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

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-04-2001

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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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Photo of Jwale73
3.42/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

12oz. bottle served in a tumbler. Pours a translucent straw gold with a loose, quarter inch, off-white head that slowly dissipates into a thin band around the edges - no lacing on this one. Nose expresses all-spice and cinnamon. Taste follows nose, but it all comes off quite watered down, albeit not unpleasant. Mouthfeel is light in body with a mild carbonation. Overall, I'm not a huge fan of the style, but I found this one fairly drinkable. That said, those who really enjoy the bold flavors of pumpkin beers will be disappointed with this offering more than likely.

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Photo of Fatehunter
2.79/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Pours a thin head on a clear straw body.
The aroma is lemon and dry grain.
The taste is mild lemon bitter and overripe apples.
The texture is crisp.
Not enjoyable.

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Photo of vikinggary28
2.53/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

I'm in California and have never heard of this brewery or of this beer before. Of what I was told it is popular in New England during the autumn months and now they are trying to distribute this on the West Coast and make us suffer as well. Don't get me wrong, I'm not saying it's terrible, I'm just saying it's like drinking weak pumpkin water. It pours a amber/orange which I liked but goes down hill from there. Faint smell of pumpkin/cinnamon. Faint taste of pumpkin/cinnamon. Faint aftertaste of....well, I think you got the picture. I would never give a beer an across the board 2.50 rating, so I gave the colour slightly better. In other words it's average at best.

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Photo of Cure_Tap
2/5  rDev -30.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

I remember drinking this a few years ago and enjoying it, but having it again now, I really have no idea what I saw in this. It tastes like drinking a pumpkin candle. It's a bizarre, waxy, artificial pumpkin flavor. It's really muted, and the spice does not complement it very well, overpowering it instead. The whole brew just tastes a bit off, like I'm drinking a rejected batch or something. There are much better pumpkin offerings in the New England area. If that's what you're after, I'd recommend going for the Harpoon UFO Pumpkin, and skipping this one.

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Photo of Tonyjenlasc
2.53/5  rDev -12.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Not much on the nose here and the taste is watered down. You do get some pumpkin, cinnamon and clove though...just not much of it. There are much better options available. Wouldn't buy again.

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Photo of EvoRich
2.42/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Look: Pours a clear golden orange color. Lots of fizzy head which fades to literally nothing. Looks like sparkling apple juice.

Smell: Faint hints of pumpkin and cinnamon. Overall the smell is just faint.

Taste: Wow. Watery, nearly tasteless, with the smarts hint of pumpkin pie crust. Really bad.

Feel: Thin, watery, like a slight pumpkin flavored sparkling water.

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Photo of allforbetterbeer
2.51/5  rDev -13.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Served from a 12 oz can.

Pours a clear generic gold color under a white fizzy head which dissipates quickly and leaves no trace. The aroma is minimal and reminds me of candy corn and a cheap "harvest pumpkin" candle from Walmart. Unfortunately the flavor isn't much better, with a flat and generic nutmeg and mace type flavor and possibly come cinnamon carrots. No actual pumpkin to be found, just sort of a artificially sweet vegetable flavor. Body is light and fizzy, with an overly sweet characteristic. Overall, this really isn't a good pumpkin beer. There are so many better options that this doesn't ever need to cross my lips again.

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Photo of guitarist
1.09/5  rDev -62.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Not a fan of this beer, yet it seems like everyone I know loves it almost like some fad that has seemed to die down a little. It is much too sweet, and always has this metallic flavor. It's the type of beer that will make me sick if I have more than one--sickeningly sweet and over spiced with cinnamon. I also would like to note I love pumpkin and other fall beers, this one is just a disaster.

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Photo of brewjitsu316
1.75/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 1.75 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.75 | overall: 2

It's that unfortunate time of year in RI where this beer pops up all over the place, and I can't stand it. Admittedly, I'm not much of a fan of pumpkin beer to begin with, but this just takes the cake in terms of bad. On first look, it pours nicely - it's got a nice, rich amber coloration, nice head. The smell is awful - to me, it doesn't smell like pumpkin : it smells like someone trying to artificially produce the smell of pumpkin without having any idea what a pumpkin actually smells like, and then covering it with a lot of cinnamon. The taste, if possible, is worse - wayyyyyyy too sweet, and the feel is reminiscent of some of the extremely cheap lagers...weak body, weak carbonation.

Avoid, avoid, avoid.

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Photo of jps05251
4.02/5  rDev +39.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite pumpkin beers. Not many rival it IMO in the New England area. If you haven't tried Pumpkinhead, I highly recommend doing so.

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Photo of BranfordBound
2.42/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.25

Consumed from the tap on a few occasions. This beer is everywhere in CT in the fall months. Pours pretty nice, somewhat golden in color with a small head. Smell is where it starts to get weird, it seems like some artificial flavoring going on. Taste is kind of rank. It starts too sweet and there are weird flavorings. I swear I taste mothballs or something. I usually can only tolerate two sips before I give it back to the person drinking it. By far the worst pumpkin beer I've had. Buyer beware.

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Photo of TheBeerMaster1
1.02/5  rDev -64.7%
look: 1.25 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

A very crappy beer. Went way overboard on the spices, especially the cinnamon and to me the brew actually tasted like it had diactyl. It was like a failed abortion of a first time Brewers beer. Would never buy again.

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Photo of Granuaile
3.85/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

I love this beer, but to be honest I couldn't have more than one at a time, as it's very sweet. As for flavour, it's one of my preferred pumpkin beers.

Pumpkinhead is really excellent for cooking, especially in slow cooker recipes. The flavours make for a really nice touch in stews.

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

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a semi-cloudy, pale, orange color with a quarter of a finger of white head that quickly dissolved away into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass and formed a few wispy clouds that gathered in the center of the top of the beer.

Aroma: Very pumpkin-y, with strong notes of spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove and brown sugar. However, I get next to nothing in the way of hops.

Taste: A lot like the aroma. Strong notes of pumpkin and spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, all-spice and brown sugar. There is not much in the way of malt nor is there any hops bitterness to speak of, which I overall prefer.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied, with some good carbonation to tickle the taste buds. With an ABV of 4.5%, there is absolutely no presence of alcohol on the palate. This is a true session beer!

Overall: This is a decent pumpkin beer, but not great. Some ok flavors of pumpkin and spice. I certainly won’t search it out again, but if offered, I’m not turning it down. There are tons of better pumpkin beers out there. If you need to get a pumpkin beer from Shipyard, go for the Pugsley Smashed Pumpkin instead. Its a far superior beer!

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Photo of SoulFroosh
1.97/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.75

Thin, watery, lifeless -- flavored with way too much cinnamon.
This is literally the worst pumpkin beer I've had. Even Shock top is miles ahead of this -- and that's saying something.
Tastes like a cheap bottle of 60 cent soda from a gas station.
Really bad, SHIPYARD. I've never liked a single beer you've brewed, and now you've literally insulted me with this.
*drain pour*

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Photo of PorterPro125
3.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 2 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Serving Type: 12 oz. Can

A- Pours a Clear Golden liquid that lacks a proper head. The appearance of this beer is quite lacklustre and lacks anything that could impress.

S- If you enjoy Pumpkin Pie, this beer may excite you to high levels... damn this beer smells amazing. Although it doesn't exactly smell like "pumpkins", this beer smells uncannily like Pumpkin Pie.

T- Much like the aroma, the taste is full of Pumpkin Pie. Surprisingly, this flavour doesn't really come off as too sweet and is quite nice. Once again, this beer does NOT taste like Pumpkins but it does taste an awful lot like Pumpkin Pie and that is a treat I happen to enjoy greatly!

M- Unfortunately, the great aromas and flavours are presented by mouthfeel/body that reminds me of a budget beer (think Busch, Keystone, etc.) or any other cheap Lager. The body is extremely weak and the carbonation reminds me of a soft drink. Extremely disappointing for a beer with such a great aroma and taste.

O- While this Pumpkin Ale tastes quite great (although not pumpkin tasting at all), the appearance and mouthfeel ultimately prevent it from being a solid brew. Sure, if you can get past the look and body and focus on taste and aroma only, this is a pretty decent beer. Due to the fact that I think this beer tastes damn good, I don't mind suffering through a (excuse my language) shit appearance and body. While I wouldn't recommend this beer because of its qualities as a whole, I do recommend it for its aroma and taste.

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Photo of NHPC
4/5  rDev +38.4%

I hated giving this a good rating, but I is commonly around in October and was a good change from the hoppy stuff. It was complex with cinnamon and maybe orange

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Photo of ramseye4
2.15/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2.5

A- straw colored, it just looks thin, with minimal head.
S-the best way I can describe it is skittles. Nothing in the area of pumpkin spice is detected.
T-yeesh. A little bit of orange peel... With a bit of.. Skittles. And all spice.
F- thin and watery, not exactly my ideal pumpkin beer.
Overall- pass. Hard pass.

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Photo of TastyFoodAndDrink
3.31/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Pouring an orange gold, Shipyard Pumpkinhead gives off a heavy head of cinnamon smells. The other pie spices are more subdued, with a whisp of vanilla or graham cracker. It starts sweet and smooth, but transitions to a higher carbonation and a watery body in short order. The flavors are pretty much based in cinnamon, but theres a touch of pumpkin, hints of other spices, and a little bitterness to the gourd like flavor. The aftertaste is super short, just a touch squashy, a hint of honey and cinnamon

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Photo of lwillitz
3.13/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12-oz can into nonic glass

A - amber body under three fingers khaki head; moderate amount of rising carbonation

S - malty with pumpkin pie spice, not much to it

T - malty with cinnamon and nutmeg, touch of vanilla, subtle notes of grass

M - smooth light body, moderate carbonation

O - middle-of-the-road pumpkin ale

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Photo of Jon_Hendricks
3/5  rDev +3.8%

Appearance: golden amber color

Overall: If you really like a pumpkin taste, this beer is for you. It has taste of cinnamon, nutmeg, sweet, and of course pumpkin. Good fall beer, especially if you want a pumpkin fix.

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Photo of goodbeer4cheap
4.75/5  rDev +64.4%

I rate this one closer to tops. Do not know why. I have had 24 pumpkin beers this year and that number is going up each days. Shipyard smashed pumpkins is better but it costs so much more that I cannot say it is better. All beer should be rated on a cost to ounce scale and that is how I come to saying you BRO's are so wrong on this one but so right on many other styles. I want pumpkin pie in My pumpkin beers and I get this solidly in this and you guys can eat your Pumpking ratings because you rate on cool factors and pumpking is a pumpkin beer with little spice and a high alcohol rating and price. Shipyard only follows O'Fallon Pumpkin in my book and if you count the years I went pumpkin you can say I am rating on 60+ although I am new to this site. Pumpking is pumpkin pulp ipa and lame on seasoning. At least this beer has it and is a six pack for a 22 oz bottle of the smashed pumpkin which wins in my book over Pumpking. Kings are dead and the prime ministers and presidents rule and I will go with this beer over it any day and O'Fallon is my pumpkin beer king if price matters. Not alcohol content.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.05/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

A: poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass, golden amber colored with a short white head that dissipates leaving a little lacing, clear

S: light pumpkin pie spice, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove

T: the flavor is pretty intense pumpkin pie spice but artificial, sweet, slight flavor of Sprite

M: watery and flat

O: Meh, it isn't that offensive. Think of it as the Bud Light Lime of pumpkin beers.

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Photo of barnabasdog
4/5  rDev +38.4%

A- golden orange, nice head but no retention or lacing, good visibility

S- tons of sour apple and light spice

T- cinnamon, nutmeg, apple, pumpkin spice,

M- very light and watery but surprisingly refreshing

O- I actually really enjoy this beer. It's like a pumpkin spice hard cider. Not what I expected from the warmer, malty, and heavy pumpkins I'm accustomed to. I appreciate how refreshing and light this pumpkin ale is!

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Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Co.
2.89 out of 5 based on 2,669 ratings.
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