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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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1,199 Ratings
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Ratings: 1,199
Reviews: 414
rAvg: 3.74
pDev: 16.31%
Wants: 68
Gots: 147 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: Casey10 on 08-31-2009)
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Photo of MisterClean
3.73/5  rDev -0.3%

Thanks to Mike Carey our local rep for bringing this beer to share.

A - Poured copper with 1 finger of white head. Dissipated moderately fast and left nice lacing.

S/T - Pumpkin, cinnamon, clove, and all-spice. Surprisingly, no trace of bittering hops.

M - Moderate bodied, malt-dominated, sweet and smooth.

D - Really good overall. Think I would have liked some more bitterness though.

MisterClean, Oct 30, 2009
Photo of ONUMello
3.48/5  rDev -7%

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

ONUMello, Sep 17, 2013
Photo of Fargrow
4/5  rDev +7%

Fargrow, Monday at 12:53 PM
Photo of Cloaked_Phantom
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

2014 Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin Review:

Poured fairly hard from a 650 ML bottle into a Black Hole Beer Company snifter. 9.0% ABV.

Appearance - Three finger eggshell white head that lasts for quite some time. Good lacing. Amber, reddish color. Can see through the beer just fine, very clear. No floaters noted. 3.25

Smell - Lots of cinnamon. Little bit of pumpkin. Not getting much of the typical nutmeg, clove or allspice. Smells very sweet with some bready notes. Almost like one of those cinnamon graham crackers. I like this. 4.25

Taste - Follows the aroma almost exactly. Cinnamon really coats your whole mouth up front and then it's followed through with some good biscuit notes. Bitterness from the spice at the very end. Alcohol also comes through, but not to where it's bad or overtakes the beer. It does linger in the back some though. Honestly just too much cinnamon. Really not picking up much of any pumpkin. 3

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Probably a little bit bigger due to ABV. Good carbonation. Mouthfeel seems right for this beer. 3.5

Overall - I remember thinking high of this last year. Don't know if it changed or I did, but I'm not blown away. Really if the cinnamon was toned down and pumpkin toned up, along with some of the other spices, this beer could be a lot better. Not unenjoyable, just not great. 3.5

Cloaked_Phantom, Jan 01, 2014
Photo of Tschnab
4.03/5  rDev +7.8%

A- a light copper orange with a one inch white head and little lace.

S- bready and spicy, cloves, cinniman, nutmeg, pumpkin, ginger, yeast. This smells just like a pie on Thanksgiving.

T- pie crust tags along with the spices mentioned before. A little too sweet, but still quite tasty. This beer is basically pie in a glass.

O- Pumpkin beers rock, especially imperial ones like this.

Tschnab, Aug 19, 2011
Photo of korguy123
3.88/5  rDev +3.7%

750ml into DFH Signature Glass
Beer courtesy of TheSevenDuffs. Another great selection.

A- Clear copper/amber hued pour. Finger and a half off white head settling to a thin ring before you even put the bottle down. Carbonation is decent and lacing is minimal.

S- Pumpkin and cinnamon battle for supremacy, but both are not overly strong. Brown sugar and vanilla with a hint of nutmeg.

T- Wow. I can honestly say this is the first pumpkin beer I've had so far that was more nutmeg forward than anything. Usually its Cinnamon and pumpkin more than anything. They are there but much more pushed back than normally experienced. There is a sweetness that makes this very smooth and plesant. Alcohol is very well hidden.

M- Medium bodied. Sticky sweet on the lips. Dry finish and aftertaste from the nutmeg. I think I felt my salivary glands shrink.

D- The dryness makes this one a little tough to get used to but it tastes so damn good I need more.

korguy123, Oct 17, 2010
Photo of bnes09
3.5/5  rDev -6.4%

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.

bnes09, Oct 27, 2012
Photo of pjkelley82
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

pjkelley82, Nov 03, 2013
Photo of DrFunkenstein
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

DrFunkenstein, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of TKEbeerman
4/5  rDev +7%

TKEbeerman, Sep 13, 2013
Photo of JackieTH
3.4/5  rDev -9.1%

Shipyard's smashed pumpkin ale pours a eye-pleasingly appropriate medium orange but unfortunately barely kicks up a finger of off-white head that fades quickly and leaves no lacing. Biscuit malt, cinnamon, uncooked pumpkin and a bit of alcohol comprise the nose. The taste is malt forward, with a bit of hop spiciness interplaying with cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin. The mild spice and pumpkin becomes more apparent, along with alcohol, as it warms past 60-degrees. Mouthfeel is just barely adequate with a medium body, but it manages to hold together over the tongue.

Overall it's flavor improves (as the bottle suggests) as it warms but even around optimal temperature, I'd like to get more pumpkin out of this 'smashed pumpkin'. I pretty much enjoy anything resembling the flavor profile of pumpkin pie, so even if it fell a bit shy in the pumpkin department, yes..I think this one was worth trying.

JackieTH, Sep 08, 2011
Photo of ksimons
3.98/5  rDev +6.4%

A-pours a deep clear orange amber with almost no head at all

S-cinnamon, pumpkin, and a bit of booze

T-similar to the smell, sweet pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and cloves. Even with the 9% ABV, alcohol is not overly apparent

M-medium body, moderate carbonation, has a spicy finish

D-another one of my favorite pumpkin beers, I could easily have two of these

ksimons, Sep 04, 2010
Photo of Nightrain87
4/5  rDev +7%

Nightrain87, Nov 20, 2011
Photo of StArnoldFan
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

StArnoldFan, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of DNICE555
4.1/5  rDev +9.6%

22 oz bomber poured into my goblet during an intense game of Taboo with Jlynn, Soupedup, and Laura.

Pours a Halloween dark orange with spirits floating above the body. The aroma is like the smell of the people under the stairs in the last house on the left. Actually a solid tasting full bodied pumpkin ale here. I didn't expect much having had the sugary artificial shipyard pumpkin. The smashed pumpkin is a solid pumpkin offering I would pick up again. Very nice feel to it and went down very smoothly. Glided down my taste buds like a witch on her broom.

DNICE555, Sep 15, 2010
3.25/5  rDev -13.1%

Photo of ONovoMexicano
3.76/5  rDev +0.5%

Poured from the bomber into a snifter.

The beer's appearance is really something special. It has a copper color, huge three finger head that look chewy and an abundant lace. On looks alone, this beer is a major winner.

The smell is surprisingly mild considering how big this beer is. The pumpkin notes come through, as does some sweetness from the malts. There is a hint of bubblegum as well. Interestingly, the taste expands on the aromas and offers much more. A true pumpkin pie taste emerges along with strong allspice flavors. The finish is dominated by hop bitterness, something I hadn't found in other pumpkin beers.

As for the mouthfeel, the beer offers medium carbonation, the dry, bitter finish from the hops, and some heat from the alcohol.

Overall, the beer offers good complexity to allow the drinker something to ponder over and enjoy. It shows great potential. I think in the future, I would cellar this veer for a good while to allow some of the alcohol presence to settle. Still, a good beer.

ONovoMexicano, Oct 01, 2013
Photo of ToddHolder
3.75/5  rDev +0.3%

ToddHolder, Oct 08, 2013
Photo of Horbar
4/5  rDev +7%

Horbar, Sep 07, 2012
Photo of BlurryVisi0n
4.05/5  rDev +8.3%

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!

BlurryVisi0n, Sep 12, 2012
Photo of Schlafly33
3/5  rDev -19.8%

Schlafly33, Oct 06, 2013
Photo of yelterdow
1.73/5  rDev -53.7%

22oz. bomber acquired in New York, I'll serve this at between fridge and cellar temperature in a pub style pint glass. 2009 vintage.

Appearance- Pours a bright copper with a fiery red shimmer, while the head builds to about two fingers in height. It condenses slowly to a soapy topper, all the while providing a noticable sizzle on the ears. There is just a smattering of lacing, lasting only for seconds then disappearing completely.

Smell- The nose is a combination of Southern Comfort and manufactured spice aromas... nothing at all resembling pumpkin or squash, the classic benchmarks for the style. It's hot with alcohol, really an awful final presentation to offer with a photo and blurb of the brewmaster on the label. On a second pour with plenty of foam, I do get a suggestion of the hops buried within.

Taste- Oh boy... I will try to be nice here. The first flavor impressions I get are sweet, medicinal, boozy displays that struggle for balance. After a good swish, the hotness of the alcohol takes over and burns the palate, blistering any subleties or "pumpkin" character and leaving behind a scorched trail of heat and bitterness. A total fiasco.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Unfortunately at this point nothing can save this beer from the gallows, but at least the texture isn't terrible. It rises to a prickly, aggressive carbonation level and then subsides to a reasonably smooth finish. I'm not sure if this year's offering was majorly lacking in balance and overall structure, but I really hope for the brewery's sake that this recipe gets some serious attention and retooling.

yelterdow, Dec 28, 2009
Photo of Celtics76
3.65/5  rDev -2.4%

Well, I hope this beer tastes as impressive as the bottle looks. I love the gold foil wrapper and writeup on the back featuring a photo of much maligned Shipyard brewmaster Alan Pugsley.

Pours a dark, semi-clear orange with minimal head. Nice aroma of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Has a nice crisp taste. Cinnamon flavors at the forefront, which I expected considering how profoundly cinnamon Pumpkinhead is. Some spicy pumpkin flavors power through the wall of cinnamon as it warms. There is some bitterness at the finish as well.

This is one of Shipyard's best. However I would recommend a handful of Imperial pumpkin ales over this one - Wachusett's Imperial Pumpkin and Southern Tier's Pumking are 2 examples. But give it a shot - I always root hard for New England breweries.

Celtics76, Oct 06, 2012
Photo of weonfire
4.11/5  rDev +9.9%

Poured from a into two tulip glasses from a 650 mL bottle.

A - Very nice light/golden orange/brown. pencil thin head. headed faded after 1-2 min.

S - Beautiful pumpkin. spices are excellent. cinnamon, trace nutmeg - its very nice.

T - smells better than the taste. Pumpkin is there. but from the scent i was thinking this was going to be much more full bodied. that being said- it is not watery by any means. the pumpkin scent is just that wonderful it makes you think you're for something heavy.

M - high viscosity. for 9AVB alcohol is semi hidden. small burn on the tongue.

O - very nice beer. love the pumpkin. love the smell. had a few of these in my day. i would say very nice pumpkin beer. i will continue to buy.

weonfire, Jan 26, 2013
Photo of Nichols33
2.5/5  rDev -33.2%

Nichols33, Sep 09, 2014
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
84 out of 100 based on 1,199 ratings.