Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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Reviews by Metalmonk:
3.75/5 rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Pours a great looking head...glaring bone white that's firm and long-lasting. Sits on top of a rusted orange color, autumnal and appetizing-looking.
Nothing real pumpkin-y about the smell. Mostly flowery hops, actually, a good bit of nutmeg, and a pleasant enough mineral aspect. But there's nothing like a really good smelling pumpkin ale...and this isn't one of them. Spice doesn't necessarily = pumpkin, although many pumpkin ales try and pretend it does.
Luckily there's a solid pumpkin ale personality in the taste, and it's impressive that the 9% doesn't intrude. (Other than the buzz waiting for me at the bottom of the bottle, but that's actually a welcome thing.) A nice milky/creamy flavor joins up with nutmeg flavors and the essence of pumpkin. Hops do some herbal and flowery work here, and ultimately this is a very enjoyable take on the style, taste-wise, with appreciated depth.
A little sharp and biting, texturally. At first. With warming it becomes friendlier. Thinner body, too, and I like higher ABV pumpkin ales to have a thicker feel, but it's not terribly poor either, as the creaminess tasted is also felt, if just a tad.
Solid take on the style with some unfortunate drops in the smell department. But the taste matters most, and Smashed Pumpkin is good, memorable, and one I'd very much go for again.
Serving type: bottle
01-10-2012 23:28:27 | More by Metalmonk
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3.88/5 rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75
This ale pours out a burnt golden color with a clear body filled with carbonation. The head the light and fluffy; its white and sticks around for a while and leaves no lacing until the head thins out, then the lacing become thick.
The aroma is sweet overall, banana first hit you when you open the bottle, after that spices and herbal mixes come through along with the pumpkin. There is a hint of caramel as well…
Fresh but not crisp, this ale does however spread out to gently warm up your mouth. The flavors are a bit dull, pumpkin spices, cloves and herbal tastes are prominent.
Its medium bodied and goes down well; there is a slight alcohol kick in its aftertaste.
Not a bad ale overall.
Serving type: bottle
01-29-2014 04:09:26 | More by vickersspitfire
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,009 ratings.