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 mdfb79
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22 oz. bottle into my Bell's tulip. Got to try this up in Vermont last August and really liked it, glad to see it on the shelves in NoVa.

a - Pours a somewhat transparent medium orange color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident. No head retention and a little bit of lacing left on the glass.

s - Smells of cinnamon, bready malts, nutmeg, and light pumpkin. Cinnamon is very strong.

t - Tastes of cinnamon, nutmeg, spices, light pumkin, and bready malts. Again, the cinnamon is very strong, as are the spices.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Pretty easy to drink.

o - Overall an above average pumpkin ale, but it didn't live up to my memory of it. Lots of spices and cinnamon and not at much pumpkin as I would have liked. Would have it again but not my favorite.

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Photo of TMoney2591
2.58/5  rDev -29.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

Another hooplah-surrounded pumpkin beer, so you know I've gotta try it. You know me so well... It pours a clear copper topped by a finger of off-cream-white foam. The nose comprises brown sugar, toasted caramel, clove, vanilla, white bread, and a strange whiff of menthol-like alcohol bubbling up from the bottom. This last part really keeps me from enjoying the smell. The taste follows pretty closely, though there is definitely some pumpkin going on in there now, and, unfortunately, the alcohol now resembles strident rubber cement. Wow, not sure what that is, but it is just awful. The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slightly slick feel. Overall, either something ain't right here, or this beer is just plain bad. Either way, I did not enjoy myself here...

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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 vfgccp
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Robust orange amber body. Pillowy head with a fine bubble. Nice retention and lace.

S – Surprisingly floral and sweet. Dandilion, honeysuckle, apricot and strawberry jam, and a touch of booze. Very little pumpkin.

T – I have no idea where it was in the nose, but the flavor profile is loaded with raw, roasted pumpkin flavor. Sweet strawberry jam, nutmeg and chestnuts add balance and complexity to the middle of the profile. Mildly sharp booze lays down a warm backdrop to a bready finish.

M – Medium body is creamy. You can definitely feel a heavy hand with the booze.

O – Surprise pumpkin beer of 2011 for me. Great profile, but definitely a sipping beer with the way the alcohol grabs hold of your palate.

P – Stellar pairings with dark meat turkey and stuffing. The alcohol cuts through the richness of the turkey, and the pumpkin hooks up with the rich breadiness of the stuffing and doesn’t let go.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A - Pale amber body, crystal clear with champagne carbonation strands. Thin white lace rims the pour.

S - Interesting nose. Very spiced and old-timey. Clove and cinnamon, medicinal and remeniscent of old-timey hard candy. Almost licorice or sasparilla. Notes of the brine that sweet gherkin pickles come in comes to mind.

T - Definite dry nutmeg and some strong cinnamon powder. The hop dryness and spice adds a peppery dry kick to the fall spice notes. Warming phenolic alcohol warms then dries the mouth and adds a bit more spice. Faint sweetness of malt, with the pumpkin being a bit shy here. The spices associated with pumpkin show through but the fruit remainds fairly muted.

M - A spicy, peppery, warming brew. The abv and spice profile make for a warm ride. Semi dry at the end.

O - A decent pumpkin ale, yet this one shows a strong spice profile as the main attraction. Its warm and spicy, but missed the mark some with the pumpkin fruit and sweet components in my opinion.

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Photo of tdm168
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper amber with 1/4" of light foamy head. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin puree. Taste is mild; pumpkin shines here with subtle nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon. Very good balance and very little bitterness. Mouthfeel is medium bodied, well carbonated, and very smooth. The alcohol shows up as the beer warms adding warmth and doesn't detract from the overall flavor.

This is a pretty solid pumpkin beer. Probably one of the better ones on the market.

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Photo of Lare453
3.59/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

large format bottle poured into a dfh glass

a copper colored with a small dissipating white head that leaves a very small white foam film over the top. no lacing.

s cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin flesh, vanilla, grain, clove

t starts out with a smooth vanilla and clove which moves into a pumpkin flash and heavy cinnamon. the ending is also heavy on the cinnamon but gives way to a fresh grain. the aftertaste has a lot of spice in it as well...

m smooth with a heavy carbonation. fairly thick

o this is a great easy to find pumpkin beer, i definitely drikn it a lot when i want a pumpkin beer. i recommend it if you like pumpkin beer.

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Photo of jwc215
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

On-tap at Three Cellars in Franklin, WI:

Pours dark orange with a thin white head that leaves lacing.

The smell is of the usual pumpkin spicings - done nicely - not too strong, not too weak.

The tatse is of pumpkin spicing - cinnamon, nutmeg, etc. with bready notes.

Quite drinkable for the style and abv. Carbonation level adds to the smooth character - not too weak or too strong.

A well-done pumpkin beer that reminded me of pumpkin bread.

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Photo of GarthDanielson
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bomber into a pint glass, the beer pours a slightly hazed, orange-yellow coloring with a fairly substantial, two inch, white, foamy head that quickly settles into a thin, low profile head. The nose is a complex blend of wheat and slight citrus sweetness, with pumpkin and spice highlights. The spice nose is heavy in cinnamon when you get down in there, and even more so as the beer warms. Flavors are toasted grain and bready background, with the cinnamon present again. Also, some nutmeg spicing that helps to balance the pumpkin richness that finds its way onto the palate mid-way through the taste. The rich flavors stay through the aftertaste, but the beer remains light bodied, which keeps it from being overpowering. Very decent cling to the glass. The finish is quick and clean, and the increased ABV doesn't really present itself past the body/mouthfeel. Very tasty, interesting brew. The label recommends mixing with Blue Fin, which is their stout. I think that may be worth a try...

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Photo of Duff27
3.17/5  rDev -13.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A- One inch head quickly recedes into a few bubbles. Beer is an orange/golden color.

S- Smell is a faint nutmeg, real sweet as well.

T- Tastes of nutmeg, cinnamon. Booze is a little on the strong side. Lowhop profile. Aftertaste I'm not a big fan of.

M- Good carbonation. Mouthfeel on the thin side.

D/O- Wanted to like this one but I'd advise passing. Many other pumpkin beers out there that I'd recommended buying.

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Photo of drabmuh
2.09/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Oh Shipyard, this is yet another completely fucking disgusting pumpkin beer from you. DIACETYL BOMB! Back to brewing school with you.

Beer is orange and has a thin white head of small bubbles, minimal lacing moderate carbonation. Looks good.

Aroma is mildly spicy and has a buttery component to it. Oh no.

Beer is silky creamy butterscotchy with a horrible pumpkin sour bitterness at the back end. Its like eating the skin off the pumpkin after its dipped in fake butter. Never again.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle received from my parents after their trip to Maine.

Pours a hazy light orange, with a fizzy one inch head, and some lacing down the glass.

Smells include the typical pumpkin pie spices- nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, etc. Very strong on the spices, smells quite sweet.

The taste is similar- ton of ginger, cinnamon, a bit of vanilla, nutmeg, clove. Not a whole lot of actual pumpkin flavor. Some caramel malt flavor as well, with a ton of sugary sweetness.

Medium bodied, high carbonation, starts and finishes sweet. Fairly drinkable, but gets cloying as it warms.

Not the best pumpkin ale ever, but this one still works relatively well.

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Photo of Gavage
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: pours a slightly hazy orange color with a big 3" head that slowly recedes. Some mild lacing develops.

Smell: cinnamon and nitmeg are up front, and some caramel sweentess is a bit softer on the nose.

Taste: caramel, cinnamon, allspice, and nutmeg are are most prominent. Bitterness is moderate and alcohol tones are soft but warming. Some buttery textures arrive late during the swallow. There is a bit of a hidden earthy tone here too.

Mouthfeel: medium-heavy in body. Lightly crisp to start, smooth and a hint of dryness arrives late.

Drinkability: this beer went down fairly quickly depsite the higher alcohol levels. Overall a tasty beer from Shipyard.

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Photo of Gobzilla
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: poured an orangy brown with yellow highlights that had a thin white head and left very little lacing sticking to the glass.

S: I got more nutmeg and cinnamon character than pumkin notes but I did get pimkin pie crust aromas. I also manage to detect a little allspice as well.

T: the taste was mostly spices consisting of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice but it did have slight pumkin pie crust notes. It kinda had licorice notes as well.

M: the brew was medium in body with a good amount of carbonation which had mostly spice but sweet finish.

D: it drank pretty good and have to say that it is a decent pumpkin beer. This was the last beer to cap things off on pumpkin trickin treatin day.

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Photo of Wasatch
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to ybnorml for this brew.

22oz. Bomber
Gold Foil

Pours a very nice clean/clear copper color, nice carbonation, nice one-finger creamy off-white head, with some nice sticky lacing left behind. The nose is malty, with some cinnamon, and nutmeg. The taste is sweet, malty, nice touch of cinnamon/nutmeg notes. Medium body. Drinkable, enjoying this one this afternoon.

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Photo of tone77
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a brown 22 oz. bottle. Has a bronze color with orange hues and a 1/2 inch head. Smell is of pumpkin, subtle spices. Taste is pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, light malts, a bit of alcohol. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall is a good quality beer.

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Photo of TheSevenDuffs
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Reviewed a '11 bottle side-by-side with a '10 bottle in tasting glasses.

A - Straw yellow with a touch of orange and a small amount of white head.

S - Pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon.

T - Pumpkin, nutmeg, cloves and cinnamon. The alcohol is slightly noticeable. The finish is dry with a slight hop bitterness.

M - Light body with a slight bit of chew in the finish. Moderate carbonation.


2010 - Sweeter with more pronounced pumpkin and a noticeable bready malt flavour that was not evident at all in the '11. No hop bite at all, as was evident in the finish in the '11.

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Photo of WesWes
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy white head thadecently fades to lacing. The aroma is decent. It has a nice light pumpkin scent along with nutmeg and some Munich malt sweetness. The taste is decent as well. It has a really nice pumpkin character to it and is well spiced. It's a bit syrupy which takes away from the drinkability. The mouthfeel is decent. It is a full bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a pretty good beer. I like the fact that Shipyard is making some big beer finally. This one's not bad.

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Photo of plaid75
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

On draft at The Lark, East Northport, NY.

Poured a shiny brass hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and little lacing.

The smell was akin to gingerbread.

The taste consisted of an earthy sweetness, with waves of nutmeg and ginger.

The mouthfeel was full and chewy.

Overall a pretty nice imperial pumpkin.

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Photo of biegaman
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Only great things can be said about this beer's sleek, chilly, immaculate orange coloured body. Holding the glass makes the hand awash in enough bright radiance to make even a stained glass window jealous. And although no head sticks around, the way these bubbles run around I'd worry about being sued by the estate of Benny Hill.

The bouquet is only moderate on the pumpkin pie spicing, which can be either a good or a bad thing depending on your preference. A fair bit of the gourd is perceived too. Largely, however, the aroma shares the same grainy malt and earthy hops as many an English ales. While plainly pumpkin-y, it should not be too unfamiliar.

Pumpkin ales can range in taste from potpourri (too much spice) to plain old pumpkin flesh (not enough spice) to pumpkin pie and vanilla ice cream (just right). Shipyard's version is seasoned appropriately but strong alcohol vapors intensify the spice and with nowhere near enough body to emulate pie crusts, it comes off a little too perfumy.

The beer has that wonderful quality of being at once sweet, savory, and spicy. Largely this can be attributed to the nutmeg which, like vanilla, can be a little bit of all those things. The malts help with the sweetness, mind you, and the hops assist the pumpkin in adding earthy spice. Alcohol also adds a bit of spice, but a less desirable kind.

If not for the high alcohol, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin would be a good example of the style for people to cut their teeth on. What it lacks a little in character it makes up for in drinkability; what it lacks in malt it makes up for in spicing. In other words, it's a serviceable ale that might disappoint aficionados but will very much appeal to newbies out there.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.72/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

From the 22 fl. oz. 2010 batch bottle. Sampled on Sept. 13, 2010. The pour is orange with a bit of copper mixed in and a thin white head and limited lacing. Beautifully clear. The pumpkin and spiced aromas are solid with almost nothing in the way of alcohol considering it is a 9% ABV beer. The taste is also a generous dose of pumpkin, spices, clove, and a mildly hopped bitterness. A nice one to have during the season.

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Photo of Zorro
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Clear amber colored beer with a small white colored head. Despite the Hunter Safety Orange colored label this is nowhere close to that color orange.

Smells sweet and spicy with Pumpkin Pie spice and vanilla being strongest. I can smell the pumpkin but not all that strong.

Starts out sweet and spicy with a taste that is pretty close to pumpkin pie. Spicy with a little more herbal bitters than I would have expected. Alcohol level does a good job of releasing the spice essence. Tastes almost like pumpkin pie but not quite.

Mouthfeel is OK.

Overall a tasty beer. Might try again at Thanksgiving.

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Photo of Halcyondays
3.31/5  rDev -9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

22 oz. bomber,

A: Pours a clear orange with a firm head with great retention especially for a pumpkin ale. No real lace.

S: Pumpkin pie and some allspice though lighter than in most pumpkin beers, definite notes of Munich malt and booze.

T: This is a big boy. Ethanol hits you big at the beginning of this beer, hot but dies down a bit as it warms possibly because the other flavours are coming out. On the backswing there are good pumpkin and pie crust, some nutmeg and fall spice as to be expected. Not really well balanced overall, but the end of the bomber finished a lot better than the beginning.

M: Full-bodied, solvent-like ethanol character for sure with a bit of a burn going down, as I said before, this beer does not hide its 9%. Sweetish aftertaste, pretty clean overall, the structure is good.

D: This is really a mixed bag, there are good parts and bad parts. This would make a good cool weather warmer, makes you feel good inside, but I'd have someone to split the bottle with.

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Photo of rudzud
1.92/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Been sitting on this one for probably a little over a month now. Was really hoping for a knockout from Shipyard, but instead got a fizzle.

A - Clear copper with a one finger fizzy head that almost instantly dissolved into nothing. Appearance looks well, flat.

S - I get more aroma with regular ol Pumpkinhead than this junk. Ridiculously light pumpkin and typical spice notes. Barely a hint of sweet malts.

T - Light sweet malts. Same as the nose really weak almost watery tastes. The more I drink this, the worse it gets?

M - While the alcohol isnt present much (shocking due to the 9%) this is incredibly syrupy and feels almost flat. Very unpleasant.

D - I guess if your a fan of pumpkin head you'll like this? Then again, probably not. Unlike pumpkinhead, which tends to be crisp and refreshing, this is the opposite. Sorry to say, this stuff is a drain pour for me.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a big brown bomber bottle. Pours a very clear amberish orange, light glass lacing, mild carbonation of very tiny bubbles, I really like the looks of this in the glass. The bubbles almost appear to start from the side of the glass, very elegant looking. Smells of pumpkins (go figure, huh?), but not overly strong, just a faint smell, a little nutmeg, can detect some booziness in the smell in the background.

Tastes of nutmeg spice, pumpkin sweetness, mildy hopped on the back of the tongue at the end of the taste. Overall, the taste is crisp, not super sweet and bready, and has a big time booziness warmth after the sip. I have a feeling I poured this at too cold of a temperature because what I'm smelling and tasting don't match up very well. This should become more aromatic as it warms up. Next time, I will crack this one open at room temp.

The is a very drinkable pumpkin ale and I have to say this one ranks among my favorites so far and the best beer Shipyard Brews (in my opinion). I think it deserves a higher rating than what is here and I'm not a huge pumpkin ale fan. There's another pumpkin ale out there that's really bready that everyone loves so much, I have to be in the right mood for it. With this one, this is one I could enjoy time and time again. The beer is so drinkable that you really have to watch the intake - pour in a snifter and pace yourself because this is one that will really sneak up on you after a bottle.

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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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