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

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series)
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3.73 w/ 1,620 ratings
Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series)Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series)
BEER INFO

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by Casey10 on 08-31-2009

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#23,408
Reviews:
479
Ratings:
1,620
Liked:
1,001
Avg:
3.73/5
pDev:
15.55%
Alströms:
3.92
 
 
Wants:
96
Gots:
345
Trade:
2
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look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

This ale pours out a burnt golden color with a clear body filled with carbonation. The head the light and fluffy; its white and sticks around for a while and leaves no lacing until the head thins out, then the lacing become thick.
The aroma is sweet overall, banana first hit you when you open the bottle, after that spices and herbal mixes come through along with the pumpkin. There is a hint of caramel as well…
Fresh but not crisp, this ale does however spread out to gently warm up your mouth. The flavors are a bit dull, pumpkin spices, cloves and herbal tastes are prominent.
Its medium bodied and goes down well; there is a slight alcohol kick in its aftertaste.
Not a bad ale overall.

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There are so many pumpkin ales out there... and only a handful of them stand out to me as ones I would buy regularly. So to put it lightly, I am a little wary of this one. I have had the Pumpkinhead from Shipyard and did not really enjoy it, but this time I am going off a recommendation from a trusted friend. For the appearance, this is quite good for the style... a darkened amber with excellent clarity, and even some carbonation, despite the high 9% ABV. A thin ring of white sits atop the liquid appropriately.

The aroma is fantastic... I am beginning to think this is going to exceed my expectations by a longshot. It smells similar to Pumking, one of my fav. pumpkin brews. There's a bready, pie crust type of base definitely present, and I'm picking up true, organic pumpkin scents and the suitable spices: Cinnamon, nutmeg, and perhaps a touch of clove.

Taste: Okay, I will say that it tastes very good and better than expected, but there are some negatives. One does get the full 'pumpkin pie' flavors that I mentioned in the aroma, and I do taste real pumpkin here, which is rare, but like it seems they overdid it with the spices. I have a palate for the bitter, hot, and spicy, but I still say this is a little too much. I think cinnamon is the culprit . Other than that, the mouthfeel is dialed in perfectly, and the finish thankfully provides a return to the initial balanced flavor, the one experienced for a second and expected from the aroma, before the giant cinnamon/spice spike barged in.

Overall, I *might* buy this again due to the "realness" of the flavor. Everything tastes natural but again, too spicy.

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2014 Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin Review:

Poured fairly hard from a 650 ML bottle into a Black Hole Beer Company snifter. 9.0% ABV.

Appearance - Three finger eggshell white head that lasts for quite some time. Good lacing. Amber, reddish color. Can see through the beer just fine, very clear. No floaters noted. 3.25

Smell - Lots of cinnamon. Little bit of pumpkin. Not getting much of the typical nutmeg, clove or allspice. Smells very sweet with some bready notes. Almost like one of those cinnamon graham crackers. I like this. 4.25

Taste - Follows the aroma almost exactly. Cinnamon really coats your whole mouth up front and then it's followed through with some good biscuit notes. Bitterness from the spice at the very end. Alcohol also comes through, but not to where it's bad or overtakes the beer. It does linger in the back some though. Honestly just too much cinnamon. Really not picking up much of any pumpkin. 3

Mouthfeel - Medium body. Probably a little bit bigger due to ABV. Good carbonation. Mouthfeel seems right for this beer. 3.5

Overall - I remember thinking high of this last year. Don't know if it changed or I did, but I'm not blown away. Really if the cinnamon was toned down and pumpkin toned up, along with some of the other spices, this beer could be a lot better. Not unenjoyable, just not great. 3.5

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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 61.8% out of 100 with 1,620 ratings
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