Pugsley's Signature Series: Smashed Pumpkin | Shipyard Brewing Company

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Pugsley's Signature Series:  Smashed PumpkinPugsley's Signature Series:  Smashed Pumpkin

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Pumpkin Beer

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A big-bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aromas of pumpkin and nutmeg.

Added by Casey10 on 08-31-2009

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Ratings: 1,630 |  Reviews: 486
Photo of Nunya
3.64/5  rDev -2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nass
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

This taste artificial and nasty like their Shipyard pumpkinhead. Anybody that thinks this makes for a good pumpkin beer is tasteless moron. This pumpkin ale is not fit for consumption. Cheers! D- (60-64) score range

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Photo of blissfulNemo
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Treated as an imperial pumpkin ale, this was poured into a snifter.
The appearance was a semi-dark murky orange to amber color with a thick foamy off white head that dissipated fairly quick.
The aroma had some sweet pumpkin extract up front with some vanilla extract, sweet wood, caramel/toffee malts, sweet earthiness and ended with a slight blend of allspice/ginger/cinnamon sort of thing going on.
The flavor leaned towards the sweet side initially and ended up flowing on into the sweet woodiness before a slight tickle of boozy sweetness collided into the overall mixture. Spices seemed barely there. Aftertaste ran with the caramel/toffee malts playing with the pumpkin sweetness.
The mouthfeel was about medium bodied with a cloying character about it causing it to be a sipper. Some boozy heat came across sticking to my tongue (yes, the ABV was felt). Carbonation seemed a bit off - I'd say under.
Overall, as an imperial pumpkin, aromas and flavors seem fairly good. Mouthfeel takes a hit on this one. There's a lot of pumpkin ales on the market, so I'm unsure if I'd come back to this.

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Photo of claminat420
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured heavily into my libbey's porter glass. BB.02.23.18 marked on bottle.

Appearance- the slightest bit of transparent amber color with a fluffy off white head. leaves minimal lacing.

Aroma- Cinnamon and nutmeg. not potent. good.

Taste- like the smell but lighter. has a nice mellow biscuit malt kicking off from it. as it warms the abv is wayyy more noticeable but cold it's not bad at all. getting a weird note which isn't bad. I don't know if it's a weird hop or the yeast throwing off a bubblegum note but either way it's not bad.

Mouthfeel- medium/ slight heavy body. just a tad over carbonated in my opinion.

Drinkability- easily kill the four pack.

Overall- if you're in the mood for a pumpkin brew this beer is a good choice. the most negative thing I could say about this brew is it's carbonation level but even that isn't bad. as it warms it get's meaner. the abv kicks up and the spice notes get more pronounced. even as it warms the carbonation seems to get better which is a plus. a really good holiday sipper. the pumpkin category is thin at best and this brew is worth a try.

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Photo of Romartin
3.43/5  rDev -8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into unchilled pint glass
l. Amber orange with short eggshell head.
S. Pumpkin up front sweet aroma
T. Enjoyable pumpkin pie, short on spice at first but comes thru a bit later
F. Head disappeared quick, on the flat side, alcohol is definitely prevalent.
O. Big pumpkin sweet, light spice, strong alcohol presence. I wouldn't turn it down.

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Photo of RozzieBoy
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

L - Amber/orange pour with a thin off-white head. No lacing.
S - Pumpkin is prominent, less so with spice smel
T - Alcohol taste is pretty strong.
F - Medium mouthfeel. Warm, numbing alcohol feel going down.
O - A really slow drinker for me. Even though it had a pretty strong alcohol taste to it, it was not so overpowering to ruin the beer. This one was a bit different for me. Would probably be good on a cold night.

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Photo of Willvoll
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Great beer! This is a "proper" pumpkin beer, unlike the pumpkin head. It's heavier, maltier, and has a great kick at 9%. Like other members said, the alcohol flavor is present when it starts to warm up. This is my only complaint, besides that it's great and worth trying.

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Photo of redsoxjim
4.48/5  rDev +20.1%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of williahd
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of udfan07
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a glass. Coppery with little head and no lacing as I drank it. Tastes like pumpkin pie with spices and a little sweetness. Only real complaint is that the alcohol has a tendency to overwhelm the taste of the beer as it warms up.

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Photo of Cunny123
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Avg appearance. Light golden brown, started with a thin head, followed by abundant effervescence. Light hop and spice aroma. Flavor was very pleasant. Nothing overpowered, smooth and blended. Found the pumpkin early but that faded 1/3 way through giving way to spices.

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Photo of White_Whiskey
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A beautiful burnt orange color with a 1/2 finger of head.

Aromas of fresh gourd and spices, brown sugar, nutmeg.

Flavor is gourdy, with some pie spices and a tall alcohol presence. The largest factor here is the dry malts and alcohol. Most of the spices have fell off by now, but it's still a relatively exciting pumpkin beer.

Feel is dry like rubbing alcohol, a biting carbonation that fades flat after a few moments.

Overall, it's pretty decent. I'd have it again if I had the chance to nab another. ;-)

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Photo of jeffreyhill021
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Radnati
3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BrutisDestructus
3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of CaptDavyJones
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Large, dense, and persistent tan head, Belgian-style lacing adorns the glass walls. The body is a hazy reddish-gold, there is faint sediment, and minute, profuse, slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Bubblegum and pumpkin pie spices dominate the aroma, there are also bourbon notes, and hints of vanilla, maple syrup and wood. The alcohol offers a strong presence.

Taste: Opens with a wave of bourbon and brown sugar. The alcohol is quite prominent and very warming. Pumpkin pie spices are present, but are secondary to the bourbon and dark rum flavors. The bubblegum noted in the aroma is present as well, no doubt a product of the yeast. The finish is dominated by brown sugar, booze and woody notes.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, with delicate carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Certainly not a typical pumpkin ale, but very good, nonetheless.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber sealed with a twist-off crown, unusual for a bomber. Served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of Southpawwp
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of ROGUE16
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Small head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation. Copper-orange color that is semi-transparent. Aroma is nutmeg, cinnamon, spice, pumpkin pie with some hints of malt. Can definitely taste the 9% ABV but it's not overpowering. Not as strong on the pumpkin pie taste as i would have assumed from the smell. It's there but can get much more of the biscuity malts. Mouthfeel is full ..almost syrupy. Overall a very good pumpkin ale that i assume would mess me up if i had another!

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Photo of Prost76
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Photo of habaceeba
3.23/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of kkmiller76
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

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