e303 (76) - - AUG 30, 2014
3.6 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 2/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Stellar pumpkin beer. Really well balanced and hides the alcohol well. With so many pumpkin beers out there this remains a go to.
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Bif (1445) - St. Louis, Missouri, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.1 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
On tap. Served a copper color with a fair head and bits of lacing. Aroma of citrus, bit of pumpkin and trace of spice. Taste is a bit muted with some pumpkin, bit of citrus and grain. Light bitterness and a fairly clean finish. Moderate body, comes across a bit bland. The 9% ABV makes the beer interesting. Not a bad beer But I was expecting a bit more.
superspak (2602) - Michigan, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.9 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
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.
HighlanderOne (1007) - Bergen County, New Jersey, USA - AUG 29, 2014
3.7 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Poured from big bottle (with screw-on cap-a first for me). I smell pumpkin, spice and soap. Amber with thin white head. I taste spices (nutmeg and cinnamon), pumpkin, malt, licorice and pepper. Not as sweet as others of this style. Slight alcohol in the back. A unique example of pumpkin ale, and I like it.
Chad9976 (1179) - Albany, New York, USA - AUG 26, 2014
3.7 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
I poured a 22oz bottle into a tulip glass. There was no freshness date and it cost $9.99 ($0.45 per ounce).
Appearance: Beautiful, glowing orange hue over a clear body. Plenty of visible carbonation. Pours to a large, eggshell, foamy head which retains and laces somewhat well.
Smell: Typical pumpkin beer aroma, though on the spicier side. Notes of cinnamon, ginger and nutmeg dominate.
Taste: Shipyard is well known for their regular pumpkin brew “Pumpkinhead,” a beer which I’ve always said tastes more like pumpkin soda. While it’s not bad, it’s not great; but the same can be said for “Smashed Pumpkin,” which is essentially just a scaled-up version of that beer (in my opinion, at least).
The palette is pretty typical of a pumpkin brew: strong notes of nutmeg, cinnamon and especially ginger. There’s no distinct malt character and certainly nothing in the way of hops. A consistent sweetness from start to finish, with a soda-like taste on the back end. I could definitely do with less ginger and more of a pumpkin pie taste (this straddles the border between pumpkin potpourri and pumpkin pie). When you pay $10 for a bottle of 9% ABV beer, you have expectations of robustness and complexity. And while perfectly satisfying as far as taste goes, it doesn’t quite deliver on a bang-for-the-buck level.
Drinkability: For such a heady brew, Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin is remarkably light on its toes. The mouthfeel is thin, but well-carbonated with a consistent crispness to the last drop. It’s comfortable in the mouth and going down without any discernable alcohol taste or warmth considering its 9% ABV potency. A slightly dry and spicy aftertaste lingers momentarily, which is fine. I had no trouble drinking the entire bottle myself. This definitely could be paired with autumn meals without issue.
kathouse (1015) - Nevada, USA - AUG 21, 2014
2.9 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
UPDATED: AUG 22, 2014 Clear orange with a thin head. Light pumpkin nose. Body is medium. Slight spice in the finish. Not the best example I’ve had.
SuperTiti33 (520) - Aylmer, Quebec, CANADA - JUL 27, 2014
3.8 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 9/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 16/20
Rousse/ambrée. Petit collet blanc. Sucré. Gomme balloune. Bien épicé. Muscade. Un peu boisé. Malté. Réglisse. Florale. Bonbon épicé. Root beer. Très bien.
JaKeAFC (545) - ITALY - JUL 26, 2014
2.3 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 4/10 PALATE 2/5 OVERALL 9/20
65 cl bottle, 9%. Obvious orange color, hazed. Nose of melon, banana, watermelon, apricot, peach. Aroma instead is a fuckload of nutmeg, cinnamon and ginger and ealr grey tea. Taste is mostly sweetish with some bitterness balance in the finish. Medium body, low carbonation. Alcoholic finish, spiced, fairly dry. I find this one very sticky and difficult to throw down. Sadly annoying, lots of promises right off the cap, then failure in the mouth.
Stuu666 (2283) - Edinburgh, SCOTLAND - JUL 26, 2014
4 AROMA 8/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 16/20
Bottle at Craig’s. Pours orange, nose is all spiced pumpkin, taste is dry, spicy pumpkin, juicy, dry.
Scopey (6833) - Croydon, Greater London, ENGLAND - JUL 25, 2014
2.8 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 11/20
Bottle at Craig’s. It pours deep amber with a decent white head. The nose is sweet, sugary, butternut squash, pumpkin, candy and veg. The taste is bitter-sweet, pumpkin, squash, some acidity, candy and sugar with a dry, sort if sweet finish. Medium body and fine carbonation. Pretty sweet and sugary... Not for me.