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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)

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465 Reviews
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Reviews: 465
Hads: 1,575
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 29.7%
Wants: 92
Gots: 315 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Casey10 on 08-31-2009

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a light orange color with a 2 finger head that quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing left behind.

S: Smell is of pumpkin and nutmeg. A touch of cinnamon and clove. Something sweet is also
there but I can't quite put my finger on it.

T: Taste is mainly of nutmeg with some maltiness. Pumpkin is there, but not as detectable as it
is on the nose. Clove is also coming through. Some sweetness on the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body. Carbonation is medium-high. For it being 9% abv I
must say the alcohol is masked very well and is only really perceived once the beer becomes warm.

O: Overall I felt this beer had a bit more spice then pumpkin flavors. It wasn't one of the best pumpkin ales, but it was good. The alcohol was masked insanely well for 9% abv. I would pick this up again.

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Photo of sAvAgE69
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

The pour: clear, no head retention if there is very little
The presentation: copper clear highly filtered aromas on the nose some pumpkin, mostly natural added flavouring for that pumpkin punch

The mouth feel is quite good. I'm tasting pumpkin. But there is something else. There is a somewhat "metal" aftertaste

Somewhat boozy and warm

The low score is for the metal aftertaste

Overall. Not a bad pumpkin ale . In my opinion leave out the natural flavour and put more pumpkin in.

Was the brewed in a copper pot? I'm thinking that is the metal taste I'm tasting.

It may be just me.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured from a 12 oz glass into a pint glass. Thanks Mike for leaving this at my house, thus it becoming my property to consume ;)

Pours a clear golden amber body with a small white head that reduces quickly to leave no lacing or retention.
Aromas of spices including cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, pumpkin and caramel. Taste is cinnamon-forward with pumpkin, light malt and caramel on the finish. Not too heavy, easily drinkable, medium-high carbonation.

I actually really enjoyed this beer. Nothing over the top as far as flavor, but if you like a nice cinnamon bomb this beer is for you. Easy drinker with a high, undetectable ABV.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%

22 oz bomber pours a clear copper color with an ample cap of off-white head. Pretty good retention and lace, Im surprised at the light color and clarity of the beer.

Nose is apple fruitiness and some cinnamon and nutmeg spices. The beer is not as sweet-smelling as I thought it would be, nor as spice-laden. A good balance of apple pie and sugar cookie. It reminds me of a mix between Horseheads Pumpkin and New Glarus Apple Ale.

Taste is quite good, the apple theme continues onto the flavor and is very apple pie-esque. The ABV is very well integrated and the spices are plentiful, but dont seem overbearing. Maybe a restrained use of nutmeg? Cinnamon is certainly there and a stack of apple slices with cinnamon and honey on top of some graham crackers wouldnt taste a whole lot different than this. Very good beer, I am impressed. It manages to differentiate itself from the gaggle of pumpkin beers without being too extreme...if that makes any sense!

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: Burnished copper with a tinge of amber. No head, or lacing; just a collar.
S: Sweet malts, with this light oak/bourbon smell (definitely a spirit). Almost no spices.
T: Lots of pumpkin with just a bit of spice.
M: Light level of carbonation with just a quick breeze of bubbles.
O: Glad that this is in 4-packs, because I find it hard to go in on a pumpkin bomber (too much variability).

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%

Popping the top this brew smells of cinnamon and spice and everything nice. Pours to a deep bronze with a foamy off white head. On the taste this is as close to liquid apple pie as you can get. Nice spices up front with a sweet pumpkin middle with a slightly bitter fade into the aftertaste. The 9% ABV is barely noticeable except for the mouthfeel that is thick like syrup. This is a great fall warmer upper.

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

On-tap at Three Cellars in Franklin, WI:

Pours dark orange with a thin white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of the usual pumpkin spicings - done nicely - not too strong, not too weak.

The tatse is of pumpkin spicing - cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. with bready notes.

Quite drinkable for the style and abv. Carbonation level adds to the smooth character - not too weak or too strong.

A well-done pumpkin beer that reminded me of pumpkin bread.

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Photo of Treyliff
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%

Poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a deep amber/almost copper color with a one-finger creamy white head that eventually reduces to a film on the top, leaving be hind some short lasting lace 4

S- big aroma of fresh pumpkin guts mixes with lots of nutmeg up front, floral perfume-like aromas kick in mid-palate with some nutty aromas. cinnamon closes it out with some earthy tones 4

T-sweet and malty up front with flavors of vegetal raw pumpkin & cinnamon flavored candy, hints of cola, & caramel malt, finish of cinnamon and nutmeg lingers with an emphasis on nutmeg 4

M- full body with medium carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel with a smooth and creamy finish, just a hint of alcohol on the linger 4.75

O- bold and sweet with an emphasis on nutmeg, the alcohol is hidden quite well considering the 9%. Overall very good for the style, and would probably hold up well to cellaring 4

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Photo of edfish
4/5  rDev +9%

Pours a slightly dark amber, has a nice 2 finger head in a Harp Pint glass
Smell- light bread with pumpkin spice predominate
Taste sweet pumpkin spice, light alcohol taste
Mouthfeel is creamy , rich and the alcohol , but has a nice smooth finish.
overall a decent pumpkin has great lacing and feels good in the belly. Worth a try if you like pumpkin brew

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours crystal clear golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, toast, honey, light biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of pumpkin, spices, and moderate pale malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, honey, toast, biscuit, herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, honey, toast, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of pumpkin, spices, and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial pumpkin ale. All around good complexity and balance of pumpkin, spices, and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of AyeMito
4.76/5  rDev +29.7%

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!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.81/5  rDev -23.4%

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.

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Photo of WhiteHillsStore
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%

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.

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Photo of Celtics17
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
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.

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Photo of stephens101
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
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.

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Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | 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 spices.

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.

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Photo of BradC
4.21/5  rDev +14.7%
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.

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Photo of vickersspitfire
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

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Photo of Neorebel
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

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Photo of Joshpu
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

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Photo of Omnium
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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.

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
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.

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Photo of PaulyB83
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.