Pugsley's Signature Series: Smashed Pumpkin | Shipyard Brewing Company

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Pugsley's Signature Series:  Smashed PumpkinPugsley's Signature Series:  Smashed Pumpkin
BEER INFO

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A big-bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aromas of pumpkin and nutmeg.

Added by Casey10 on 08-31-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#26,939
Reviews:
486
Ratings:
1,629
pDev:
15.55%
Bros Score:
3.92
 
 
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98
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Ratings: 1,629 |  Reviews: 486
Photo of Jason_cs
3.67/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
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 Zaktcc
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ThomasMetal75
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
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 Santiagocpr
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Photo of Dwinslow15
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of NWSREM
3/5  rDev -19.6%
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 mattreitz49
3.78/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of MaximalC
1.88/5  rDev -49.6%
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 TimG_0913
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of ordybill
4.66/5  rDev +24.9%
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 HippieDave56
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

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

Photo of ruzzal
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of warpig372
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of manfromanotherplace
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Photo of RonaldTheriot
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
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).

RJT

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

Photo of randomn8
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkazemi
3.38/5  rDev -9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of KAP1356
3.54/5  rDev -5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Nurt20
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Gagnonsux
4.09/5  rDev +9.7%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Qabil
4.06/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of flyersfan900
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pugsley's Signature Series: Smashed Pumpkin from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,629 ratings