Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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3.78/5 rDev +0.8%
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.
09-27-2009 23:04:08 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.88/5 rDev +3.5%
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.
06-14-2011 03:03:54 | More by Jason
3.83/5 rDev +2.1%
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...
11-06-2013 04:59:07 | More by russpowell
2.05/5 rDev -45.3%
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.
10-22-2010 18:20:02 | More by drabmuh
3.68/5 rDev -1.9%
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.
12-12-2009 04:20:49 | More by jlindros
4.38/5 rDev +16.8%
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.
09-18-2012 23:26:30 | More by StonedTrippin
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
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.
11-13-2009 21:49:11 | More by WesWes
2.4/5 rDev -36%
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.
10-31-2011 02:10:59 | More by oline73
3.58/5 rDev -4.5%
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.
09-08-2011 01:53:36 | More by mdfb79
3.28/5 rDev -12.5%
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.
01-08-2010 19:19:35 | More by Halcyondays
3.7/5 rDev -1.3%
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.
10-30-2010 18:34:55 | More by Gavage
4.22/5 rDev +12.5%
Pours a burnished deep golden bronze colour. Head is finely bubbled, staying as a snow of filmy white above the main event, and leaving a cascade of thick, meringuey lacing. Actually, it looks quite phenomenal. The colour is orange enough to evoke the pumpkin, and the head is frothy enough to evoke the delicious lightly fluffed filling of the pie. Looks great.
Nose is really nicely balanced between sweet pumpkin and burnt brown sugar, and the spicy cinnamon and nutmeg characters which signify the dessert properties of the beer's genesis. Crusty pastry notes come through as well, leaving this a round "hell yes" for pumpkin pie deliciousness. Spot on.
Taste is also pretty damn good, although there's a surprisingly sharp booze character on the back, which slices through the other characters. Otherwise, it genuinely has that very pleasant pumpkin/sugar sweetness mixed with the lilting pie spice bite; particularly nutmeg on the palate. Quite biting, and I like that: the spice makes itself felt; and the basis is such a lovely sweet pumpkin deepness that it works well - it needs the spice to cut through a little. Apart from the overzealous booze note, it's an extremely good palate. Feel is smooth and rich. Very much suits the style.
This is a really great pumpkin ale. It really conveys to me all the characters I feel should be there - the pie spice, the burnt sugar sweetness, even the slightly dry pastry character. I feel like this is the pumpkin ale which sums up the style for me. It's very good indeed. I'm not sure I've had a better example. Well recommended.
11-16-2010 22:12:01 | More by lacqueredmouse
4.63/5 rDev +23.5%
As the duty CANtrarian and having been to several "Christmas In July" events in the past few weeks, it occurs to me to embrace my two favorite holidays, Hallowe'en and Thanksgiving and bump Christmas!
From the bottle: "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 Farenheit. Smashed Pumpkin pairs well with sharp cheeses, nuts, lamb, hearty stews and desserts like flan or pumpkin pie. Chefs find this an excellent beer to cook with in dishes such as braised short ribs. Try adding a little Shipyard Blue Fin Stout to Smashed Pumpkin for a fall warmer."
I went with a more delicate pour than usual as I was unsure as to the amount of lees present. I got a finger of tawny head that fell pretty quickly. Color was a coppery orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity and lots of CO2 bubbles. BUPGOO! Nose had taken on a clove-tobacco quality in the interim and I began to debate donning a black beret for the occasion. Mouthfeel was thick and full on the tongue and combined with the clove/nutmeg/allspice flavors, it was like drinking liquid pumpkin pie! I must remember to get some more this year. I was worried that it had gone over like many of the pumpkin ales in my cellar, but this was phenomenal! Finish was (literally) breathtaking with regard to its spiciness. I may carve a pumpkin tonight in this beer's honor, providing I can find such a gourd. Hauntingly ghoulicious. Say, is that a black cat at my back door? Here, kitty, kitty ...
07-26-2011 20:56:04 | More by woodychandler
3.8/5 rDev +1.3%
A: Pours a very slightly hazy copper to reddish brown in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a small patch of large bubbles, a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.
S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice) with some light hints of sweetness. Also, there is a very light presence of alcohol in the smell.
T: There are some light notes of sweetness upfront in this beer (almost like a cream soda sweetness). There are moderate flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and vanilla.
M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.
O: Enjoyable with very good pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices which are in good balance with one another. Easy to drink because the beer is not overly sweet and the alcohol is pretty well hidden in the taste - though at 9% ABV this is very much a sipping beer.
11-06-2012 02:47:25 | More by dbrauneis
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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