Pugsley's Signature Series: Smashed Pumpkin
Shipyard Brewing Company

Pugsley's Signature Series:  Smashed PumpkinPugsley's Signature Series:  Smashed Pumpkin
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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #113
Ranked #28,471
3.78 | pDev: 15.34%
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Very Good
Pugsley's Signature Series:  Smashed PumpkinPugsley's Signature Series:  Smashed Pumpkin
Notes: A big-bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aromas of pumpkin and nutmeg.
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4.34/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Upon the pour, I notice that it is a completely opaque brownish course orange with just a small white ring. Reading other reviews, am I even drinking the same beer as others?!?!

Mmmm, the aroma is heavy on the cinnamon, reminiscent of baked pumpkin, with mild spices to balance it out, very earthy

I’m kinda blown away by the taste of this one. Of the relatively small number of pumpkin beers I’ve had, this one is bigger in every aspect. The pumpkin here is so authentic, not overly sweet or anything. There’s a wonderful interplay of spice and fruit and vanilla that balances this beautifully. I’m shocked at some of these low ratings

Doesn’t feel all that heavy for the abv or the taste, medium bodied at best, with some light carbonation to finish

Absolute best pumpkin beer I’ve ever had, I can not wait to have more. I didn’t even have this “in season” either, and I could even enjoy it in the middle of summer

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KRug from Massachusetts, Jan 03, 2020
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2.52/5  rDev -33.3%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

16 fl oz can:

9% ABV. 20 IBUs.

Semiartificial pumpkin puree flavour. Mild alcohol warmth. Allspice, nutmeg, cassia, clove. 2-row sweetness.

A bit too warm to be balanced, and the artificiality of the pumpkin that's supposed to be the heart of this beer really works against it.

Drinkable but dull. Not a great pumpkin ale.


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kojevergas from Colorado, Dec 07, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This is a pretty good pumpkin beer - the pumpkin is not too sweet and the nutmeg is spicy and an excellent complement to the pumpkin.

The mouthfeel is a little thinner than I’d expect in a 9% beer, but overall, this is a nice fall sipper.

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ovaltine from Indiana, Oct 05, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This beer is a good value. You don't often find 9.0 alcohol content brews at reasonable prices. It pours a fairly bright copper/orange, and the head dissipates quickly, like most pumpkins. It is sweet, tasty, and while lacking the finesse of the best pumpkin beers, is nevertheless satisfying. I drink pumpkin beer all year, and bought a few of these to mix into my pumpkin palette for 2019-20.

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

This is essentially Pumking's less-expensive, not-as-good bigger brother, so I'm going to unabashedly approach this review from that perspective. Don't like that? Too bad.

I got a four-pack of this a few weeks ago for like $11, which is utterly insane for what you get here. This is a 9% pumpkin beer, and each can is 16 ounces. Sure, it's not the best of the best by any means, but it's definitely a case of bang-for-your-buck, and it's good in its own weird way, especially compared to its own younger brother, Pumpkinhead. I've had at least one bottle or can of this beer every year since I first discovered it, so I feel qualified to talk up its benefits while also giving Shipyard some crap for continuing to exist in 2019. Alright, kinda kidding... a bit.

Pours an absolutely gorgeous medium-amber color with a little bit of clarity to it. Expressive, dense light-khaki head with a modicum of decent lace... am I dreaming? Nope, I'm not... SP has always been a great-looking brew. This just pours beautifully, and I'm happy that throughout the years, they have managed to not mess this up. It bodes well for the beer in general.

The nose of Smashed Pumpkin is pretty hefty on the estery, ethanol-forward elements, I must say. Aside from that, there's some nice squash-like pumpkin notes, earthy and herbal hops, and a huge helping of dense malts. Munich malt does a LOT of the work here, carrying a big caramel aspect throughout the entire drinking experience, but it starts in the scent with some breadiness. There's a candy-like note and some brown sugar as well, both of which set this aside from Pumking which deals in graham cracker-like crust elements and vanilla whipped cream suggestions in the nose where this just feels downright earthy. It's gonna depend on your preference, and if you choose SP, you're basically wrong.

The flavor profile here is cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice with a bit of molasses, brown sugar, and pumpkin/squash-like earthy flavors that coalesce surprisingly-well in the mid-palate. For a beer clocking in at 9%, though, this honestly feels kind of watery and ineffectual, and there's next to no hop balance. Bigger gulps bring out way more cinnamon than my palate is comfortable with, which leads me to believe this is too strong, too overly-spiced, or both. Malt flavors are mostly biased towards traditional Munich malt, with dense caramel and toffee balanced with an almost-wheaty complexion, though the feel is light and deft.

So yeah, this is just poor man's Pumking. Nothing wrong with that, really. It has a bit too much ethanol presence and feels too phenolic and estery to me, but you get what you get, and you don't get upset... especially for the stupidly-low price. You can do better, but you can also do worse if you get Pumpkinhead. The choice is obvious, and it's not this beer.

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ichorNet from Massachusetts, Aug 31, 2019
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4.82/5  rDev +27.5%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75

L: Bronze orangw with thin lacy head
S: An October pumpkin patch! Aromatic and very spicy!
T: Pumpkin Pie! Notes of nutmeg, mace and cinnamon.
F: Full and robust1
O: Does not disappoint when desiring the experience of Pumpkin brew!

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ViggieMech from Florida, Aug 25, 2019
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3.47/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

(16 oz can, code G189; purchased single off shelf... poured into teku - gettin' fancy!)

L: deep tawny, near garnet-colored liquid, fairly clear, jewel-like glow; head sizzled out on pour, leaving thin, broken collar; no lace

S: pumpkin pie spices on-point (like their 'head), this time sporting some of the caramelized notes from the dessert, as well as the buttery crusty malts... bit of a lactic note? - or is that spices and phenols casting out some tang?

T: immediate hit of butterscotch-y, solvent-phenolic, crap Belgian strong ale clone - reminds me of a Weyerbacher fail... the aftertaste carries a bit of spice, but is otherwise strangely flat and dry, with a faint note of buttery caramel sweetness, maybe some bitter gourd, but little else... it mellows and opens up a bit, but it's mostly a mess of gingered pumpkin concentrate syrup and nutmeg

F: uncomfortable goopy roll up front, though the booze fans it out, washes it away somewhat.. lightly wort-y push, luckily some suds seem to help the booze lift it - if not for the booze, this would be a chore though

O: they must've just put this out on the shelf today... wow again! - the spices are right, but the execution is near atrocious... far from moreish - fitting it's in a tallboy, as I could only see pumpkinheads enjoying this on the streets... not a repeat buy by any stretch (1457)

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Bouleboubier from New Jersey, Aug 22, 2019
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3.29/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice color, like a deeply golden lager, with a solidly foamy head. Smells of pine sawdust and spice, largely earthy. The fall spice comes through most on the light taste, with a lingering flavor of pumpkin pie. Not overly sweet, this is a meh fall beer that's a little too heavy on the pumpkin and malt after a big gulp.

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SB2017 from Iowa, Feb 07, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev +3.7%
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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dacrza1 from New Jersey, Oct 20, 2018
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3.42/5  rDev -9.5%
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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Claude-Irishman from New Jersey, Oct 09, 2018
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3.65/5  rDev -3.4%
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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bobv from Vermont, Oct 07, 2018
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2.42/5  rDev -36%
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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Nass from Florida, Feb 09, 2018
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3.4/5  rDev -10.1%
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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3.98/5  rDev +5.3%
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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claminat420 from Michigan, Oct 29, 2017
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3.43/5  rDev -9.3%
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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Romartin from Massachusetts, Oct 24, 2017
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3.83/5  rDev +1.3%
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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RozzieBoy from Rhode Island, Oct 24, 2017
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4.15/5  rDev +9.8%
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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Willvoll from Connecticut, Oct 12, 2017
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3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
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 +5%
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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Cunny123 from Pennsylvania, Sep 01, 2017
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3.71/5  rDev -1.9%
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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The-Adjunct-Hippie from South Dakota, Apr 18, 2017
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4/5  rDev +5.8%
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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Pegasus from Texas, Nov 13, 2016
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4.05/5  rDev +7.1%
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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3.01/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The smell of pumpkin and booze is there. The color is quite nice at a polished bronze look. The flavor is mild pumpkin but it really reminds me of flavored whiskey that is artificially flavored. Almost a chemical taste. Not a really good experience for me. Not a good pumpkin beer for me. Shipyard is a great company but this needs a little more time to perfect the taste. This just doesn't pair well with any food I can think of. I just cannot recommend this even with a cinnamon and sugar rimmed glass.

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Dzman from Connecticut, Sep 28, 2016
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3.96/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am not a huge fan of pumpkin beers, but tis the season... This is definitely one of the best pumpkin beers I have sampled. The flavors remind me of pumpkin pie but also wrap around a very well made brew. Definitely glad I found this in my latest six pack of the month selection!

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Bunman3 from Alberta (Canada), Sep 22, 2016
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3.53/5  rDev -6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: poured half a finger of off white head with tight bubbles. Golden orange in the glass with a decent amount of carbonation

Smell: aroma is rather mild. Hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, candied yams, pie crust.

Taste: follows nose exactly with a lot of bitterness. I get the alcohol on the back end.

Feel: medium

Overall: halfway decent i guess

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Rcaros from Texas, Sep 10, 2016
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