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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Photo of ShiftBeer
2.98/5  rDev -0.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well, this sure smells like... something. Obviously some pumpkin pie spices (though no particular spice besides cinnamon is especially distinct) but also a touch of light floral hops and an offputting soapy/air-freshener aspect.

The beer pours a clear gold with a small, spritzy white head.

Light bodied with a fairly crisp finish. Spices are apparent on the palate but not dominating.

This is basically a decent pilsner-esque beer (in the standard American lager style, not the classic German or Czech sense) that had some spice extracts thrown into it. Goes down quick and crisp but there is a lack of much pumpkin pie character.

Pumpkin beers are not my favorite style but when I have one I want it to be a soothing fall experience. This beer appeals to someone who wants to drink 4 or 5 of 'em at once, a spiced fall variant to the golden lagers they might otherwise quaff.

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4.25/5  rDev +41.7%

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2.25/5  rDev -25%

Photo of Arithmeticus
2/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Poured semichilled in 4-oz taster glass, in shifts

A: no head. none. Looks like a cider--good carb (and similar color) but no head
S: sweet, syrupy, perfume aroma
T: allspice, pumpkin are there; sweet; it's not the worst pumpkin ale I've had, but it's one of the most syrupped.
M: much like a ginger ale in texture

Don't let this one form your impression of Shipyard ales.

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Photo of briandaube
3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

Photo of thecheapies
2.93/5  rDev -2.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Dark gold, or light amber. Looks very sudsy. Meringue head supported by cascading bubbles. Lighter than many.

Cinnamon sugar, allspice, and a faint pumpkin aroma. Nutmeg notes are here and there. Malts are very crackery, like unleavened bread. A sweet suggestion of hops.

Very heavy-handed with cinnamon, nutmeg, and pie spices. Graham cracker notes are there, but it's hard to match up with the cinnamon. Sweet, but not sugary. Tastes like a spiced pie crust. Vegetable flavors get crossed up. There are few hops and not much real pumpkin flesh flavor. A shell of a real pumpkin beer.

Drinks easy. No real booze note. Decent suds. And, the body is medium-thin.

Not so good for a pumpkin beer, and that's easy to recognize. They got carried away with the pumpkin pie spice additions and masked the feature ingredient. Probably one and done on Pumpkinhead for the year.

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2/5  rDev -33.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

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3.75/5  rDev +25%

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4.5/5  rDev +50%

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3.5/5  rDev +16.7%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

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1.5/5  rDev -50%

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3.25/5  rDev +8.3%

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3/5  rDev 0%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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4/5  rDev +33.3%

Photo of LiquidAmber
2.27/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Review from 10/2010 notes. Poured into a Nostradamus flute glass. Pours a medium orange amber with a light fast dissipating head, no lacing. Thin bodied. Light pumpkin and spice aroma. Tastes nice for about 2 seconds, then has an intense sweet artificial pumpkin and spice flavor that fades to a dry slightly fruity finish. Not well done. Didn't drain pour it, but will not repeat.

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3/5  rDev 0%

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2.25/5  rDev -25%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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2.75/5  rDev -8.3%

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2.25/5  rDev -25%

Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3 out of 5 with 2,717 ratings