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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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1,202 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,202
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 69
Gots: 147 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Casey10 on 08-31-2009)
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Reviews by AmitC:
Photo of AmitC
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Good taste for such high alcohol content.
Nice coppery color.
Less spicy to my taste.

Have tasted pumpkin ales much more spicy than this one. That to me is a drawback.

I like it for its alcohol content and mild taste.

A bit of sweetness as well but that is so typical of pumpkin ales.

Not at all a value for the cost of the bomber.

Little larger head compared to other pumpkin ales.

As suggested by others, better than normal pumpkin ale from shipyard.

Note - Pumpkin Ales are not for me. So it is a bit negatively biased but still scores well over others that i have had.

AmitC, Sep 22, 2012
More User Reviews:
Photo of stewfnrocker
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

It was poured from a bomber into a pint glass
The Appearance was a deep burnt orange
The Smell was of pumpkin spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, a little like a spiced wafer or pumpkin spice should smell, which is good for a pumpkin ale.
The taste was sweet, not to sweet or over powering like some pumpkin ales can get. It was a pretty good balance of spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, cloves, but a little aftertaste of alcohol with the 9% abv. usually it mixes well but there is a trace of it.
The mouthfeel has a good mic of carbonation and seems a bit medium bodied. So the drinkability is a good but can be bad at 9%! It goes down easy, try sipping it though or you will go threw these quickly since I feel it is a medium bodied and easy drinking.

stewfnrocker, Feb 14, 2011
Photo of beerhunter13
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

beerhunter13, Oct 11, 2012
Photo of npala86
4/5  rDev +7%

npala86, Aug 23, 2013
Photo of tbryan5
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

tbryan5, Sep 16, 2013
Photo of BubalooBrewMaster
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

BubalooBrewMaster, Dec 26, 2013
Photo of lordofthewiens
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had an imperial pumpkin last fall at Cambridge Brewing Company, and really enjoyed it. This beer doesn't come close. In a snifter the beer was a copper color with a tiny off-white head. Mostly spice aroma, maybe a little pumpkin. The taste was all nutmeg, some cinnamon, and no pumpkin. It was a bit on the hot side. The alcohol got in the way of this beer, and it was far too spicy with not enough pumpkin.

lordofthewiens, Sep 16, 2009
Photo of DaftPatrick
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

DaftPatrick, Aug 23, 2014
Photo of Beaver13
1.88/5  rDev -49.7%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

22 oz bottle. Pours clear yellow orange with a smallish white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet malt and a lot of spices (cinnamon and allspice) - more spicy than just pumpkin pie.

The flavor is a little sweet malt with a huge amount of spice (a ton of cinnamon that makes it kind of spicy and tastes a bit like peppermint) and some odd medicinal bitterness in the finish. Unfortunately it tastes a bit like cinnamon gum or even mouthwash. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, this is strange. It tastes more like a spicy cinnamon beer than a pumpkin beer - trending toward mouthwash.

Beaver13, Sep 08, 2012
Photo of TTripp725
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

TTripp725, Sep 11, 2014
Photo of generallee
4.6/5  rDev +23%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown bomber (1pint 6oz) bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a good description of the beer on the back which includes its ABV at 9% and OG at 1.088. There is no freshness or born on date however.

Appearance: It has a deep amber body with good clarity. It also has a nice level of visible carbonation which supports a good creamy off white head. This head has good retention and makes for lots of lovely slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has loads cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices over a delicate squash and malt mixture.

Taste/Palate: There is a nice mixture of pie spice like cinnamon, ginger, and a touch of clove up front and throughout. There is also a good squash-like (pumpkin) flavor note with pie crust like malt. As it warms the cinnamon and spice come out a bit more. Its 9% ABV is also noticeable and adds another level of complexity and warmth. The body has a solid medium to full body with pleasant lively texture. The carbonation helps to keep thing from getting sticky or cloying as there is a good level of sweetness. Hops are barely noticeable but do offer just a touch of leafy/herbal bitterness towards the finish.

Notes: This is a very well done Pumpkin beer with wonderful complexity, decent balance and texture. This is much better then there other pumpkin beer by far, in fact this one is going high up on my favorite list.

generallee, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of bishopdc0
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The look is a amber orange with a frothy white head

Spiced with cinn and nutmeg smells true not like other pumpkin pie beers that smell of potouri

Thr beer is malt and smooth to start, spices become apparent as the carbonation presents and finishes its smooth and very flavored but heavy but for a pumpkin beer one of the best

bishopdc0, Jan 30, 2011
Photo of JoeD15
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

JoeD15, Oct 14, 2012
Photo of Doomcifer
2.76/5  rDev -26.2%

Doomcifer, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of JakerLou
4/5  rDev +7%

JakerLou, Nov 10, 2013
Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown foiled topped bomber with no freshness date.

Clear orange amber hue, lacing a great ... sticks all the way down. Smells of pumpkin pie with some alcohol drizzled on it, very pleasing as that is what I was hoping for. Pumpkin pie in a bottle, not over spiced and all the spices are there rather than one being too much forward. Sweetness up front, toasted malt in the back. Alcohol is mellow and compliments / warms. Modest hopping ends up just helping to balance. Spicy finish that stays a tad sweet.

More proof that pumpkin ales need to be massive, or at least that is what I prefer. Good drinking for the holiday or I would even think it is possible to cellar a bottle and perhaps cook with it as well.

Jason, Jun 14, 2011
Photo of mctizzz
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

mctizzz, Feb 26, 2012
Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, orange in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, toasted malt—like pumpkin pie filling

Taste: sweet sugar and vanilla in the start—then the clove, nutmeg, toasted malt, and other pumpkin spices fill out the body

Mouthfeel: very sweet a with a bitter middle and a less bitter end, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability: One of the better New England Pumpkin brews and light years ahead of Pumpkinhead. I like the vanilla tastes and the complexity. This reminds me a lot of Pumpking minus the hoppiness. I will revisit this next year.

tigg924, Oct 06, 2011
Photo of aquazr1
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

aquazr1, Oct 19, 2013
Photo of reitzbrewing
4.75/5  rDev +27%

reitzbrewing, Oct 12, 2013
Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

625mL bottle from the Uptown Waterloo LCBO, as part of the Pugsley Signature Shipyard release. I'm on a streak of pumpkin ales this week - keep em comin!

Poured into my trusty Duvel goblet. Light amber caramel in colour, with about a half inch head that recedes into a thin ring. Some whirlpools of foam, not much lacing to speak of. Nice colour though.

Nose is unmistakably pumpkin puree, along with a strong whiff of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, barley and wheat.

Certainly an above average pumpkin ale, at least in terms of body, flavour and ABV. Tastes much like a spice-heavy pumpkin pie, although without the biscuit-crust component I associate with the other heavy hitters of the style. Heavy, and with the alcohol creeping in the back - it is certainly detectable with the weight of this brew. The finish gives you the most potent blast of pumpkin pie, which is a real treat.

I have to agree that the wheat malt didn't add much of anything except to make this thinner and I suppose more drinkable; but at 9% and at just a hair under 8 bucks at the LCBO, I'm looking for something to savour, not to drown myself in. Still, I maintain my "above-average" rating, and if Pumking or the other biggun's aren't coming Ontario way this year, this will certainly suffice for Hallowe'en drinking.

JohnnyBarman, Sep 25, 2012
Photo of Meyers1023
3.48/5  rDev -7%

Meyers1023, Aug 24, 2014
Photo of jisak74
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%

jisak74, Apr 27, 2012
Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass.

Appearance: Hazy copper color with a thin off white head. No lacing.

Smell: Faint spices and pumpkin, not easily detectable by my nose.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Medium bodied smooth and thick. Taste of Pumpkin, light spices like nutmeg and cinnamon. Great well balanced flavor.

Overall: Great pumpkin ale, very well crafted. I will buy this one again for sure.

Cavanaghty, Nov 01, 2012
Photo of magictrokini
4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As pumpkin ales go, this may be the best I've had. Pours a very dark auburn with a creamy 1 cm off-white head that lasts. Okay lacing. Rich, spicy pumpkin pie aroma. Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon with caramel malt. Smooth, slick mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to keep it lively. Delicious pumpkin and spice taste. Like a blend of pumpkin pie and zucchini bread. Strong malts without the syrpuy mouthfeel. Slightly hoppy to give it some bite and earthiness. Loved it.

magictrokini, Oct 01, 2009
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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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