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 scootny
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one exceptional Imperial Pumpkin. Brilliantly clear light copper with a decent white head and lacing. A bit of carbonation visible. Smell is gorgeous. Big, sweet bready malt and pumpkin pie. Nutmeg and vanilla flow beautifully through the aroma. A spiciness that I can't quite describe. A light floral hops and a trace of alcohol. Taste is just short of perfect in my book. This is like drinking a pumpkin pie with a graham cracker crust. Big pumpkin front and deep malt backbone combine to make a smooth, mildly sweet introduction. Nice vanilla component. Finish leaves touches of graham and and mellow earthy hops. Some hearty bread as the main player. Very British. Feel is gently crisp and mildly carbonated. This drinks like a session ale so be careful. My fave so far in the world of Big Pumps.

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Photo of ToasterChef
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got to have one of the first pours of this once The Great Lost Bear tapped their first keg of this new beer. It was served in a tulip glass. It has a orange/ruby hue and almost no head, just a skim of bubbles. As you would expect, there is a pumpkin aroma to the beer; it is like a less intense, higher quality version of Pumpkinhead. It tastes quite good. It begins with some cinnamon up front, then turns to a real pumpkin taste (unlike the Pumpkin that so many hate, this has real pumpkin flavor; detractors rejoice). It tastes like autumn. As you drink it, you can hardly notice that this is a 9% ABV beer. It's only in a lingering aftertaste that you pick up the alcohol. It has a bit of a lighter body that I thought, but I'd still classify it as medium-bodied. As for drinkability, I'd love to drink a number of these, but I think the strength of this brew would do me in. But in terms of enjoying the flavor, you could taste this beer over and over. I can't wait to crack a bottle of this open on a crisp fall day. Once again, Alan Pugsley has outdone himself with his signature series. I've had the Imperial Pumpking, and this holds up as an equal to that fine beer. This is one beer worth seeking out. Get it this season, if you can. Hopefully, the Smashed Pumpkin will become as much of a fall tradition here in southern Maine as it's less-respected cousin, Pumpkinhead.

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Photo of cfreeman03
4.4/5  rDev +19.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This is definitely one of the better pumpkin beers out there. The nose was pleasant and sweet, hinting of pumpkin and caramel. The taste itself is of bold pumpkin, caramels, and some underlying spices, and I almost got a hint of walnut at the end. It is also very smooth for a 9.0% beer, which can be dangerous if you drink too many.

My only complaint is that the carbonation is fairly low. The head disappeared almost immediately, and, despite the copious amounts of bubbles coming up through this dark amber beer, you can't really feel any carbonation on the tongue as it passes over.

Other than that, a fantastic brew.

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Photo of agriffin1633
4.39/5  rDev +19.6%
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 umfskibum
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

For what it's worth, everyone I've talked to about the beer refers to it as an "Imperial Pumpkinhead," so comparisons are inevitable.

The beer pours burnt orange in color, with a small white head of foam that lasts for a damn long time. The carbonation looks much lazier than in a lot of Shipyard brews; just a pleasant stream of bubbles floating up to the top of the glass. The nose is like an amped-up Pumpkinhead, with lots of nutmeg, cinnamon, and other fall spices dominating. I can happily report that there's a bit more going on behind the first sniff, with pale malt and real pumpkin smells coming through.

The beer tastes like an amped-up Pumpkinhead, but it's so much more than that. THIS is what I look for in a pumpkin beer. The pumpkin pie spices that were in the nose are all there, big and bold and full of flavor. Along with this is sweet pumpkin (real pumpkin!), bready malts, and a touch of brown sugar. The spicy hops make things just bitter enough, and really come through on the finish. Although the ABV is up around 9%, you definitely can't taste it in the beer at all. The beer feels nicely carbonated, and has a mouth-coating, long-lasting aftertaste.

I wish that this was the Shipyard seasonal on tap around Portland this fall. The beer is big and exciting, and (rather than an unsessionable high alcohol content) it totally surpasses the beer it was inspired by.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

I have had this one in the past, at the time it and Pumking were the two best I had ever had, I liked this one more the night I drank it with Pumking. So, a few years removed and this was the last of the two "pumpkin" beers I had for the year. Both were big and I was saving them for Thanksgiving in lieu of pumpkin pie.

Color: Light to medium brownish orange, shall we say copper?, decent amount of head that eventually settles to a decent lacing pattern.

Smell: Sweet, pumpkin pie aroma. Lots of the pumpkin pie spices in this one.

Taste: This one tastes very close to a pumpkin pie, with booze. Although the alcohol is fairly well hidden on this one. There are more pumpkin spices, cinnamon, clove, allspice, and nutmeg in this one than in Pumking, to the best of my memory. Anyway, this one did have a pretty big bouquet of spices going on. Pumpkin was somewhat detected. This one was a bit on the spice side of the style but not overly so. I enjoyed this one. If I buy a pumpkin beer next year this one will be one of them.

Overall: Worth seeking out, especially if you like the style. I saw that they had a barrel aged one. That would be interesting to try!

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Photo of wertperch
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was recommended as an autumnal beer, but I was warned to go easy with it, and with an ABV of 9% and a powerful taste kick, I can see why.

It was served in a 12-ounce glass and showed a good orange body topped with a thick and stable head. I admit to some trepidation as I took my first sip, but was immediately delighted by a good fruity and spicy nose, redolent of nutmeg, cinnamon and (presumably) pumpkin. As if that were not surprise enough, once I actually tasted it I was taken back to posh Sunday lunches at my parents' home, for here of all things was a beer that reminded me of sherry.

Yes, it's a warming and wonderful drink, intensely flavourful, but leaving me in something of a dilemma. For the sherry taste told my unconscious to sip, whilst the hedonistic brain told me to quaff; quaff and get another one.

(Taken in part from my blog at

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Photo of gmoneyproductions
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
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 mrasskicktastic
4.37/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - A orange tinted copper brew with a small to medium sized dense head which fades to leave some thick panels of lacing on the glass. Tiny bubbles rise slowly through the clear brew.

S - Spices immediately - allspice, cloves, cinnamon and ginger. The smell of yams and brown sugar glaze the nose.

T - Pumpkin, spice (especially clove) and alcohol. Pretty sweet from bit of a caramel malt. Aftertaste is of

M - Smooth, very thick, somewhat refreshing.

D - Great. I had this before (maybe November) and I was disappointed. Perhaps I was in a sour mood then, but I think that this aged really well. I would have again.

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Photo of Greywulfken
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is my 2nd pint-sized pumpkin ale, so I'm basing my review on how it compares with Southern Tier's Pumking (which I gave an A).

The Smashed Pumpkin is lighter, more carbonated, and less thick of a beer than Pumking, more like a Belgian (tart, bright, citrusy?) with a nice soft sweetness, the pumpkin is woven nicely throughout. It warms nicely - I found it a little too sharp immediately out of the fridge, but enjoyed it more within minutes and it developed a nicer character as it warmed in temperature.

I initially thought I preferred a heavier feel for pumpkin beer (like Pumking), but, toward the end of the pumpkin season, this is the beer I wished was still around. This great beer is part of the pumpkin ale spectrum, and crafted exceptionally well.

A: translucent orange as you'd expect; gives quick head but then goes away ;)

S: fruity, cinnnamon

T: really nice: the pumpkin and cinnamon-niness is accented by citrus that turns into a spice as it warms.

M: bubbly, sharp at first, then softer and nice like a holiday fire. Giving it a swirl for aeration brings more flavors to the fore.

O: this was an eminently enjoyable drink I would buy it throughout the year if it were available.

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Photo of mynie
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, pumpkinmashy orange. Looks a little limp but that's forgivable considering the style and the high ABV.

Smells kinda maybe a little too intense. Lots of spice--big fiery cinnamon, especially--and then lots of alcohol and yeast. Not bad, certainly, but this might be hard to get down.

Tastes much better than I had anticipated! Creamy, spicy pumpkin pie. Fruity, fresh pumpkin starts it off, moving into a big cinnamon that dominates from middle to end, offset by nodes of nutmeg, and ginger. It's odd--the alcohol that's so present in the aroma absolutely vanishes in the flavor.

A-and you know how when you first look at that duckrabbit picture you think it's either a duck or a rabbit, but then once you see the one you didn't see before you're never able to just see one or the other again, you only see them as the amalgam? That's how the aroma is, after you've tasted the beer. The harshness vanishes and all you perceive is the good

I can see how some people wouldn't like this. They'd think it wasn't beery enough or maybe they just don't like pumpkin and spice. But if you're into pumpkin deserts--not the cheap Sarah Lee pies, either, but the *real*, burny, complex stuff--then you're probably going to like this beer.

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Photo of ktrillionaire
4.34/5  rDev +18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap at Ale+Witch. The brew pours a translucent brassy gold hue, and has a wispy white head atop. The flavor and aroma suggest all things deliciously autumnal, from pumpkin pie and candy corn, to mulled cider and applesauce. The feel is a bit thin, and that is my major complaint, but that is nitpicking, as the feel is still fairly good. This is at least the Cadillac of Pumpkin Brew, though I imagine it falls short of pumpkin Rolls-Royce status.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bottle: Poured a lightly hazy amber color ale with a large foamy head with good retention and some good lacing. Aroma consists of light nutmeg and cinnamon with solid caramel notes. Taste is dominated by some solid malt backbone with a semi-sweet touch of caramel which is very well balanced by some cinnamon and nutmeg. Body is quite full with good carbonation and no apparent alcohol. Easily drinkable with nice balance and alcohol isn’t’ apparent though can be somewhat dangerous considering how drinkable this beer is. One of the best beer I have tried form this brewery.

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Photo of mscottjohnston
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

750ml into a tulip. Very carbonated 2 finger head. Light amber color. Nose is heavy on malt with very faint spices. Extremely complex taste: malt, cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin. Finishes with honey and a spicy alcohol burn that is rather pleasant. Complexity of flavors surprised me a lot. Very enjoyable brew.

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Photo of Daktyls
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours an almost perfectly clear amber color with a nice 1 finger of head before dissipating (quickly) to a lacing which sits on the top for a while before collecting around the edge of the glass.

S: Smells faintly of pumpkin with a hint of nutmeg of cloves, a nice pumpkin spice scent.

T: Tastes just like the nose. The nutmeg and clove are more present than the pumpkin, but it is still there. Sweet tasting, with not a lot of alcohol present for a 9% ABV brew.

M: Very nice feeling on the tongue, a little thick, but not overly so. Medium amount of carbonation with with a fairly spicy finish.

D: For the amount of alcohol by volume, this brew is surprisingly drinkable. I could definitely have another after this one.

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Photo of magictrokini
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

As pumpkin ales go, this may be the best I've had. Pours a very dark auburn with a creamy 1 cm off-white head that lasts. Okay lacing. Rich, spicy pumpkin pie aroma. Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon with caramel malt. Smooth, slick mouthfeel with just enough carbonation to keep it lively. Delicious pumpkin and spice taste. Like a blend of pumpkin pie and zucchini bread. Strong malts without the syrpuy mouthfeel. Slightly hoppy to give it some bite and earthiness. Loved it.

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Photo of ocelot2500
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear slightly golden orange color with a rising white head that leaves plenty of lacing.

Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, and brown sugar.

Tastes of plenty of spice with sweetness backing it up. Spices are typical pumpkin pie spices characterized by cinnamon and nutmeg. Malt sweetness adds depth and some softness. Not too sweet. Alcohol is prevalent and provides a warming.

Mouthfeel is medium-full with a creamy amount of carbonation.

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Photo of FreshmanPour77
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Reviewed on 1-24-11
Reviewed cold from a bottle to a glass

A - Poured two fingers of foam, nice lacing ring, clear copper orange color, carbonation is present

S - Malt with hints of clove, nutmeg and cinnamon

T/M - Medium bodied brew. Nice clear malty taste. Not a lot of hops in this brew. Pumpkin spices with nutmeg and cinnamon are the most pronounced

D - Very drinkable pumpkin ale. Not over the top in the spice department, well balanced. Very enjoyable brew to have again, I would seek this brew out again and also recommend this brew if you are into Pumpkin brews

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Photo of mikedrinksbeer2
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light copper-orange with a thin white head. The scent is very spice heavy, nutmeg, very autumnal scent, and sweet. The flavor is very strong spiced, very sweet, almost like a pumpkin candy liquified. Filling and warming to drink, smooth mouthfeel. It's a little on the candied side, but enjoyable for a pumpkin ale with high ABV.

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Photo of rangerred
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a snifter out of a 22oz bomber.

Pours a hazy dark copper/orange with a very thin fizzy head that dissipates to a nice ring around the top of the beer.

Aroma has a decent amount of nutmeg and cinnamon along with cream and vanilla. Definitely has a "pumpkin" character but there is also some malt detectable. Nicely balanced.

Flavor has nutmeg and cinnamon upfront along with a touch of vanilla and cream. Some caramel malt is there along with a bit of oily slickness on the lips. Moderate bitterness all the way through and it never gets too sweet unlike a lot of pumpkin beers. The flavors linger for a long time after the finish and it is almost drying making you want to take another sip.

Overall, one of the best pumpkin beers I have had. Not a sugar bomb and it really seems like there is actual pumpkin here, not just tons of spices. Perfectly balanced and drinkable at 9% with just a slight, pleasant warming. A wonderful fall beer that everyone should seek out.

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Photo of Roose13
4.32/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Bottle poured into pint glass

A: Orange. Had a nice two-finger white head

S: Smelled like pumpkin pie. Nutmeg, spices

T: Vanilla, pumpkin pie, cream, nutmeg. It tasted like a slice of pie

M: Medium body, lightly carbonated. Tastes lasts a long time too.

Overall. Damn good pumpkin beer. Top five for sure.

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Photo of vacax
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed a large pour of this at Hollingshead's Delicatessen. From notes, which I luckily still have because a server hiccup deleted my review of this beer.

Pours very orange. In fact, probably the most pure orange beer I have ever witnessed. I have said orange before but dammit this time it really is orange. Like a pumpkin, if you didn't see the connection. Not much in way of head or lace, but the orange-ness of it all intrigues me.

Scents waft up of cinnamon, pumpkin flesh, pumpkin pie spices, and copious brown sugar. The flavor is of delicious brown sugar, unfermented, and plenty of spicy smooth pumpkin flavor. I am a big proponent of pumpkin flavor in pumpkin beers, not just spices. But spices don't hurt, as cinnamon and nutmeg round out the flavor. Medium body and carbonation.

I am shocked this beer does not score higher, as this is easily my favorite pumpkin beer of the year. It looks like trying this on-tap may be the way to go.

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Photo of Krakistophales
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

From notes.

A: Pours dark orange with minimal white head

S: Pumpkin, cinnamon, bready caramel sweetness, caramel malts, great aroma.

T: Exactly like pumpkin pie. Pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, bready, biscuity creaminess, caramel malt, all around pumpkin pie goodness.

O: Exactly as advertised, a great tasting pumpkin beer. Will buy again.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

this is one of the best pumpkin beers out there in my opinion. in a total juxtaposition to their pumpkin head this beer features the squash over the spice, and is one of my favorites right now. it pours a fairly dense looking orange color, more spring than fall in hue, with a two inch white head on top, almost nitro in appearance. smells like fresh pumpkins, maybe stewed pumpkin, and with a spice thats a product ofn the yeast, not a product of too much nutmeg in the brew kettle. the flavor is equally chill on the spice front, but pungent on the earthy vegetable front. some notes of vanilla and candy in there too, but this isnt a sweet beer. the mouthfeel is huge, full bodied, but relatively easy drinking. i think its maybe not so easy drinking, just so interesting and delicious that i keep putting these down. the alcohol is present, but its complementary to whats going on, not a distraction. this a an absolutely essential beer to try this fall. i might go get another one right now actually.

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Photo of jbertsch
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass and saw a nice copper/amber brew with little head.

The aroma was stern with nutmeg and cinamon spices. Pumpkin notes lied underneath.

The flavor was big. Pumpkin pie hit me first. It’s strong, but not cloying. Munich malts add significant bread-like malt flavors. Cinnamon and nutmeg spices linger on the tongue in the end, along with a little alcohol warmth.

The mouthfeel isn’t too heavy. It’s generally smooth, albeit a little prickly at the beginning from the alcohol bite.

Overall I like this. I'm happy to see that Shipyard can make a good pumpkin brew, and would always pick this one over Pumpkinhead.

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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.67 out of 5 based on 1,618 ratings.
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