Pugsley's Signature Series: Smashed Pumpkin | Shipyard Brewing Company

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Pugsley's Signature Series:  Smashed PumpkinPugsley's Signature Series:  Smashed Pumpkin
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Pugsley's Signature Series:  Smashed PumpkinPugsley's Signature Series:  Smashed Pumpkin

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Company
Maine, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 9.00%

Availability: Rotating

Notes / Commercial Description:
A big-bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aromas of pumpkin and nutmeg.

Added by Casey10 on 08-31-2009

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of far333
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Crystal clear golden yellow colored with a light beige head that rises up a full inch and settles out to a fine cap of tight foam.

Low aroma of corn and grassy notes, mild cinnamon.

Doughey malt initially, moving quickly to subtle pumpkin and squash notes, moderate sweetness punctuated by hop bitterness. Even more quickly moves to cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice, fairly even mix, then finishing spicy and warm. ABV adds interesting warmth and depth without distractin.

Even mouthfeel, semi-slick, finishes bubbly and warm. Tasty beer, very drinkable.

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Photo of SebD
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: It has a nice clear orange/golden color to it. It has a nice thick off-white head that dies down slowly and leaves some lacing.

Smell: The aromas definitly give out hints of cinnamon, pumpkin, spices with some earthy hops.

Taste: Like the aromas, it has a spicy character to it, definite cinnamon and nutmeg, pumpkin, and a light bitterness. Alcohol really comes out here.

Mouthfeel: It has a medium carbonation with a decent overall balance and feel.

Drinkability: It's a smooth drinkable beer accompanied with decent flavors and aromas.

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of mntlover
2.92/5  rDev -21.7%
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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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.25

Photo of generallee
4.6/5  rDev +23.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown bomber (1pint 6oz) bottle into a tulip glass. The label has a good description of the beer on the back which includes its ABV at 9% and OG at 1.088. There is no freshness or born on date however.

Appearance: It has a deep amber body with good clarity. It also has a nice level of visible carbonation which supports a good creamy off white head. This head has good retention and makes for lots of lovely slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has loads cinnamon and other pumpkin pie spices over a delicate squash and malt mixture.

Taste/Palate: There is a nice mixture of pie spice like cinnamon, ginger, and a touch of clove up front and throughout. There is also a good squash-like (pumpkin) flavor note with pie crust like malt. As it warms the cinnamon and spice come out a bit more. Its 9% ABV is also noticeable and adds another level of complexity and warmth. The body has a solid medium to full body with pleasant lively texture. The carbonation helps to keep thing from getting sticky or cloying as there is a good level of sweetness. Hops are barely noticeable but do offer just a touch of leafy/herbal bitterness towards the finish.

Notes: This is a very well done Pumpkin beer with wonderful complexity, decent balance and texture. This is much better then there other pumpkin beer by far, in fact this one is going high up on my favorite list.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of Jayli
3.11/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

This beer pours a clear burnt orange color. A thin off white film coats the top of the glass, but disappears rapidly. No lacing to speak of on this beer. Nose is of pumpkin - not your typical spiced pumpkin, or pumpkin pie that is prevelant in most pumpkin beers. This is straight up pumpkin, some malt, and rather boozy. Taste is sharply sweet up front, can't quite place the sweetness, middle is filled out with pumpkin and the finish is sharp booziness. Actually the alcohol is the most dominant flavor in the entire beer from start to finish. Lighter side of medium bodied, clean on the tongue but a sharp boozy taste to it. This was nice to try, and with a lower alochol content, may have been far more enjoyable.

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4.29/5  rDev +15%
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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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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3.85/5  rDev +3.2%

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4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
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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4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

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4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

22 oz bottle, 9% abv. Clear amber to copper color. White rocky head holds pretty well, finally releasing some nice patches of lace. Only a few tiny bubbles streaming along.

Spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg, with a caramel malt backbone. Earthy hops go well with the spices. Some slight vegetable notes.

Caramel malt, with a bit of sweetness that helps meld everything together. A nice combination of cinnamon and nutmeg. Not overly spiced. vegetable, pumpkin flavor is subtle. Earthy hops provide a nice contrast at the end.

Lighter to medium body, with a good amount of soft carbonation. Some alcohol is felt, but not overwhelming. Very nice balance of spices and sweetness. Very nice.

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3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Rayek
3.2/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Orange amber, with good clarity and minimal carbonation. A fluffy cream cap has OK staying power and leaves just a little bit of lace.

S: Quite boozy. Pumpkin pie spices dominate with nutmeg, allspice and clove. Alcohol adds some heat, while some white grape rounds things out.

T: The spice theme continues. Pie spices dominate. They are bolstered by strong white wine flavors of grape and pepper. The pumpkin is there, but very subdued. Alcohol adds quite a bit of heat to the mix. Finishes spicy and warm.

M: The medium body is slightly grainy and has about the right amount of fizz.

D: This beer honestly didn't do much for me. The boozy character overshadowed the pumpkin and left the beer feeling off kilter. An OK, but no exceptional pumpkin beer.

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4/5  rDev +7.2%

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3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Pugsley's Signature Series: Smashed Pumpkin from Shipyard Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.73 out of 5 with 1,629 ratings