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

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BA SCORE
83
good

447 Reviews
THE BROS
88
very good

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Reviews: 447
Hads: 1,490
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 87
Gots: 270 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Casey10 on 08-31-2009

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Photo of TastyFoodAndDrink
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.5

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin Ale pours orange with hints of amber and red. The smell leads a little cinnamony, but picks up nutmeg and allspice. The smell hints slightly earthy, picking up a whiff vanilla extract and squash scent. The body is heavy, and starts off a little sweet. but quickly turns toward a heavily spiced squash and pumpkin flavor. The spices remain strong, pulling strongly toward allspice and clove with a touch of cinnamon. Somehow, on the ending it is slightly mouth drying, and channels a huge amount of cinnamon, complimented by pumpkin spice and pumpkin. (581 characters)

Photo of minnz21
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

High alcohol is the best this has going. Nose is very weak on pumpkin smell.
Spice is main taste not pumpkin at all. Easy to drink but not a strong pumpkin ale compared to others. (180 characters)

Photo of SamT
3/5  rDev -18%

A- Not much as far as pumpkin spice or anything. Maybe a little bit of a sweet malt aroma. No real hop presence in the aroma other than a slight English bitter type of aroma.

A- Clear deep copper with a large-bubbled one inch head - rapidly decreasing. Poured straight into a nonic pint glass.

F- Starts bitter, finishes sweet. Could almost be a bit of an off flavor with a bit of diacetyl. Finishes a sweet clove type of flavor. After more sips, likely not diacetyl. Nice toasted biscuity malt flavor but perhaps too sweet.

M- Good carbonation for what I expected. 9.0% ABV is hidden well and there is no alcohol burn to speak of.

O- It just seemed as if this beer was slightly off. Could not quite tell what it was. Apart from that, not enough pumpkin flavor (as much as I expected). Will wait for it to warm a bit as I drink before I rush too much judgment, but definitely not what I had hoped for. (920 characters)

Photo of mitch3114
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%

Sampled on 10/4/14 at annual pumpkin tasting party, reviewed from notes:

Poured from bottle into tasting glass

A- Surprisingly not as dark as I thought it was going to be. Hmmmm...

S- This beer smells like an actual pumpkin. The spices are not over the top, but the pumpkin smell... is

T- I think because I've wanted to try this beer for so long now I was a little disappointed. The taste was not bad. It was very pumpkin forward with a slight follow up from the typical clove, allspice, cinnamon, etc. It just didn't pop like I had hoped. I had also hoped for it to be a bit sweeter. It was quite vegetal.

M- Medium bodied with slight carbonation. quite smooth and chewy for what it was.

O- Overall this is a great representation of the style and a huge departure from the staple from the brewery (in the pumpkin ale style), Pumpkinhead. Pumpkinhead is light bodied, refreshing, very sweet and highly carbonated. This beer is twice the ABV, less carbonated, less sweet and not as drinkable. Atleast I wouldn't want to drink more than one glass. A good beer but not exactly what I was hoping for. (1,103 characters)

Photo of the_awesometeer
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Appearance - Golden/orange color. White head that disappears quickly.

Smell - Sweet smell of vanilla and pumpkin with a hint of nutmeg.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and smooth. Nice warm finish of alcohol and spice.

Taste - Sweet like pumpkin pie at first then the cinnamon and nutmeg kick in to balance it out. (315 characters)

Photo of Bshaw22
2/5  rDev -45.4%

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. (167 characters)

Photo of HattedClassic
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

The beer pours a very light and white foamy head that dissipates very quickly. The beer itself is a clear copper that isn't anything to write home about. The beer smell has strong spice, pumpkin, hops, and vanilla notes. The spice notes are very light compared to other pumpkin ales and barely register while the vanilla and hop notes dominate the smell. The hops are floral and lightly bitter. The pumpkin also shows up but is dominated by the vanilla. The taste is similar to the smell in that the vanilla dominates the pumpkin and other notes. However, the hops and the vanilla mix well with the pumpkin and make it a more interesting, if not more complex. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied with very little carbonation and the pumpkin has a fairly velvety feel to it, which isn't bad and works a bit with the kind of beer. Overall, a much better offering than Pumking and probably worth getting over that one for next year. (924 characters)

Photo of WheelsPSU
2.51/5  rDev -31.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 1.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured a very deep Amber. The spices were evident immediately but way to much. It smelted like cinnamon ginger and allspice. Just very overpowering. I forgot there was a beer underneath that nose. The taste was again spice dominating and not particularly well balance do. As it warmed it got a little less messy but something just tasted off. The hops were not evident and the malt character was not really there. (413 characters)

Photo of keithmurray
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Appearance - orange body with thin white head

Smell - cinnamon, ginger, clove

Taste - much like the smell, but unrefined, feels like i bit into a whole 16 pack of big red gum, blast of cinnamon, also clove and ginger in the mix

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, medium carbonation, very sweet upfront with the cinnamon, astringent finish

Overall - mid range pumpkin ale that I didnt find a balance of malt and spices. Too much cinnamon for my liking. If you like the sweeter pumpkin ales like Pumpking, this may be to your liking

Price Point - $2.50/12 oz single (560 characters)

Photo of brentk56
3.02/5  rDev -17.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber verging on burnt orange; the head builds to two inches and leaves some splashy lacing

Smell: An odd combination of vegetal and caramel aromatics that don't scream pumpkin - perhaps more like a smashed pumpkin that sat out in the sun on an Indian Summer day; pie spices supplement the malt backbone

Taste: Buttery caramel and graham cracker tones open, with the pie spices building in the middle; harsh grain alcohol-like flavors dominate, after the swallow; some pumpkin can be found in the finish, but it is not easy

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: Having pretty much given up on this brewery, I was pleasantly surprised by the Smashed Blueberry and decided to give Smashed Pumpkin a whirl - wish I hadn't (816 characters)

Photo of 57md
3.84/5  rDev +4.9%

Light copper. Spicy nose. The pie spices are very forward. The finish has a touch of brown sugar but also something a bit mediciney. The alcohol is well hidden. (160 characters)

Photo of hophugger
3.07/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a very nice clear pumpkin color with a slightly weak head and lacing. Nice pumpkin aroma coming from this brew. Pumpkin flavor and pumpkin spices are nice and taste good. Feel is nice also, but a little too much alcohol taste and afterburn. Believe this would have been a much better beer at about 6-8% ABV. Overall, commendable, but not great ! (351 characters)

Photo of BeerWizard
4.12/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

I've wanted to try this for a while but usually opt for six packs over bombers, so I was psyched to see it in (at least) four packs this year. I did buy it with some apprehension because I strongly dislike their Pumpkinhead, and didn't want anything that resembled that. But if this does resemble it in any way, they took whatever good processes they were applying to the PH and amped them all up on the Smashed. This is a totally different beer, and this beer is fantastic.

Pours a pretty copper color into a stout jam jar, has very little head and very little effervescence to it. Nose is sweet and malty with really light spice and booze (oh yeah, this stuff clocks in at 9%). The spice, which their website identifies only as nutmeg, comes off like cola.

Flavorwise, yes it's malty, yes it's really sweet, but somehow not too sweet. There's a slight butteriness to it, and then the booze is cutting it and giving it a drier edge. It's definitely a dessert-beer in my opinion; I also bet you could do a pretty fantastic ice-cream float with this (I'm not an ice-cream float person, but if I were). The mouthfeel is big and syrupy, and the alcohol just gives it that extra push to send it, but surprisingly it's not too boozy.

I just think this stuff is great - they hit all the right stuff here. I will say I didn't get much pumpkin in the flavor, but I usually don't with most pumpkins, and for that reason I don't hold it against them anymore. I would totally buy this again, even after proclaiming I was done with the pumpkins for the season. I've really had a lot, but this one's a standout this year for me. (1,618 characters)

Photo of yarnbomb
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Don't bother trying to age this one. It just doesn't hold up over time. Have it fresh, where the face-kicking barleywine effect is still spiced and pie like. It's really nothing at all like Pumpkinhead. (202 characters)

Photo of uawildcat
3.12/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Look: This beer looks good, nice head that stays around, light copper color. Compared to other pumpkin beers I think this looks far better.

Smell: Holy shit, what did they make this out of? It smells like a pumpkin pie, but there is something really off. Its almost as if you accidentally dumped in all the nutmeg and clove. Its overpowering and off-putting to me. There is underlying sweetness as well. Overtime it becomes less off putting as you become used to it.

Taste: Remember when you were a kid and thought because of the smell vanilla or spices would taste good. It is the same experience with this beer. At first the taste is over-powering and too strong. Luckily though, there is enough sweetness in this beer and eventually you become taste-blind. The redeeming quality is that it does try to replicate the flavor of a pumpkin pie.

Feel: Nothing wrong here. It doesn't taste too hot, too sticky, or weird carbonation. Beats quite a few other beers of this style that seems to have messed up carbonation.

Overall: This is a beer that when you are pouring it looks great. The initial smell is promising but then overwhelming. The taste at first is too strong, but overtime it does become better. I think that mixing this beer with Southern Tier Pumking might taste good. (1,284 characters)

Photo of IPA4LIFE
3.66/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Gorgeous slightly hazy copper-orange color that fits the season perfectly. Moderate 1 finger head with average retention and decent lacing.

S- Rich, warm pumpkin pie aromas (so surprising). Sweet pumpkin and nice notes of allspice and cinnamon.

T- Rich, sweet malts up front. Toast and a little butter, with a tiny hint of raisin, then a sharp metallic tingling mid-palpate, warming notes of pumpkin pie spices towards the back end. Aftertaste is actually slightly bitter, with more spice, and some sweet pumpkin and sweet potato flavors. Mild warm booziness lingers for quite some time after drinking.

M- Soft, fluffy pillowy head leads into an experience that is a bit harsh mid-palate, but it smooths into a nice, warm mild booze feel.

O- I think it depends on what you are looking for with your pumpkin beer. If you want something that is sweet, warm, and strong . . .the kind of drink that just feels right when the temperature starts to drop in the evening in the fall… then this is a solid option. But if you want something that makes you say “oh yeah, they made this shit out of pumpkins”, then this might not be your go-to. Overall, I don’t think this is the greatest pumpkin beer ever made, but it is pretty solid and I definitely wouldn’t mind having another on a cool October night. (1,315 characters)

Photo of kerz_nelson
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Tried this for the second time recently. A good, if perhaps a bit too mild, pumpkin ale.

Pours dark orange with a bit of haze. Good amount of head.

First smell I get is sugar, though it's mild. Moderate pumpkin spice aromas.

This is a pretty sweet beer, though it doesn't overpower. I get the pumpkins spices, especially vanilla, again though, moderately. A moderately boozy finish, though I think the sweetness/vanilla covers it well.

Very drinkable beer, probably due to the subtlety of everything. This is very enjoyable drink, but there are other pumpkins I go to if I'm really craving a pumpkin ale in the Fall. Also, this stuff is pretty pricey on the West Coast. (673 characters)

Photo of Darkmagus82
3.36/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep orange color with a tiny white head. The head fades very fast leaving just some light lace on the surface of the brew.

Smell – A sweet roasted pumpkin aroma greets the nose with the sweet being of a caramel and light molasses smell as well as a moderately strong showing of a grainy smell. Along with these aromas are some spice aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice with these being mixed with a bit of a boozy and light herbal aroma as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter caramel and molasses flavor with a decent showing of a light pumpkin taste. As the taste advances more and more spice comes to the tongue with the cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice starting out on the lighter side and by the end of the taste getting quite potent. While the spice gets stronger, the pumpkin takes on a slightly more roasted flavor, but overall remains relatively more “raw” in taste. The sweeter caramel increases toward the end and is joined by some rather decently strong boozy tastes; being of a light woody bourbon, but mostly of a cheap and hot booze like nature. In the end with a herbal flavor joins the taste, one leaving one with a very spiced up and boozed up, raw pumpkin pie flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the beer’s style it is actually very appropriate as it really ramps up the sweeter and pumpkin flavors of the brew. The only problem with this is that it also really accentuates the hot boozy and somewhat odd raw and herbal flavors of the beer with it therefor maybe not being the best way to go on the feel.

Overall – Really not the best imperial pumpkin out there, and at 8.99 for a bomber it is certainly not worth it. Southertier Pumpking and Elysians The great pumpkin, which are of similar style and price, are a much better go too. A decent try, but really just a little too off to be worth it. (2,047 characters)

Photo of leantom
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A really boozy pumpkin beer to complete my Saturday night's debauchery. Here goes:

A: Clear orange with an adequate head and OK lacing. Not that much carbonation, but OK.

S: Disappointing. Smell some pumpkin in the form of nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar, but these are extremely muted and the booze overtakes these scents.

T: Good. All malt in this one: brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. Makes up for the mediocre smell.

F: Very thick and boozy. Not bad, though. Quite happy with it.

O: A solid beer but there are better offerings of this type. (574 characters)

Photo of PA-hunter
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into glass. 9% abv

Appearance- Pours a semi cloudy yet still semi clear medium orange with a moderate head that dissipates somewhat fast.

Smell- Sweet caramel malt, pumpkin, and some cinnamon with nutmeg as the spice notes.

Taste- Starts off quite sweet with a bit of syrup-like sweetness. The pumpkin follows and lingers a good while. The same cinnamon and nutmeg spice notes are in the back end of the taste, though not as obvious as the nose.

Mouthfeel- Moderate mouthfeel for a 9%'er, and not all too heavy. Alcohol is detectable, though not insanely so.

Overall- A very sweet pumkin beer. Could use some additional pumkin taste and less malt but still quite good. I applaud the fact that the spices are kept under control. Still a quality pumpkin ale that makes up a big caliber member of the style as it is an imperial. (844 characters)

Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: light copper colored, short white head dissipates, little lacing

S: spice, nutmeg, clove, sweet, brown sugar

T: heavy spice, clove, nutmeg, sweet

M: full and sticky

O: like most in the style, heavy on spices (214 characters)

Photo of oberon
3/5  rDev -18%

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. (398 characters)

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz, gold foil-capped bottle. Why do they have to refer to the supposed pumpkin in this brew merely as 'flavor'?

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and slightly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few instances of random ocean spout lace around the glass as it quickly rescinds its corporeal stature.

It smells of peppy cinnamon heart, clove, and nutmeg spice, semi-sweet vegetal pumpkin flesh, bready caramel malt, a mild leafy hoppiness, and some well-hidden metallic alcohol. The taste is more of the same, the candied, but well spicy cinnamon hearts still holding sway amongst the other persistent usual suspect pie spices, a lessening pumpkin and gourd-ish cousin vegetal essence, some steady sugary caramel malt, understated leafy hops, and a very mild booze warming.

The carbonation is quite active in its various fizzy and frothy forms, the body an adequate medium weight, and actually more or less smooth, the spices minding their own business, and the alcohol tied up planning my eventual demise. It finishes pretty dry, with the lingering spices, booze, and masked beyond belief hops easily winning this particular tug of war.

A decently rendered big pumpkin ale, the alcohol kept under wraps for the most part, letting the spice take the, um, heat for the inherent astringency of it all, to no overall ill effect. Perhaps one of the more aptly-named offerings from this brewery, as the 18-proof strength will certainly catch up to you (and me), as I continue to focus solely on the grade-school holiday spiciness. (1,600 characters)

Photo of TheItalianStallion
3.94/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a light orange color with a 2 finger head that quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing left behind.

S: Smell is of pumpkin and nutmeg. A touch of cinnamon and clove. Something sweet is also
there but I can't quite put my finger on it.

T: Taste is mainly of nutmeg with some maltiness. Pumpkin is there, but not as detectable as it
is on the nose. Clove is also coming through. Some sweetness on the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body. Carbonation is medium-high. For it being 9% abv I
must say the alcohol is masked very well and is only really perceived once the beer becomes warm.

O: Overall I felt this beer had a bit more spice then pumpkin flavors. It wasn't one of the best pumpkin ales, but it was good. The alcohol was masked insanely well for 9% abv. I would pick this up again. (855 characters)

Photo of sAvAgE69
2.5/5  rDev -31.7%

The pour: clear, no head retention if there is very little
The presentation: copper clear highly filtered aromas on the nose some pumpkin, mostly natural added flavouring for that pumpkin punch

The mouth feel is quite good. I'm tasting pumpkin. But there is something else. There is a somewhat "metal" aftertaste

Somewhat boozy and warm

The low score is for the metal aftertaste


Overall. Not a bad pumpkin ale . In my opinion leave out the natural flavour and put more pumpkin in.

Was the brewed in a copper pot? I'm thinking that is the metal taste I'm tasting.

It may be just me. (590 characters)

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