Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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3.35/5 rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
Excited to find this at Oliver's Beverage Center in Albany, NY. This is only the fourth imperial pumpkin style ale I have ever been able to track down, and I really love this style, but nothing has come close to Southern Tier's Pumking yet. Had to get this!
A - Pours a clear orange-amber with a small tan head that quickly dissipates. Decent lacing though.
S - Not very aromatic. Reminds me of apple cider, with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Has a strange artificial smell to it that is off-putting. If I didn't know this was a pumpkin ale I would think this was some sort of apple pie beer...
T - Lots of spice and brown sugar taste up front. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices, with a very sweet bready malt background. The squash flavor tastes artificial and is very overpowered by the spice and sweetness. Not very well balanced. Reminds me a lot of the Horsehead's pumpkin ale as far as the sweetness and spices, but the Horsehead's was much better than this. It does have the same level of alcohol and spicey warmth character which is nice, but I wanted more squash flavor! The aftertaste is medicinal and reminds me of chemical flavoring, it's almost gross.
M - Medium body and chewy, with light carbonation.
D - Too sweet to session, you'll have had your fill after the bomber is gone.
Overall, pretty disappointing. For $11 I expected much more. Too sweet and spicy and not enough squash taste, and what pumpkin flavor is there tastes artificial. Worth a try but not worth going through any trouble for. For a great imperial pumpkin ale Southern Tier Pumking remains the king, none of the other three I have tried have even come close. The Weyerbacher was also very good but nothing seems to attempt what Southern Tier is doing by infusing a truly unique pie crust taste with plenty of real squash flavor. I was going to save this for the Phish concert in Syracuse in a few weeks but thankfully I decided to crack it. I'll be tailgating with Pumking instead :)
Serving type: bottle
11-15-2009 01:13:06 | More by BeerPhan86
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4.18/5 rDev +11.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Wouldn't usually go for pumpkin beers, but had this one was given to me by a friend, so excited to try it. What there is of the thin tan head escapes quickly, leaving only a reddish-orange brew. Aroma consists of spice, yeast, pumpkin and sugar. Can you say dessert? Tastes just like your favorite pumpkin pie with a little alcohol added for good measure. If we are going by style alone, and staying true to moniker, then this beer is top 10.
Serving type: bottle
06-10-2014 02:22:05 | More by stephens101
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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