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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look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Tasted On: 09-25-2013
Freshness: Best by 03-2014
Packaging: 12 oz. brown bottle, twist-cap
Glassware: Mug
Purchased: Single from Pour Vous, Hendersonville, TN

A: Clear and golden beer with a white head that fades fast. I don't get any lacing.

S: Pumpkin aromas, along with spices like clove and allspice.

T: Fruity and spicey with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkins.

M: Light bodied with high carbonation, the finish is fruity with pumpkin pie spices.

O: A pretty good pumpkin beer

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3.83/5  rDev +32.5%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Let's throw this out there... this beer doesn't takes like pumpkin. Using that metric, I could see why there's a fair bit of disappointment surrounding this brew.

But otherwise, sue me, I like it. I tasted this out of a 12oz bottle into a tulip. Appearance is kind of underwhelming. The way it tastes and smells, you'd think it'd be a little less clear and a tad darker.

It's a spice bomb all the way. If you aren't a fan of it in the first 5 seconds, you're not going to get much else as you finish the bottle. Cinnamon all the way.

As a pumpkin beer, it sort of is a fail, but as a brew I like, I think it's better than that. Cheers.

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2.82/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz can

Pours a hazy golden, half inch of white head dissipates to a film.

Smells of mild citrus tartness and mildly wheaty malts. Some cinnamon peaks through. No hint of pumpkin.

Tastes of mild citrus and light grassy malts, maybe a hint of dryer papery malt character. Again, no pumpkin.

Lighter body with tingly carbonation on the tongue.

All in all, this isn't a bad summery ale. But this is supposed to be a pumpkin ale. Where's the pumpkin? Did they forget to add it to my batch? No evidence in the appearance, aroma, or flavor. While the beer itself is fine, you'd never know it was supposed to be a pumpkin ale. .

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2.03/5  rDev -29.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

A: Held up to the light, it appears pale yellow- not unlike an AAL. At a normal glance, it's orange-ish. No real head, just a thin foam cover. No lacing on the glass at any point.

S: Pumpkin meat. It's not as spicy as I'd like it to be at all. There's also a faint smell of some ambiguous, plastic-like chemical.

T: Pumpkin pie with very mild, faint spice. The faint chemical-like smell also translates to the taste. No taste is very strong, and the beer's very watery.

M: Very thin, light carbonation. Watery.

O: It was OK enough to not be a drainpour (mostly because it's REALLY rare for me to actually pour out a beer), but it's quite lacking on all fronts. I don't think I'll be drinking this again.

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look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 2.75

12 oz. bottle poured into a Sam Adams Perfect Pint. Comes out golden/yellow straw, like a valley in at harvest time. Excellent clarity and a thin white head with small fizzy bubbles. Little bit of lacing and glass retention. Gets a lot of credit for being horrible all around, but a decent looking beer. Slightly darker and more full looking than an average macro-ale.

Smell is adequate for the style, a bit too sweet for my liking. tough to distinguish, but there are some toasted malts in here; it's just really masked by all of the pumpkin pie spices. Smells more like pumpkin pie with a dab of whipped cream.

Really not a fan of the taste. It at least SLIGHTLY smells like beer, but it doesn't taste like it. Like a lite lager with the same pumpkin pie spices.

Mouthfeel is okay. Light bodied, more of a light and crisp on the mouth for a summer style than fall. Taste only slightly lingers for a few seconds then disappears. Again, a bit too sweet. Good carbonation level though. Reasonably drinkable, just not my thing.

I remember having this on tap years ago and thinking it was ok, but Pumpkin Ales have come so far these days that this is just more of a seasonal crowd pleaser than anything else. Worth trying, I'm sure it's available to almost anyone in the US these days. Was looking for an easy pumpkin beer on my night off and had this in the fridge from some friends bringing it over. Not bad, not good, in-between.

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Beer pours an extremely pale yellow with thin white head. This tells me two things: 1. The body is incredibly thin. 2. There is zero pumpkin in this beer. There is zero spice in the aroma. You can taste cinnamon, but it's as if someone took a budlight or smirnoff ice (dare I say) and sprinkled some cinnamon in there. Too me, this is barely beer and not what I look for in a pumpkin beer.

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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
2.89 out of 5 based on 2,683 ratings.
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