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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)

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States | website

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Casey10 on 08-31-2009

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Photo of ShogoKawada
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
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.

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Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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.

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Photo of bamadog
3.78/5  rDev +3%
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.

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Photo of Gmann
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
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.

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Photo of ThreeDimesDown
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
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.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
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.

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Photo of rudzud
1.92/5  rDev -47.7%
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.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

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Photo of Daktyls
4.33/5  rDev +18%
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.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | 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.

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Photo of Mooch273
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
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.

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Photo of jsh420
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
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

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Photo of kenpo23
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
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!

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Photo of rand
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of mrasskicktastic
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
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.

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Photo of brewdoc75
2.56/5  rDev -30.2%
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.

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Photo of ksimons
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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

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Photo of generallee
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown bomber (1pint 6oz) bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a good description of the beer on the back which includes its ABV at 9% and OG at 1.088. There is no freshness or born on date however.

Appearance: It has a deep amber body with good clarity. It also has a nice level of visible carbonation which supports a good creamy off white head. This head has good retention and makes for lots of lovely slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has loads cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices over a delicate squash and malt mixture.

Taste/Palate: There is a nice mixture of pie spice like cinnamon, ginger, and a touch of clove up front and throughout. There is also a good squash-like (pumpkin) flavor note with pie crust like malt. As it warms the cinnamon and spice come out a bit more. Its 9% ABV is also noticeable and adds another level of complexity and warmth. The body has a solid medium to full body with pleasant lively texture. The carbonation helps to keep thing from getting sticky or cloying as there is a good level of sweetness. Hops are barely noticeable but do offer just a touch of leafy/herbal bitterness towards the finish.

Notes: This is a very well done Pumpkin beer with wonderful complexity, decent balance and texture. This is much better then there other pumpkin beer by far, in fact this one is going high up on my favorite list.

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Photo of bturton
4.72/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am always looking to try a new beer, and this one caught my attention. Although I am at times skeptical of fruity beers, this one was very good.
Appearance: A very nice golden orange with a fairly thin head.
Smell: The first thing i smelt was pumpkin pie and fall. It drew me in and made me more interested in the beer.
Taste: Just as the beer smelled of Pumpkin Pie, it tasted like it too, with a hint of alcohol underneath that.
Drinkability: I could have easily had more of this beer, and will likely make an attempt to find it in stores during the fall, it was well worth it.

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Photo of jeffjeff1
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

My wife picked this up for me the other day while she was at work.

Appearance- coppery orange color, thin head

Smell- pumpkin, nutmeg

Taste- pumpkin, nutmeg, alcohol

Mouthfeel- medium bodied

Drinkability- I thought it was pretty good. It is very festive for the Fall season.

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Photo of brianjay
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

August means pumpkin beer! Well, I guess it does now...
I poured this into the suggested glassware (shaker glass) from one of those classy looking 22oz bottle.

How's it look?
Cloudy, yet glowing, orange body with a wisp of bright white foam on top. The head fades quickly into a ring.

How's it smell?
Smells are all of fresh spices and fruit, aromas of nutmeg and orange peel are strongest.

How's it taste?
Refreshing, light taste. More like a wheat beer strained through a pumpkin pie. It picks up the scent of pumpkin, but it does not hold the robust flavors of this typical fall season beer, with the exception of some nutmeg. The 9% alcohol is virtually untraceable.

Light on the finish; there is a hint of cinnamon and pepper.

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Photo of perrymarcus
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a clear copper/orange with about a finger of off-white colored head that lacks any real retention or lacing. nose is a nice though not quite eye-opening bouquet of pumpkin, nutmeg, and honey, maybe cinnamon. more of the same in the flavor; very tasty, actually. something cinnamon applesauce-y about it. has a dry, spicy finish... different from most pumpkin ales i've had in the past. as it warms the spices are more evident: the nutmeg, cinnamon, and maybe ginger. alcohol is present but fairly well-hidden. would be a perfect fit for thanksgiving dinner.

in the final analysis i can see where some would be turned off by this, but it definitely works for me. wouldn't have more than one or two at a sitting though. [edit: one or two glasses, not bombers :)] that said, nice take on the style.

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Photo of DBoone
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A poured from bomber, nice orange color, little to no head, no lacing
S Pumpkin, nutmeg, no hops noticed in smell at all
T pumpkin, nutmeg, some alcohol astringency here.
M Decent, medium, still some alcohol noticed when drinking
D I could not drink more than one of these in a session.
Have this one with some turkey and dressing when you are celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends. Cheers.

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Photo of jampics2
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bottle, fresh off the truck into the fridge and into my New Belgium globe.

This beer looks fantastic in the glass. Fiery orange with red and brown hints, clear with no cloudiness at all and absolutely amazing head. Active carbonation makes this look like an aquarium - my glass is clean but the bubbles never stop coming to the top off the etched bottom. The white foam sticks to the top of the beer like whipped cream on pumpkin pie. It never recedes and leaves great lace that tries to hang on but gets pulled back in eventually. Just great looking beer!

Smell is also nice, just a little one-dimensional. There's a bit of sweetness like a honey perfume, but nutmeg is the scent of the day. A closer examination reveals cinnamon and allspice, but this just isn't terribly expressive or intricate.

This tastes great but is just a tad big for its shoes. The malt has caramel and bread tastes and serves as a decent base. The spices follow with ginger, nutmeg, and cinnamon giving this its festive charm. Some honey and fruity sweetness linger with some noticeable alcohol. There's just a touch of bitterness. Nice but could use a touch more flavor to hide the booze.

Mouthfeel is creamy and medium bodied. The carb is light but appropriate. Finish has just a touch of alcohol and lingering spice/bitterness/stickiness. This is a decently drinkable pumpkin beer. It's not going to change anyone's life, and beers like Southern Tier Pumking are way better IMO. This is nice and enjoyable - just a touch too strong. I would try again if it was available fresh closer to Halloween and Thanksgiving, but I like these spiced/herbed beers as fresh as possible and this can't be savored in that condition at the right time of the year.

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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 470 ratings.