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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)

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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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
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

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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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 MacMalt
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Poured from 12 oz. bottle into pint glass. The color is a hazy, pumpkin orange with a two-finger foamy off-white head and lacing. The color quite pretty. The smell features yeast, malt, nutmeg, and the pumpkin. The smell is sweeter than other pumpkin ales I've had. The taste explodes: The first sensation is pumpkin pie, followed by nutmeg and cinnamon. It's sweeter than many pumpkin ales and you definitely taste the pumpkin in a big way. This is a medium-bodied, nicely carbonated ale, which masks the 9.0 ABV quite well. Overall, I really enjoyed this pumpkin ale and will purchase it again throughout the Fall. I'm surprised how low it's rated on BA. There seems to be a wide variation of opinion with some rating it quite high and others quite low. I'm in the former camp. I really enjoyed it!

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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 303beer
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours a clear, well carbonated light copper with an inch and a half of rocky off white orange tinted head. Has a spiced pumpkin nose. First the spice hits you. Some might like it. I think it's over spiced because you never taste the pumpkin but if spice is your thing then you will probably like this. Then the sweet hits you and never leaves.

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Photo of ThisWangsChung
2.93/5  rDev -20.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

I know about Shipyard's pumpkin soda (oops, I mean beer) Pumpkinhead, but what about this? The nose is what I'd expect from the style, though this seems to have more in the way of actual pumpkin character than most. There is some nutmeg...actually, a lot of nutmeg; otherwise, I don't seem to pick up the harsh spicing redolent of the style. It actually smells like a damn PUMPKIN ale. Hey, things are looking pretty damn good so far! In terms of the actual flavor, though, it seems all over the place. The first sips are good - lots of gourd flavor, the spices are subtle, and I can taste the base beer underneath. Shame it doesn't last. After a while, its cinnamon and nutmeg start to overpower, and some unwelcome alcohol presence shows up. With the combination of overt spicing and booziness, this is actually rather harsh. For a 9% pumpkin ale, the drinkability (looking past the underwhelming flavor) is pretty good at least. Not horrid, but a good reminder why I'm usually not fond of the style.

2.93/5: Schlafly Pumpkin Ale this is not

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Photo of BeerAndGasMasks
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured orangey-amber from the 12 oz bottle of indeterminate age (2013? 2014? - who knows?) Wow! This bottle aged well! Pumpkin pie in the nose in a really nice way, followed by an extremely easy drinking pumpkin-pie flavored beer. Wow!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant coppery orange with a 1” cream colored foam collar that quickly recedes. Very lively and effervescent. S: Pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin, malt. T: Pumpkin pie in a glass but not cloying or over done. Gives some room to the malt and the hops with the alcohol, hops, malt, pumpkin and pumkin pie spices all working well together. Some nutmeg in the finish but no clove. Farily dry overall. F: Above average carbonation with a very fine bead, medium to medium full body. O: this is one of the better pumpkin beers out there.

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Photo of Nugganooch
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

22oz bottle with a FW snifter glass
Notes from 11/09/2014

A: Bright caramel orange body without clarity. Healthy head of khaki suds grows about two fingers high and holds over for a few prolonged minutes. Moderate to light dots and swaths of lace paint the glass on the way down.

S: Bready toasted malts and alcohol mostly. Candied malts with a faint earthiness and some stale spices. Not getting much of any pumpkin in the nose here nor any pie spices for that matter. Just kind of smells a bit like a nutty Amber Ale. Kind of disappointing for this holiday brew.

T: Tastes like candied pumpkin with spices added but in a not so pleasant kind of way. Like one of them scented Yankee Candles. I get some bready pie crust with a touch of earthiness and hints of pie spice. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Again it’s not all that spiced up here really. Lighter than I was expecting with a low amount of bitterness and the alcohol tamed much better than the nose lead on. A slight step up in flavor but still just kind of meh.

M: Moderate filling body and tipping towards the heavier side of things. Somewhat mixed between the frothy carbonation and sticky sugars on the palate. Light dryness towards the finish. Pretty clean in the end.

D: Okay in small doses. Actually not as bad as I expected but really also not that great. Was always hesitant to pull the trigger on this one a try and now that I have I can say it’s likely not a revisit. These days there are far superior pumpkin brews available to me.

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Photo of MrWonka
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Idk why this beer has such a lo rating for the reviews. Pumking is my favorite pumpkin beer and this one is probably in my top 3... The other being greater pumpkin by heavy seas. Though I doubt you'll find this beer in April (unlike me) plz do urself the favor and seek this out this coming fall if you're into pumpkin ales.

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Photo of SierraFlight
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber. Clear orange/brown with a sticky head that laces the whole glass. Nice aromas of toasted malt, graham cracker, and pumpkin pie spice. Little evidence of the 9% ABV. Flavors reveal hints of booze with canned pumpkin pie, balanced pie spices, roasty malts, and a little late hop bitterness in the slightly sweet finish. Full body with sticky texture.

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Photo of tekstr1der
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

As orange a color as I've seen in a beer, this pours with quickly faded head. Immediate traditional pumpkin spices on the nose - pretty close to the pie I love! Flavor/mouth-fee is quite a ride... initial pumpkin quickly turns to burst of yeasty, slightly sour alcoholic funk, which in turn, quickly dissolves to a clean finish and lasting mellow aftertaste.

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Photo of Jeffreysan
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.75

12 oz bottle, poured into a pint glass

Appearance: Pours a pretty, clear, orange/amber color with an eighth of a finger of white head that immediately dissolved into a thin halo of foam that gripped the sides of the glass, but otherwise left no head whatsoever.

Aroma: Lots of pumpkin and Belgian yeast, as well as some spices of nutmeg, brown sugar and cinnamon. Not much in the way of hops or malt. The aroma reminds me more of a Saison or a Triple.

Taste: Pumpkin flavors forward, with just a hint of sourness, followed by some good spices of nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger and brown sugar. While there are practically no hops to speak of in the flavor, the beer finishes with some good Belgian yeast notes of clove, a little banana, and a faint hint of citrus, to round everything out.

Mouthfeel: This is one part of the beer that’s a little disappointing. The beer is a little thin, slightly watery, and there’s practically no carbonation to speak of. With an ABV of 9.0%, there is quite a bit of alcohol on the palate.

Overall: This is a good pumpkin beer, and I’ll probably get it again next Autumn, but it’s not spectacular. If it had a little more body in the mouthfeel, the beer would be much better, bordering special, but alas, it doesn’t. Still worth a try if you’ve never had it, and maybe a re-visit if you have.

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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.67 out of 5 based on 1,616 ratings.
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