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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BA SCORE
84
good

1,443 Ratings
THE BROS
87
very good

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Ratings: 1,443
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 16.09%
Wants: 79
Gots: 228 | FT: 1
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Casey10 on 08-31-2009)
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3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

P: Cloudy burnt orange body with a short lives off white head that fizzles to a bubbly cap.

S: Pumpkin bread, pale malts, holiday spices.

T/M: Pumpkin cream, holiday spices, pale malt, club crackers, booze, ginger snaps, metallic presence in the swallow. Prickly medium body with a semi dry finish of spices and wafer cookies.

O: A nice example of a pumpkin ale. A tad unbalanced but nice overall. This is one I would drink again but will not seek out.

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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4.75/5  rDev +27.3%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aaarg!? -the brewer's dilemma: "Do I make a Pumpkin Ale that's true to beer flavor or do I abandon any of the beery roots to favor pumpkin pie flavor?" Shipyard refuses to give in to either school as they reach a happy medium with Smashed Pumpkin.

Bright amber in its color, its golden-copper mingling of highlights actually portrays an orange-like glow through its rounded haze. A tall white column of foam rises from the beer with stubborn staying power and sheets of lace that trail in the beer's wake.

Caramel, honey and graham crackers rise to the nose- just ahead of a spicy ginger ale note. Even though the scents of cinnamon, nutmeg, toast and clove can be detected, every reach for the glass causes the nose to trigger that ginger character. Buttery and molasses-like gingersnap cookies continue to develop as the beer warms and as the olfactory senses become more accustomed to the beer. Still, there's a Amber Ale-like aroma that grounds the beer's scent.

Sweet to taste, the beer's overall balance trends malty. But that doesn't mean the beer is one-dimensional. The taste of bread crust, caramel, cashew, light molasses and honey play front-and-center. But then layers of spice folds in- first cinnamon, then ginger, then clove and peppercorn, rum, nutmeg... until the final spice of hops brings the palate back to real ale. Its taste is much less reliant on the "ginger ale" taste but does that gentle interplay with pumpkin pie flavor in one sip and then pumpkin ale taste in the next- alternating back and forth down to the last savory sip.

Mid-full in its body, the creamy sweetness wraps around the spices and provides a soft cocoon that ushers the spicy-sweet balance through the middle palate and into a spicy and drying feel to finish. Alas, the extra bite of hops and ale-like dryness allows the beer to finish like, ...well- beer!

Shipyard's Smashed Pumpkin doesn't evoke the sipping nature of rich and dessert-like beers; but at 9% perhaps it should. But because of its final hop bitterness and turn to dryness easily masks the alcohol and gives the beer a dangerous drinkability.

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3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i have tried alot of pumpkin beers and saw this one at the store and decided to give it a whirl
pretty good pumpkin beer one of the better ive tried. i feel it would have got a higher score if the aroma would have been better, but overall its a very good beer for the type

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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,443 ratings.