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

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1,221 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,221
Reviews: 415
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 70
Gots: 153 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Casey10 on 08-31-2009)
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Photo of hopking311
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light orange..one finger head, dissapates quickly to a frothy ring..

smells light, wheaty.. vague pumpkin spices..

good carbonation.. with a medium body

Taste: Some pumpkin.. Some spice.. wheaty..

Definately amazing compared to Pumpkinhead..lol.. Bottle looks cool

hopking311, Sep 27, 2011
Photo of peensteen
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange copper colour, one finger white head, small spots of lace. Smell is lightly funky, yeast, spices with cinnamon and nutmeg being the most apparent, touches of pie crust like maltiness, fairly active hop profile as well. Taste is initially spicy and very much like a pumpkin pie, nutmeg and cloves, well spiced, almond, yeasty, nice pumpkin flavours, good bitterness with a cinnamon and spice finish. Medium carbonation, medium full body, good feel. Solid pumpkin brew, nicely spiced without going over the top, alcohol barely noticeable. Had no problem finishing the bomber myself and for a few buck less than Pumking I will grab a couple more while its still around.

peensteen, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of chodinheaven
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich amber colored beer poured out of a nice 22 oz. bottle into a large snifter. One-finger snow white head on top that dissapates fairly quickly down to a thin but substantial sheet on top. Nice lacing. Pumpkin spices are the main element of the smell, backed by a boozy quality that is enticing. Nutmeg also makes this one unique on the nose and gives it a spicy quality that I like. Definitely a touch of some piney hops in there as well, surprising for a pumpkin ale.

Pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg all rear their heads, backed by a substantial amount of hoppy taste that somehow only adds to the spiciness and doesn't distract from the artfully dominating pumpkin flavor. The spiciness from the hops actually compliments the spices from the pumpkin and cinnamon flavors, somehow swirling into a unique and very tasty pumpkin ale. I think the two ends of the spectrum produce a very well-balanced beer, one that never becomes cloying from the sweetness and never becomes overly bitter from the hops. Boozy tones come in as an afterthought, only adding another element to the spiciness, even at 9%. Bready notes also make their voice heard as they add a certain balancing effect. The balance continues in that it never becomes so spiced that you get tired of tasting it. The mouthfeel changes as it warms, crisper when colder and increasingly creamy with the raising temperature. A breath of alcohol becomes a little more evident with the warming as well, but not to a point of distraction. Still, this is a definite sipper and one that you should be happy to share with friends.

I think its between this and DFH's Punkin Ale for my favorite Pumpkin beer so far this year. I recommend this to anyone into balanced pumpkin beers. Very good.

chodinheaven, Sep 26, 2011
Photo of bryehn
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy golden copper colour with a moderate white head that burns off quickly, leaving a small collar.

Syrupy aroma. Wet grains, pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg are all present. Takes on a white wine-like smell towards the bottom of the glass.

Slightly malty with a sweet honey tone. The pumpkin and spices are surprisingly balanced. Nice and bitter finish with a noticeable alcohol note.

Full-bodied with a high carbonation level. Creamy effect on the tongue. Aftertaste is dry, but syrupy and alcohol lingers on the bac of the tongue and throat.

One of the more balanced pumpkin ales that I've tried and the warming effect is most definitely welcome.

bryehn, Sep 25, 2011
Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +7%
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.

tdm168, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of Cylinsier
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12 oz.

Pours an orange amber, slightly hazy, medium white head, dissipates relatively quickly.

Smells of caramel, pumpkin and spices. Probably some nutmeg and cinnamon.

Tastes of pumpkin and nutmeg with sweet brown sugar malts.

Medium body with tingly carbonation and some alcohol warmth.

Pretty good enjoyable brew, warms a bit, more of a sipper than a gulper, and worth seeking out when it's in season.

Cylinsier, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of ManuelHerrera
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

To be completely honest I'm not the biggest advocate of seasonal pumpkin ales, but Shipyard's smashed pumpkin had me hoping for the harvest festival and dinner around the Thanksgiving table with family - which just goes to show that great beers conjure memories.

A - Murky copper and orange with a trickling of lacing that lingers as you sip.

S - A bit syrupy, but strong notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, ginger, all the holiday flavors permeating through the glass.

T - Rich and sweet, a deconstruction of pumpkin pie as a beer. The individual notes of ginger, nutmeg, and the rest of the holiday spices really to emulate the holiday pie with stunning precision.

M - Light, pleasant and carbonated, although a bit on the syrupy side for my liking.

Overall a solid pumpkin ale, which is slightly high praise because I've never been much of a fan of the style.

ManuelHerrera, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of TCMike
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Produced a 2 finger thick white head. Copper color.

Smell was of spices, some farm house funk, and a little pumpkin.

Tastes like fall. Fall type spices, a little pumpkin. A little alcohol taste comes through. Light hop after taste.

Medium bodied. Low carbonation.

Good seasonal sipper.

TCMike, Sep 24, 2011
Photo of ritzkiss
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle from the LCBO, no date, pours a slightly hazed golden orange with half a finger of loose bubbles which recede to a thin collar. For the carbonation in this one, not much head retention.

Nose is pleasant pumpkin and nutmeg, light caramel and a hint of graham cracker. Flavor is muted on the pumpkin unlike many pumpkin beers, light a strong golden ale with pumpkin perhaps - quite a spicy character from the hops which also lend a bittering finish, plenty of hops in this one, slightly fruity, booze present there as well. Medium sweet body, pretty lively carbonation, a big beer for sure. Pumpkin is not in your face, balanced but still festive - if it weren't for the obvious booze here this could be a really fine example of how to make a pumpkin beer without being pie in a glass. Interesting take on the style but make no mistake, this one is HOT.

ritzkiss, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of Jimmys
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber into tulip.

A: unfiltered, but bright orange. big slightly off-white head has good retention.

S: a spice blend. all spice, cinnamon, nutmeg. a little bready as well. mostly the pumpkin pie spice blend with a bit of malt body.

T: a fruitiness to start. maybe a bit of peach with all this pumpkin flavor. transitions into a solid pumpkin flavor. rich. starts meaty and moves to spicy with a lingering cinnamon throughout the finish.

M: pretty fizzy. medium body.

D: i was expecting a little more punch in the face from the pumpkin, but this is pretty manageable especially considering the 9%abv. definitely flavorful and drinkable, just saying i was expecting more of a pumpkin bomb than what is in my glass.

Jimmys, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of Jules11788
3.31/5  rDev -11.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A: Pours a deep orange color that is actually quite attractive; small head, no lacing

S: The smell is good, with notes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.

T: Just like the nose - flavors of spice, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg, but there's also this burnt flavor roaming around the back of my palate, and the booze isn't hidden very well.

M: Medium thickness, medium carbonation, smooth with a slightly dry finish.

O: I had this a couple years ago and thought it was awesome, but upon trying it again I am severely disappointed. I don't know if they changed the recipe or what, but this just wasn't that good.

Jules11788, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of phichifiji00
2.73/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into tulip glass.

Appearance: Orange, clear, pours about a finger of thick white head that quickly fades. Minimal lacing.

Smell: Hint of nutmeg, vanilla, orange creamsickle, boozy.

Taste: hint of cinnamon, vanilla and orange creamsickle, boozy as it warms.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied, crist, bubbly.

Overall: This bottle tasted absolutely nothing like the ones that I had last year. I did not detect a hint of the pumpkin spice aroma or taste that I'd come to expect. Had a distinctive orange creamsickle aroma/taste to it. Not bad, but something was definitely off.

phichifiji00, Sep 22, 2011
Photo of MeisterBurger
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a bright clear yellowy orange topped by a foamy head that laces modestly but retains respectably.

The aroma is really neat, herby earthy, sweet with lots of pumpkin and nutmeg and orange zest, with lots of toffee coming out as it approaches room temperature.

The taste is orange peel, pumpkin pie and nutmeg with a nice cinnamon spiciness that lingers in the finish, and a herbal aspect pervades throughout, like Halls Metho-Lyptus, and it seems to more and more channel its inner Dr Pepper, which is kind of weird.

The full bodied, creamy mouthfeel really helps delivers the nutmeg and pumpkin flavours.

Every autumn I'm good for about three pumpkin beers before I want to vomit because I hate them so much, so I'm glad I started with this one. It's one of the better that I have ever had.

MeisterBurger, Sep 21, 2011
Photo of fostachild
3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

looks nice: super clear light golden/orange colour. good amount of off-white head - okay retention.

smell had spices, alcohol, and malt but didn't blend very well together.

taste was sweet, cinnamony, and a bit too boozy - also not very well balanced in my opinion.

overall a little disappointing... it did get a little better/more drinkable about half way through but i don't think i'll be picking this up again.

fostachild, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of GarthDanielson
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
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...

GarthDanielson, Sep 20, 2011
Photo of notchucknorris
3.23/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Clear copper color with a 1/2 inch tan head.

S: I don't know how else to describe this: pumpkin bubblegum. Some banana laffy taffy and raisin as well.

T: Candi sugar, big sweet malts and a lot of raisin. If I hadn't known this was a pumpkin ale, I would have assumed it was a barleywine or a grand cru from the taste. A little too boozy for any hint of pumpkin to come through.

notchucknorris, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of WeedKing4
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark golden orange colour. Smells of cinnamon and pumpkin pie. The taste follows suit, although it doesn't follow as the smell would suggest. Considering the high percentage though, its quite drinkable. Just the overall flavour could use a little more pumpkin touch. Decent beer.

WeedKing4, Sep 19, 2011
Photo of errica
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - amber - orange color with a thin off-white head.

S - floral with a hint of spice. Not as aromatic as I'd hoped.

T - slightly sour, not a lot of pumpkin to me.

M - moderately carbonated and light. Doesn't feel like a 9% at all.

O - this is a nice, easy drinking beer, but it doesn't feel like a pumpkin ale to me.

errica, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of jrenihan
3.13/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer is orange, with a moderately sized white head. No real lacing. Decent retention- head subsides but does not fade entirely.

Scent is pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon. Smells more like pumpkin than pumpkin pie, which is the case with some pumpkin ales, and is also more about pumpkin than spice. Quite a sweet smell, with a fair bit of brown sugar in the nose. There is something rather light and floral in the nose as well.

Taste is actually quite a surprise after the nose, though largely comprised of the same elements. Even sweeter than expected, lots of spice, pumpkin and a flavour that I cannot quite place that is not very pleasant. It is the same flavour as the floral scent I got, and then best way I can describe it is that the entire beer comes of reminding me of a seltzer. It is a real detractor for me. A previous reviewer remarked that it finished like ginger ale- that is, in my view, absolutely spot on and I could not place the taste until I read that comment. It is all ginger ale at the finish.

The beer is not super carbonated, but misleadingly feels like it is to me, again owing to the fact that I cannot get away from comparing this beer to a seltzer. Has an odd feel. Lighter than its 9% ABV would suggest.

I had high hopes for this one, and they were definitely not met. A disappointment for me. I suppose for those who are looking for more pumpkin and less pie, this might be a good choice- but it still has some off flavours going on that do not work for me. For strong pumpkin ales, I will be sticking with Pumking, thank you very much.

jrenihan, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of Greywulfken
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my 2nd pint-sized pumpkin ale, so I'm basing my review on how it compares with Southern Tier's Pumking (which I gave an A).

The Smashed Pumpkin is lighter, more carbonated, and less thick of a beer than Pumking, more like a Belgian (tart, bright, citrusy?) with a nice soft sweetness, the pumpkin is woven nicely throughout. It warms nicely - I found it a little too sharp immediately out of the fridge, but enjoyed it more within minutes and it developed a nicer character as it warmed in temperature.

I initially thought I preferred a heavier feel for pumpkin beer (like Pumking), but, toward the end of the pumpkin season, this is the beer I wished was still around. This great beer is part of the pumpkin ale spectrum, and crafted exceptionally well.

A: translucent orange as you'd expect; gives quick head but then goes away ;)

S: fruity, cinnnamon

T: really nice: the pumpkin and cinnamon-niness is accented by citrus that turns into a spice as it warms.

M: bubbly, sharp at first, then softer and nice like a holiday fire. Giving it a swirl for aeration brings more flavors to the fore.

O: this was an eminently enjoyable drink I would buy it throughout the year if it were available.

Greywulfken, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of jbertsch
4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass and saw a nice copper/amber brew with little head.

The aroma was stern with nutmeg and cinamon spices. Pumpkin notes lied underneath.

The flavor was big. Pumpkin pie hit me first. It’s strong, but not cloying. Munich malts add significant bread-like malt flavors. Cinnamon and nutmeg spices linger on the tongue in the end, along with a little alcohol warmth.

The mouthfeel isn’t too heavy. It’s generally smooth, albeit a little prickly at the beginning from the alcohol bite.

Overall I like this. I'm happy to see that Shipyard can make a good pumpkin brew, and would always pick this one over Pumpkinhead.

jbertsch, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of MacQ32
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a golden/copper color with half finger of head that almost immediatly dissipates and leaves virtually no lacing

S - Strong smells of pumpkin, lots of brown sugar and maple syrup - very sweet malt

T - Taste's like it smells, plus cinnimon and nutmeg (like a treat). Little alcohol/dry bite at the finish

M - Medium/full bodied, weak carbonation but appropriate for the style.

O - Overall this tastes like a sweet pumpkin ale, pretty good representation of the style too, tastes like october.

MacQ32, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of AleEvangelist
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

With the stellar beer that Smashed Blueberry turned out to be, I really wanted to like this beer more than I did. It's not a bad pumpkin, but I've really had some good ones, and it's spoiled me.

Appearance: A nice, light-looking beer. Straw-y, and colored well reminding me of harvest time where I live.

Smell: Here, we get the most pumpkin we get in the entire experience. Spice notes, warm pumpkin notes. I would have liked to have enjoyed more pumpkin in the nose, though. Still, considering what is in the flavor, this is one of the more pleasant aspects of this beer.

Taste: Here, I was slightly disappointed. I wanted more rich pumpkin flavor. Malt is slight...pumpkin is more of an overtone in this beer. Still, it's a good pumpkin flavor...I just wanted more.

Mouthfeel: A lighter style, this beer could have used more malt to make it a little heavier. Might have accentuated the sweetness of the pumpkin.

Overall: One of the better pumpkin styles I could find at the store, it wasn't what I was looking for. I would like a more dessert beer, but you can't fault this beer for something that it doesn't try to succeed at. My failed expectations aside, it's more than a session, beer, but would go well with light dishes. It's one of the better pumpkin beers out there, IMO.

AleEvangelist, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of cpl78
3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

This beer was strong, but very good. If I was expecting Shipyard Pumpkinhead, then I would have been very very disipointed, but I was expecting it and was ready for the malty goodness with a hint of cinnmin, nutmeg, brownsugar notes. Thank you shipyard for putting out another great beer.

cpl78, Sep 18, 2011
Photo of scottyshades
2.17/5  rDev -42%
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

scottyshades, Sep 18, 2011
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,221 ratings.