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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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1,462 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,462
Reviews: 449
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 80
Gots: 241 | 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  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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

Out of a bomber bottle this beer was a perfectly clear orange color with a small amount of rising carbonation. The head was a skimp half-finger of beige bubbles that quickly dissipated to a tiny collar. The aroma was mostly of sweet malts, some generic citrus, a light note of spices and, of course, subdued pumpkin. The flavors were much better than the aroma, heavily spiced with lots of vanilla, cloves, cinnamon, coriander, orange and nutmeg. But it was definitely punchy and the booze did interfere with the pumpkin element. The mouthfeel was good, the body medium/full and the carbonation low.

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3.31/5  rDev -11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a snifter.

A: Pours a clear amber with 1/2 finger of head that dissipates quickly. Extremely low carbonation and very tight lacing.

N: Allspice, caramel and hints of pumpkin.

T: Allspice and some caramel upfront followed by hints of pumpkin and subtle nutmeg. Finishes dry with herbal notes of fennel and caramel apple.

M: Medium-full bodied, slightly chewy, crisp and dry.

O: There's not much pumpkin going on in this but a whole lot of allspice. Alcohol is well hidden. A decent Pumpkin Ale.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Yoda22
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a light copper, with 1.5 fingers head that dissipates slowly to a thin layer. Solid lacing. Looks like you would expect a pumpkin beer.

S- Very nice pumpkin and spice smell - nutmeg according to the label.

T- Very flavorful, the pumpkin and spice really hit you and balance nicely. The 9% ABV really doesn't show through, it is deceivingly strong.

M- Solid body with slightly above average carbonation that gives a little fizz feeling. Finishes very smooth.

O- A very solid beer that I would definitely drink again and rank among my favorites in the category (though I have probably had less than 10 so take that for what it's worth).

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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.

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.

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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%

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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.

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,462 ratings.