Pumpkinhead Ale | Shipyard Brewing Company

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Pumpkinhead AlePumpkinhead Ale

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Company
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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2.59/5  rDev -14%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

L – Deep gold color with a 1-finger bubbly white head that dissipates very quickly. No lacing. Clear and very effervescent.

S – Grainy malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, a little bit of cloves, and a little bit of a fruit that smells more like apple than pumpkin. The spices save this from dipping below a 3.

T – Grainy malt and cinnamon is really all I get. No pumpkin and no other spices that appeared in the aroma. Not good, but not offensive in any way either.

F – Light-bodied with tons of carbonation, a fizzy and crisp mouthfeel, and a grainy finish.

O – Is this a good pumpkin beer? No. But is this a bad beer? No, not really. It’s not much of a pumpkin beer, but the fact that it doesn’t taste bad and isn’t offensive saves the overall score from being a 2 or lower. I’m glad that my bottle shop allows singles purchases – I was able to see what all the fuss was about without having to gulp down 5 more of these things.

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2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +8%

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4/5  rDev +32.9%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

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4/5  rDev +32.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +24.6%

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2/5  rDev -33.6%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

Photo of jtierney89
1/5  rDev -66.8%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Pale fizzy gold color with lots of visible carbonation, thin lace of head, very soft orange highlights. Smells like a pumpkin pie candle with a bit too much cinnamon added.

Lightest pumpkin beer i've ever had. But i'm not getting that lager mouth feel everyone else is talking about. But has the body of something like an extremely light Kolsch. Tastes like cinnamon and all spice, semi sweet with a slightly sour finish. Lingering brown sugar sweetness. Tastes more like a cinnamon brown sugar flavored malternative beverage than a beer. Not undrinkable, but severely disappointing, doesnt remind me of the fall or the hearty beers that come with it. I imagine people who love faux-craft would probably love this.

Definitely the worst pumpkin beer i've had.

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2/5  rDev -33.6%

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3.25/5  rDev +8%

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2.25/5  rDev -25.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +41.2%

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2/5  rDev -33.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +49.5%

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4/5  rDev +32.9%

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2.5/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of BeerManDan
2.95/5  rDev -2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Not what I expected in this Pumpkin Ale. The color was of a Yellow/orange nature, with weak white foam and very little lace in the pint glass. The smell of spices filled the nose with a pleasant aroma. The taste was sort of weak on the pumpkin flavor, but a fair amount of spices. Not what I expected in this pumpkin ale.

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1.88/5  rDev -37.5%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

This isn't a good beer. At first it has the faint taste of pumpkin and other spices, but the taste drops off quickly and leaves you with a sense of blandness and disappointment. This style of beer is tough to pull off, and Shipyard has definitely dropped the ball on this one. If you're interested in trying a good pumpkin flavored beer try Harpoon's UFO Pumpkin, it's pretty much the good version of this beer.

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1.8/5  rDev -40.2%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This looked, tasted, and smelled like an American macro beer, with the faintest flavor of pumpkin and honey. I seriously debated my first ever drain pour, but decided to power through it instead, somewhat regretfully. I will certainly never be buying this beer again, and will do my best to pawn off the 5 remaining bottles that I have. Quite honestly the most disappointing pumpkin ale I've ever tasted.

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2.75/5  rDev -8.6%

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3/5  rDev -0.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +24.6%

Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.01 out of 5 with 2,718 ratings