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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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1,050 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,050
Reviews: 401
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 54
Gots: 82 | FT: 1
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Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

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3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- With a light pour a two finger head appears with tons of carbonation streaming up the walls of the glass. Beautiful golden hue the head is a light tan in color.

S- Allspice and caramel malts. There are hints of pumpkin in the aroma.

T- Bit weird taste, there is lots of roasted pumpkin and brown sugar. The taste doesn't blend with the malt at all.

M- Medium body, lots of carbonation

O- its not bad, it just not balanced its all "natural flavors" and little beer

Serving type: bottle

11-16-2009 06:50:13 | More by DwnTwnBwn
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3.5/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, scooped at city-wide in south bend...thought i had read this was good but clearly was confused

appearance: served in an unmarked chalice, rather light orange-straw body, light beige ring

smell: aromas are primarily spice - cinnamon and nutmeg, fresh apple

taste: not overly pumpkin-y, similarities can be drawn to a spiced apple cider. there are a number of spices that come through strong - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin seed. an OK beer - a little pedestrian

mouthfeel: smooth body, lots of spice

drinkability: pretty good

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 02:25:39 | More by dirtylou
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New York

3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Excited to find this at Oliver's Beverage Center in Albany, NY. This is only the fourth imperial pumpkin style ale I have ever been able to track down, and I really love this style, but nothing has come close to Southern Tier's Pumking yet. Had to get this!

A - Pours a clear orange-amber with a small tan head that quickly dissipates. Decent lacing though.

S - Not very aromatic. Reminds me of apple cider, with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Has a strange artificial smell to it that is off-putting. If I didn't know this was a pumpkin ale I would think this was some sort of apple pie beer...

T - Lots of spice and brown sugar taste up front. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices, with a very sweet bready malt background. The squash flavor tastes artificial and is very overpowered by the spice and sweetness. Not very well balanced. Reminds me a lot of the Horsehead's pumpkin ale as far as the sweetness and spices, but the Horsehead's was much better than this. It does have the same level of alcohol and spicey warmth character which is nice, but I wanted more squash flavor! The aftertaste is medicinal and reminds me of chemical flavoring, it's almost gross.

M - Medium body and chewy, with light carbonation.

D - Too sweet to session, you'll have had your fill after the bomber is gone.

Overall, pretty disappointing. For $11 I expected much more. Too sweet and spicy and not enough squash taste, and what pumpkin flavor is there tastes artificial. Worth a try but not worth going through any trouble for. For a great imperial pumpkin ale Southern Tier Pumking remains the king, none of the other three I have tried have even come close. The Weyerbacher was also very good but nothing seems to attempt what Southern Tier is doing by infusing a truly unique pie crust taste with plenty of real squash flavor. I was going to save this for the Phish concert in Syracuse in a few weeks but thankfully I decided to crack it. I'll be tailgating with Pumking instead :)

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2009 01:13:06 | More by BeerPhan86
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4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a big brown bomber bottle. Pours a very clear amberish orange, light glass lacing, mild carbonation of very tiny bubbles, I really like the looks of this in the glass. The bubbles almost appear to start from the side of the glass, very elegant looking. Smells of pumpkins (go figure, huh?), but not overly strong, just a faint smell, a little nutmeg, can detect some booziness in the smell in the background.

Tastes of nutmeg spice, pumpkin sweetness, mildy hopped on the back of the tongue at the end of the taste. Overall, the taste is crisp, not super sweet and bready, and has a big time booziness warmth after the sip. I have a feeling I poured this at too cold of a temperature because what I'm smelling and tasting don't match up very well. This should become more aromatic as it warms up. Next time, I will crack this one open at room temp.

The is a very drinkable pumpkin ale and I have to say this one ranks among my favorites so far and the best beer Shipyard Brews (in my opinion). I think it deserves a higher rating than what is here and I'm not a huge pumpkin ale fan. There's another pumpkin ale out there that's really bready that everyone loves so much, I have to be in the right mood for it. With this one, this is one I could enjoy time and time again. The beer is so drinkable that you really have to watch the intake - pour in a snifter and pace yourself because this is one that will really sneak up on you after a bottle.

Serving type: bottle

11-14-2009 00:36:25 | More by jzeilinger
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New York

3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 21:49:11 | More by WesWes
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New Jersey

2.35/5  rDev -37.2%
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.

Serving type: bottle

11-13-2009 01:56:43 | More by EPseja
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4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pour: 22oz bomber to wide mouth glass. Hefty pour reveals thin white head that quickly disappears to just about nothing. Bright orange/copper hue, crystal clear body w/ nice lacing. Looks like a refreshing, lighter beer.

Nose: Initial reaction is of an atomic fireball, lots of cinnamon. Fresh apples, a warm baking kitchen. If I didn't see the label I would guess from the aroma that this is an apple pie beer. Not at all off-putting. Very inviting.

Mouth: Wow. Big full flavor, warm, robust, bitter finish that rounds out the whole thing. Spices, squash. The mouthfeel is sparkling and light, a surprising body for a 9% beer. Excellent pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2009 02:41:54 | More by clickpush
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4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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.

Serving type: bottle

11-07-2009 05:06:08 | More by emerge077
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4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dullish clear lightened scarlet orangey coppered red color. Grows a smallish capping of off-whitish/sandy hued creamy textured foam that slips away fairly quickly and doesn't keep much activity nor lacing.

Aroma is much like fresh cinnamon rolls with a tender sweetness of bready malt and pumpkin spice with a rounded touch of nutmeg and pie crust. Nice and pleasingly clean with an ample supply about its noseyness.

Taste is nicely rounded and balanced with tender chewy bready sweetness and a quiet, yet snappy little pick-up punch of pumpkin and cinnamon spice dusted within and carries a good length of flavor and tone the whole way through. Great finish of delicate spice and warmth with a super airy, light pie crust and cinnamon dryness.

Tender, soft medium-fullish body, semi filling and bold with a simple chewy creamyness as it lightly warms in the finish with a bit of the cinnamon peppered about in some airy dryness.

Shipyards' Pugsley's Signature Series Smashed Pumpkin Ale is a mouthfull to say and it's actually backed up with a mouthfull of yummy brewed pumpkin spice, sweetness, and warmth.
Very "smashing" solid stuff.

Serving type: bottle

11-06-2009 00:48:32 | More by tavernjef
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3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a fizzy off white 2 finger head. This actually is a rather loud head. I've never written that before. You can heard the bubbles popping as it settles. Bright copper color with excellent clarity. No lacing left behind.

Aroma is interesting. First the classic fall spices.. All Spice, nutmeg and clove. Then you get an aroma of fresh apple cider. Pretty Nice.

Not bad, not bad at all is my first thought. This one is growing on me a bit. The spices take center stage initially. Then some fruit and the definite subtle heat of the alcohol. Towards the end there is a lingering bitterness that mingles with the spice flavors. I still do get a bit of apple cider here.

Medium bodied, a bit slick and the slightest of carbonation.

Nicely drinkable, the heat of the ABV holds you back a bit.

Pumking is still the king, but this is a nice effort.

Serving type: bottle

11-04-2009 22:38:51 | More by Reagan1984
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3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smashed Pumpkin pours a copper color. It's very clear and has a nice pumpkin-ish look to it. It's topped with an off-white head that's about a finger and a half deep. It receded to a surface covering quickly. That hung around for a while. Lacing was on the lighter side. Good lookin' beer.

The nose is pretty good. It's a tad weak and needs more strength. Pumpkin spices are noted. Nutmeg and cinnamon are the strongest work well with the pumpkin. It smells malty and a little sweet. I believe I'm picking up a little brown sugar. There are hints of hops and light earthy notes. Alcohol is surprisingly absent. I'm not picking up any. A little more strength might warrant a score bump.

The flavor is good. This is more that a solid Pumpkin Ale. It's full of pumpkin pie spice flavors. Aside from the obvious pumpkin, Nutmeg is the strongest. Cinnamon and a little ginger aren't far behind. The spices work well with the malty base. It adds some sweetness and counters some of the strong spice flavors. It yields a nice overall flavor that has just the right amount of sweetness. Alcohol is blended well and isn't noticeable. Shocking for a 9% beer, but it's true. It finishes a little sweet with a twist of hops and earthy flavors. It has a pumpkin-y aftertaste that's okay, but is slightly overbearing.

Smashed Pumpkin has a medium body that's surprisingly smooth. Carbonation is light and restrained. It's damn near creamy. Drinkability is good...for a Pumpkin Ale. I like Pumpkin Ales, but haven't quite fallen in love with them. It goes down easy, but a bomber is plenty for me.

I haven't had too much experience with Shipyard Brewing. Smashed Pumpkin is a well-rounded, tasty Pumpkin Ale. It's not great beer, but I'm not sure I'd ever say that about a Pumpkin brew. I'm just not into it that much. But, if you're in the market for a big Halloween beer, this one will do the trick. Good stuff.

Happy Halloween!

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2009 00:45:08 | More by prototypic
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3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I admit I have had Shipyard's orginal Pumpkin Ale, the Pumpkinhead, and didn't enjoy it. This is their imperial take on that. Here is my review:

A: Pretty typical for a Pumpkin Ale. Pours a slight orange-copper color. Head is pretty much non-existant. No lacing.

S/T: The aroma is all spice. Not much pumpkin action going on. Lots of clove and ginger on the nose. The taste is sharp with spices. Very intense and awesome. Tastes more like a pumpkin cookie as opposed to pumpkin pie. Lots of nutmeg, ginger and cinnamon upfront. Pumpkin is way in the back end, but becomes more prominant when the beer warms. Definetly one of the best pumpkin beers I have had.

M/D: Mouthfeel is medium to light bodied. Somewhat creamy. Drinks very well for such a high ABV beer.

Overall, a very impressive Pumpkin Ale. Heavy on the spice, with the pumpkin as an afterthought, this is still one of the best new beers I have seen this fall season. Well worth seeking out.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2009 23:21:40 | More by OldSchoolGamer
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3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Thanks to Mike Carey our local rep for bringing this beer to share.

A - Poured copper with 1 finger of white head. Dissipated moderately fast and left nice lacing.

S/T - Pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, and all-spice. Surprisingly, no trace of bittering hops.

M - Moderate bodied, malt-dominated, sweet and smooth.

D - Really good overall. Think I would have liked some more bitterness though.

Serving type: bottle

10-30-2009 02:42:26 | More by MisterClean
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3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Well, this was interesting. Doesn't look super appetizing in an almost orange, cartoonish "I'm a pumpkin beer!" poured into my glass. The nose also seemed brutal of spice.

Then tasting it, and oh, what a pleasant surprise. Moreso pumpkin in the vegetable sense than the pumpkin pie sense. Much better. A touch of spice and malt as it comes through to the finish. As it warms, the malt comes through and it finishes with the taste of graham cracker. Interesting.

Mouthfeel is thick, a little on the creamy side. Hides the booze well. In all, ignore the look and smell and just start drinking. Much improved on Pumpkinhead.

Serving type: bottle

10-22-2009 22:39:13 | More by rrheisler
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New York

3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear orange color with a medium head and lace.

The aroma of spices;nutmeg,cinnamon and a dash of pumpkin.
The taste is light on the pumpkin and heavy with the spices. Strong,upfront yet it holds back enough to let the pumpkin flavor come through. Malt hints with some caramel sweetness.
The body is medium with a big,spice bite. The heat is well hidden with low carbonation. Balance is average.

Notes: To be fair it is really not a bad pumpkin beer,but it lacks the intensity of full,pumpkin flavor.I still think it was a great try at coming close to the "King".

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 01:10:34 | More by Lexluthor33
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I thought this beer to be a decent beer, but compared to some of the superlative pumpkin beers I have had this fall, a bit disappointing for the style.

Appearance is beautiful - a deep red/gold (like a maple tree changing colors) with a nice sticky head. Aroma is more spice and malt than anything really resembling what I think of when I think of pumpkin aroma. Flavor is pleasant - not a touch boozy, lightly sweet, a touch of cinnamon and nutmeg, but again, just not nearly as pumpkin-y as Pumking or the Hoppin' Frog pumpkin ale. Mouthfeel is about right. Not bad, in fact pretty pleasant, just not as good as some of it's peers.

I bought this bottle at Blacklick Liquor in Blacklick, OH (near Columbus).

Serving type: bottle

10-18-2009 20:51:47 | More by BeerBelcher
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New Hampshire

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2009 22:48:22 | More by jdhilt
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4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a nice golden bright orange hue with a nice tight creamy head. Okay retention with some lace.

S: Lots of pumpkin pie spice, hints of pumpkin as well. Simple.

T: Much better than the aroma. Bold pumpkin pie spices with cinnamon and nutmeg leading the way. Nice real pumpkin notes with a real bready crusty sort of flavor.

M: Medium in body, smooth with good carbonation.

D: Pumpkin head is made for the girls, this one is for the men. Nice bold flavors with the alcohol present. Tasty, spicy, bready, good.

Serving type: on-tap

10-15-2009 17:06:48 | More by tpd975
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4.33/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a large pour of this at Hollingshead's Delicatessen. From notes, which I luckily still have because a server hiccup deleted my review of this beer.

Pours very orange. In fact, probably the most pure orange beer I have ever witnessed. I have said orange before but dammit this time it really is orange. Like a pumpkin, if you didn't see the connection. Not much in way of head or lace, but the orange-ness of it all intrigues me.

Scents waft up of cinnamon, pumpkin flesh, pumpkin pie spices, and copious brown sugar. The flavor is of delicious brown sugar, unfermented, and plenty of spicy smooth pumpkin flavor. I am a big proponent of pumpkin flavor in pumpkin beers, not just spices. But spices don't hurt, as cinnamon and nutmeg round out the flavor. Medium body and carbonation.

I am shocked this beer does not score higher, as this is easily my favorite pumpkin beer of the year. It looks like trying this on-tap may be the way to go.

Serving type: on-tap

10-14-2009 21:58:51 | More by vacax
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West Virginia

3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle. Pours a clear, red-orange color with a decent frothy off-white head, fair lacing. Aroma is pumpkin, nutmeg, vanilla, some caramel malts, very sweet. Flavor is sweet, spicy, more pumpkin and vanilla and a decent amount of bitterness. Medium body, fairly bitter finish that sticks around for a while. Pretty good pumpkin ale, well balanced and flavorful.

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2009 02:06:45 | More by mtstatebeer
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3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

20oz bottle in one of those gimmicky Sam glasses.

A: Copper color with a thin white head. Reminiscent of a pale ale.

S: Big pumpkin spice taste with a little malt. Strangely I think I detect a big of cardamom. Not as big or sweet smelling as Dogfish Punkin Head, but very obviously a pumpkin beer with a good alchol bite.

T: Pugsley sure knows how to make anything taste British. Big pumpkin taste, but with some low key hops and a malt backbone significantly less ballsy than a lot of imperial pumpkin ales. Finishes remarkably dry. The alcohol is pretty apparent, and the beer would probably serve to mellow a bit.

M: On the heavy side of medium body with a pretty good amount of carbonation.

D: High in alcohol and you feel it in your cheeks pretty quickly. Enjoyable, though I'll take one of their Pumpkin Head's any day.

On a related note, I would guess that this beer might do well paired with Tabak Maz or another Indian dish with lots of cardamom.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 21:34:08 | More by BWMKappaSig
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New Hampshire

3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This one really looks goood. A bright amber color just about glows wit good carbonation and clearity. The head is healthy and pretty dang foamy with some lace.

Oh, sweet and thick Pumpkin pie..with cream. The heat from the alcohol is obvious and buzzy with some nice earthy and herbal aroma's rounding it all out.

The flavor has a big pumpkin pie flavor and thankfully light on the herb additions but there is some vanilla and nutmeg happening with subtle cloves. The heat is obvious but not really hot. The feel is a crispy and smooth medium bodied with plenty of life. The heat buzz is felt more than tasted. Very complex overall with a gentle, earthy and hearty hop balance that hits the season perfectly.

Samhein is easily my favorite holiday.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 19:10:16 | More by GratefulBeerGuy
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New Hampshire

2.65/5  rDev -29.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear filtered copper hue, head that dissipates immediately leaving you with a beer that looks like an orange apple juice.

S: Lots of pumpkin and nutmeg

T: Over the top, to much up front pumpkin, that doesn't really taste like real pumpkin. Not fan of the wheat malt in this style either.

M: good carbonation, medium bodied.

D: just to rich in pumpkin flavor and spices to go down easily. This was rather disappointing of a brew. But then again, a pumpkin ale doesn't have much buisness being imperialized, and this is a good example as to why.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 14:35:24 | More by bcastine
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4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, pumpkinmashy orange. Looks a little limp but that's forgivable considering the style and the high ABV.

Smells kinda maybe a little too intense. Lots of spice--big fiery cinnamon, especially--and then lots of alcohol and yeast. Not bad, certainly, but this might be hard to get down.

Tastes much better than I had anticipated! Creamy, spicy pumpkin pie. Fruity, fresh pumpkin starts it off, moving into a big cinnamon that dominates from middle to end, offset by nodes of nutmeg, and ginger. It's odd--the alcohol that's so present in the aroma absolutely vanishes in the flavor.

A-and you know how when you first look at that duckrabbit picture you think it's either a duck or a rabbit, but then once you see the one you didn't see before you're never able to just see one or the other again, you only see them as the amalgam? That's how the aroma is, after you've tasted the beer. The harshness vanishes and all you perceive is the good

I can see how some people wouldn't like this. They'd think it wasn't beery enough or maybe they just don't like pumpkin and spice. But if you're into pumpkin deserts--not the cheap Sarah Lee pies, either, but the *real*, burny, complex stuff--then you're probably going to like this beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 03:51:01 | More by mynie
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New Jersey

2.05/5  rDev -45.2%
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!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2009 01:36:18 | More by countrocula
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,050 ratings.