it, but again, I have a feeling that's due to the amount of spice being used here, and the relatively high carbonation.

Overall: You can tell this was made with concentrate and not fresh pumpkin. A real shame, because this would be a lot better if it was, and if they dialed back the spice a tad. For what it's worth, the cinnamon/nutmeg spice is a nice redeeming quality, but spice shouldn't be center stage in a pumpkin beer, pumpkin should be. A lot of people get turned off by a good rich pumpkin beer which is probably why they went for a lighter version of the style, something a little more palatable to the masses. Still for people who like the roasted, nutty flavor of pumpkin it's unmistakable when compared to concentrate and dearly missed here. This would probably appeal to people who are looking for a lighter style pumpkin ale, but I need more pumpkin in my pumpkin beer.

At the end of the day it's decent, but it could be so much better.

Sep 16, 2020
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HopHippie from Wisconsin

4.29/5  rDev +41.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Finally! A good pumpkin beer. After tasting a LOT of pumpkin beers ranging from blue moon to lakefront brewery I really only found one that I thought was OK. but this is a great blend between authentic pumpkin flavor and great pumpkin spice with vanilla. The lakefront brewery pumpkin tasted like a generic lager with pumpkin spice dumped into it but this was a pleasant surprise that tasted just like a pumpkin pie with some wheat beer to it. I am an outlier in this for sure but its quite literally the perfect blend to be liquid pumpkin pie. It lacks depth and great beer characteristics like malt depth but realistically a lot of specialty beers like these do. Id put this on the same pedestal if not higher than punkin from dogfish.

Aug 16, 2020
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chitoryu12 from Florida

3.6/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Clear gold with a slight orange tint. About one finger of foamy white head with decent retention.

Smell: Strong pumpkin spice scent over toasted wheat and orange peel.

Taste: Artificial pumpkin spice and mild canned pumpkin with a slight metallic undercurrent. Very low hop flavor and almost no bitterness, with a pumpkin spice aftertaste lingering.

Mouthfeel: Slightly thin, with decent carbonation.

Overall: A completely average, sweet, and drinkable pumpkin beer for casual Halloween drinking.

Aug 08, 2020
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.14/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

An easy pour from a 12-oz. can nets a finger of off-white creamy foam with long retention. Clear and light pale orange color with fine rising bubbles, golden yellow in bright light.

Pumpkin spice greets the nose with canned pumpkin in the background. Toasted wheat (Wheat Thins) and sweet malt merge with faint hops. A slight musty fruit smell sneaks in.

The taste mirrors the smell, semi-dry and moderately spicy yet lightly bitter. Pumpkin taste leeds as sweet and toasted malt flavor keep things honest. The finish is quick and Lager-like, clean and almost crisp. That musty taste reappears during the aftertaste while spice lingers with pumpkin pie crust.

Light body with average carbonation, balanced and easy going down. There was no lasting lacing and that musty smell/taste doesn't belong.

Nov 10, 2019
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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey

3.82/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a translucent light copper color with a fast receding head, Smell is pumpkin, spices ,apple, Taste pumpkin,spices.Feels incredibly carbonated and crisp with a super light finish. If you don't like pie in a glass this is for you. Overall somewhat watery but workable Pumpkin beer. Not cloyingly sweet on any level. Very thin bodied. I at first did not realize this was a wheat beer. Will adjust accordingly.

Oct 22, 2019
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MattBeer from California

1.67/5  rDev -45.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 1

This beer was terrible. Immediate drain pour. It looked the part, but tasted like a piece of pumpkin bread that had been left to ferment. I know you might expect that flavor profile from a pumpkin beer, maybe? But every other pumpkin beer I've had has been much better.

Oct 13, 2019
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nikij from California

2.69/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

L: A golden color with not much head and no lacing really.
S: It smells strongly of cinnamon and nutmeg.
T: Very Syrup-y with a lot of cinnamon.
F: Light and smooth.

Def not the best pumpkin ale..

Oct 12, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

3.86/5  rDev +27%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a custom taster; no production information.
A: Pour a crystal clear, golden color with a two finger, white head, but low retention and almost no lacing.
S: Sharply tangy with aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon and cloves.
T: Semisweet and tart. Flavors consistent with the nose. Bitterness very much in balance.
M: Light bodied with moderate carbonation.
O: A very enjoyable, dry version of the style.

Sep 23, 2019
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

2.96/5  rDev -2.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A bit of pumpkin smell after first being opened and poured. Poured with a couple fingers of frothy white head that took its time dissipating. Pale gold color, pretty clear. When cold, tastes a bit like pumpkin, but pretty bland. As it warms, the pumpkin is still present but more cinnamon at the end of a drink. Drinkable, but quite bland and not something I would buy to drink again compared to other pumpkin ales.

Sep 10, 2019
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Bouleboubier from New Jersey

4.38/5  rDev +44.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

(12 oz bottle - is that a twist-off?! seriously??... purchased single off shelf... poured into a Belhaven pub pint)

L: polished-clear, pale amber-gold liquid (?!?); not much foam on the pour... bit of a collar persists; absolutely no lace... this color is really throwing me off, shifting my perspective on the style... looks more like a finely-filtered Pumking??

S: pumpkin pie spice - interestingly, this may be the most pumpkin-pie smellin' pumpkin ale I ever smelt, pretty remarkable...

T: unsurprisingly, pumpkin pie, crust and all... WOW!!... how the hell did they pull this off?!... not terribly sweet; wheaty, doughy aftertaste; nutmeg well ahead too, but at the perfect balance with the other spices

F: subtle syrupy slickness up front; highly carbonated, almost effervescent... in the end, far from laborious or languid upon the lengua... rather tight and crisp, almost like an ice beer

O: astonishingly, my first time having this... this is truly pumpkin pie in liquid form, and I dare say criminally underrated, but clearly an outlier... sure, it lacks expected malt depth and a modicum of dessert-y sweetness, but barely... and good heavens, did they nail the spice combo and gave it the proper, drinkable, foundational support... remarkable brew... would I get it again? - NO - but I'll surely tell all of my experience (1456)

Aug 21, 2019
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Gajo74 from New York

3.14/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Nov 27, 2018
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Tone from Missouri

3.3/5  rDev +8.6%
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.

Nov 18, 2018
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jeffdr123 from Florida

3.28/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Oct 12, 2018
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depechemode1983 from Texas

3.24/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

Sep 28, 2018
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lukaspodolski from New Jersey

2.93/5  rDev -3.6%
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.

Sep 21, 2018
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MonDak_Joe1953 from Minnesota

3.42/5  rDev +12.5%
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.

Sep 17, 2018
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PMakowski from New Hampshire

2.73/5  rDev -10.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

12 Oz Bottle poured into glass
Look - Very generic looking beer. Straw colored with basically no foam and no glass lacing. Weak.
Smell - Aroma is of pumpkin, pumpkin bread to be more specific. Not quite pumpkin pie, not much in the way of cloves. It actually reminds me of the smell of pumpkin ice cream, a dairy note.
Taste - Very little pumpkin flavor unfortunately, mostly the spices dominate. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and ginger especially. It actually tastes more like Apple Pie in my honest opinion. It has a very cinnamon taste to the point where it almost takes like a cinnamon apple crumble. No hops or malt really come into play. Medium-high carbonation. I would say it's a drinkable beer but the flavor is strongly spiced, and so for me I don't want more than one of these

Overall, i had high hopes for this, but this is not a good beer. It doesn't have a pumpkin flavor, end of story. It has no backbone either, which is the biggest issue i have. After the spices hit the palate, its just a watery mess.
Grade is a C-

Sep 11, 2018
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