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

1,618 Ratings
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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Casey10 on 08-31-2009

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Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.71/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A beautiful burnt orange color with a 1/2 finger of head.

Aromas of fresh gourd and spices, brown sugar, nutmeg.

Flavor is gourdy, with some pie spices and a tall alcohol presence. The largest factor here is the dry malts and alcohol. Most of the spices have fell off by now, but it's still a relatively exciting pumpkin beer.

Feel is dry like rubbing alcohol, a biting carbonation that fades flat after a few moments.

Overall, it's pretty decent. I'd have it again if I had the chance to nab another. ;-)

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

Appearance: Large, dense, and persistent tan head, Belgian-style lacing adorns the glass walls. The body is a hazy reddish-gold, there is faint sediment, and minute, profuse, slow-rising carbonation.

Aroma: Bubblegum and pumpkin pie spices dominate the aroma, there are also bourbon notes, and hints of vanilla, maple syrup and wood. The alcohol offers a strong presence.

Taste: Opens with a wave of bourbon and brown sugar. The alcohol is quite prominent and very warming. Pumpkin pie spices are present, but are secondary to the bourbon and dark rum flavors. The bubblegum noted in the aroma is present as well, no doubt a product of the yeast. The finish is dominated by brown sugar, booze and woody notes.

Mouth feel: Smooth, soft, and full, with delicate carbonation.

Drinkability/notes: Certainly not a typical pumpkin ale, but very good, nonetheless.

Presentation: Packaged in a twenty-two ounce brown glass bomber sealed with a twist-off crown, unusual for a bomber. Served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

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Photo of DarkSideOfTheMoon
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a pint glass. Small head that dissipates quickly. Moderate carbonation. Copper-orange color that is semi-transparent. Aroma is nutmeg, cinnamon, spice, pumpkin pie with some hints of malt. Can definitely taste the 9% ABV but it's not overpowering. Not as strong on the pumpkin pie taste as i would have assumed from the smell. It's there but can get much more of the biscuity malts. Mouthfeel is full ..almost syrupy. Overall a very good pumpkin ale that i assume would mess me up if i had another!

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Photo of Dzman
3.01/5  rDev -18%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The smell of pumpkin and booze is there. The color is quite nice at a polished bronze look. The flavor is mild pumpkin but it really reminds me of flavored whiskey that is artificially flavored. Almost a chemical taste. Not a really good experience for me. Not a good pumpkin beer for me. Shipyard is a great company but this needs a little more time to perfect the taste. This just doesn't pair well with any food I can think of. I just cannot recommend this even with a cinnamon and sugar rimmed glass.

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Photo of Bunman3
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I am not a huge fan of pumpkin beers, but tis the season... This is definitely one of the best pumpkin beers I have sampled. The flavors remind me of pumpkin pie but also wrap around a very well made brew. Definitely glad I found this in my latest six pack of the month selection!

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Photo of Rcaros
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

Look: poured half a finger of off white head with tight bubbles. Golden orange in the glass with a decent amount of carbonation

Smell: aroma is rather mild. Hints of nutmeg, cinnamon, candied yams, pie crust.

Taste: follows nose exactly with a lot of bitterness. I get the alcohol on the back end.

Feel: medium

Overall: halfway decent i guess

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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 bbtkd
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Pours orange, nose is pumpkin and spice, taste did not deliver as it was mostly squash and cinnamon. Not the worst pumpkin beer, have had plenty of those. Overall just OK. Not going to buy a pumpkin beer just to smell it.

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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 jzlyo
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Aroma is pumpkin, spices, fruit/floral and mild oxidation. The flavor is pumpkin/yams, fruit, medium sweetness, malts and a mix of slight tartness, sour, heat and acidity in the finish.

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Photo of R8ksurcsh
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This is a solid pumpkin beer for the price. It's color is nice, smell is heavy on the cinnamon, and the taste is like drinking liquified pumpkin pie. Good beer! Cheers!

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Photo of mvanaskie13
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass: color is gold to copper, head is light tan and presents about 1/4 inch thick then dissipates to ring and light top with some lacing but not much clinging head.

Smell is sweet, somewhat tart, very reminiscent of a pumpkin ale I brewed myself which if you think about historic pumpkin ales may make sense, probably not too much spice going to those and a little of sour funk going on as the brew fermented; spices are noted but not emphatic which is a nice balance.

Taste is slight blend of light pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon heavy) and tart flavors with some hints of the wheat and munich malts. The tartness could be a blend of the munich malt and pumpkin fruitiness, a bit hard to distinguish.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant for a 9.0% abv brew, a little sharp in the drawn out finish from the dry and tart qualities but not detracting.

Overall, much better than pumpkinhead and a tribute to what i think historical standard of pumpkin ales tasted like.

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Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

*This review is of a 2013 bomber bottle*

A- Dark, coppery, orange in color. It looks fairly filtered on the initial pour, but their actually is some sediment at the bottom of the bottle. There are some bubbles streaming up, but it's not overly carbonated. There's a one finger, soapy, kind of head. Some lacing/alcohol legs are present.

S- This beer smells malty and sweet. Malts are like brown bread and the sweetness is kind of like brown sugar and molasses in a way. You get a bit of the phenol alcohol note. The nutmeg and cinnamon note is detectable right away. There is the graham cracker crust element as well. It has a spicy, earthy, British component in the hops. It might have a slight touch of pine.

*- As the beer warms, you get more of the graham cracker and alcohol notes. I get a slight appley note.

T- The 9% is there in the taste, but it doesn't burn at all. It's warming. You notice the alcohol in the initial taste and towards the finish. But the flavors I get are typical pumpkin pie filling and graham cracker crust. Cinnamon and nutmeg show up first. Then I get the graham cracker and the brown bread notes from the malts. It dries after a couple of seconds. At 26 IBUs, the beer has a light, earthy, bitterness. I may even be getting a light leathery, tobacco, pine note. It tastes like a British kind of hop note. The taste overall is sweet and malt forward.

*- Warmer, the 9% seems to be a bit more pronounced. A pale, caramel, maltiness was detectable at this point.

M- This a light-medium bodied beer. It has a little bit of slickness and oiliness. It's not overly crisp. There is nothing off-puting in the finish. For a higher alcohol/imperial style beer, this actually has a decent drinkability.

*The beer thins out in the mouthfeel when warmer. It's a little more drinkable warmer.

Overall, this is a great imperial pumpkin style ale. It's overall a sweet, slick, lightly boozy beer. It's got more character than the Pumpkinhead for sure. I tend to prefer imperial pumpkin ales for that reason. I like to look outside the box when it comes to pumpkin ales. It seems every fall the light, American style lager drinkers gravitate towards the pumpkin beers, but they never really look outside of Pumpkinhead or a Traveler's pumpkin shandy. I think imperial beer fans, stout fans, and even whiskey/bourbon fans would like this beer. CHEERS!

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Photo of NWSREM
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Cloudy orange pour with thin head that quickly dissipates. Aroma is faint pumpkin, nutmeg and lemon? Taste is much bolder pumpkin and spice with some sour aftertaste and prominent residual alcohol flavor. Full bodied with moderate carbonation. I've had this in the past and thought it was more of a sweet, pumpkin pie type beer but it wasn't really, more like a pumpkin saison. Decent, but not one of my favorites. Improves quite a bit as it warms.

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Photo of MaximalC
1.88/5  rDev -48.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 1 | feel: 2.25 | overall: 2

Pours a transparent orange color with an insubstantial cream colored head. The aroma is only barely there, with hints of nutmeg and the barest allusion of pumpkin. I don’t know that I’ve come across a big beer with such a small aroma before...

The taste positively smacks of cinnamon up front and Robitussin toward the middle and back; at first blush, it is one of the most offensive beers I’ve ever sampled. If you can look past the more noxious elements, there is some pumpkin flavor and caramel present as well, but it’s hardly worth the price of admission. Medium body and mild carbonation make for a rather still mouthfeel that only reinforces its medicinal character.

To put it bluntly, this beer is terrible. How it can be touted as part of Shipyard’s “Signature Series” is discouraging to say the least.

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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 RonaldTheriot
4.06/5  rDev +10.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin has a thick, frothy, orange-tinted cream-colored head, a hazy, bubbly, orange appearance, and even some decent lacing left on the glass. The aroma is of sharp, spicy, pumpkin pulp aroma, reminiscent of Pumpkin Head, with the spiced candle aspect. Taste is of those elements, with a bit of an odd pepper note (white pepper?). Mouthfeel is medium to heavy, and Smashed Pumpkin finishes between wet and dry. Not too boozy in the flavor, but one will feel it (my sample is a 12-oz. bottle).


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Photo of illpass78
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a tulip.

Appearance: Pours a hazy copper with a short white head.

Aroma: Spicy and toasty with a solid malt background.

Taste: Pretty complex, inviting mix of flavors. Pumpkin and spices are there along with toast and sweet malt. Booze is noticeable, too, but not overpowering.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied with some booze burn.

Overall: Nice, complex, slightly boozy pumpkin beer. A good beer to try if you think pumpkin beers are all cloying and crappy, but this isn't.

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Photo of schwansmantr
2.82/5  rDev -23.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

look -hazy copper with 2 fingers of white head worth light carbonation and lacing.

smell-cinnamon and ginger and strong alcohol

Taste-some spices of nutmeg, , ginger and brown sugar with a dry bitterness at the end. the warmer it got the better it tasted.

feel -is medium

I again as with many of these Pumpkin beers get very little of a pumpkin taste and instead get a strong hint of cinnamon and nutmeg. Sorry but if I purchase a Pumpkin beer well then that's what I expect. The warmer this beer got the better it taste but it still was leaving my mouth very dry and just unsatisfied. letter grad would be a D+

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Photo of mntlover
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy copper color with a small finger sized white head.

Aroma is light pumpkin, light citrus mainly lime like, along with some underlying spice that is on the subdued side compared to most pumpkins.

Taste is malty pumpkin, some lightly bitter lime notes, spice notes are bigger in the flavor then they were in the nose. Usual pumpkin spice along with hints of pepper. Not really feeling this as much as most pumpkins.

Mouthfeel is medium with lightly peppy carbonation.

Overall not digging this beer, much better choices if your looking for a pumpkin in my humble opinion.

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Photo of artdob
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 2.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Served this one fairly cold. Pours a copper orange. Mine had a scant head, if any, that disappeared quickly.
Nose was light, subtle pumpkin with some notes of citrus and bread coming through as well.
Palate brings forth a similar mix of pumpkin and citrus on top of a subtle hoppy bitterness.
Mouthfeel has moderate carbonation with hop residual flavors having long staying power in the finish.
A somewhat higher than average ABV at 9% for pumpkin beer season offers a nice fall beer.

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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 Fatehunter
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a finger of head on a hazy straw body.
The aroma is pumpkin and peppers. Nice.
The taste is balanced and smooth with hints of pumpkin.
The texture is soft.

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

Thoroughly enjoyed: One of my favorite pumpkin beers to date. Light copper color in the glass with an engulfing sweetness both in the nose and the taste. I came away thinking "cider" personally; spice, sweetness, without much bitterness. The alcohol is fairly buried within the mix given the 9%. Definitely will look to stash a few before they're gone.

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Photo of titan2497
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

This is one of my favorite fall beers of recent.

It pours a very nice dark orange color with a good amount of head.

The smell is boozie with a bit nutmeg.

The taste is decent and much stronger then most pumpkin beers if that matters.

Will continue to enjoy this beer and definitely recommend to people who enjoy fall beers.

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