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

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1,202 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,202
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 69
Gots: 147 | 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 tang3nt
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I typically don't care for pumpkin beers, but my lady loves 'em and we decided to give this one a shot and split it.
It pours a hazy orange color that almost glows, with a big white head that faded away pretty quick.
Aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg.
It has quite a bit of pumpkin flavor, unlike most pumpkin beers which are way too over-spiced in my opinion. Although there are a lot of the traditional things going on, mainly nutmeg and clove, it is at just the right amount. It tastes pretty damn good.
This beer is a bit hot and I enjoy the extra alcohol to warm me up. Being that is is fairly carbonated, it goes down quite smooth. This has to be the best pumpkin beer I've had yet, although I probably wouldn't buy again because I realize this style just isn't for me.

tang3nt, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of caddybuyer
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

This was a 2009 vintage that I purchased in Maine and cellared for a year.

A-Bright unfiltered copper with an ample eggshell head that settles after a bit into a scuddy ring.

S-Interesting. I am not picking up the huge pumpkin spice flavors that usually come with these ales, but more of a malty pumpkin pulp nose with a hint of spice which is quite pleasing.

T-Slighly sweet Pumpkin and or squash fused with caramel malt and nutmeg, perhaps a hint of cinnamon thrown in as well, but definately subtle on the spices. Some astringent hops and warming alcohol in the background as well. This is superb, and what a pumpkin ale should be.

M-Medium creamy with ample carbonation and a slight sticky residue.

D-I love pumpkin ales, and I love spiced ales, and too often they are one in the same. Saranac, Post Road, Dogfish Punkin, even Pumpking, all are a variation on the heavily spiced seasonal ale theme. Even Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin (probably my favorite) falls short of this effort, which, brings to mind the carving of a Jack O Lantern on a crisp fall day.

Shipyard is a very good brewery, and Pugsley, if you read this, knock it off with the Pumpkinhead (which is so subtle that while not horrible, it is simply a noncontender). This is a world class pumpkin ale that is the stalking horse for the style.

caddybuyer, Sep 29, 2010
Photo of alleykatking
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Aged one year in the cellar before opening.

A- Pours a golden orange with light amber tones. One finger white head shows light retention. Light ringing lacing on the sides of the glass as it is drank down.

S- Big aromas of nutmeg and pumpkin. There is a light underlying caramel malt with light cinnamon. There is a light alcohol bite on the backend that tingles the nose that gets covered lightly by allspice.

T- Pumpkin and nutmeg with a hint of cinnamon on the upfront. This dies down in the middle with some light caramel bready malts. The flavor picks back up to allspice and light clove notes. Alcohol big in the backend but settle.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Big amount of spices left on the palate with warming alcohol on the aftertaste. Flavors are well put together which I find a joy since most Shipyard beers I've had are not balanced. Alcohol very drying on the palate. Clean tasting throughout.

D- This beer was fantastic! Much more so than when it is fresh. The higher ABV limits this beer but still I would have no problem drinking 22oz's by myself. After that though I would move onto something else.

alleykatking, Sep 28, 2010
Photo of BogleHill
4.58/5  rDev +22.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A crystal clear orange brew with fine carbonation. Lovely tiny bubbles! Aroma is lightly sweet, pumpkin and spice. Flavors are incredibly well balanced. All of the elements dance so well together. Sweet pumpkin and malts, spices and hops. Nothing is overdone. Very, very smooth and drinkable. 9%? who knew! Fantastic well made stuff!

BogleHill, Sep 26, 2010
Photo of bluejacket74
3.6/5  rDev -3.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle from 2010. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head that went away quickly. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is mostly spicy, the brew smells like nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin and cinnamon. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's a little bit of booze noticable in the flavor. I think the aroma is better than the taste, as the pumpkin spice flavors aren't quite as strong compared to the strength of the spices in the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough, it's not hard to drink at all. Not a bad pumpkin ale, but it's not one of my favorites, either. I'd try this again in the future.

bluejacket74, Sep 24, 2010
Photo of steve8robin
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heard good things about this brew so I picked a bottle up. 22oz, 2010 bottle...

A: Golden copper color with a 1 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: Get some piney spices upfront with some brown sugar and pumpkin in the middle and some bready rye on the backend. Decent.

T: Hmm, not bad. Kind of a piney pumpkin pie. I get brown sugar and piney spice upfront quickly followed by pum pkin flavors. Some alcohol burn on the back. Very good.

M: Medium body with a thick carbonation. Decent.

D: This one goes down good once you get past the interesting pine flavor. Good.

All in all, this is a very good pumpkin brew. To me this is second to ST Pumpking and neck and neck with Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin. Worth trying at least once, but hunt Pumpking first.

steve8robin, Sep 22, 2010
Photo of popery
4.18/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

It's a good looking beer with a transparent orange-amber color and a creamy off-white head. Lots of sweet pumpkin pie spice in the aroma. The pumpkin flavor shows up in a supporting role. It's a bit too sugary, but it kind of works with the spice. The beer tastes fairly sweet, but there's lots of spice here as well. It reminds me of an English Barleywine mixed with pumpkin pie. The booze is relatively light and just provides warmth. It's a big, smooth beer. Gets better as it warms. Very full mouthfeel, particularly for the style. I'm not always a big fan of pumpkin ales or Shipyard, but this is a very nice beer. Good to drink slowly.

popery, Sep 21, 2010
Photo of ShogoKawada
3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz into chouffe snifter, bought around the block for $8 or so.

A- Nice pour, orangey body and a pretty substantial head on this one. Minimal lacing.

S- Classic pumpkin pie aroma, this one is dialed in pretty well. Also get a bit of the earthy pumpkin flesh notes.

T- Big, boozy wave at front. An onslaught of pumpkin spice. Brown sugar, nutmeg, mild vanilla.

M- Big, ABV is mostly hidden but pokes its head out from time to time. Good carbonation.

D- Fairly high. A good imperial pumpkin beer. I'll buy a few more of these before the season is out.

ShogoKawada, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of Sammy
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, Jason. Light orange,no head, smooth, boozy, understated pumpkin. Rich nutmeg mostly. Smells like the pumpkin spice. A sipper.Understated carbonation. Much of a sweet spice delivery, not as drinkable as I would like. A different take.

Sammy, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of bamadog
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First, I want to say that I really like the presentation of the bottle that this one came in -- very handsome! Review is from notes taken on 9/17/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a light coppery orange color and it starts with a 1/2 finger off-white head that fades almost immediately to a thin wisp with one thicker island floating in the middle; body is very clear and shows fast carbonation; an oily film is left on the sides of the glass, along with a few spots of lacing hanging around.

Smell: Not especially strong, but there are nice warm pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, perhaps even a little allspice); bit of booziness and a very sweet maltiness.

Taste: The spices mentioned in the nose are immediately present with a sweet crackery breadiness; this one comes across a little sweeter than most other pumpkin ales because of an especially sweet (almost toffee-like) maltiness; warming presence of alcohol as well.

Mouthfeel: For as quick as the carbonation looks, it's not quite as strong as I thought it would be; body is smooth and creamy, albeit a little slick and oily; body is of medium weight; a nice thick and sticky coating is left all over the mouth; gums are left a little tingly and the belly is left a little warm.

Drinkability: A really nice pumpkin ale overall with great, sweet and robust flavors; may sit a bit heavy though and the 9% ABV would catch up to you after a while.

bamadog, Sep 19, 2010
Photo of Gmann
3.33/5  rDev -11%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clear, copper color with a dense egg-shell colored head that looks like you can rest a quarter on. The head settles into a nice puffy cap. The aroma is a bit grainy, some light metallic notes and light pumpkin spice. The taste is of pale malt with some pumpkin spice; cinnamon, ginger, nutmeg. There is a bit of a fruitiness to this beer. The alcohol is very present and overwhelms this beer. The malt body is too light for this type of booze level. The spice flavor is light but appropriate. The body is light with very fizzy carbonation, drinks crisp. There is significant belly burn from the ABV. The flavor is not too bad; its not overpowering which is good but the ABV is just not needed. Take about 3-4% off and you have a drinkable pumpkin ale.

Gmann, Sep 17, 2010
Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.28/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear, copper with a two-finger thick off white head that dissipates to a lingering ring, leaving little lacing behind.

Aromas of spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, clove), pumpkin pie, light malts, and faint citrus hops.

Well balanced taste of biscuity pale malts, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves, and vanilla. The pumpkin is very present but not over-powering. Slight bitterness and dry finish.

Medium mouthfeel, nicely carbonated. This brew is smooth from start to finish, no harsh bite. The ABV% is well hidden and only detectable through alcohol warmth, no diacytel or astringent taste/aroma.

Even though I'm not a big fan of pumpkin brews, this one definitely stands out amongst the others I've tried. Just a well-made beer.

ThreeDimesDown, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of DNICE555
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bomber poured into my goblet during an intense game of Taboo with Jlynn, Soupedup, and Laura.

Pours a Halloween dark orange with spirits floating above the body. The aroma is like the smell of the people under the stairs in the last house on the left. Actually a solid tasting full bodied pumpkin ale here. I didn't expect much having had the sugary artificial shipyard pumpkin. The smashed pumpkin is a solid pumpkin offering I would pick up again. Very nice feel to it and went down very smoothly. Glided down my taste buds like a witch on her broom.

DNICE555, Sep 15, 2010
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clearish, darkened orange body akin to a glassful of Jackie O's. Topped with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet smelling nose with ample gourd aromas and malty notes of bread and nutty caramel. As for the spices, nutmeg and cinnamon seem the most easily identifiable and appreciable. Small sniff of alcohol.

Taste: Surge of sweet carved up pumpkin meats followed closely with tastes of oven-toasted pie crusts and caramel. Good level of accompanying spices (at least for me), with cinnamon sticks and nutmeg powder leading the way. Very slight yeastiness, with none of Shipyard's characteristic diacetyl creeping into the taste. What is creeping in is the warming, accumulating alcohol. No more than a vague notion of the hops in the background. Pumpkiny, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body with a fairly smooth texture to the mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's pretty good. Not great, mind you, and, unlike "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," I doubt I'll make the needed effort to catch it every year.

ChainGangGuy, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of rudzud
1.93/5  rDev -48.4%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Been sitting on this one for probably a little over a month now. Was really hoping for a knockout from Shipyard, but instead got a fizzle.

A - Clear copper with a one finger fizzy head that almost instantly dissolved into nothing. Appearance looks well, flat.

S - I get more aroma with regular ol Pumpkinhead than this junk. Ridiculously light pumpkin and typical spice notes. Barely a hint of sweet malts.

T - Light sweet malts. Same as the nose really weak almost watery tastes. The more I drink this, the worse it gets?

M - While the alcohol isnt present much (shocking due to the 9%) this is incredibly syrupy and feels almost flat. Very unpleasant.

D - I guess if your a fan of pumpkin head you'll like this? Then again, probably not. Unlike pumpkinhead, which tends to be crisp and refreshing, this is the opposite. Sorry to say, this stuff is a drain pour for me.

rudzud, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of puboflyons
3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. 2010 batch bottle. Sampled on Sept. 13, 2010. The pour is orange with a bit of copper mixed in and a thin white head and limited lacing. Beautifully clear. The pumpkin and spiced aromas are solid with almost nothing in the way of alcohol considering it is a 9% ABV beer. The taste is also a generous dose of pumpkin, spices, clove, and a mildly hopped bitterness. A nice one to have during the season.

puboflyons, Sep 14, 2010
Photo of Daktyls
4.35/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an almost perfectly clear amber color with a nice 1 finger of head before dissipating (quickly) to a lacing which sits on the top for a while before collecting around the edge of the glass.

S: Smells faintly of pumpkin with a hint of nutmeg of cloves, a nice pumpkin spice scent.

T: Tastes just like the nose. The nutmeg and clove are more present than the pumpkin, but it is still there. Sweet tasting, with not a lot of alcohol present for a 9% ABV brew.

M: Very nice feeling on the tongue, a little thick, but not overly so. Medium amount of carbonation with with a fairly spicy finish.

D: For the amount of alcohol by volume, this brew is surprisingly drinkable. I could definitely have another after this one.

Daktyls, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
4.45/5  rDev +19%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle at a reasonable price of 8.99 for a bomber. Sweet.

A - Poured into my Newcastle pub glass. Wow uber carbonation! Leads into a nice inch layer of foamy white head that does lace the glass. Orange amber in hue.

S - From the first whiff out of the neck of the bottle I can detect a nice wave of domination cinnamon, then nutmeg and clove, followed by a nice (what I can assume with a name like "smashed pumpkin") natural spiced pumpkin smell.

T - This is where it all matters to me. Starts off semi bitter, almost like the citrus others have described then flows into a beautiful cinnamon and sweet pumpkin and finishes rather dry yet enjoyable with the fruit of the pumpkin. Really liked it.

M - Medium bodied and the ABV? Only slightly warming on an empty stomach.

D - Well yes it is quite good and if it's still around in October I may fancy another bomber to see if the bitterness will round out a bit leaving sweet malt. It was good fresh though so no complaints.

DrDemento456, Sep 13, 2010
Photo of Mooch273
3.58/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A: Orange golden hue, slightly opaque with nice 1/4" head.

A: Pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and a hint of mild citrus make for an inviting nose.

T: Quite spicy upfront, tastes like it smells. Immediate bitter after taste. Spices mask the 9% ABV well.

M: Lightly carbonated with surprisingly watery consistency for such a strong flavor. Dry bitter after taste leaves you ready for the next sip.

D: Spiciness prevents this beer from being a multi-pint, but one tastes damn good after dinner.

Overall, it's a tasty beer, but one is enough. I now know what I'm bringing to Thanksgiving dinner.

Mooch273, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of jsh420
4.2/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours bright clear golden copper with a 1/2 finger head with no lacing

smells amazing - all pumpkin all the time

taste is good - little bit of let down after the nose but still solid - not much spice flavor that most pumpkin ales have just some nutmeg

mouthfeel is light/medium with low carbonation

drinkability is good - much better brew then their regular pumpkin ale and up there with the best

jsh420, Sep 12, 2010
Photo of kenpo23
3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Waited for a nice cool day like today to drink this one. damn, that was hard as the bottle just screamed at me every day 'drink me! DRINK ME!'. Quality packaging job done here.

A: poured a very nice amber shade, just a hint shy of being able to call it orange. sadly, the lacing was pretty much nonexistant.

S: cinnamon, pumpkin, what more could you want.

T: i was pretty surprised with this one. tasted great! the cinnamon was very upfront in every sip followed by a mellow pumpkin flavor. alcohol taste? what alcohol taste....its barely there.

M: medium body, nice clean finish.

D: i think this would be a good beer for someone who is just starting with pumpkin brews. you can taste the pumpkin but still want to throw back quite a few of these. they go down easy!

kenpo23, Sep 10, 2010
Photo of rand
3.95/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From bomber to pint

A: Pours a copper-tan, light carbonation, little head and no lacing

N: Pumpkin and nutmeg, light lemon-citrus hop poking through

T: Hearty rich pumpkin pie, lightly bitter hops with an earthy, tea edge. Alcohol breaks up the sweetness, but the buscuity malts compliment the pumpkin flavors - they really taste like pie crust. Quite balanced, pumpkin is strong but doesn't overpower the other flavors, as if standard beer ingredients produced this pumpkin overtone.

M: Fairly viscous but the carbonation is enough to sweep away each sip. Finished a lot cleaner than you'd expect given the flavor profile

D: Gotta give it big drinkability points. You could give this to any beer novice and they would get quickly hammered. However, there are still enough layers of flavors here to be interesting, and it ultimately tastes like beer.

rand, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.38/5  rDev +17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A orange tinted copper brew with a small to medium sized dense head which fades to leave some thick panels of lacing on the glass. Tiny bubbles rise slowly through the clear brew.

S - Spices immediately - allspice, cloves, cinnamon and ginger. The smell of yams and brown sugar glaze the nose.

T - Pumpkin, spice (especially clove) and alcohol. Pretty sweet from bit of a caramel malt. Aftertaste is of

M - Smooth, very thick, somewhat refreshing.

D - Great. I had this before (maybe November) and I was disappointed. Perhaps I was in a sour mood then, but I think that this aged really well. I would have again.

mrasskicktastic, Sep 08, 2010
Photo of brewdoc75
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

The first, crisp night in a long time. My wife just re-decorated the house for autumn. Great time to bust out a pumpkin ale.

A: Orange with amber hues. Strong carbonation. Nice, one-inch head at first, but dies fast. Looks pretty good.

S: Strong cinnamon aroma with some spice. Really not a whole lot beyond that.

T: Very strong cinnamon taste. Kind of like cinnamon candy instead of the real thing. I get some other spice, maybe some nutmeg too, but nothing overpowers the cinnamon. After that the beer has an odd tartness to it. Something that would be good in a Belgian Pale ale or something, but doesn't seem to fit here. No real pumpkin flavors, just tons of spice.

M: Light to medium bodied. Acidic. Strongly carbonated. Ok I guess, but I was expecting more body from a big beer like this.

D: Definitely not my favorite pumpkin beer. Way too much cinnamon for me. This is my real problem with pumpkin ales. Most brewers go over the top with spices. At least this isn't a syrupy mess like some. I'll pass if I see this again. So far Pumking reigns supreme in the pumpkin ale category for me.

brewdoc75, Sep 06, 2010
Photo of ksimons
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A-pours a deep clear orange amber with almost no head at all

S-cinnamon, pumpkin, and a bit of booze

T-similar to the smell, sweet pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Even with the 9% ABV, alcohol is not overly apparent

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, has a spicy finish

D-another one of my favorite pumpkin beers, I could easily have two of these

ksimons, Sep 04, 2010
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,202 ratings.