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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BA SCORE
84
good

1,475 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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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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Ratings: 1,475 | Reviews: 454
Photo of Arbitrator
1/5  rDev -73.2%
look: 1 | smell: 1 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 1

Chilled bottle into a glass. Shared by Eric in not one, but two delicious vintages. Thank you.

A: Pours a hazy, orange-amber body with off-white head.

S: Butter, cream soda, nutmeg.

T: Very boozy when cold; only moderately boozy when warm. Buttery at both temperatures. Some cream soda and vanilla presence.

O: This beer is hilariously buttery. I can't even fathom why it has a B average. I actually made pumpkin beer bread with the remainder, and in lieu of the butter and spice requirement, I threw in this beer. The bread turned out horrible.

Photo of Thorpe429
1.44/5  rDev -61.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to Azurelimits for bringing this to our pumpkin tasting.

Pours a medium orange color with a thin off white head. The nose is quite strong and goes in all the wrong directions. It tastes quite a bit like someone melted a stick of butter on top of a pumpkin pie. The taste is quite awful, with a buttery, spiced flavor and not too much actual pumpkin coming through. Feel is really creamy and odd. I really did not like this one--definite drain pour. I should say that there were others who at least somewhat enjoyed it, so it's probably just me.

EDIT: Matt's review makes it clear that at least one more at the tasting found this to be thoroughly disgusting.

Photo of loving44
1.56/5  rDev -58.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Horrible. A sickly sweet syrupy mess with one hell of an alcohol burn. No balance, weak body, pale uninspiring color. Just not a good beer, and for almost $10 a bottle I feel ripped off. It's clear that there are few pumpkin ales that are more than a gimmick.

Photo of jsanford
1.71/5  rDev -54.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Split with my girlfriend, poured into two pint glasses.

A - Crystal-clear light copper with a thin, off-white head. Looks rather plain.
S - Very sweet malt, pumpkin and nutmeg. Smells overly sweet and the pumpkin seems a bit past it's prime. Slight sour aroma.
T - Right-on with the nose, dreadfully sweet malt, pumpkin, and nutmeg is about it for the flavors. The pumpkin tastes awful, like a tinny, canned extract. A ROTTEN, tinny, canned extract. Just a real mess, and the cheap nutmeg doesn't help, either. Tastes even worse as it warms. What a shame, we were really looking forward to this.
M - Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Not bad, perhaps the best part of this beer.
D - Terrible. This was actually my 1st all-out drainpour, and the girlfriend agreed. Shipyard needs to stop making Pumpkin Beers, and this is from someone who usually loves the style. Avoid!

Photo of Overlord
1.74/5  rDev -53.4%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

Whoa. Pumpkin/spice overload.

I don't know how you'd make it through a 4 oz. taster of this, let alone a pint. Damn. Insane pumpkin leaps out of you as though it was fermented with no other ingredients. Ton of spices. ... cinnamon, god knows what else. I kind of think ingredients should be integrated into the beer.

Oh, and it's kind of a dull orange color with a surprisingly big head, and it smells like pumpkin.

Photo of Jdiddy
1.76/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

As if Shipyards Pumpkinhead was not bad enough, we have this doozie. How they can taste these beers and think they taste good is beyond me. The spicing is beyond tolerable levels. This is even worse than Pumpkinhead because of the high ABV and the dreadful aftertaste. The whole bottle went right down the drain. Bye bye $9!
Tastes like something you would use to remove paint. I love Pumpkin Ales (good ones..Dogfish, Weyerbacher, Souther Tier) and this is definitely not a good example of one in my opinion. Did have a nice color though. Looks can be deceiving I suppose!

Photo of yelterdow
1.76/5  rDev -52.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

22oz. bomber acquired in New York, I'll serve this at between fridge and cellar temperature in a pub style pint glass. 2009 vintage.

Appearance- Pours a bright copper with a fiery red shimmer, while the head builds to about two fingers in height. It condenses slowly to a soapy topper, all the while providing a noticable sizzle on the ears. There is just a smattering of lacing, lasting only for seconds then disappearing completely.

Smell- The nose is a combination of Southern Comfort and manufactured spice aromas... nothing at all resembling pumpkin or squash, the classic benchmarks for the style. It's hot with alcohol, really an awful final presentation to offer with a photo and blurb of the brewmaster on the label. On a second pour with plenty of foam, I do get a suggestion of the hops buried within.

Taste- Oh boy... I will try to be nice here. The first flavor impressions I get are sweet, medicinal, boozy displays that struggle for balance. After a good swish, the hotness of the alcohol takes over and burns the palate, blistering any subleties or "pumpkin" character and leaving behind a scorched trail of heat and bitterness. A total fiasco.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Unfortunately at this point nothing can save this beer from the gallows, but at least the texture isn't terrible. It rises to a prickly, aggressive carbonation level and then subsides to a reasonably smooth finish. I'm not sure if this year's offering was majorly lacking in balance and overall structure, but I really hope for the brewery's sake that this recipe gets some serious attention and retooling.

Photo of angrybabboon
1.86/5  rDev -50.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

Review adapted from notes taken in October, 2009

Poured into a snifter

Appearance: Orange and copper, decent head

Smell: Honestly smells like an undercooked pumpkin pie that someone tried to bake with an extra pound of sugar - not a good sign of things to come

Taste: Borderline awful - way too sweet, an indescribable amount of nutmeg - some hints of pumpkin, but it mostly just tastes like malty sugar water with some nutmeg and other spices

Mouthfeel: Poor - smooth, but so light that it creates the overall experience of drinking watered down cough syrup mixed with extra sugar

Overall: Drinkability? A bad taste with a relatively high ABV? Nope.

I honestly hope that I got a bad bottle. As I am currently converting my old notes into BA reviews, I am having flashbacks of drinking this beer. I remember it vividly because it was so poor. This is the worst pumpkin ale I have ever had, but on the bright side it created a benchmark that I can compare to other beers of the style.

Photo of nrbw23
1.89/5  rDev -49.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours a bright copper with a pretty nice white head. Head fades pretty quickly and leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Wow. A combination of booze and a shitload of pumpkin spices. Smells artifical as well

T- Quite a mess of booze, medicinal burn, random spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, and a touch of bitterness. Not very good at all.

M- Medium in body and carbonation was a bit of much.

O- Not a huge fan of the style, but this one was not very good.

Photo of rudzud
1.92/5  rDev -48.5%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Been sitting on this one for probably a little over a month now. Was really hoping for a knockout from Shipyard, but instead got a fizzle.

A - Clear copper with a one finger fizzy head that almost instantly dissolved into nothing. Appearance looks well, flat.

S - I get more aroma with regular ol Pumpkinhead than this junk. Ridiculously light pumpkin and typical spice notes. Barely a hint of sweet malts.

T - Light sweet malts. Same as the nose really weak almost watery tastes. The more I drink this, the worse it gets?

M - While the alcohol isnt present much (shocking due to the 9%) this is incredibly syrupy and feels almost flat. Very unpleasant.

D - I guess if your a fan of pumpkin head you'll like this? Then again, probably not. Unlike pumpkinhead, which tends to be crisp and refreshing, this is the opposite. Sorry to say, this stuff is a drain pour for me.

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 SPThirtyThree
1.94/5  rDev -48%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Nothing says "Hey it's October and you should be drinking fall-themed beers, asshole!" like a pumpkin beer. So I picked up Smashed Pumpkin Ale from Shipyard. I accidentally overchilled it - so serving starts at around 40°F and gently warmed to low-60's by the end of the second glass.

No yeast.

I'm always a fan of foil tops, and this gold-foiled cap is no exception, perfectly accenting the orange and gold label.

A: Pours a sparkling, coppery orange, with a very thin head and thicker collar and a few random bubbles in the middle. Tilting the glass leaves legs underneath a sparkling, descending curtain of falling lace.

S: Wow. That's a lot of spice, especially considering the cool temperature. Let's play a word association game, shall we? I'm going to list all of the words that come to mind as i sniff:

Pumpkin. (Yeah, I took the easy one.) Anise. Nutmeg. Licorice. Autumn. Nutmeg. Jack-o-lantern. Caramel. Cinnamon. Cooler weather. Munich malt. Pumpkin pie. No distinguishable hops. Nastier as it warms. More licorice. Banana. Uncle Don getting drunk on Pumpkin Schnapps during football and puking all over the couch. Anger. Fucking nutmeg again. Betrayal. Spiced vomit. Ruined holidays.

Wow, that was fun. I don't have an uncle Don, so I guess somehow this brew is giving me false memory syndrome.

T: The taste is exactly what the nose foreshadowed. Three major elements are combined here. First, and least noticeable, is the perfect level of hop bitterness, from no distinct hop strain. The hops are most apparent at the finish. Secondly, we have plenty of malt features: toast, caramel, biscuit, honey, fresh bread, cloves. Lastly, and most distinguishable, are the spices. Pick a pumpkin pie spice; it will be here. This is liquid pumpkin bread. There's more banana than the nose suggested, but I wouldn't call this an estery beer.

The flavor is better than the smell, but as this beer warms, the spices start getting brutal, and the flavor continues to degrade from drinkable to bad to sickening. Near room temperature, it's just plain awful.

M: Full-bodied with fair carbonation. Creamy. Mouthfeel is the only redeeming quality in SP.

D: Negative score on drinkability. I scowl when someone talks about pouring out beer, but the garbage disposal threatened to eat another spoon if I didn't share the last third of this beer.

I saw a jack-o-lantern the other day that was supposed to look like hands spreading butt cheeks, Ace-Ventura style. (Classy, I know.) If I had to guess what licking that pumpkin's crack would taste like...

Anyway, this had the potential to be a good beer, but the amount of spice completely ruined the flavor and aroma. Looking back at other reviews, it appears it was better last year, but this batch of Smashed Pumpkin will join the hall of fame as one of about 5 beers that conquered me and forced a pour-out.

Photo of Bshaw22
2/5  rDev -46.4%

I'm not sure if I had a bad bottle but this is one of the worst beers I've ever had. Doesn't even remotely taste like pumpkin but super sweet. Drain pour most of it.

Photo of TheSixthRing
2.03/5  rDev -45.6%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Appearance - Poured aggressively, this hazy, bright golden orange brew produced a white, finger width head. The retention was sub-par, and the lacing was virtually non-existent.

Smell - Sweet, sugary aroma with hints of pumpkin and spice.

Taste - If I had to describe it in 10 words or less, it'd be this: caramel cola flavor infused with artificial pumpkin and spice. Sugary caramel, hints of cinnamon and even less so of nutmeg, while the pumpkin sits idly in back.

Mouthfeel - Light to medium body, with an overcarbonation that hits on cola levels. Sticky.

Overall - Ugghh. Tastes quite literally like a pumpkin cola. I'm sorry, this is just awful. If there's any redeeming value, it's that it does well to hide the 9% ABV, but that's it. Not only would I never buy it again, I'd care to never see it on shelves again. Maybe the worst pumpkin ale I've ever had. I'd rather have a BMC than this dreck. I don't believe much in drain pours, but this one's getting serious consideration.

Photo of beerwolf77
2.06/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by BeerFMAndy.

Bright orange hue. Modest white head. Pumpkin pie spices and wet wood make up the nose. Flavors are not good. Taste like pumpkin cologne. Spices are a bit heavy. The alcohol come through quite a bit too. Light body. This one is not any better than the abomination known as pumpkin head.

Photo of countrocula
2.07/5  rDev -44.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Why did I do this to myself? I already tried this brewery's "normal" pumpkin offering and was put off in a major way.

Was my weak mental moment a result of the implied value conveyed in the lofty price and flashy packaging? Maybe it was a Mainer friend's constant love of Shipyahhhd product? Egad, could I have been swayed by some of the favorable BeerAdvocate reviews for the brew?

Whatever the case, I'm still at a loss for why I made this purchase.

I popped this 22 open in darkness, basked in TV glow from VH1's TOOL ACADEMY while my darling daughter and belligerent wife slept in the room down the hall.

Appearance was not immediately evident as the room I was sucking this down in was unlit. I flirted with disaster, turned on a light that could wake the wife or baby, and spied a bottom shelf soda amber hue. Foaming/head was eerily similar to pouring Coke into a glass. Barely any heft to it and retreated very quickly. If you could buy store brand pumpkin soda, this is what it would look like. I believe it would be stocked between the red birch beer and translucent yellow pineapple soda.

I smell hints of Kearney, New Jersey as you traverse the Pulaski Skyway in here. Chemical sweet esters like a Burger King strawberry shake. Hard to make out definite pumpkin. I can pull out the allspice/cinnamon/nutmeg thing with a wet dog basenote. All of this going on really obscures any hint of alcohol.

The _taste_ of pumpkin is overbearing and chemical. Sort of as if they flavored NyQuil with pumpkin. If DumDums made a pumpkin lollipop, it would be milder in fake pumpkin that this beer. Aftertaste/finish is oddly bitter. Possibly the oils from the spices? As if you just poured cinnamon on your tongue expecting to taste cinnamon rolls, yet are instead surprised by the bitter nature of pure cinnamon.

The mouth is thin and unremarkable. Upon swallow a boozy burn takes hold after the fifth sip.

I could see this as being VERY drinkable on a Jersey City street corner after a take out of $1.99 shrimp in lobster sauce from the Chinese joint outside the Holland Tunnel exit. Other than that, I can't really think of a time you'd want to endure the weird taste just to get tipsy. I think Steel Reserve works better for that sort of thing.

I'm sad... sad that this is on the market and sad that I succumb to the marketing devices in place to make these things sell.

On a better note, I'm feeling the 9.0% now and My Antonio is starting in 25 mins!

Photo of flanmedic51
2.08/5  rDev -44.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

This basically tastes like the regular Pumpkinhead Ale but with 9% ABV. There seems to be more spiciness and sweetness to it that really is intolerable. There is little carbonation so the mouthfeel is more smooth and syrupy. It was nasty. I'm pissed I spent $9 and I still got a cheap beer. If I wanted to drink something like this, I would sprinkle nutmeg & cinnamon in a bottle of pancake syrup and drink that...except I wouldn't get the buzz.

Photo of drabmuh
2.09/5  rDev -44%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Oh Shipyard, this is yet another completely fucking disgusting pumpkin beer from you. DIACETYL BOMB! Back to brewing school with you.

Beer is orange and has a thin white head of small bubbles, minimal lacing moderate carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is mildly spicy and has a buttery component to it. Oh no.

Beer is silky creamy butterscotchy with a horrible pumpkin sour bitterness at the back end. Its like eating the skin off the pumpkin after its dipped in fake butter. Never again.

Photo of jiggahertz
2.16/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Bright cloudy orange beer with a good finger head which dissipates on the quick side, large bubbles.

S: Alcohol, hops, spice? I think, bitter nose.

T: Tart malt up front, bitter, sour.

M: Sour finish, did this go bad?

D: Poor, think I'm gonna dump this.

Photo of scottyshades
2.19/5  rDev -41.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A: Pours a transparent pumpkin color with a small soapy head, no retention given the abv

S: Faint spice and raw pumpkin along with a big honey note. Everything is subtle and faint, the malts are light and don't give anything. Not impressive at all, and I love pumpkin beers

T: To say this tastes like Red Stripe with spices and a dash of raw unsweetened pumpkin would be accurate. Big sweetness and honey come through followed by some faint cinnamon and nutmeg. The aftertaste is of ginger ale...no pumpkin to be found

MF/O: Good feel to this one, pretty thick, alcohol is hidden well but warms. This is not a good example of a pumpkin beer at all...in fact this is the second worst pumpkin ale I've had aside from Shipyard's regular pumpkin ale...there are much better examples out there

Photo of donkeyrunner
2.22/5  rDev -40.5%
look: 2 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Beer two of last night's Wacusett Imperial Pumpking, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin, and ST Pumking Pumpkin-Off.

Pours a clear, pale squashed color. Head quickly peters itself out to nothing.

Aroma of intense pumpkin pie spice like a pumpkin pie potpourri bath scent. No actual pumpkin but spice aplenty.

Tastes intensely of pumpkin pie spice. I like pumpkin pie spice but I'd like more beer in my pumpkin beer. The spice is so overpowering I can't get any beer through the onslaught. Bleh.

I've had this before and I remember it being an over-spiced, bigger version of Shipyard's Pumpkinhead which I don't like either. I remembered correctly. Drainpour.

Photo of eclipse54
2.26/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

A 22 ounce bottle of the 2011 batch from inlimbo77; thank you! Split into snifters to share.

Pours a nice hazy orange with golden hues and about an inch of pure white, pillowy head. Good retention, and gorgeous legs in/around the surface of the liquid, but very little lacing on the glass.

The aroma is of pumpkin, cinnamon. clove, nutmeg, coriander, straw, some orange, a bit of earthen hops, and a variety of other spices. The nose, while having a lot going on, suggests a lighter bodied beer that will rely heavily on artificial spicing.

Sure enough, the taste begins with a mild ale where pumpkin seed, wheat, and citrus flavors hang out in a mellow fashion. At the very end, there is a rush of spices: coriander, clove, nutmeg, and cinnamon predominate, especially the cinammon. There is so much cinnamon on the finish that it's reminiscent of a Hot Tamale candy gummy, so yeah, a lot of cinammon. Second in line is the nutmeg that, while not as intense as the cinammon, lingers in the mouth eternally.

Mouthfeel is crisp, light-bodied and light on the tongue, and goes down easy. The lingering nutmeg is the greatest mouthfeel qualm.

Overall, an overspiced and out of balance pumpkin ale. I appreciate the opportunity to try it, but I won't seek it out again.

Photo of thequeen711
2.26/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured light golden, leaving a 3 finger head, slowly evaporating to light lacing.Nose naked of pumpkin/spices, taste boring and without flavour, and a weird describable aftertaste. Probably near the bottom of this years pumpkin/spice brews. Did I say it also tasted flat?

Photo of theBubba
2.3/5  rDev -38.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a nicely labeled bomber into my tulip glass. Warm, pale orange color with a head that disappeared in 90 seconds.
Smell was just about non existent, save for a bit of caramel.
Body was pretty decent as it should be with all the fermentables that go into a 9.0 ale.
Taste? Sweet...then bitter, but always boozy. If you want to hit the pumpkin patch for 10 bucks a bomber, there are much better places to go.

Photo of EPseja
2.4/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 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.

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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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