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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-04-2001

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Photo of Josh
4.12/5  rDev +42.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance – The beer poured a nice pale golden color. There was about a finger of head on top. I couldn't wait to taste it, so I have idea how long the head would have lasted. After my first sip a very thin white head covered the entire top of the beer and no lacing was left on the glass. A constant flow of small carbonation bubbles flowed from the bottom of the glass to the top thin layer of head.

Smell – The smell is nothing more than pure fall. It smelled of a very deep dark pumpkin pie spice. I could smell the entire pie. There was a strong nutmeg smell followed by a hint of cinnamon and the beer finished with the scent of burnt graham cracker pie crust.

Taste – The taste brings you though exactly what the smell does. It starts with alcohol and carbonation to nutmeg, to cinnamon, to burnt pie crust.

Mouth feel – The beer is very light and very carbonated. So much carbonation that the alcohol taste stands out until the carbonation subsides and reminds the mouth of spice.

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Photo of RedAleMan
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of ABokononist
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of Bito401
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%

Photo of Mikeynas
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of javahead71
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Photo of Highvoltageism
2.54/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

I'm into the short comments about brews and not a professional. This beer, or should I say malt beverage, which is on the label isn't worth having. Looks like a wheat beer and first impressions are OK, but then a swallow and you get a generic pumpkin spice taste then a low quality mouth feel and non-existent finish. I was disappointed because of the hefty price and attractive packaging.

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Photo of Mojo
2.38/5  rDev -17.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Okay if I'm being honest, this is a pretty shitty beer. It pours up a urine colored gold with a one finger off white head, leaving zero lacing. There is really no discernible smell, at least to my nose. Mouthfeel is about average, certainly nothing wonderful. Taste is kind of metallic with only a hint of pumpkin spice. If I didn't know better I'd think it was an AAL. This one came close to being drain pour. Thank goodness I only had one bottle of it. Never again.

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Photo of randomjazzr
2/5  rDev -30.8%

Photo of BadaBeer
1/5  rDev -65.4%

Photo of StoutIrish
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of Kerrie
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of dvmin98
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%

Photo of johnpdennis
4/5  rDev +38.4%

Photo of mrunseen
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of docrates
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of MRclean
3.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Vessel: I poured this beer from a 12 oz. can into an SA "perfect glass". I really enjoy the fact that I can get this beer in a can. Let's keep this trend up craft beer!

Appearance: Light golden color with a hint of orange. Pours with decent white foam head that dissipates gradually. The beer has a haze to it.

Smell: the aroma is light but distinctive of pumpkin spice, not over powering.

Taste: The beer is very light and not overpowering at all when it comes to the pumpkin, but there is no doubt that it is a pumpkin beer from the spice notes. Its departure from other pumpkin beers I have had is the lack of sweetness. I find this to be a nice change.

Mouthfeel: Light in body and finishes dry.

Overall: This is an enjoyable beer and a nice departure from the super sweet over powerful pumpkin beers that are beginning to flood the market. I you are looking for a light pumpkin beer that you can have more than one of before you are pumpkin's out than give this one a shot.

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Photo of Ryanc23
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of beerbrains
4.25/5  rDev +47.1%

Photo of Dolfan907
2.75/5  rDev -4.8%

Photo of bzach
3.25/5  rDev +12.5%

Photo of creez
4/5  rDev +38.4%

Photo of brureview
3.02/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer is not in the same class as the Smashed Pumpkin.

Lackluster faint honey color.

Aroma: very light aroma of pumpkin

Mouth feel: weakly carbonated

Finish: mostly lemon which overshadows the pumpkin flavor.

Overall: this comes off more as a macro beer than a craft beer. Perhaps it is brewed for the mass market seeking a pumpkin "craft beer". Disappointing after drinking the Smashed Pumpkin- which is a distinctive fall seasonal.

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Photo of csurowiec
1.5/5  rDev -48.1%

Photo of Scandoppelganger
3.75/5  rDev +29.8%

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