Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Pumpkinhead AleShipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-04-2001

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Photo of ExtraStout
2.7/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

It pours lager yellow with maybe a bit more copper. There is a thin white head that does not last too long. Little lacing and ample carbonation.

This is not what I expected. It didn't look, smell, or taste like an ale. It was just too light. I did like the spiciness of the beer - nutmeg and cinnamon (pumpkin pie), but if it had been backed up by a more robust platform I would have enjoyed it more. 1 beer maybe enough for most.

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Photo of jsisko01
3.98/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - Pours a very clear, golden-orange color with an inch and a half thick, fluffy white head.

Smell - Pumpkin and apple pie.. Cinnamon and nutmeg, maybe some ginger. Definitely smells like a spicy brew.

Taste - I taste some coriander and slight hints of cinnamon. Pumpkin for sure along with some ginger, nutmeg, and clove. It's a pretty sweet beer.

Mouthfeel - It has a pretty thick body with quite a bit of carbonation.

Overall - If you're into pumpkin ales you'll definitely like this beer. It's better than most of the ones I've tried.

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Photo of JohnnyM2002
2.67/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass at around 45 degrees.

A - Unimpressive amber/brown with little-to-no head; no retention is evident from the little white that sprouted up.

S - A little spice comes out with a sweet backdrop. Nothing else to report...

T - Flavor is more pleasing than the aroma lets off. More of a pale ale with hints of malty, pumpkin spice.

M - Little carbonation and a light body...felt better as it neared room temperature.

D - Overall, I'm glad I tried it - just for the sake of drinking another pumpkin ale on Halloween - but I wouldn't be in any rush to pick up another one. I'm not a big fan of Shipyard as a whole, but this doesn't slander my opinion of them any further. If you can pick one up, grab it, but don't make any special trips.

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Photo of mpolewan
3.61/5  rDev +24.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of s35keith
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of Gmartin75
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of mmmbeer89
2.59/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

it's very sweet and pumpkiny, it pretty much tastes like pumpkin pie. it's good if you're only drinking one for a seasonal but not good on a regular basis.

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Photo of Dur921
2.76/5  rDev -4.5%

Photo of CBlack85
2.11/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a globe glass

to create a good/great pumpkin beer you must first start with a good/great base beer. This beer is utterly unremarkable on all levels.

The beer pours a dark straw/light amber color that sits dead in the glass with no liveliness of carbonation, a thin white head that disappears quickly, and leaves behind no lacing to speak of. The aroma is metallic and sweet, with no underlying maltyness for the pumpkin spices to play off of. The flavor completely mimics the aroma, no character at all. Just a bland, unimaginative, overly sweet beer with no inspiration at all...

While I am completely unimpressed and underwhelmed by this beer, I can find no technical flaws or off flavors. There is nothing actually wrong with this beer, just nothing actually right with it either.

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Photo of SkunkWorks
3.14/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Pours a straw color. Nice head that dissipates very quickly. Overpowering aroma of pumpkin pie spices. The beer itself has an overpowering taste of pumpkin pie spice, which is nice but doesn't really taste like a beer. Its easy to drink since there's no bitterness whatsoever. Overall, an okay beer. Probably will not be trying it again though.

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Photo of insearchofhops
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Ragingbull
3.07/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Dark gold in color with no head to speak of and very active prickle. The nose is very mildly pumpkin and spice. Sweet pumpkin attack. The flavor is very mild with only a faint trace of pumpkin. Very light. Clean finish and hints of pumpkin in the aftertaste. I am a big fan of pumpkin and would have liked to see a little more of it in the beer. It seemed very "safe" in my estimation.

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Photo of aepb1
1.74/5  rDev -39.8%
look: 1 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

A- Hazy yellow-orange with a tiny white head that fades instantly to nothing...

S- Cinnamon like pumpkin pie but nothing else

T- Mostly pumpkin spice and even then mostly cinnamon...

M- Thin/light with way too much carbonation

D- Maybe this would be ok as a warm cider

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Photo of Bromine
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of jkd03c
3.75/5  rDev +29.8%

Photo of stratusjeans
3.43/5  rDev +18.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Brez07
2.27/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Back in the day, I used to drink this by the case. Now, not so much. Reviewing a bottle that was left in my fridge from the weekend

A: Clear orange pour. Small head at first, but quickly fizzles to nothing

S: Artificial, overspiced pumpkin. Nutmeg and sugar completely overwhelm the nose. Almost hard to tell this is pumpkin

T: Watery pumpkin with some spice. Pretty sweet, but not quite cloying

M: Well carbonated. Light bodied. Touch of spice that lingers after each sip

D: Eh. Like I mentioned above, used to drink this all the time. Not sure what I was thinking. Pretty low on the pumpkin beer scale

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Photo of Chinaskifan1
2.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Photo of NCbeerpirate
2/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of mlklein27
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of CaptJackHarkness
4.8/5  rDev +66.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Twelve ounce bottle freshness dated to March 2013.

Aroma has a malty sweet scent slight trace of grassiness. Pours a hazy orange yellow with large off white head. No lacing of glass. Clean pumpkiny taste, not over spiced or pumpkin PIE flavored. No bitter aftertaste, very crisp.

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Photo of TriageStat
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Dapper_Dan_Man
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of markdrinksbeer
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of bewareOFpenguin
1/5  rDev -65.4%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

This was beyond bad. Very light cloudy color. Tasted like cold Earl Grey tea. No body, hops and surprisingly, pumpkin taste. This was the FIRST brewpub beer I could only finish two sips then quit. I asked for my money back. My wife thought I was insane. This beer is an embaressment to Federal Jacks. And the barkeep had the nerve to say that it was better than Gritty's pumpkin.

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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
2.89 out of 5 based on 2,672 ratings.
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