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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Smashed Pumpkin - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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118 Ratings
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Ratings: 118
Reviews: 25
rAvg: 3.91
pDev: 12.79%
Wants: 36
Gots: 29 | FT: 3
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Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  11.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: davey101 on 11-01-2012

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Ratings: 118 | Reviews: 25
Reviews by neophilus:
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4.29/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Coffee colored brown ale pours with a decent tan head, some good lacing. Medium opaque body lets some light shine through.

Good malty aroma on the nose up front with caramel notes, deeper and richer malt and caramel than the standard Smashed Pumpkin. Pie spices are there as well but more subdued and in harmony in this version.

Rich and luscious caramel malt body delivers a solid flavor with the first sip. Pie spices are in harmony with the sweet malt body. Bourbon barrel aging adds some spicy sweetness that compliments the spices. Ginger is the dominant spice flavor which is typical - not my favorite and I think it is the downfall of many a good pumpkin beer but here it is barely held back by the bourbon barrel aging.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin for my liking, such a rich and complex beer deserves a heavy body to carry it. Still though this is one of the better uses of bourbon barrel aging I have found and truly enhances the pumpkin style.

More User Reviews:
Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.5/5  rDev +15.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Bottle #02825 2012 Edition.

Appearance: Hazy light brown/amber color. Thin biege head that went away quickly.

Smell: Pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg. Bourbon/Scotch smell, and alcohol is strong.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth, full bodied and warm. Alcohol, bourbon, and nutmeg up front. Stays a very spicy and warm beer throughout.

Overall: Not what I expected, but very well crafted. Glad I spent the money on this one to enjoy around Thanksgiving. Couldn't think of a better one to try on this holiday.

Photo of ccurrid
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.45/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a rather light orange/amber color with a small tan head on top with little bits of lacing that form all around the glass.

S: A heft amount of spices, both cinnamon and nutmeg, with a bit of bourbon, mostly vanilla and a bit of caramel.

T: More spices on the flavor profile and more vanilla, with less bourbon. The spices come through again as cinnamon and nutmeg with a bit of clove and pumpkin spice.

M: Medium bodied, but on the thin side for what I was expecting/hoping for. Medium carbonation. Little bit of warmth as it goes down.

O: It was ok, a little thin. Better than regular smashed, but I was hoping for a bit more from this one.

Photo of Rob_Reed
5/5  rDev +27.9%

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3.93/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of George1799
5/5  rDev +27.9%

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

anohter great pumpkin for a non pumpkin fan

no real distinguishing aroma

bourbon barrel aged is the secret. I am not apumpkin fan at all, but both the fall pumpkin beers I like have come from the bourbon barrel.

little spendy though for what you get.

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +2.3%

Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From corked, caged bottle no. 01455, 2012 batch. Sampled on February 7, 2013.

So it is a few months past season but the pour is still very attractive copper-orange with the soft, silky off-white to tannish head that sits on top the whole time. Nice clarity.

On the nose I am getting plenty of malts and pumpkin spice and a bit more booze than I might have hoped for.

The body is full and creamy.

The taste is also fairly boozy like the aroma with the pumpkin spice up first and the bourbon in the batter's box. It is too bad it was more like hard liquor than a pumpkin ale but that might have been due to the amount of time that passed since this was bottled.

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3.75/5  rDev -4.1%

Photo of ZenBiscuits
3.86/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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4.25/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of Cmteagardin
3.25/5  rDev -16.9%

Photo of smanson56
4.21/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had bottles of the 2012 and 2013 BBA Smashed Pumpkin I found the 2012 to be much smoother with less of the bourbon taste than the 2013 which to me was the better beer with a nice strong bourbon finish.

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2.5/5  rDev -36.1%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.04/5  rDev +3.3%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -10.5%

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4/5  rDev +2.3%

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4.08/5  rDev +4.3%

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