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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
83
good

447 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 447
Hads: 1,488
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 88
Gots: 269 | 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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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

On-tap at Three Cellars in Franklin, WI:

Pours dark orange with a thin white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of the usual pumpkin spicings - done nicely - not too strong, not too weak.

The tatse is of pumpkin spicing - cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. with bready notes.

Quite drinkable for the style and abv. Carbonation level adds to the smooth character - not too weak or too strong.

A well-done pumpkin beer that reminded me of pumpkin bread. (448 characters)

Photo of drabmuh
2.09/5  rDev -42.9%
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. (487 characters)

Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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. (1,145 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy white head thadecently fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice light pumpkin scent along with nutmeg and some Munich malt sweetness. The taste is decent as well. It has a really nice pumpkin character to it and is well spiced. It's a bit syrupy which takes away from the drinkability. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. I like the fact that Shipyard is making some big beer finally. This one's not bad. (538 characters)

Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber with 1/4" of light foamy head. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin puree. Taste is mild; pumpkin shines here with subtle nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. Very good balance and very little bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and very smooth. The alcohol shows up as the beer warms adding warmth and doesn't detract from the overall flavor.

This is a pretty solid pumpkin beer. Probably one of the better ones on the market. (468 characters)

Photo of woodychandler
4.58/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As the duty CANtrarian and having been to several "Christmas In July" events in the past few weeks, it occurs to me to embrace my two favorite holidays, Hallowe'en and Thanksgiving and bump Christmas!

From the bottle: "SMASHED PUMPKIN is a big-bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg. The OG and final Alc./Vol. provide the structure and body. Pale Ale, Wheat and Light Munich Malts combine with the natural tannin in pumpkin and the delicate spiciness of Willamette and Hallertau Hops to balance the sweetness of the fruit. To fully enjoy all the flavours, this ale is best drunk at 55 degrees Farenheit. Smashed Pumpkin pairs well with sharp cheeses, nuts, lamb, hearty stews and desserts like flan or pumpkin pie. Chefs find this an excellent beer to cook with in dishes such as braised short ribs. Try adding a little Shipyard Blue Fin Stout to Smashed Pumpkin for a fall warmer."

I went with a more delicate pour than usual as I was unsure as to the amount of lees present. I got a finger of tawny head that fell pretty quickly. Color was a coppery orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity and lots of CO2 bubbles. BUPGOO! Nose had taken on a clove-tobacco quality in the interim and I began to debate donning a black beret for the occasion. Mouthfeel was thick and full on the tongue and combined with the clove/nutmeg/allspice flavors, it was like drinking liquid pumpkin pie! I must remember to get some more this year. I was worried that it had gone over like many of the pumpkin ales in my cellar, but this was phenomenal! Finish was (literally) breathtaking with regard to its spiciness. I may carve a pumpkin tonight in this beer's honor, providing I can find such a gourd. Hauntingly ghoulicious. Say, is that a black cat at my back door? Here, kitty, kitty ... (1,821 characters)

Photo of Gavage
3.71/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a big 3" head that slowly recedes. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: cinnamon and nitmeg are up front, and some caramel sweentess is a bit softer on the nose.

Taste: caramel, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg are are most prominent. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol tones are soft but warming. Some buttery textures arrive late during the swallow. There is a bit of a hidden earthy tone here too.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a hint of dryness arrives late.

Drinkability: this beer went down fairly quickly depsite the higher alcohol levels. Overall a tasty beer from Shipyard. (671 characters)

Photo of billab914
3.64/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a very appropriate orange color with a thin white lacing scattered across the top of the beer. The thin head all but disappeared pretty quickly though.

I get a good dose of cinnamon and nutmeg to the aroma at first. I get some sweeter, malty, canned pumpkin flavors to it as well. The canned pumpkin flavor is pretty nice for the style, it gives it a smooth, sweetness and helps cut through the spices. I thought it had a very good aroma for the style.

The taste shows a little more of the sweeter, canned pumpkin, malty flavors to it up front. Midway the cinnamon, nutmeg and clove start to come out and intensify as you get to the finish. I get a little alcohol heat in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being low. overall it was a pretty good pumpkin beer. The spices seemed a little strong at times, but still pretty tasty overall. I liked it a lot better then their pumpkinhead one, but not nearly as much as say Pumking. Solid pumpkin offering I'd be happy to but again for the season. (1,078 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.31/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a clear orange with a firm head with great retention especially for a pumpkin ale. No real lace.

S: Pumpkin pie and some allspice though lighter than in most pumpkin beers, definite notes of Munich malt and booze.

T: This is a big boy. Ethanol hits you big at the beginning of this beer, hot but dies down a bit as it warms possibly because the other flavours are coming out. On the backswing there are good pumpkin and pie crust, some nutmeg and fall spice as to be expected. Not really well balanced overall, but the end of the bomber finished a lot better than the beginning.

M: Full-bodied, solvent-like ethanol character for sure with a bit of a burn going down, as I said before, this beer does not hide its 9%. Sweetish aftertaste, pretty clean overall, the structure is good.

D: This is really a mixed bag, there are good parts and bad parts. This would make a good cool weather warmer, makes you feel good inside, but I'd have someone to split the bottle with. (1,004 characters)

Photo of Lare453
3.59/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

large format bottle poured into a dfh glass

a copper colored with a small dissipating white head that leaves a very small white foam film over the top. no lacing.

s cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin flesh, vanilla, grain, clove

t starts out with a smooth vanilla and clove which moves into a pumpkin flash and heavy cinnamon. the ending is also heavy on the cinnamon but gives way to a fresh grain. the aftertaste has a lot of spice in it as well...

m smooth with a heavy carbonation. fairly thick

o this is a great easy to find pumpkin beer, i definitely drikn it a lot when i want a pumpkin beer. i recommend it if you like pumpkin beer. (637 characters)

Photo of Zorro
3.82/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer with a small white colored head. Despite the Hunter Safety Orange colored label this is nowhere close to that color orange.

Smells sweet and spicy with Pumpkin Pie spice and vanilla being strongest. I can smell the pumpkin but not all that strong.

Starts out sweet and spicy with a taste that is pretty close to pumpkin pie. Spicy with a little more herbal bitters than I would have expected. Alcohol level does a good job of releasing the spice essence. Tastes almost like pumpkin pie but not quite.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a tasty beer. Might try again at Thanksgiving. (601 characters)

Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazed, orange-yellow coloring with a fairly substantial, two inch, white, foamy head that quickly settles into a thin, low profile head. The nose is a complex blend of wheat and slight citrus sweetness, with pumpkin and spice highlights. The spice nose is heavy in cinnamon when you get down in there, and even more so as the beer warms. Flavors are toasted grain and bready background, with the cinnamon present again. Also, some nutmeg spicing that helps to balance the pumpkin richness that finds its way onto the palate mid-way through the taste. The rich flavors stay through the aftertaste, but the beer remains light bodied, which keeps it from being overpowering. Very decent cling to the glass. The finish is quick and clean, and the increased ABV doesn't really present itself past the body/mouthfeel. Very tasty, interesting brew. The label recommends mixing with Blue Fin, which is their stout. I think that may be worth a try... (1,007 characters)

Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnished deep golden bronze colour. Head is finely bubbled, staying as a snow of filmy white above the main event, and leaving a cascade of thick, meringuey lacing. Actually, it looks quite phenomenal. The colour is orange enough to evoke the pumpkin, and the head is frothy enough to evoke the delicious lightly fluffed filling of the pie. Looks great.

Nose is really nicely balanced between sweet pumpkin and burnt brown sugar, and the spicy cinnamon and nutmeg characters which signify the dessert properties of the beer's genesis. Crusty pastry notes come through as well, leaving this a round "hell yes" for pumpkin pie deliciousness. Spot on.

Taste is also pretty damn good, although there's a surprisingly sharp booze character on the back, which slices through the other characters. Otherwise, it genuinely has that very pleasant pumpkin/sugar sweetness mixed with the lilting pie spice bite; particularly nutmeg on the palate. Quite biting, and I like that: the spice makes itself felt; and the basis is such a lovely sweet pumpkin deepness that it works well - it needs the spice to cut through a little. Apart from the overzealous booze note, it's an extremely good palate. Feel is smooth and rich. Very much suits the style.

This is a really great pumpkin ale. It really conveys to me all the characters I feel should be there - the pie spice, the burnt sugar sweetness, even the slightly dry pastry character. I feel like this is the pumpkin ale which sums up the style for me. It's very good indeed. I'm not sure I've had a better example. Well recommended. (1,583 characters)

Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Only great things can be said about this beer's sleek, chilly, immaculate orange coloured body. Holding the glass makes the hand awash in enough bright radiance to make even a stained glass window jealous. And although no head sticks around, the way these bubbles run around I'd worry about being sued by the estate of Benny Hill.

The bouquet is only moderate on the pumpkin pie spicing, which can be either a good or a bad thing depending on your preference. A fair bit of the gourd is perceived too. Largely, however, the aroma shares the same grainy malt and earthy hops as many an English ales. While plainly pumpkin-y, it should not be too unfamiliar.

Pumpkin ales can range in taste from potpourri (too much spice) to plain old pumpkin flesh (not enough spice) to pumpkin pie and vanilla ice cream (just right). Shipyard's version is seasoned appropriately but strong alcohol vapors intensify the spice and with nowhere near enough body to emulate pie crusts, it comes off a little too perfumy.

The beer has that wonderful quality of being at once sweet, savory, and spicy. Largely this can be attributed to the nutmeg which, like vanilla, can be a little bit of all those things. The malts help with the sweetness, mind you, and the hops assist the pumpkin in adding earthy spice. Alcohol also adds a bit of spice, but a less desirable kind.

If not for the high alcohol, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin would be a good example of the style for people to cut their teeth on. What it lacks a little in character it makes up for in drinkability; what it lacks in malt it makes up for in spicing. In other words, it's a serviceable ale that might disappoint aficionados but will very much appeal to newbies out there. (1,721 characters)

Photo of jdhilt
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a two finger cream head that fades quickly to a ring leaving no lace. Crystal clear amber color. Good carbonation and medium bodied. Light pumpkin nose. Flavor is almost pumpkin pie, the hops are balancing the sweetness. $8.99 for a 22oz bottle from Glen Beverage Glen, NH. (279 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a shiny brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and little lacing.

The smell was akin to gingerbread.

The taste consisted of an earthy sweetness, with waves of nutmeg and ginger.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy.

Overall a pretty nice imperial pumpkin. (344 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil

Pours a very nice clean/clear copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some cinnamon, and nutmeg. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of cinnamon/nutmeg notes. Medium body. Drinkable, enjoying this one this afternoon. (382 characters)

Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed a '11 bottle side-by-side with a '10 bottle in tasting glasses.

A - Straw yellow with a touch of orange and a small amount of white head.

S - Pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon.

T - Pumpkin, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. The alcohol is slightly noticeable. The finish is dry with a slight hop bitterness.

M - Light body with a slight bit of chew in the finish. Moderate carbonation.

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2010 - Sweeter with more pronounced pumpkin and a noticeable bready malt flavour that was not evident at all in the '11. No hop bite at all, as was evident in the finish in the '11. (578 characters)

Photo of Duff27
3.17/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- One inch head quickly recedes into a few bubbles. Beer is an orange/golden color.

S- Smell is a faint nutmeg, real sweet as well.

T- Tastes of nutmeg, cinnamon. Booze is a little on the strong side. Lowhop profile. Aftertaste I'm not a big fan of.

M- Good carbonation. Mouthfeel on the thin side.

D/O- Wanted to like this one but I'd advise passing. Many other pumpkin beers out there that I'd recommended buying. (420 characters)

Photo of vfgccp
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Robust orange amber body. Pillowy head with a fine bubble. Nice retention and lace.

S – Surprisingly floral and sweet. Dandilion, honeysuckle, apricot and strawberry jam, and a touch of booze. Very little pumpkin.

T – I have no idea where it was in the nose, but the flavor profile is loaded with raw, roasted pumpkin flavor. Sweet strawberry jam, nutmeg and chestnuts add balance and complexity to the middle of the profile. Mildly sharp booze lays down a warm backdrop to a bready finish.

M – Medium body is creamy. You can definitely feel a heavy hand with the booze.

O – Surprise pumpkin beer of 2011 for me. Great profile, but definitely a sipping beer with the way the alcohol grabs hold of your palate.

P – Stellar pairings with dark meat turkey and stuffing. The alcohol cuts through the richness of the turkey, and the pumpkin hooks up with the rich breadiness of the stuffing and doesn’t let go. (928 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a pumpkin orange with a brillant clarity. The head was thin and fizzy, and quickly dissipated to a polished surface. The initial carbonation was feverishly strong lining the glass walls with a showering display of macro-bubbles. The effervesce quickly quieted down to a medium showing of broken streams of micro bubbles.

S: The nose was sweet with toasted grains and toasted pumpkins. There was a fruitiness of fresh cherries but unfortunately I failed to pick up any pumpkin spicing. A light showing overall.

T: The flavor opens up with a sharp, dry but sweetly toasted offering of munich and toasted pumpkins. The spicing shows up in the way of cinnamon sticks, cloves along with a fruitiness of ripe apples. There is bit of alcohol spicing and warming on the finish composed of warm apples and cherry bombs (alcohol soaked cherries) and pears. Overall the flavor was generally good with a soft spicing and a moderatly evident display of alcohol warming but offered little in the way of pumpkin spicing.

M: medium bodied with a nice slick and oily texture that was soft and smooth on the tongue due to an easy carbonation. A dry alcohol warming is evident on the swallow.

D: The alcohol hinders things a bit drinkability-wise. A slow sipper best served in a chalice while splitting a bomber with a friend. Not terribly exciting. (1,347 characters)

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pale amber body, crystal clear with champagne carbonation strands. Thin white lace rims the pour.

S - Interesting nose. Very spiced and old-timey. Clove and cinnamon, medicinal and remeniscent of old-timey hard candy. Almost licorice or sasparilla. Notes of the brine that sweet gherkin pickles come in comes to mind.

T - Definite dry nutmeg and some strong cinnamon powder. The hop dryness and spice adds a peppery dry kick to the fall spice notes. Warming phenolic alcohol warms then dries the mouth and adds a bit more spice. Faint sweetness of malt, with the pumpkin being a bit shy here. The spices associated with pumpkin show through but the fruit remainds fairly muted.

M - A spicy, peppery, warming brew. The abv and spice profile make for a warm ride. Semi dry at the end.

O - A decent pumpkin ale, yet this one shows a strong spice profile as the main attraction. Its warm and spicy, but missed the mark some with the pumpkin fruit and sweet components in my opinion. (986 characters)

Photo of Gobzilla
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured an orangy brown with yellow highlights that had a thin white head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I got more nutmeg and cinnamon character than pumkin notes but I did get pimkin pie crust aromas. I also manage to detect a little allspice as well.

T: the taste was mostly spices consisting of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice but it did have slight pumkin pie crust notes. It kinda had licorice notes as well.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had mostly spice but sweet finish.

D: it drank pretty good and have to say that it is a decent pumpkin beer. This was the last beer to cap things off on pumpkin trickin treatin day. (695 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.41/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a hazy dark orange, some amber highlights, medium sized slightly off white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, looks alright.

Smell is interesting, pretty spicy, a bit of sour fruit, some honey, peach, nutmeg, lots of ginger, a bit of pumpkin, orange juice/peel, very interesting sweetness, like candied ginger, pretty neat but weird.

Taste is similar, quite sweet, more candied ginger, honey, green tea, nutmeg, somewhat sugary, apple sauce, a touch of pineapple, quite spicy, biscuit, caramel, a bit sweet and spicy in the finish, big cinnamon aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, a bit of warmth but pretty smooth. Pretty interesting take but not my style. Thanks Russ! (799 characters)

Photo of puboflyons
3.72/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. 2010 batch bottle. Sampled on Sept. 13, 2010. The pour is orange with a bit of copper mixed in and a thin white head and limited lacing. Beautifully clear. The pumpkin and spiced aromas are solid with almost nothing in the way of alcohol considering it is a 9% ABV beer. The taste is also a generous dose of pumpkin, spices, clove, and a mildly hopped bitterness. A nice one to have during the season. (421 characters)

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 447 ratings.