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 57md
3.84/5  rDev +4.6%

Light copper. Spicy nose. The pie spices are very forward. The finish has a touch of brown sugar but also something a bit mediciney. The alcohol is well hidden.

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Photo of hophugger
3.07/5  rDev -16.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Pours a very nice clear pumpkin color with a slightly weak head and lacing. Nice pumpkin aroma coming from this brew. Pumpkin flavor and pumpkin spices are nice and taste good. Feel is nice also, but a little too much alcohol taste and afterburn. Believe this would have been a much better beer at about 6-8% ABV. Overall, commendable, but not great !

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

I've wanted to try this for a while but usually opt for six packs over bombers, so I was psyched to see it in (at least) four packs this year. I did buy it with some apprehension because I strongly dislike their Pumpkinhead, and didn't want anything that resembled that. But if this does resemble it in any way, they took whatever good processes they were applying to the PH and amped them all up on the Smashed. This is a totally different beer, and this beer is fantastic.

Pours a pretty copper color into a stout jam jar, has very little head and very little effervescence to it. Nose is sweet and malty with really light spice and booze (oh yeah, this stuff clocks in at 9%). The spice, which their website identifies only as nutmeg, comes off like cola.

Flavorwise, yes it's malty, yes it's really sweet, but somehow not too sweet. There's a slight butteriness to it, and then the booze is cutting it and giving it a drier edge. It's definitely a dessert-beer in my opinion; I also bet you could do a pretty fantastic ice-cream float with this (I'm not an ice-cream float person, but if I were). The mouthfeel is big and syrupy, and the alcohol just gives it that extra push to send it, but surprisingly it's not too boozy.

I just think this stuff is great - they hit all the right stuff here. I will say I didn't get much pumpkin in the flavor, but I usually don't with most pumpkins, and for that reason I don't hold it against them anymore. I would totally buy this again, even after proclaiming I was done with the pumpkins for the season. I've really had a lot, but this one's a standout this year for me.

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Photo of yarnbomb
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Don't bother trying to age this one. It just doesn't hold up over time. Have it fresh, where the face-kicking barleywine effect is still spiced and pie like. It's really nothing at all like Pumpkinhead.

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Photo of uawildcat
3.12/5  rDev -15%
look: 4.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.25

Look: This beer looks good, nice head that stays around, light copper color. Compared to other pumpkin beers I think this looks far better.

Smell: Holy shit, what did they make this out of? It smells like a pumpkin pie, but there is something really off. Its almost as if you accidentally dumped in all the nutmeg and clove. Its overpowering and off-putting to me. There is underlying sweetness as well. Overtime it becomes less off putting as you become used to it.

Taste: Remember when you were a kid and thought because of the smell vanilla or spices would taste good. It is the same experience with this beer. At first the taste is over-powering and too strong. Luckily though, there is enough sweetness in this beer and eventually you become taste-blind. The redeeming quality is that it does try to replicate the flavor of a pumpkin pie.

Feel: Nothing wrong here. It doesn't taste too hot, too sticky, or weird carbonation. Beats quite a few other beers of this style that seems to have messed up carbonation.

Overall: This is a beer that when you are pouring it looks great. The initial smell is promising but then overwhelming. The taste at first is too strong, but overtime it does become better. I think that mixing this beer with Southern Tier Pumking might taste good.

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Photo of IPA4LIFE
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.75

A- Gorgeous slightly hazy copper-orange color that fits the season perfectly. Moderate 1 finger head with average retention and decent lacing.

S- Rich, warm pumpkin pie aromas (so surprising). Sweet pumpkin and nice notes of allspice and cinnamon.

T- Rich, sweet malts up front. Toast and a little butter, with a tiny hint of raisin, then a sharp metallic tingling mid-palpate, warming notes of pumpkin pie spices towards the back end. Aftertaste is actually slightly bitter, with more spice, and some sweet pumpkin and sweet potato flavors. Mild warm booziness lingers for quite some time after drinking.

M- Soft, fluffy pillowy head leads into an experience that is a bit harsh mid-palate, but it smooths into a nice, warm mild booze feel.

O- I think it depends on what you are looking for with your pumpkin beer. If you want something that is sweet, warm, and strong . . .the kind of drink that just feels right when the temperature starts to drop in the evening in the fall… then this is a solid option. But if you want something that makes you say “oh yeah, they made this shit out of pumpkins”, then this might not be your go-to. Overall, I don’t think this is the greatest pumpkin beer ever made, but it is pretty solid and I definitely wouldn’t mind having another on a cool October night.

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Photo of kerz_nelson
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Tried this for the second time recently. A good, if perhaps a bit too mild, pumpkin ale.

Pours dark orange with a bit of haze. Good amount of head.

First smell I get is sugar, though it's mild. Moderate pumpkin spice aromas.

This is a pretty sweet beer, though it doesn't overpower. I get the pumpkins spices, especially vanilla, again though, moderately. A moderately boozy finish, though I think the sweetness/vanilla covers it well.

Very drinkable beer, probably due to the subtlety of everything. This is very enjoyable drink, but there are other pumpkins I go to if I'm really craving a pumpkin ale in the Fall. Also, this stuff is pretty pricey on the West Coast.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep orange color with a tiny white head. The head fades very fast leaving just some light lace on the surface of the brew.

Smell – A sweet roasted pumpkin aroma greets the nose with the sweet being of a caramel and light molasses smell as well as a moderately strong showing of a grainy smell. Along with these aromas are some spice aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice with these being mixed with a bit of a boozy and light herbal aroma as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter caramel and molasses flavor with a decent showing of a light pumpkin taste. As the taste advances more and more spice comes to the tongue with the cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice starting out on the lighter side and by the end of the taste getting quite potent. While the spice gets stronger, the pumpkin takes on a slightly more roasted flavor, but overall remains relatively more “raw” in taste. The sweeter caramel increases toward the end and is joined by some rather decently strong boozy tastes; being of a light woody bourbon, but mostly of a cheap and hot booze like nature. In the end with a herbal flavor joins the taste, one leaving one with a very spiced up and boozed up, raw pumpkin pie flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the beer’s style it is actually very appropriate as it really ramps up the sweeter and pumpkin flavors of the brew. The only problem with this is that it also really accentuates the hot boozy and somewhat odd raw and herbal flavors of the beer with it therefor maybe not being the best way to go on the feel.

Overall – Really not the best imperial pumpkin out there, and at 8.99 for a bomber it is certainly not worth it. Southertier Pumpking and Elysians The great pumpkin, which are of similar style and price, are a much better go too. A decent try, but really just a little too off to be worth it.

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Photo of leantom
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

A really boozy pumpkin beer to complete my Saturday night's debauchery. Here goes:

A: Clear orange with an adequate head and OK lacing. Not that much carbonation, but OK.

S: Disappointing. Smell some pumpkin in the form of nutmeg, cinnamon and brown sugar, but these are extremely muted and the booze overtakes these scents.

T: Good. All malt in this one: brown sugar, vanilla, nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. Makes up for the mediocre smell.

F: Very thick and boozy. Not bad, though. Quite happy with it.

O: A solid beer but there are better offerings of this type.

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Photo of PA-hunter
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured bottle into glass. 9% abv

Appearance- Pours a semi cloudy yet still semi clear medium orange with a moderate head that dissipates somewhat fast.

Smell- Sweet caramel malt, pumpkin, and some cinnamon with nutmeg as the spice notes.

Taste- Starts off quite sweet with a bit of syrup-like sweetness. The pumpkin follows and lingers a good while. The same cinnamon and nutmeg spice notes are in the back end of the taste, though not as obvious as the nose.

Mouthfeel- Moderate mouthfeel for a 9%'er, and not all too heavy. Alcohol is detectable, though not insanely so.

Overall- A very sweet pumkin beer. Could use some additional pumkin taste and less malt but still quite good. I applaud the fact that the spices are kept under control. Still a quality pumpkin ale that makes up a big caliber member of the style as it is an imperial.

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Photo of M_C_Hampton
3.74/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

A: light copper colored, short white head dissipates, little lacing

S: spice, nutmeg, clove, sweet, brown sugar

T: heavy spice, clove, nutmeg, sweet

M: full and sticky

O: like most in the style, heavy on spices

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Photo of oberon
3/5  rDev -18.3%

Pours into an impy nonic a lighter copper color with an orange hue,a thin quick to fade head atop.Strong cinnamon and nutmeg in the nose along with sweet alcohol,very strong spice.Nutmeg is way to strong flavor-wise to go along with almost hot cinnamon spice in the finish to go along with sweet alcohol.To much spice and alcohol for me to really enjoy,I'll take the Smashed Blueberry but not this.

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Photo of biboergosum
3.79/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

22oz, gold foil-capped bottle. Why do they have to refer to the supposed pumpkin in this brew merely as 'flavor'?

This beer pours a clear, bright medium copper amber hue, with two fingers of puffy, tightly foamy, and slightly bubbly off-white head, which leaves a few instances of random ocean spout lace around the glass as it quickly rescinds its corporeal stature.

It smells of peppy cinnamon heart, clove, and nutmeg spice, semi-sweet vegetal pumpkin flesh, bready caramel malt, a mild leafy hoppiness, and some well-hidden metallic alcohol. The taste is more of the same, the candied, but well spicy cinnamon hearts still holding sway amongst the other persistent usual suspect pie spices, a lessening pumpkin and gourd-ish cousin vegetal essence, some steady sugary caramel malt, understated leafy hops, and a very mild booze warming.

The carbonation is quite active in its various fizzy and frothy forms, the body an adequate medium weight, and actually more or less smooth, the spices minding their own business, and the alcohol tied up planning my eventual demise. It finishes pretty dry, with the lingering spices, booze, and masked beyond belief hops easily winning this particular tug of war.

A decently rendered big pumpkin ale, the alcohol kept under wraps for the most part, letting the spice take the, um, heat for the inherent astringency of it all, to no overall ill effect. Perhaps one of the more aptly-named offerings from this brewery, as the 18-proof strength will certainly catch up to you (and me), as I continue to focus solely on the grade-school holiday spiciness.

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Photo of TheItalianStallion
3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a bomber into a Duvel tulip.

A: Pours a light orange color with a 2 finger head that quickly dissipates. Minimal lacing left behind.

S: Smell is of pumpkin and nutmeg. A touch of cinnamon and clove. Something sweet is also
there but I can't quite put my finger on it.

T: Taste is mainly of nutmeg with some maltiness. Pumpkin is there, but not as detectable as it
is on the nose. Clove is also coming through. Some sweetness on the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is smooth with a medium body. Carbonation is medium-high. For it being 9% abv I
must say the alcohol is masked very well and is only really perceived once the beer becomes warm.

O: Overall I felt this beer had a bit more spice then pumpkin flavors. It wasn't one of the best pumpkin ales, but it was good. The alcohol was masked insanely well for 9% abv. I would pick this up again.

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Photo of sAvAgE69
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

The pour: clear, no head retention if there is very little
The presentation: copper clear highly filtered aromas on the nose some pumpkin, mostly natural added flavouring for that pumpkin punch

The mouth feel is quite good. I'm tasting pumpkin. But there is something else. There is a somewhat "metal" aftertaste

Somewhat boozy and warm

The low score is for the metal aftertaste

Overall. Not a bad pumpkin ale . In my opinion leave out the natural flavour and put more pumpkin in.

Was the brewed in a copper pot? I'm thinking that is the metal taste I'm tasting.

It may be just me.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%

Poured from a 12 oz glass into a pint glass. Thanks Mike for leaving this at my house, thus it becoming my property to consume ;)

Pours a clear golden amber body with a small white head that reduces quickly to leave no lacing or retention.
Aromas of spices including cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, pumpkin and caramel. Taste is cinnamon-forward with pumpkin, light malt and caramel on the finish. Not too heavy, easily drinkable, medium-high carbonation.

I actually really enjoyed this beer. Nothing over the top as far as flavor, but if you like a nice cinnamon bomb this beer is for you. Easy drinker with a high, undetectable ABV.

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Photo of twiggamortis420
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%

22 oz bomber pours a clear copper color with an ample cap of off-white head. Pretty good retention and lace, Im surprised at the light color and clarity of the beer.

Nose is apple fruitiness and some cinnamon and nutmeg spices. The beer is not as sweet-smelling as I thought it would be, nor as spice-laden. A good balance of apple pie and sugar cookie. It reminds me of a mix between Horseheads Pumpkin and New Glarus Apple Ale.

Taste is quite good, the apple theme continues onto the flavor and is very apple pie-esque. The ABV is very well integrated and the spices are plentiful, but dont seem overbearing. Maybe a restrained use of nutmeg? Cinnamon is certainly there and a stack of apple slices with cinnamon and honey on top of some graham crackers wouldnt taste a whole lot different than this. Very good beer, I am impressed. It manages to differentiate itself from the gaggle of pumpkin beers without being too extreme...if that makes any sense!

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Photo of gillagorilla
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

12 oz. bottle poured into a Flying Dog goblet

A: Burnished copper with a tinge of amber. No head, or lacing; just a collar.
S: Sweet malts, with this light oak/bourbon smell (definitely a spirit). Almost no spices.
T: Lots of pumpkin with just a bit of spice.
M: Light level of carbonation with just a quick breeze of bubbles.
O: Glad that this is in 4-packs, because I find it hard to go in on a pumpkin bomber (too much variability).

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Photo of mooseisloose
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%

Popping the top this brew smells of cinnamon and spice and everything nice. Pours to a deep bronze with a foamy off white head. On the taste this is as close to liquid apple pie as you can get. Nice spices up front with a sweet pumpkin middle with a slightly bitter fade into the aftertaste. The 9% ABV is barely noticeable except for the mouthfeel that is thick like syrup. This is a great fall warmer upper.

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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 Treyliff
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%

Poured into a tulip glass

A- pours a deep amber/almost copper color with a one-finger creamy white head that eventually reduces to a film on the top, leaving be hind some short lasting lace 4

S- big aroma of fresh pumpkin guts mixes with lots of nutmeg up front, floral perfume-like aromas kick in mid-palate with some nutty aromas. cinnamon closes it out with some earthy tones 4

T-sweet and malty up front with flavors of vegetal raw pumpkin & cinnamon flavored candy, hints of cola, & caramel malt, finish of cinnamon and nutmeg lingers with an emphasis on nutmeg 4

M- full body with medium carbonation leads to a creamy mouthfeel with a smooth and creamy finish, just a hint of alcohol on the linger 4.75

O- bold and sweet with an emphasis on nutmeg, the alcohol is hidden quite well considering the 9%. Overall very good for the style, and would probably hold up well to cellaring 4

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Photo of edfish
4/5  rDev +9%

Pours a slightly dark amber, has a nice 2 finger head in a Harp Pint glass
Smell- light bread with pumpkin spice predominate
Taste sweet pumpkin spice, light alcohol taste
Mouthfeel is creamy , rich and the alcohol , but has a nice smooth finish.
overall a decent pumpkin has great lacing and feels good in the belly. Worth a try if you like pumpkin brew

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Photo of superspak
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle into tulip glass, 2014 vintage bottling. Pours crystal clear golden orange color with a 1-2 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a small cap that lingers. Light spotty soapy lacing clings on the glass, with a light amount of streaming carbonation. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, toast, honey, light biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness. Nice and pleasant aromas with good balance and complexity of pumpkin, spices, and moderate pale malt sweetness; with solid strength. Taste of big pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, honey, toast, biscuit, herbal/yeast earthiness. Fair amount of earthy spiciness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, honey, toast, biscuit, and herbal/yeast earthiness on the finish for a good bit. Very nice complexity and balance of pumpkin, spices, and moderate pale malt sweetness; with a great malt/spice balance and zero cloying sweetness after the finish. Medium carbonation and medium-full bodied; with a smooth and fairly creamy/bready mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with only a light warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very nice imperial pumpkin ale. All around good complexity and balance of pumpkin, spices, and moderate pale malt sweetness; and very smooth to sip on for the big ABV. A very enjoyable offering.

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Photo of AyeMito
4.76/5  rDev +29.7%

This beer is truly something different and stands out from other pumpkin beers out there. It has very rich flavor of pumpkin complimented with a slighter notes of yams, cranberry, and cinnamon to liven it up. It has a bold and ripe flavor that is quite refreshing compared to most pumpkin beers with load up on spice and lack on pumpkin flavor. To me, its very well done. Its an absolute pleasure to drink and I would recommend to anyone!

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Photo of Ozzylizard
2.81/5  rDev -23.4%

Bomber at 40 degrees into snifter; allowed to warm up to around 50 degrees
Aroma of nutmeg
Head average (2.5 cm), off white, frothy, rapidly diminishing to 3 mm broken layer
Lacing poor – few very small islands of tiny bubbles
Body light orange, chill haze which dissipates as the brew warms
Flavor is initially of nutmeg which fades to a sour vegetable earthy funk; no hops, no malt, no alcohol, no diacetyl
Palate medium, slightly oily, lively carbonation

Appearance 3, Aroma 2.75, Flavor 2.75, Palate 3, Overall 2.875. Final weighted score: 2.8125
Pretty much a one-trick pony – smells and tastes like nutmeg. The vegetableness (actually a fruit) of the pumpkin hides behind the spice. The 9% ABV is well hidden, the appearance is unremarkable. Some will rave, but this is just not an outstanding pumpkin ale.

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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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