Pugsley's Signature Series: Smashed Pumpkin
Shipyard Brewing Company

Pugsley's Signature Series:  Smashed PumpkinPugsley's Signature Series:  Smashed Pumpkin
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From:
Shipyard Brewing Company
 
Maine, United States
Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #148
ABV:
9%
Score:
84
Ranked #23,822
Avg:
3.73 | pDev: 15.55%
Reviews:
504
Ratings:
1,175
Status:
Active
Rated:
Oct 30, 2022
Added:
Aug 31, 2009
Wants:
  106
Gots:
  360
SCORE
84
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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Ratings by tsfinn23:
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Rated by tsfinn23 from Pennsylvania

3.56/5  rDev -4.6%

Oct 12, 2014
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Rated: 2.88 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Oct 30, 2022
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Reviewed by NeroFiddled from Pennsylvania

4.08/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25
Shipyard Brewing Co. "Smashed Pumpkin"
16 fl. oz. can, coding is illegible
$3.99 @ Total Wine & More, Cherry Hill, NJ

Notes via stream of consciousness: 9%, eh? That sure makes sense given the name. This one is brewed with natural flavors which is fine by me. It's an absolutely clear copper orange in color with glimmering golden highlights along the base of the glass. The head is a finger's width of tight-bubbled, slightly yellowed off-white foam. In the nose I'm finding sweetish, bready, biscuity, and caramelish malt backed by a delicate waft of fruitiness and pumpkin spice. It's not what I think most people would expect from a pumpkin beer but I find it quite enticing, and to be honest, quite English in nature as it's noticeable but refined. The cinnamon and nutmeg are present but not bold or brash. There's also some apple which is nice. On to the taste, it's got more spice to it, and a clear presence of alcohol, but it works. I get the bready, biscuity, wheaty, and carmelish malt threaded through with cinnamon, and then some more spice (nutmeg, allspice), apple, and vanilla appear as the alcohol comes forward, amplifying the spices and then settling down in the swallow to allow them to swirl about and eventually settle. Still, a dusting of cinnamon remains on the palate, fading to reveal more of the apple flavor. I initially thought that the apple had come from the yeast but it might actually be part of the flavoring they've used. I rather like it, but I'll also say that I doubt I would like it as much if it didn't have the snappy alcohol that it does. It's clearly a strong ale, and as such, in combination with the spicing, it becomes a great sipping beer. This is definitely not something that I'd want to have at a party, but rather something to wind down with later in the evening. It would be a great beer to nip at while reading, and of course Ichabod Crane and the more appropriate character of Brom Bones come to mind, but I also thought of the writings of Wallace Stegner as being appropriate. You could read whatever you want of course. In the mouth it's full bodied, and gently crisp and then smooth across the tongue with a fine-bubbled, moderate carbonation. The head has held up quite well and it's left beautiful lacing about the glass. All in all this is far different than a lot of pumpkin beers on the market, and had it been labeled simply as a spiced strong ale I'd be just as happy with it all year 'round. I may even pick up more if it's available as I'm looking at 5 months of cold winter nights.
Review #8,285
Oct 04, 2022
 
Rated: 3.69 by Cfitty from New York

Sep 17, 2022
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Reviewed by DCH from New York

3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
16oz can from a 4 pack kept ice cold. Definitely one of my favorite beers of this style. Typical deep orange hue, smell is of pumpkin, pumpkin spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. Taste is basically the same, slight booze, but not the pumpkin scented candle taste that some others unfortunately offer. Very good, I plan to have this many times more this season.
Aug 15, 2022
 
Rated: 3.75 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Jul 31, 2022
 
Rated: 3.9 by MDDMD from Pennsylvania

Aug 29, 2021
 
Rated: 3.94 by Khaack from New York

Mar 26, 2021
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Reviewed by akaizer from Virginia

3.28/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25
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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Rated by PSYCLST from Pennsylvania

4.56/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5
Rich pumpkin smell and taste, enhanced the significant spices and ale quality. Still only 20 IBU and slightly bitter finish.
Oct 25, 2020
 
Rated: 4.11 by jmbeerdude91 from Arizona

Oct 22, 2020
 
Rated: 4.08 by JamieDuncan from Maryland

Sep 28, 2020
 
Rated: 3.83 by gbiello from Massachusetts

Sep 09, 2020
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Reviewed by Neil_86 from Ohio

3.94/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
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
 
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Sep 03, 2020
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Reviewed by Seanjohnhunt from California

3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3
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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Reviewed by EnderFett11 from Virginia

4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4
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
 
Rated: 2.72 by SFHbeerME from Maine

Jun 29, 2020
 
Rated: 2.75 by RiceOwls27 from Texas

Apr 07, 2020
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Reviewed by Rug from Massachusetts

4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
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
Jan 03, 2020
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Reviewed by Jugs_McGhee from Louisiana

2.52/5  rDev -32.4%
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.

Low C- / BELOW AVERAGE
Dec 07, 2019
 
Rated: 3.91 by hozersr from Pennsylvania

Nov 28, 2019
 
Rated: 3.68 by Brew_ski from Pennsylvania

Nov 09, 2019
 
Rated: 3.62 by mrosenfeld32 from Pennsylvania

Oct 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.14 by Ecxeeder616 from Massachusetts

Oct 18, 2019
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Rated by q33jeff from New Jersey

3.44/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
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Update of Pumpkin Beer from 2013-2019 Blind Tastings.

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Oct 12, 2019
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Reviewed by ovaltine from Indiana

3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
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.
Oct 05, 2019
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Reviewed by klarcbarr3 from Michigan

3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
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.
Oct 01, 2019
 
Rated: 3.25 by Marvicsin from California

Sep 27, 2019
 
Rated: 4.45 by egrandfield from Massachusetts

Sep 15, 2019
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Reviewed by ichorNet from Massachusetts

3.93/5  rDev +5.4%
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.
Aug 31, 2019
 
Rated: 4.04 by Jonnybgood from Massachusetts

Aug 31, 2019
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Reviewed by ViggieMech from Florida

4.82/5  rDev +29.2%
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!
Aug 25, 2019
 
Rated: 4.03 by cdub70085 from Connecticut

Aug 22, 2019
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Reviewed by Bouleboubier from New Jersey

3.47/5  rDev -7%
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)
Aug 22, 2019
 
Rated: 4.02 by Sayb from Arizona

Aug 11, 2019
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Reviewed by SB2017 from Iowa

3.29/5  rDev -11.8%
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.
Feb 07, 2019
 
Rated: 4 by GIftofgod4u1 from Louisiana

Jan 22, 2019
 
Rated: 3.71 by KMcGrath from Massachusetts

Dec 04, 2018
 
Rated: 3.95 by Houlio_99 from Connecticut

Dec 01, 2018
Pugsley's Signature Series: Smashed Pumpkin from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 1679 ratings