Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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3.01/5 rDev -19.5%
Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.
Look: A hazy gold with orange highlights. The head was thin and went away fairly quick. No lacing. I would wonder if it was my glass if other beers didn't show signs of life.
Smell: I think the alcohol is pretty prevalent here, because I smell hairspray. Pumpkin hairspray. Not very good. Rating it above "okay" just because I can pick up some of the spices behind the alcohol.
Taste: Pretty terrible. The alcohol just isn't hidden in any way, shape, or form. I've had some pretty stout pumpkin ales, and all of them were able to find the balance. I'm not sure what went wrong here.
Feel: Alcohol and emptiness. I wouldn't think the two could go hand-in-hand, but they nailed it here. After the alcohol, there's a hint of what could be, then nothing.
Overall: Pretty disappointed here. I didn't really like the pumkinhead, but I was holding out for this one. Maybe it being in a larger bottle fooled me. When next year rolls around, I'll definitely pick around this pumpkin ale. Other brews are much better in my opinion.
09-13-2013 01:00:31 | More by JackMcAwesome
3.3/5 rDev -11.8%
A: This bear poured a yellow-orange with a small white head.
S: Surprisingly faint from the taste. This beer smells lightly of beer and spices.
T: Strong spices override all other flavors. It is mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. The pumpkin flavor is secondary to this. You can also tell that it is a bit strong alcohol wise.
M: Light and smooth. The spices stick around for a while.
O: Not my favorite pumpkin beer. A little too much spice and not enough pumpkin. Deffinately worth a try.
09-11-2013 23:43:59 | More by LordBeardman
4.1/5 rDev +9.6%
2013 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden; eggshell white head that leaves great retention and lacing. The aromas start off with some sweet booze. I'm picking up some sweet potatoes and yams. There's also hints of apple, vanilla and caramel. The aromas are weird, but I appreciate them for being different. The spices take a backseat in the nose, but come alive in the flavors. The flavors has that cinnamon that slaps your palate, but not in a bad way. And they don't use the cinnamon in the same way that alot of breweries do. More caramel and vanilla, giving it a nice sweetness. There are subtle alcohol notes, but it's far from boozy and it actually accents the flavors that are going on. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and has low carbonation, although it's there. It's fluffy and creamy as well. This is a fun beer to drink and it really opens up as it warms up. Good stuff.
This beer starts off rough around the edges, but everything comes together the more you drink it. It's like a caramel apple in a bottle. Major props for not coming off as your typical Imperial Pumpkin Ale. This is pretty unique, and I like it for that. It's much better than my score might indicate. Recommended.
09-06-2013 22:29:35 | More by BB1313
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,117 ratings.