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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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3.73/5
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1,628 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:
#24,901
Reviews:
485
Ratings:
1,628
pDev:
15.55%
Bros Score:
3.92
 
 
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4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Aaarg!? -the brewer's dilemma: "Do I make a Pumpkin Ale that's true to beer flavor or do I abandon any of the beery roots to favor pumpkin pie flavor?" Shipyard refuses to give in to either school as they reach a happy medium with Smashed Pumpkin.

Bright amber in its color, its golden-copper mingling of highlights actually portrays an orange-like glow through its rounded haze. A tall white column of foam rises from the beer with stubborn staying power and sheets of lace that trail in the beer's wake.

Caramel, honey and graham crackers rise to the nose- just ahead of a spicy ginger ale note. Even though the scents of cinnamon, nutmeg, toast and clove can be detected, every reach for the glass causes the nose to trigger that ginger character. Buttery and molasses-like gingersnap cookies continue to develop as the beer warms and as the olfactory senses become more accustomed to the beer. Still, there's a Amber Ale-like aroma that grounds the beer's scent.

Sweet to taste, the beer's overall balance trends malty. But that doesn't mean the beer is one-dimensional. The taste of bread crust, caramel, cashew, light molasses and honey play front-and-center. But then layers of spice folds in- first cinnamon, then ginger, then clove and peppercorn, rum, nutmeg... until the final spice of hops brings the palate back to real ale. Its taste is much less reliant on the "ginger ale" taste but does that gentle interplay with pumpkin pie flavor in one sip and then pumpkin ale taste in the next- alternating back and forth down to the last savory sip.

Mid-full in its body, the creamy sweetness wraps around the spices and provides a soft cocoon that ushers the spicy-sweet balance through the middle palate and into a spicy and drying feel to finish. Alas, the extra bite of hops and ale-like dryness allows the beer to finish like, ...well- beer!

Shipyard's Smashed Pumpkin doesn't evoke the sipping nature of rich and dessert-like beers; but at 9% perhaps it should. But because of its final hop bitterness and turn to dryness easily masks the alcohol and gives the beer a dangerous drinkability.

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3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

i have tried alot of pumpkin beers and saw this one at the store and decided to give it a whirl
pretty good pumpkin beer one of the better ive tried. i feel it would have got a higher score if the aroma would have been better, but overall its a very good beer for the type

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3.49/5  rDev -6.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 650 ml bottle into a standard pint.

A: Amber hue. Pervasive rising effervescence. Pours a half finger, bubbly, white head. Settles quickly, leaving a smattering of bubbles on the surface. Some sparse, yet persistent lacing.

S: Plenty of pumpkin and fall spices, characteristic of the style.

T: Pumpkin, wood, peat, and some bitter pecan shell.

M: Hearty body. Good balance of slightly sweet, and a little pungent. A little liquor-y, high alcohol is apparent. Bitter aftertaste.

D: Sip and savor.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Decent head, continually rising effervescence, and some persistent lacing. Nose is characteristic pumpkin and fall spices. Bitter and pungent, woody and peaty pumpkin... not much else. Overall, this is a good quaff.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A:The body is a nice transparent medium shade of brown and orange, with a fluffy white head that has pretty good retention and lacing.

S:The first thing I notice is the scent of alcohol. There is a scent of cinnamon in there as well. It reminds me of smelling a glass of cinnamon flavored whiskey, in all honesty. Thre's some of those high-alcohol Belgian-like esters in there as well. It's interesting enough to hold my attention, but it isn't what I'd expect out of a pumpkin beer. However I do like it. I would like more spice diversity though. I had this last year and noted that it didn't have any real spice. If you had it last year, the scent is similar.

T:Right off I get a mixture of floral alcohol flavor with some malty caramel flavor. Cinnamon is very forward as well. Minus the cinnamon, the flavors remind me of a Belgian Strong Dark Ale with very subdued yeast character. I get a bit of woody flavor in the aftertaste.

M:The mouthfeel is nice and full. The carbonation seems to be right on point. It is very drinkable despite the high alcohol content or presence of alcohol in the scent and taste. There is some mild bitterness but only noticeable enough to cut some of the sweetness in the beer.

O:Calling this a pumpkin beer is pushing the envelope a bit. It is a good tasting beer, but it probably is not what you're looking for if you want that classic pumpkin pie flavor. It has a strong alcohol flavor which might be a bit off-putting for people as well. If you're looking for a strong malty alcoholic cinnamon beer, this is right on the line. Seriously if you are into something like cinnamon whiskey you will probably enjoy the beer for that aspect alone. Don't expect much in the way of pumpkin pie though.

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look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a perfect honey color with a nice two finger head. Great carbonation. Seems and looks just right. Very good head retention.

S - Very light aroma. Not picking up much spice or pumpkin. Mainly just malts and grains

T - Great flavor. Lots of nutmeg upfront balanced with a nice malt background. Slight pumpkin undertones as well. Very nice well balanced beer with big flavor

M - A medium body beer that is SMOOTH! Very smooth for 9% abv. No burn at all

O - A wonderful beer. Great flavor. Really puts you in the mood for fall! There wasnt much aroma or I would have scored it even higher. Will definately pick up again.

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

just opened this bottle today and decided to pour it into my snifter glass. First impressions: wonderful orange amber color with the smell of a fresh baked pumpkin pie. the added pumpkin and little spice allow for a wonderful drinking seasonal ale that feels like silk when drinking. the head is a gorgious thick white cap that hangs around especially in an etched bottom glass. i would definately recommend this brew to anyone looking for a fall beer that isn't overly sweet to drink

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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,628 ratings
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