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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)
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1,628 Ratings
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Casey10 on 08-31-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#24,940
Reviews:
485
Ratings:
1,628
pDev:
15.55%
Bros Score:
3.92
 
 
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Ratings: 1,628 |  Reviews: 485
Photo of Sammy
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Thanks for sharing, Jason. Light orange,no head, smooth, boozy, understated pumpkin. Rich nutmeg mostly. Smells like the pumpkin spice. A sipper.Understated carbonation. Much of a sweet spice delivery, not as drinkable as I would like. A different take.

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Photo of kylehay2004
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of acurtis
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Texasfan549
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
2.6/5  rDev -30.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Pours a slightly hazy orange with a 1 inch foamy off-white head that settles to a film on the top of the beer. Foamy rings of lace line the glass on the drink down. Smell is of pumpkin pie spices, some malty aromas, and a slight sour scent. I am also getting some apple juice smells. Taste is extremely strong on the spices with some slight malt and pumpkin flavors. The spice level is very bitter and is too much for me. This pretty much ruins the beer in my opinion. The beer is also super carbonated, so this is like drinking a glass of soda water with spices dumped in it. Overall, this is a pretty bad beer that is just way overdone with the bitter spices.

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3.61/5  rDev -3.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

The 2010, tasted August 2010 is remarkably like the 2009 (my notes of which are posted below as originally reviewed). However, the 2010 is "toned down" in all respects. Nose still rocks!

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This is a review of the 2009: Strangely a good beer with lots of nice attributes but not really all that drinkable.

Pours a light to medium clear copper with a super thin head that quickly fades then disappears.

Huge aromatic nose; like sweet perfume; nose of cooked maple syrup, brown sugar and sugared orange sauce. Smells a bit like orange syrup. Mouthfeel is medium body with medium carbonation and a creamy character; nice.

Flavors are all rum and whisky and you get the alcohol coming through big time. Assertive alcohol in the nose smells "sweet" and this one has it.

Big, sweet, malty bourbon flavors - nose and taste like pecan pie with whiskey sauce. Tastes like dessert, not beer. Little in the way of actual pumpkin but a sweet bold whiskey/rum beer that might be nice with some big meats and some desserts.

Lots of cooked bananas in the finish. Interesting. Layered, a bit complex but sweet almost to a fault.

Not for everyone but some may actually find it a sipping beer for after dinner.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of kjkinsey
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of djrn2
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of Knapp85
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A far better beer than their normal pumpkin ale. This beer has a good color of deep amber with a solid white looking head on it. The smell is much spicier than the regular pumpkin brew. The taste has some complexity to it with some sweet vanilla and autumn spices upfront that fade into a mild pumpkin flavor in the end. The mouthfeel is probably twice as heavy as the other brew leaving a good coating in the mouth. Overall, I'd say don't even waste your time with Shipyards other Pumpkin beer, Just ask for this one or keep your eyes peeled for it. You'll be far more impressed with this one, it's almost hard to believe that they're from the same company.

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Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of oriolesfan4
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of t0rin0
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of westcoastbeerlvr
3/5  rDev -19.6%

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 BEERchitect
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aaarg!? -the brewer's dilemma: "Do I make a Pumpkin Ale that's true to beer flavor or do I abandon any of the beery roots to favor pumpkin pie flavor?" Shipyard refuses to give in to either school as they reach a happy medium with Smashed Pumpkin.

Bright amber in its color, its golden-copper mingling of highlights actually portrays an orange-like glow through its rounded haze. A tall white column of foam rises from the beer with stubborn staying power and sheets of lace that trail in the beer's wake.

Caramel, honey and graham crackers rise to the nose- just ahead of a spicy ginger ale note. Even though the scents of cinnamon, nutmeg, toast and clove can be detected, every reach for the glass causes the nose to trigger that ginger character. Buttery and molasses-like gingersnap cookies continue to develop as the beer warms and as the olfactory senses become more accustomed to the beer. Still, there's a Amber Ale-like aroma that grounds the beer's scent.

Sweet to taste, the beer's overall balance trends malty. But that doesn't mean the beer is one-dimensional. The taste of bread crust, caramel, cashew, light molasses and honey play front-and-center. But then layers of spice folds in- first cinnamon, then ginger, then clove and peppercorn, rum, nutmeg... until the final spice of hops brings the palate back to real ale. Its taste is much less reliant on the "ginger ale" taste but does that gentle interplay with pumpkin pie flavor in one sip and then pumpkin ale taste in the next- alternating back and forth down to the last savory sip.

Mid-full in its body, the creamy sweetness wraps around the spices and provides a soft cocoon that ushers the spicy-sweet balance through the middle palate and into a spicy and drying feel to finish. Alas, the extra bite of hops and ale-like dryness allows the beer to finish like, ...well- beer!

Shipyard's Smashed Pumpkin doesn't evoke the sipping nature of rich and dessert-like beers; but at 9% perhaps it should. But because of its final hop bitterness and turn to dryness easily masks the alcohol and gives the beer a dangerous drinkability.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz, gold foil-capped bottle. Why do they have to refer to the supposed pumpkin in this brew merely as 'flavor'?

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and slightly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few instances of random ocean spout lace around the glass as it quickly rescinds its corporeal stature.

It smells of peppy cinnamon heart, clove, and nutmeg spice, semi-sweet vegetal pumpkin flesh, bready caramel malt, a mild leafy hoppiness, and some well-hidden metallic alcohol. The taste is more of the same, the candied, but well spicy cinnamon hearts still holding sway amongst the other persistent usual suspect pie spices, a lessening pumpkin and gourd-ish cousin vegetal essence, some steady sugary caramel malt, understated leafy hops, and a very mild booze warming.

The carbonation is quite active in its various fizzy and frothy forms, the body an adequate medium weight, and actually more or less smooth, the spices minding their own business, and the alcohol tied up planning my eventual demise. It finishes pretty dry, with the lingering spices, booze, and masked beyond belief hops easily winning this particular tug of war.

A decently rendered big pumpkin ale, the alcohol kept under wraps for the most part, letting the spice take the, um, heat for the inherent astringency of it all, to no overall ill effect. Perhaps one of the more aptly-named offerings from this brewery, as the 18-proof strength will certainly catch up to you (and me), as I continue to focus solely on the grade-school holiday spiciness.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of emerge077
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Birthday beer from Karen & Paul, thanks for the Maine beer!

Bomber poured into a 22oz. glass. Sharp clarity, copper orange sunset. Foam is creamy and inviting, but doesn't last forever. The standard "pumpkin beer aroma" of real pumpkin. Spice is fairly dominant in this, the bottle says nutmeg, but it tastes like cinnamon, without the burn. A bit dry from the moderate spice, some bready qualities come out from the pale malt and wheat. Pumpkin flavor is there in spades. It's pretty drinkable, but I seem to have slowed down with it (maybe that's the 9%). Still, it has a nice dry bitterness that contrasts well with some of the sweeter examples out there.

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of brentk56
3.02/5  rDev -19%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a clear amber verging on burnt orange; the head builds to two inches and leaves some splashy lacing

Smell: An odd combination of vegetal and caramel aromatics that don't scream pumpkin - perhaps more like a smashed pumpkin that sat out in the sun on an Indian Summer day; pie spices supplement the malt backbone

Taste: Buttery caramel and graham cracker tones open, with the pie spices building in the middle; harsh grain alcohol-like flavors dominate, after the swallow; some pumpkin can be found in the finish, but it is not easy

Mouthfeel: Medium to full body with moderate carbonation; considerable warmth in the gullet

Overall: Having pretty much given up on this brewery, I was pleasantly surprised by the Smashed Blueberry and decided to give Smashed Pumpkin a whirl - wish I hadn't

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Photo of oline73
2.44/5  rDev -34.6%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle into a Chimay goblet.

Appearance: Pours a clear orangish amber color with just under a finger of off white head that fades to a ring around the edge of the glass.

Smell: Mild sweet malt, hints of fruit, perhaps grape. There is a smell in the background that reminds me of white wine. A bit weird.

Taste: There is a tiny bit of pumpkin flavor here, but not very much. There is some malt and the white wine tartness that was in the smell. The finish is mildly hoppy and tart.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with a high amount of smooth carbonation. The finish is mildly slick.

Overall: This is a weird beer in general. There is a tartness that clashes with everything else. Not really picking up much pumpkin or spice. I wouldn't have another.

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Photo of Phyl21ca
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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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Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,628 ratings
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