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

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1,209 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,209
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 68
Gots: 150 | 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 laituegonflable
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep burnished gold colour. Head is beige, beautifully dense, with sinking on the top - forms a crown after a while but a swill revives it. Lace is nice, trails around the glass. Nice colour indeed, overall great.

Nose is very malty and spicey. Lots of sugary malt with marshmallow and caramel on there but huge hit of cinnamon and some clove, maybe star anise as well. Yeah in fact, lots of aniseed. Quite a delicious sweet and spicy mix. Just a hint of pumpkin and maybe some slight banana. Pretty damn nice.

Taste is similar, and grateful for that, good to see it carried over. Lots of sweet malt on the front, caramel and banana with hints of pumpkin and a distinct baked, caramelised goodness. Then lots of spice on the mid-to-late palate. Slight tartness, but yeah plenty of cinnamon, star anise and cardamom pods. Finish is a bit rank, like overused spice without the intensity, kind of a spent flavour. Just a blot on an otherwise pleasant palate profile though that may step into oversweet territory.

Good sticky body with a touch of tingle from the carbs. Well-matched with the spice; not bad at all.

Yeah, pleasant, could be better with a clearer palate. A bit sweet and a bit sour. Needs more bitter maybe.

laituegonflable, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of NCSUdo
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle

A: Clear copper, amber body under a medium sized chunky white head. No lace, decent retention.

S: Sweet malt, pumpkin, spice, brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, some hints of bread. Very good and balanced.

T: Pumpkin, sweet, spice, alcohol is apparent. Not quite as well put together as the aroma, but good.

M/D: Medium bodied, maybe a little thin, carbonation a touch high. Drinkability is good. A pretty solid beer.

NCSUdo, Nov 19, 2010
Photo of lacqueredmouse
4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnished deep golden bronze colour. Head is finely bubbled, staying as a snow of filmy white above the main event, and leaving a cascade of thick, meringuey lacing. Actually, it looks quite phenomenal. The colour is orange enough to evoke the pumpkin, and the head is frothy enough to evoke the delicious lightly fluffed filling of the pie. Looks great.

Nose is really nicely balanced between sweet pumpkin and burnt brown sugar, and the spicy cinnamon and nutmeg characters which signify the dessert properties of the beer's genesis. Crusty pastry notes come through as well, leaving this a round "hell yes" for pumpkin pie deliciousness. Spot on.

Taste is also pretty damn good, although there's a surprisingly sharp booze character on the back, which slices through the other characters. Otherwise, it genuinely has that very pleasant pumpkin/sugar sweetness mixed with the lilting pie spice bite; particularly nutmeg on the palate. Quite biting, and I like that: the spice makes itself felt; and the basis is such a lovely sweet pumpkin deepness that it works well - it needs the spice to cut through a little. Apart from the overzealous booze note, it's an extremely good palate. Feel is smooth and rich. Very much suits the style.

This is a really great pumpkin ale. It really conveys to me all the characters I feel should be there - the pie spice, the burnt sugar sweetness, even the slightly dry pastry character. I feel like this is the pumpkin ale which sums up the style for me. It's very good indeed. I'm not sure I've had a better example. Well recommended.

lacqueredmouse, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of jsanford
1.68/5  rDev -55.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1

Split with my girlfriend, poured into two pint glasses.

A - Crystal-clear light copper with a thin, off-white head. Looks rather plain.
S - Very sweet malt, pumpkin and nutmeg. Smells overly sweet and the pumpkin seems a bit past it's prime. Slight sour aroma.
T - Right-on with the nose, dreadfully sweet malt, pumpkin, and nutmeg is about it for the flavors. The pumpkin tastes awful, like a tinny, canned extract. A ROTTEN, tinny, canned extract. Just a real mess, and the cheap nutmeg doesn't help, either. Tastes even worse as it warms. What a shame, we were really looking forward to this.
M - Medium-bodied with low carbonation. Not bad, perhaps the best part of this beer.
D - Terrible. This was actually my 1st all-out drainpour, and the girlfriend agreed. Shipyard needs to stop making Pumpkin Beers, and this is from someone who usually loves the style. Avoid!

jsanford, Nov 16, 2010
Photo of cpanossian
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a tall clear glass.

Pours a clear orange/amber color with a nice 1-2 finger creamy head. Nice classy lacing inside the glass.

Strong aroma of biscuits and some nutmeg spice and a little yeasty cheese funk.

Taste is sweet sweet sweet - almost sickly sweet, like pure pumpkin pie + carrot cake cream cheese frosting. Wow what a dessert all by itself.

This nice Smashed Pumpkin makes me wish I had a slice of my favorite carrot cake (Lloyd's Carrot Cake, 6097 Broadway, Bronx NY!!!) to accompany the beer.

cpanossian, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of fo5s
3.38/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Snuck out of work early to watch the Steelers (hate 'em) vs. Bengals (how can you hate them? Thanks for Corey Dillon!) on Monday night football. This is what the fall is all about. I'm not sure why, but the Shipyard Pugley's was begging to be poured tonight...why fight it?

22oz bottle poured into my Sam Oktoberfest mug. No visible dating on the bottle. I'm fairly sure it this year's, but you can never be sure these days...

A- Pour is fairly clear, deep deep orange. Sizeable, active head with some big old bubbles.

S- Muted for a beer of this stature. Some malts, a bit of cinnamon, but not a ton going on here.

T- Decent malt body with a dose of balanced pumpkin topped off with some spices - I think it's cinnamon, but I'm not on my game tonight, so I could be off the mark on that one. (edit - bottle says nutmeg. I concur). Spice is certainly forward, but not overpowering.

M- Lively. Good body, but not chewy. Perhaps on the thin side for 9% ABV, but that's not necessarily a bad thing. Goes down smooth.

D- Admittedly, the nutmeg gets a bit tedious towards the end of the bomber. Body is thin enough for a beer of this size to keep it reasonably drinkable. I put back the first half quite quickly, but was smacked with the 9% ABV (certainly drank like less).

Overall- not bad. Not my favorite pumpkin beer by any stretch of the imagination, and frankly not all that original or memorable. But solid nonetheless and overall a pleasing experience. I've drank my fair share of pumpkinhead (and then some...my buddies love it, so it's often the best option around) so I came into this with fairly low expectations, so it certainly exceeded this low bar. Don't seek this out, but at ~$7/bomber, it fits the bill for this Monday night showdown.

fo5s, Nov 09, 2010
Photo of beagle75
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bomber into a tulip glass.

A: Clear, light orange-amber with no head present. No lacing remains on the glass.

S: Spiced bread dominates the smell, reminding of snickerdoodles. Dessert spices (cinnamon, cloves, nutmeg, star anise) abound, accentuated by bright lemony acidity. All around very festive and inviting, with no alcohol detected in the smell.

T: Begins just off-dry, initially featuring cloves, mint, and snappy minerals. Moderate bitterness and slightly funky earth emerge in the middle, as dryness becomes more pronounced. Bready malt defines the finish, still spicy but here with more gentle nutmeg. Muted squash lingers on the palate after other starchy flavors fade. No alcohol flavor is detected here.

D: This beer may be Fall's biggest surprise: a pumpkin ale that presents appealing sensory qualities without really seeming like a compromised effort. Although the flavors found here don't measure up to the outstanding aroma, they are by no means off-putting. Make no mistake, spices do define the taste of this beer, but they do not cross the line to the point of ruining it. Considering Shipyard's predictably English stylistic tendencies, they are found here to be a good, if somewhat understated, match with a style whose value is oftentimes questionable. Perhaps most remarkable is the deftness with which the robust alcohol content is completely hidden. In the end, Shipyard's Smashed Pumpkin is versatile and to be taken seriously; serve with savory, sweet, or solo.

beagle75, Nov 03, 2010
Photo of goblue3509
3.05/5  rDev -18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy pumpkin orange color with a thick slightly off white head which resides to a little lace. The aroma is of cinnamon and nutmeg along with some other spices. The taste is of a caramel malt backbone with a hint of pumpkin, there is more spice flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg than anything else. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. The drinkability is a little above average, it is an easy drink, but it isn't as flavorful as other pumpkin beers. It's solid but not near the best in class.

goblue3509, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of Gobzilla
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured an orangy brown with yellow highlights that had a thin white head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I got more nutmeg and cinnamon character than pumkin notes but I did get pimkin pie crust aromas. I also manage to detect a little allspice as well.

T: the taste was mostly spices consisting of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice but it did have slight pumkin pie crust notes. It kinda had licorice notes as well.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had mostly spice but sweet finish.

D: it drank pretty good and have to say that it is a decent pumpkin beer. This was the last beer to cap things off on pumpkin trickin treatin day.

Gobzilla, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of augustgarage
3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a disclaimer, I should reveal that I have a cold at the moment, but it's Halloween, so bottoms up. Poured from a 22oz bomber into my Ayinger Celebrator Doppelbock glass.

Brilliantly clear pumpkin (surprise surprise) orange body with the faintest glimmer of amber highlights. A thin layer of papaya-whip foam forms a lasting head which clings delicately to the sides in sudsy waves of lacing.

Hallertau hops come through in the nose, yielding an herbal/spicy noble fragrance. A sweet rooty aroma from the pumpkin pairs well with the pale malt.

The palate entry is surprisingly sweet, with caramel and winter squash vying for your attention. Nutmeg is quite distinct and obscures the spicy characteristics of the hops to some degree. A low bitterness and lightly toasted malt note help balance out the finish somewhat, but the overall profile remains on the sweet side (without tasting like pumpkin PIE).

Creamy, soft, moderately carbonated, but still relatively light bodied. Slightly warming from the ABV and spice.

As a Fall seasonal, this works well with its combination of pumpkin with elements of an Oktoberfest Marzen. Not my favorite pumpkin beer (I think mixing this with a stout or porter would be much more pleasing), and a little on the sweet side, but lacks the vegetal deficits many of the less saccharine examples often exhibit.

augustgarage, Nov 01, 2010
Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a big 3" head that slowly recedes. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: cinnamon and nitmeg are up front, and some caramel sweentess is a bit softer on the nose.

Taste: caramel, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg are are most prominent. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol tones are soft but warming. Some buttery textures arrive late during the swallow. There is a bit of a hidden earthy tone here too.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a hint of dryness arrives late.

Drinkability: this beer went down fairly quickly depsite the higher alcohol levels. Overall a tasty beer from Shipyard.

Gavage, Oct 30, 2010
Photo of Bierguy5
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, 9% abv. Clear amber to copper color. White rocky head holds pretty well, finally releasing some nice patches of lace. Only a few tiny bubbles streaming along.

Spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, with a caramel malt backbone. Earthy hops go well with the spices. Some slight vegetable notes.

Caramel malt, with a bit of sweetness that helps meld everything together. A nice combination of cinnamon and nutmeg. Not overly spiced. vegetable, pumpkin flavor is subtle. Earthy hops provide a nice contrast at the end.

Lighter to medium body, with a good amount of soft carbonation. Some alcohol is felt, but not overwhelming. Very nice balance of spices and sweetness. Very nice.

Bierguy5, Oct 25, 2010
Photo of nerdrocker101
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light amber with less than a finger of white foamy head that quickly fades to just a slim cover and slowly drags down the side of the glass.

Typical pleasant aromas of a pumpkin pie. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and sweet pumpkin.

The flavor is a close match to the smell with cinnamon dominating the palate. Their is just a bit of noticeable heat.

Medium bodied, mildly sweet and just a bit dry. Plenty of carbonation.

Not a bad pumpkin beer, but probably not my favorite. I'll probably use the rest of my bomber to make an orange and black with some Brooklyn Black Chocolate Stout.

nerdrocker101, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of jiggahertz
2.1/5  rDev -43.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 1

A: Bright cloudy orange beer with a good finger head which dissipates on the quick side, large bubbles.

S: Alcohol, hops, spice? I think, bitter nose.

T: Tart malt up front, bitter, sour.

M: Sour finish, did this go bad?

D: Poor, think I'm gonna dump this.

jiggahertz, Oct 23, 2010
Photo of drabmuh
2.05/5  rDev -45.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Oh Shipyard, this is yet another completely fucking disgusting pumpkin beer from you. DIACETYL BOMB! Back to brewing school with you.

Beer is orange and has a thin white head of small bubbles, minimal lacing moderate carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is mildly spicy and has a buttery component to it. Oh no.

Beer is silky creamy butterscotchy with a horrible pumpkin sour bitterness at the back end. Its like eating the skin off the pumpkin after its dipped in fake butter. Never again.

drabmuh, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of scootny
4.43/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one exceptional Imperial Pumpkin. Brilliantly clear light copper with a decent white head and lacing. A bit of carbonation visible. Smell is gorgeous. Big, sweet bready malt and pumpkin pie. Nutmeg and vanilla flow beautifully through the aroma. A spiciness that I can't quite describe. A light floral hops and a trace of alcohol. Taste is just short of perfect in my book. This is like drinking a pumpkin pie with a graham cracker crust. Big pumpkin front and deep malt backbone combine to make a smooth, mildly sweet introduction. Nice vanilla component. Finish leaves touches of graham and and mellow earthy hops. Some hearty bread as the main player. Very British. Feel is gently crisp and mildly carbonated. This drinks like a session ale so be careful. My fave so far in the world of Big Pumps.

scootny, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of SPThirtyThree
1.95/5  rDev -47.9%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 1

Nothing says "Hey it's October and you should be drinking fall-themed beers, asshole!" like a pumpkin beer. So I picked up Smashed Pumpkin Ale from Shipyard. I accidentally overchilled it - so serving starts at around 40°F and gently warmed to low-60's by the end of the second glass.

No yeast.

I'm always a fan of foil tops, and this gold-foiled cap is no exception, perfectly accenting the orange and gold label.

A: Pours a sparkling, coppery orange, with a very thin head and thicker collar and a few random bubbles in the middle. Tilting the glass leaves legs underneath a sparkling, descending curtain of falling lace.

S: Wow. That's a lot of spice, especially considering the cool temperature. Let's play a word association game, shall we? I'm going to list all of the words that come to mind as i sniff:

Pumpkin. (Yeah, I took the easy one.) Anise. Nutmeg. Licorice. Autumn. Nutmeg. Jack-o-lantern. Caramel. Cinnamon. Cooler weather. Munich malt. Pumpkin pie. No distinguishable hops. Nastier as it warms. More licorice. Banana. Uncle Don getting drunk on Pumpkin Schnapps during football and puking all over the couch. Anger. Fucking nutmeg again. Betrayal. Spiced vomit. Ruined holidays.

Wow, that was fun. I don't have an uncle Don, so I guess somehow this brew is giving me false memory syndrome.

T: The taste is exactly what the nose foreshadowed. Three major elements are combined here. First, and least noticeable, is the perfect level of hop bitterness, from no distinct hop strain. The hops are most apparent at the finish. Secondly, we have plenty of malt features: toast, caramel, biscuit, honey, fresh bread, cloves. Lastly, and most distinguishable, are the spices. Pick a pumpkin pie spice; it will be here. This is liquid pumpkin bread. There's more banana than the nose suggested, but I wouldn't call this an estery beer.

The flavor is better than the smell, but as this beer warms, the spices start getting brutal, and the flavor continues to degrade from drinkable to bad to sickening. Near room temperature, it's just plain awful.

M: Full-bodied with fair carbonation. Creamy. Mouthfeel is the only redeeming quality in SP.

D: Negative score on drinkability. I scowl when someone talks about pouring out beer, but the garbage disposal threatened to eat another spoon if I didn't share the last third of this beer.

I saw a jack-o-lantern the other day that was supposed to look like hands spreading butt cheeks, Ace-Ventura style. (Classy, I know.) If I had to guess what licking that pumpkin's crack would taste like...

Anyway, this had the potential to be a good beer, but the amount of spice completely ruined the flavor and aroma. Looking back at other reviews, it appears it was better last year, but this batch of Smashed Pumpkin will join the hall of fame as one of about 5 beers that conquered me and forced a pour-out.

SPThirtyThree, Oct 22, 2010
Photo of Thorpe429
1.38/5  rDev -63.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to Azurelimits for bringing this to our pumpkin tasting.

Pours a medium orange color with a thin off white head. The nose is quite strong and goes in all the wrong directions. It tastes quite a bit like someone melted a stick of butter on top of a pumpkin pie. The taste is quite awful, with a buttery, spiced flavor and not too much actual pumpkin coming through. Feel is really creamy and odd. I really did not like this one--definite drain pour. I should say that there were others who at least somewhat enjoyed it, so it's probably just me.

EDIT: Matt's review makes it clear that at least one more at the tasting found this to be thoroughly disgusting.

Thorpe429, Oct 18, 2010
Photo of korguy123
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

750ml into DFH Signature Glass
Beer courtesy of TheSevenDuffs. Another great selection.

A- Clear copper/amber hued pour. Finger and a half off white head settling to a thin ring before you even put the bottle down. Carbonation is decent and lacing is minimal.

S- Pumpkin and cinnamon battle for supremacy, but both are not overly strong. Brown sugar and vanilla with a hint of nutmeg.

T- Wow. I can honestly say this is the first pumpkin beer I've had so far that was more nutmeg forward than anything. Usually its Cinnamon and pumpkin more than anything. They are there but much more pushed back than normally experienced. There is a sweetness that makes this very smooth and plesant. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M- Medium bodied. Sticky sweet on the lips. Dry finish and aftertaste from the nutmeg. I think I felt my salivary glands shrink.

D- The dryness makes this one a little tough to get used to but it tastes so damn good I need more.

korguy123, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of robhunta
3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear orange appearance.

Medium strength aroma of spices

Malty flavor with additions of pumpkin pie spices.

has a bit of a tinge that I can't really explain, tingly, not very smooth.

Fairly drinkable, although some warm alcohol taste

Overall I like the beer in comparison to other pumpkin ales, certainly better than Shipyard's Pumpkinhead which I am not impressed with.

robhunta, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of Rayek
3.18/5  rDev -15%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Orange amber, with good clarity and minimal carbonation. A fluffy cream cap has OK staying power and leaves just a little bit of lace.

S: Quite boozy. Pumpkin pie spices dominate with nutmeg, allspice and clove. Alcohol adds some heat, while some white grape rounds things out.

T: The spice theme continues. Pie spices dominate. They are bolstered by strong white wine flavors of grape and pepper. The pumpkin is there, but very subdued. Alcohol adds quite a bit of heat to the mix. Finishes spicy and warm.

M: The medium body is slightly grainy and has about the right amount of fizz.

D: This beer honestly didn't do much for me. The boozy character overshadowed the pumpkin and left the beer feeling off kilter. An OK, but no exceptional pumpkin beer.

Rayek, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of begforme4484
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Comparatively speaking, the color is far different from most 'pumpkin' ales. It's a dark amber with a slight orange hue. Minimal head with good lacing though.

Spices are much more prevalent than the pumpkin in the nose. Definite nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin. It's kind of a relaxed smell, many others are very pungent, this one, not so much.

Taste is laid back as well. Right away, you get a warm and sweet pumpkin flavor. The spices dull away the sweetness, and hide the 9% fairly well. Nice rounded flavor.

begforme4484, Oct 16, 2010
Photo of Smixam
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a glass.

A - Slightly hazy medium amber, smallish off white head that disappears within a few minutes. Very appealing.

S - Sweet fruit with a somewhat Belgian note coming through. No floral bitters, mostly spice (nutmeg?) and malt.

T - Very sweet, strong pumpkin flavor at the front, reminiscent of pumpkin pudding or carrot cake. Offset by a spicy character (again nutmeg, cinnamon) and relatively light malt. Some bitterness from the alcohol, but not nearly what I expected. Finishes with a deeper pumpkin flavor that's less sweet and more like pumpkin pie.

M - Some bitterness, slightly syrupy but that's expected from a 9% brew. Finish is crisp and warm from the alcohol.

D- It's 9%. It hides it pretty well, but it's still 9%, and the sweetness of the pumpkin flavor makes this one to be sipped and enjoyed slowly.

I'm not a huge fan of most pumpkin beers, but this one has a nice balance. I can honestly say I enjoyed it and would look for it again.

Smixam, Oct 15, 2010
Photo of shredsofautumn
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz. bottle purchased in Easthampton, MA 10/02/2010.

Appearance- Poured semi-vigorously into a nice thick two finger head that dissipates within 45 seconds. Lacing on the glass is immense- very nice! When held to the light the color is very orange.

Smell- Lots of fresh mashed pumpkin, good wholesome malts, cinnamon, and allspice.

Taste- Damn! There's that pumpkin flavor I like. This ranks up there with Dogfish Head Punkin & Southern Tier Pumking. Strong taste of pumpkin flesh completely matching the smell. Very filling flavor like a pumpkin pie- the strong flavors mask the 9% abv well.

Mouthfeel- Somewhere between an oktoberfest & a guinness. Very creamy and full.

Drinkability- Tastes great, The drinkability is perfect for what it is. Would not want more than a 22 oz. bomber in one session. Good after dinner beer. Skip the dessert on Sunday nite and kick back with a Smashed Pumpkin!

shredsofautumn, Oct 10, 2010
Photo of aknight
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful amber/copperish color. The smell smells of sweetness. It tastes on the sweeter side. Less spicy than many pumpkin ales and also not as thin, but sweeter and with a decidedly more pumpkin taste. The mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy. For a 9% beer that is somewhat thin there is not the alcohol taste I would expect. The alcohol is well hidden under the sweetness and syrupiness. As a style, pumpkin beers often disappoint me but this one is a solid one.

aknight, Oct 10, 2010
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,209 ratings.