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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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465 Reviews
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Reviews: 465
Hads: 1,575
Avg: 3.67
pDev: 29.7%
Wants: 92
Gots: 316 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  9.00% ABV

Availability: Rotating

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Beer added by: Casey10 on 08-31-2009

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Photo of brianjay
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

August means pumpkin beer! Well, I guess it does now...
I poured this into the suggested glassware (shaker glass) from one of those classy looking 22oz bottle.

How's it look?
Cloudy, yet glowing, orange body with a wisp of bright white foam on top. The head fades quickly into a ring.

How's it smell?
Smells are all of fresh spices and fruit, aromas of nutmeg and orange peel are strongest.

How's it taste?
Refreshing, light taste. More like a wheat beer strained through a pumpkin pie. It picks up the scent of pumpkin, but it does not hold the robust flavors of this typical fall season beer, with the exception of some nutmeg. The 9% alcohol is virtually untraceable.

Light on the finish; there is a hint of cinnamon and pepper.

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Photo of schwansmantr
2.82/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

look -hazy copper with 2 fingers of white head worth light carbonation and lacing.

smell-cinnamon and ginger and strong alcohol

Taste-some spices of nutmeg, , ginger and brown sugar with a dry bitterness at the end. the warmer it got the better it tasted.

feel -is medium

I again as with many of these Pumpkin beers get very little of a pumpkin taste and instead get a strong hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. Sorry but if I purchase a Pumpkin beer well then that's what I expect. The warmer this beer got the better it taste but it still was leaving my mouth very dry and just unsatisfied. letter grad would be a D+

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Photo of Jackofallbrews
2.99/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

To give this one credit I did discover last year's batch lurking in my beer cellar, but it clocks in at 9% ABV so I figured it would still be drinkable. Aroma has malty sweetness, nutmeg, and an earthy tartness. The color is a slightly hazy deep orange, with a large white head. Flavor has an initial burst of sweet malt, fading to a pleasant nutmeg character. This has some Sweet-Tart flavors in the tail end mixed with a musty earthiness. Very notable alcohol burn and a bitter astringent finish. Starts great, ends not so good. Perhaps the age has hurt this one, but I haven't had it fresh so I just have to judge based on what is in my glass! I give it a low score for the unpleasant finish--wife and I didn't finish it.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a light orange color with a 2 finger head that quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing left behind.

S: Smell is of pumpkin and nutmeg. A touch of cinnamon and clove. Something sweet is also
there but I can't quite put my finger on it.

T: Taste is mainly of nutmeg with some maltiness. Pumpkin is there, but not as detectable as it
is on the nose. Clove is also coming through. Some sweetness on the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body. Carbonation is medium-high. For it being 9% abv I
must say the alcohol is masked very well and is only really perceived once the beer becomes warm.

O: Overall I felt this beer had a bit more spice then pumpkin flavors. It wasn't one of the best pumpkin ales, but it was good. The alcohol was masked insanely well for 9% abv. I would pick this up again.

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Photo of beerman21
4.59/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I seriously doubted that i could ever find a decent Pumpkin Ale. I Always finished a pint disappointed. The idea of having a beer made of Pumpkins is inventive and brings memories to some, of childhood and Halloween or thanksgiving. Unfortunately I've always had something tasting closer to a Pumpkin malt liquor or worse a Pumpkin soda then a beer. Fortunately I found Shipyards Smashed Pumpkin.

Poured from a 22oz bomber ABV 9%, never have I seen a Pumpkin beer boasting that high of a ABV. They always intend these as session beers for the holidays one of the reasons why i never think they do well.

A-Copper color with a orange hue, head dissipates but remains about a quarter finger. Pretty disent in appearance, rather slow responding carbonation but then again i poured this at a 60 degree temp, they recommend 55.

Smell- Finally, a complex, deep and well festive concoction. Very on point to what these beers should smell like, nothing artificial here. Smells like a well crafted complex brew. Upfront right away is not what you expect, Cinnamon! hot peppered candy cinnamon. Then the pumpkin presents itself, strait out of what seems like a hot oven. Ginger, deep rummy molasses. Smells very warming almost like a hot steaming Pumpkin pie to hot to cut into. Very inviting. Great malt sweetness and pumpkin come through well.

Taste- like eating warm alcohol soaked pumpkin pie crust. Don’t let me stray you away from this beer, it is very much a beer and taste like one. Warming spice infused with the high ABV just relaxes you and gears you up for the holidays. It really warms you up. Tastes of Cinnamon, ginger, all spice, rum and well more unsweetened baked pumpkin. Must be the malts they use but it resembles to me sweet pie crust. Delicious!

Mouthful/D/O- coats your mouth well, the pumpkin ale flavor lingers and dissipates just in time for you to want to take another sip. Leaving this beer fairly drinkable and tade bit dangerous for being a high ABV at 9%. Really though thanksgiving and Halloween isn’t that what you want!? Anyways great stuff, truly the only Pumpkin beer I've ever been impressed by. Go out and buy it today if you can.

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Photo of robertgurley
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served from a bottle into glass; not a very impressive pumpkin beer. Considering some of the other beers in the style, I don't really see any reason to purchase this one over the others. Very subtle pumpkin notes (too subtle) and a bitter finish. No problem finishing the bottle; but next time I'm going with a pumpking.

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Photo of Trystero
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz 2011 vintage poured into a Hair of the Dog Tulip. I've had this beer in the past but this is the first time this season.

Appearance: Pale golden copper color. Unexpectedly like a wheat or pale ale for a pumpkin beer. Aggressive pour with a large foam head that dwindles into a halo around the top of the brew.

Smell: Robust smell of smashed (hah) and pureed pumpkin pie and fresh pumpkins. Very minimal on the flavors common to this style such as cinnamon. Hints of nutmeg, light roasted malts and the fainest nose of hop grassyness underneath all that pumpkin.

Taste: Sweet sugar, candied pumpkins and pumpkin pie followed by a dash of nutmeg a pinch of chewy malt and finished off by grassy hops and a slight alcohol burn.

Mouthfeel: Low carbonation, slight lacing after each sip, thick and heavy mouthfeel that works well with this style.

Overall: A pretty solid pumpkin ale considering Shipyard's other offering. Good brew to tide one over till September.

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Photo of Jree261
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Appearance-Cloudy golden amber with an eggshell foam that dissipates quickly out of the bottle.

Smell-Cinnamon. Nutmeg. Pumpkin.

Taste-Lots of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin. Same as the nose. Slight cherry from the ale itself but this is pretty much liquefied pumpkin bread.

Mouthfeel-Lighter style makes for easier drinking and has a great, long finish.

Overall-A little strange to be drinking in August but come October when the temperatures start to drop and yams are in season this is going to be a necessity.

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Photo of AyeMito
4.76/5  rDev +29.7%

This beer is truly something different and stands out from other pumpkin beers out there. It has very rich flavor of pumpkin complimented with a slighter notes of yams, cranberry, and cinnamon to liven it up. It has a bold and ripe flavor that is quite refreshing compared to most pumpkin beers with load up on spice and lack on pumpkin flavor. To me, its very well done. Its an absolute pleasure to drink and I would recommend to anyone!

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Photo of uawildcat
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Look: This beer looks good, nice head that stays around, light copper color. Compared to other pumpkin beers I think this looks far better.

Smell: Holy shit, what did they make this out of? It smells like a pumpkin pie, but there is something really off. Its almost as if you accidentally dumped in all the nutmeg and clove. Its overpowering and off-putting to me. There is underlying sweetness as well. Overtime it becomes less off putting as you become used to it.

Taste: Remember when you were a kid and thought because of the smell vanilla or spices would taste good. It is the same experience with this beer. At first the taste is over-powering and too strong. Luckily though, there is enough sweetness in this beer and eventually you become taste-blind. The redeeming quality is that it does try to replicate the flavor of a pumpkin pie.

Feel: Nothing wrong here. It doesn't taste too hot, too sticky, or weird carbonation. Beats quite a few other beers of this style that seems to have messed up carbonation.

Overall: This is a beer that when you are pouring it looks great. The initial smell is promising but then overwhelming. The taste at first is too strong, but overtime it does become better. I think that mixing this beer with Southern Tier Pumking might taste good.

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Photo of TheBigLebrewski
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before I get to the criteria, great photo!, and I want to say this beer tastes more like pumpkin pie than any I've had.

An orangish light brown resting beautifully in a goblet. The head pretty quickly dissipates. Not cloudy, though the color holds in the light.

Smell, again, is all pumpkin pie, and the sort that implies you need to eat a slice. Nutmeg is enjoyably present, perking the taste buds for what comes next.

Taste, as I've mentioned, is: on-point-after-Thanksgiving-dinner pumpkin pie. Not too sweet in any respect; more of the allspice that is vital to a good pumpkin pie, the perfect stir of nutmeg, without the cinnamon overtaking it. Not much else to say about it, but don't think I'm not enjoying this one!

Mouthfeel is great. Thick enough to meet the expectations of the type, but equally easy drinking. The allspice lingers in the back of the mouth, though not detrimentally - kind of just reminding you what you're drinking. A damn good time if your looking for the pied version of a pumpkin ale. Thank you Pugsley!

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Photo of jmarvin4189
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - a hazy orange color with about a finger of foam

Smell - a pumpkin smell with some alcohol tinge to it

Taste - is very similar to a pumpkin pie with a hint of beer added in... its very different but yet very enjoyable

Mouthfeel - very smooth and refreshing, perfect for the fall

Drinkability - very drinkable, nice and easy and goes down very smooth

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Photo of cwps48
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Pours a clear orange color with a nice small head. Head dissipates to a little brim around the glass. Little to no lacing.

S: Pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Caramel malts. Smells largely spicy though.

T: Pumpkin and nutmeg up front, cinnamon on the way down. Sweet, but balanced by booziness of the beer. Nice warming sensation on the way down.

M: Decent carbonation. Goes down nicely considering the high abv. Not too dry of a finish, leaves you wanting another sip.

D: Easy to drink. Could definitely see myself going through a couple of these tonight. Problem is the high price tag...

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Photo of the_awesometeer
4/5  rDev +9%

Appearance - Golden/orange color. White head that disappears quickly.

Smell - Sweet smell of vanilla and pumpkin with a hint of nutmeg.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied and smooth. Nice warm finish of alcohol and spice.

Taste - Sweet like pumpkin pie at first then the cinnamon and nutmeg kick in to balance it out.

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Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The third stop on my tour of this years pumpkin beers, this is another brew that I've been waiting for, the Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin Ale. When I was introduced to this one last year, the representative explained to me about the creation of the Smashed Pumpkin. From what I understood, the Pumpkinhead has become so popular, that altering the recipe would be impossible. But, they wanted to kick the pumpkin up a notch, and what was born was the "Smashed Pumpkin."

The Smashed Pumpkin pours out a darker shade of burnt orange, to almost a tawny or rust color. The foam is lighter in color than the Weyerbacher, more of an old lace hue. The foam is much more lively though, a full two-fingers, with plenty of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass. There's actually so much carbonation that I'm surprised a screw-cap holds this beer back properly.

I take a wiff, and oh yes, that's nice. Lots of sweet pumpkin aromas on the nose, but fairly mild on the spice side of things. For a 9% abv, I can't smell the alcohol at all; it's completely over-powered by the pumpkin. I can get some hints of typical pumpkie pie spices, but they are very subtle.

And after taking a sip, I'm still enjoying this experience thoroughly. Following suit with the aromas, there's quite a bit of sweet pumpkin on my palate, but very little spices. The pumpkin is not intense though, it's a very soft, smooth, sweeter style of pumpkin flavor. There is still a touch of spices there, but hard to pick out. Like the smell of the Smashed Pumpkin, it's as if someone was just cutting into a fresh pumpkin pie. You know, for that minute or two before you bite into it, when you can smell the pumpkin, but barely detect the spices. As the beer warms up to room temperature, the spices are a bit more evident, but still hidden behind the pumpkin itself.

In conclusion, by third stop on the Pumpkin Brew trail has been a very nice stop. The Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin is a pumpkin-dominated big-boy beer for the folks that really love pumpkin beer (like me). It's a little sweet, relatively easy drinking, and a pretty good representation of pumpkin beer. If you see one on the shelf, give it a try!

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

drinking this now
copper orange appearance
not much head at all
smells great pumpkin cinnamon and ginger and strong alcohol
taste is same pumpkin cinnamon and ginger
leaves bit of a bitter taste and alcohol aftertaste
overall solid pumpkin seasonal
compared to southern tier pumking which i had recently not as much of a "bite of pumpkin pie in a sip" but still a solid pumpkin seasonal
would drink again but i think i am done with pumpkin beers for this year

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Photo of loving44
1.56/5  rDev -57.5%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Horrible. A sickly sweet syrupy mess with one hell of an alcohol burn. No balance, weak body, pale uninspiring color. Just not a good beer, and for almost $10 a bottle I feel ripped off. It's clear that there are few pumpkin ales that are more than a gimmick.

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Photo of indesertum
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

pours a nice golden hazy honey color. one finger head. retention is average. almost non existent lacing.

not really much on the nose initially. a little nutmeg. strong pumpking flavor after awhile. a little musty

strong canned pumpkin flavor. spices. nutmeg. maybe cloves. nice sweetness. tart. little hop bitterness or flavor. very sweet. a little overwhelming

good carbonation. texture is not bad. slightly syrupy

i dont understand the Fs and D-s this gets. This is a pretty good pumpkin beer. I'd put it up there with punkin and pumking.

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Photo of greg202stewart
2.67/5  rDev -27.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Comes in a bomber with a fancy gold wrapper around the neck, and pours a dark reddish orange with a head that quickly fades. The smell is spicy and sweet. Rhe taste is way spicey, I think I taste peppermint or cinamon, unfortunaley not so much the pumpkin spice I was hoping for. The sweet spice is so overpowering on this one that I think it could be an X-mas beer rather than a fall pumpkin.

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Photo of Roose13
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

A: Orange. Had a nice two-finger white head

S: Smelled like pumpkin pie. Nutmeg, spices

T: Vanilla, pumpkin pie, cream, nutmeg. It tasted like a slice of pie

M: Medium body, lightly carbonated. Tastes lasts a long time too.

Overall. Damn good pumpkin beer. Top five for sure.

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Photo of robhunta
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clear orange appearance.

Medium strength aroma of spices

Malty flavor with additions of pumpkin pie spices.

has a bit of a tinge that I can't really explain, tingly, not very smooth.

Fairly drinkable, although some warm alcohol taste

Overall I like the beer in comparison to other pumpkin ales, certainly better than Shipyard's Pumpkinhead which I am not impressed with.

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Photo of JMWEB2
3.42/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Amber orange, nice head slowly dissipates and leaves some retention and lacing.

S: I smelled some nutmeg and a little clove the pumpkin and all spice is subtle, not the focus here.

T: Sweet, nice and smooth, good nutmeg flavor. The pumpkin flavor is present... very smooth.

M: Medium body, nice carb. Very smooth beer, almost creamy.

O: A very solid pumpkin beer, good flavors.

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Photo of cmadd
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Finger and a half of head, retains it nicely. Beautiful clear light yellow with amber centre.

S: Apple, allspice, cinnamon, yeasty spice.

T: Cinnamon allspice and a yeasty spice bomb. Gourd in the middle followed by vegetal bitterness.

M: Light carbonation. Beautifully full, not creamy.

O: Maybe the weirdest pumpkin ale I've tried so far, with the yeast playing a major role. That's ok, because I honestly find pumpkin ales struggling for palatable flavours. The pumpkin is usually too gourdy and subtle, so breweries depend on spice bombs, or worse diacetyl bombs. This is a refreshing take, and it was executed quite well.

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Photo of DBoone
3.47/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A poured from bomber, nice orange color, little to no head, no lacing
S Pumpkin, nutmeg, no hops noticed in smell at all
T pumpkin, nutmeg, some alcohol astringency here.
M Decent, medium, still some alcohol noticed when drinking
D I could not drink more than one of these in a session.
Have this one with some turkey and dressing when you are celebrating Thanksgiving with family and friends. Cheers.

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Photo of tang3nt
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

I typically don't care for pumpkin beers, but my lady loves 'em and we decided to give this one a shot and split it.
It pours a hazy orange color that almost glows, with a big white head that faded away pretty quick.
Aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg.
It has quite a bit of pumpkin flavor, unlike most pumpkin beers which are way too over-spiced in my opinion. Although there are a lot of the traditional things going on, mainly nutmeg and clove, it is at just the right amount. It tastes pretty damn good.
This beer is a bit hot and I enjoy the extra alcohol to warm me up. Being that is is fairly carbonated, it goes down quite smooth. This has to be the best pumpkin beer I've had yet, although I probably wouldn't buy again because I realize this style just isn't for me.

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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 465 ratings.