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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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1,043 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,043
Reviews: 400
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.58%
Wants: 53
Gots: 81 | 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:
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(Beer added by: Casey10 on 08-31-2009)
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Photo of ferrari29


2.85/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Beer poured from bottle into a Tulip shaped glass

A - Small white head formed after beer pour; dissipated rather quickly; some visible carbonation to go with the clear golden/pumpkin colored body

S - Smells like San Pellegrino Bitter aperitif beverage; light, frizzy and slightly club soda ish with a touch of pumpkin

T - Tastes like pumpkin pie; way more explosive taste than smell; probably the best imbalance of smell and taste I've experienced thus far; cinnamon; slight soapy taste; citrus; nutmeg at the start of the sip and washes away very quickly

M - Slightly effervescent; pumpkin pie aftertaste; not much else to report

D - Alright beer; could have used more nose to entice my senses; I actually got real excited about this beer and was let down after taking a deep-deep whiff of nothing; way more taste than scent to this beer

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2011 02:16:37 | More by ferrari29
Photo of tfratzke


4.15/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aroma of nutmeg and other spices. Pours a deep orange with tan head. This is my favorite pumpkin ale I’ve tried. Something Pumking is just too much for me to even finish a full glass. Blast of nutmeg, some cinnamon and a tinge of pumpkin which is perfect for me. Almost belgiany on the palette. Loved it!

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2011 00:16:03 | More by tfratzke
Photo of ZeroSignal


2.35/5  rDev -37.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2.5

22 oz bottle poured into a SA Perfect Pint

A - Slightly hazy yellow-orange pour with a decent white head; minimal retention and a loose lace.

S - Carries a thick, malty sweet smell with a caramel edge and a hint of alcohol. Any sort of spicing seems completely lost on me...so I'm assuming that it's just not there, and that this is supposed to be on the meaty pumpkin end of the spectrum.

T&M - Heavier bodied and rather thick feeling. Loads of malt give this an almost cloying sweetness. I feel like something this thick needs a bit more carbonation, some bitterness or some spicing to help balance things out, and I'm not getting any of that. Alcohol is present and sort of fruity...I'm not entirely sure it matches the profile for this beer. This may be one of the strangest pumpkin ales I've had, and if I was doing a blind tasting, I don't think that there is a chance that I would identify it as such.

O - Not a fan...it doesn't feel terribly well balanced, and the malt sweetness is too over the top for me. The fruity alcohol feels out of place, and it feels under carbonated.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2011 01:19:01 | More by ZeroSignal
Photo of JayS2629


4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice orange, good clarity with a great white cap of foam that fades quickly but leaves ok lacing.

The aroma is ginger dominant with cinnomon, allspice, and nutmet. Touch of clove hits then fades into earthy pumpkin, caramels, and vanilla.

The flavor follows the nose with ginger burning througout, a sweet caramel middle, earthy pumpkin, and spice. Well hidden alcohol.

Creamy, smooth, medium bodied.

Easy to drink, ok beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2011 19:48:16 | More by JayS2629
Photo of tzieser


4.13/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

i think my old review got purged out somehow. oh well.

enjoyed on-tap at the pour farm tavern in new bedford. served in a shipyard goblet.

a: bright and clear orange color with a thick fluffy white head.

s: rich malty aroma with noticeable pumpkin spice character. pumpkin/squash like aroma is subtle as well. not bad.

t: loads of sweet caramel malt with a subtle buttery/dicetyl flavor. pumpkin spice is there and pretty stronger than i remember. actual pumpkin flavor is noticible and adds a really interesting character to the flavor. alcohol is well hidden, too.

m: good mouthfeel.

one of my favorite pumpkin beers. not to be confused with the dreaded pumpkinhead, this one is worth seeking out. recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

10-09-2011 22:40:26 | More by tzieser
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3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber with no freshness date. Poured to out bright, vibrant orange. Lots of pumpkin flavor, hides the boozes well. The pumpkin flavor comes first before the spice, spices are a lil mute and in the background. Mouthfeel is rather smooth. Overall very enjoyable and easy drinking.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2011 16:44:31 | More by mtnbikerpa
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Ontario (Canada)

3.48/5  rDev -7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours an appropriate shade of orange. Nice big, dense head settles within a minute or so. Steady, and lively, carbonation visible. Lacings are spotty.

Aroma is quite strong. Quite a hit of ginger doesn't work that well with a pronounced graininess and fruit.

Well this is an interesting version of a pumpkin ale. Actual pumpkin flavour is all up front and comes across as somewhat raw, brings to mind images of slimy pumpkin guts, rather than a nice pie. Finish is actually quite nice as cinnamon and nutmeg kick in at the backend with some good drawn out flavours.

This isn't bad, worth a try, but the malt seems to accentuate some of the not-so-nice flavours in the pumpkin. Fruit and ginger could be more subdued.

EDIT: I would add that this improves quite a bit given a chance to warm. Grain and ginger settles down a bit. Score stands.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 19:30:46 | More by CanuckRover
Photo of joemcgrath27

Alberta (Canada)

3.75/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - lightly hazy burnt orange, two fingers of off white head, dissipated to a consistent covering
S - strong cinnamon and brown sugar, bready, pumpkin is mild but outflanked by the spices here
T - starts with a biscuity malt, quickly overwhelmed by cinnamon and spice with some roasted pumpkin accents, the alcohol is very well masked
M - the spice hits the nostrils before you swallow, has some of the dense pumpkin flesh characteristic, but generally a tingly spicy feel
O - the ABV is very well hidden and it is a spicy tasty treat, as often is the case with pumpkin ales the spices are more prominent than the pumpkin, but a delicious fall treat none the less

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2011 03:12:58 | More by joemcgrath27
Photo of tigg924


4/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, orange in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, toasted malt—like pumpkin pie filling

Taste: sweet sugar and vanilla in the start—then the clove, nutmeg, toasted malt, and other pumpkin spices fill out the body

Mouthfeel: very sweet a with a bitter middle and a less bitter end, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability: One of the better New England Pumpkin brews and light years ahead of Pumpkinhead. I like the vanilla tastes and the complexity. This reminds me a lot of Pumpking minus the hoppiness. I will revisit this next year.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 14:30:59 | More by tigg924
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Ontario (Canada)

3.85/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - poured a dark amber orange colour with a big head that dwindled quickly - some lacing

S - plenty of pumpkin, nutmeg (lots) and cinnamon

T - followed the nose with some hops coming through - some biscuit and pepper

M - medium body with some carbonation and light bitterness, sweet yet dry

O - a very nice brew, not Pumking but definitely worth buying again

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2011 10:56:12 | More by Stocean1
Photo of BeerAmbassador


3.55/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz bomber into a St. Bernardus goblet. I poured straight into the bottom of the glass with a bit of umph to try to coax a nice head on the beer, to no avail. A think white head was all I could get. Aromas of sweet cinnamon, almost like red hot candies. Plus some nutmeg and cooked pumpkin. Cinnamon is dominant on the palate, a decent sweetness and just a bit of pumpkin flavor. The higher alcohol makes itself known as well. Medium bodied with a decent creamy carbonated mouthfeel. Overall definitely not my favorite pumpkin beer, but not bad, especially for what I paid. (2.99 a bomber) I might buy a couple more and cellar as the Bros. suggested.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2011 05:01:05 | More by BeerAmbassador
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New Jersey

3.45/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle- multiple pours into a standard pint glass.

A- Light copper/amber color. White head- about half inch thick.
S- Sweet and malty- sugary- ginger coming through.
T- Cinnamon, spice, chewy and sugary....fresh pumpkin and wheat...fig.
M- Somewhat sticky but overall thin for an imperial pumpkin...
O- Somewhat disappointed by this one. I had high expectations and it just did not meet them. Not enough pumpkin flavor- too heavy on the ginger and nutmeg. Mouthfeel was lacking. Still, a decent pumpkin ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 22:08:03 | More by DavidSeanNJ
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3.53/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber to snifter.

A: Pours pumpkin orange with about a finger of egg-shell colored head. Not entirely sure how I feel about the appearance.. I like my pumpkin beers to be a little darker, but it's kind of cool to see a pumpkin beer this color.

S: A lot of nutmeg and cinnamon, followed a faint whiff of booze. There's also a lot of sweetness in the nose which reminds me of Pumpkinhead, and I hate that beer like poison.

T: Some nice cinnamon and nutmeg, followed by that Pumpkinhead sweetness I hate so much. The booze helps to cut that a little bit and the sweetness seems to fade as the beer warms up. It tastes like a better version of Pumpkinhead, though not a huge improvement. The final aftertaste is a much more natural pumpkin flavor, something I really appreciate and a key factor that I think Pumpkinhead is missing. However, the cinnamon redhot-like sweetness in the taste is a big minus in my opinion.

M: Creamy, smooth mouthfeel, light/moderate carbonation. A little thinner than I'd want an imperial pumpkin ale to be.

If you like Pumpkinhead, odds are that you'll love this. As I've said throughout the review, I'm not a Pumpkinhead fan, but I still think this is pretty decent. I've had much better pumpkin ales, but this is by no means awful. I'm not sure I'll get it again, but I have no regrets about the bottle I bought. Worth a try for fans of pumpkin beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2011 04:20:25 | More by Kvltbm
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2.53/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Another hooplah-surrounded pumpkin beer, so you know I've gotta try it. You know me so well... It pours a clear copper topped by a finger of off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises brown sugar, toasted caramel, clove, vanilla, white bread, and a strange whiff of menthol-like alcohol bubbling up from the bottom. This last part really keeps me from enjoying the smell. The taste follows pretty closely, though there is definitely some pumpkin going on in there now, and, unfortunately, the alcohol now resembles strident rubber cement. Wow, not sure what that is, but it is just awful. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly slick feel. Overall, either something ain't right here, or this beer is just plain bad. Either way, I did not enjoy myself here...

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 02:50:53 | More by TMoney2591
Photo of Dlish


3.7/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours Pumpkin color wasn't this suppose to be a brown ale. Looks like a solid golden color, little carbonation nice head not to heavy really just a finger our so.

S- Smells like Pumpkin pie, very sweet smell almost a creamy custard smell to it. I also get some allspice and cinnamon in the background, I'm going to let it warm up and see if it gets better. Its been a solid 20 minutes I don't smell to much of a difference dare I say its even going down. I really hoped it was going to really open up in smell.

M- I get really sweet melon taste, lots of a malt on the front I get some of the Herby cinnamon taste and allspice, not as much as that custard pumpkin taste as in the smell. I'm not sure I'm tasting the burn from the 9% alcohol or the burnt spice from the hops.

M- Really sticky, heavy from the malt, the carbonation is right where I want it to be. The alcohol is highly and how little of a burn there is I really enjoy that.

O- I'm so used to Pumpkin beers really just being all Allspice, mixed with heavy syrupy flavor. This really takes the other creamy side really focusing on the side of the pumpkin/melon taste. Overall not bad, I want more aroma but a good beer for a pumpkin beer and for the holidays.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 01:50:50 | More by Dlish
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3.15/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- One inch head quickly recedes into a few bubbles. Beer is an orange/golden color.

S- Smell is a faint nutmeg, real sweet as well.

T- Tastes of nutmeg, cinnamon. Booze is a little on the strong side. Lowhop profile. Aftertaste I'm not a big fan of.

M- Good carbonation. Mouthfeel on the thin side.

D/O- Wanted to like this one but I'd advise passing. Many other pumpkin beers out there that I'd recommended buying.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 01:17:42 | More by Duff27
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3.63/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A= Nice dark copper with some amber in color, Nice 2 inch foamy head.

S= A spice blend, cinnamon and nutmeg. A little bready as well. mostly the pumpkin pie spice blend with a bit of malt body.

T= The taste kind of let me down a little bit. The spices where more in the nose rather than the taste. It had a dry finish.

M= Medium in body. Nice carbonation and dry finish.

O= Decent pumpkin beer. I had it before the Southern Tier Pumking and I thought that one was better and the price was better.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2011 01:06:54 | More by LiquidBread219
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New Jersey

3.8/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Organe with a lacy head.

Aroma: Pumpkin pie spices.

Taste: What I would expect. The taste is like a pumpkin pie with hops and a bit of spicy zest. Also a bit buttery in the finish.

Overall: The regular Shipyard pumpkin is bunk! This stuff is the real deal. Enough flavor but not over the top with the spices. Enough ABV for this time of year, but not too much where it is a struggle to get this down. Smooth and refreshing but big as well. Well done. Cheers!!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 17:58:18 | More by dahlen22
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4.3/5  rDev +15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Golden pumpkin orange with a thicky creamy head.

Smells like a Belgian double with some spice; lots of yeast, but an overall light aroma.

Initial citrus and malt taste, with a big hit of cinnamon and nutmeg coming soon after. Steady alcohol astringency through the beginning and middle that clouds some of the flavor. Mellow pumpkin throughout. The pumpkin flavor is very good.

Very creamy and smooth mouthfeel. Carbonation is light, and the head is gentle.

Overall, I don’t think you could want much more out of a pumpkin beer. The only drawback is that the alcohol clouds some of the initial flavor until the astringency wears off.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 04:29:20 | More by dorianmarley
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Ontario (Canada)

3.83/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear filtered orange colour with very white short lived head.

Alcohol burn, followed by the traditional pumpkin spices...brown sugar...caramel smells

Sweetness permeates the taste...alcohol burn followed by spiceness to round it out.

Mouthfeel is pretty heavy but it's a pretty big beer.

Overall I liked this better than other high abv pumpkins...better rounded than Pumpking IMO.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2011 01:51:05 | More by Mit
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Ontario (Canada)

3.78/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A: Reasonably clear orange colour, small but creamy white head.

S: A bit of brown sugar sweetness, nutmeg dominates the pumpkin spices, but cinnamon's also noticeable, and a small touch of that pie crust quality lurking in the background.

T: Rich brown sugar/malt up front, not perfectly emulating the flaky pie crust, but the flavours still work. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and ginger complete the festive theme and then combine with the hops to create a drying and unexpected bitter finish. The booziness builds in the back of your throat in the finish, and increases throughout the drink.

M: Medium to full-bodied, slightly syrupy, smooth texture.

O: A pretty nice take on the style, all of the traditional pumpkin-type flavours are present and are reasonably balanced. I found the ABV to detract a bit from the overall experience, came across as a bit hot without the flavour punch to back it up.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2011 03:58:58 | More by MattyV
Photo of mckemp

South Carolina

3.35/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22 ouncer poured into brown sugar&cinnamon rim from Charleston, SC, Charleston Beer Exchange.

Appearance- orange, less than 1/2 inch head.

Smell- Pumpkin pie scent with spicey tones.

Taste- Strong pumpkin pie notes, focusing on the spices. No gingery or graham cracker as desired and seen in the pumking.

Body- Heavy for a pumpkin beer, sticky on the tongue but enjoyable aftertaste.

O- Rank top 5 on my pumpkin beers. MUCH better than the pumpkinhead, which is comparable to (and I was mistaken for) a pumpkin cider.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 04:39:28 | More by mckemp
Photo of hopking311


3.9/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light orange..one finger head, dissapates quickly to a frothy ring..

smells light, wheaty.. vague pumpkin spices..

good carbonation.. with a medium body

Taste: Some pumpkin.. Some spice.. wheaty..

Definately amazing compared to Pumpkinhead..lol.. Bottle looks cool

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2011 00:07:59 | More by hopking311
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Ontario (Canada)

3.98/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange copper colour, one finger white head, small spots of lace. Smell is lightly funky, yeast, spices with cinnamon and nutmeg being the most apparent, touches of pie crust like maltiness, fairly active hop profile as well. Taste is initially spicy and very much like a pumpkin pie, nutmeg and cloves, well spiced, almond, yeasty, nice pumpkin flavours, good bitterness with a cinnamon and spice finish. Medium carbonation, medium full body, good feel. Solid pumpkin brew, nicely spiced without going over the top, alcohol barely noticeable. Had no problem finishing the bomber myself and for a few buck less than Pumking I will grab a couple more while its still around.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 18:49:29 | More by peensteen
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4.22/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Rich amber colored beer poured out of a nice 22 oz. bottle into a large snifter. One-finger snow white head on top that dissapates fairly quickly down to a thin but substantial sheet on top. Nice lacing. Pumpkin spices are the main element of the smell, backed by a boozy quality that is enticing. Nutmeg also makes this one unique on the nose and gives it a spicy quality that I like. Definitely a touch of some piney hops in there as well, surprising for a pumpkin ale.

Pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg all rear their heads, backed by a substantial amount of hoppy taste that somehow only adds to the spiciness and doesn't distract from the artfully dominating pumpkin flavor. The spiciness from the hops actually compliments the spices from the pumpkin and cinnamon flavors, somehow swirling into a unique and very tasty pumpkin ale. I think the two ends of the spectrum produce a very well-balanced beer, one that never becomes cloying from the sweetness and never becomes overly bitter from the hops. Boozy tones come in as an afterthought, only adding another element to the spiciness, even at 9%. Bready notes also make their voice heard as they add a certain balancing effect. The balance continues in that it never becomes so spiced that you get tired of tasting it. The mouthfeel changes as it warms, crisper when colder and increasingly creamy with the raising temperature. A breath of alcohol becomes a little more evident with the warming as well, but not to a point of distraction. Still, this is a definite sipper and one that you should be happy to share with friends.

I think its between this and DFH's Punkin Ale for my favorite Pumpkin beer so far this year. I recommend this to anyone into balanced pumpkin beers. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2011 05:46:54 | More by chodinheaven
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,043 ratings.