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

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449 Reviews
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Reviews: 449
Hads: 1,495
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 87
Gots: 273 | 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 Hopswagger
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
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. (457 characters)

Photo of BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +9.8%
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. (2,109 characters)

Photo of Therock184
3.62/5  rDev -1.1%
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 (272 characters)

Photo of bmwats
3.49/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Amber hue. Pervasive rising effervescence. Pours a half finger, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly, leaving a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Some sparse, yet persistent lacing.

S: Plenty of pumpkin and fall spices, characteristic of the style.

T: Pumpkin, wood, peat, and some bitter pecan shell.

M: Hearty body. Good balance of slightly sweet, and a little pungent. A little liquor-y, high alcohol is apparent. Bitter aftertaste.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Decent head, continually rising effervescence, and some persistent lacing. Nose is characteristic pumpkin and fall spices. Bitter and pungent, woody and peaty pumpkin... not much else. Overall, this is a good quaff. (758 characters)

Photo of teromous
3.38/5  rDev -7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:The body is a nice transparent medium shade of brown and orange, with a fluffy white head that has pretty good retention and lacing.

S:The first thing I notice is the scent of alcohol. There is a scent of cinnamon in there as well. It reminds me of smelling a glass of cinnamon flavored whiskey, in all honesty. Thre's some of those high-alcohol Belgian-like esters in there as well. It's interesting enough to hold my attention, but it isn't what I'd expect out of a pumpkin beer. However I do like it. I would like more spice diversity though. I had this last year and noted that it didn't have any real spice. If you had it last year, the scent is similar.

T:Right off I get a mixture of floral alcohol flavor with some malty caramel flavor. Cinnamon is very forward as well. Minus the cinnamon, the flavors remind me of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale with very subdued yeast character. I get a bit of woody flavor in the aftertaste.

M:The mouthfeel is nice and full. The carbonation seems to be right on point. It is very drinkable despite the high alcohol content or presence of alcohol in the scent and taste. There is some mild bitterness but only noticeable enough to cut some of the sweetness in the beer.

O:Calling this a pumpkin beer is pushing the envelope a bit. It is a good tasting beer, but it probably is not what you're looking for if you want that classic pumpkin pie flavor. It has a strong alcohol flavor which might be a bit off-putting for people as well. If you're looking for a strong malty alcoholic cinnamon beer, this is right on the line. Seriously if you are into something like cinnamon whiskey you will probably enjoy the beer for that aspect alone. Don't expect much in the way of pumpkin pie though. (1,736 characters)

Photo of Goosehunter75
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a perfect honey color with a nice two finger head. Great carbonation. Seems and looks just right. Very good head retention.

S - Very light aroma. Not picking up much spice or pumpkin. Mainly just malts and grains

T - Great flavor. Lots of nutmeg upfront balanced with a nice malt background. Slight pumpkin undertones as well. Very nice well balanced beer with big flavor

M - A medium body beer that is SMOOTH! Very smooth for 9% abv. No burn at all

O - A wonderful beer. Great flavor. Really puts you in the mood for fall! There wasnt much aroma or I would have scored it even higher. Will definately pick up again. (630 characters)

Photo of Patdonahue0719
4.7/5  rDev +28.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

just opened this bottle today and decided to pour it into my snifter glass. First impressions: wonderful orange amber color with the smell of a fresh baked pumpkin pie. the added pumpkin and little spice allow for a wonderful drinking seasonal ale that feels like silk when drinking. the head is a gorgious thick white cap that hangs around especially in an etched bottom glass. i would definately recommend this brew to anyone looking for a fall beer that isn't overly sweet to drink (484 characters)

Photo of ONUMello
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle poured into a pint glass
A: Orange color, one-finger white head
S: Sweet malt, some spice but fairly muted overall, little pumpkin
T: Mostly spice along with some sweet malt & just a hint of pumpkin
M: Medium-bodied, a hint of alcohol
O: I appreciate spices that are well brewed but here while they stay true to their tastes they need to be brought into balance with everything else. Given the high abv as well I'd rather spend my time with something else (467 characters)

Photo of nick_asian
3.74/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

A: Looks like a hazy pumpkin but a few shades darker.

S: I really can't get anything out of the nose other than some nutmeg, a bit of pumpkin, and spices. It's very tight, even after warming up for a bit.

T: Nutmeg, honey, pumpkin, cinnemon spice, and booze (especially as it warms up.)

M: Medium bodied with a nice smoothness to it. A little more carbonated than I'd like it to be, but not a bad balance.

O: It's good. I'm not going to fork over $8 for it again, but it's worth a try at least once. Their regular Pumpkinhead is much better, IMO, and a lot more my price point. (581 characters)

Photo of JackMcAwesome
3.04/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from the bottle into a pint glass.

Look: A hazy gold with orange highlights. The head was thin and went away fairly quick. No lacing. I would wonder if it was my glass if other beers didn't show signs of life.

Smell: I think the alcohol is pretty prevalent here, because I smell hairspray. Pumpkin hairspray. Not very good. Rating it above "okay" just because I can pick up some of the spices behind the alcohol.

Taste: Pretty terrible. The alcohol just isn't hidden in any way, shape, or form. I've had some pretty stout pumpkin ales, and all of them were able to find the balance. I'm not sure what went wrong here.

Feel: Alcohol and emptiness. I wouldn't think the two could go hand-in-hand, but they nailed it here. After the alcohol, there's a hint of what could be, then nothing.

Overall: Pretty disappointed here. I didn't really like the pumkinhead, but I was holding out for this one. Maybe it being in a larger bottle fooled me. When next year rolls around, I'll definitely pick around this pumpkin ale. Other brews are much better in my opinion. (1,068 characters)

Photo of LordBeardman
3.27/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

A: This bear poured a yellow-orange with a small white head.

S: Surprisingly faint from the taste. This beer smells lightly of beer and spices.

T: Strong spices override all other flavors. It is mostly cinnamon and nutmeg. The pumpkin flavor is secondary to this. You can also tell that it is a bit strong alcohol wise.

M: Light and smooth. The spices stick around for a while.

O: Not my favorite pumpkin beer. A little too much spice and not enough pumpkin. Deffinately worth a try. (487 characters)

Photo of BB1313
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

2013 vintage. 22oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Pours a hazy golden; eggshell white head that leaves great retention and lacing. The aromas start off with some sweet booze. I'm picking up some sweet potatoes and yams. There's also hints of apple, vanilla and caramel. The aromas are weird, but I appreciate them for being different. The spices take a backseat in the nose, but come alive in the flavors. The flavors has that cinnamon that slaps your palate, but not in a bad way. And they don't use the cinnamon in the same way that alot of breweries do. More caramel and vanilla, giving it a nice sweetness. There are subtle alcohol notes, but it's far from boozy and it actually accents the flavors that are going on. Mouthfeel is full-bodied and has low carbonation, although it's there. It's fluffy and creamy as well. This is a fun beer to drink and it really opens up as it warms up. Good stuff.

This beer starts off rough around the edges, but everything comes together the more you drink it. It's like a caramel apple in a bottle. Major props for not coming off as your typical Imperial Pumpkin Ale. This is pretty unique, and I like it for that. It's much better than my score might indicate. Recommended. (1,219 characters)

Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.92/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz twist-off bottle poured into a snifter.
9%ABV, 1.088 OG

A - Hazed through and through, this bright orange beer is briefly topped by a loose ivory head that sinks to a ring of bubbles below specks of lacing.

S - Sticky caramel malt sweetness and grainy pale malt overlap the tame roasted pumpkin aroma, but nutmeg spice fills in the gaps for a round and sweet fall beer aroma that ends with a trailing fruit note from the alcohol.

T - The beers rather shy aroma (especially regarding it's ABV) is deceptive, for this beer is quite potent in flavor, not afraid to burst fourth with roasted pumpkin and spice. The spice blend here is different from most though, as it seems to focus a little more on clove and nutmeg, forsaking cinnamon and allspice. Delicate European hops do their best to balance the tall order of sweet caramel and bready malts that really collect along the finish.

M - Wheat malt contributes a wonderful smoothness to the body of this high octane pumpkin beer that encourages easier drinkability despite the elevated level of sweetness. Warming alcohol caresses the throat on the finish, really pairing wonderfully with the pumpkin and spice notes for a fall beer finish.

O - Shipyard's Smashed Pumpkin starts with a somewhat weak aroma but quickly becomes rather boastful in flavor and feel, bringing smoothness and sweetness together with pumpkin and spice for a hefty cool fall day brew. (1,419 characters)

Photo of BMMillsy
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by a friend. Pours a beautiful clear orange with very small white head. Aroma is big pumpkin and a bit of spice, actually one of the better pumpkin beer aromas I have encountered. Flavor is big pumpkin and light on the spice. I like it that way. The pumpkin flavor really shines in this one, some sweet malt on the back end that lingers and plays with the gourd funk. Slight bitter finish. Easy drinking with medium carbonation. Not bad. (451 characters)

Photo of Eando35
4.63/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought two 22oz bottles of this - poured a beautiful orange into a mason jar. The smell was amazing - felt like it was Thanksgiving and there was a pumpkin pie in the oven. There was a perfect balance of pumpkin spice and cinnamon in this beer to make it really enjoyable while also making sure it wasn't too overpowering like other pumpkin beers. The pour left a slightly orange head. Overall, I loved this beer, and I plan on buying it for the rest of the fall. (463 characters)

Photo of Jree261
3.87/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance-Cloudy golden amber with an eggshell foam that dissipates quickly out of the bottle.

Smell-Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Pumpkin.

Taste-Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin. Same as the nose. Slight cherry from the ale itself but this is pretty much liquefied pumpkin bread.

Mouthfeel-Lighter style makes for easier drinking and has a great, long finish.

Overall-A little strange to be drinking in August but come October when the temperatures start to drop and yams are in season this is going to be a necessity. (516 characters)

Photo of timmylange
3.67/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

A: Orange red hue with a slight head

S: Nutmeg; pear

T: Strong flavored full of cinnamon, nutmeg, and other spices; fair alcohol bite at first with a slight sweetness coming in later; this almost has a whiskey or Bourbon barrel hint to it

M: Warm;mildly carbonated; earthy feel left in the mouth

O: This is a good beer, above average. Unlike some beers, this actually seems like it was brewed with real pumpkins. This is definitely a go to pumpkin ale. (456 characters)

Photo of ChristopherTenore
4.44/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A) A beautiful crisp copper color what was crystal clear. The beer had a nice amount of bubbles and when poured there was almost no head.

S) There was a baked pumpkin pie quality to its nose. It had a sweet and caramel nose.

T) This is by far the best pumpkin beer that I have had. The pumpkin flavor is so forward and there is an amazing spiced note to it as well. This beer tasted like a baked pie with a slight toasted note from the malts and a nice hopped flavor as well. It was not sickly sweet and it had a nice finish. The beer was a little hot and you got an alcohol note in the background as well.

MF) Very creamy and smooth with slight carbonation. You can feel the heat from the alcohol as you drink this beer. In the finish the spices like to stay and dance around your mouth. (794 characters)

Photo of Nhbeer603
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3


Tryin to get on my pumpkin game early

A-def darker than their pumpkin head what id expect from an octoberfest

S-if you've had shipyard product id say along the Same smell of most with a little cinnamon

T- can't taste to much sweetness but alc. Content is covered well by spice of cinnamon andid say ginger

M-medium carbonation...Nice but alc. Content seems too present threw first beer for me to wanna continue with This beer

o- personally I think pumpkinhead has This Beat but not horrible is give it a flat 3 (522 characters)

Photo of Etan
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

22oz bottle.

A: Pours a mellow dark orange with a nice white head.

S: Pleasant pie spices in the nose: nutmeg, ginger, brown sugar, pumpkin.

T: Taste is more of the same. Moderate pumpkin pie spices, a little bit of mild hop bitterness.

M: Between medium and thick-bodied with moderate carbonation.

O: Pretty nice. Not overboard with the spices which I appreciate. (369 characters)

Photo of plaid75
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a shiny brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and little lacing.

The smell was akin to gingerbread.

The taste consisted of an earthy sweetness, with waves of nutmeg and ginger.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy.

Overall a pretty nice imperial pumpkin. (344 characters)

Photo of Jadjunk
3.61/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Smashed Pumpkin is a big-bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg. The OG and final Alc./Vol. provide the structure and body. Pale Ale, Wheat and Light Munich Malts combine with the natural tannin in pumpkin and the delicate spiciness of Willamette and Hallertau Hops to balance the sweetness of the fruit. To fully enjoy all the flavours, this ale is best drunk at 55 degrees Fahrenheit." Brewed in the style of a Pumpkin Ale

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a pint glass. Served north of 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy white head over a mildly hazy orange head with some moderate carbonation. Retention is slightly above average with no lacing. Decent appearance. 3.25

(Smell) Tart pumpkin meat with a moderate sour characteristic, mild husky grain malt, and a mild grassy hop note. Fairly interesting aroma, I do enjoy the sourness in the aroma. 4

(Taste) Maple sugar, sweet pumpkin meat, moderate bitterness on the finish. Balance is distinctively sweet with a mild tartness, not nearly as intense as in the aroma. Spice profile is mild, some cinnamon, nutmeg but nothing major. Cloyingly sweet, maple syrup sweetness. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Slick sweetness with mild carbonation. Body is medium+ for Pumpkin Ales, medium+ amongst all beers. Alcohol is well concealed. 3.5

(Overall) A very sweet tasting, sour smelling pumpkin beer. The pumpkin flavor isn't too shallow in this one, but the balance is very off. Not the best Pumpkin Ale I've had but all the problems are relating to things that are overdone instead of underdone, meaning it can easily be fixed and probably should to craft a really enjoyable ale. 3.5

Shipyard Brewing Company's
Smashed Pumpkin Ale
3.59/5.00 (1,739 characters)

Photo of patre_tim
4.09/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

A: Copper, slight orange tinge, filtered, 2 finger white head fades to foam, good lacing. Well carbonated.

S: Pumpkin flesh, nutmeg, cream, a sort of plasticy phenol smell.

T: Sweet, phenol plastic, pumpkin flesh, nutmeg, with alcohol definitely present. Not much bitterness if any. Reminds me of a marzan or Octoberfest beer due to the alcohol presence.

M: Thick, somewhat bready, medium low carbonation.

O: Delayed trying this one but glad I did find a bottle in January, the last one on the shelf. The manager at LCBO said he was going to buy it if I hadn’t that night. Not disappointed at all. I enjoy the weight of the pumpkin, balance of sweetness and pumpkin flavour. (680 characters)

Photo of weonfire
4.16/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Poured from a into two tulip glasses from a 650 mL bottle.

A - Very nice light/golden orange/brown. pencil thin head. headed faded after 1-2 min.

S - Beautiful pumpkin. spices are excellent. cinnamon, trace nutmeg - its very nice.

T - smells better than the taste. Pumpkin is there. but from the scent i was thinking this was going to be much more full bodied. that being said- it is not watery by any means. the pumpkin scent is just that wonderful it makes you think you're for something heavy.

M - high viscosity. for 9AVB alcohol is semi hidden. small burn on the tongue.

O - very nice beer. love the pumpkin. love the smell. had a few of these in my day. i would say very nice pumpkin beer. i will continue to buy. (724 characters)

Photo of Skeeter206
4.14/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

A - dark orange color, good color pours with a 2 finger head. Decent lacing as you drink.

S - smells of very strong pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Great smell.

T - good upfront taste with strong pumpkin followed by the cinnamon and nutmeg. Not the greatest balancing however as you can definitely tell It's high in alcohol, maybe done hops in the taste as well.

M - good mouthfeel as it isn't too carbonated, a little syrupy.

O - a pretty decent pumpkin beer, but not one if the better imperials. I would take pumpking instead any time. Not something you would like to drink a lot of in one sitting. (603 characters)

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.