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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Reviews: 880 | Ratings: 2,667
Photo of KLHBB
3.09/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

If I didn't know it was a pumpkin ale, I would think it was a Hefeweizen. Murky apricot color, smell of citrus and bananas, taste of tropical fruit. Pumpkin itself really doesn't have much of taste and this is missing the usual pumpkin pie spice. But that's okay. Looking at other reviews, I don't find it awful at all. Maybe it's just not a good example of a pumpkin ale. It's a pumpkin blonde or a pumpkin hefewiezen!

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Photo of JayQue
3.17/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This beer was not as bad as I was expecting!!!! Pours a clear gold color with a small creamy white head. Average head retention and no lacing on the glass. Mild pumpkin and pumpkin spice flavor and aroma. A little touch of yeast. Mouthfeel is light, not too watery. Hardly a memorable brew, but not a drain pour either.

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Photo of tillmac62
3.24/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear golden pour with a touch of amber. Normal head volume and lacing, poor retention.

Outstanding rich nose of pumpkin with notes of spice (nutmeg, cinnamon).

Light body with a semi-smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a touch of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is good with a focus on pumpkin flavor rather than spices. Complexity is a bit lacking, a bit soft on intensity but balance is well done. Think of it as somewhat light version of pumpkin ale. It begins with a mild blend of spice over a subtle sweetness. The middle leads spice, then yields to pumpkin. The finish is a slow fade of weak spice.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 ounce bottle, no dating on it that I could find. Served in a pint glass, the beer pours a mostly clear dark gold color with about a half inch off-white carbonated head that fizzled away quickly. Pretty much no lacing. The brew smells like pumpkin spices and artificial sugar. It tastes like pumpkin spices (allspice, clove, cinnamon), sugar substitute and a bit of breadiness. Mouthfeel/body is light, it's a bit coating and watery with a good amount of carbonation. It's not the best or most enjoyable pumpkin ale I've had, but with what I've heard about Pumpkinhead over the years I was expecting it to be worse. It's not hard to drink at all, and I wouldn't turn one down if someone gave me a bottle. With that being said, I'm glad I bought just a single!

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Photo of FrothFanatic
2.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Very artificial tasting pumpkin ale, nothing too creative here. No head, no lacing retention, no creamy mouthfeel or a smooth robust texture, just a bubbly carbonated feel with a mildly strong aftertaste. The color was a light gold, lots of bubbles. Pretty basic stuff, it isn't bad but I wouldn't buy this again.

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Photo of the_awesometeer
3.06/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a transparent colored color with no real visible carbonation and no head. The dominant smell is that of canned pumpkin with hints a vanilla and cinnamon. The beer is a little thin but I can feel the carbonation as I drink. I enjoy the be beginning flavor of the sweet pumpkin but wish it had more of a spice to it. Overall this beer was fine just wish it had a little more flavor.

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Photo of beergoot
3.03/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Crystal clear, golden colored body; thick, foamy, sticky head. Gentle bready, allspice and cinnamon aroma. Mild and balanced flavor of pumpkin pie filling and crust. Light, watery body.

A fair, light and easy version of most pumpkin ales that nicely balances pumpkin flavors without being over-powering, yet the overall impression is something that is lacking and weak. The initial appearance falls apart with a quickly dissipating head and the body, especially, is so lightweight and unsatisfying that it greatly detracts from an otherwise respectable flavor balance. It's like a macro pumpkin lite. This would be a decent enough beer to bring someone new into pumpkin beers to get a hint of what's possible, but it really won't satisfy anyone looking for a stronger, more definitive example of the style.

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Photo of JPowell712
3.01/5  rDev +4.2%
look: 2.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

I almost find this beer has more of a cider quality to it than a beer. I may be crazy, but I don't hate this beer... I don't love it either. I got a very strong almost apple cinnamon smell off the pour??? It may be pumpkin spice??? Anyway whatever it was it definitely smells and taste artificial. But I can't say I hate it? Weird stuff... I drank it, it was drinkable.

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Photo of RockRuler
3.02/5  rDev +4.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

More pumpkin spice than beer taste. I drank about half of a bottle and gave the rest to my wife. She actually enjoyed drinking it. I'd buy it for her again but I think I'll pass on drinking it again.

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Photo of fallenchaos55
3.15/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

I really don't understand the extremely low ratings on this beer. I mean sure there are better pumpkin beers out there and this has a more sessionable taste. Slightly watered down and not a super Pumpkin/Cinnamon Taste. But At the same time it is a good introduction to pumpkin beers in my opinion and it is an easy drink.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.87/5  rDev +33.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

12oz. Bottle

Pours a very nice clean/clear dark golden yellow color, very nice carbonation, with a nice almost one-finger creamy white head, which leaves some sticky lacing behind. The nose is malty, with some yeast notes, slight pumpkin. The taste is malty, slightly yeasty, with some pumpkin, nutmeg, apple notes. Medium body. Overall, a refreshing drink, a nice thirst quencher.

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Photo of sales_tax
3.63/5  rDev +25.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into a pint glass.
Appearance: Golden amber - 1 finger head that dissipates fairly quickly. Very clear

Smell: citrus, sweet, pumpkin!

Taste: Pumpkin, but not overbearing by any stretch. Spicy pumpkin pie, but a little watery. It's good, but not great. Tastes better cold.

Mouthfeel: carbonated, watery

Overall: I enjoyed this and I enjoy this style. Wish it was a little more "pumpkiny"

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Photo of wumpshire
3.41/5  rDev +18%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle poured into a pint glass. Decent fall beer, tastes like a solid Oktoberfest marzen, with some "natural flavors" added. Smell is sweet with clove, honey. Taste follows the smell, very sweet with pumpkin spice. Overall its a good session beer, a beer I'd bring to a party but not one to remember.

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Photo of EEscobar
3/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Look: golden with an orange hue and thin white head
Smell: pumpkin clove vanilla and honey
Feel: thin and overly carbonated
Taste: soapy bitter with some honey pumpkin and vanilla
overall: one of the worst pumpkin ales I have had. Very poor flavor. Terrible example of pumpkin ale

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Photo of TLWalsh
2.98/5  rDev +3.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Got this one at my local bottle shop as part of a mixed brewery 6er of pumpkin/octoberfest beers. Pours a light orange color, not a lot of head. Has a spicy aroma and light to medium mouthfeel. However, the slick buttery flavor from diacetyl is really strong and evident, not very appealing. Has a modest pumpkin and spice aftertaste. Not too sure I'd recommend this.

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Photo of johnnnniee
2.5/5  rDev -13.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Bottle at a co-workers house, thanks for the opportunity, I think.
Big sweet brown sugar with plenty of pie spices and little else beer like from this bottle. I guess on the plus side the spices surely drowned out and diacetyl that was probably in this.

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Photo of paco1029384756
1.72/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 1.25 | overall: 1.75

Scent of cheap grain and expired pumpkin pie filling one would find in a homeless shelter. Taste of overpowering cinnamon, nutmeg, the same pumpkin pie filling and cheap grain. Thin, watery body, low carbonation.

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Photo of chicagoish
3.5/5  rDev +21.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

BA rating seems low, even for a shipy.ard product.
I'll admit that Pumpking Ales are not my favorite but Pumpkinhead simplly delivers a nice tasting and refreshing product. Pumpkin taste is not too over the top and it fits well in the category. I'd drink this again.

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Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.45/5  rDev +19.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Served in a pint glass.

Appearance: Amber with heavy orange tint, head is white with subtle definition...rose to maybe half a finger's length.

Smell: Little cinnamon pumpkin lacks but still there.

Taste: Pumpkin taste is pretty good, sweet and little malty. Has room for improvereat but then again if you want more there is always Smashed Pumpkin from the same brewery.

Mouth: Medium carbonation. Little little spicy ness at the end but dissipates quickly.

Overall: not a bad brew but don't expect Smashed Pumpkin in any form. Lighter version maybe if that. Worth sharing a 6-pack with friends. Salud

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Photo of CraigP83
3.91/5  rDev +35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank from a cold 12oz bottle while doing a little fall bass fishing. Not sure why there are so many poor reviews of this I thought it was a good pumpkin ale. The spice was not over powering, good pumpkin flavor. Went down smooth, not overly cloying like some on the market.

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Photo of Beermeow
2.84/5  rDev -1.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

After a beautiful pour I took a nose full and was encouraged by what I got. A nice bouquet of of pumpkin and spice; nutmeg cinnamon etc. and that was the end of anything good to be said about this beer. It was too light a mouthfeel. Almost like a flavored soda. And a total disjoint from nose to mouth. I thought I was getting pumpkin and instead I got something closer to apple juice. Total letdown is the best way I can describe what I got out of this pumpkin.

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Photo of CBlack85
2.11/5  rDev -27%
look: 2 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a globe glass

to create a good/great pumpkin beer you must first start with a good/great base beer. This beer is utterly unremarkable on all levels.

The beer pours a dark straw/light amber color that sits dead in the glass with no liveliness of carbonation, a thin white head that disappears quickly, and leaves behind no lacing to speak of. The aroma is metallic and sweet, with no underlying maltyness for the pumpkin spices to play off of. The flavor completely mimics the aroma, no character at all. Just a bland, unimaginative, overly sweet beer with no inspiration at all...

While I am completely unimpressed and underwhelmed by this beer, I can find no technical flaws or off flavors. There is nothing actually wrong with this beer, just nothing actually right with it either.

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Photo of hman43
2.06/5  rDev -28.7%
look: 2.25 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

It pours golden with a small head. It has aromas of nutmeg, pumpkin, and a combination of spices that give it a plastic like aroma that isn’t all that pleasant. It has flavors or brown sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg, and other spices. It is quite sweet, but a bit too much on the way down.

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Photo of SomethingClever
3.82/5  rDev +32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.75

Nice crystal clear orange color with decent carbonation. I like this beer its not crazy sweet or over spiced like most pumpkin beers you can still taste the underlying beer. Fairly watery mouthfeel flavors do not cling to the tongue much. Most pumpkin beers are so over the top flavorwise that you can't even tell you are drinking a beer.

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Photo of mmmbeer89
2.59/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

it's very sweet and pumpkiny, it pretty much tastes like pumpkin pie. it's good if you're only drinking one for a seasonal but not good on a regular basis.

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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
2.89 out of 5 based on 2,667 ratings.
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