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

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Pugsley's Signature Series:  Smashed PumpkinPugsley's Signature Series:  Smashed Pumpkin
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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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Photo of CoasterGuy
3.34/5  rDev -10.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Avatar113
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of j0hnc2468
4.23/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Photo of dacrza1
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4

DATE: October 19, 2018... OCCASION: the grass finally cut, we settle in for some penultimate BattleBots and a Shipyard worth savoring, as I recall... GLASSWARE: Duvel tulip...pours a warm orange amber body (just a shade darker than its label) that builds a three-fingered snow-white head full of pillowed thickness and bubbly retention... teeming with effervescence, this looks ready for the next step...first scent rattles with pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and hard fruits... secondary aromas include velvety dessert pie, and musty flowers....the first sip suggests a syrupy stickiness, yet a drinkable thinness allows it to be taken at gulps--and its 9% ABV is mostly undetectable... a dry finish ends with a fruity quality akin to a cordial... sweet potato, pumpkin, cinnamon and heavy nutmeg work well together, capturing the milieu of autumn by packing in the flavors most associated with the season... again, it bears repeating: this is a surreptitiously weighted pumpkin ale, and with its 16 oz. can, it makes for a powerful, worthwhile pint...

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Photo of blueberrysti
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Claude-Irishman
3.42/5  rDev -8.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours a bronze color with a foamy head that quickly dissipates. Smell is somewhat muted, mild hint of pie spices. Tastes like pumpkin,clove,mild cinnamon. Feels well put together, nothing offensive. Semi viscous which is to be expected at a 9 ABV . Overall OK. This one leans more to the sweet side which I don't care for. Reminds me of Pumking.

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Photo of bobv
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Moderate pour yields a white head over a light amber body with some lacing. Nose of malt, nutmeg, and gourd. Taste mirrors nose, but was hoping for something more. Good feel and overall, not terrible. Cheers!

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Photo of BarrelAgedG
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of GClarkage
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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
2.42/5  rDev -35.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

This taste artificial and nasty like their Shipyard pumpkinhead. It taste more like a bitter pumpkin soda. Don't let this fancy label & gold foil fool you anybody that thinks this makes for a good pumpkin beer is a moron. Cheers! C-

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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

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