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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Smashed Pumpkin - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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75 Ratings
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Ratings: 75
Reviews: 19
rAvg: 3.88
pDev: 14.18%
Wants: 32
Gots: 21 | FT: 3
Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co. visit their website
Maine, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  11.40% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: davey101 on 11-01-2012)
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Reviews by neophilus:
Photo of neophilus
4.3/5  rDev +10.8%
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.

neophilus, Dec 25, 2013
More User Reviews:
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4.5/5  rDev +16%

JakerLou, Oct 13, 2014
Photo of Cavanaghty
4.5/5  rDev +16%
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.

Cavanaghty, Nov 21, 2012
Photo of ccurrid
4/5  rDev +3.1%

ccurrid, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
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.

mdaschaf, Nov 22, 2012
Photo of George1799
5/5  rDev +28.9%

George1799, Oct 10, 2013
Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

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.

Chuck_IPA_Mathus, Thursday at 01:42 PM
Photo of ChrisL24481
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

ChrisL24481, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev +0.8%
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.

puboflyons, Feb 08, 2013
Photo of kkmiller76
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

kkmiller76, Sep 29, 2014
Photo of Cmteagardin
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Cmteagardin, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of Rhettroactive
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Rhettroactive, Sep 23, 2014
Photo of DerekMorgan
4/5  rDev +3.1%

DerekMorgan, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of BostonPhilly
3.5/5  rDev -9.8%

BostonPhilly, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Soxfan45
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Soxfan45, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of drewone
1.75/5  rDev -54.9%

drewone, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of davey101
4.05/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Limited Edition 2012, Bottle No 00992. Cellar Aged. 750 ml C+C bottle into a tulip at cellar temperature.

A - Pours a slightly hazy dark orange body with two finger off white head. A nice cap settles in. Excellent lacing and retention with some alcohol legs.

S - Pumpkin pie spice in the form of cinnamon, nutmeg, and all spice. Light pumpkin flesh and brown sugar. The finish is buttery with a touch of vanilla and oak. Very delicate and inviting. I was expecting a bourbon bomb but it's actually very subtle.

T - Pumpkin pie spices lead into rich and buttery bourbon notes. Not overtly sweet or bourbon rich, this seems to be a perfect balance of flavors. The aftertaste is of cinnamon and a light booze warmth.

M - Medium bodied. Somewhat silky but with low carbonation. Drinkability is quite high.

O - Pumpkinhead is the laughing stock of the pumpkin beer community...which I guess isn't staying much. But the smashed version has always been a huge improvement to a mediocre beer. Stuffing that beer into a bourbon barrel just works. Its light and subtle and provides just the right oak, vanilla, and buttery notes to compliment the spice heavy base beer. Excellent beer.

davey101, Nov 01, 2012
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Morey, Saturday at 01:04 PM
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

SocalKicks, May 26, 2014
Photo of gcamparone
2.63/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a 750 mL bottle into a oversize wine glass. Bottle #6093. Purchased in North Providence, RI.

A- Pours an amber honey colored body with a 2 inch head that reduces slowly and leaves some retention. Little lacing.

S- I was slightly taken aback by the aroma of this beer. It's really not what I was expecting. The aroma is overtaken by a sharp grassy, earthy, oddly spiced smell that I can't quite put my finger on. Cinnamon and some pumpkin comes through too, mixed with a strong cheap whiskey aroma. I was really hoping the taste would redeem this beer.

T- The first flavors to touch the tongue is mixture of rotten orange peel, grassy, herby spices and a somewhat cloying whisky taste. Next up is a slight cinnamon, nutmeg flavor with oak and maybe some vanilla. The herbal, grassy flavors make me nauseous. Bad bottle?

M- Medium-light body, medium carbonation.

I wasn't very impressed with this one. It's lacking balance, flavor, and the bourbon barrels really didn't work well with the odd mixture of spicy notes. The grassy, herbal aroma and taste overtook any good aspects of this beer. I hope this was a bad bottle. I will re-review if I try again with different results.

gcamparone, Oct 07, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

JorSince88, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of SpartanCavie
4.2/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a stemmed glass, with a 'honey' color true to the bottle's description. Foggy, and almost opaque.

The smell of spice and the non-hop/aroma creates an almost sour scent. It may be the high ABV plus spice combination creating the effect.

As others have mentioned, this beer has a surprisingly low alcohol taste, given its high ABV. I kept waiting for it to kick in, but it never did.

Taste is crisp at first, while the flavors arrive. The pumpkin isn't overbearing, as is often the case with other pumpkin beers. Rather, each flavor appears to be represented equally. This is potentially a downside, for those who prefer a strong pumpkin flavor to dominate the palate.

The finish is clean, like that of a 20+ year aged scotch. Between tastes, however, it feels thick. As another reviewer stated, it feels viscous.

SpartanCavie, Dec 27, 2012
Photo of johnnnniee
3.98/5  rDev +2.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy orange amber color with a smallish white head that quickly dissipates to a cap. Smells of bourbon and oak with a huge hit of pie spices and a bit of malty caramel. Hop aroma, well I can't find any behind the pungent nutmeg and allspice. The flavor is actually kind of complex. Sweet sugary malt with a bit of alcohol, some oaky vanilla, a hint of bourbon and a shit ton of pie spices. Long lingering sweet spicy flavor long after each sip. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a sugary spicy mouthfeel. To be honest I have no idea what possessed me to pick up this bottle as I normally despise Shipyard beers. Well color me pleasantly surprised by this beer! The sweet malt the spice and the bourbon treatment just really seem to work with this beer.

johnnnniee, Nov 04, 2012
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4/5  rDev +3.1%

Chisfinest84, Apr 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

WesFoxlove, Sep 01, 2014
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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Smashed Pumpkin from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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