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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look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance: Very light pumpkin ale. Almost looks like a light wheat ale, sort of a cross between Blue Moon and Goose Island 312. Overall, I like this for how different it is.

Smell: Light fruity notes with some hay. A bit adjunct-like.

Taste/Mouthfeel: Since this is a pumpkin ale, it is therefore natural that this tastes like...cucumber? I swear that's the main flavor that I taste, backed up by some cloves. It's almost like they are going for a pickle beer here. (Now that would be an interesting idea.) This is just weird. I like some of the flavor notes, but the cucumber-ness is plain out different. Mouthfeel is generally speaking pretty good. Very crisp, but there's a sourness from the cucumber that I don't like.

Overall Drinkability: One of the strangest beers I've ever had.

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12 oz bottle best before Feb '13, into a Hoffman House chalice.

A - On the lighter side of the style; dark gold with a good but spritzy white head. Slightly hazy. Moderate carbonation visible.

S - More cinnamon than many, and relatively mild. Good.

T - Brisk initial carbonation with a bready maltiness. Spices don't kick in until late and are in the background. Very clean with a dry finish.

M - Light body with high carbonation.

O - A sessionable, clean pumpkin ale. This is on the extreme light side of the style. More of a macro-style pumpkin beer, but without major flaws.

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Bought a six-pack at Table and Vine. The drink poured with a large head and solid lacing on the side. The color had a slightly amber gold-tone appearance and carbonation is visible through the relatively clear body. Pumpkin spices were apparent in the aftertaste, but flavors when sipped were mostly light wheat, nutmeg, and vanilla. Mouthfeel is a bit light and watery despite what appeared to be a carbonated beverage. Overall, an average pumpkin beer.

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Bottle best by Feb of 13.
Poured into a tulip

A- An aggressive pour yields a very golden beer with 2 fingers of bright white head that does not linger very long and also does not lace the glass at all. Does not look like what one would expect a pumpkin ale to look like. Color does not remind me of fall at all.

S- Smells tart. Not much pumpkin/yam/butternut squash aromas here. Also seems like it's lacking in the spice department also. Seems to have an earthy herbal or grassy aroma.

T- Pumpkin flavor is not up to par with the others in this style. Seems very muted, along with the spice flavors. Tastes grainy, like it full of adjuncts. Very light flavor of a raw yam, with no spices.

M- Seems fizzy and over carbonated for the style. Very light in body.

O- Does not seem up to par as others in this style. Flavors seem very off and muted. One could call this a gateway Pumpkin Ale for a newbie to Pumpkin Ales. In my humble opinion it's not worth trying. There are far better Pumpkin Ales out there for your hard earned money.

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A: Clear, liquid gold. Head was 1-finger of creamy white foam, with good retention and fair lacing.

S: Tart fruit. Pie spice. Fresh baked bread. A hint of floral hops.

T: Not very potent in any dimension. Almost no malt sweetness. The pumpkin flesh is definitely present along side the breadiness. Pumpkin pie spice is weak, but if it were any stronger it would overpower the other mild flavors. Hops citrus and lingering bitterness are present in the finish, but are mild-mannered.

M: Moist, with low carbonation. The finish borders on dry.

O: Not at all objectionable, but not at all memorable, either. Rather innocuous all around. If I had to classify it, I'd call it a pumpkin pilsner rather than an ale due to its light, refreshing nature. I wouldn't pay for another, but I wouldn't turn a free one down, either.

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

12oz bottle served up in a pint glass.

A: Pilsner gold, mostly clear with ample carbonation and minimal white head.

S: Sweeter dessert notes, pie, pumpkin, hints of spices, vanilla, whipped cream, hint of lemon and brown sugar. Honestly doesn't smell that bad to me, sweet and artificial, but not bad.

T: Right in line with the nose. Really not bad...there are flavors of pumpkin, sweet vanilla, lemon, spices, and brown sugar...really no off flavors or vegetable notes. It is overly sweet, but not undrinkable.

MF: Crisp light mouthfeel, again pilsner-esque, with moderate carbonation and a clean but sweet finish.

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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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