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

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1,441 Ratings
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very good

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Ratings: 1,441
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 16.09%
Wants: 79
Gots: 226 | FT: 1
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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 ChainGangGuy
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clearish, darkened orange body akin to a glassful of Jackie O's. Topped with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet smelling nose with ample gourd aromas and malty notes of bread and nutty caramel. As for the spices, nutmeg and cinnamon seem the most easily identifiable and appreciable. Small sniff of alcohol.

Taste: Surge of sweet carved up pumpkin meats followed closely with tastes of oven-toasted pie crusts and caramel. Good level of accompanying spices (at least for me), with cinnamon sticks and nutmeg powder leading the way. Very slight yeastiness, with none of Shipyard's characteristic diacetyl creeping into the taste. What is creeping in is the warming, accumulating alcohol. No more than a vague notion of the hops in the background. Pumpkiny, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body with a fairly smooth texture to the mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's pretty good. Not great, mind you, and, unlike "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," I doubt I'll make the needed effort to catch it every year.

Photo of oberon
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Pours into an impy nonic a lighter copper color with an orange hue,a thin quick to fade head atop.Strong cinnamon and nutmeg in the nose along with sweet alcohol,very strong spice.Nutmeg is way to strong flavor-wise to go along with almost hot cinnamon spice in the finish to go along with sweet alcohol.To much spice and alcohol for me to really enjoy,I'll take the Smashed Blueberry but not this.

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz, gold foil-capped bottle. Why do they have to refer to the supposed pumpkin in this brew merely as 'flavor'?

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and slightly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few instances of random ocean spout lace around the glass as it quickly rescinds its corporeal stature.

It smells of peppy cinnamon heart, clove, and nutmeg spice, semi-sweet vegetal pumpkin flesh, bready caramel malt, a mild leafy hoppiness, and some well-hidden metallic alcohol. The taste is more of the same, the candied, but well spicy cinnamon hearts still holding sway amongst the other persistent usual suspect pie spices, a lessening pumpkin and gourd-ish cousin vegetal essence, some steady sugary caramel malt, understated leafy hops, and a very mild booze warming.

The carbonation is quite active in its various fizzy and frothy forms, the body an adequate medium weight, and actually more or less smooth, the spices minding their own business, and the alcohol tied up planning my eventual demise. It finishes pretty dry, with the lingering spices, booze, and masked beyond belief hops easily winning this particular tug of war.

A decently rendered big pumpkin ale, the alcohol kept under wraps for the most part, letting the spice take the, um, heat for the inherent astringency of it all, to no overall ill effect. Perhaps one of the more aptly-named offerings from this brewery, as the 18-proof strength will certainly catch up to you (and me), as I continue to focus solely on the grade-school holiday spiciness.

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Birthday beer from Karen & Paul, thanks for the Maine beer!

Bomber poured into a 22oz. glass. Sharp clarity, copper orange sunset. Foam is creamy and inviting, but doesn't last forever. The standard "pumpkin beer aroma" of real pumpkin. Spice is fairly dominant in this, the bottle says nutmeg, but it tastes like cinnamon, without the burn. A bit dry from the moderate spice, some bready qualities come out from the pale malt and wheat. Pumpkin flavor is there in spades. It's pretty drinkable, but I seem to have slowed down with it (maybe that's the 9%). Still, it has a nice dry bitterness that contrasts well with some of the sweeter examples out there.

Photo of StonedTrippin
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
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 TMoney2591
2.53/5  rDev -32.2%
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...

Photo of JAHMUR
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Jason
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown foiled topped bomber with no freshness date.

Clear orange amber hue, lacing a great ... sticks all the way down. Smells of pumpkin pie with some alcohol drizzled on it, very pleasing as that is what I was hoping for. Pumpkin pie in a bottle, not over spiced and all the spices are there rather than one being too much forward. Sweetness up front, toasted malt in the back. Alcohol is mellow and compliments / warms. Modest hopping ends up just helping to balance. Spicy finish that stays a tad sweet.

More proof that pumpkin ales need to be massive, or at least that is what I prefer. Good drinking for the holiday or I would even think it is possible to cellar a bottle and perhaps cook with it as well.

Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 9/27/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pumpkin, spices, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of pumpkin, caramel and spices. There's a mild hops presence and the alcohol becomes more prevalent in the taste as you continue to drink it. The malt character is hearty. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a nice stronger pumpkin beer that is worth drinking for a little while if you're in the mood for the style.

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

Tried this beer a while back during the Autumn, but never reviewed it and didn't realize it until now. So here comes a late Pumpkin beer review. It will also help get the corked flavor out of my mouth from the last beer.

A: A decent 1 finger head with some juicy looking bubbles. A very clear toasty bright orange color with hints of gold and lots of mini bubbles rising throughout. The head fades quickly.

N: Hmmm, a slightly sweet toasted pumpkin aroma. Lots of spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, and lots of pie crust. It has the aroma of a pumpkin and mince meat pie baked together. I also get this interesting aroma that reminds me of the little cinammon rolls my mother used to make with the leftover crust after making a pie. A slightly bready aroma adds the finishing touch. The pumpkin is definitely present, but not very strong as the spices seem to over power it a bit. However, the spices don't seem like the hot inedible spices I get out of many of these beers, its a little different.

T: Hmm, the spices seem to get hotter and closer towards inedible on the palate. The pumpkin comes out stronger as well. A slightly sweet pumpkin pie filling taste is surrounded by bready crust like taste, and lots of spice. Cinnamon I think is the key word, with some nutmeg and other spices. It gets a little hot in the taste and seems to add a bit of alcohol taste and warmth. Aside from the over hot spices in the taste, its pretty good, if you like pumpkin pie with cinnamon.

M: Pretty good body, and decent carbonation, with alcohol warmth.

F: Pretty spicey and hot. A slight burn and sting from alcohol and spices. The warmth of the alcohol is nice, and it helps through the chili windy autumn. A little lingering syrupy sweetness seems to stick around for a bit. The spice taste fades very quickly. Then it dries right off, quite a bit. It's almost pulling the water out of my tongue pores.

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of russpowell
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent amber/orange with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Below average head retention & lacing, nice viscosity to this, stays effervescent

S: Squashyness, leafy hops, all-spice

T: Pumpkin pie spices, a touch of squashyness & a bit of woody hops, plus a kiss of booze up front. All-spice, nutmeg, leafy hops & dryness as this warms, a touch of cinnamon & caramel sweetness as well. Finishes dry with cinnamon, nutmeg, & a touch of boozey pumpkin

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, a little warming; firmed up a bit as this warmed, a little sticky too

Drinks easy for the style & ABV. Not a big fan of this style or brewery; but this beer is worthy & I would buy this again. Would like to try a new bottle & one with a bout a year; my guess is this best drank within 3 months of release, but you never know...

Photo of oline73
2.4/5  rDev -35.7%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear orangish amber color with just under a finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Mild sweet malt, hints of fruit, perhaps grape. There is a smell in the background that reminds me of white wine. A bit weird.

Taste: There is a tiny bit of pumpkin flavor here, but not very much. There is some malt and the white wine tartness that was in the smell. The finish is mildly hoppy and tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a high amount of smooth carbonation. The finish is mildly slick.

Overall: This is a weird beer in general. There is a tartness that clashes with everything else. Not really picking up much pumpkin or spice. I wouldn't have another.

Photo of drabmuh
2.05/5  rDev -45%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Oh Shipyard, this is yet another completely fucking disgusting pumpkin beer from you. DIACETYL BOMB! Back to brewing school with you.

Beer is orange and has a thin white head of small bubbles, minimal lacing moderate carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is mildly spicy and has a buttery component to it. Oh no.

Beer is silky creamy butterscotchy with a horrible pumpkin sour bitterness at the back end. Its like eating the skin off the pumpkin after its dipped in fake butter. Never again.

Photo of beernads
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of DrunkinYogi
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip. Got to try this up in Vermont last August and really liked it, glad to see it on the shelves in NoVa.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent medium orange color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. No head retention and a little bit of lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of cinnamon, bready malts, nutmeg, and light pumpkin. Cinnamon is very strong.

t - Tastes of cinnamon, nutmeg, spices, light pumkin, and bready malts. Again, the cinnamon is very strong, as are the spices.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall an above average pumpkin ale, but it didn't live up to my memory of it. Lots of spices and cinnamon and not at much pumpkin as I would have liked. Would have it again but not my favorite.

Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy white head thadecently fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice light pumpkin scent along with nutmeg and some Munich malt sweetness. The taste is decent as well. It has a really nice pumpkin character to it and is well spiced. It's a bit syrupy which takes away from the drinkability. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. I like the fact that Shipyard is making some big beer finally. This one's not bad.

Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

On-tap at Three Cellars in Franklin, WI:

Pours dark orange with a thin white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of the usual pumpkin spicings - done nicely - not too strong, not too weak.

The tatse is of pumpkin spicing - cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. with bready notes.

Quite drinkable for the style and abv. Carbonation level adds to the smooth character - not too weak or too strong.

A well-done pumpkin beer that reminded me of pumpkin bread.

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Halcyondays
3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a clear orange with a firm head with great retention especially for a pumpkin ale. No real lace.

S: Pumpkin pie and some allspice though lighter than in most pumpkin beers, definite notes of Munich malt and booze.

T: This is a big boy. Ethanol hits you big at the beginning of this beer, hot but dies down a bit as it warms possibly because the other flavours are coming out. On the backswing there are good pumpkin and pie crust, some nutmeg and fall spice as to be expected. Not really well balanced overall, but the end of the bomber finished a lot better than the beginning.

M: Full-bodied, solvent-like ethanol character for sure with a bit of a burn going down, as I said before, this beer does not hide its 9%. Sweetish aftertaste, pretty clean overall, the structure is good.

D: This is really a mixed bag, there are good parts and bad parts. This would make a good cool weather warmer, makes you feel good inside, but I'd have someone to split the bottle with.

Photo of Gavage
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a big 3" head that slowly recedes. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: cinnamon and nitmeg are up front, and some caramel sweentess is a bit softer on the nose.

Taste: caramel, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg are are most prominent. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol tones are soft but warming. Some buttery textures arrive late during the swallow. There is a bit of a hidden earthy tone here too.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a hint of dryness arrives late.

Drinkability: this beer went down fairly quickly depsite the higher alcohol levels. Overall a tasty beer from Shipyard.

Photo of orangesol
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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