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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Smashed Pumpkin | Shipyard Brewing Co.

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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Smashed PumpkinShipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Smashed Pumpkin
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Shipyard Brewing Co.
Maine, United States
shipyard.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 11.40%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

Added by davey101 on 11-01-2012

BEER STATS
Reviews:
27
Ratings:
148
Avg:
3.88
pDev:
28.35%
 
 
Wants:
37
Gots:
37
For Trade:
2
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Reviews: 27 | Ratings: 148
Reviews by Gosox8787:
Photo of Gosox8787
3.48/5  rDev -10.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: 750 mL corked and caged bottle from 2012. Bottle 01492. Poured from the bottle into a tulip glass. Served slightly chilled.

Appearance: Dark orange to medium brown in color. A very light beige lacing that forms around the edges.

Aroma: Big cinnamon and nutmeg upfront clashes with the bourbon and a pretty noticable alcohol aroma. The barrel notes are not completely integrated at this point. Some subtle vanilla and pumpkin notes are there as well. Much more spice forward than I remember the base beer.

Taste: Still has a big spice note, like the aroma, but the barrel seems more evenly integrated. Nice combination of cinnamon, nutmeg, clove and allspice lends an interesting spice note. Some caramel and a touch of butter from the base beer. Bourbon and vanilla notes provide some complexity and added heat.

Mouthfeel: Full bodied with a nice bit of carbonation.

Overall, I like this beer, but it still feels far too hot. The barrel is clearly not fully integrated yet and the final beer feels hot. Still despite all the flaws here, I am still enjoying the beer. Perhaps some time would do this well. Right now, it is too hot and unbalanced.

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Photo of JakerLou
4.5/5  rDev +16%

Photo of Cavanaghty
4.5/5  rDev +16%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Bottle #02825 2012 Edition.

Appearance: Hazy light brown/amber color. Thin biege head that went away quickly.

Smell: Pumpkin spice, cinnamon, nutmeg. Bourbon/Scotch smell, and alcohol is strong.

Mouthfeel/Taste: Smooth, full bodied and warm. Alcohol, bourbon, and nutmeg up front. Stays a very spicy and warm beer throughout.

Overall: Not what I expected, but very well crafted. Glad I spent the money on this one to enjoy around Thanksgiving. Couldn't think of a better one to try on this holiday.

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Photo of ccurrid
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of mdaschaf
3.45/5  rDev -11.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Poured a rather light orange/amber color with a small tan head on top with little bits of lacing that form all around the glass.

S: A heft amount of spices, both cinnamon and nutmeg, with a bit of bourbon, mostly vanilla and a bit of caramel.

T: More spices on the flavor profile and more vanilla, with less bourbon. The spices come through again as cinnamon and nutmeg with a bit of clove and pumpkin spice.

M: Medium bodied, but on the thin side for what I was expecting/hoping for. Medium carbonation. Little bit of warmth as it goes down.

O: It was ok, a little thin. Better than regular smashed, but I was hoping for a bit more from this one.

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Photo of Rob_Reed
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of cjgator3
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%

Photo of George1799
5/5  rDev +28.9%

Photo of Chuck_IPA_Mathus
4.25/5  rDev +9.5%

anohter great pumpkin for a non pumpkin fan

no real distinguishing aroma

bourbon barrel aged is the secret. I am not apumpkin fan at all, but both the fall pumpkin beers I like have come from the bourbon barrel.


little spendy though for what you get.

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Photo of ChrisL24481
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of GRG1313
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of Treyliff
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

750ml cork & cage bottle, 2014 vintage
Bottle number 05195

A- pours a murky brown color with a fizzy off-white head that reduces quickly and eventually disappears completely

S- lots of bourbon on the nose up front with undertones of oak & vanilla. The pumpkin spices is subtle at this point, although there is some cinnamon poking through with the bourbon controlling most of the aroma

T- bourbon and oaky up front with some notes of spiced cider, brown sugar and honey. The spicing kicks in as it nears the finish with an emphasis on cinnamon and nutmeg. More woodsy bourbon & cinnamon on the linger with a resemblance to cooked cinnamon apples

M- medium-thick body with low carbonation leads to a slightly foamy mouthfeel and a warming finish

O- barrel treatment has proved successful to an already solid pumpkin beer, definitely worth a try

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Photo of puboflyons
3.93/5  rDev +1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From corked, caged bottle no. 01455, 2012 batch. Sampled on February 7, 2013.

So it is a few months past season but the pour is still very attractive copper-orange with the soft, silky off-white to tannish head that sits on top the whole time. Nice clarity.

On the nose I am getting plenty of malts and pumpkin spice and a bit more booze than I might have hoped for.

The body is full and creamy.

The taste is also fairly boozy like the aroma with the pumpkin spice up first and the bourbon in the batter's box. It is too bad it was more like hard liquor than a pumpkin ale but that might have been due to the amount of time that passed since this was bottled.

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Photo of drummerdwzp
3.82/5  rDev -1.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of dental
3.75/5  rDev -3.4%

Photo of ZenBiscuits
3.86/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of largadeer
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of kkmiller76
4.28/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

Photo of DoubleMalt
4.18/5  rDev +7.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of Cmteagardin
3.25/5  rDev -16.2%

Photo of smanson56
4.21/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

I've had bottles of the 2012 and 2013 BBA Smashed Pumpkin I found the 2012 to be much smoother with less of the bourbon taste than the 2013 which to me was the better beer with a nice strong bourbon finish.

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Photo of Rhettroactive
2.5/5  rDev -35.6%

Photo of DevinK
4.19/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of BabaBeer
4/5  rDev +3.1%

Photo of jgustafson
4.04/5  rDev +4.1%

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Shipyard Bourbon Barrel Aged Smashed Pumpkin from Shipyard Brewing Co.
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