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

Notes / Commercial Description:
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Added by Casey10 on 08-31-2009

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Photo of tfsimpkins
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of mvanaskie13
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass: color is gold to copper, head is light tan and presents about 1/4 inch thick then dissipates to ring and light top with some lacing but not much clinging head.

Smell is sweet, somewhat tart, very reminiscent of a pumpkin ale I brewed myself which if you think about historic pumpkin ales may make sense, probably not too much spice going to those and a little of sour funk going on as the brew fermented; spices are noted but not emphatic which is a nice balance.

Taste is slight blend of light pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon heavy) and tart flavors with some hints of the wheat and munich malts. The tartness could be a blend of the munich malt and pumpkin fruitiness, a bit hard to distinguish.

Mouthfeel is very pleasant for a 9.0% abv brew, a little sharp in the drawn out finish from the dry and tart qualities but not detracting.

Overall, much better than pumpkinhead and a tribute to what i think historical standard of pumpkin ales tasted like.

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Photo of Kramerwtmf
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of mntlover
2.92/5  rDev -20.4%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

Pours a hazy copper color with a small finger sized white head.

Aroma is light pumpkin, light citrus mainly lime like, along with some underlying spice that is on the subdued side compared to most pumpkins.

Taste is malty pumpkin, some lightly bitter lime notes, spice notes are bigger in the flavor then they were in the nose. Usual pumpkin spice along with hints of pepper. Not really feeling this as much as most pumpkins.

Mouthfeel is medium with lightly peppy carbonation.

Overall not digging this beer, much better choices if your looking for a pumpkin in my humble opinion.

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Photo of Bartos
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of smutty33
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of freewill35
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of StArnoldFan
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

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

Split a bomber with a friend.

Pours an orange copper color with a decent amount of head, some lacing.

Smell has a good pumpkin spice kick to it with caramel malt.

Taste is less extreme than Shipyard's own Pumpkinhead, which is rather ironic, but it tends to make this beer more palatable, the spice is upfront, mix of cinnamon and nutmeg along with other spices.

I could probably drink more of this than Pumpkinhead, unfortunately not at the price they're selling it for.

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Photo of Jadjunk
3.61/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

"Smashed Pumpkin is a big-bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg. The OG and final Alc./Vol. provide the structure and body. Pale Ale, Wheat and Light Munich Malts combine with the natural tannin in pumpkin and the delicate spiciness of Willamette and Hallertau Hops to balance the sweetness of the fruit. To fully enjoy all the flavours, this ale is best drunk at 55 degrees Fahrenheit." Brewed in the style of a Pumpkin Ale

Poured from a 22 oz. bomber to a pint glass. Served north of 55º Fahrenheit.

(Appearance) Pours a creamy white head over a mildly hazy orange head with some moderate carbonation. Retention is slightly above average with no lacing. Decent appearance. 3.25

(Smell) Tart pumpkin meat with a moderate sour characteristic, mild husky grain malt, and a mild grassy hop note. Fairly interesting aroma, I do enjoy the sourness in the aroma. 4

(Taste) Maple sugar, sweet pumpkin meat, moderate bitterness on the finish. Balance is distinctively sweet with a mild tartness, not nearly as intense as in the aroma. Spice profile is mild, some cinnamon, nutmeg but nothing major. Cloyingly sweet, maple syrup sweetness. 3.5

(Mouthfeel) Slick sweetness with mild carbonation. Body is medium+ for Pumpkin Ales, medium+ amongst all beers. Alcohol is well concealed. 3.5

(Overall) A very sweet tasting, sour smelling pumpkin beer. The pumpkin flavor isn't too shallow in this one, but the balance is very off. Not the best Pumpkin Ale I've had but all the problems are relating to things that are overdone instead of underdone, meaning it can easily be fixed and probably should to craft a really enjoyable ale. 3.5

Shipyard Brewing Company's
Smashed Pumpkin Ale

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Photo of mpalestino
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of jbertsch
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass and saw a nice copper/amber brew with little head.

The aroma was stern with nutmeg and cinamon spices. Pumpkin notes lied underneath.

The flavor was big. Pumpkin pie hit me first. It’s strong, but not cloying. Munich malts add significant bread-like malt flavors. Cinnamon and nutmeg spices linger on the tongue in the end, along with a little alcohol warmth.

The mouthfeel isn’t too heavy. It’s generally smooth, albeit a little prickly at the beginning from the alcohol bite.

Overall I like this. I'm happy to see that Shipyard can make a good pumpkin brew, and would always pick this one over Pumpkinhead.

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Photo of alleykatking
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from 22oz bottle. Aged one year in the cellar before opening.

A- Pours a golden orange with light amber tones. One finger white head shows light retention. Light ringing lacing on the sides of the glass as it is drank down.

S- Big aromas of nutmeg and pumpkin. There is a light underlying caramel malt with light cinnamon. There is a light alcohol bite on the backend that tingles the nose that gets covered lightly by allspice.

T- Pumpkin and nutmeg with a hint of cinnamon on the upfront. This dies down in the middle with some light caramel bready malts. The flavor picks back up to allspice and light clove notes. Alcohol big in the backend but settle.

M- Medium mouthfeel. Carbonation is good for the beer. Big amount of spices left on the palate with warming alcohol on the aftertaste. Flavors are well put together which I find a joy since most Shipyard beers I've had are not balanced. Alcohol very drying on the palate. Clean tasting throughout.

D- This beer was fantastic! Much more so than when it is fresh. The higher ABV limits this beer but still I would have no problem drinking 22oz's by myself. After that though I would move onto something else.

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Photo of Celtics76
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Well, I hope this beer tastes as impressive as the bottle looks. I love the gold foil wrapper and writeup on the back featuring a photo of much maligned Shipyard brewmaster Alan Pugsley.

Pours a dark, semi-clear orange with minimal head. Nice aroma of pumpkin spice, cinnamon, and nutmeg. Has a nice crisp taste. Cinnamon flavors at the forefront, which I expected considering how profoundly cinnamon Pumpkinhead is. Some spicy pumpkin flavors power through the wall of cinnamon as it warms. There is some bitterness at the finish as well.

This is one of Shipyard's best. However I would recommend a handful of Imperial pumpkin ales over this one - Wachusett's Imperial Pumpkin and Southern Tier's Pumking are 2 examples. But give it a shot - I always root hard for New England breweries.

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Photo of meehandennis
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%

Photo of bmwats
3.49/5  rDev -4.9%
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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Photo of RedAleMan
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of goblue3509
3.04/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy pumpkin orange color with a thick slightly off white head which resides to a little lace. The aroma is of cinnamon and nutmeg along with some other spices. The taste is of a caramel malt backbone with a hint of pumpkin, there is more spice flavors of cinnamon and nutmeg than anything else. The mouthfeel is moderately carbonated. The drinkability is a little above average, it is an easy drink, but it isn't as flavorful as other pumpkin beers. It's solid but not near the best in class.

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Photo of RoryOMoore
4/5  rDev +9%

Photo of ChrisL24481
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

Photo of NonicPanic
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Photo of Phelps
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Looks: like apple juice. Pours a perfectly clear light orange with a short-lived, fizzy head of pure white. The head quickly dissolves to a tiny ring. Not much in the way of retention.

Smells: like pumpkin pudding. Sweet pumpkin puree with whipped cream, apple juice, maple, nutmeg. Actually very nice.

Tastes: begins almost tangy before opening into light flavors of sweet pumpkin pie, with some more subtle maple and graham crackers emerging before a crisp finish.

Feels: fizzy. Some frothy medium carbonation massages the tongue while a smooth medium-light body swishes about. The alcohol heat is noticeable as it travels down the throat, but only if you're looking for it.

Drinks: like pumpkin ale light. Smashed Pumpkin has a lot of flavor smashed in there, but a light body and crisp, lager-like finish make it easy-drinking. Loved the aroma, liked the flavor --a nice example of a pumpkin ale.

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Photo of CelticAleMan
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

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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