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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) - Shipyard Brewing Co.

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series)

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BA SCORE
85
very good

1,017 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1017
Reviews: 399
rAvg: 3.75
pDev: 16.53%


Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Casey10 on 08-31-2009)
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chinchill

South Carolina

3.94/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter at about 55F.

A: Poured, appropriately, a color close to pumpkin orange, but more amber; clear with a modest head. The head quickly reduced to a thin partial coat and ring.

Aroma: Sweet, fruity and lightly spicy with roasted winter squash, alcohol esters, and cooked cherries. Subtle "pumpkin" spicing seemed almost entirely cinnamon. Attractive.

T: Cooked pumpkin, cinnamon, and a touch of nutmeg. Lightly sweet with the fruitiness of ripe apples and cooked cherries. Some spiciness from the alcohol and,

Feel: medium bodied; slick and smooth feel; alcohol imparts warming and slight astringency on the tongue.

O: a refined pumpkin ale with partially hidden alcohol and subtle spicing. Recommended.

Serving type: bottle

03-28-2014 23:55:23 | More by chinchill
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BradC

Pennsylvania

4.21/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky amber with a 1/2" head that quickly fades.

Smells of spices...cinammon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie, baked pumpkin

Flavors follow the aromas...tastes of pumpkin, cinammon, nutmeg, vanilla, sugar. Sweet, but not cloying. Some warming alcohol burn to boot.

Sweet and medium bodied, a light carbonation, this is a good dessert sipper.

Overall, nice pumpkin ale, a little heavy on the spice, but it worked with the 9%abv. Would seek this out again.

Serving type: bottle

03-13-2014 00:06:01 | More by BradC
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vickersspitfire

Texas

3.88/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This ale pours out a burnt golden color with a clear body filled with carbonation. The head the light and fluffy; its white and sticks around for a while and leaves no lacing until the head thins out, then the lacing become thick.
The aroma is sweet overall, banana first hit you when you open the bottle, after that spices and herbal mixes come through along with the pumpkin. There is a hint of caramel as well…
Fresh but not crisp, this ale does however spread out to gently warm up your mouth. The flavors are a bit dull, pumpkin spices, cloves and herbal tastes are prominent.
Its medium bodied and goes down well; there is a slight alcohol kick in its aftertaste.
Not a bad ale overall.

Serving type: bottle

01-29-2014 04:09:26 | More by vickersspitfire
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Neorebel

New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are so many pumpkin ales out there... and only a handful of them stand out to me as ones I would buy regularly. So to put it lightly, I am a little wary of this one. I have had the Pumpkinhead from Shipyard and did not really enjoy it, but this time I am going off a recommendation from a trusted friend. For the appearance, this is quite good for the style... a darkened amber with excellent clarity, and even some carbonation, despite the high 9% ABV. A thin ring of white sits atop the liquid appropriately.

The aroma is fantastic... I am beginning to think this is going to exceed my expectations by a longshot. It smells similar to Pumking, one of my fav. pumpkin brews. There's a bready, pie crust type of base definitely present, and I'm picking up true, organic pumpkin scents and the suitable spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, and perhaps a touch of clove.

Taste: Okay, I will say that it tastes very good and better than expected, but there are some negatives. One does get the full 'pumpkin pie' flavors that I mentioned in the aroma, and I do taste real pumpkin here, which is rare, but like it seems they overdid it with the spices. I have a palate for the bitter, hot, and spicy, but I still say this is a little too much. I think cinnamon is the culprit . Other than that, the mouthfeel is dialed in perfectly, and the finish thankfully provides a return to the initial balanced flavor, the one experienced for a second and expected from the aroma, before the giant cinnamon/spice spike barged in.

Overall, I *might* buy this again due to the "realness" of the flavor. Everything tastes natural but again, too spicy.

Serving type: bottle

01-09-2014 10:24:36 | More by Neorebel
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Joshpu

California

3.8/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber to a snifter.

A: Looks similar to a DIPA, dark golden orange with a small white head.

S: The smell on this beer is probably the best I have smelt for a pumpkin beer. Probably the closest smelling to pumpkin pie in a glass that I have tried. Smells pretty sweet. Pie crust and sweet malts. As it warmed I got more of the vegetal pumpkin smell.

T: Pumpkin, nutmeg, spices. Tartness on the end, especially as it warms, like lemon. May be from the hops addition, can't decide if it is bitter or tart, or maybe it's both.

M: Medium bodied. Fairly easy to drink with the alcohol not detectable. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel. On the end I get that slight tart fruity note. Average carbonation.

Overall I think this was a pretty good pumpkin beer. I think the smell was this beer's greatest strength. As it warmed I was losing interest, sort of one note and tart, which is kind of strange for a pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

12-06-2013 09:29:15 | More by Joshpu
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Omnium

Pennsylvania

3.9/5  rDev +4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber > Octoberfest Stein

A - Pours a rich orange gold with 2 fingers of big fluffy slightly off white head, good lacing.
S - Pie crust, crakery malt, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, clove, allspice, a hint of ginger, mild herbal and earthy hop tones.
T - Big flavor, but yet slightly metallic on the end, but this has a good balance of pumpkin sweetness with pie crust and pumpkin spices.
M - Creamy smooth, rich but not too sticky.
O - One of the better pumpkin seasonals that you can get. Also one of Shipyards better brews.

Serving type: bottle

11-24-2013 02:29:34 | More by Omnium
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Jackofallbrews

Minnesota

2.95/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

To give this one credit I did discover last year's batch lurking in my beer cellar, but it clocks in at 9% ABV so I figured it would still be drinkable. Aroma has malty sweetness, nutmeg, and an earthy tartness. The color is a slightly hazy deep orange, with a large white head. Flavor has an initial burst of sweet malt, fading to a pleasant nutmeg character. This has some Sweet-Tart flavors in the tail end mixed with a musty earthiness. Very notable alcohol burn and a bitter astringent finish. Starts great, ends not so good. Perhaps the age has hurt this one, but I haven't had it fresh so I just have to judge based on what is in my glass! I give it a low score for the unpleasant finish--wife and I didn't finish it.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2013 19:49:27 | More by Jackofallbrews
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PaulyB83

Michigan

3.63/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Guinness glass

A- Light medium amber, lighter than most pumpkin ales I've had. With an aggressive pour a medium off white head forms and dissipates quickly.

S- Alcohol. some pumpkin mellowness and low spice profile

T- Alcohol and some sour mellowness from the pumpkin. A very low spice character, could actually do with more. The alcohol seems to mellow as it warms.

M- Medium heavy

O- A pretty good pumpkin beer that could do with less alcohol and more spice.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2013 07:03:33 | More by PaulyB83
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mscottjohnston

Pennsylvania

4.35/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml into a tulip. Very carbonated 2 finger head. Light amber color. Nose is heavy on malt with very faint spices. Extremely complex taste: malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin. Finishes with honey and a spicy alcohol burn that is rather pleasant. Complexity of flavors surprised me a lot. Very enjoyable brew.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 23:37:09 | More by mscottjohnston
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JuicesFlowing

Kansas

3.34/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a clear copper orange. A cream colored head fizzes down to cirrus cloud cover. Little or no lacing stays on the glass. The aroma is almost a candy apple note, I even think caramel comes out??? There's pumpkin on there as well, along with some holiday spices. The taste is immediately spicy, rich with cinnamon, and a little burn on the back of the throat. The taste is more pumpkin-esque, with nutmeg and a medicinal finish. The mouthfeel is syrupy.

Overall, I liked this a little bit less and less the more I drank it. The more I thought about how syrupy and medicinal it tasted, the more that came true.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2013 02:17:36 | More by JuicesFlowing
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russpowell

Oklahoma

3.83/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent amber/orange with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Below average head retention & lacing, nice viscosity to this, stays effervescent

S: Squashyness, leafy hops, all-spice

T: Pumpkin pie spices, a touch of squashyness & a bit of woody hops, plus a kiss of booze up front. All-spice, nutmeg, leafy hops & dryness as this warms, a touch of cinnamon & caramel sweetness as well. Finishes dry with cinnamon, nutmeg, & a touch of boozey pumpkin

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, a little warming; firmed up a bit as this warmed, a little sticky too

Drinks easy for the style & ABV. Not a big fan of this style or brewery; but this beer is worthy & I would buy this again. Would like to try a new bottle & one with a bout a year; my guess is this best drank within 3 months of release, but you never know...

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2013 04:59:07 | More by russpowell
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TheBrewo

Michigan

4.24/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew was served on tap at One Eyed Betty’s in Ferndale, Michigan. It arrived in a generic stemmed tulip glass, glowing the color of golden pine sap. It held a one and a half finger tall head of cream colored bubbles, showing wet sheets of lacing following a nice retention. When these dried they turned into shimmering, sparkling webs of mesh. A chill haze dimmed clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma gave lemon juiciness, fresh pumpkin spice, pale and brown malts, foamy plastics, orange peel, phenolic clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and black pepper spiciness, massive banana ester sweetness, potpourri, and rich caramel maltiness. With warmth came notes of nail polish remover, booze, fresh dill, and runt candy sweetness. Our first impression was that the final blend was wonderful, with just the right amount of pumpkin sweetness and spice, making for exponential yumminess. The sip opened with herbal hops, medicinal and plastic phenols, pale, caramel, and roasty brown malts, dried floral herbs, fresh acorn squash, acorns and walnuts, cherry sweetness, spice of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne spice that heated the tongue with fiery prickle. The middle came to a peak with grassy and herbal hops, sugary sweet pumpkin pie filling, pecan nuttiness, warm apple fruitiness, bitter cinnamon, Christmas oranges, phenolic clove, fusel booze, and big estery sweetness. The end washed with white sugar, pumpkin seed, toasty marshmallows, vanilla cream, plum juice, musk and moss, vodka booziness, cloying caramel malt sugars, toast and roast of raisin bread, and gingersnap cookies. The aftertaste breathed of fresh pumpkin flesh, plastics, cherries, vinyl, toasted pales, roasted ambers and caramels, allspice, apple cider warmth, echoes of boozed, toasted pine nuts, light butters, waxy cheese rind, and gentle muskiness. The body was medium, and carbonation was medium. Each sip afforded okay cream and froth, but excellent slurp, smack, and crispness to the finishing pop on the lips. The mouth was left coated and sticky, but this was light enough to no be overwhelming or to feel cloying. There came no real chalkiness or dryness of astringency. The abv was appropriate, and drinkability remained very high throughout.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. This showed just this phenomenal blend of pumpkin spiciness and the flavors of apple crisp and freshly pressed apple cider that just screams autumn. This remains nice throughout and with warmth, and never becomes overbearing or stale. The nose, on the other hand, does essentially the same thing, making us imagine some glorious hybrid of pumpkin pie and apple crisp, for something of a “pumpkin crisp” type of air. The feel was also highly contributory to the success of this beer, as it stayed light and sticky enough, but not too heavy, cloying, or thick for something so spicy and flavorful. It again, found the right balance, which seems to be a recurring theme with each component we assess. With warmth the grain also reminded us more Belgian styles, and namely the tripel, with the hearty malt backing to be raked over by sweet browned banana inclusions. This is a fantastic drink, and certainly the big surprise sleeper of the pumpkin season, and dare we say, a “smash” hit in our books!!

Serving type: on-tap

11-05-2013 01:39:41 | More by TheBrewo
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Campello_IPA

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to brandy snifter

A- clear rich orange with a finger of white head, disipares down to almost nothing.

S- pumpkin, nutmeg, slight alcohol.

T- pumpkin, malts, some spice in the background.

M- good carbonation, medium body, alcohol is well masked.

O- one of my all time favorite pumpkin beers. If you're into the pumpkin beer thing the smashed pumpkin is a must.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2013 00:04:02 | More by Campello_IPA
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LP_Tyler

Illinois

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) is a very enjoyable fall ale. Although it is recognized as a big-bodied beer, for a 9% ABV is drinks lighter than anticipated.
It pours light coppery orange color with an aroma fall spices. The pumkin is not overbearing and it is very smooth.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2013 19:32:42 | More by LP_Tyler
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VelvetExtract

Massachusetts

3.05/5  rDev -18.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Poured into a snifter at a bar. Body is on fire, it glows. It's a darker orange but it glows. Light head. Not a bunch of lacing.

S-A sweet, a, concentrated medley of Autumn spices and maltiness. I can tell it's got some booze to it by how hot it smells.

T-Nearly cloying. Cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices cover a base maltiness that is sticky sweet and unagreeable. Yeah, it's reminiscent of what a pumpkin probably tastes like but I've never actually eaten pumpkin. Like pumpkin liqueur.

M-Sticky, bordering on cloying. Boozy.

O/D-Like liquified pumpkin pie filling diluted with vodka. That was harsh, but I am not a giant fan of this beer. I don't like Pumpkinhead much but this could be close to as bad.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2013 22:15:40 | More by VelvetExtract
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magictacosinus

California

3.73/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Albany Taproom. Poured into a 6oz tumbler for obvious reasons anticipating inebriation and sweetness. I have been seeing bottles of this stuff flying off the shelves as of late in the Bay in the same way that I'd imagine Pumpking does on the East Coast and Midwest, so I was curious to see what all the fuss was about.

Pours an amber orange color that is, well, pumpkin-like in presentation. Contains a surprisingly frothy and thick egg white head that slowly dissipates, but still leaves a ring behind as well as some decent residual lacing at the sides of the glass. Definitely boozy and thick, and some alcohol tears are apparently after each sip. I can tell this is a big beer from the start and I'm afraid it's going to be overly sweet as a result.

The aroma is definitely what I anticipated - sweetness, seasonal spices, and bready character that definitely makes this seem like a sweetened, hearty pumpkin pie. However, given the fact that this uses no actual pumpkin as a main ingredient, this is definitely less vegetal in nature, and rather displays a pumpkin spice backbone that compliments the various notes of cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, caramel, allspice, cream, and vanilla. There's a bready, slight toasted barley backbone that puts all of the ingredients together, but it's definitely sweet stuff. Exactly what I expected, but definitely not a bad dessert beer offering even here.

The flavor caught me by surprise, however - yes, it is sweet, but it does not resemble a pumpkin pie in any way whatsoever! Perhaps due to the extra notes of cream, vanilla, and butterscotch in the flavor, as well as the relatively thickened feel of the beer due to the extra sugars and malts, this feels and tastes a lot more like a pumpkin cream sorbet of sorts rather than actual pie. As soon as the brown sugar, caramel, banana, and nutmeg notes come in, it starts becoming far more dessert-like and definitely doesn't taste artificial by any means. However, if you're into pumpkin beers for actual pumpkin, squash, and vegetal notes, this is definitely not the one to go to. Sugary and syrupy, but 6oz was an excellent pour for something like this. The creamy feel of the beer on tap compliments the sweetened and creamy aspects of the flavor. Exactly what I expected it to be, but at least it's decent.

People like their sweets, so I can see why this has been selling out all over the place. Nevertheless, it works really well for me in small portions, and pumpkin ice cream is something that I've definitely had before and enjoy, so that added on to the overall experience of drinking this. I'd definitely need help splitting a bottle, but I'm glad I got to try it. One day, however, I'll have the opportunity to have a pumpkin beer that focuses far more on the vegetal aspects of pumpkin rather than merely the spices and sugars that compliment it.

Serving type: on-tap

10-22-2013 21:47:20 | More by magictacosinus
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hitman44

Georgia

4.74/5  rDev +26.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great October beer, I could drink this all night on Halloween if I could but watch out for the alcohol level 9.0.

S- Bottle

A- I really don't care what it looks like

Sm- It smells great, you can smell the spices of nutmeg and pumpkin with that hop aroma

T- Well balanced with all the spices and the beer after taste with it. Not to sweet, not to strong just right

M- like any other beer

Overall- I really like this beer and if you are looking for a good October Pumpkin beer try this for yourself

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2013 00:50:39 | More by hitman44
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mfnmbvp

Illinois

3.6/5  rDev -4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My second beer from Shipyard Brewing Co., the other being Shipyard Pumpkinhead, so I'm interested to see how this one fares.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours just under two fingers of bubbly doughy off-white head on top of a murky copper orange with some bubbles lazily geysering to the surface. Some thin lacing. Looks pretty nice for what it is.

S - Definitely has some of that creamy buttered popcorn smell that I've experienced in Southern Tier Pumking and Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. Buttery pie crust. Some brown sugar. Gourds and graininess. Maybe some spicy ginger. Not really pulling any distinct herbal spice rack notes out of this one, but it smells good.

T -Taste follows the nose pretty well, with the addition of some more spice presence. Creamy gourdy pumpkin puree, grainy corn, some sugary cola presence, brown sugar, and just a hint of alcohol presence on the backend.

M - Feel is pretty quick, smooth, and clean. A bit of coarse carbonation, and some spice rack notes lingering.

Overall, a decent, slightly above average pumpkin beer with an amped up alcohol content. A 9.00% abv that is well-hidden. Good solid autumnal drinking. Not the greatest pumpkin beer I've ever had, but definitely recommended if this beer is available to you.

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsly's Signature Series) ---3.5/5

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2013 00:21:57 | More by mfnmbvp
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Jade

Ohio

3.81/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Poured this big bottle into a brandy snifter.

A- Nice orange glow with a little haze. Small white head which slowly dissipated.

S - Pumpkin, malts and nutmeg are the overwhelming scents.

T - Wonderful full-bodied pumpkin flavored ale. No artificial flavors like some. Not pumpkin pie, just pumpkin. Overly spiced for 2013. Alcohol nicely hidden.

M - As I said previously, nice full-body. Perfect carbonation and feel for the style. A sipper, yet refreshing.

O - Decent pumpkin ale. Only wish it came in 12oz bottles.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2013 21:17:15 | More by Jade
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1000lbgrizzly

Illinois

3.66/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Cloudy orange, foamy head with good retention and respectable lacing. Upon the pour there was a carbonation miasma deep below the surface, almost like a Guinness- cool. Later on the carbonation lessened, only a few visible bubbles.

S: Fresh juicy pumpkin and spices that are very fragrant and appetizing, but a bit of a bitter scent permeates through, too. They work decently together.

T: Freshly picked pumpkin, unfortunately that means an unwashed pumpkin that contributes an unfortunate dirty earth flavor- peaty. Good amount of spicing from all the usual suspects; cinnamon and allspice, a few other minor players. There is some malt present too, presenting itself as toffee and mixing in quite well. Finish is pretty nice, the spices become more apparent, but that earthy bitterness lingers on- some hops influence to be sure. I suppose it is a balanced pumpkin ale, I just personally don't care for the palate of the ale parts in it that much.

M: Just fine. Good carbonation, ample crispness, good fluidity.

O: A good pumpkin ale, I would drink it again, not sure about buying it again when there are so many other options that are more economical. Glad I had it, won't be hooked on it.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2013 06:16:56 | More by 1000lbgrizzly
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chefhatt

Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber
Poured from the bomber into a glass, it has copper color body with a a small head. The smell has some pumpkin notes and spices. The taste has a strong spice complexity and some pumpkin to it. The mouthfeel is nice for a 9%. Overall is a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2013 18:42:37 | More by chefhatt
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ONovoMexicano

New Mexico

3.76/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from the bomber into a snifter.

The beer's appearance is really something special. It has a copper color, huge three finger head that look chewy and an abundant lace. On looks alone, this beer is a major winner.

The smell is surprisingly mild considering how big this beer is. The pumpkin notes come through, as does some sweetness from the malts. There is a hint of bubblegum as well. Interestingly, the taste expands on the aromas and offers much more. A true pumpkin pie taste emerges along with strong allspice flavors. The finish is dominated by hop bitterness, something I hadn't found in other pumpkin beers.

As for the mouthfeel, the beer offers medium carbonation, the dry, bitter finish from the hops, and some heat from the alcohol.

Overall, the beer offers good complexity to allow the drinker something to ponder over and enjoy. It shows great potential. I think in the future, I would cellar this veer for a good while to allow some of the alcohol presence to settle. Still, a good beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2013 01:55:31 | More by ONovoMexicano
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.49/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Cloudy burnt orange body with a short lives off white head that fizzles to a bubbly cap.

S: Pumpkin bread, pale malts, holiday spices.

T/M: Pumpkin cream, holiday spices, pale malt, club crackers, booze, ginger snaps, metallic presence in the swallow. Prickly medium body with a semi dry finish of spices and wafer cookies.

O: A nice example of a pumpkin ale. A tad unbalanced but nice overall. This is one I would drink again but will not seek out.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2013 01:24:22 | More by Hopswagger
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BEERchitect

Kentucky

4.01/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aaarg!? -the brewer's dilemma: "Do I make a Pumpkin Ale that's true to beer flavor or do I abandon any of the beery roots to favor pumpkin pie flavor?" Shipyard refuses to give in to either school as they reach a happy medium with Smashed Pumpkin.

Bright amber in its color, its golden-copper mingling of highlights actually portrays an orange-like glow through its rounded haze. A tall white column of foam rises from the beer with stubborn staying power and sheets of lace that trail in the beer's wake.

Caramel, honey and graham crackers rise to the nose- just ahead of a spicy ginger ale note. Even though the scents of cinnamon, nutmeg, toast and clove can be detected, every reach for the glass causes the nose to trigger that ginger character. Buttery and molasses-like gingersnap cookies continue to develop as the beer warms and as the olfactory senses become more accustomed to the beer. Still, there's a Amber Ale-like aroma that grounds the beer's scent.

Sweet to taste, the beer's overall balance trends malty. But that doesn't mean the beer is one-dimensional. The taste of bread crust, caramel, cashew, light molasses and honey play front-and-center. But then layers of spice folds in- first cinnamon, then ginger, then clove and peppercorn, rum, nutmeg... until the final spice of hops brings the palate back to real ale. Its taste is much less reliant on the "ginger ale" taste but does that gentle interplay with pumpkin pie flavor in one sip and then pumpkin ale taste in the next- alternating back and forth down to the last savory sip.

Mid-full in its body, the creamy sweetness wraps around the spices and provides a soft cocoon that ushers the spicy-sweet balance through the middle palate and into a spicy and drying feel to finish. Alas, the extra bite of hops and ale-like dryness allows the beer to finish like, ...well- beer!

Shipyard's Smashed Pumpkin doesn't evoke the sipping nature of rich and dessert-like beers; but at 9% perhaps it should. But because of its final hop bitterness and turn to dryness easily masks the alcohol and gives the beer a dangerous drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2013 05:51:05 | More by BEERchitect
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Therock184

Michigan

3.65/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i have tried alot of pumpkin beers and saw this one at the store and decided to give it a whirl
pretty good pumpkin beer one of the better ive tried. i feel it would have got a higher score if the aroma would have been better, but overall its a very good beer for the type

Serving type: bottle

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