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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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very good

1,440 Ratings
very good

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Ratings: 1,440
Reviews: 445
rAvg: 3.73
pDev: 16.09%
Wants: 80
Gots: 225 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Casey10 on 08-31-2009)
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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%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of BB1313
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | 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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Greywulfken
4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
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.

Photo of magictacosinus
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Albany Taproom. Poured into a 6oz tumbler for obvious reasons anticipating inebriation and sweetness. I have been seeing bottles of this stuff flying off the shelves as of late in the Bay in the same way that I'd imagine Pumpking does on the East Coast and Midwest, so I was curious to see what all the fuss was about.

Pours an amber orange color that is, well, pumpkin-like in presentation. Contains a surprisingly frothy and thick egg white head that slowly dissipates, but still leaves a ring behind as well as some decent residual lacing at the sides of the glass. Definitely boozy and thick, and some alcohol tears are apparently after each sip. I can tell this is a big beer from the start and I'm afraid it's going to be overly sweet as a result.

The aroma is definitely what I anticipated - sweetness, seasonal spices, and bready character that definitely makes this seem like a sweetened, hearty pumpkin pie. However, given the fact that this uses no actual pumpkin as a main ingredient, this is definitely less vegetal in nature, and rather displays a pumpkin spice backbone that compliments the various notes of cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, caramel, allspice, cream, and vanilla. There's a bready, slight toasted barley backbone that puts all of the ingredients together, but it's definitely sweet stuff. Exactly what I expected, but definitely not a bad dessert beer offering even here.

The flavor caught me by surprise, however - yes, it is sweet, but it does not resemble a pumpkin pie in any way whatsoever! Perhaps due to the extra notes of cream, vanilla, and butterscotch in the flavor, as well as the relatively thickened feel of the beer due to the extra sugars and malts, this feels and tastes a lot more like a pumpkin cream sorbet of sorts rather than actual pie. As soon as the brown sugar, caramel, banana, and nutmeg notes come in, it starts becoming far more dessert-like and definitely doesn't taste artificial by any means. However, if you're into pumpkin beers for actual pumpkin, squash, and vegetal notes, this is definitely not the one to go to. Sugary and syrupy, but 6oz was an excellent pour for something like this. The creamy feel of the beer on tap compliments the sweetened and creamy aspects of the flavor. Exactly what I expected it to be, but at least it's decent.

People like their sweets, so I can see why this has been selling out all over the place. Nevertheless, it works really well for me in small portions, and pumpkin ice cream is something that I've definitely had before and enjoy, so that added on to the overall experience of drinking this. I'd definitely need help splitting a bottle, but I'm glad I got to try it. One day, however, I'll have the opportunity to have a pumpkin beer that focuses far more on the vegetal aspects of pumpkin rather than merely the spices and sugars that compliment it.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of jtierney89
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Impressive clarity for such a big beer. Burnt golden hue with a fluffy off white head. Sticky and bubbly. Lots of pumpkin on the nose. Like legit pumpkin, not just the spice. But cinnamon and allspice is present as well. Faint alcohol fumes.

Much thinner body then expected, lower amounts of carbonation. Lots of pumpkin flavor though. Semi-sweet yet squash like pumpkin flavor up front with faint pumpkin pies spices to balance. Oddly simply for such a big beer as well. One of the few pumpkin beers where the pumpkin and not the spice is the star of the show. However unlike Sam Adams fat jack, it's not just an overload of pumpkin flavor. Spiced just enough to balance. Pretty unique pumpkin beer to be honest, doesnt try to taste like pumpkin pie like most, lets the pumpkin shine through while still being beer enough to incorporate good balance and flavor. Impressive. Again, doesnt drink like a 9% beer, flavor wise, body wise or alcohol wise. Very mysterious.

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3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of ritzkiss
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

650ml bottle from the LCBO, no date, pours a slightly hazed golden orange with half a finger of loose bubbles which recede to a thin collar. For the carbonation in this one, not much head retention.

Nose is pleasant pumpkin and nutmeg, light caramel and a hint of graham cracker. Flavor is muted on the pumpkin unlike many pumpkin beers, light a strong golden ale with pumpkin perhaps - quite a spicy character from the hops which also lend a bittering finish, plenty of hops in this one, slightly fruity, booze present there as well. Medium sweet body, pretty lively carbonation, a big beer for sure. Pumpkin is not in your face, balanced but still festive - if it weren't for the obvious booze here this could be a really fine example of how to make a pumpkin beer without being pie in a glass. Interesting take on the style but make no mistake, this one is HOT.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of ONUMello
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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

Photo of bnes09
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
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.

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4.38/5  rDev +17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A orange tinted copper brew with a small to medium sized dense head which fades to leave some thick panels of lacing on the glass. Tiny bubbles rise slowly through the clear brew.

S - Spices immediately - allspice, cloves, cinnamon and ginger. The smell of yams and brown sugar glaze the nose.

T - Pumpkin, spice (especially clove) and alcohol. Pretty sweet from bit of a caramel malt. Aftertaste is of

M - Smooth, very thick, somewhat refreshing.

D - Great. I had this before (maybe November) and I was disappointed. Perhaps I was in a sour mood then, but I think that this aged really well. I would have again.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of steve8robin
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Heard good things about this brew so I picked a bottle up. 22oz, 2010 bottle...

A: Golden copper color with a 1 inch white head that fades at a decent pace. Very good.

S: Get some piney spices upfront with some brown sugar and pumpkin in the middle and some bready rye on the backend. Decent.

T: Hmm, not bad. Kind of a piney pumpkin pie. I get brown sugar and piney spice upfront quickly followed by pum pkin flavors. Some alcohol burn on the back. Very good.

M: Medium body with a thick carbonation. Decent.

D: This one goes down good once you get past the interesting pine flavor. Good.

All in all, this is a very good pumpkin brew. To me this is second to ST Pumpking and neck and neck with Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin. Worth trying at least once, but hunt Pumpking first.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
85 out of 100 based on 1,440 ratings.