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%
 
 
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94
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340
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Photo of dmorgan310
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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 Boone757
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of olradetbalder
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of Thorpe429
1.44/5  rDev -60.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1

Thanks to Azurelimits for bringing this to our pumpkin tasting.

Pours a medium orange color with a thin off white head. The nose is quite strong and goes in all the wrong directions. It tastes quite a bit like someone melted a stick of butter on top of a pumpkin pie. The taste is quite awful, with a buttery, spiced flavor and not too much actual pumpkin coming through. Feel is really creamy and odd. I really did not like this one--definite drain pour. I should say that there were others who at least somewhat enjoyed it, so it's probably just me.

EDIT: Matt's review makes it clear that at least one more at the tasting found this to be thoroughly disgusting.

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Photo of chinchill
3.91/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22 oz bottle served in a Belgian snifter at about 55F.

A: Poured, appropriately, a color close to pumpkin orange, but more amber; clear with a modest head. The head quickly reduced to a thin partial coat and ring.

Aroma: Sweet, fruity and lightly spicy with roasted winter squash, alcohol esters, and cooked cherries. Subtle "pumpkin" spicing seemed almost entirely cinnamon. Attractive.

T: Cooked pumpkin, cinnamon, and a touch of nutmeg. Lightly sweet with the fruitiness of ripe apples and cooked cherries. Some spiciness from the alcohol and spices.

Feel: medium bodied; slick and smooth feel; alcohol imparts warming and slight astringency on the tongue.

O: a refined pumpkin ale with partially hidden alcohol and subtle spicing. Recommended.

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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 jlindros
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried this beer a while back during the Autumn, but never reviewed it and didn't realize it until now. So here comes a late Pumpkin beer review. It will also help get the corked flavor out of my mouth from the last beer.

A: A decent 1 finger head with some juicy looking bubbles. A very clear toasty bright orange color with hints of gold and lots of mini bubbles rising throughout. The head fades quickly.

N: Hmmm, a slightly sweet toasted pumpkin aroma. Lots of spices, like cinnamon, nutmeg, and lots of pie crust. It has the aroma of a pumpkin and mince meat pie baked together. I also get this interesting aroma that reminds me of the little cinammon rolls my mother used to make with the leftover crust after making a pie. A slightly bready aroma adds the finishing touch. The pumpkin is definitely present, but not very strong as the spices seem to over power it a bit. However, the spices don't seem like the hot inedible spices I get out of many of these beers, its a little different.

T: Hmm, the spices seem to get hotter and closer towards inedible on the palate. The pumpkin comes out stronger as well. A slightly sweet pumpkin pie filling taste is surrounded by bready crust like taste, and lots of spice. Cinnamon I think is the key word, with some nutmeg and other spices. It gets a little hot in the taste and seems to add a bit of alcohol taste and warmth. Aside from the over hot spices in the taste, its pretty good, if you like pumpkin pie with cinnamon.

M: Pretty good body, and decent carbonation, with alcohol warmth.

F: Pretty spicey and hot. A slight burn and sting from alcohol and spices. The warmth of the alcohol is nice, and it helps through the chili windy autumn. A little lingering syrupy sweetness seems to stick around for a bit. The spice taste fades very quickly. Then it dries right off, quite a bit. It's almost pulling the water out of my tongue pores.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On-tap 9/27/09 at Doherty's East Ave Irish Pub in Pawtucket, RI, served in a tulip glass.

A: The beer is a deep reddish brown color, with a thin off-white head that fades quickly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is of pumpkin, spices, caramelized malts and a touch of hops.

T: The taste starts out sweet with flavors of pumpkin, caramel and spices. There's a mild hops presence and the alcohol becomes more prevalent in the taste as you continue to drink it. The malt character is hearty. The after-taste is slightly sweet.

M: Smooth and crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is slightly sticky.

D: Tasty, goes down easily, not too filling, strong kick, good representation of style, this is a nice stronger pumpkin beer that is worth drinking for a little while if you're in the mood for the style.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very slightly hazy copper to reddish brown in color with some light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a two finger tall creamy beige head that slowly reduces to a small patch of large bubbles, a thin film covering the entire surface of the beer, and a thick ring at the edges of the glass. Moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate to strong aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, and allspice) with some light hints of sweetness. Also, there is a very light presence of alcohol in the smell.

T: There are some light notes of sweetness upfront in this beer (almost like a cream soda sweetness). There are moderate flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices - nutmeg, cinnamon, ginger, allspice, and vanilla.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation. Light amounts of alcohol warming in the finish.

O: Enjoyable with very good pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices which are in good balance with one another. Easy to drink because the beer is not overly sweet and the alcohol is pretty well hidden in the taste - though at 9% ABV this is very much a sipping beer.

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3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

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

Photo of XmnwildX12
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

Photo of billab914
3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into my Dogfish snifter. It poured a very appropriate orange color with a thin white lacing scattered across the top of the beer. The thin head all but disappeared pretty quickly though.

I get a good dose of cinnamon and nutmeg to the aroma at first. I get some sweeter, malty, canned pumpkin flavors to it as well. The canned pumpkin flavor is pretty nice for the style, it gives it a smooth, sweetness and helps cut through the spices. I thought it had a very good aroma for the style.

The taste shows a little more of the sweeter, canned pumpkin, malty flavors to it up front. Midway the cinnamon, nutmeg and clove start to come out and intensify as you get to the finish. I get a little alcohol heat in the finish as well.

The mouthfeel is medium bodied with carbonation being low. overall it was a pretty good pumpkin beer. The spices seemed a little strong at times, but still pretty tasty overall. I liked it a lot better then their pumpkinhead one, but not nearly as much as say Pumking. Solid pumpkin offering I'd be happy to but again for the season.

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Photo of Gagnonsux
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of smithj4
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%

Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia.

Appearance: Pours out a clearish, darkened orange body akin to a glassful of Jackie O's. Topped with a medium-sized, off-white head.

Smell: Sweet smelling nose with ample gourd aromas and malty notes of bread and nutty caramel. As for the spices, nutmeg and cinnamon seem the most easily identifiable and appreciable. Small sniff of alcohol.

Taste: Surge of sweet carved up pumpkin meats followed closely with tastes of oven-toasted pie crusts and caramel. Good level of accompanying spices (at least for me), with cinnamon sticks and nutmeg powder leading the way. Very slight yeastiness, with none of Shipyard's characteristic diacetyl creeping into the taste. What is creeping in is the warming, accumulating alcohol. No more than a vague notion of the hops in the background. Pumpkiny, malty finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body with a fairly smooth texture to the mouthfeel. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: It's pretty good. Not great, mind you, and, unlike "It's the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," I doubt I'll make the needed effort to catch it every year.

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Photo of russpowell
3.81/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Pours an effervescent amber/orange with 2 fingers of cream colored head. Below average head retention & lacing, nice viscosity to this, stays effervescent

S: Squashyness, leafy hops, all-spice

T: Pumpkin pie spices, a touch of squashyness & a bit of woody hops, plus a kiss of booze up front. All-spice, nutmeg, leafy hops & dryness as this warms, a touch of cinnamon & caramel sweetness as well. Finishes dry with cinnamon, nutmeg, & a touch of boozey pumpkin

MF: Medium bodied, firm carbonation, a little warming; firmed up a bit as this warmed, a little sticky too

Drinks easy for the style & ABV. Not a big fan of this style or brewery; but this beer is worthy & I would buy this again. Would like to try a new bottle & one with a bout a year; my guess is this best drank within 3 months of release, but you never know...

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3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of vfgccp
4.12/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A – Robust orange amber body. Pillowy head with a fine bubble. Nice retention and lace.

S – Surprisingly floral and sweet. Dandilion, honeysuckle, apricot and strawberry jam, and a touch of booze. Very little pumpkin.

T – I have no idea where it was in the nose, but the flavor profile is loaded with raw, roasted pumpkin flavor. Sweet strawberry jam, nutmeg and chestnuts add balance and complexity to the middle of the profile. Mildly sharp booze lays down a warm backdrop to a bready finish.

M – Medium body is creamy. You can definitely feel a heavy hand with the booze.

O – Surprise pumpkin beer of 2011 for me. Great profile, but definitely a sipping beer with the way the alcohol grabs hold of your palate.

P – Stellar pairings with dark meat turkey and stuffing. The alcohol cuts through the richness of the turkey, and the pumpkin hooks up with the rich breadiness of the stuffing and doesn’t let go.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Blazing jack o' lantern orange with lemon colored edges and several busy bubble streams. The upper third of the pint glass is filled with a good looking crown that stays inflated due to the carbonation feeding it from below. Unfortunately, there isn't much lace.

The nose is surprisingly perfumy and floral. It isn't unpleasant, but it isn't pumpkin ale-like either. It smells like this brew will be short on pumpkin pie spiciness. Nutmeg is mentioned on the label... and that's pretty much all that I'm able to appreciate.

Smashed Pumpkin isn't a bad version, but it's too lightly flavored and too boozy. Warming might help one or both of those. Then again it might not. This will probably end up as one of my least favorite Imperial pumpkin ales.

On a positive note, the beer is relatively clean and there's no trace of buttery Ringwood yeast. Specifics include sugar-crusted pumpkin, a dash of nutmeg (possibly cinnamon as well) and a warming shot of grain alcohol. Willamette and Hallertau hops don't provide much flavor. Nor were they expected to.

The body/mouthfeel is the high point of this experience. It's medium-full and has a crushed velvet smoothness and a contrasting firmness from the unmasked alcohol. Big beer lovers should find a lot to like.

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin didn't quite win me over, but I'm still not sorry about spending $8.99 on the bomber. My advice to any New Englanders looking for good gourd beer is to spend that money on a sixer of the excellent Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale instead.

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Photo of duceswild
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Jason
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22oz brown foiled topped bomber with no freshness date.

Clear orange amber hue, lacing a great ... sticks all the way down. Smells of pumpkin pie with some alcohol drizzled on it, very pleasing as that is what I was hoping for. Pumpkin pie in a bottle, not over spiced and all the spices are there rather than one being too much forward. Sweetness up front, toasted malt in the back. Alcohol is mellow and compliments / warms. Modest hopping ends up just helping to balance. Spicy finish that stays a tad sweet.

More proof that pumpkin ales need to be massive, or at least that is what I prefer. Good drinking for the holiday or I would even think it is possible to cellar a bottle and perhaps cook with it as well.

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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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