Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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3.65/5 rDev -2.7%
Thanks for sharing, Jason. Light orange,no head, smooth, boozy, understated pumpkin. Rich nutmeg mostly. Smells like the pumpkin spice. A sipper.Understated carbonation. Much of a sweet spice delivery, not as drinkable as I would like. A different take.
09-19-2010 05:38:13 | More by Sammy
2.53/5 rDev -32.5%
Pours a slightly hazy orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of pumpkin pie spices, some malty aromas, and a slight sour scent. I am also getting some apple juice smells. Taste is extremely strong on the spices with some slight malt and pumpkin flavors. The spice level is very bitter and is too much for me. This pretty much ruins the beer in my opinion. The beer is also super carbonated, so this is like drinking a glass of soda water with spices dumped in it. Overall, this is a pretty bad beer that is just way overdone with the bitter spices.
08-28-2011 07:06:03 | More by UCLABrewN84
1.38/5 rDev -63.2%
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.
10-18-2010 11:51:00 | More by Thorpe429
3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
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.
09-05-2011 16:47:59 | More by metter98
3.55/5 rDev -5.3%
Blazing jack o' lantern orange with lemon colored edges and several busy bubble streams. The upper third of the pint glass is filled with a good looking crown that stays inflated due to the carbonation feeding it from below. Unfortunately, there isn't much lace.
The nose is surprisingly perfumy and floral. It isn't unpleasant, but it isn't pumpkin ale-like either. It smells like this brew will be short on pumpkin pie spiciness. Nutmeg is mentioned on the label... and that's pretty much all that I'm able to appreciate.
Smashed Pumpkin isn't a bad version, but it's too lightly flavored and too boozy. Warming might help one or both of those. Then again it might not. This will probably end up as one of my least favorite Imperial pumpkin ales.
On a positive note, the beer is relatively clean and there's no trace of buttery Ringwood yeast. Specifics include sugar-crusted pumpkin, a dash of nutmeg (possibly cinnamon as well) and a warming shot of grain alcohol. Willamette and Hallertau hops don't provide much flavor. Nor were they expected to.
The body/mouthfeel is the high point of this experience. It's medium-full and has a crushed velvet smoothness and a contrasting firmness from the unmasked alcohol. Big beer lovers should find a lot to like.
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin didn't quite win me over, but I'm still not sorry about spending $8.99 on the bomber. My advice to any New Englanders looking for good gourd beer is to spend that money on a sixer of the excellent Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale instead.
12-30-2009 16:00:28 | More by BuckeyeNation
3.9/5 rDev +4%
Poured out the lightest of the three with a hazy orange tinted amber color and a nice soft off white head that reached a height of around an inch or so before it settled down with some nice lacing on the side that really just surprised me with how well it hung in there to be honest. Really quite the solid look. Nice aroma of pumpkin spice, hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, all the usual characters here with a touch of a west coast hop flair to it, especially as it warms. Crisp and super clean flavor here. Starts with a touch of a light malt note and then swoops in with a big hit of cinnamon and nutmeg which dries out the palate very nicely. Very even consistency I have to admit as it comes together very nice. Light drying of palate leaves a touch of light spice and the lightest hint of hops on the back of the tongue.
05-23-2011 00:24:08 | More by mikesgroove
4.01/5 rDev +6.9%
Aaarg!? -the brewer's dilemma: "Do I make a Pumpkin Ale that's true to beer flavor or do I abandon any of the beery roots to favor pumpkin pie flavor?" Shipyard refuses to give in to either school as they reach a happy medium with Smashed Pumpkin.
Bright amber in its color, its golden-copper mingling of highlights actually portrays an orange-like glow through its rounded haze. A tall white column of foam rises from the beer with stubborn staying power and sheets of lace that trail in the beer's wake.
Caramel, honey and graham crackers rise to the nose- just ahead of a spicy ginger ale note. Even though the scents of cinnamon, nutmeg, toast and clove can be detected, every reach for the glass causes the nose to trigger that ginger character. Buttery and molasses-like gingersnap cookies continue to develop as the beer warms and as the olfactory senses become more accustomed to the beer. Still, there's a Amber Ale-like aroma that grounds the beer's scent.
Sweet to taste, the beer's overall balance trends malty. But that doesn't mean the beer is one-dimensional. The taste of bread crust, caramel, cashew, light molasses and honey play front-and-center. But then layers of spice folds in- first cinnamon, then ginger, then clove and peppercorn, rum, nutmeg... until the final spice of hops brings the palate back to real ale. Its taste is much less reliant on the "ginger ale" taste but does that gentle interplay with pumpkin pie flavor in one sip and then pumpkin ale taste in the next- alternating back and forth down to the last savory sip.
Mid-full in its body, the creamy sweetness wraps around the spices and provides a soft cocoon that ushers the spicy-sweet balance through the middle palate and into a spicy and drying feel to finish. Alas, the extra bite of hops and ale-like dryness allows the beer to finish like, ...well- beer!
Shipyard's Smashed Pumpkin doesn't evoke the sipping nature of rich and dessert-like beers; but at 9% perhaps it should. But because of its final hop bitterness and turn to dryness easily masks the alcohol and gives the beer a dangerous drinkability.
09-26-2013 05:51:05 | More by BEERchitect
4.35/5 rDev +16%
Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of light nutmeg and cinnamon with solid caramel notes. Taste is dominated by some solid malt backbone with a semi-sweet touch of caramel which is very well balanced by some cinnamon and nutmeg. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Easily drinkable with nice balance and alcohol isn’t’ apparent though can be somewhat dangerous considering how drinkable this beer is. One of the best beer I have tried form this brewery.
10-25-2011 14:45:30 | More by Phyl21ca
3.8/5 rDev +1.3%
22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.
Appearance: Pours out a clearish, darkened orange body akin to a glassful of Jackie O's. Topped with a medium-sized, off-white head.
Smell: Sweet smelling nose with ample gourd aromas and malty notes of bread and nutty caramel. As for the spices, nutmeg and cinnamon seem the most easily identifiable and appreciable. Small sniff of alcohol.
Taste: Surge of sweet carved up pumpkin meats followed closely with tastes of oven-toasted pie crusts and caramel. Good level of accompanying spices (at least for me), with cinnamon sticks and nutmeg powder leading the way. Very slight yeastiness, with none of Shipyard's characteristic diacetyl creeping into the taste. What is creeping in is the warming, accumulating alcohol. No more than a vague notion of the hops in the background. Pumpkiny, malty finish.
Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body with a fairly smooth texture to the mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.
Drinkability: It's pretty good. Not great, mind you, and, unlike "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," I doubt I'll make the needed effort to catch it every year.
09-14-2010 16:04:52 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.63/5 rDev -3.2%
The 2010, tasted August 2010 is remarkably like the 2009 (my notes of which are posted below as originally reviewed). However, the 2010 is "toned down" in all respects. Nose still rocks!
This is a review of the 2009: Strangely a good beer with lots of nice attributes but not really all that drinkable.
Pours a light to medium clear copper with a super thin head that quickly fades then disappears.
Huge aromatic nose; like sweet perfume; nose of cooked maple syrup, brown sugar and sugared orange sauce. Smells a bit like orange syrup. Mouthfeel is medium body with medium carbonation and a creamy character; nice.
Flavors are all rum and whisky and you get the alcohol coming through big time. Assertive alcohol in the nose smells "sweet" and this one has it.
Big, sweet, malty bourbon flavors - nose and taste like pecan pie with whiskey sauce. Tastes like dessert, not beer. Little in the way of actual pumpkin but a sweet bold whiskey/rum beer that might be nice with some big meats and some desserts.
Lots of cooked bananas in the finish. Interesting. Layered, a bit complex but sweet almost to a fault.
Not for everyone but some may actually find it a sipping beer for after dinner.
09-22-2009 03:52:33 | More by GRG1313
4.1/5 rDev +9.3%
A far better beer than their normal pumpkin ale. This beer has a good color of deep amber with a solid white looking head on it. The smell is much spicier than the regular pumpkin brew. The taste has some complexity to it with some sweet vanilla and autumn spices upfront that fade into a mild pumpkin flavor in the end. The mouthfeel is probably twice as heavy as the other brew leaving a good coating in the mouth. Overall, I'd say don't even waste your time with Shipyards other Pumpkin beer, Just ask for this one or keep your eyes peeled for it. You'll be far more impressed with this one, it's almost hard to believe that they're from the same company.
07-06-2011 19:47:53 | More by Knapp85
2.53/5 rDev -32.5%
Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.
Another hooplah-surrounded pumpkin beer, so you know I've gotta try it. You know me so well... It pours a clear copper topped by a finger of off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises brown sugar, toasted caramel, clove, vanilla, white bread, and a strange whiff of menthol-like alcohol bubbling up from the bottom. This last part really keeps me from enjoying the smell. The taste follows pretty closely, though there is definitely some pumpkin going on in there now, and, unfortunately, the alcohol now resembles strident rubber cement. Wow, not sure what that is, but it is just awful. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly slick feel. Overall, either something ain't right here, or this beer is just plain bad. Either way, I did not enjoy myself here...
10-01-2011 02:50:53 | More by TMoney2591
4/5 rDev +6.7%
Birthday beer from Karen & Paul, thanks for the Maine beer!
Bomber poured into a 22oz. glass. Sharp clarity, copper orange sunset. Foam is creamy and inviting, but doesn't last forever. The standard "pumpkin beer aroma" of real pumpkin. Spice is fairly dominant in this, the bottle says nutmeg, but it tastes like cinnamon, without the burn. A bit dry from the moderate spice, some bready qualities come out from the pale malt and wheat. Pumpkin flavor is there in spades. It's pretty drinkable, but I seem to have slowed down with it (maybe that's the 9%). Still, it has a nice dry bitterness that contrasts well with some of the sweeter examples out there.
11-07-2009 05:06:08 | More by emerge077
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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