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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1,475 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,475
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 81
Gots: 253 | 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 by MetalHopHead6:
Photo of MetalHopHead6
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin is beautiful, has nice subtle flavor, but is a little thin.

It looked like Autumn in a glass, with the color of pumpkin and a massive creamy tan head. It left thick rings of lace on the glass. the smell was mostly metal and nutmeg and the flavor was sweet hints of brown sugar and very subtle pumpkin and spice flavors. The best pumpkin ales have muted spice, and this one is muted; much more so than Shipyard's regular pumkin ale. The feel was a weakness: very thin, with nothing left behind.

More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that settled down but never completely faded away.
S: The beer smells just like pumpkin pie and has some notes of alcohol.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the flavor of alcohol isn’t as strong—although some hints of it are still noticeable. There are also some notes of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer has a good amount of flavors of pumpkins and spices and is relatively easy to drink because it isn’t that sweet and the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very slightly hazy copper to reddish brown in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a small patch of large bubbles, a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice) with some light hints of sweetness. Also, there is a very light presence of alcohol in the smell.

T: There are some light notes of sweetness upfront in this beer (almost like a cream soda sweetness). There are moderate flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and vanilla.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Enjoyable with very good pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices which are in good balance with one another. Easy to drink because the beer is not overly sweet and the alcohol is pretty well hidden in the taste - though at 9% ABV this is very much a sipping beer.

Photo of oberon
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Pours into an impy nonic a lighter copper color with an orange hue,a thin quick to fade head atop.Strong cinnamon and nutmeg in the nose along with sweet alcohol,very strong spice.Nutmeg is way to strong flavor-wise to go along with almost hot cinnamon spice in the finish to go along with sweet alcohol.To much spice and alcohol for me to really enjoy,I'll take the Smashed Blueberry but not this.

Photo of stewfnrocker
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
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.

Photo of Beaver13
1.94/5  rDev -48%
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.

Photo of generallee
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
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.

Photo of bishopdc0
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
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

Photo of Jason
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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.

Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.97/5  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.

Photo of Cavanaghty
4/5  rDev +7.2%
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.

Photo of magictrokini
4.32/5  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.

Photo of jondeelee
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smashed Pumpkin opens with an aroma that is unmistakably pumpkin, coming across like a well-made pumpkin pie topped with ice cream, or, if there were such a thing, a pumpkin float: not only pumpkin is here, but cinnamon and nutmeg, cloves and hints of anise, a graham cracker crust, and a dollop of vanilla ice cream. In fact, there's not much in the nose to reveal that this is, in fact, a beer, and the result is something I'd quite like to find in my glass during a Thanksgiving dinner dessert.

On the tongue, the beer begins with a fair bit of spice, with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves joined by a wallop of allspice. Pumpkin flavors are actually subsumed beneath these spice notes, but are still present, bringing more subtle hints of the gourd than I would expect from this beer. Hops no doubt add a healthy bitterness, as well as citrus flavors, but this melange is largely overshadowed by spice, as are the grain flavors, which barely peek through at the edges in shades of toast. The heavy spice notes do not fade with subsequent sips, but do cause a burning sensation on the soft palate and in the throat. The aftertaste is mainly spice, with some toast and biscuit notes from the grains, and lingers--at least for the spices--for quite a while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, adding to the soft palate burn.

Overall, this beer begins well, with a delicious aroma that reminds me instantly of grandma's house, and places this beer on par with Southern Tier's Pumking in terms of enticing pumpkin-flavored beer scents. But the beer proves far too spicy on the tongue, and the resulting imbalance unfortunately takes away from the pumpkin and ale flavors. It's still a very nice pumpkin beer, mind you--much better fare than many of its peers--and the 9% ABV is well hidden by sugars and flavor, but as a whole the brew wants for balance and a shade more subtlety.

Photo of Franziskaner
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
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.

Photo of tfratzke
4.11/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of nutmeg and other spices. Pours a deep orange with tan head. This is my favorite pumpkin ale I’ve tried. Something Pumking is just too much for me to even finish a full glass. Blast of nutmeg, some cinnamon and a tinge of pumpkin which is perfect for me. Almost belgiany on the palette. Loved it!

Photo of ehammond1
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On Tap

Urge Gastropub
San Diego, CA

Clear but dark orange with a slight reddish hue. Thin white cap. Regular, messy lace down the glass.

Muted aromas and even after warming there's little to no hop presence at all. The aroma consists of sweet caramel malts and pumpkin bread baked with plenty of nutmeg and cinnamon.

Nearly flavorless initially with only simple bread and caramel malt flavor until the finish when the palate lights up with a blast of nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon--the finish is a dead ringer for pumpkin pie (in beer form). I enjoyed this a lot, even if it doesn't necessarily seem authentically pumpkin--the added spices play a far larger role than any pumpkin actually does.

Medium to full bodied, well carbonated.

A very tasty spiced beer--more of a nutmeg and cinnamon beer than a true pumpkin beer.

Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and lively amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger off white head with good retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: A sweet and spicy mix of bready caramel malts with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove. The presence of pumpkin is pretty noticeable in this one. Pretty solid smell.

Taste: Pretty sweet and creamy. Caramel malts with wheat grains and toffee. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and apple. A solid base of pumpkin flavor under the spices. Full flavored and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and very smooth. No sign of the alcohol.

Overall: A pretty solid pumpkin beer overall. Full flavored and well balanced.

Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden yellow colored with a light beige head that rises up a full inch and settles out to a fine cap of tight foam.

Low aroma of corn and grassy notes, mild cinnamon.

Doughey malt initially, moving quickly to subtle pumpkin and squash notes, moderate sweetness punctuated by hop bitterness. Even more quickly moves to cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, fairly even mix, then finishing spicy and warm. ABV adds interesting warmth and depth without distractin.

Even mouthfeel, semi-slick, finishes bubbly and warm. Tasty beer, very drinkable.

Photo of BGDrock
3.27/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

From notes:

Appearance: pale gold to light amber colour; large suds that disperse quickly

Aroma: tangy; light spice; mild fruitiness; almost a whisky-like scent

Taste & Mouthfeel: creamy, almost oily texture that sticks to the tongue; good carbonation; mild pumpkin pie flavour that is most pronounced a few second after a swig; pleasant bitterness balances out any sweetness

Overall: good, well-balanced warming beer, but not really delivering the pumpkin flavour expected

Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear, copper with a two-finger thick off white head that dissipates to a lingering ring, leaving little lacing behind.

Aromas of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove), pumpkin pie, light malts, and faint citrus hops.

Well balanced taste of biscuity pale malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and vanilla. The pumpkin is very present but not over-powering. Slight bitterness and dry finish.

Medium mouthfeel, nicely carbonated. This brew is smooth from start to finish, no harsh bite. The ABV% is well hidden and only detectable through alcohol warmth, no diacytel or astringent taste/aroma.

Even though I'm not a big fan of pumpkin brews, this one definitely stands out amongst the others I've tried. Just a well-made beer.

Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.

Photo of Bingja18
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

I don't understand pumpkin beers that don't use pumpkin as the dominant flavor. Still a solid beer that goes well with a cool autumn night.

Photo of Brenden
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is a bright, clear orange. Active bubbly carbonation forms a head of good size that keeps itself together well. It dies off a little quickly and drops a decent amount of spotty lacing as it goes.
The nose is sweet and offers both the fleshy and spiced notes appreciated in pumpkin ales under a malt backbone. This one is very balanced between the two elements and quite good but, unlike others (even other high ABV pumpkin beers), a bit of ethanolic alcohol presence peeks through.
The taste is the same; what's needed in this otherwise very nice beer is a bit less of the alcohol (almost with a rubbing alcohol likeness to it) and a bit more strength. The balance, the malts support that still lets the pumpkin shine through, all of it is good but for that.
The mouthfeel is nice, smooth and a little crisp with a nice flow in a solid medium body with ample but not overdone carbonation.

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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,475 ratings.