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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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84
good

1,456 Ratings
THE BROS
88
very good

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Ratings: 1,456
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 80
Gots: 237 | FT: 3
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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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of KTCamm
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours light amber with full inch of white foam. Light pumpkin smell. Brown sugar too, and nutmeg. Mild pumpkin taste, some light sour notes, heavy cinammon and nutmeg, firm hop. Really smooth and balanced with a full pumpkin flavor. Spices don't overwhelm. Really good. Better than the Shipyard Pumpkinhead, for sure.

Photo of FeDUBBELFIST
4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to wine glass. Sampled 9/4/11. Thanks John for the gift.

A: Pours with a 1 1/2 finger off-white head, rapidly diminishing. The body is impressively clear and a mix between burnt orange and copper with medium saturation. Slow moving bubbles can be seen on the inside, but this beer is very still other than that. No lacing.

S: Fantastic aroma. Pumpkin pie-like nose with a healthy dose of cookie and toasted caramel malt character (pale, wheat and Munich). The Willamette and Hallertau hops are indistinguishable but clearly not the focus here. Despite the large[r] ABV, it isn't a factor on the nose.

T: The flavor is just as good. Traditional pumpkin beer spices of allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon - yet the balance and subtle blend between the three is what elevates this beer from other pumpkins. Creamy vanilla, brown sugar and butterscotch complete the flavor profile. Slight warmth in the throat.

M: Medium full body with a thick texture that slides smoothly over the tongue. Carbonation is fizzy but average in intensity. The finish is long and heavily sweet.

O: One of my favorites of the year - very much a sleeper.

Photo of TechTriumph
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From notes on 12/14/11:
No freshness date; Poured in a pint glass.

A - One inch off-white fizzy, carbonated head that recedes quickly; Clear, light orange/copper color; No lacing to be had

S - Not real strong, but close to pumpkin pie with notes of pumpkin, cinammon-like spices, sugar, and a touch of cracked wheat

T - Moderate flavors of pumpkin and spices, with the spices having the upper-hand; Hints of cracked wheat and grains, with a bit of sweetness too; Little dose of alcohol in the taste that seems to mellow as the beer warms

M - Pretty good carbonation that provides some zest in the mouthfeel; Medium bodied; Somewhat dry and crisp finish that leaves the mouth feeling a little syrupy; No heat from the alcohol, but the taste is noticeable

O - This beer wasn't too bad, but not a must have for me. The taste improves as the beer warms, but was still a bit too boozy and lacked a strong showing of pumpkin and spices. In the end, I was glad to get to try this, but will have to look elsewhere to get my fill of pumpkin flavor.

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1/5  rDev -73.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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

Appearance: It has a nice clear orange/golden color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of cinnamon, pumpkin, spices with some earthy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a spicy character to it, definite cinnamon and nutmeg, pumpkin, and a light bitterness. Alcohol really comes out here.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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1/5  rDev -73.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Metalmonk
3.71/5  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.

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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
4.29/5  rDev +15%
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!

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3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
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.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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5/5  rDev +34%

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,456 ratings.