Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by EPseja:
2.35/5 rDev -37.2%
Thanks to BA yelterdow for this gift.
Being an Imperial Pumpkin, this one was served from its 22oz bottle into a snifter at just below cellar temperature.
A - Crystal clear orange with vibrant coppery highlights. With a bit of a vigorous pour, a cream-colored head pushes up to about an inch, and makes a hasty retreat to a floating gossamer web. No head retention and no lacing to speak of.
S - Bright, honeyed maltiness with some apple-cidery undertones. Evanescent graham-cracker, sugar-coated cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Also a strange artificial tinge of candied ginger.
T - Begins with a sweetness that's more candied-ginger sugary than malty, shifting to a strange collaboration of cinnamon schnapps and clove dust. The same chemicalesque Band-Aid demon that plagues regular Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale rears it's head at this point. Massive doses of cinnamon spiciness and ginger completely overpower any subtle pumpkin or squash flavors that may be lingering somewhere beneath. The finish is moderately dry and medicinal.
M - Thin and watery going in , but becoming decently fluffy. Swallow is not as rich as the flavors might have one think, and tends to be a bit gassy.
D - I've had many many Pumpkin Ales and consider myself to quite knowledgeable in this style. While this particular offering is beautifully packaged, and although it sits head and tails above the regular (terrible) Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale, it is still only mediocre at best -- failing to capture the essence of the mildly-flavored pumpkin as the main ingredient and focal point, and instead bombing the palate with a heavy handed use of the usual bevvy of spices and a whole bunch of alcohol. No disrespect to Adam Pugsley and his craft, but in the chess-game of Imperial Pumpkin Ales, this one is merely a subjugate pawn to Weyerbacher's Imperial Pumpkin King.
11-13-2009 01:56:43 | More by EPseja
More User Reviews:
3.3/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
02-14-2011 04:42:46 | More by stewfnrocker
3.18/5 rDev -15%
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.
09-16-2009 00:11:35 | More by lordofthewiens
1.88/5 rDev -49.7%
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.
09-08-2012 04:38:37 | More by Beaver13
4.6/5 rDev +23%
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.
08-31-2010 00:03:49 | More by generallee
3.63/5 rDev -2.9%
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
01-30-2011 01:10:21 | More by bishopdc0
3.88/5 rDev +3.7%
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.
06-14-2011 03:03:54 | More by Jason
4/5 rDev +7%
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.
10-06-2011 14:30:59 | More by tigg924
3.98/5 rDev +6.4%
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.
09-25-2012 01:45:04 | More by JohnnyBarman
4/5 rDev +7%
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.
11-01-2012 20:40:09 | More by Cavanaghty
4.33/5 rDev +15.8%
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.
10-01-2009 21:23:05 | More by magictrokini
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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