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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Smashed Pumpkin - Shipyard Brewing Co.

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BA SCORE
87
very good

55 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 55
Reviews: 16
rAvg: 3.89
pDev: 14.14%
Wants: 28
Gots: 16 | FT: 2
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 puboflyons:
Photo of puboflyons
3.91/5  rDev +0.5%

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
More User Reviews:
Photo of Cavanaghty
4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

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 +2.8%

ccurrid, Apr 12, 2014
Photo of mdaschaf
3.45/5  rDev -11.3%

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 +28.5%

George1799, Oct 09, 2013
Photo of ChrisL24481
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

ChrisL24481, Nov 23, 2012
Photo of Cmteagardin
3.25/5  rDev -16.5%

Cmteagardin, Apr 25, 2014
Photo of DerekMorgan
4/5  rDev +2.8%

DerekMorgan, Sep 23, 2013
Photo of BostonPhilly
3.5/5  rDev -10%

BostonPhilly, Oct 13, 2013
Photo of Soxfan45
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Soxfan45, Jul 08, 2013
Photo of drewone
1.75/5  rDev -55%

drewone, Oct 27, 2013
Photo of davey101
4.05/5  rDev +4.1%

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
Photo of SocalKicks
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

SocalKicks, May 26, 2014
Photo of gcamparone
2.78/5  rDev -28.5%

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
Photo of JorSince88
3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

JorSince88, Nov 30, 2013
Photo of SpartanCavie
4.2/5  rDev +8%

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 +2.3%

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
Photo of Chisfinest84
4/5  rDev +2.8%

Chisfinest84, Apr 20, 2013
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3.75/5  rDev -3.6%

WesFoxlove, Sep 01, 2014
Photo of Gosox8787
3.5/5  rDev -10%

Presentation: 750 mL corked and caged bottle from 2012. Bottle 01492. Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Served slightly chilled.

Appearance: Dark orange to medium brown in color. A very light beige lacing that forms around the edges.

Aroma: Big cinnamon and nutmeg upfront clashes with the bourbon and a pretty noticable alcohol aroma. The barrel notes are not completely integrated at this point. Some subtle vanilla and pumpkin notes are there as well. Much more spice forward than I remember the base beer.

Taste: Still has a big spice note, like the aroma, but the barrel seems more evenly integrated. Nice combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice lends an interesting spice note. Some caramel and a touch of butter from the base beer. Bourbon and vanilla notes provide some complexity and added heat.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a nice bit of carbonation.

Overall, I like this beer, but it still feels far too hot. The barrel is clearly not fully integrated yet and the final beer feels hot. Still despite all the flaws here, I am still enjoying the beer. Perhaps some time would do this well. Right now, it is too hot and unbalanced.

Gosox8787, Nov 15, 2012
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4.75/5  rDev +22.1%

cdl, Oct 14, 2013
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4.5/5  rDev +15.7%

Kruja5, Oct 20, 2013
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4/5  rDev +2.8%

AlTrombley, Dec 30, 2012
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4.25/5  rDev +9.3%

hipboy221, Oct 25, 2013
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3.5/5  rDev -10%

seplo, May 21, 2013
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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Smashed Pumpkin from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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