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)
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
Ratings:
1,617
Reviews:
477
Avg:
3.67
pDev:
16.08%
 
 
Wants:
94
Gots:
340
For Trade:
2
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Photo of TheBrewo
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

This brew was served on tap at One Eyed Betty’s in Ferndale, Michigan. It arrived in a generic stemmed tulip glass, glowing the color of golden pine sap. It held a one and a half finger tall head of cream colored bubbles, showing wet sheets of lacing following a nice retention. When these dried they turned into shimmering, sparkling webs of mesh. A chill haze dimmed clarity, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared to be light. The aroma gave lemon juiciness, fresh pumpkin spice, pale and brown malts, foamy plastics, orange peel, phenolic clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and black pepper spiciness, massive banana ester sweetness, potpourri, and rich caramel maltiness. With warmth came notes of nail polish remover, booze, fresh dill, and runt candy sweetness. Our first impression was that the final blend was wonderful, with just the right amount of pumpkin sweetness and spice, making for exponential yumminess. The sip opened with herbal hops, medicinal and plastic phenols, pale, caramel, and roasty brown malts, dried floral herbs, fresh acorn squash, acorns and walnuts, cherry sweetness, spice of cinnamon, nutmeg, and cayenne spice that heated the tongue with fiery prickle. The middle came to a peak with grassy and herbal hops, sugary sweet pumpkin pie filling, pecan nuttiness, warm apple fruitiness, bitter cinnamon, Christmas oranges, phenolic clove, fusel booze, and big estery sweetness. The end washed with white sugar, pumpkin seed, toasty marshmallows, vanilla cream, plum juice, musk and moss, vodka booziness, cloying caramel malt sugars, toast and roast of raisin bread, and gingersnap cookies. The aftertaste breathed of fresh pumpkin flesh, plastics, cherries, vinyl, toasted pales, roasted ambers and caramels, allspice, apple cider warmth, echoes of boozed, toasted pine nuts, light butters, waxy cheese rind, and gentle muskiness. The body was medium, and carbonation was medium. Each sip afforded okay cream and froth, but excellent slurp, smack, and crispness to the finishing pop on the lips. The mouth was left coated and sticky, but this was light enough to no be overwhelming or to feel cloying. There came no real chalkiness or dryness of astringency. The abv was appropriate, and drinkability remained very high throughout.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this beer was its flavoring. This showed just this phenomenal blend of pumpkin spiciness and the flavors of apple crisp and freshly pressed apple cider that just screams autumn. This remains nice throughout and with warmth, and never becomes overbearing or stale. The nose, on the other hand, does essentially the same thing, making us imagine some glorious hybrid of pumpkin pie and apple crisp, for something of a “pumpkin crisp” type of air. The feel was also highly contributory to the success of this beer, as it stayed light and sticky enough, but not too heavy, cloying, or thick for something so spicy and flavorful. It again, found the right balance, which seems to be a recurring theme with each component we assess. With warmth the grain also reminded us more Belgian styles, and namely the tripel, with the hearty malt backing to be raked over by sweet browned banana inclusions. This is a fantastic drink, and certainly the big surprise sleeper of the pumpkin season, and dare we say, a “smash” hit in our books!!

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Photo of Trish
4/5  rDev +9%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Campello_IPA
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Bottle to brandy snifter

A- clear rich orange with a finger of white head, disipares down to almost nothing.

S- pumpkin, nutmeg, slight alcohol.

T- pumpkin, malts, some spice in the background.

M- good carbonation, medium body, alcohol is well masked.

O- one of my all time favorite pumpkin beers. If you're into the pumpkin beer thing the smashed pumpkin is a must.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

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4/5  rDev +9%

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3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of LP_Tyler
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) is a very enjoyable fall ale. Although it is recognized as a big-bodied beer, for a 9% ABV is drinks lighter than anticipated.
It pours light coppery orange color with an aroma fall spices. The pumkin is not overbearing and it is very smooth.

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Photo of jaydoc
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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2/5  rDev -45.5%

Photo of Hellpop65
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of LibraLady
5/5  rDev +36.2%

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-Poured into a snifter at a bar. Body is on fire, it glows. It's a darker orange but it glows. Light head. Not a bunch of lacing.

S-A sweet, a, concentrated medley of Autumn spices and maltiness. I can tell it's got some booze to it by how hot it smells.

T-Nearly cloying. Cinnamon, nutmeg and other spices cover a base maltiness that is sticky sweet and unagreeable. Yeah, it's reminiscent of what a pumpkin probably tastes like but I've never actually eaten pumpkin. Like pumpkin liqueur.

M-Sticky, bordering on cloying. Boozy.

O/D-Like liquified pumpkin pie filling diluted with vodka. That was harsh, but I am not a giant fan of this beer. I don't like Pumpkinhead much but this could be close to as bad.

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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4.5/5  rDev +22.6%

Photo of shacawgo24
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of bamarado
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of magictacosinus
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Served on tap at the Albany Taproom. Poured into a 6oz tumbler for obvious reasons anticipating inebriation and sweetness. I have been seeing bottles of this stuff flying off the shelves as of late in the Bay in the same way that I'd imagine Pumpking does on the East Coast and Midwest, so I was curious to see what all the fuss was about.

Pours an amber orange color that is, well, pumpkin-like in presentation. Contains a surprisingly frothy and thick egg white head that slowly dissipates, but still leaves a ring behind as well as some decent residual lacing at the sides of the glass. Definitely boozy and thick, and some alcohol tears are apparently after each sip. I can tell this is a big beer from the start and I'm afraid it's going to be overly sweet as a result.

The aroma is definitely what I anticipated - sweetness, seasonal spices, and bready character that definitely makes this seem like a sweetened, hearty pumpkin pie. However, given the fact that this uses no actual pumpkin as a main ingredient, this is definitely less vegetal in nature, and rather displays a pumpkin spice backbone that compliments the various notes of cinnamon, brown sugar, nutmeg, caramel, allspice, cream, and vanilla. There's a bready, slight toasted barley backbone that puts all of the ingredients together, but it's definitely sweet stuff. Exactly what I expected, but definitely not a bad dessert beer offering even here.

The flavor caught me by surprise, however - yes, it is sweet, but it does not resemble a pumpkin pie in any way whatsoever! Perhaps due to the extra notes of cream, vanilla, and butterscotch in the flavor, as well as the relatively thickened feel of the beer due to the extra sugars and malts, this feels and tastes a lot more like a pumpkin cream sorbet of sorts rather than actual pie. As soon as the brown sugar, caramel, banana, and nutmeg notes come in, it starts becoming far more dessert-like and definitely doesn't taste artificial by any means. However, if you're into pumpkin beers for actual pumpkin, squash, and vegetal notes, this is definitely not the one to go to. Sugary and syrupy, but 6oz was an excellent pour for something like this. The creamy feel of the beer on tap compliments the sweetened and creamy aspects of the flavor. Exactly what I expected it to be, but at least it's decent.

People like their sweets, so I can see why this has been selling out all over the place. Nevertheless, it works really well for me in small portions, and pumpkin ice cream is something that I've definitely had before and enjoy, so that added on to the overall experience of drinking this. I'd definitely need help splitting a bottle, but I'm glad I got to try it. One day, however, I'll have the opportunity to have a pumpkin beer that focuses far more on the vegetal aspects of pumpkin rather than merely the spices and sugars that compliment it.

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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.67 out of 5 based on 1,617 ratings.
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