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

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3.73/5
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Pugsley's Signature Series:  Smashed PumpkinPugsley's Signature Series:  Smashed Pumpkin
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States
shipyard.com

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.

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#29,038
Reviews:
490
Ratings:
1,644
pDev:
15.55%
 
 
Wants:
100
Gots:
356
Trade:
3
 
User Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 490 | Ratings: 1,644
Reviews by Jgivens:
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3/5  rDev -19.6%

More User Reviews:
Photo of metter98
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is slightly hazy yellowish orange in color and has a moderate amount of carbonation. It poured with a finger high beige head that settled down but never completely faded away.
S: The beer smells just like pumpkin pie and has some notes of alcohol.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell, except that the flavor of alcohol isn’t as strong—although some hints of it are still noticeable. There are also some notes of sweetness.
M: It feels medium-bodied on the palate and has a moderate to high amount of carbonation. There is a bit of warming from the alcohol in the finish.
O: This beer has a good amount of flavors of pumpkins and spices and is relatively easy to drink because it isn’t that sweet and the alcohol is well masked from the taste.

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

drinking this now
copper orange appearance
not much head at all
smells great pumpkin cinnamon and ginger and strong alcohol
taste is same pumpkin cinnamon and ginger
leaves bit of a bitter taste and alcohol aftertaste
overall solid pumpkin seasonal
compared to southern tier pumking which i had recently not as much of a "bite of pumpkin pie in a sip" but still a solid pumpkin seasonal
would drink again but i think i am done with pumpkin beers for this year

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Photo of agriffin1633
4.39/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: hazy, orange, bright. Small head, dissipated quickly.

S: spices, pumpkin, sweet.

T: no surprises, based on the smell. Very sweet, but offset nicely by the spice.

M: rich, lovely, creamy texture. Goes really well with the flavors.

O: For those fond of pumpkin beers, this is a great drinking experience. It's like drinking a pumpkin pie at your grandmother's house.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

*This review is of a 2013 bomber bottle*

A- Dark, coppery, orange in color. It looks fairly filtered on the initial pour, but their actually is some sediment at the bottom of the bottle. There are some bubbles streaming up, but it's not overly carbonated. There's a one finger, soapy, kind of head. Some lacing/alcohol legs are present.

S- This beer smells malty and sweet. Malts are like brown bread and the sweetness is kind of like brown sugar and molasses in a way. You get a bit of the phenol alcohol note. The nutmeg and cinnamon note is detectable right away. There is the graham cracker crust element as well. It has a spicy, earthy, British component in the hops. It might have a slight touch of pine.

*- As the beer warms, you get more of the graham cracker and alcohol notes. I get a slight appley note.

T- The 9% is there in the taste, but it doesn't burn at all. It's warming. You notice the alcohol in the initial taste and towards the finish. But the flavors I get are typical pumpkin pie filling and graham cracker crust. Cinnamon and nutmeg show up first. Then I get the graham cracker and the brown bread notes from the malts. It dries after a couple of seconds. At 26 IBUs, the beer has a light, earthy, bitterness. I may even be getting a light leathery, tobacco, pine note. It tastes like a British kind of hop note. The taste overall is sweet and malt forward.

*- Warmer, the 9% seems to be a bit more pronounced. A pale, caramel, maltiness was detectable at this point.

M- This a light-medium bodied beer. It has a little bit of slickness and oiliness. It's not overly crisp. There is nothing off-puting in the finish. For a higher alcohol/imperial style beer, this actually has a decent drinkability.

*The beer thins out in the mouthfeel when warmer. It's a little more drinkable warmer.

Overall, this is a great imperial pumpkin style ale. It's overall a sweet, slick, lightly boozy beer. It's got more character than the Pumpkinhead for sure. I tend to prefer imperial pumpkin ales for that reason. I like to look outside the box when it comes to pumpkin ales. It seems every fall the light, American style lager drinkers gravitate towards the pumpkin beers, but they never really look outside of Pumpkinhead or a Traveler's pumpkin shandy. I think imperial beer fans, stout fans, and even whiskey/bourbon fans would like this beer. CHEERS!

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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 dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very slightly hazy copper to reddish brown in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a small patch of large bubbles, a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice) with some light hints of sweetness. Also, there is a very light presence of alcohol in the smell.

T: There are some light notes of sweetness upfront in this beer (almost like a cream soda sweetness). There are moderate flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and vanilla.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Enjoyable with very good pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices which are in good balance with one another. Easy to drink because the beer is not overly sweet and the alcohol is pretty well hidden in the taste - though at 9% ABV this is very much a sipping beer.

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Photo of Brenden
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color is a bright, clear orange. Active bubbly carbonation forms a head of good size that keeps itself together well. It dies off a little quickly and drops a decent amount of spotty lacing as it goes.
The nose is sweet and offers both the fleshy and spiced notes appreciated in pumpkin ales under a malt backbone. This one is very balanced between the two elements and quite good but, unlike others (even other high ABV pumpkin beers), a bit of ethanolic alcohol presence peeks through.
The taste is the same; what's needed in this otherwise very nice beer is a bit less of the alcohol (almost with a rubbing alcohol likeness to it) and a bit more strength. The balance, the malts support that still lets the pumpkin shine through, all of it is good but for that.
The mouthfeel is nice, smooth and a little crisp with a nice flow in a solid medium body with ample but not overdone carbonation.

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Photo of wheatshock
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

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

Smells of warm autumnal spicing and a bit of roasted pumpkin flesh. Sweet aroma, but missing that fresh snap I've gotten from CBC Great Pumpkin or DFH Punkin'. A bit of toasty sweet biscuit comes along as you drink.

Taste and feel: Typical pumpkin pie melange, not as over the top as Southern Tier's Pumpking, but a bit gaudy. A bite of birch beer in the palate, which is kind of cool! Cider-like characteristics in the flavor profile as well. Definitely can't tell it's 9%. Definitely different. The mildly-sour sweetness is not what I expected at all.

Not the best pump beer this fall (that's probably Cambridge Brewing Company's Great Pumpkin Ale). Also, at 8.99 a bomber, I'd much, much rather take one of the following: CBC Great Pump, 6pack Smutty Pump, 4 pack DFH Punkin' - all priced lower. That being said, I don't think Shipyard gets a fair shake on BA. Not bad at all, Pugsley. Now, get rid of that Pumpkin head stuff and put this in affordable 12 packs.

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Photo of Rizzy17
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of tommy5
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of AlexBassBerger
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter at about 55F.

A: Poured, appropriately, a color close to pumpkin orange, but more amber; clear with a modest head. The head quickly reduced to a thin partial coat and ring.

Aroma: Sweet, fruity and lightly spicy with roasted winter squash, alcohol esters, and cooked cherries. Subtle "pumpkin" spicing seemed almost entirely cinnamon. Attractive.

T: Cooked pumpkin, cinnamon, and a touch of nutmeg. Lightly sweet with the fruitiness of ripe apples and cooked cherries. Some spiciness from the alcohol and spices.

Feel: medium bodied; slick and smooth feel; alcohol imparts warming and slight astringency on the tongue.

O: a refined pumpkin ale with partially hidden alcohol and subtle spicing. Recommended.

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Photo of teromous
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:The body is a nice transparent medium shade of brown and orange, with a fluffy white head that has pretty good retention and lacing.

S:The first thing I notice is the scent of alcohol. There is a scent of cinnamon in there as well. It reminds me of smelling a glass of cinnamon flavored whiskey, in all honesty. Thre's some of those high-alcohol Belgian-like esters in there as well. It's interesting enough to hold my attention, but it isn't what I'd expect out of a pumpkin beer. However I do like it. I would like more spice diversity though. I had this last year and noted that it didn't have any real spice. If you had it last year, the scent is similar.

T:Right off I get a mixture of floral alcohol flavor with some malty caramel flavor. Cinnamon is very forward as well. Minus the cinnamon, the flavors remind me of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale with very subdued yeast character. I get a bit of woody flavor in the aftertaste.

M:The mouthfeel is nice and full. The carbonation seems to be right on point. It is very drinkable despite the high alcohol content or presence of alcohol in the scent and taste. There is some mild bitterness but only noticeable enough to cut some of the sweetness in the beer.

O:Calling this a pumpkin beer is pushing the envelope a bit. It is a good tasting beer, but it probably is not what you're looking for if you want that classic pumpkin pie flavor. It has a strong alcohol flavor which might be a bit off-putting for people as well. If you're looking for a strong malty alcoholic cinnamon beer, this is right on the line. Seriously if you are into something like cinnamon whiskey you will probably enjoy the beer for that aspect alone. Don't expect much in the way of pumpkin pie though.

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Photo of zipyth3pinhead
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of tlang803
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Patsnsoxfan
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of sdevries
4.28/5  rDev +14.7%

Photo of BrewerB
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A good buddy of mine highly recommended this beer so I grabbed a few bottles with solid expectations.

Poured into a small Firestone Walker nonic pint glass, it's a clear light orange color with a thin off white foam.

Earthy and herbal aromas combining with pumpkin pie spices - nutmeg, clove. Vanilla.

Mix of sweet vanilla and cinnamon/clove pie spice. Nutmeg. Moderately bittered with a modest hop character. Boozy without the heat.

Medium bodied with a moderate-high level of carbonation. Smooth alcohol.

A well built pumpkin beer that alludes to pumpkin pie spices without overwhelming the palette. Honestly, I'd like to see even a little more pumpkin character though clearly a good representation of the style, I much preferred TREAT or even DFH Punkin.

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Photo of Molson2000
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of BostonHops
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

bomber served in an oversized wineglass.

pours a nice clear copper/orange with about a finger of off-white colored head that lacks significant retention or lacing. nose is a modest, not quite eye-opening bouquet of pumpkin, nutmeg, and honey, maybe cinnamon. more of the same in the flavor; very tasty, actually. something cinnamon applesauce-y about it. has a dry, spicy finish... different from most pumpkin ales i've had in the past. as it warms the spices are more evident: the nutmeg, cinnamon, and maybe ginger. alcohol is present but fairly well-hidden. would be a perfect fit for thanksgiving dinner.

in the final analysis i can see where some would be turned off by this, and it tends not be shouted from the mountaintops by beer geeks, but it works for me. wouldn't have more than one or two at a sitting though. [edit: one or two glasses, not bombers :)] that said, nice take on the style.

original review on: 08-24-2010

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Photo of AndrewDeci
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.6/5  rDev -3.5%

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Pugsley's Signature Series: Smashed Pumpkin from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,644 ratings