Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale | Shipyard Brewing Co.

Shipyard Pumpkinhead AleShipyard Pumpkinhead Ale
BA SCORE
19.2%
Liked This Beer
3 w/ 2,684 ratings
Shipyard Pumpkinhead AleShipyard Pumpkinhead Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-04-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#43,414
Reviews:
882
Ratings:
2,684
Liked:
515
Avg:
3/5
pDev:
27%
Alströms:
1.58
 
 
Wants:
46
Gots:
577
Trade:
1
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Photo of StPaulShredder
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of rfbenavi80
2.67/5  rDev -11%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

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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Photo of BobsledTM
3/5  rDev 0%

Photo of TappaKeggaBrew
3.6/5  rDev +20%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

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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Photo of Ri0
2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

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3/5  rDev 0%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.7%

Photo of hilgart1
2/5  rDev -33.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

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2/5  rDev -33.3%

Photo of Scotchboy
3.08/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

O: It is sweet, no doubt, and artificially sweet at that. It is not a beer that smells or tastes like 'pumpkin pie in a bottle'. But it is also totally drinkable when paired with dessert. I didn't have a problem finishing 12oz. YMMV.

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3/5  rDev 0%

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3.75/5  rDev +25%

Photo of Dodo2step
2.8/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P- Als of Hampden

A- a clear pale straw yellow color. Minimal head and it doesnt hang around too long.

S- allspice and vinegar malts.

F- pumpkin pie flavor with salty malts. It is like eating a pumpkin pie with a kolsch beer.

M- a light bodied feel but the pumpkin lingers too long and doesnt have the crispness i would like. No nutmeg or clove or allspice in this.

D- an average beer but not a great pumpkin ale. I would pass on this one if i were you.

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Photo of mgironta
2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

Photo of Mardrommar
3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

Photo of TechTriumph
2.53/5  rDev -15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Best before: February 2013; Poured in a pint glass.

A - Just under an inch of off-white creamy head that doesn't stick around for too long; Light amber in color with a very clear appearance; No lacing to be had

S - Just the faintest smell of pumpkin here; Get more notes of perfume, banana, clove, wet grains and diacetyl than pumpkin really - it's all faint though; Not too bad overall, but not where it needs to be for the style

T - Wow, there's some off-key, weird stuff going on here; There's just a bit of pumpkin and pie crust flavor here, but it's meshed with other fairly off-putting flavors - light diacetyl, phenols, perfume, stale candy corn and bubble gum, wet grains, faint artificial spices and artificial sweetener

M - A bit above moderate carbonation; Light bodied and lacking in body; Leaves a bit of a syrupy and artificially sweet tasting coat within the mouth

O - Alright, this isn't a completely terrible beer, but it's nowhere close to something I could drink on a consistent basis. Sticking strickly to Shipyard, the Smashed Pumpkin is definitely the better pumpkin ale option, but I personally could pass up on either. I can see why others might enjoy this beer more than myself, but for me, it strays too far from the style and it's off-key flavors just isn't my thing.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.47/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

enough already people, this isnt that bad! as the latest thread on the forum is out to set right. listen up! it pours a soda looking way carbonated pale orange color with a decent white head. no respectable BA can give the appearance less than a 3, its just not below average in appearance, it isnt. the smell is a little heavy on the cinnamon, fine, but it too cant be scored worse than a 3. im giving it a 3.5 because i pick up some nice malty sweetness that i like in the fall, and some vanilla and earthy squashy notes that i think blend well together. in any event, worse than a 3 in unfair to the style because this smells like a pumpkin ale stright up. as for the taste, its an evolution in the mouth. the cinnamon and spice hit up front is strong, maybe off putting for some, but i think its a nice aggressive move. the good news for all is that it fades fast into a very very authentic squashy flavor, real pumpkin is used in this beer, no doubt about that. if you dont like pumpkin, why buy a pumpkin ale? everyone likes southern tier pumpking because its authentically squashy, well, so is this one. a little bitter maybe yeah, but its real vegetable in there. its not meant to be a can of pumpkin pie filling people. the feel cant be scored worse than a 3 either, its maybe a bit overcarbonated, i agree with that, but the body is a decent medium and the finish turns dry after a few seconds without all the lingering sweetness of so many pumpkin brews. this isnt the best pumpkin beer on earth i understand that, but it is pretty decent. having this brew scored in the 60's is offensive to me, and to the pumpkin ale style. get it together BA!

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Photo of HollyHops
3/5  rDev 0%

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1/5  rDev -66.7%

Photo of wattoclone
3.37/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

I first tried this in my home state of PA and thought it was smooth and refreshing, but rather weak for a pumpkin ale. Then on an excursion with the wife to Rhode Island I tried the Pumpkinhead on draft at a restaurant near our hotel. It was served in a goblet with the rim dipped in cinnamon sugar. It was superb when served this way. The waitress told me this was the "brewery recommended serving method". Wow, I thought I have to try this at home. Well I did and found it was like a different beer. Ever since I have tried this serving technique with other substandard pumpkin ales, but alas, it only works for Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale. Apparently this beer must be brewed with the expectation that local New Englanders will dip their glass in cinnamon sugar before serving. Yes, it is a good pumpkin ale, just weak by comparison to most other craft pumpkin ales. It just needs a little kick from the cinnamon sugar.

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Photo of MrBoh
1/5  rDev -66.7%

Photo of Spencer1607
2/5  rDev -33.3%

Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 19.2% out of 100 with 2,684 ratings
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