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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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1,456 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,456
Reviews: 448
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 80
Gots: 237 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
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 knoxtennessee
3.04/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

22oz bottle-wine glass blah blah blah, you know the drill.

A- Great orange color with thin white foam that laces the glass. A very welcomed chill haze lets me know they used real pumpkin.

S- Hmm. Not as much happening as I expected. I get some pie spice and a little malty aroma, some subdued fruit. Not really the punch of toasty malt I was expecting. No notable yeast contribution. A little bland.

T- Fairly disappointing. Not very much malt flavor, spices are a little weak. The pumpkin character just doesn't have enough other flavors to support it. I feel like for a beer of this gravity you just don't get enough character.

M- Thin and fizzy. Dry finish.

O- Just not enough character for a beer this big. It's just too bland and vague. It's like they wanted to make it approachable. Wrong tactic. For $11 a bomber I was expecting a lot more flavor. They should through out the wheat and Munich and replace them with amber malt and a good English crystal. Maybe a bit higher mash rest or a less attenuative ale yeast. A good English strain would really help with the over all body and flavor. Just too plain for the style, and the price.

Photo of aspect
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden colour with a small amount of head, a bit of carbonation visible.
Nose - You can smell the pumpkin, some pepper and cinnamon, very reminiscent to the candy cinnamon hearts
Mouth - Not bad, the cinnamon taste is very noticeable at first, with a slight pumpkin hint as well, thats the most that I can pick up, A bitter finish and smooth on the mouth.

Overall I would say its fairly decent, I did enjoy it and have in the past quite a few times, not my favourite pumpkin ale, but one that I have purchased on more than one occasion and always enjoyed.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

this is one of the best pumpkin beers out there in my opinion. in a total juxtaposition to their pumpkin head this beer features the squash over the spice, and is one of my favorites right now. it pours a fairly dense looking orange color, more spring than fall in hue, with a two inch white head on top, almost nitro in appearance. smells like fresh pumpkins, maybe stewed pumpkin, and with a spice thats a product ofn the yeast, not a product of too much nutmeg in the brew kettle. the flavor is equally chill on the spice front, but pungent on the earthy vegetable front. some notes of vanilla and candy in there too, but this isnt a sweet beer. the mouthfeel is huge, full bodied, but relatively easy drinking. i think its maybe not so easy drinking, just so interesting and delicious that i keep putting these down. the alcohol is present, but its complementary to whats going on, not a distraction. this a an absolutely essential beer to try this fall. i might go get another one right now actually.

Photo of enm
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of PhunkyHops
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of TonyTalon
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of DimWit
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of atone315
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of bluerabbit
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of illini4x4
5/5  rDev +34%

Photo of harrylee773
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of boxofhate
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of twizzbeatz
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of iL0VEbeer
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of BlurryVisi0n
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a tulip glass.

Appearance: Cloudy amber, deep body with many tiny bubbles floating in the body. Has an orange tinted white head which rose to about 1/3", so far it looks real good.

Smell: I keep sniffing and sniffing and has super light pumpkin scent, I have and so has any other beer connoisseur smlled better.

Taste: Very good, I mean as far as taste is concerned which I think is the biggest property when drinking a quality brew this beer is up there with one of the best. It is lightly sweet, definitely a raw pumpkin taste malty and a cinnamon lightly spice feel.

Mouth: Medium carbonation, very smooth. You feel like your your cheeks have just ate a pumpkin pie, sticky nutmeg/cinnamon feel.

Overall: I have to say my second favorite pumpkin beer, my first is Pumking by Southern Tier but this beer definitely hangs up there up. Rare I mention another brew to compare it to but just to let you know you are not drinking bullsh*t. Try it for yourself and love it, Salud!

Photo of doc17325
2/5  rDev -46.4%

Photo of tellish33
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of BlackBelt5112203
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature.

L – Medium amber color with a 1-finger bubbly white head that rapidly dissipates. No lacing. Clear with an average number of carbonation bubbles.

S – Cereal and wheat malts, pumpkin, nutmeg, and a bit of alcohol. Not nearly as spice-heavy as a lot of pumpkin beers.

T – Starts off sweet with lots of pumpkin. Taste transitions to a grainy wheat flavor before finishing on a spicy note with nutmeg and spicy hop notes. A bit of alcohol becomes apparent in the finish, especially as the beer warms.

F – Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation at first (dissipates rapidly), a sticky and mouth-coating feel, and a spicy and very dry finish. Nutmeg and hop spice lingers for a nice amount of time and melds with the throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.

O – This is a pretty good pumpkin beer and one of the few that showcases the actual pumpkin rather than pumpkin pie spices. At first, the high ABV isn’t apparent at all, and the beer is very drinkable for 9%. As the beer warms, though, the alcohol becomes much more apparent and takes a little bit away from the overall flavor. I’d also like to see a little better head retention and some lacing to go along with all that carbonation that’s there right after opening. Still, this is a tasty beer and much, much better than that other pumpkin beer that Shipyard makes.

Photo of redfox405
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of dextermcgurk
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of Dave_Treat
2.75/5  rDev -26.3%

Photo of Beaver13
1.94/5  rDev -48%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

22 oz bottle. Pours clear yellow orange with a smallish white head that quickly goes to a thin collar.

The aroma is sweet malt and a lot of spices (cinnamon and allspice) - more spicy than just pumpkin pie.

The flavor is a little sweet malt with a huge amount of spice (a ton of cinnamon that makes it kind of spicy and tastes a bit like peppermint) and some odd medicinal bitterness in the finish. Unfortunately it tastes a bit like cinnamon gum or even mouthwash. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with low carbonation.

Overall, this is strange. It tastes more like a spicy cinnamon beer than a pumpkin beer - trending toward mouthwash.

Photo of GetTheYayo
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hard pour into a pint glass produced a coppery orange color with a very large head. The head eventually dissipated to about half a centimeter that remained throughout the review. I'm really having so struggle to find anything in the nose, but what I do find is nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin puree, and a dash of cinnamon. Lots of pumpkin coming through on the palette with spices lingering on the finish. At 9% ABV the alcohol is subtle but there's definitely a hint of booziness, especially as it warms. Mouthfeel is somewhat big for the style; carbonation is dead on.

It's no secret that I'm not a huge fan of pumpkin beers. I wasn't impressed with the appearance and the smell of this beer, but the taste and ABV redeemed it. The pumpkin spice shines through nicely with minimal cheap maltiness. Not a bad attempt.

Photo of sbricker
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of SHODriver
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: pours a light copper with a small white head with minimal retention
S: smells of alcohol, a bit of pumpkin and some pie spice
T: lots of spice up front with some pumpkin flavor, a little alcohol comes through and the malt has a bit of character to add as well but it can't come through the spice and the pumpkin. swallow is more pumpkin pie spice and a little alcohol.
M: medium in the mouth with soft carbonation. a little slick
O: pretty good. it's really like drinking pumpkin pie and the flavors are great. pretty drinkable but these beers aren't quite made for sessioning, especially one at 9% abv

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,456 ratings.