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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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1,466 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,466
Reviews: 451
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 15.82%
Wants: 80
Gots: 245 | FT: 2
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: Casey10 on 08-31-2009

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Ratings: 1,466 | Reviews: 451
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Photo of BB1313
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
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.

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

This is my 2nd pint-sized pumpkin ale, so I'm basing my review on how it compares with Southern Tier's Pumking (which I gave an A).

The Smashed Pumpkin is lighter, more carbonated, and less thick of a beer than Pumking, more like a Belgian (tart, bright, citrusy?) with a nice soft sweetness, the pumpkin is woven nicely throughout. It warms nicely - I found it a little too sharp immediately out of the fridge, but enjoyed it more within minutes and it developed a nicer character as it warmed in temperature.

I initially thought I preferred a heavier feel for pumpkin beer (like Pumking), but, toward the end of the pumpkin season, this is the beer I wished was still around. This great beer is part of the pumpkin ale spectrum, and crafted exceptionally well.

A: translucent orange as you'd expect; gives quick head but then goes away ;)

S: fruity, cinnnamon

T: really nice: the pumpkin and cinnamon-niness is accented by citrus that turns into a spice as it warms.

M: bubbly, sharp at first, then softer and nice like a holiday fire. Giving it a swirl for aeration brings more flavors to the fore.

O: this was an eminently enjoyable drink I would buy it throughout the year if it were available.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ONUMello
3.47/5  rDev -7%
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

4.26/5  rDev +14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber to wine glass. Sampled 9/4/11. Thanks John for the gift.

A: Pours with a 1 1/2 finger off-white head, rapidly diminishing. The body is impressively clear and a mix between burnt orange and copper with medium saturation. Slow moving bubbles can be seen on the inside, but this beer is very still other than that. No lacing.

S: Fantastic aroma. Pumpkin pie-like nose with a healthy dose of cookie and toasted caramel malt character (pale, wheat and Munich). The Willamette and Hallertau hops are indistinguishable but clearly not the focus here. Despite the large[r] ABV, it isn't a factor on the nose.

T: The flavor is just as good. Traditional pumpkin beer spices of allspice, nutmeg and cinnamon - yet the balance and subtle blend between the three is what elevates this beer from other pumpkins. Creamy vanilla, brown sugar and butterscotch complete the flavor profile. Slight warmth in the throat.

M: Medium full body with a thick texture that slides smoothly over the tongue. Carbonation is fizzy but average in intensity. The finish is long and heavily sweet.

O: One of my favorites of the year - very much a sleeper.

Photo of bnes09
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Deep orange, translucent ale with towering head. Excellent retention with smooth, creamy lacing.

Sweet cane sugar aroma with pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg.

Ultra-sweet sugary flavor with a hint of bready malt. Plenty of pumpkin, cinnamon and nutmeg. Spicy, pine-like hop character attempts to balance the sweetness but fails. Not terrible just too sweet for my taste.

Thick feel, syrupy, dry in the finish, sticky, lowish carbonation.

Slightly above average for pumpkin beer but nothing to write home about.

Photo of JohnnyBarman
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

625mL bottle from the Uptown Waterloo LCBO, as part of the Pugsley Signature Shipyard release. I'm on a streak of pumpkin ales this week - keep em comin!

Poured into my trusty Duvel goblet. Light amber caramel in colour, with about a half inch head that recedes into a thin ring. Some whirlpools of foam, not much lacing to speak of. Nice colour though.

Nose is unmistakably pumpkin puree, along with a strong whiff of nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon, barley and wheat.

Certainly an above average pumpkin ale, at least in terms of body, flavour and ABV. Tastes much like a spice-heavy pumpkin pie, although without the biscuit-crust component I associate with the other heavy hitters of the style. Heavy, and with the alcohol creeping in the back - it is certainly detectable with the weight of this brew. The finish gives you the most potent blast of pumpkin pie, which is a real treat.

I have to agree that the wheat malt didn't add much of anything except to make this thinner and I suppose more drinkable; but at 9% and at just a hair under 8 bucks at the LCBO, I'm looking for something to savour, not to drown myself in. Still, I maintain my "above-average" rating, and if Pumking or the other biggun's aren't coming Ontario way this year, this will certainly suffice for Hallowe'en drinking.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of BeerManDan
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

So much better that the Shipyard Pumpkin Ale. The color was yellow/orange, with an average amount of foam and lace. The smell of spices was very much evident in the aroma. The flavor was well balanced between spices, malts, hops, etc. A very pleasant surprise with a soft tasty, well balanced Pumpkin Ale.

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

First, I want to say that I really like the presentation of the bottle that this one came in -- very handsome! Review is from notes taken on 9/17/2010 and poured from the bottle to a snifter.

Appearance: Pour is a light coppery orange color and it starts with a 1/2 finger off-white head that fades almost immediately to a thin wisp with one thicker island floating in the middle; body is very clear and shows fast carbonation; an oily film is left on the sides of the glass, along with a few spots of lacing hanging around.

Smell: Not especially strong, but there are nice warm pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, perhaps even a little allspice); bit of booziness and a very sweet maltiness.

Taste: The spices mentioned in the nose are immediately present with a sweet crackery breadiness; this one comes across a little sweeter than most other pumpkin ales because of an especially sweet (almost toffee-like) maltiness; warming presence of alcohol as well.

Mouthfeel: For as quick as the carbonation looks, it's not quite as strong as I thought it would be; body is smooth and creamy, albeit a little slick and oily; body is of medium weight; a nice thick and sticky coating is left all over the mouth; gums are left a little tingly and the belly is left a little warm.

Drinkability: A really nice pumpkin ale overall with great, sweet and robust flavors; may sit a bit heavy though and the 9% ABV would catch up to you after a while.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of KajII
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

[Best served in a Lager glass]

Poured a medium copper/orange with a large creamy off white head that was fully lasting and had excellent lacing. The aroma was mild of caramel malts and a sweet doughy yeast with notes of brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin. It tasted sweet with a slight alcohol flavor at first then matured to a sweet and creamy flavor with strong hints of nutmeg, pumpkin and cinnamon with a slight alcohol aftertaste that stayed wit you a nice long while. Mouthfeel was light to medium in body and creamy in texture with a flat carbonation. Overall a nice tasting pumpkin ale.

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4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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