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

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Reviews: 445
Hads: 1,476
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 9.32%
Wants: 82
Gots: 256 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Casey10 on 08-31-2009

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Photo of oddfire
2.46/5  rDev -32.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

A- This beer has an amber hue and ok head retention.
S - Well it smells like a fresh cut pumpkin an some alcohol
T - Hmmm...Well this beer is very strange. The initial taste is of a raw pumpkin. And then the alcohol hits you.
M - this beer feels good in your mouth. This is one of the positives of this beer.
D - TBD. I am going to try this one at least one more time. Maybe I got a bad one. I hope I got a bad one for their sake. I like shipyard beers too. (457 characters)

Photo of jmarvin4189
4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a hazy orange color with about a finger of foam

Smell - a pumpkin smell with some alcohol tinge to it

Taste - is very similar to a pumpkin pie with a hint of beer added in... its very different but yet very enjoyable

Mouthfeel - very smooth and refreshing, perfect for the fall

Drinkability - very drinkable, nice and easy and goes down very smooth (365 characters)

Photo of Viggo
3.41/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a hazy dark orange, some amber highlights, medium sized slightly off white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, looks alright.

Smell is interesting, pretty spicy, a bit of sour fruit, some honey, peach, nutmeg, lots of ginger, a bit of pumpkin, orange juice/peel, very interesting sweetness, like candied ginger, pretty neat but weird.

Taste is similar, quite sweet, more candied ginger, honey, green tea, nutmeg, somewhat sugary, apple sauce, a touch of pineapple, quite spicy, biscuit, caramel, a bit sweet and spicy in the finish, big cinnamon aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, a bit of warmth but pretty smooth. Pretty interesting take but not my style. Thanks Russ! (799 characters)

Photo of mikereaser
3.65/5  rDev 0%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle on 12/23/09.

A - pours a clear copper orange with some foam that quickly disappears

S - light malt, some sweet aroma, very faint

T - malt base, hints of pumpkin spices, cherries, pumpkin with a spicy finish

M - smooth, creamy, good carbonation

D - unique take on the style, very drinkable, very subtle & well balanced (350 characters)

Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil

Pours a very nice clean/clear copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some cinnamon, and nutmeg. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of cinnamon/nutmeg notes. Medium body. Drinkable, enjoying this one this afternoon. (382 characters)

Photo of bilyboy65
3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Not an impressive offering from Shipyard.

Shipyard has a very distinctive yeast flavoring to all of their beers. This one is no exception. Very nice light copper color with good clarity. Not much to the head and it disappears without a trace pretty quickly. Smell is mostly of spices, yeast and alcohol. Not a bad nose, but the pumpkin seasoning seems to be drowned out by the other spices and only plays a minor assistant role. The flavor is just as disappointing and the alcohol becomes a stronger factor here. Don't get me wrong it isn't a bad taste, but it's just lacking that pumpkin feel to it. This medium to heavy bodied beer leaves it's mark in your mouth on the way to your throat, but is not an awful thing to behold. (729 characters)

Photo of GWaters
2.88/5  rDev -21.1%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grade: C

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a frosted Sam Adams Oktoberfest Mug
Temperature: Cellar Temperature

Pour: Pours smooth with light carbonation. Small foamy head builds as the bottle empties. 1 finger of white foamy head.

Smell: Scent of nutmeg is the first and most obvious. There is a strong hint of Pumpkin, but it is would not be obvious if this wasn't listed as a pumpkin ale. Some notes of vanilla and caramel as well.

Taste: Starts with a spicey pumpkin taste. Like a pumpkin pie from the can that has more allspice than it should. As the mug goes down, the flavor mellow and eases into a more malty rich pumpkin flavor.

Mouthfeel: The pour would lead one to believe this beer may have some body, but the mouthfeel was flat and not really present other than a flat coating of spices that feel like they leave a sort of coating.

Drinkability: This is a strong ale that really doesn't excite. I am a big fan of pumpkin anything, adn I have to say this beer is just boring. have one for the novelty and move on.

I am disappointed with this beer. Shipyard has made some very decent beers, adn the Pugsley's Barley Wine was truly enjoyable. Sadly, I have to gice this beer a lower grade than I want. (1,224 characters)

Photo of mountdew1
3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into an imperial pint glass. Color was a dark golden amber with a thin 1 finger head. Head was foamy but settled down to a thin layer and didn't cling at all. Aroma was slightly spicy, trace amount of nutmeg no real strong pumpkin aroma, pie or otherwise. Pumpkin was more present in the flavor. Like a thin pumpkin pie, lightly spiced, slightly creamy. Small amounts of sweetness. Felt good in the mouth, coated well, nicely carbonated. Reasonable to drink, didn't do a good job of hiding the ABV however. (513 characters)

Photo of Halcyondays
3.31/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a clear orange with a firm head with great retention especially for a pumpkin ale. No real lace.

S: Pumpkin pie and some allspice though lighter than in most pumpkin beers, definite notes of Munich malt and booze.

T: This is a big boy. Ethanol hits you big at the beginning of this beer, hot but dies down a bit as it warms possibly because the other flavours are coming out. On the backswing there are good pumpkin and pie crust, some nutmeg and fall spice as to be expected. Not really well balanced overall, but the end of the bomber finished a lot better than the beginning.

M: Full-bodied, solvent-like ethanol character for sure with a bit of a burn going down, as I said before, this beer does not hide its 9%. Sweetish aftertaste, pretty clean overall, the structure is good.

D: This is really a mixed bag, there are good parts and bad parts. This would make a good cool weather warmer, makes you feel good inside, but I'd have someone to split the bottle with. (1,004 characters)

Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blazing jack o' lantern orange with lemon colored edges and several busy bubble streams. The upper third of the pint glass is filled with a good looking crown that stays inflated due to the carbonation feeding it from below. Unfortunately, there isn't much lace.

The nose is surprisingly perfumy and floral. It isn't unpleasant, but it isn't pumpkin ale-like either. It smells like this brew will be short on pumpkin pie spiciness. Nutmeg is mentioned on the label... and that's pretty much all that I'm able to appreciate.

Smashed Pumpkin isn't a bad version, but it's too lightly flavored and too boozy. Warming might help one or both of those. Then again it might not. This will probably end up as one of my least favorite Imperial pumpkin ales.

On a positive note, the beer is relatively clean and there's no trace of buttery Ringwood yeast. Specifics include sugar-crusted pumpkin, a dash of nutmeg (possibly cinnamon as well) and a warming shot of grain alcohol. Willamette and Hallertau hops don't provide much flavor. Nor were they expected to.

The body/mouthfeel is the high point of this experience. It's medium-full and has a crushed velvet smoothness and a contrasting firmness from the unmasked alcohol. Big beer lovers should find a lot to like.

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin didn't quite win me over, but I'm still not sorry about spending $8.99 on the bomber. My advice to any New Englanders looking for good gourd beer is to spend that money on a sixer of the excellent Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale instead. (1,518 characters)

Photo of yelterdow
1.76/5  rDev -51.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 1

22oz. bomber acquired in New York, I'll serve this at between fridge and cellar temperature in a pub style pint glass. 2009 vintage.

Appearance- Pours a bright copper with a fiery red shimmer, while the head builds to about two fingers in height. It condenses slowly to a soapy topper, all the while providing a noticable sizzle on the ears. There is just a smattering of lacing, lasting only for seconds then disappearing completely.

Smell- The nose is a combination of Southern Comfort and manufactured spice aromas... nothing at all resembling pumpkin or squash, the classic benchmarks for the style. It's hot with alcohol, really an awful final presentation to offer with a photo and blurb of the brewmaster on the label. On a second pour with plenty of foam, I do get a suggestion of the hops buried within.

Taste- Oh boy... I will try to be nice here. The first flavor impressions I get are sweet, medicinal, boozy displays that struggle for balance. After a good swish, the hotness of the alcohol takes over and burns the palate, blistering any subleties or "pumpkin" character and leaving behind a scorched trail of heat and bitterness. A total fiasco.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Unfortunately at this point nothing can save this beer from the gallows, but at least the texture isn't terrible. It rises to a prickly, aggressive carbonation level and then subsides to a reasonably smooth finish. I'm not sure if this year's offering was majorly lacking in balance and overall structure, but I really hope for the brewery's sake that this recipe gets some serious attention and retooling. (1,595 characters)

Photo of pzrhsau
3.77/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Tawny Amber color with a weak head that dissipates very quickly.
Smell: Nice combination of pumpkin and a strong flavor of cinnamon.
Taste: Very crisp, it almost feels like a pumpkin cider. The carbonation coupled with the mixture of spices really bring out the sweetness of the pumpkin.
Mouthfeel/Drinkability: Very interesting carbonation but still very easy to drink. Might be a little sweet for some people but I enjoyed it. (441 characters)

Photo of asabreed
3.07/5  rDev -15.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: Cool label. They get points for that. There's a "natural tannin" in pumpkin? I did not know that. For the beer, however, I've seen BMC brews and beyond look better than this. You have to pour it from way above to get any semblance of a head. And then it dissipates quickly, leaving not much at all around the glass. Lighter brown or copper color with a bit of amber thrown in depending on the light. Where is the carbonation? I see almost none.

Smell: Sweeter caramel and nutmeg, along with some pumpkin in there, obviously. Cinnamon, maybe? Vanilla? Still fairly aromatic, but even as it warms there's a ton of sweetness that's hard to balance out or differentiate as far as one from the next.

Taste: Interesting pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and vanilla at the beginning. Hops, they say? Maybe on the back end, and though it's not an insane pumpkin malt bomb, there's more sugar and sweet flavors here than the hops, which I'm not sure would do much as far as melding with the sweeter malt and spiced flavors anyway. Finish dies down a bit with some cake batter and pepper, and I still don't detect much hops.

Mouthfeel: Where is the carbonation here? Seems to be only on the back end, and it's totally cloying and way too huge and sugary at the beginning. Again, you have to work here to get any carbonation going, which certainly shouldn't be the case for a beer.

Drinkability: I think is my first Shipyard beer I've reviewed, and though I want to try more, especially in this series, this isn't one I was thrilled about, the $8 price tag adding my dismay a bit. I wonder how this would work to cook with, because I could see it doing good things. Don't get me wrong, I'm finishing the bomber, but yes, way too "big" for everyone to balance, too much alcohol, and not enough balance. (1,831 characters)

Photo of edbeer
3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

poured a light brown / caramel into a tulip glass. Nutmeg was prevelent with other spices in the background. Pumpkin comes through in the middle with a smooth texture and a clean finish. A medium bodied pumpkin ale, not my favorite but well worth mention. (255 characters)

Photo of jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer a while back during the Autumn, but never reviewed it and didn't realize it until now. So here comes a late Pumpkin beer review. It will also help get the corked flavor out of my mouth from the last beer.

A: A decent 1 finger head with some juicy looking bubbles. A very clear toasty bright orange color with hints of gold and lots of mini bubbles rising throughout. The head fades quickly.

N: Hmmm, a slightly sweet toasted pumpkin aroma. Lots of spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, and lots of pie crust. It has the aroma of a pumpkin and mince meat pie baked together. I also get this interesting aroma that reminds me of the little cinammon rolls my mother used to make with the leftover crust after making a pie. A slightly bready aroma adds the finishing touch. The pumpkin is definitely present, but not very strong as the spices seem to over power it a bit. However, the spices don't seem like the hot inedible spices I get out of many of these beers, its a little different.

T: Hmm, the spices seem to get hotter and closer towards inedible on the palate. The pumpkin comes out stronger as well. A slightly sweet pumpkin pie filling taste is surrounded by bready crust like taste, and lots of spice. Cinnamon I think is the key word, with some nutmeg and other spices. It gets a little hot in the taste and seems to add a bit of alcohol taste and warmth. Aside from the over hot spices in the taste, its pretty good, if you like pumpkin pie with cinnamon.

M: Pretty good body, and decent carbonation, with alcohol warmth.

F: Pretty spicey and hot. A slight burn and sting from alcohol and spices. The warmth of the alcohol is nice, and it helps through the chili windy autumn. A little lingering syrupy sweetness seems to stick around for a bit. The spice taste fades very quickly. Then it dries right off, quite a bit. It's almost pulling the water out of my tongue pores. (1,899 characters)

Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a pumpkin orange with a brillant clarity. The head was thin and fizzy, and quickly dissipated to a polished surface. The initial carbonation was feverishly strong lining the glass walls with a showering display of macro-bubbles. The effervesce quickly quieted down to a medium showing of broken streams of micro bubbles.

S: The nose was sweet with toasted grains and toasted pumpkins. There was a fruitiness of fresh cherries but unfortunately I failed to pick up any pumpkin spicing. A light showing overall.

T: The flavor opens up with a sharp, dry but sweetly toasted offering of munich and toasted pumpkins. The spicing shows up in the way of cinnamon sticks, cloves along with a fruitiness of ripe apples. There is bit of alcohol spicing and warming on the finish composed of warm apples and cherry bombs (alcohol soaked cherries) and pears. Overall the flavor was generally good with a soft spicing and a moderatly evident display of alcohol warming but offered little in the way of pumpkin spicing.

M: medium bodied with a nice slick and oily texture that was soft and smooth on the tongue due to an easy carbonation. A dry alcohol warming is evident on the swallow.

D: The alcohol hinders things a bit drinkability-wise. A slow sipper best served in a chalice while splitting a bomber with a friend. Not terribly exciting. (1,347 characters)

Photo of neophilus
4.08/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle. Clear amber-orange hue with a medium head that quickly goes away. The spice aroma makes it apparent that this is a pumpkin ale.

The first sip is very smooth, I was expecting a lot of pumpkin or alcohol but neither overpowered the taste. As the beer warms up I can start to taste the spices and the boozy heat. The spices do a good job containing the alcohol. A malty finish helps keep the flavors balanced. Aftertaste smooths out again from the spices.

The serving size is just about right for this ale as the alcohol heat threatens to take over. Spices are not overdone though and it makes for a smooth drinking experience. The bottle suggests adding some stout to make a winter warmer and that seems like a good idea to add some body to this tasty brew. (784 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.88/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz. bottle: This one pours a crystal clear, slightly orange color. There is a small white head on it that drops away very quickly. The aroma is pumpkin pie spice, but not overpoweringly so. A hint of caramel malt in the background. Taste is a mostly of the pie spices, with some caramel malt sweetness in the background. Overall taste is just a bit sweet. Pretty smooth, and the alcohol is not evident at all. A very good seasonal! (433 characters)

Photo of cwps48
3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange color with a nice small head. Head dissipates to a little brim around the glass. Little to no lacing.

S: Pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Caramel malts. Smells largely spicy though.

T: Pumpkin and nutmeg up front, cinnamon on the way down. Sweet, but balanced by booziness of the beer. Nice warming sensation on the way down.

M: Decent carbonation. Goes down nicely considering the high abv. Not too dry of a finish, leaves you wanting another sip.

D: Easy to drink. Could definitely see myself going through a couple of these tonight. Problem is the high price tag... (594 characters)

Photo of deltatauhobbit
4.12/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Split a bomber with a friend.

Pours an orange copper color with a decent amount of head, some lacing.

Smell has a good pumpkin spice kick to it with caramel malt.

Taste is less extreme than Shipyard's own Pumpkinhead, which is rather ironic, but it tends to make this beer more palatable, the spice is upfront, mix of cinnamon and nutmeg along with other spices.

I could probably drink more of this than Pumpkinhead, unfortunately not at the price they're selling it for. (475 characters)

Photo of DwnTwnBwn
3.16/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- With a light pour a two finger head appears with tons of carbonation streaming up the walls of the glass. Beautiful golden hue the head is a light tan in color.

S- Allspice and caramel malts. There are hints of pumpkin in the aroma.

T- Bit weird taste, there is lots of roasted pumpkin and brown sugar. The taste doesn't blend with the malt at all.

M- Medium body, lots of carbonation

O- its not bad, it just not balanced its all "natural flavors" and little beer (473 characters)

Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, scooped at city-wide in south bend...thought i had read this was good but clearly was confused

appearance: served in an unmarked chalice, rather light orange-straw body, light beige ring

smell: aromas are primarily spice - cinnamon and nutmeg, fresh apple

taste: not overly pumpkin-y, similarities can be drawn to a spiced apple cider. there are a number of spices that come through strong - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin seed. an OK beer - a little pedestrian

mouthfeel: smooth body, lots of spice

drinkability: pretty good (548 characters)

Photo of BeerPhan86
3.38/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Excited to find this at Oliver's Beverage Center in Albany, NY. This is only the fourth imperial pumpkin style ale I have ever been able to track down, and I really love this style, but nothing has come close to Southern Tier's Pumking yet. Had to get this!

A - Pours a clear orange-amber with a small tan head that quickly dissipates. Decent lacing though.

S - Not very aromatic. Reminds me of apple cider, with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. Has a strange artificial smell to it that is off-putting. If I didn't know this was a pumpkin ale I would think this was some sort of apple pie beer...

T - Lots of spice and brown sugar taste up front. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices, with a very sweet bready malt background. The squash flavor tastes artificial and is very overpowered by the spice and sweetness. Not very well balanced. Reminds me a lot of the Horsehead's pumpkin ale as far as the sweetness and spices, but the Horsehead's was much better than this. It does have the same level of alcohol and spicey warmth character which is nice, but I wanted more squash flavor! The aftertaste is medicinal and reminds me of chemical flavoring, it's almost gross.

M - Medium body and chewy, with light carbonation.

D - Too sweet to session, you'll have had your fill after the bomber is gone.

Overall, pretty disappointing. For $11 I expected much more. Too sweet and spicy and not enough squash taste, and what pumpkin flavor is there tastes artificial. Worth a try but not worth going through any trouble for. For a great imperial pumpkin ale Southern Tier Pumking remains the king, none of the other three I have tried have even come close. The Weyerbacher was also very good but nothing seems to attempt what Southern Tier is doing by infusing a truly unique pie crust taste with plenty of real squash flavor. I was going to save this for the Phish concert in Syracuse in a few weeks but thankfully I decided to crack it. I'll be tailgating with Pumking instead :) (1,978 characters)

Photo of jzeilinger
3.96/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a big brown bomber bottle. Pours a very clear amberish orange, light glass lacing, mild carbonation of very tiny bubbles, I really like the looks of this in the glass. The bubbles almost appear to start from the side of the glass, very elegant looking. Smells of pumpkins (go figure, huh?), but not overly strong, just a faint smell, a little nutmeg, can detect some booziness in the smell in the background.

Tastes of nutmeg spice, pumpkin sweetness, mildy hopped on the back of the tongue at the end of the taste. Overall, the taste is crisp, not super sweet and bready, and has a big time booziness warmth after the sip. I have a feeling I poured this at too cold of a temperature because what I'm smelling and tasting don't match up very well. This should become more aromatic as it warms up. Next time, I will crack this one open at room temp.

The is a very drinkable pumpkin ale and I have to say this one ranks among my favorites so far and the best beer Shipyard Brews (in my opinion). I think it deserves a higher rating than what is here and I'm not a huge pumpkin ale fan. There's another pumpkin ale out there that's really bready that everyone loves so much, I have to be in the right mood for it. With this one, this is one I could enjoy time and time again. The beer is so drinkable that you really have to watch the intake - pour in a snifter and pace yourself because this is one that will really sneak up on you after a bottle. (1,457 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy white head thadecently fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice light pumpkin scent along with nutmeg and some Munich malt sweetness. The taste is decent as well. It has a really nice pumpkin character to it and is well spiced. It's a bit syrupy which takes away from the drinkability. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. I like the fact that Shipyard is making some big beer finally. This one's not bad. (538 characters)

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 445 ratings.