Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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5/5 rDev +33.3%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5
This is the best pumpkin ale I've tasted. Saranac was the best until I tasted this. Don't be so fussy. I like the higher alc content as it makes it taste better. If you enjoy it, just say so. Too many IPA'S and stouts are dominating categories. What's a good ale anymore? Molson Golden used to be an ale and now it's just a beer. Ballantine IPA from Cranston, Rhode Island used to be the best. Yes, Pliny the Elder is truly exceptional but the owners are people who will only allow Pliny the Younger to be West Coast.
They are nice people who responded to Questions but when you limit a brew to a specific area, no one can queston how good it is unless you go there. Beer is subjective. Guess what? Iron City Amber from Pittsburgh is pretty good!
Serving type: bottle
07-12-2012 00:04:25 | More by buzzvader
4.1/5 rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
bomber served in an oversized wineglass.
pours a nice clear copper/orange with about a finger of off-white colored head that lacks significant retention or lacing. nose is a modest, 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, and it tends not be shouted from the mountaintops by beer geeks, but it 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.
original review on: 08-24-2010
Serving type: bottle
05-10-2012 15:42:23 | More by BostonHops
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,053 ratings.