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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Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States | website

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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3.67
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Photo of beerthulhu
3.28/5  rDev -10.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A: Poured a pumpkin orange with a brillant clarity. The head was thin and fizzy, and quickly dissipated to a polished surface. The initial carbonation was feverishly strong lining the glass walls with a showering display of macro-bubbles. The effervesce quickly quieted down to a medium showing of broken streams of micro bubbles.

S: The nose was sweet with toasted grains and toasted pumpkins. There was a fruitiness of fresh cherries but unfortunately I failed to pick up any pumpkin spicing. A light showing overall.

T: The flavor opens up with a sharp, dry but sweetly toasted offering of munich and toasted pumpkins. The spicing shows up in the way of cinnamon sticks, cloves along with a fruitiness of ripe apples. There is bit of alcohol spicing and warming on the finish composed of warm apples and cherry bombs (alcohol soaked cherries) and pears. Overall the flavor was generally good with a soft spicing and a moderatly evident display of alcohol warming but offered little in the way of pumpkin spicing.

M: medium bodied with a nice slick and oily texture that was soft and smooth on the tongue due to an easy carbonation. A dry alcohol warming is evident on the swallow.

D: The alcohol hinders things a bit drinkability-wise. A slow sipper best served in a chalice while splitting a bomber with a friend. Not terribly exciting.

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Photo of rudzud
1.92/5  rDev -47.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Been sitting on this one for probably a little over a month now. Was really hoping for a knockout from Shipyard, but instead got a fizzle.

A - Clear copper with a one finger fizzy head that almost instantly dissolved into nothing. Appearance looks well, flat.

S - I get more aroma with regular ol Pumpkinhead than this junk. Ridiculously light pumpkin and typical spice notes. Barely a hint of sweet malts.

T - Light sweet malts. Same as the nose really weak almost watery tastes. The more I drink this, the worse it gets?

M - While the alcohol isnt present much (shocking due to the 9%) this is incredibly syrupy and feels almost flat. Very unpleasant.

D - I guess if your a fan of pumpkin head you'll like this? Then again, probably not. Unlike pumpkinhead, which tends to be crisp and refreshing, this is the opposite. Sorry to say, this stuff is a drain pour for me.

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

Bomber

Appearance - Slightly hazy amber colour with an average size frothy off-white/beige coloured head. There is low amount of carbonation and there is some decent lacing. The head lasted for 4-5 minutes before it was gone.

Smell - Malts, hops, all-spice, pumpkin, cinnamon

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and most of the taste is made up of caramel, hops, and lots of spice.. cinnamon, allspice, clove. There isn't as much pumpkin flavour as I was expecting, but maybe that's a good thing. It ends with a sweet spicy aftertaste.

Overall - A nice beer that wasn't overly sweet like some of the other stronger pumpkin beers. It does pack quite a spicy punch though. Happy I gave it a try but wouldn't seek out again. Merry xmas!

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Photo of pat61
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

L: Pours brilliant coppery orange with a 1” cream colored foam collar that quickly recedes. Very lively and effervescent. S: Pumpkin pie spice, pumpkin, malt. T: Pumpkin pie in a glass but not cloying or over done. Gives some room to the malt and the hops with the alcohol, hops, malt, pumpkin and pumkin pie spices all working well together. Some nutmeg in the finish but no clove. Farily dry overall. F: Above average carbonation with a very fine bead, medium to medium full body. O: this is one of the better pumpkin beers out there.

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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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Photo of bluejacket74
3.62/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 ounce bottle from 2010. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours an orange/amber color with about a half inch off-white head that went away quickly. Not much lacing at all. Aroma is mostly spicy, the brew smells like nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin and cinnamon. Taste is similar to the aroma, but there's a little bit of booze noticable in the flavor. I think the aroma is better than the taste, as the pumpkin spice flavors aren't quite as strong compared to the strength of the spices in the aroma. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, it's a bit slick with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough, it's not hard to drink at all. Not a bad pumpkin ale, but it's not one of my favorites, either. I'd try this again in the future.

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Photo of DrDemento456
4.16/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got a bottle at a reasonable price of 8.99 for a bomber. Sweet.

A - Poured into my Newcastle pub glass. Wow uber carbonation! Leads into a nice inch layer of foamy white head that does lace the glass. Orange amber in hue.

S - From the first whiff out of the neck of the bottle I can detect a nice wave of domination cinnamon, then nutmeg and clove, followed by a nice (what I can assume with a name like "smashed pumpkin") natural spiced pumpkin smell.

T - This is where it all matters to me. Starts off semi bitter, almost like the citrus others have described then flows into a beautiful cinnamon and sweet pumpkin and finishes rather dry yet enjoyable with the fruit of the pumpkin. Really liked it.

M - Medium bodied and the ABV? Only slightly warming on an empty stomach.

D - Well yes it is quite good and if it's still around in October I may fancy another bomber to see if the bitterness will round out a bit leaving sweet malt. It was good fresh though so no complaints.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.69/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Shared this one with my fiance.

Clear morning sunhsine amber/copper color. Quick head, little foam, but good bubbling.

Clean pumpkin, nutmeg, cardamon, combined with light atringent hopping and a high abv., make for a balanced but mostly pumkiny smelling brew.

Taste is a clear and clean pumkin skin and meat with pumkin pie spices and a little caramel. The middle warms up the pumkin flavor and showas off some toasted, bready caramel malts. The finish is smooth, warm, and atringent. The 9% abv. leaves a little twinge to the palate on the finish and linger.

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Photo of jzeilinger
3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Came in a big brown bomber bottle. Pours a very clear amberish orange, light glass lacing, mild carbonation of very tiny bubbles, I really like the looks of this in the glass. The bubbles almost appear to start from the side of the glass, very elegant looking. Smells of pumpkins (go figure, huh?), but not overly strong, just a faint smell, a little nutmeg, can detect some booziness in the smell in the background.

Tastes of nutmeg spice, pumpkin sweetness, mildy hopped on the back of the tongue at the end of the taste. Overall, the taste is crisp, not super sweet and bready, and has a big time booziness warmth after the sip. I have a feeling I poured this at too cold of a temperature because what I'm smelling and tasting don't match up very well. This should become more aromatic as it warms up. Next time, I will crack this one open at room temp.

The is a very drinkable pumpkin ale and I have to say this one ranks among my favorites so far and the best beer Shipyard Brews (in my opinion). I think it deserves a higher rating than what is here and I'm not a huge pumpkin ale fan. There's another pumpkin ale out there that's really bready that everyone loves so much, I have to be in the right mood for it. With this one, this is one I could enjoy time and time again. The beer is so drinkable that you really have to watch the intake - pour in a snifter and pace yourself because this is one that will really sneak up on you after a bottle.

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Photo of sweemzander
2.49/5  rDev -32.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

(A)- Pours a lightly hazed orange color. Some white froth and lacing.

(S)- A light; almost airy caramel in front of a really subdued pumpkin spice. Almost has a cornmeal thing to it too.

(T)- A bit high in the hop department; a sharp citrus twang up front that kinda gets the pumpkin and spice lost.

(M)- A good carbonation level. An ok balance, but just way too much hops in the way of what probably would have been nice pumpkin and spice notes.

(O)- A decent beer for the style, but it gets lost with the high (way too high) hop addition.

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Photo of rfgetz
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean and bright orange color with modest head and little lacing. Scent is lead by sweet malts and slightly heavy spicing, pumpkin pie appears in the back end with a bit of leafy hops and alcohol on the nose. Taste leads with a bitter push of hoping and seasonal spices, sweet malt and pumpkin pie make an appearance in the mid, finishes with odd bitter, herbal metallic note with noticeable alcohol. Disappointingly thin and over bubbly. I may actually prefer the regular old Shipyard Pumpkin to this beast.

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Photo of tigg924
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: 1/2 inch head, orange in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, nutmeg, all spice, toasted malt—like pumpkin pie filling

Taste: sweet sugar and vanilla in the start—then the clove, nutmeg, toasted malt, and other pumpkin spices fill out the body

Mouthfeel: very sweet a with a bitter middle and a less bitter end, moderate carbonation, medium bodied

Drinkability: One of the better New England Pumpkin brews and light years ahead of Pumpkinhead. I like the vanilla tastes and the complexity. This reminds me a lot of Pumpking minus the hoppiness. I will revisit this next year.

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Photo of Brad007
4.48/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Heh, I hope Billy Corgan doesn't go after Shipyard for the name of this beer.

Pours a nice orange-copper color with a two-finger head into my fluted glass. Looks very nice and full of ample carbonation.

Taste is chock full of strong nutmeg and pumpkin flavors with a mildly sweet, buttery malt background. Alcohol feels well-hidden.

Mouthfeel is very good as well. Warming. The flavors of nutmeg and pumpkin linger. Carbonation feels just right. Alcohol warmth is minimal.

Very nicely done and kind of like the big brother to Pumpkinhead. It just feels deceptively drinkable and delicious. I'm usually not a fan of half-hearted pumpkin ales but this stands out in a good way. Pick it up!

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Photo of Viggo
3.41/5  rDev -7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22 oz bottle, thanks to grub for sharing.

Pours a hazy dark orange, some amber highlights, medium sized slightly off white head forms and settles down to a thin ring around the glass, some lace spots stick, looks alright.

Smell is interesting, pretty spicy, a bit of sour fruit, some honey, peach, nutmeg, lots of ginger, a bit of pumpkin, orange juice/peel, very interesting sweetness, like candied ginger, pretty neat but weird.

Taste is similar, quite sweet, more candied ginger, honey, green tea, nutmeg, somewhat sugary, apple sauce, a touch of pineapple, quite spicy, biscuit, caramel, a bit sweet and spicy in the finish, big cinnamon aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with medium carbonation, a bit of warmth but pretty smooth. Pretty interesting take but not my style. Thanks Russ!

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

Aroma is mostly spicy, the brew smells like nutmeg, cloves, pumpkin and cinnamon.

The taste follows the nose, but I think the aroma is better/fuller than the taste. Fairly simple taste of pale and mild caramel and biscuity malt. Mild pumpkin pie taste but really this tastes like a good pale ale that just had spices added right before bottling; kinda amateur in my opinion. Not bad at all, just not at the top of the heap for Pumpkin ales.

Mouthfeel/body is fairly light with moderate carbonation. Drinkability is decent enough, it's not hard to drink at all.

Not a bad pumpkin ale, but it's not one of my favorites, either. Seek out other Pumpkin ales because of the high $$$ point of this beer and the quantity/quality of other offerings on the market.

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Photo of cbutova
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Sunset Grill, the "cellar-aged" version, lol.

A- A perfectly clear Halloween orange hue in a tulip glass. A small white silky head sits atop the beer and leaves spotty lace as I sip on it.

S- Massive cinnamon and ginger bomb, very strong spice aroma. Toasted nuts, nutmeg and some pumpkin.

T- Once again, a huge amount of cinnamon, nutmeg and spice notes, burning the palate. Also some pie crust, sugar, pumpkin and oxidized caramel malt. Pretty sweet overall.

MF- Highly carbonated creamy moderate body. Some alcohol warming and bitterness.

Tastes like a pumpkin dessert with way too much cinnamon and spices. Nice aroma but flavored too strongly.

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Photo of Darkmagus82
3.36/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

Appearance – The beer pours a deep orange color with a tiny white head. The head fades very fast leaving just some light lace on the surface of the brew.

Smell – A sweet roasted pumpkin aroma greets the nose with the sweet being of a caramel and light molasses smell as well as a moderately strong showing of a grainy smell. Along with these aromas are some spice aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice with these being mixed with a bit of a boozy and light herbal aroma as well.

Taste – The taste begins with a sweeter caramel and molasses flavor with a decent showing of a light pumpkin taste. As the taste advances more and more spice comes to the tongue with the cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice starting out on the lighter side and by the end of the taste getting quite potent. While the spice gets stronger, the pumpkin takes on a slightly more roasted flavor, but overall remains relatively more “raw” in taste. The sweeter caramel increases toward the end and is joined by some rather decently strong boozy tastes; being of a light woody bourbon, but mostly of a cheap and hot booze like nature. In the end with a herbal flavor joins the taste, one leaving one with a very spiced up and boozed up, raw pumpkin pie flavor to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the thicker and creamier side with a carbonation level that is on the lower side. For the beer’s style it is actually very appropriate as it really ramps up the sweeter and pumpkin flavors of the brew. The only problem with this is that it also really accentuates the hot boozy and somewhat odd raw and herbal flavors of the beer with it therefor maybe not being the best way to go on the feel.

Overall – Really not the best imperial pumpkin out there, and at 8.99 for a bomber it is certainly not worth it. Southertier Pumpking and Elysians The great pumpkin, which are of similar style and price, are a much better go too. A decent try, but really just a little too off to be worth it.

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Photo of dirtylou
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bomber, scooped at city-wide in south bend...thought i had read this was good but clearly was confused

appearance: served in an unmarked chalice, rather light orange-straw body, light beige ring

smell: aromas are primarily spice - cinnamon and nutmeg, fresh apple

taste: not overly pumpkin-y, similarities can be drawn to a spiced apple cider. there are a number of spices that come through strong - cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin seed. an OK beer - a little pedestrian

mouthfeel: smooth body, lots of spice

drinkability: pretty good

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Photo of AgentMunky
3.99/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 22 ounce bottle into a St. Bernardus goblet.

A: Golden copper, clear golden (lagery) in the light. Transparent.

S: Vanilla, nutmeg, and allspice. Eggnog and creme brulee. Yum.

T: Pumpkin pie. Seriously. It's like you put the filling into a blender and bottled it. I enjoy it. Not much else to say.

M: Just fine. :)

O: Great pumpkin beer, if lightly artificial and/or heavy-handed. Recommended.

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Photo of lordofthewiens
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3.5

I had an imperial pumpkin last fall at Cambridge Brewing Company, and really enjoyed it. This beer doesn't come close. In a snifter the beer was a copper color with a tiny off-white head. Mostly spice aroma, maybe a little pumpkin. The taste was all nutmeg, some cinnamon, and no pumpkin. It was a bit on the hot side. The alcohol got in the way of this beer, and it was far too spicy with not enough pumpkin.

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Photo of BeerFMAndy
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

22 oz twist-off bottle poured into a snifter.
9%ABV, 1.088 OG

A - Hazed through and through, this bright orange beer is briefly topped by a loose ivory head that sinks to a ring of bubbles below specks of lacing.

S - Sticky caramel malt sweetness and grainy pale malt overlap the tame roasted pumpkin aroma, but nutmeg spice fills in the gaps for a round and sweet fall beer aroma that ends with a trailing fruit note from the alcohol.

T - The beers rather shy aroma (especially regarding it's ABV) is deceptive, for this beer is quite potent in flavor, not afraid to burst fourth with roasted pumpkin and spice. The spice blend here is different from most though, as it seems to focus a little more on clove and nutmeg, forsaking cinnamon and allspice. Delicate European hops do their best to balance the tall order of sweet caramel and bready malts that really collect along the finish.

M - Wheat malt contributes a wonderful smoothness to the body of this high octane pumpkin beer that encourages easier drinkability despite the elevated level of sweetness. Warming alcohol caresses the throat on the finish, really pairing wonderfully with the pumpkin and spice notes for a fall beer finish.

O - Shipyard's Smashed Pumpkin starts with a somewhat weak aroma but quickly becomes rather boastful in flavor and feel, bringing smoothness and sweetness together with pumpkin and spice for a hefty cool fall day brew.

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Photo of cpetrone84
3.18/5  rDev -13.4%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The pour is a clear copper orange with a bubbly off white head. Nose is heavy spice, light pumpkin, fair bit stale grain. Taste has a very strong pumpkin spice, lighter grain than the nose and is also less stale. Soft carb, medium body and creamy palate.

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Photo of Durge
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A light yellow copper color, clear with a modest white fuzz on top and good lacing. The aroma is kind of different with cotton candy sweetness, berry overtones with honey and mild pumpkin. The flavor offers less sweetness and more of a solid pumpkin and honey mix. Lot's of honey actually. It's medium bodied with fair carbonation with a tingly but vaguely syrupy feel. It's got a spicey nearly dry edge to it. Modest drinkability because of the feel. It's an odd bird and seems somewhat atypical of most. But well worth a try if you like the style at all.

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Photo of mynie
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours dark, pumpkinmashy orange. Looks a little limp but that's forgivable considering the style and the high ABV.

Smells kinda maybe a little too intense. Lots of spice--big fiery cinnamon, especially--and then lots of alcohol and yeast. Not bad, certainly, but this might be hard to get down.

Tastes much better than I had anticipated! Creamy, spicy pumpkin pie. Fruity, fresh pumpkin starts it off, moving into a big cinnamon that dominates from middle to end, offset by nodes of nutmeg, and ginger. It's odd--the alcohol that's so present in the aroma absolutely vanishes in the flavor.

A-and you know how when you first look at that duckrabbit picture you think it's either a duck or a rabbit, but then once you see the one you didn't see before you're never able to just see one or the other again, you only see them as the amalgam? That's how the aroma is, after you've tasted the beer. The harshness vanishes and all you perceive is the good

I can see how some people wouldn't like this. They'd think it wasn't beery enough or maybe they just don't like pumpkin and spice. But if you're into pumpkin deserts--not the cheap Sarah Lee pies, either, but the *real*, burny, complex stuff--then you're probably going to like this beer.

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Photo of BMMillsy
3.67/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Bottle shared by a friend. Pours a beautiful clear orange with very small white head. Aroma is big pumpkin and a bit of spice, actually one of the better pumpkin beer aromas I have encountered. Flavor is big pumpkin and light on the spice. I like it that way. The pumpkin flavor really shines in this one, some sweet malt on the back end that lingers and plays with the gourd funk. Slight bitter finish. Easy drinking with medium carbonation. Not bad.

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Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley's Signature Series) from Shipyard Brewing Co.
3.67 out of 5 based on 1,600 ratings.
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