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

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

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BA SCORE
83
good

447 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 447
Hads: 1,488
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 88
Gots: 268 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Casey10 on 08-31-2009

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Reviews: 447 | Hads: 1,488
Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured orangey-amber from the 12 oz bottle of indeterminate age (2013? 2014? - who knows?) Wow! This bottle aged well! Pumpkin pie in the nose in a really nice way, followed by an extremely easy drinking pumpkin-pie flavored beer. Wow! (239 characters)

Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant coppery orange with a 1” cream colored foam collar that quickly recedes. Very lively and effervescent. S: Pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin, malt. T: Pumpkin pie in a glass but not cloying or over done. Gives some room to the malt and the hops with the alcohol, hops, malt, pumpkin and pumkin pie spices all working well together. Some nutmeg in the finish but no clove. Farily dry overall. F: Above average carbonation with a very fine bead, medium to medium full body. O: this is one of the better pumpkin beers out there. (538 characters)

Photo of Nugganooch
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle with a FW snifter glass
Notes from 11/09/2014

A: Bright caramel orange body without clarity. Healthy head of khaki suds grows about two fingers high and holds over for a few prolonged minutes. Moderate to light dots and swaths of lace paint the glass on the way down.

S: Bready toasted malts and alcohol mostly. Candied malts with a faint earthiness and some stale spices. Not getting much of any pumpkin in the nose here nor any pie spices for that matter. Just kind of smells a bit like a nutty Amber Ale. Kind of disappointing for this holiday brew.

T: Tastes like candied pumpkin with spices added but in a not so pleasant kind of way. Like one of them scented Yankee Candles. I get some bready pie crust with a touch of earthiness and hints of pie spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Again it’s not all that spiced up here really. Lighter than I was expecting with a low amount of bitterness and the alcohol tamed much better than the nose lead on. A slight step up in flavor but still just kind of meh.

M: Moderate filling body and tipping towards the heavier side of things. Somewhat mixed between the frothy carbonation and sticky sugars on the palate. Light dryness towards the finish. Pretty clean in the end.

D: Okay in small doses. Actually not as bad as I expected but really also not that great. Was always hesitant to pull the trigger on this one a try and now that I have I can say it’s likely not a revisit. These days there are far superior pumpkin brews available to me. (1,543 characters)

Photo of MrWonka
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Idk why this beer has such a lo rating for the reviews. Pumking is my favorite pumpkin beer and this one is probably in my top 3... The other being greater pumpkin by heavy seas. Though I doubt you'll find this beer in April (unlike me) plz do urself the favor and seek this out this coming fall if you're into pumpkin ales. (324 characters)

Photo of SierraFlight
4.01/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber. Clear orange/brown with a sticky head that laces the whole glass. Nice aromas of toasted malt, graham cracker, and pumpkin pie spice. Little evidence of the 9% ABV. Flavors reveal hints of booze with canned pumpkin pie, balanced pie spices, roasty malts, and a little late hop bitterness in the slightly sweet finish. Full body with sticky texture. (370 characters)

Photo of tekstr1der
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As orange a color as I've seen in a beer, this pours with quickly faded head. Immediate traditional pumpkin spices on the nose - pretty close to the pie I love! Flavor/mouth-fee is quite a ride... initial pumpkin quickly turns to burst of yeasty, slightly sour alcoholic funk, which in turn, quickly dissolves to a clean finish and lasting mellow aftertaste. (358 characters)

Photo of Jeffreysan
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, clear, orange/amber color with an eighth of a finger of white head that immediately dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass, but otherwise left no head whatsoever.

Aroma: Lots of pumpkin and Belgian yeast, as well as some spices of nutmeg, brown sugar and cinnamon. Not much in the way of hops or malt. The aroma reminds me more of a Saison or a Triple.

Taste: Pumpkin flavors forward, with just a hint of sourness, followed by some good spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and brown sugar. While there are practically no hops to speak of in the flavor, the beer finishes with some good Belgian yeast notes of clove, a little banana, and a faint hint of citrus, to round everything out.

Mouthfeel: This is one part of the beer that’s a little disappointing. The beer is a little thin, slightly watery, and there’s practically no carbonation to speak of. With an ABV of 9.0%, there is quite a bit of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a good pumpkin beer, and I’ll probably get it again next Autumn, but it’s not spectacular. If it had a little more body in the mouthfeel, the beer would be much better, bordering special, but alas, it doesn’t. Still worth a try if you’ve never had it, and maybe a re-visit if you have. (1,350 characters)

Photo of JayQue
3.77/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Good Pumpkin Ale. Pours a hazy orange color with a big white head and good head retention Bands of lacing on the glass. Aroma is pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices. The spices are done with a light enough touch that you always think of this a a beer, not potpourii.

Aroma is pumpkin and pumpkin spices. Flavor is more of the same, but blended with a malty beer. The alcohol is somewhat noticible.

Mourhfeel is crisp and rich. More than a hint of alcohol.

In all a solid if high .abv pumpkin ale. I would drink this one again!!!! (533 characters)

Photo of Franziskaner
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber in color with excellent clarity. A fingernail of off white head covers half of the top. Aroma of pumpkin and clove are what I detect. The flavor is heavy with cinnamon,allspice,and clove. The body is moderately carbonated and aggressively spiced. (256 characters)

Photo of humuloner22
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have had this one in the past, at the time it and Pumking were the two best I had ever had, I liked this one more the night I drank it with Pumking. So, a few years removed and this was the last of the two "pumpkin" beers I had for the year. Both were big and I was saving them for Thanksgiving in lieu of pumpkin pie.

Color: Light to medium brownish orange, shall we say copper?, decent amount of head that eventually settles to a decent lacing pattern.

Smell: Sweet, pumpkin pie aroma. Lots of the pumpkin pie spices in this one.

Taste: This one tastes very close to a pumpkin pie, with booze. Although the alcohol is fairly well hidden on this one. There are more pumpkin spices, cinnamon, clove, allspice, and nutmeg in this one than in Pumking, to the best of my memory. Anyway, this one did have a pretty big bouquet of spices going on. Pumpkin was somewhat detected. This one was a bit on the spice side of the style but not overly so. I enjoyed this one. If I buy a pumpkin beer next year this one will be one of them.

Overall: Worth seeking out, especially if you like the style. I saw that they had a barrel aged one. That would be interesting to try! (1,170 characters)

Photo of TastyFoodAndDrink
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin Ale pours orange with hints of amber and red. The smell leads a little cinnamony, but picks up nutmeg and allspice. The smell hints slightly earthy, picking up a whiff vanilla extract and squash scent. The body is heavy, and starts off a little sweet. but quickly turns toward a heavily spiced squash and pumpkin flavor. The spices remain strong, pulling strongly toward allspice and clove with a touch of cinnamon. Somehow, on the ending it is slightly mouth drying, and channels a huge amount of cinnamon, complimented by pumpkin spice and pumpkin. (581 characters)

Photo of minnz21
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

High alcohol is the best this has going. Nose is very weak on pumpkin smell.
Spice is main taste not pumpkin at all. Easy to drink but not a strong pumpkin ale compared to others. (180 characters)

Photo of SamT
3/5  rDev -18%

A- Not much as far as pumpkin spice or anything. Maybe a little bit of a sweet malt aroma. No real hop presence in the aroma other than a slight English bitter type of aroma.

A- Clear deep copper with a large-bubbled one inch head - rapidly decreasing. Poured straight into a nonic pint glass.

F- Starts bitter, finishes sweet. Could almost be a bit of an off flavor with a bit of diacetyl. Finishes a sweet clove type of flavor. After more sips, likely not diacetyl. Nice toasted biscuity malt flavor but perhaps too sweet.

M- Good carbonation for what I expected. 9.0% ABV is hidden well and there is no alcohol burn to speak of.

O- It just seemed as if this beer was slightly off. Could not quite tell what it was. Apart from that, not enough pumpkin flavor (as much as I expected). Will wait for it to warm a bit as I drink before I rush too much judgment, but definitely not what I had hoped for. (920 characters)

Photo of mitch3114
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Sampled on 10/4/14 at annual pumpkin tasting party, reviewed from notes:

Poured from bottle into tasting glass

A- Surprisingly not as dark as I thought it was going to be. Hmmmm...

S- This beer smells like an actual pumpkin. The spices are not over the top, but the pumpkin smell... is

T- I think because I've wanted to try this beer for so long now I was a little disappointed. The taste was not bad. It was very pumpkin forward with a slight follow up from the typical clove, allspice, cinnamon, etc. It just didn't pop like I had hoped. I had also hoped for it to be a bit sweeter. It was quite vegetal.

M- Medium bodied with slight carbonation. quite smooth and chewy for what it was.

O- Overall this is a great representation of the style and a huge departure from the staple from the brewery (in the pumpkin ale style), Pumpkinhead. Pumpkinhead is light bodied, refreshing, very sweet and highly carbonated. This beer is twice the ABV, less carbonated, less sweet and not as drinkable. Atleast I wouldn't want to drink more than one glass. A good beer but not exactly what I was hoping for. (1,103 characters)

Photo of the_awesometeer
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Appearance - Golden/orange color. White head that disappears quickly.

Smell - Sweet smell of vanilla and pumpkin with a hint of nutmeg.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and smooth. Nice warm finish of alcohol and spice.

Taste - Sweet like pumpkin pie at first then the cinnamon and nutmeg kick in to balance it out. (315 characters)

Photo of Bshaw22
2/5  rDev -45.4%

I'm not sure if I had a bad bottle but this is one of the worst beers I've ever had. Doesn't even remotely taste like pumpkin but super sweet. Drain pour most of it. (167 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a very light and white foamy head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a clear copper that isn't anything to write home about. The beer smell has strong spice, pumpkin, hops, and vanilla notes. The spice notes are very light compared to other pumpkin ales and barely register while the vanilla and hop notes dominate the smell. The hops are floral and lightly bitter. The pumpkin also shows up but is dominated by the vanilla. The taste is similar to the smell in that the vanilla dominates the pumpkin and other notes. However, the hops and the vanilla mix well with the pumpkin and make it a more interesting, if not more complex. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with very little carbonation and the pumpkin has a fairly velvety feel to it, which isn't bad and works a bit with the kind of beer. Overall, a much better offering than Pumking and probably worth getting over that one for next year. (924 characters)

Photo of WheelsPSU
2.51/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very deep Amber. The spices were evident immediately but way to much. It smelted like cinnamon ginger and allspice. Just very overpowering. I forgot there was a beer underneath that nose. The taste was again spice dominating and not particularly well balance do. As it warmed it got a little less messy but something just tasted off. The hops were not evident and the malt character was not really there. (413 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Appearance - orange body with thin white head

Smell - cinnamon, ginger, clove

Taste - much like the smell, but unrefined, feels like i bit into a whole 16 pack of big red gum, blast of cinnamon, also clove and ginger in the mix

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, very sweet upfront with the cinnamon, astringent finish

Overall - mid range pumpkin ale that I didnt find a balance of malt and spices. Too much cinnamon for my liking. If you like the sweeter pumpkin ales like Pumpking, this may be to your liking

Price Point - $2.50/12 oz single (560 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber verging on burnt orange; the head builds to two inches and leaves some splashy lacing

Smell: An odd combination of vegetal and caramel aromatics that don't scream pumpkin - perhaps more like a smashed pumpkin that sat out in the sun on an Indian Summer day; pie spices supplement the malt backbone

Taste: Buttery caramel and graham cracker tones open, with the pie spices building in the middle; harsh grain alcohol-like flavors dominate, after the swallow; some pumpkin can be found in the finish, but it is not easy

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: Having pretty much given up on this brewery, I was pleasantly surprised by the Smashed Blueberry and decided to give Smashed Pumpkin a whirl - wish I hadn't (816 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%

Light copper. Spicy nose. The pie spices are very forward. The finish has a touch of brown sugar but also something a bit mediciney. The alcohol is well hidden. (160 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a very nice clear pumpkin color with a slightly weak head and lacing. Nice pumpkin aroma coming from this brew. Pumpkin flavor and pumpkin spices are nice and taste good. Feel is nice also, but a little too much alcohol taste and afterburn. Believe this would have been a much better beer at about 6-8% ABV. Overall, commendable, but not great ! (351 characters)

Photo of BeerWizard
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've wanted to try this for a while but usually opt for six packs over bombers, so I was psyched to see it in (at least) four packs this year. I did buy it with some apprehension because I strongly dislike their Pumpkinhead, and didn't want anything that resembled that. But if this does resemble it in any way, they took whatever good processes they were applying to the PH and amped them all up on the Smashed. This is a totally different beer, and this beer is fantastic.

Pours a pretty copper color into a stout jam jar, has very little head and very little effervescence to it. Nose is sweet and malty with really light spice and booze (oh yeah, this stuff clocks in at 9%). The spice, which their website identifies only as nutmeg, comes off like cola.

Flavorwise, yes it's malty, yes it's really sweet, but somehow not too sweet. There's a slight butteriness to it, and then the booze is cutting it and giving it a drier edge. It's definitely a dessert-beer in my opinion; I also bet you could do a pretty fantastic ice-cream float with this (I'm not an ice-cream float person, but if I were). The mouthfeel is big and syrupy, and the alcohol just gives it that extra push to send it, but surprisingly it's not too boozy.

I just think this stuff is great - they hit all the right stuff here. I will say I didn't get much pumpkin in the flavor, but I usually don't with most pumpkins, and for that reason I don't hold it against them anymore. I would totally buy this again, even after proclaiming I was done with the pumpkins for the season. I've really had a lot, but this one's a standout this year for me. (1,618 characters)

Photo of yarnbomb
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Don't bother trying to age this one. It just doesn't hold up over time. Have it fresh, where the face-kicking barleywine effect is still spiced and pie like. It's really nothing at all like Pumpkinhead. (202 characters)

Photo of uawildcat
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Look: This beer looks good, nice head that stays around, light copper color. Compared to other pumpkin beers I think this looks far better.

Smell: Holy shit, what did they make this out of? It smells like a pumpkin pie, but there is something really off. Its almost as if you accidentally dumped in all the nutmeg and clove. Its overpowering and off-putting to me. There is underlying sweetness as well. Overtime it becomes less off putting as you become used to it.

Taste: Remember when you were a kid and thought because of the smell vanilla or spices would taste good. It is the same experience with this beer. At first the taste is over-powering and too strong. Luckily though, there is enough sweetness in this beer and eventually you become taste-blind. The redeeming quality is that it does try to replicate the flavor of a pumpkin pie.

Feel: Nothing wrong here. It doesn't taste too hot, too sticky, or weird carbonation. Beats quite a few other beers of this style that seems to have messed up carbonation.

Overall: This is a beer that when you are pouring it looks great. The initial smell is promising but then overwhelming. The taste at first is too strong, but overtime it does become better. I think that mixing this beer with Southern Tier Pumking might taste good. (1,284 characters)

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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.