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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pDev:
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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

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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

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

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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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3.75/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of egrandfield
3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Pleasantly surprised. It's like a pumpkin spice beer, but NOT in an overly sugary way. Definitely would have this again.

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3.36/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of PMakowski
2.73/5  rDev -9.3%
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-

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Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.01 out of 5 with 2,749 ratings