Pugsley's Signature Series: Smashed Pumpkin
Shipyard Brewing Company

Pugsley's Signature Series:  Smashed PumpkinPugsley's Signature Series:  Smashed Pumpkin
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Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #127
Ranked #23,281
3.73 | pDev: 15.55%
Aug 29, 2021
Aug 31, 2009
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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3.9 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania on Aug 29, 2021
3.94 by Khaack from New York on Mar 26, 2021
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3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
by akaizer from Virginia

From a pint can. Pour has a vibrant copper color with a slightly off white foam head that lingers around. Scent has pumpkin, sweeter malts, cinnamon, and a fair amount of alcohol. Taste is somewhat subdued with the alcohol and cinnamon seemingly winning out, followed closely by the pumpkin. Feel is medium bodied, smooth, and has quite a bit of sweeter alcohol flavors in the aftertaste. Not my favorite pumpkin offering as it seems to fall just a bit short in the expected flavor profile.

Oct 26, 2020
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4.56/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
by PSYCLST from Pennsylvania

Rich pumpkin smell and taste, enhanced the significant spices and ale quality. Still only 20 IBU and slightly bitter finish.

Oct 25, 2020
4.11 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona on Oct 22, 2020
4.08 by JamieDuncan from Maryland on Sep 28, 2020
3.83 by gbiello from Massachusetts on Sep 09, 2020
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3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
by Neil_86 from Ohio

Look - Beautiful copper color and a thick foamy off-white head.

Smell - Outstanding, strong aroma of fresh pumpkin pie.

Taste - Bitter, more distant pumpkin and spice.

Feel - Smooth, lightly carbonated

Overall - The aromas as you drink this beer are what really carry it. Outstandingly fresh pumpkin pie smell and a decent ale behind it.

Sep 05, 2020
5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts on Sep 03, 2020
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3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
by Seanjohnhunt from California

I would call this beer the big brother of the buffalo bills pumpkin beer. It has a nice spice and booze warming feel but falls short because of the artificial pumpkin pie. Smells decent. Elysian pumpkin beer lovers will not like this.

Aug 23, 2020
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4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
by EnderFett11 from Virginia

Poured moderately hard from a tall can into a snifter glass, forming a few fingers of foamy off white head. Beautiful dark gold color, with very little if any lacing after the head faded. Mild but pleasant pumpkin smell. Very straightforward and tasty pumpkin flavor, no spices or anything. Light to medium bodied with just a hint of carbonation. Simple and uncomplicated pumpkin flavor, which is a bit simple for my preference, but good if you like pumpkin.

Aug 08, 2020
2.72 by SFHbeerME from Maine on Jun 29, 2020
2.75 by RiceOwls27 from Texas on Apr 07, 2020
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4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
by Rug from Massachusetts

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

Jan 03, 2020
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2.52/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5
by Jugs_McGhee from Texas

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.


Dec 07, 2019
3.91 by hozersr from Pennsylvania on Nov 28, 2019
3.68 by Brew_ski from Pennsylvania on Nov 09, 2019
3.62 by mrosenfeld32 from Pennsylvania on Oct 22, 2019
4.14 by Ecxeeder616 from Massachusetts on Oct 18, 2019
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3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
by q33jeff from New Jersey


Update of Pumpkin Beer from 2013-2019 Blind Tastings.


Oct 12, 2019
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3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
by ovaltine from Indiana

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.

Oct 05, 2019
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3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
by klarcbarr3 from Michigan

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.

Oct 01, 2019
3.25 by Marvicsin from California on Sep 27, 2019
4.45 by egrandfield from Massachusetts on Sep 15, 2019
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3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
by ichorNet from Massachusetts

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.

Aug 31, 2019
4.04 by Jonnybgood from Massachusetts on Aug 31, 2019
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4.82/5  rDev +29.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.75
by ViggieMech from Florida

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!

Aug 25, 2019
4.03 by cdub70085 from Connecticut on Aug 22, 2019
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3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

(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)

Aug 22, 2019
4.02 by Sayb from Arizona on Aug 11, 2019
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3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25
by SB2017 from Iowa

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.

Feb 07, 2019
4 by GIftofgod4u1 from Louisiana on Jan 22, 2019
3.71 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts on Dec 04, 2018
3.95 by Houlio_99 from Connecticut on Dec 01, 2018
3.87 by rsuarez1982 from Texas on Nov 27, 2018
3.34 by CoasterGuy from Pennsylvania on Oct 29, 2018
3.91 by Avatar113 from California on Oct 28, 2018
4.23 by j0hnc2468 from New York on Oct 24, 2018
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3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 4
by dacrza1 from New Jersey

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...

Oct 20, 2018
3.52 by blueberrysti from Massachusetts on Oct 18, 2018
Pugsley's Signature Series: Smashed Pumpkin from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 1674 ratings