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

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BA SCORE
84
good

1,441 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1,441
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 16.09%
Wants: 79
Gots: 226 | FT: 1
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 irishkyle21
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of erlenmeyer
1/5  rDev -73.2%

Photo of EyePeeAyBryan
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a great looking head...glaring bone white that's firm and long-lasting. Sits on top of a rusted orange color, autumnal and appetizing-looking.

Nothing real pumpkin-y about the smell. Mostly flowery hops, actually, a good bit of nutmeg, and a pleasant enough mineral aspect. But there's nothing like a really good smelling pumpkin ale...and this isn't one of them. Spice doesn't necessarily = pumpkin, although many pumpkin ales try and pretend it does.

Luckily there's a solid pumpkin ale personality in the taste, and it's impressive that the 9% doesn't intrude. (Other than the buzz waiting for me at the bottom of the bottle, but that's actually a welcome thing.) A nice milky/creamy flavor joins up with nutmeg flavors and the essence of pumpkin. Hops do some herbal and flowery work here, and ultimately this is a very enjoyable take on the style, taste-wise, with appreciated depth.

A little sharp and biting, texturally. At first. With warming it becomes friendlier. Thinner body, too, and I like higher ABV pumpkin ales to have a thicker feel, but it's not terribly poor either, as the creaminess tasted is also felt, if just a tad.

Solid take on the style with some unfortunate drops in the smell department. But the taste matters most, and Smashed Pumpkin is good, memorable, and one I'd very much go for again.

Photo of SeaOfShells
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The third stop on my tour of this years pumpkin beers, this is another brew that I've been waiting for, the Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin Ale. When I was introduced to this one last year, the representative explained to me about the creation of the Smashed Pumpkin. From what I understood, the Pumpkinhead has become so popular, that altering the recipe would be impossible. But, they wanted to kick the pumpkin up a notch, and what was born was the "Smashed Pumpkin."

The Smashed Pumpkin pours out a darker shade of burnt orange, to almost a tawny or rust color. The foam is lighter in color than the Weyerbacher, more of an old lace hue. The foam is much more lively though, a full two-fingers, with plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. There's actually so much carbonation that I'm surprised a screw-cap holds this beer back properly.

I take a wiff, and oh yes, that's nice. Lots of sweet pumpkin aromas on the nose, but fairly mild on the spice side of things. For a 9% abv, I can't smell the alcohol at all; it's completely over-powered by the pumpkin. I can get some hints of typical pumpkie pie spices, but they are very subtle.

And after taking a sip, I'm still enjoying this experience thoroughly. Following suit with the aromas, there's quite a bit of sweet pumpkin on my palate, but very little spices. The pumpkin is not intense though, it's a very soft, smooth, sweeter style of pumpkin flavor. There is still a touch of spices there, but hard to pick out. Like the smell of the Smashed Pumpkin, it's as if someone was just cutting into a fresh pumpkin pie. You know, for that minute or two before you bite into it, when you can smell the pumpkin, but barely detect the spices. As the beer warms up to room temperature, the spices are a bit more evident, but still hidden behind the pumpkin itself.

In conclusion, by third stop on the Pumpkin Brew trail has been a very nice stop. The Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin is a pumpkin-dominated big-boy beer for the folks that really love pumpkin beer (like me). It's a little sweet, relatively easy drinking, and a pretty good representation of pumpkin beer. If you see one on the shelf, give it a try!

Photo of chugalug06
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Awesome golden copper color. Very little white head rises. No lacing.

S - Great pumpkin scent. A bit too spiced for my liking, but it's still quite nice.

T/M - A very enjoyable brew. A touch on the over spiced side, but not overly offensive like pumpking. No heat. Smooth and nice wetness. Close to perfect carbonation.

O - I love the smashed series. I'm a bit overwhelmed by this brew, a bit too spicy. I'm super pumped "some" shipyard brews have started being distributed to CO... Thanks for a spicy brew Andyavalanche.

Photo of Dope
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of tugg407
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of adiamant1989
5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of zrab11
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Faina
2/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of Perilousleigh
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Gregwa
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of beerwolf77
1.95/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 1 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

Bottle shared by BeerFMAndy.

Bright orange hue. Modest white head. Pumpkin pie spices and wet wood make up the nose. Flavors are not good. Taste like pumpkin cologne. Spices are a bit heavy. The alcohol come through quite a bit too. Light body. This one is not any better than the abomination known as pumpkin head.

Photo of JMBSH
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of tsmiller7
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of phishinNYC
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of spinrsx
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bomber

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber colour with an average size frothy off-white/beige coloured head. There is low amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, all-spice, pumpkin, cinnamon

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel, hops, and lots of spice.. cinnamon, allspice, clove. There isn't as much pumpkin flavour as I was expecting, but maybe that's a good thing. It ends with a sweet spicy aftertaste.

Overall - A nice beer that wasn't overly sweet like some of the other stronger pumpkin beers. It does pack quite a spicy punch though. Happy I gave it a try but wouldn't seek out again. Merry xmas!

Photo of jgasparine
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance-
Poured from the bottle with a finger of white fluffy head, which was well-retained over the light orange-amber colored body. Carbonation was visually present, but not too aggressive.

Aroma-
Big vegetal pumpkin notes abound on the nose, along with a touch of biscuity malts and some very mild allspice nuances. The spice was much more restrained than I would have liked, and could not stand-up to the pumpkin. A mild, but non-offensive booziness was present as well.

Taste-
A good replicate of the nose, some big vegetal pumpkin flavor comes through, backed by a mild biscuity malt character, and an underwhelming level of spice (perceived allspice & nutmeg). A mild phenol appeared midway on the palate, and the finish is mild with a lingering spiciness.

Mouthfeel-
A medium body with a slight slickness to it, but not quite chewy. Carbonation is pleasantly soft, and a nice heat comes-in from the EtOH.

Overall-
This beer is big on the pumpkin and big on the booze, which isn't a bad thing, but it feels lopsided. A bigger dose of pumpkin pie spices could really help round-out both the aroma and taste to yield a fantastic product.

I would definitely try this again in future years as it hold promise.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of vfgccp
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
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.

Photo of newenglandontap
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of nrbw23
1.85/5  rDev -50.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1.5

A- Pours a bright copper with a pretty nice white head. Head fades pretty quickly and leaves a bit of lacing.

S- Wow. A combination of booze and a shitload of pumpkin spices. Smells artifical as well

T- Quite a mess of booze, medicinal burn, random spices of cinnamon and nutmeg, and a touch of bitterness. Not very good at all.

M- Medium in body and carbonation was a bit of much.

O- Not a huge fan of the style, but this one was not very good.

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,441 ratings.