Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale | Shipyard Brewing Company

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Shipyard Pumpkinhead AleShipyard Pumpkinhead Ale
BEER INFO

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 4.70%

Availability: Fall

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Added by BeerAdvocate on 11-04-2001

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#45,223
Reviews:
889
Ratings:
2,714
pDev:
26.91%
Bros Score:
1.58
 
 
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Photo of Raime
2.22/5  rDev -26.2%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 1 | overall: 2.25

Found a case of this on wholesale for $7.99 from my local liquor store. Even if it's bad that's a steal.

Pours a clear copper tint with a finger of head that quickly dies down into nothingness.

Smell is generic low ranking pumpkin spice as expected.

Taste is much more reminiscent of what would happen if they made a pumpkin edition of Budweiser. Adjuncts are high and mighty with touches of allspice and a small dosage of cinnamon.

Feel is absolutely atrocious. Dead flat on the carbonation with a thick body that almost feels like a wet hocker layered upon your tongue. Swallows inoffensive and the finish is rapid.

Overall at the price it's a good deal because it's still better than BMC offerings but overall this falls flat as a pumpkin ale. And that feel is just plan bad but I suppose if you swallow it quickly you wont notice. Given the low ratings, I wanted a reason to like this beer and I did not find it. Pass.

EDIT UPDATE : After about 15 of them I started to dislike the beer even more. Taste became cardboard like and the drunk was sloppy and nauseating for some reason.

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Photo of Radnati
3.62/5  rDev +20.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Jliscin
3.15/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Photo of jg24rules
3/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of MinerBob
4.17/5  rDev +38.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A nice color with slightly above carbonation so it makes a good head. Good fall smell slight pumpkin and nutmeg with a nutmeg flavor. This beer is getting a bad rap on the ratings not a bad beer at all.

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Photo of SRBush1974
2.5/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of mmorris15
2.4/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 2.25 | smell: 2.25 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2.5

Photo of megamick
2.7/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75

Photo of mromagna
4.18/5  rDev +38.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Everyone wants to downgrade this Pumpkin Ale here on this forum. I'm losing respect for the reviewers with this one. It's a great Pumpkin Ale, and I've compared many. It's not overpowering with spices or flavor, but is always the one the enjoy the most. It's better than average, and extremely satisfying. It's a great Fall New England pumpkin ale. Not sure why all the hate for this, maybe it's too mainstream for those trying to be different. It's a great choice, and I come back to it every year. Thanks Shipyard!

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Photo of kinggimp
3.77/5  rDev +25.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Exeggutor
2.36/5  rDev -21.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

Photo of Southpawwp
4/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of mrcraft
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of bdiiorio
4/5  rDev +32.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.53/5  rDev +17.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a blonde golden color with a frothy 1 finger head.

Aromas of rich baked malts and a hint of pumpkin latte and spice. Nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger. Very fresh, very clean.

So the taste...if there were a sessionable, easy-going, simple beer to bridge someone from Bud Light to craft beer during the fall season, this one would be it. In fact if I had a bar I'd serve it on tap for the newbies because of how easy it is to drink, unoffending, and still fairly tasty. That being said - complex it is not, nor is it loud or bursting with flavors. Some DMS and Corn to start, following with light trails of brown sugar, baked malts and then dusted with cinnamon, and some squashy, pumpkiny gourd flavors.

Feel is super light, super easy...if there's a day in October where it hits 80, this is the beer to have. (In Nebraska we get that from time to time, it's our Indian Summer)

Overall, what can I say. It's a shitty beer but it does a great job at connecting dots between macro, session, and craft. I can't say anything more. Totally 100% great for that. As a beer overall though, don't expect to be blown away.

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Photo of Dum3z
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BeerCon5
3.6/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of craigbelly
3.09/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Photo of guzzleacoldone
2.78/5  rDev -7.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Photo of drbenderdo
3.95/5  rDev +31.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of k17miller
3.38/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Reasonable pumpkin aroma. Can taste a hint of spices. My bottle felt a bit over carbonated which detracted from the flavor. Overall, decent beer. Not my favorite pumpkin, but drinkable.

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Photo of Nunya
2.84/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Photo of Antg8989
4.42/5  rDev +46.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

DON'T BUY INTO THE BAD REVIEWS. For over 2 years I've avoided this beer like the plague, simply because of what I've read on here. I really don't understand it. In my experience with pumpkin beers, I've found that the overwhelming majority of them are one and done for me. This one is different; while the flavor is there, it is far from overwhelming. I bought a six pack of these and will easily finish them in 1-2 weeks. My rating is based solely on pumpkin ales, not beer in general. Give this one a try.

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Photo of Hayley_86
3.5/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Zazzi82
3.55/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.01 out of 5 with 2,714 ratings