Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) - Shipyard Brewing Co.
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3.1/5 rDev -17.3%
Had this a couple weeks ago and really liked it. Now it's time for a proper review. 22oz from 2012 into CS Cellar Reserve wine glass. A twist-off 22oz? Don't think I have ever seen that before. Less than a finger of head on the pour. Light brown colored head (almost white) and it holds up fairly well. Body is slightly cloudy but a gorgeous orange color. Some brown in it, but really nice. Laces well. Aroma is pretty typical amber ale. Slight alcohol burn, and only minimal pumpkin. The flavor is good pumpkin and clove, but something is off. A little bit of soap; floral notes. Mouthfeel is good with nice carbonation and solid body.
Overall the off flavor and lackluster aroma keep this beer down. Nice pumpkin flavor and very refreshing.
10-07-2012 19:41:02 | More by RuckusDu
3.53/5 rDev -5.9%
Poured from 22oz bottle into 16oz Samuel Adams Perfect Pint glass.
Appearance: Pours slightly hazy golden-orange in color with a large head that has a slight orange tint to it. The head dissipates fairly quickly and leaves behind a thick ring of lace and lots of foam.
Smell: Very sweet pumpkin dominates, which is backed up by sweet malts. Also has hints of spicy nutmeg.
Taste: Begins with a sweet wheat/caramel flavor along with pumpkin hints, finishing with mild nutmeg spiciness and some more pumpkin.
Mouthfeel: Heavy body with light, natural carbonation and a slightly watery, alcoholic finish.
Drinkability: A pretty good beer, and definitely a sipper. However, this one lacks enough balance to make it great.
09-29-2010 23:51:25 | More by Mosstrooper
4/5 rDev +6.7%
Bomber poured into a Duvel tulip. Clear orange body with a one finger white head. Decent retention and a smattering of lacing.
Very spicy aroma followed by a bit of pumpkin. Sweet, bready malt aroma follows.
A little sweet on the flavor, but overall a decent blend of the spices, pumpkin, malt and only a little notice of the alcohol.
Medium thickness in the mouthfeel. One of the better pumpkin ales I've had.
09-04-2011 23:56:08 | More by FanofHefe
3.59/5 rDev -4.3%
"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 Fahrenheit." Brewed in the style of a Pumpkin Ale
Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a pint glass. Served north of 55º Fahrenheit.
(Appearance) Pours a creamy white head over a mildly hazy orange head with some moderate carbonation. Retention is slightly above average with no lacing. Decent appearance. 3.25
(Smell) Tart pumpkin meat with a moderate sour characteristic, mild husky grain malt, and a mild grassy hop note. Fairly interesting aroma, I do enjoy the sourness in the aroma. 4
(Taste) Maple sugar, sweet pumpkin meat, moderate bitterness on the finish. Balance is distinctively sweet with a mild tartness, not nearly as intense as in the aroma. Spice profile is mild, some cinnamon, nutmeg but nothing major. Cloyingly sweet, maple syrup sweetness. 3.5
(Mouthfeel) Slick sweetness with mild carbonation. Body is medium+ for Pumpkin Ales, medium+ amongst all beers. Alcohol is well concealed. 3.5
(Overall) A very sweet tasting, sour smelling pumpkin beer. The pumpkin flavor isn't too shallow in this one, but the balance is very off. Not the best Pumpkin Ale I've had but all the problems are relating to things that are overdone instead of underdone, meaning it can easily be fixed and probably should to craft a really enjoyable ale. 3.5
Shipyard Brewing Company's
Smashed Pumpkin Ale
02-25-2013 06:57:25 | More by Jadjunk
3.78/5 rDev +0.8%
Smashed Pumpkin opens with an aroma that is unmistakably pumpkin, coming across like a well-made pumpkin pie topped with ice cream, or, if there were such a thing, a pumpkin float: not only pumpkin is here, but cinnamon and nutmeg, cloves and hints of anise, a graham cracker crust, and a dollop of vanilla ice cream. In fact, there's not much in the nose to reveal that this is, in fact, a beer, and the result is something I'd quite like to find in my glass during a Thanksgiving dinner dessert.
On the tongue, the beer begins with a fair bit of spice, with the cinnamon, nutmeg, and cloves joined by a wallop of allspice. Pumpkin flavors are actually subsumed beneath these spice notes, but are still present, bringing more subtle hints of the gourd than I would expect from this beer. Hops no doubt add a healthy bitterness, as well as citrus flavors, but this melange is largely overshadowed by spice, as are the grain flavors, which barely peek through at the edges in shades of toast. The heavy spice notes do not fade with subsequent sips, but do cause a burning sensation on the soft palate and in the throat. The aftertaste is mainly spice, with some toast and biscuit notes from the grains, and lingers--at least for the spices--for quite a while. Mouthfeel is medium, and carbonation is medium to medium-high, adding to the soft palate burn.
Overall, this beer begins well, with a delicious aroma that reminds me instantly of grandma's house, and places this beer on par with Southern Tier's Pumking in terms of enticing pumpkin-flavored beer scents. But the beer proves far too spicy on the tongue, and the resulting imbalance unfortunately takes away from the pumpkin and ale flavors. It's still a very nice pumpkin beer, mind you--much better fare than many of its peers--and the 9% ABV is well hidden by sugars and flavor, but as a whole the brew wants for balance and a shade more subtlety.
09-03-2011 00:58:51 | More by jondeelee
2.83/5 rDev -24.5%
4 oz. sample poured on draft. Pours a light amber hue. Nose is very subdued. Nearly nonexistent. The taste is weird. I feel like I'm drinking the syrup from a jar of maraschino cherries. WTF. Strangely enough, this is one of very few pumkin beers where I can taste...PUMPKIN. That's nice. The mouthfeel is very thin and sweet. That cherry taste persists throughout. Overall this is just a strange beer. Don't know what they were going for here.
10-20-2011 18:21:19 | More by Retail1LO
3.5/5 rDev -6.7%
Poured from the bomber into a glass, it has copper color body with a a small head. The smell has some pumpkin notes and spices. The taste has a strong spice complexity and some pumpkin to it. The mouthfeel is nice for a 9%. Overall is a good beer.
10-02-2013 18:42:37 | More by chefhatt
2.17/5 rDev -42.1%
A: Pours a transparent pumpkin color with a small soapy head, no retention given the abv
S: Faint spice and raw pumpkin along with a big honey note. Everything is subtle and faint, the malts are light and don't give anything. Not impressive at all, and I love pumpkin beers
T: To say this tastes like Red Stripe with spices and a dash of raw unsweetened pumpkin would be accurate. Big sweetness and honey come through followed by some faint cinnamon and nutmeg. The aftertaste is of ginger ale...no pumpkin to be found
MF/O: Good feel to this one, pretty thick, alcohol is hidden well but warms. This is not a good example of a pumpkin beer at all...in fact this is the second worst pumpkin ale I've had aside from Shipyard's regular pumpkin ale...there are much better examples out there
09-18-2011 01:10:21 | More by scottyshades
3.48/5 rDev -7.2%
22 oz bottle poured into a tulip at cellar temperature.
L – Medium amber color with a 1-finger bubbly white head that rapidly dissipates. No lacing. Clear with an average number of carbonation bubbles.
S – Cereal and wheat malts, pumpkin, nutmeg, and a bit of alcohol. Not nearly as spice-heavy as a lot of pumpkin beers.
T – Starts off sweet with lots of pumpkin. Taste transitions to a grainy wheat flavor before finishing on a spicy note with nutmeg and spicy hop notes. A bit of alcohol becomes apparent in the finish, especially as the beer warms.
F – Medium-bodied with lots of carbonation at first (dissipates rapidly), a sticky and mouth-coating feel, and a spicy and very dry finish. Nutmeg and hop spice lingers for a nice amount of time and melds with the throat-warming sensation from the alcohol.
O – This is a pretty good pumpkin beer and one of the few that showcases the actual pumpkin rather than pumpkin pie spices. At first, the high ABV isn’t apparent at all, and the beer is very drinkable for 9%. As the beer warms, though, the alcohol becomes much more apparent and takes a little bit away from the overall flavor. I’d also like to see a little better head retention and some lacing to go along with all that carbonation that’s there right after opening. Still, this is a tasty beer and much, much better than that other pumpkin beer that Shipyard makes.
09-10-2012 04:20:11 | More by BlackBelt5112203
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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