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

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1,476 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,476
Reviews: 454
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 81
Gots: 254 | FT: 2
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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 AyeMito
4.76/5  rDev +27.6%

This beer is truly something different and stands out from other pumpkin beers out there. It has very rich flavor of pumpkin complimented with a slighter notes of yams, cranberry, and cinnamon to liven it up. It has a bold and ripe flavor that is quite refreshing compared to most pumpkin beers with load up on spice and lack on pumpkin flavor. To me, its very well done. Its an absolute pleasure to drink and I would recommend to anyone!

Photo of Ozzylizard
2.81/5  rDev -24.7%

Bomber at 40 degrees into snifter; allowed to warm up to around 50 degrees
Aroma of nutmeg
Head average (2.5 cm), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 3 mm broken layer
Lacing poor – few very small islands of tiny bubbles
Body light orange, chill haze which dissipates as the brew warms
Flavor is initially of nutmeg which fades to a sour vegetable earthy funk; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 2.75, Flavor 2.75, Palate 3, Overall 2.875. Final weighted score: 2.8125
Pretty much a one-trick pony – smells and tastes like nutmeg. The vegetableness (actually a fruit) of the pumpkin hides behind the spice. The 9% ABV is well hidden, the appearance is unremarkable. Some will rave, but this is just not an outstanding pumpkin ale.

Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%

One of my favorite pumpkins. Always drink at room temperature. The appearance is a dark orange with an off white head that laces the glass. The smell is full of pumpkin but also some spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. The taste was great with sweet flavors in the beginning such as the pumpkin and nutmeg, going into heavy cream notes and then finishing with a clean bite. Little boozy but very satisfying.

Photo of Celtics17
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

The Willamette hops bring out the spice quality in this pumpkin ale. This is a nice big pumpkin ale. Full of alcohol, and flavor. You can get a few different layers of flavor coming in. As the beer comes in and on the back of the tongue. For me it was like eating a pumpkin loaf of some kind.

Photo of cpetrone84
3.18/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a clear copper orange with a bubbly off white head. Nose is heavy spice, light pumpkin, fair bit stale grain. Taste has a very strong pumpkin spice, lighter grain than the nose and is also less stale. Soft carb, medium body and creamy palate.

Photo of stephens101
4.16/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Wouldn't usually go for pumpkin beers, but had this one was given to me by a friend, so excited to try it. What there is of the thin tan head escapes quickly, leaving only a reddish-orange brew. Aroma consists of spice, yeast, pumpkin and sugar. Can you say dessert? Tastes just like your favorite pumpkin pie with a little alcohol added for good measure. If we are going by style alone, and staying true to moniker, then this beer is top 10.

Photo of chinchill
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter at about 55F.

A: Poured, appropriately, a color close to pumpkin orange, but more amber; clear with a modest head. The head quickly reduced to a thin partial coat and ring.

Aroma: Sweet, fruity and lightly spicy with roasted winter squash, alcohol esters, and cooked cherries. Subtle "pumpkin" spicing seemed almost entirely cinnamon. Attractive.

T: Cooked pumpkin, cinnamon, and a touch of nutmeg. Lightly sweet with the fruitiness of ripe apples and cooked cherries. Some spiciness from the alcohol and,

Feel: medium bodied; slick and smooth feel; alcohol imparts warming and slight astringency on the tongue.

O: a refined pumpkin ale with partially hidden alcohol and subtle spicing. Recommended.

Photo of BradC
4.21/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a dark murky amber with a 1/2" head that quickly fades.

Smells of spices...cinammon, nutmeg, pumpkin pie, baked pumpkin

Flavors follow the aromas...tastes of pumpkin, cinammon, nutmeg, vanilla, sugar. Sweet, but not cloying. Some warming alcohol burn to boot.

Sweet and medium bodied, a light carbonation, this is a good dessert sipper.

Overall, nice pumpkin ale, a little heavy on the spice, but it worked with the 9%abv. Would seek this out again.

Photo of vickersspitfire
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This ale pours out a burnt golden color with a clear body filled with carbonation. The head the light and fluffy; its white and sticks around for a while and leaves no lacing until the head thins out, then the lacing become thick.
The aroma is sweet overall, banana first hit you when you open the bottle, after that spices and herbal mixes come through along with the pumpkin. There is a hint of caramel as well…
Fresh but not crisp, this ale does however spread out to gently warm up your mouth. The flavors are a bit dull, pumpkin spices, cloves and herbal tastes are prominent.
Its medium bodied and goes down well; there is a slight alcohol kick in its aftertaste.
Not a bad ale overall.

Photo of Neorebel
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There are so many pumpkin ales out there... and only a handful of them stand out to me as ones I would buy regularly. So to put it lightly, I am a little wary of this one. I have had the Pumpkinhead from Shipyard and did not really enjoy it, but this time I am going off a recommendation from a trusted friend. For the appearance, this is quite good for the style... a darkened amber with excellent clarity, and even some carbonation, despite the high 9% ABV. A thin ring of white sits atop the liquid appropriately.

The aroma is fantastic... I am beginning to think this is going to exceed my expectations by a longshot. It smells similar to Pumking, one of my fav. pumpkin brews. There's a bready, pie crust type of base definitely present, and I'm picking up true, organic pumpkin scents and the suitable spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, and perhaps a touch of clove.

Taste: Okay, I will say that it tastes very good and better than expected, but there are some negatives. One does get the full 'pumpkin pie' flavors that I mentioned in the aroma, and I do taste real pumpkin here, which is rare, but like it seems they overdid it with the spices. I have a palate for the bitter, hot, and spicy, but I still say this is a little too much. I think cinnamon is the culprit . Other than that, the mouthfeel is dialed in perfectly, and the finish thankfully provides a return to the initial balanced flavor, the one experienced for a second and expected from the aroma, before the giant cinnamon/spice spike barged in.

Overall, I *might* buy this again due to the "realness" of the flavor. Everything tastes natural but again, too spicy.

Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

2014 Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin Review:

Poured fairly hard from a 650 ML bottle into a Black Hole Beer Company snifter. 9.0% ABV.

Appearance - Three finger eggshell white head that lasts for quite some time. Good lacing. Amber, reddish color. Can see through the beer just fine, very clear. No floaters noted. 3.25

Smell - Lots of cinnamon. Little bit of pumpkin. Not getting much of the typical nutmeg, clove or allspice. Smells very sweet with some bready notes. Almost like one of those cinnamon graham crackers. I like this. 4.25

Taste - Follows the aroma almost exactly. Cinnamon really coats your whole mouth up front and then it's followed through with some good biscuit notes. Bitterness from the spice at the very end. Alcohol also comes through, but not to where it's bad or overtakes the beer. It does linger in the back some though. Honestly just too much cinnamon. Really not picking up much of any pumpkin. 3

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Probably a little bit bigger due to ABV. Good carbonation. Mouthfeel seems right for this beer. 3.5

Overall - I remember thinking high of this last year. Don't know if it changed or I did, but I'm not blown away. Really if the cinnamon was toned down and pumpkin toned up, along with some of the other spices, this beer could be a lot better. Not unenjoyable, just not great. 3.5

Photo of Joshpu
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber to a snifter.

A: Looks similar to a DIPA, dark golden orange with a small white head.

S: The smell on this beer is probably the best I have smelt for a pumpkin beer. Probably the closest smelling to pumpkin pie in a glass that I have tried. Smells pretty sweet. Pie crust and sweet malts. As it warmed I got more of the vegetal pumpkin smell.

T: Pumpkin, nutmeg, spices. Tartness on the end, especially as it warms, like lemon. May be from the hops addition, can't decide if it is bitter or tart, or maybe it's both.

M: Medium bodied. Fairly easy to drink with the alcohol not detectable. Somewhat sticky mouthfeel. On the end I get that slight tart fruity note. Average carbonation.

Overall I think this was a pretty good pumpkin beer. I think the smell was this beer's greatest strength. As it warmed I was losing interest, sort of one note and tart, which is kind of strange for a pumpkin beer.

Photo of Omnium
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber > Octoberfest Stein

A - Pours a rich orange gold with 2 fingers of big fluffy slightly off white head, good lacing.
S - Pie crust, crakery malt, pumpkin puree, cinnamon, clove, allspice, a hint of ginger, mild herbal and earthy hop tones.
T - Big flavor, but yet slightly metallic on the end, but this has a good balance of pumpkin sweetness with pie crust and pumpkin spices.
M - Creamy smooth, rich but not too sticky.
O - One of the better pumpkin seasonals that you can get. Also one of Shipyards better brews.

Photo of Jackofallbrews
2.99/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

To give this one credit I did discover last year's batch lurking in my beer cellar, but it clocks in at 9% ABV so I figured it would still be drinkable. Aroma has malty sweetness, nutmeg, and an earthy tartness. The color is a slightly hazy deep orange, with a large white head. Flavor has an initial burst of sweet malt, fading to a pleasant nutmeg character. This has some Sweet-Tart flavors in the tail end mixed with a musty earthiness. Very notable alcohol burn and a bitter astringent finish. Starts great, ends not so good. Perhaps the age has hurt this one, but I haven't had it fresh so I just have to judge based on what is in my glass! I give it a low score for the unpleasant finish--wife and I didn't finish it.

Photo of PaulyB83
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 22oz bomber into a Guinness glass

A- Light medium amber, lighter than most pumpkin ales I've had. With an aggressive pour a medium off white head forms and dissipates quickly.

S- Alcohol. some pumpkin mellowness and low spice profile

T- Alcohol and some sour mellowness from the pumpkin. A very low spice character, could actually do with more. The alcohol seems to mellow as it warms.

M- Medium heavy

O- A pretty good pumpkin beer that could do with less alcohol and more spice.

Photo of mscottjohnston
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml into a tulip. Very carbonated 2 finger head. Light amber color. Nose is heavy on malt with very faint spices. Extremely complex taste: malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin. Finishes with honey and a spicy alcohol burn that is rather pleasant. Complexity of flavors surprised me a lot. Very enjoyable brew.

Photo of JuicesFlowing
3.37/5  rDev -9.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a balloon glass.

The beer is a clear copper orange. A cream colored head fizzes down to cirrus cloud cover. Little or no lacing stays on the glass. The aroma is almost a candy apple note, I even think caramel comes out??? There's pumpkin on there as well, along with some holiday spices. The taste is immediately spicy, rich with cinnamon, and a little burn on the back of the throat. The taste is more pumpkin-esque, with nutmeg and a medicinal finish. The mouthfeel is syrupy.

Overall, I liked this a little bit less and less the more I drank it. The more I thought about how syrupy and medicinal it tasted, the more that came true.

Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent amber/orange with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Below average head retention & lacing, nice viscosity to this, stays effervescent

S: Squashyness, leafy hops, all-spice

T: Pumpkin pie spices, a touch of squashyness & a bit of woody hops, plus a kiss of booze up front. All-spice, nutmeg, leafy hops & dryness as this warms, a touch of cinnamon & caramel sweetness as well. Finishes dry with cinnamon, nutmeg, & a touch of boozey pumpkin

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, a little warming; firmed up a bit as this warmed, a little sticky too

Drinks easy for the style & ABV. Not a big fan of this style or brewery; but this beer is worthy & I would buy this again. Would like to try a new bottle & one with a bout a year; my guess is this best drank within 3 months of release, but you never know...

Photo of TheBrewo
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew was served on tap at One Eyed Betty’s in Ferndale, Michigan. It arrived in a generic stemmed tulip glass, glowing the color of golden pine sap. It held a one and a half finger tall head of cream colored bubbles, showing wet sheets of lacing following a nice retention. When these dried they turned into shimmering, sparkling webs of mesh. A chill haze dimmed clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma gave lemon juiciness, fresh pumpkin spice, pale and brown malts, foamy plastics, orange peel, phenolic clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and black pepper spiciness, massive banana ester sweetness, potpourri, and rich caramel maltiness. With warmth came notes of nail polish remover, booze, fresh dill, and runt candy sweetness. Our first impression was that the final blend was wonderful, with just the right amount of pumpkin sweetness and spice, making for exponential yumminess. The sip opened with herbal hops, medicinal and plastic phenols, pale, caramel, and roasty brown malts, dried floral herbs, fresh acorn squash, acorns and walnuts, cherry sweetness, spice of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne spice that heated the tongue with fiery prickle. The middle came to a peak with grassy and herbal hops, sugary sweet pumpkin pie filling, pecan nuttiness, warm apple fruitiness, bitter cinnamon, Christmas oranges, phenolic clove, fusel booze, and big estery sweetness. The end washed with white sugar, pumpkin seed, toasty marshmallows, vanilla cream, plum juice, musk and moss, vodka booziness, cloying caramel malt sugars, toast and roast of raisin bread, and gingersnap cookies. The aftertaste breathed of fresh pumpkin flesh, plastics, cherries, vinyl, toasted pales, roasted ambers and caramels, allspice, apple cider warmth, echoes of boozed, toasted pine nuts, light butters, waxy cheese rind, and gentle muskiness. The body was medium, and carbonation was medium. Each sip afforded okay cream and froth, but excellent slurp, smack, and crispness to the finishing pop on the lips. The mouth was left coated and sticky, but this was light enough to no be overwhelming or to feel cloying. There came no real chalkiness or dryness of astringency. The abv was appropriate, and drinkability remained very high throughout.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. This showed just this phenomenal blend of pumpkin spiciness and the flavors of apple crisp and freshly pressed apple cider that just screams autumn. This remains nice throughout and with warmth, and never becomes overbearing or stale. The nose, on the other hand, does essentially the same thing, making us imagine some glorious hybrid of pumpkin pie and apple crisp, for something of a “pumpkin crisp” type of air. The feel was also highly contributory to the success of this beer, as it stayed light and sticky enough, but not too heavy, cloying, or thick for something so spicy and flavorful. It again, found the right balance, which seems to be a recurring theme with each component we assess. With warmth the grain also reminded us more Belgian styles, and namely the tripel, with the hearty malt backing to be raked over by sweet browned banana inclusions. This is a fantastic drink, and certainly the big surprise sleeper of the pumpkin season, and dare we say, a “smash” hit in our books!!

Photo of Campello_IPA
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to brandy snifter

A- clear rich orange with a finger of white head, disipares down to almost nothing.

S- pumpkin, nutmeg, slight alcohol.

T- pumpkin, malts, some spice in the background.

M- good carbonation, medium body, alcohol is well masked.

O- one of my all time favorite pumpkin beers. If you're into the pumpkin beer thing the smashed pumpkin is a must.

Photo of LP_Tyler
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) is a very enjoyable fall ale. Although it is recognized as a big-bodied beer, for a 9% ABV is drinks lighter than anticipated.
It pours light coppery orange color with an aroma fall spices. The pumkin is not overbearing and it is very smooth.

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.06/5  rDev -18%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Poured into a snifter at a bar. Body is on fire, it glows. It's a darker orange but it glows. Light head. Not a bunch of lacing.

S-A sweet, a, concentrated medley of Autumn spices and maltiness. I can tell it's got some booze to it by how hot it smells.

T-Nearly cloying. Cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices cover a base maltiness that is sticky sweet and unagreeable. Yeah, it's reminiscent of what a pumpkin probably tastes like but I've never actually eaten pumpkin. Like pumpkin liqueur.

M-Sticky, bordering on cloying. Boozy.

O/D-Like liquified pumpkin pie filling diluted with vodka. That was harsh, but I am not a giant fan of this beer. I don't like Pumpkinhead much but this could be close to as bad.

Photo of magictacosinus
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Albany Taproom. Poured into a 6oz tumbler for obvious reasons anticipating inebriation and sweetness. I have been seeing bottles of this stuff flying off the shelves as of late in the Bay in the same way that I'd imagine Pumpking does on the East Coast and Midwest, so I was curious to see what all the fuss was about.

Pours an amber orange color that is, well, pumpkin-like in presentation. Contains a surprisingly frothy and thick egg white head that slowly dissipates, but still leaves a ring behind as well as some decent residual lacing at the sides of the glass. Definitely boozy and thick, and some alcohol tears are apparently after each sip. I can tell this is a big beer from the start and I'm afraid it's going to be overly sweet as a result.

The aroma is definitely what I anticipated - sweetness, seasonal spices, and bready character that definitely makes this seem like a sweetened, hearty pumpkin pie. However, given the fact that this uses no actual pumpkin as a main ingredient, this is definitely less vegetal in nature, and rather displays a pumpkin spice backbone that compliments the various notes of cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, caramel, allspice, cream, and vanilla. There's a bready, slight toasted barley backbone that puts all of the ingredients together, but it's definitely sweet stuff. Exactly what I expected, but definitely not a bad dessert beer offering even here.

The flavor caught me by surprise, however - yes, it is sweet, but it does not resemble a pumpkin pie in any way whatsoever! Perhaps due to the extra notes of cream, vanilla, and butterscotch in the flavor, as well as the relatively thickened feel of the beer due to the extra sugars and malts, this feels and tastes a lot more like a pumpkin cream sorbet of sorts rather than actual pie. As soon as the brown sugar, caramel, banana, and nutmeg notes come in, it starts becoming far more dessert-like and definitely doesn't taste artificial by any means. However, if you're into pumpkin beers for actual pumpkin, squash, and vegetal notes, this is definitely not the one to go to. Sugary and syrupy, but 6oz was an excellent pour for something like this. The creamy feel of the beer on tap compliments the sweetened and creamy aspects of the flavor. Exactly what I expected it to be, but at least it's decent.

People like their sweets, so I can see why this has been selling out all over the place. Nevertheless, it works really well for me in small portions, and pumpkin ice cream is something that I've definitely had before and enjoy, so that added on to the overall experience of drinking this. I'd definitely need help splitting a bottle, but I'm glad I got to try it. One day, however, I'll have the opportunity to have a pumpkin beer that focuses far more on the vegetal aspects of pumpkin rather than merely the spices and sugars that compliment it.

Photo of hitman44
4.69/5  rDev +25.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great October beer, I could drink this all night on Halloween if I could but watch out for the alcohol level 9.0.

S- Bottle

A- I really don't care what it looks like

Sm- It smells great, you can smell the spices of nutmeg and pumpkin with that hop aroma

T- Well balanced with all the spices and the beer after taste with it. Not to sweet, not to strong just right

M- like any other beer

Overall- I really like this beer and if you are looking for a good October Pumpkin beer try this for yourself

Photo of mfnmbvp
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz. bottle, with no apparent bottled on date present. My second beer from Shipyard Brewing Co., the other being Shipyard Pumpkinhead, so I'm interested to see how this one fares.

Poured into a clear balloon snifter glass.

A - Pours just under two fingers of bubbly doughy off-white head on top of a murky copper orange with some bubbles lazily geysering to the surface. Some thin lacing. Looks pretty nice for what it is.

S - Definitely has some of that creamy buttered popcorn smell that I've experienced in Southern Tier Pumking and Dogfish Head Punkin Ale. Buttery pie crust. Some brown sugar. Gourds and graininess. Maybe some spicy ginger. Not really pulling any distinct herbal spice rack notes out of this one, but it smells good.

T -Taste follows the nose pretty well, with the addition of some more spice presence. Creamy gourdy pumpkin puree, grainy corn, some sugary cola presence, brown sugar, and just a hint of alcohol presence on the backend.

M - Feel is pretty quick, smooth, and clean. A bit of coarse carbonation, and some spice rack notes lingering.

Overall, a decent, slightly above average pumpkin beer with an amped up alcohol content. A 9.00% abv that is well-hidden. Good solid autumnal drinking. Not the greatest pumpkin beer I've ever had, but definitely recommended if this beer is available to you.

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsly's Signature Series) ---3.5/5

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,476 ratings.