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

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Reviews: 449
Hads: 1,494
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 16.67%
Wants: 87
Gots: 270 | FT: 2
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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 cwps48
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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... (594 characters)

Photo of TheCorkStopsHere
4.29/5  rDev +17.2%
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! (2,175 characters)

Photo of loving44
1.56/5  rDev -57.4%
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. (259 characters)

Photo of indesertum
3.85/5  rDev +5.2%
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. (544 characters)

Photo of greg202stewart
2.67/5  rDev -27%
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. (393 characters)

Photo of Roose13
4.32/5  rDev +18%
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. (310 characters)

Photo of robhunta
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
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. (377 characters)

Photo of JMWEB2
3.42/5  rDev -6.6%
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. (384 characters)

Photo of cmadd
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
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. (633 characters)

Photo of DBoone
3.47/5  rDev -5.2%
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. (401 characters)

Photo of tang3nt
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
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. (770 characters)

Photo of BogleHill
4.56/5  rDev +24.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A crystal clear orange brew with fine carbonation. Lovely tiny bubbles! Aroma is lightly sweet, pumpkin and spice. Flavors are incredibly well balanced. All of the elements dance so well together. Sweet pumpkin and malts, spices and hops. Nothing is overdone. Very, very smooth and drinkable. 9%? who knew! Fantastic well made stuff! (333 characters)

Photo of kenpo23
3.76/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Waited for a nice cool day like today to drink this one. damn, that was hard as the bottle just screamed at me every day 'drink me! DRINK ME!'. Quality packaging job done here.

A: poured a very nice amber shade, just a hint shy of being able to call it orange. sadly, the lacing was pretty much nonexistant.

S: cinnamon, pumpkin, what more could you want.

T: i was pretty surprised with this one. tasted great! the cinnamon was very upfront in every sip followed by a mellow pumpkin flavor. alcohol taste? what alcohol taste....its barely there.

M: medium body, nice clean finish.

D: i think this would be a good beer for someone who is just starting with pumpkin brews. you can taste the pumpkin but still want to throw back quite a few of these. they go down easy! (771 characters)

Photo of GrumpyJunglist
3.69/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Stone IRS tulip

A: Poured a transparent peachy/orange. With a half finger to full finger of bright white orange head, that faded quickly.

S: Initial scent of pure malt goodness, as beer settled in the glass the pumpkin, yam scent became apparent.

T: First taste was just pure malts, could barely get any real taste of the pumpkin or anything. Gave the beer another minute to breathe. Upon second taste I realized it wasn’t so much the beer that needed time to settle, it was just the pumpkin portion of the beer was very mild. Definitely not up in your face like other beers using pumpkin and yams. The malts still dominate as the beer warms up, but that’s when the after taste of pumpkin appears with fading hints of the spices.

M: Mouthful of medium carbonation, with upfront malts with a touch of bread. Aftertaste is purely pumpkin, yams, and a little spice.

O: Overall, I will not say I am a fan of this style of beer, but I am a fan of DFH’s Punkin Ale, and The Bruery’s Autumn Maple. So I thought I would venture outside my norm. I won’t say I was disappointed with this beer, but definitely did not stand out or wow me. I would however pick up some more and save it for Thanksgiving, and Christmas Eve and Day. (1,247 characters)

Photo of mscottjohnston
4.33/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml into a tulip. Very carbonated 2 finger head. Light amber color. Nose is heavy on malt with very faint spices. Extremely complex taste: malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin. Finishes with honey and a spicy alcohol burn that is rather pleasant. Complexity of flavors surprised me a lot. Very enjoyable brew. (307 characters)

Photo of bcastine
2.67/5  rDev -27%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A: Clear filtered copper hue, head that dissipates immediately leaving you with a beer that looks like an orange apple juice.

S: Lots of pumpkin and nutmeg

T: Over the top, to much up front pumpkin, that doesn't really taste like real pumpkin. Not fan of the wheat malt in this style either.

M: good carbonation, medium bodied.

D: just to rich in pumpkin flavor and spices to go down easily. This was rather disappointing of a brew. But then again, a pumpkin ale doesn't have much buisness being imperialized, and this is a good example as to why. (553 characters)

Photo of aknight
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a beautiful amber/copperish color. The smell smells of sweetness. It tastes on the sweeter side. Less spicy than many pumpkin ales and also not as thin, but sweeter and with a decidedly more pumpkin taste. The mouthfeel is somewhat syrupy. For a 9% beer that is somewhat thin there is not the alcohol taste I would expect. The alcohol is well hidden under the sweetness and syrupiness. As a style, pumpkin beers often disappoint me but this one is a solid one. (466 characters)

Photo of ChugsMugs
3.23/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A- Amber brown, red hues. Poured with medium head say one finger. Some lacing but not full ribbons.

S- almost had a cider scent. Pumpkin smells came out but not as much as I had expected. Little nutmeg trace but hardly present.

T-Hint of nutmeg. Good pumpkin blast. Taste was most present with a big full gulp. Can taste the alcohol in it.

M- very smooth, a good balance between thick and thin.

D- pumpkin beers usually aren't for me (Shipyard Pumpkin head for example) but this one was milder on the pie taste and stronger with the alcohol. Worth a try but wont spend my $9 for another one. (595 characters)

Photo of hopking311
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours light orange..one finger head, dissapates quickly to a frothy ring..

smells light, wheaty.. vague pumpkin spices..

good carbonation.. with a medium body

Taste: Some pumpkin.. Some spice.. wheaty..

Definately amazing compared to Pumpkinhead..lol.. Bottle looks cool (275 characters)

Photo of umfskibum
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For what it's worth, everyone I've talked to about the beer refers to it as an "Imperial Pumpkinhead," so comparisons are inevitable.

The beer pours burnt orange in color, with a small white head of foam that lasts for a damn long time. The carbonation looks much lazier than in a lot of Shipyard brews; just a pleasant stream of bubbles floating up to the top of the glass. The nose is like an amped-up Pumpkinhead, with lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, and other fall spices dominating. I can happily report that there's a bit more going on behind the first sniff, with pale malt and real pumpkin smells coming through.

The beer tastes like an amped-up Pumpkinhead, but it's so much more than that. THIS is what I look for in a pumpkin beer. The pumpkin pie spices that were in the nose are all there, big and bold and full of flavor. Along with this is sweet pumpkin (real pumpkin!), bready malts, and a touch of brown sugar. The spicy hops make things just bitter enough, and really come through on the finish. Although the ABV is up around 9%, you definitely can't taste it in the beer at all. The beer feels nicely carbonated, and has a mouth-coating, long-lasting aftertaste.

I wish that this was the Shipyard seasonal on tap around Portland this fall. The beer is big and exciting, and (rather than an unsessionable high alcohol content) it totally surpasses the beer it was inspired by. (1,391 characters)

Photo of GWaters
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Grade: C

Poured from a 22 oz brown bomber into a frosted Sam Adams Oktoberfest Mug
Temperature: Cellar Temperature

Pour: Pours smooth with light carbonation. Small foamy head builds as the bottle empties. 1 finger of white foamy head.

Smell: Scent of nutmeg is the first and most obvious. There is a strong hint of Pumpkin, but it is would not be obvious if this wasn't listed as a pumpkin ale. Some notes of vanilla and caramel as well.

Taste: Starts with a spicey pumpkin taste. Like a pumpkin pie from the can that has more allspice than it should. As the mug goes down, the flavor mellow and eases into a more malty rich pumpkin flavor.

Mouthfeel: The pour would lead one to believe this beer may have some body, but the mouthfeel was flat and not really present other than a flat coating of spices that feel like they leave a sort of coating.

Drinkability: This is a strong ale that really doesn't excite. I am a big fan of pumpkin anything, adn I have to say this beer is just boring. have one for the novelty and move on.

I am disappointed with this beer. Shipyard has made some very decent beers, adn the Pugsley's Barley Wine was truly enjoyable. Sadly, I have to gice this beer a lower grade than I want. (1,224 characters)

Photo of LP_Tyler
3.73/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) is a very enjoyable fall ale. Although it is recognized as a big-bodied beer, for a 9% ABV is drinks lighter than anticipated.
It pours light coppery orange color with an aroma fall spices. The pumkin is not overbearing and it is very smooth. (296 characters)

Photo of Campello_IPA
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to brandy snifter

A- clear rich orange with a finger of white head, disipares down to almost nothing.

S- pumpkin, nutmeg, slight alcohol.

T- pumpkin, malts, some spice in the background.

M- good carbonation, medium body, alcohol is well masked.

O- one of my all time favorite pumpkin beers. If you're into the pumpkin beer thing the smashed pumpkin is a must. (371 characters)

Photo of edfish
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Pours a slightly dark amber, has a nice 2 finger head in a Harp Pint glass
Smell- light bread with pumpkin spice predominate
Taste sweet pumpkin spice, light alcohol taste
Mouthfeel is creamy , rich and the alcohol , but has a nice smooth finish.
overall a decent pumpkin has great lacing and feels good in the belly. Worth a try if you like pumpkin brew (355 characters)

Photo of Eando35
4.63/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought two 22oz bottles of this - poured a beautiful orange into a mason jar. The smell was amazing - felt like it was Thanksgiving and there was a pumpkin pie in the oven. There was a perfect balance of pumpkin spice and cinnamon in this beer to make it really enjoyable while also making sure it wasn't too overpowering like other pumpkin beers. The pour left a slightly orange head. Overall, I loved this beer, and I plan on buying it for the rest of the fall. (463 characters)

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
83 out of 100 based on 449 ratings.