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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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1,344 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,344
Reviews: 432
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 78
Gots: 203 | 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 falloutsnow
3.3/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber purchased from Hyvee in Council Bluffs, IA.
No bottled on date.
Poured into a standard US pint glass.

Pours a burnt orange to light brown color and is able to generate a > 2cm head of medium sized, fairly thick bubbles. Leaves decent lacing as it descends.

Aromas are of heavy, malty and grainy sweetness, faint spices, apple cider, slight pumpkin, and trace ethanol.

Taste opens with cinnamon and nutmeg spices, transitioning to malt sweetness and some cider characters. Finishes with some more spice (nutmeg, ginger?) and sweetness. Ethanol is present in the back, especially as this warms.

Medium-bodied with fairly high carbonation, making this slightly prickly in the mouth. Finish is medium dry, with some sticky sweetness as well. Slight ethanol burn in the back.

I thought this was a decent pumpkin beer, but nothing exceptional. A little disappointed. Too sweet, strange cider qualities, and too high in ethanol to really make me consider this one again.

falloutsnow, Oct 31, 2011
Photo of hopsolutely
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Given the poor reviews of this beer via BarTowel I had expected to be disappointed, but instead was pleasantly surprised. Paired the tasting with a ginger/pumpkin soup recipe recommended by the LCBO and the two complemented each other beautifully.

Pours a hazy orange with a decent head. Mouthfeel is enjoyable. Aroma is very pumpkin oriented, some mild green notes from the fruit itself but more heavily spice-focused. The taste is exceptionally spicy, but as noted above, pairs nicely with a spicy soup and thereafter tastes much more well balanced. Its crisp finish has less of an alcohol burn than typical for 9% ABV.

A pleasant surprise and definitely a beer I'll seek again.

hopsolutely, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of brotherloco
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz bomber. 2011 bottle. Served in a goblet.

Pours a clear golden amber. Not much of a head, just a thin ring of beige foam. Bits of lacing disappear fast.

Wow, the aroma on this is the closest thing to pumpkin pie that I've gotten out of a beer. The typical spices are there backed by sweet malt and graham cracker crust. A touch of citrusy hops.

Flavor follows the nose, but has a sharper edge to it. Spices are stronger, malt is sweeter and there is a noticeable kick from the alcohol going into the finish. Hoppy bitterness really balances things nicely as it claims on the label.

Just above medium bodied with medium-soft carbonation. Gets a little thick, but very drinkable for the strength.

I really like this beer, and I'd rate the taste a notch higher if the booze was buried a little more. However, it is nice to have a pumpkin seasonal around with a kick.

brotherloco, Oct 30, 2011
Photo of n2185
2.98/5  rDev -20.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: pours slighly hazy orange with two fingers of white head that recedes into a thin ring with no lacing.

S: light spice notes up front folloeed by squash and pumpkin aromas. There is also an astringent chemical aroma.

T: spices and pumpkin flavors at first followed by a strong, astringent chemical flavor. Slight alcohol burn on the finish.

M: medium-light body with medium carbonation, this beer is somewhat crisp.

O: this tastes like a somewhat better, but still not very good version of their Pumpkinhead. It still smells and tastes like a chemical cleaner.

n2185, Oct 29, 2011
Photo of biegaman
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Only great things can be said about this beer's sleek, chilly, immaculate orange coloured body. Holding the glass makes the hand awash in enough bright radiance to make even a stained glass window jealous. And although no head sticks around, the way these bubbles run around I'd worry about being sued by the estate of Benny Hill.

The bouquet is only moderate on the pumpkin pie spicing, which can be either a good or a bad thing depending on your preference. A fair bit of the gourd is perceived too. Largely, however, the aroma shares the same grainy malt and earthy hops as many an English ales. While plainly pumpkin-y, it should not be too unfamiliar.

Pumpkin ales can range in taste from potpourri (too much spice) to plain old pumpkin flesh (not enough spice) to pumpkin pie and vanilla ice cream (just right). Shipyard's version is seasoned appropriately but strong alcohol vapors intensify the spice and with nowhere near enough body to emulate pie crusts, it comes off a little too perfumy.

The beer has that wonderful quality of being at once sweet, savory, and spicy. Largely this can be attributed to the nutmeg which, like vanilla, can be a little bit of all those things. The malts help with the sweetness, mind you, and the hops assist the pumpkin in adding earthy spice. Alcohol also adds a bit of spice, but a less desirable kind.

If not for the high alcohol, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin would be a good example of the style for people to cut their teeth on. What it lacks a little in character it makes up for in drinkability; what it lacks in malt it makes up for in spicing. In other words, it's a serviceable ale that might disappoint aficionados but will very much appeal to newbies out there.

biegaman, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of MattyG85
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 750 ml bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint glass.

Appearance: Bright and lively amber orange with lots of rising bubbles. Big five finger off white head with good retention and lots of sticky lacing.

Smell: A sweet and spicy mix of bready caramel malts with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, and clove. The presence of pumpkin is pretty noticeable in this one. Pretty solid smell.

Taste: Pretty sweet and creamy. Caramel malts with wheat grains and toffee. Hints of cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and apple. A solid base of pumpkin flavor under the spices. Full flavored and tasty.

Mouthfeel: Medium to full bodied with a moderate level of carbonation. Creamy, chewy, and very smooth. No sign of the alcohol.

Overall: A pretty solid pumpkin beer overall. Full flavored and well balanced.

MattyG85, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of CheezyBlaster
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smells of warm autumnal spicing and a bit of roasted pumpkin flesh. Sweet aroma, but missing that fresh snap I've gotten from CBC Great Pumpkin or DFH Punkin'. A bit of toasty sweet biscuit comes along as you drink.

Taste and feel: Typical pumpkin pie melange, not as over the top as Southern Tier's Pumpking, but a bit gaudy. A bite of birch beer in the palate, which is kind of cool! Cider-like characteristics in the flavor profile as well. Definitely can't tell it's 9%. Definitely different. The mildly-sour sweetness is not what I expected at all.

Not the best pump beer this fall (that's probably Cambridge Brewing Company's Great Pumpkin Ale). Also, at 8.99 a bomber, I'd much, much rather take one of the following: CBC Great Pump, 6pack Smutty Pump, 4 pack DFH Punkin' - all priced lower. That being said, I don't think Shipyard gets a fair shake on BA. Not bad at all, Pugsley. Now, get rid of that Pumpkin head stuff and put this in affordable 12 packs.

CheezyBlaster, Oct 28, 2011
Photo of BrewerB
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good buddy of mine highly recommended this beer so I grabbed a few bottles with solid expectations.

Poured into a small Firestone Walker nonic pint glass, it's a clear light orange color with a thin off white foam.

Earthy and herbal aromas combining with pumpkin pie spices - nutmeg, clove. Vanilla.

Mix of sweet vanilla and cinnamon/clove pie spice. Nutmeg. Moderately bittered with a modest hop character. Boozy without the heat.

Medium bodied with a moderate-high level of carbonation. Smooth alcohol.

A well built pumpkin beer that alludes to pumpkin pie spices without overwhelming the palette. Honestly, I'd like to see even a little more pumpkin character though clearly a good representation of the style, I much preferred TREAT or even DFH Punkin.

BrewerB, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of hdelavega
4.25/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a nice amber orange. Little head white in color.
Nose cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, pumpkin.
Lots of spice in the taste, but very well balanced with pumpkin.
Nice drinkable mouthfeel. Medium carbonation, light body, again very drinkable.
Overall one of my favorite pumpkin beers, just under good gourd.

hdelavega, Oct 27, 2011
Photo of TheGordianKnot
3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from bomber into globe glass...

A- Orange in color with about a finger of fluffy white head. The head quickly retreats back into the liquid, leaving a touch of lacing.

S- Has a very sweet and smooth pumpkin aroma. There is also a component of a sweet pecan pie in there as well- my two favorite desserts in one! The minimal spice present is more allspice than the usual cinnamon. Finishes with bubblegum sweetness in the nose.

T/M- This legitimately tastes like liquid pumpkin out of a can. Very natural with a soft supporting spice. The sweetness is even toned down quite a bit. It does actually have a, lingering bitterness as well that reminds you this is a beer. Medium to full body, but not heavy. Smooth and well carbonated.

O- I like it, not the best pumpkin beer, but towards the top somewhere. I feel like this had very quad-like components as a base beer which added a nice complexity. Would definitely drink again!

TheGordianKnot, Oct 26, 2011
Photo of Phyl21ca
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of light nutmeg and cinnamon with solid caramel notes. Taste is dominated by some solid malt backbone with a semi-sweet touch of caramel which is very well balanced by some cinnamon and nutmeg. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Easily drinkable with nice balance and alcohol isn’t’ apparent though can be somewhat dangerous considering how drinkable this beer is. One of the best beer I have tried form this brewery.

Phyl21ca, Oct 25, 2011
Photo of UnderPressure
2.88/5  rDev -23%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Twist-off... weird.

Pale copper color, nearly nonexistant head. Relatively still.

The aroma screams apple cider, subtle spice.

Nice flavor. Spice and malt nicely balanced. Cinnamon is reminiscent of apple cider. Slight alcohol taste gives some warmth. Highly vegetal.

Nice, heavy-bodied mouthfeel to support the substantial gravity. Smooth. I like it.

I'm not wild about the cider stuff going on here. But, I'm glad I bought this beer, even though it was $8.99 for one bottle... This may be the 9% ABV talking here.

UnderPressure, Oct 24, 2011
Photo of scruffwhor
3.68/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared this one with my fiance.

Clear morning sunhsine amber/copper color. Quick head, little foam, but good bubbling.

Clean pumpkin, nutmeg, cardamon, combined with light atringent hopping and a high abv., make for a balanced but mostly pumkiny smelling brew.

Taste is a clear and clean pumkin skin and meat with pumkin pie spices and a little caramel. The middle warms up the pumkin flavor and showas off some toasted, bready caramel malts. The finish is smooth, warm, and atringent. The 9% abv. leaves a little twinge to the palate on the finish and linger.

scruffwhor, Oct 23, 2011
Photo of mjyoung
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Drank 10/22/11.

A: An appropriate amber/orange color with a delicious-looking, cream-colored head. The head unfortunately dissipates rather rapidly and leaves behind absolutely no lacing. I'm diggin' the color though.

S: Not a lot going on here. There's a whiff of malt with a slight undertone of caramel and maybe something pumpkin-y, but very very mild.

T: Not too complex. Not a lot of the additional flavors come, or rather they're so well balanced that I can't pick anything out, but the finish is most definitely pumpkin spice. Tasty, but not blow-me-away-tasty.

M: Great. The medium to heavy body of this beer balances the taste nicely. A bit chewy, as it should be.

O: A good beer, but maybe not worth the price tag. I'd love it for $4.

mjyoung, Oct 22, 2011
Photo of theBubba
2.28/5  rDev -39%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2

Poured from a nicely labeled bomber into my tulip glass. Warm, pale orange color with a head that disappeared in 90 seconds.
Smell was just about non existent, save for a bit of caramel.
Body was pretty decent as it should be with all the fermentables that go into a 9.0 ale.
Taste? Sweet...then bitter, but always boozy. If you want to hit the pumpkin patch for 10 bucks a bomber, there are much better places to go.

theBubba, Oct 21, 2011
Photo of Retail1LO
2.83/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

4 oz. sample poured on draft. Pours a light amber hue. Nose is very subdued. Nearly nonexistent. The taste is weird. I feel like I'm drinking the syrup from a jar of maraschino cherries. WTF. Strangely enough, this is one of very few pumkin beers where I can taste...PUMPKIN. That's nice. The mouthfeel is very thin and sweet. That cherry taste persists throughout. Overall this is just a strange beer. Don't know what they were going for here.

Retail1LO, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of gabedivision
3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 22 bottle to a SA snifter glass

A Pours a nice deep orange with a 1 finger head.

S Smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, black licorice, grain, some alcohol...not a lot of pumpkin.

T Has a nice warm on the lips nutmeg and spice then follows with a decent pumpkin finish.

M Medium in body with low carbonation, easy to drink despite its 9% abv.

O Overall this is a decent beer for its price and lack of pazazz i do not think i will be revisiting this.

gabedivision, Oct 20, 2011
Photo of mrnobody
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

625 ml bottle poured into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a clear golden orange with two fingers of eggshell head; decent retention, a little lacing.

S: Smells of pumpkin, nutmeg, also something sour I can't put my finger on.

T: Taste is much more impressive than the smell; tastes like a boozy pumpkin pie but the sweetness is held in check nicely.

M: Medium-full mouthfeel with creamy carbonation.

D: Drinkability is quite good: the alcohol is definitely there but it's more warming than anything else.

mrnobody, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of SDtastentune
3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Light orange/gold with a light bubble style head, dissipated quickly to nothing at all.

S - Smells of cloves, pumpkin pie, some spices. Nothing too crazy or vibrant but good. Some nutmeg or slight cinnamon.

T - Taste is somewhat bitter for a pumpkin ale, but good for a hop-head style. Definitely taste some bitter like hops, spices on the back end, and some lighter pumpkin sweetness like thing of spices. Some caramel there but not too pronounced,little bit of Belgium yeast taste as well.

M - Medium body with nice amount of resiny aftertaste. Medium to lower bubble carbonation.

O - Overall, this is a great pumpkin ale better for the holidays paired with some thanksgiving or pumpkin pie on a cold night for dessert. Good drinker but a little too expensive ($8.99) to be a good drinker. Whats with the damn twist off bottle... I was hoping to keep this bottle for homebrew!

SDtastentune, Oct 19, 2011
Photo of rfgetz
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean and bright orange color with modest head and little lacing. Scent is lead by sweet malts and slightly heavy spicing, pumpkin pie appears in the back end with a bit of leafy hops and alcohol on the nose. Taste leads with a bitter push of hoping and seasonal spices, sweet malt and pumpkin pie make an appearance in the mid, finishes with odd bitter, herbal metallic note with noticeable alcohol. Disappointingly thin and over bubbly. I may actually prefer the regular old Shipyard Pumpkin to this beast.

rfgetz, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of Kbogac
3.28/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a bottle into a tulip glass. Light foam that dissipates very quickly to a ring around the edge. The color is a wonderful crystal clear orange. One of the best looking pumpkin ales I've seen. Nice scent. Prominent pumpkin and spice. Slightly sweet. The smell is mostly gone after a few minutes. The taste is primarily pumpkin and spice. Somewhat bitter but I can't tell if it's hops or the spices. The mouth feel is unusually light for a 9% beer. It drinks almost like a soda. No noticeable alcohol taste. Overall this is a good pumpkin ale but not as good as I expected. Does not stand out in the crowd. The light mouth feel is unusual.

**The label is very cool. It alone is enough to convince me to buy it. Very nice work.

Kbogac, Oct 17, 2011
Photo of andrenaline
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a slightly hazy orange colour, finger of head with solid retention and no real lacing.

S - Musty pumpkin and spice, touch of nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon and a hint of citrus on the finish.

T - The ABV heat is hard to overlook but adds some sweetness to the brew. The pumpkin is a little underwhelming and the spices a tad over the top. That being said, the flavours are pretty tasty and I would drink it again.

M - The carbonation makes for an easy drinking ale, but the ABV heat is certainly detectable.

O - A tasty pumpkin ale and worth taking for a spin. I've had some better pumpkin ales, but this one is still well represented and at 9% it's well worth a try!

andrenaline, Oct 16, 2011
Photo of brystmar
2.55/5  rDev -31.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 2.5

Looks like a pumpkin beer; thick, white head up top with solid retention and soapy lace. Velvety pumpkin clashes with the unpleasantly sharp malt mixture in the nose. Some spices here too, but it's just not good IMO.

Taste is much different than I expected from the nose, but not in a good way. Artificial pumpkin & cloves start things off before the malts stampede forward with their cloying sweetness. Strangely enough, this recedes as quickly as it arrived, leaving an unpleasantly bitter taste in my mouth that lingers. Finishes dry for sure; not sure how that happened.

Good body, though, with an appropriate level of carbonation. So there's that.

All in all, this beer is a clusterfuck of extremes that don't work well together at all. Shipyard's next destination should be the drawing board.

brystmar, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours murky pumpkin pie meat. Not much head, just a ring soon after. Some lace.

S - I thought the smell had a Belgian feel to it then it morphed into pumpkin for me. Or maybe a mix of the two.

T - Yes, there is pumpkin and spice in there, but it's pretty muted in the overall flavor. Still tastes good.

M - Light bodied, good carb, good balance.

D - Nothing to really write home about, but a good beer none the less.

srandycarter, Oct 15, 2011
Photo of JizackFH
3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - This beer pours a pretty clear orange copper color. It has a nice 2-figner off-white head on top. The head has pretty good retention, and it leaves some scattered lace on the glass.

S - The nose has a nice bit of fall spices up front. I am getting some cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and pumpkin. There is a nice bit of caramel malt in the background, as well as a little bit of a hop presence.

T - The taste has a nice caramel base to it, and a good amount of spice in the forefront. There are also some tropical fruit flavors here as well. The finish leaves some lingering spices and light sweetness on the palate. There is also a bit of alcohol presence, but for being 9% ABV it is hidden damn well.

M - This has a body that is on the heavier side of medium, and the carbonation is pretty good. It goes down easy and has a bit of a chewy quality to it. There is tingling from the spices and some alcohol warmth on the back end.

O - This has good drinkability. It is a pretty tasty pumpkin beer, and I can easily drink a few glasses of it. I thought the sweetness and spice balanced each other out pretty well. Overall, I thought it was a rather nice beer. I recommend giving it a shot. I'd buy it again.

JizackFH, Oct 14, 2011
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,344 ratings.