Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series)

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

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Photo of buzzvader
5/5  rDev +36.2%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is the best pumpkin ale I've tasted. Saranac was the best until I tasted this. Don't be so fussy. I like the higher alc content as it makes it taste better. If you enjoy it, just say so. Too many IPA'S and stouts are dominating categories. What's a good ale anymore? Molson Golden used to be an ale and now it's just a beer. Ballantine IPA from Cranston, Rhode Island used to be the best. Yes, Pliny the Elder is truly exceptional but the owners are people who will only allow Pliny the Younger to be West Coast.
They are nice people who responded to Questions but when you limit a brew to a specific area, no one can queston how good it is unless you go there. Beer is subjective. Guess what? Iron City Amber from Pittsburgh is pretty good!

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Photo of sybilyang
4.89/5  rDev +33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

By far, the best pumpkin beer I have ever tasted. Most pumpkin beers in my opinion are overly skewed towards just the pumpkin spice side - not enough pumpkin. Smashed Pumpkin had a wonderfully strong balance of both - pumpkin fruit and subtle pumpkin spice. The beer was not sweet. There is no bitter note on this beer - the finish is still all pumpkin. I can't emphasize enough, this is the closest pumpkin beer I've found to be like a slice of (unsweetened) pumpkin pie.

Full bodied, dark-dark amber, a bit hazy. While it's full bodied - it does not taste like it's a 9% beer...very easy drinking.

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Photo of challenja
4.77/5  rDev +30%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Bottle purchased at Arrowine Arlington, VA

A: A nice golden dawn amber hue. White cotton lacing forms around the edges of a light pumpkin amber base.

S: A nice bouquet of cinnamon, nutmeg, and spiced clove. Sweet Pumpkin pie, breaded leavings, brown sugar syrup. Maple cloved malts and pine cone resins.

T: This is one tasty pumpkin brew when it warms up. Never drink pumpkin beers cold!! Slightly chilled above room temperature really brings out the spiced clove and warm cinnamon nicely. The nutmeg closes the palate after the cloves and the sweet pumpkin rind rides the warm cinnamon train all hopped up and ready to play.

M: This is a nice medium carbo hopped clove bomb. Warm and tempting. Medium slick mouthfeel. Full and inviting.

O: This ranks as my number 2 pumpkin beer beating out Schlafly and Weyerbacher. Still no Southern Tier Pumking, but damn close!

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Photo of Lilbeck23
4.76/5  rDev +29.7%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A golden orange color with a sweet pumpkin smell. The taste has a sweet fruit like flavor to the pumpkin taste and a smooth kind of mead thickness. Overall a must try!!

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Photo of AyeMito
4.76/5  rDev +29.7%

This beer is truly something different and stands out from other pumpkin beers out there. It has very rich flavor of pumpkin complimented with a slighter notes of yams, cranberry, and cinnamon to liven it up. It has a bold and ripe flavor that is quite refreshing compared to most pumpkin beers with load up on spice and lack on pumpkin flavor. To me, its very well done. Its an absolute pleasure to drink and I would recommend to anyone!

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Photo of bturton
4.72/5  rDev +28.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

I am always looking to try a new beer, and this one caught my attention. Although I am at times skeptical of fruity beers, this one was very good.
Appearance: A very nice golden orange with a fairly thin head.
Smell: The first thing i smelt was pumpkin pie and fall. It drew me in and made me more interested in the beer.
Taste: Just as the beer smelled of Pumpkin Pie, it tasted like it too, with a hint of alcohol underneath that.
Drinkability: I could have easily had more of this beer, and will likely make an attempt to find it in stores during the fall, it was well worth it.

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Photo of Electros
4.7/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Best Pumpkin Beer I have ever had. Pumpkin taste is so sweat, no over powering, no BS with over spicing. Appearance a light golden brown colour. Even on smell, just pumpkin. Like I said on the spice, only a light taste on the sides of the tongue 3/4 of the way through the sip, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves. I am blown away. This is the way a pumkin beer should taste, the balance in the brew is amazing!

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Photo of Patdonahue0719
4.7/5  rDev +28.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

just opened this bottle today and decided to pour it into my snifter glass. First impressions: wonderful orange amber color with the smell of a fresh baked pumpkin pie. the added pumpkin and little spice allow for a wonderful drinking seasonal ale that feels like silk when drinking. the head is a gorgious thick white cap that hangs around especially in an etched bottom glass. i would definately recommend this brew to anyone looking for a fall beer that isn't overly sweet to drink

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Photo of hitman44
4.69/5  rDev +27.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

This is a great October beer, I could drink this all night on Halloween if I could but watch out for the alcohol level 9.0.

S- Bottle

A- I really don't care what it looks like

Sm- It smells great, you can smell the spices of nutmeg and pumpkin with that hop aroma

T- Well balanced with all the spices and the beer after taste with it. Not to sweet, not to strong just right

M- like any other beer

Overall- I really like this beer and if you are looking for a good October Pumpkin beer try this for yourself

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Photo of ordybill
4.66/5  rDev +27%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 OZ bottle into a pint glass. A clear golden amber color with a small white head. The aroma is full of pumpkin spice and alcohol. The flavor mirrors the aroma. Overall, an outstanding pumpkin ale.

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Photo of Eando35
4.63/5  rDev +26.2%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Bought two 22oz bottles of this - poured a beautiful orange into a mason jar. The smell was amazing - felt like it was Thanksgiving and there was a pumpkin pie in the oven. There was a perfect balance of pumpkin spice and cinnamon in this beer to make it really enjoyable while also making sure it wasn't too overpowering like other pumpkin beers. The pour left a slightly orange head. Overall, I loved this beer, and I plan on buying it for the rest of the fall.

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4.62/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Not bad for a pumpkin ale. Pours a bright orange coppery color with a small tan head into a snifter. The smell is strong pumpkin pie with lots of spices. Big sugary sweetness going on in this one, with a good nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin taste. Over all its was a bit too sweet for my taste. But one of the better pumpkin ales I've tried.

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Photo of Goubears
4.62/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Very nice golden orange color. Thin lacings, decent head.

Smell: Like a pumpkin pie right out of the over. Cinnamon and nutmeg complement the pumpkin.

Taste: Strong hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, but not overwhelming. Spices also did not taste fake, or just added for a decorative feeling-they mixed well with and enhanced the overall pumpkin flavor.

Mouth feel: Very smooth, with a bit of a kick.

Overall: Excellent fall ale. Best pumpkin ale I've tried to date.

Glassware: Pint glass

Serving type: bottle

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Photo of generallee
4.6/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown bomber (1pint 6oz) bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a good description of the beer on the back which includes its ABV at 9% and OG at 1.088. There is no freshness or born on date however.

Appearance: It has a deep amber body with good clarity. It also has a nice level of visible carbonation which supports a good creamy off white head. This head has good retention and makes for lots of lovely slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has loads cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices over a delicate squash and malt mixture.

Taste/Palate: There is a nice mixture of pie spice like cinnamon, ginger, and a touch of clove up front and throughout. There is also a good squash-like (pumpkin) flavor note with pie crust like malt. As it warms the cinnamon and spice come out a bit more. Its 9% ABV is also noticeable and adds another level of complexity and warmth. The body has a solid medium to full body with pleasant lively texture. The carbonation helps to keep thing from getting sticky or cloying as there is a good level of sweetness. Hops are barely noticeable but do offer just a touch of leafy/herbal bitterness towards the finish.

Notes: This is a very well done Pumpkin beer with wonderful complexity, decent balance and texture. This is much better then there other pumpkin beer by far, in fact this one is going high up on my favorite list.

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Photo of beerman21
4.59/5  rDev +25.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

First off, I seriously doubted that i could ever find a decent Pumpkin Ale. I Always finished a pint disappointed. The idea of having a beer made of Pumpkins is inventive and brings memories to some, of childhood and Halloween or thanksgiving. Unfortunately I've always had something tasting closer to a Pumpkin malt liquor or worse a Pumpkin soda then a beer. Fortunately I found Shipyards Smashed Pumpkin.

Poured from a 22oz bomber ABV 9%, never have I seen a Pumpkin beer boasting that high of a ABV. They always intend these as session beers for the holidays one of the reasons why i never think they do well.

A-Copper color with a orange hue, head dissipates but remains about a quarter finger. Pretty disent in appearance, rather slow responding carbonation but then again i poured this at a 60 degree temp, they recommend 55.

Smell- Finally, a complex, deep and well festive concoction. Very on point to what these beers should smell like, nothing artificial here. Smells like a well crafted complex brew. Upfront right away is not what you expect, Cinnamon! hot peppered candy cinnamon. Then the pumpkin presents itself, strait out of what seems like a hot oven. Ginger, deep rummy molasses. Smells very warming almost like a hot steaming Pumpkin pie to hot to cut into. Very inviting. Great malt sweetness and pumpkin come through well.

Taste- like eating warm alcohol soaked pumpkin pie crust. Don’t let me stray you away from this beer, it is very much a beer and taste like one. Warming spice infused with the high ABV just relaxes you and gears you up for the holidays. It really warms you up. Tastes of Cinnamon, ginger, all spice, rum and well more unsweetened baked pumpkin. Must be the malts they use but it resembles to me sweet pie crust. Delicious!

Mouthful/D/O- coats your mouth well, the pumpkin ale flavor lingers and dissipates just in time for you to want to take another sip. Leaving this beer fairly drinkable and tade bit dangerous for being a high ABV at 9%. Really though thanksgiving and Halloween isn’t that what you want!? Anyways great stuff, truly the only Pumpkin beer I've ever been impressed by. Go out and buy it today if you can.

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Photo of woodychandler
4.58/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

As the duty CANtrarian and having been to several "Christmas In July" events in the past few weeks, it occurs to me to embrace my two favorite holidays, Hallowe'en and Thanksgiving and bump Christmas!

From the bottle: "SMASHED PUMPKIN is a big-bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg. The OG and final Alc./Vol. provide the structure and body. Pale Ale, Wheat and Light Munich Malts combine with the natural tannin in pumpkin and the delicate spiciness of Willamette and Hallertau Hops to balance the sweetness of the fruit. To fully enjoy all the flavours, this ale is best drunk at 55 degrees Farenheit. Smashed Pumpkin pairs well with sharp cheeses, nuts, lamb, hearty stews and desserts like flan or pumpkin pie. Chefs find this an excellent beer to cook with in dishes such as braised short ribs. Try adding a little Shipyard Blue Fin Stout to Smashed Pumpkin for a fall warmer."

I went with a more delicate pour than usual as I was unsure as to the amount of lees present. I got a finger of tawny head that fell pretty quickly. Color was a coppery orangish-amber with NE-quality clarity and lots of CO2 bubbles. BUPGOO! Nose had taken on a clove-tobacco quality in the interim and I began to debate donning a black beret for the occasion. Mouthfeel was thick and full on the tongue and combined with the clove/nutmeg/allspice flavors, it was like drinking liquid pumpkin pie! I must remember to get some more this year. I was worried that it had gone over like many of the pumpkin ales in my cellar, but this was phenomenal! Finish was (literally) breathtaking with regard to its spiciness. I may carve a pumpkin tonight in this beer's honor, providing I can find such a gourd. Hauntingly ghoulicious. Say, is that a black cat at my back door? Here, kitty, kitty ...

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Photo of hippityhophead24
4.57/5  rDev +24.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a nice golden orange color. One finger head the goes away quickly. Nice thin lacings.

Smell: Sweet malts with cinnamon, nutmeg, and little pumpkin. Smells more like a delicious pumpkin pie.

Taste: Strong cinnamon flavor upfront. Sweet flavors and nutmeg linger in the middle. Then the cinnamon hits again to the finish.

Mouth feel: The spices give it a little bit of a bite. It’s smooth though, maybe a little under carbonated, but the spices kind of mask that.

Overall: Great 9.00% ABV pumpkin ale. It seems like its Pumpkin Heads older bigger brother.

Glassware: bomber split into snifters

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Photo of jimboween
4.56/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

hello: it's not even september and i'm already so excited for all the pumpkin-y and oktober-y bastards. haven't had pugsly's smashed pumpkin yet, so color me extra stoked.

appearance: it looks like someone zapped a pumpkin with some sort of laser that turns pumpkins into beer. people usually describe IPA's as having a coppery hue to them; so might you describe this. but looking at this beer and thinking "coppery" seems wrong. looking at it and thinking "pumpkin-y" is oh so right. perfect!

smell: yeah, its good. i get cloves and some cinnamon. pumpkin pie for days.

taste: and days! the taste is perfectly pumpkin pie, more perfect even than the yeastie-boy favorite pumking, dare i say it. it is smooth, cinnamon, clove, allspice, a hint of vanilla...then something magic happens. the beer remembers that it is 9%, and the effect is almost exactly like WARM pumpkin pie. i kid you not.

mouthfeel: hit blend. its like smoothy smooth. i'm starting to think i'm a little biased here. you bought one yet?

overall: eh, not that impressed. syke! i'm blown away! clearly twitterpated. i was looking for big smooth pumpkin, and this one delivers. go shipyard, go!

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Photo of BogleHill
4.56/5  rDev +24.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

A crystal clear orange brew with fine carbonation. Lovely tiny bubbles! Aroma is lightly sweet, pumpkin and spice. Flavors are incredibly well balanced. All of the elements dance so well together. Sweet pumpkin and malts, spices and hops. Nothing is overdone. Very, very smooth and drinkable. 9%? who knew! Fantastic well made stuff!

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Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Heh, I hope Billy Corgan doesn't go after Shipyard for the name of this beer.

Pours a nice orange-copper color with a two-finger head into my fluted glass. Looks very nice and full of ample carbonation.

Taste is chock full of strong nutmeg and pumpkin flavors with a mildly sweet, buttery malt background. Alcohol feels well-hidden.

Mouthfeel is very good as well. Warming. The flavors of nutmeg and pumpkin linger. Carbonation feels just right. Alcohol warmth is minimal.

Very nicely done and kind of like the big brother to Pumpkinhead. It just feels deceptively drinkable and delicious. I'm usually not a fan of half-hearted pumpkin ales but this stands out in a good way. Pick it up!

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Photo of rdilauro
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I always get excited this time of year when the Pumpkin beers arrive. Two years ago, I loved Shipyard Pumpkins, however last year I thought it was a bit too light and not enough pumpkin and spice flavor.

Now THIS YEAR! The pour was fine, nothing to get excited about. But the moment I put the glass up to my nose, the excitement began! The pumpkin and spices almost jumped out of the glass right into my nose.

That first taste. If I had closed my eyes, I would think someone had just cut a fresh piece of pumpkin pie and put it in my mouth.
This year, this Smashed Pumpkin had it all.
Bouquet and Aroma
Pumpkin and Spices
Right amount of Malt and gentle but present hops
This beer was totally balanced. The first sip was a total joy, with all the right flavors exploding all over my tongue and mouth. Then the end was just as good as the start.
And to me, that means balance and it means GOOD to me

Second tasting: August 18, 2012

This is the second year that I have tasted Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin.
This year, the beer had a bodly aroma and bouquet. Once the bottle was opened, you could smell and feel the spices The allspice, cinnamon, clove, pumpkin spices, coriander and so much more

With the first sip, I was taken back. . WAY TOO MUCH in terms of spices... BUT then slowly, the second sip was better and so on and so on. For a while, I didnt think I was drinking beer, but instead have a dessert wine to go with Pumpkin pie.!

A fun b

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Photo of BeerMeColorado
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Great pumpkin ale...big and bad. Pumpkin pie in a glass of booze! Up there with Pumpking and Schlafly IMHO! Kick back by the fire...sip and savor! Cigar anyone?

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Photo of enzocc
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - orangy color, going more into a light brown. Almost a finger of head, nice! very cloudy beer.

S - Perfect smell. A lot of pumpkin going on! It really takes you all trough every pumpkin food you have tried. Sweet and fruity smell. AT the end you can feel the hint of cinammon and nutmeg.

T - Is perfect. alot of pumpkin. Hints of cinammon, honey, nutmeg, nectar. A perfect balance between the ingredients.

M - A little bit watery for my taste. Smooth; allowes you to experience all the flavors going trough.

O - Almost a perfect beer for me. The pumpkin and the cinammon are perfectely outstanding. The smell catchs your attention. Without question, I would get it again!

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Photo of caddybuyer
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 oz bottle into a tulip glass.

This was a 2009 vintage that I purchased in Maine and cellared for a year.

A-Bright unfiltered copper with an ample eggshell head that settles after a bit into a scuddy ring.

S-Interesting. I am not picking up the huge pumpkin spice flavors that usually come with these ales, but more of a malty pumpkin pulp nose with a hint of spice which is quite pleasing.

T-Slighly sweet Pumpkin and or squash fused with caramel malt and nutmeg, perhaps a hint of cinnamon thrown in as well, but definately subtle on the spices. Some astringent hops and warming alcohol in the background as well. This is superb, and what a pumpkin ale should be.

M-Medium creamy with ample carbonation and a slight sticky residue.

D-I love pumpkin ales, and I love spiced ales, and too often they are one in the same. Saranac, Post Road, Dogfish Punkin, even Pumpking, all are a variation on the heavily spiced seasonal ale theme. Even Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin (probably my favorite) falls short of this effort, which, brings to mind the carving of a Jack O Lantern on a crisp fall day.

Shipyard is a very good brewery, and Pugsley, if you read this, knock it off with the Pumpkinhead (which is so subtle that while not horrible, it is simply a noncontender). This is a world class pumpkin ale that is the stalking horse for the style.

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Photo of ChristopherTenore
4.44/5  rDev +21%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

A) A beautiful crisp copper color what was crystal clear. The beer had a nice amount of bubbles and when poured there was almost no head.

S) There was a baked pumpkin pie quality to its nose. It had a sweet and caramel nose.

T) This is by far the best pumpkin beer that I have had. The pumpkin flavor is so forward and there is an amazing spiced note to it as well. This beer tasted like a baked pie with a slight toasted note from the malts and a nice hopped flavor as well. It was not sickly sweet and it had a nice finish. The beer was a little hot and you got an alcohol note in the background as well.

MF) Very creamy and smooth with slight carbonation. You can feel the heat from the alcohol as you drink this beer. In the finish the spices like to stay and dance around your mouth.

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