Pumpkinhead Ale | Shipyard Brewing Company

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-04-2001

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2,721
pDev:
26.91%
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Photo of citizennsnipps
3.65/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

This beer is the symbol that fall is here, although they are being released sooner than before. It is a nice pumpkin brew that doesn't over do it with cinnamon or other flavors. If you want to go that route, I recommend Smashed Pumpkin. If you're planning on putting a few of these back, definitely have a more crisp backup plan as the flavor can wear on you after a couple.

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3.48/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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4.76/5  rDev +58.1%
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3.25/5  rDev +8%
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3.93/5  rDev +30.6%
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3.08/5  rDev +2.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

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2.51/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.25

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

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3/5  rDev -0.3%
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2.89/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Photo of basaywhat
2.8/5  rDev -7%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

12 oz bottle. Light copper clear pour, moderate foamy head. Aroma is pumpkin spice, pumpkin bread. Pumpkin bread flavor, subtle hop bite. Moderately carbonated.

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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

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4.5/5  rDev +49.5%
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3.54/5  rDev +17.6%
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1.23/5  rDev -59.1%
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3.75/5  rDev +24.6%
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3.74/5  rDev +24.3%
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3.8/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

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3.35/5  rDev +11.3%
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3.32/5  rDev +10.3%
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3.71/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

I've had a lot of pumpkin beers (I think is my 28th on BA), but never this one until now. It's a conventional pumpkin ale, with no tweaks, tricks, or anything fancy. That said, Pumpkinhead is a pretty good example of the style ... some pumpkin (squash) flavor, and lots of pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves). The body is medium, with light carbonation.

My favorite pumpkin beers have tended to be ones where the pumpkin/spices are an addition to a fine base beer, like a good stout. In this case, Pumpkinhead doesn't have anything else going for it, so it's a little on the bland side. Like pumpkin pie, in which the baker stuck to the basics, and didn't goose the recipe with rum, brandy, pecans, or whatnot.

If you don't like pumpkin beers at all, you won't like this beer. If you want some super amped up high ABV stout with pumpkin, you'll be disappointed. But if you just want a solid middle-of-the-road ale, with pumpkin and spices, Pumpkinhead will do just fine.

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2.82/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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2.58/5  rDev -14.3%
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3.29/5  rDev +9.3%
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Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Company
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