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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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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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Added by Casey10 on 08-31-2009

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Photo of TheBigLebrewski
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Before I get to the criteria, great photo!, and I want to say this beer tastes more like pumpkin pie than any I've had.

An orangish light brown resting beautifully in a goblet. The head pretty quickly dissipates. Not cloudy, though the color holds in the light.

Smell, again, is all pumpkin pie, and the sort that implies you need to eat a slice. Nutmeg is enjoyably present, perking the taste buds for what comes next.

Taste, as I've mentioned, is: on-point-after-Thanksgiving-dinner pumpkin pie. Not too sweet in any respect; more of the allspice that is vital to a good pumpkin pie, the perfect stir of nutmeg, without the cinnamon overtaking it. Not much else to say about it, but don't think I'm not enjoying this one!

Mouthfeel is great. Thick enough to meet the expectations of the type, but equally easy drinking. The allspice lingers in the back of the mouth, though not detrimentally - kind of just reminding you what you're drinking. A damn good time if your looking for the pied version of a pumpkin ale. Thank you Pugsley!

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Photo of dominic4beer
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Lare453
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
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 GFish
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of RuckusDu
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this a couple weeks ago and really liked it. Now it's time for a proper review. 22oz from 2012 into CS Cellar Reserve wine glass. A twist-off 22oz? Don't think I have ever seen that before. Less than a finger of head on the pour. Light brown colored head (almost white) and it holds up fairly well. Body is slightly cloudy but a gorgeous orange color. Some brown in it, but really nice. Laces well. Aroma is pretty typical amber ale. Slight alcohol burn, and only minimal pumpkin. The flavor is good pumpkin and clove, but something is off. A little bit of soap; floral notes. Mouthfeel is good with nice carbonation and solid body.

Overall the off flavor and lackluster aroma keep this beer down. Nice pumpkin flavor and very refreshing.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, I hope this beer tastes as impressive as the bottle looks. I love the gold foil wrapper and writeup on the back featuring a photo of much maligned Shipyard brewmaster Alan Pugsley.

Pours a dark, semi-clear orange with minimal head. Nice aroma of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Has a nice crisp taste. Cinnamon flavors at the forefront, which I expected considering how profoundly cinnamon Pumpkinhead is. Some spicy pumpkin flavors power through the wall of cinnamon as it warms. There is some bitterness at the finish as well.

This is one of Shipyard's best. However I would recommend a handful of Imperial pumpkin ales over this one - Wachusett's Imperial Pumpkin and Southern Tier's Pumking are 2 examples. But give it a shot - I always root hard for New England breweries.

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Photo of jsnoek
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of MaddogOrlando
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint.

3.5 A: Clear light orange color. Two fingers of frothy off-white head. Retention is about average and a short ring of lacing is left.

3.5 S: Pithy pumpkin with nutmeg and hints of cinnamon and allspice. Moderate malty sweetness with a touch of caramel and a mild biscuitiness. The pumpkin and spices aren't as bold as some, but are sufficient. Booze is well hidden. Not bad.

3.5 T: Pumpkin and spices are the leading flavors with nutmeg being the most prominent. Biscuity maltiness with a just more than moderate sweetness. Light caramel. Booze is realized int he taste.

3.5 M: Medium body. Good moderate carbonation. Could be a bit creamier, but not bad here.

3.5 D: Tasty pumpkin brew. Worth a try.

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Photo of fitrock2112
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured the Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin into a pint glass.

A- Pours a copper, burnt orange with a finger and a half of white fluffy head.

S- The aroma is of nutmeg, allspice, and touch of clove. Maybe slight pumpkin on the background. Smells awesome

T- Wow , the taste is way more nutmeg than the aroma. Much more clove and allspice as well, with just a touch of pumpkin again on the background.

M- Medium to light carbonation, feels a little chewy, which I like , it definitely has some body to it.

O- I enjoyed this beer , I would recommend this beer if you like Pumpkin Beers

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of wahnee86
3.57/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A clean poor with a nice head revealed a solid pumpkin beer. Avoiding the usual problem of being too sweet and too pumpkin-y, Shipyard's beer enjoyed a nice fall aroma with crip pumpkin and spice smells. Mouthfeel was uneven; at times the beer seemed a little thin while others it seemed to have more body too it. At the right price, this could be a nice beer to pair with certain fall flavored pasta dishes.

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Photo of Larrydoherty
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Megs
1/5  rDev -73.2%

Photo of mportnoy
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of srw
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Woodysbeard
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Photo of Hellyeahimdrinking
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Photo of RickS95
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a mostly clear orange. No haze, just a stock clearish orange. The head is a finger thick, but has little retention.

You can smell the malty backbone of the beer, that holds up the Autumn warming spices of cloves, cinnamon and ginger. A little bit of alcohol shines through.

The taste is almost all spice and little pumpkin. That's ok though. The pale ale malts mixes well with the pumpkin spices (mostly cinnamon) and balances the alcohol that also comes through in the taste, but only leaves enough of a message to show its presence, it never dominates. As it warms, the alcohol really grows and comes close to killing the balance.

Medium bodied. It's sweet for a split second before the spiciness takes over. That spiciness builds as the beer works its way back. The malt and wheat provide a good platform for the spices so that even though the spices are front and center, they don't offend. The heat starts gaining momentum and both it and the numbing alcohol feel continue well into the swallow.

It's a pretty good beer and with the high ABV, both a sipper and something you'll enjoy in the cooler months. As it warms, the beer actually gets a bit worse. That said, it's still better than a lot of other pumpkin beers I've had and is something I'd enjoy having more of.

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Photo of redliner8
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

Photo of phingdong
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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

A: Crystal clear, orange-colored beer. only a 1/2 finger of slightly off-white head, a very tiny amount of lacing.

S: Sweet malts, pumpkin pie spices, alcoholic phenols and some vegetal pumpkin as well. The spices are light enough to let the rest of the aromas shine through, and the alcohol adds a nice touch.

T: Lots of malts which bring a ton of sweetness to the table, a hit of pumpkin pie spices, as well as some legitimate pumpkin. Alcohol is present throughout, bringing a nice warmth along with it, as well as helping to mellow out the alcohol. A kiss of hops on the finish also help, but the lasting impression is one of incredible sweetness.

M: Syrupy, heavy body, not much carbonation.

O: A very decent pumpkin beer. It is a little sweet for my liking, but the flavors are good and well balanced and they didn't go overboard with the spices.

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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,624 ratings
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