Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

by CK

Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

Fall has historically been a sad time in our home. Fall usually means the end of Summer, meaning not only is it time to put away the shorts, sandals, and beach towels, but also to say goodbye to Sam Adams’ fantastic Summer Ale. You see, we were never able to find a beer for the Fall that we were as excited about as we were Summer Ale in the Summer.

Until now.

Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale, from the Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland, Maine has a great flavor encompassing various spices such as cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. It definitely has that great pumpkin pie smell and taste we love, though it may not be for everyone. For those people, Shipyard has another beer, the Smashed Pumpkin, which has milder flavors and may be more to their liking.

This beer has definitely solidified a place in our hearts and homes come every Fall, almost to the point we look forward to seeing the leaves change. If you’d like to try Shipyard for yourself, head on down to your local store to find some, but act fast, as its only available through the end of October.

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1 Jade B October 20, 2009 at 11:45 am

Pumpkinhead is BY FAR my absolute favorite pumpkin beer, EVER. I might even be obsessed with it. I must stock up now because it will soon be gone and replaced with winter ales :(

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2 Kiley October 22, 2009 at 9:54 am

oooh, different tastes in beers, by far.

I’m a big fan of pumpkin ales, and really enjoy the post road pumpkin ale from brooklyn brewery, and I’m pretty sure i’ve had dogfish head’s Punkin and enjoyed it.

But it’s a different story for shipyard pumpkinhead. I bought it in a bar one night. And then I left 3/4 of the pint sitting on the table and went and bought something different because I hated it.

Maybe it was just a bad pint…. or maybe I drink like an old man and like my beers to have a bit more oomph…

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3 CK October 22, 2009 at 10:07 am

Yeah, as I mentioned, it’s not for everyone – you may like the Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin, if you can find it, but then again, you may just fall into the “I like pumpkin beer, not pumpkin *pie* beer” category. To each their own!

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4 DB Duff October 27, 2009 at 1:07 pm

Yay- I LOVE this beer. I had my first taste of this up in Kennebunk Maine at Federal Jacks where they brew all the shipyard beers. It was heaven. I love having pumpkin everything during the fall, especially pumpkin coffee. Now I enjoy this yummy beer! I actually just went and bought another case of it because I bum out when they stop caring it in the store.

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5 gina October 4, 2010 at 6:11 pm

OMG THIS IS LITERALLY THE BEST BEER,I HAVE EVER HAD SO GOOD INFACT I NEED TO PUT MY CAPS ON JUST SO THESE WORDS ARE BOLD.ABSOLUTLY LOVE WHEN FALL COMES BECAUSE IT MEANS MY PUMPKINHEAD ALE BEER IS BACK THE TASTES ARE JUST DELICIOUS AND ITS NOT TOO HEAVY IT GOES DOWN SO SMOOTH AND THE BURST OF FLAVOR IN YOUR MOUTH IS LIKE A PARTY IN YOUR MOUTH REALLY OBSESSED WITH THIS BEER,HANDS DOWN THE BEST BEER I HAVE EVER HAD AND I AM A 36 YR OLD WOMAN WHO HAS BEEN DRINKING SINCE I WAS ABLE TO,AND NEVER ENJOYED A BEER MORE THAN I ENJOT PUMPKINHEAD ALE,MMMMM SO GOOD!

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