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RATINGS: 538   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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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 flavors, this ale is best drunk at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Smashed Pumpkin pairs well with sharp cheeses, nuts, lamb, hearty stews and desserts like flan or pumpkin pie. Chefs find this an excellent beer to cook with in dishes such as braised short ribs.


3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Sammy (8675) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 18, 2010
Thanks for sharing, Jason. Light orange, smooth, boozy, understated pumpkin. Rich nutmeg mostly. Smells like the pumpkin spice. A sipper.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
rmussman (1702) - California, USA - SEP 18, 2010
Really like this. Probably the best from Shipyard and the best pumpkin ale. Really good quality. Awesome packaging (i know it shouldn’t matter but its classic and nice) and really the aroma and flavor is what you want and expect from a pumpkin ale and so many fail to live up to it. Great brew.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
jtclockwork (8460) - , New Jersey, USA - SEP 16, 2010
Bottle. Pours clear amber. Nose and taste of pumpkin, spice and cinnamon. Medium body. Relatively high ABV not noticeable. Otherwise, pretty straightforward.

3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
ChainGangGuy (4386) - Marietta, Georgia, USA - SEP 14, 2010
22 ounce bottle - $8.99 at Total Wine & More in Kennesaw, Georgia. Appearance: Pours out a clearish, darkened orange body akin to a glassful of Jackie O’s. Topped with a medium-sized, off-white head. Smell: Sweet smelling nose with ample gourd aromas and malty notes of bread and nutty caramel. As for the spices, nutmeg and cinnamon seem the most easily identifiable and appreciable. Small sniff of alcohol. Taste: Surge of sweet carved up pumpkin meats followed closely with tastes of oven-toasted pie crusts and caramel. Good level of accompanying spices (at least for me), with cinnamon sticks and nutmeg powder leading the way. Very slight yeastiness, with none of Shipyard’s characteristic diacetyl creeping into the taste. What is creeping in is the warming, accumulating alcohol. No more than a vague notion of the hops in the background. Pumpkiny, malty finish. Mouthfeel: Medium-plus body with a fairly smooth texture to the mouthfeel. Medium carbonation. Drinkability: It’s pretty good. Not great, mind you, and, unlike "It’s the Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown," I doubt I’ll make the needed effort to catch it every year.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
puboflyons (2152) - Allenstown, New Hampshire, USA - SEP 13, 2010
From the 22 fl. oz. 2010 batch bottle. Orange-copper pour with a thin fizzy head and limited lacing. Nice clarity and carbonation. The aroma of pumpkin and spices is evident but not overdone. For a 9% ABV beer the alcohol is not noticed at all. The taste is also full of pumpkin and spices with a a clove sort of bitterness and mildly hopped. A nice brew.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
MaBeer1972 (1327) - Taunton, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 13, 2010
UPDATED: SEP 26, 2011 A clear light amber with good pumpkin and spice aromas and flavors. Highly drinkable. Slightly warming, with a clean, lightly sweet finish. Re-rate: Upgrade. This is one very well made pumpkin brew. Crystal clear orange with tiny bubbles. No alcohol aroma whatsoever. Excellently balanced, slighty sweet pumpkin and malts and well spiced. Nothing is overdone and everything dances well together. Incredibly smooth and drinkable! 2011: slight downgrade. Not like I remember it from last year.

4
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
beerbill (3422) - Laurel, New York, USA - SEP 11, 2010
22 oz. bottle. Pours a slightly hazed golden orange with a moderate linen white head that lasted until mid-glass and left a complete layer of foam with each sip. Very pleasant aroma of pumpkin, malt, cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor is very similar with ample pumpkin, malt, cinnamon and nutmeg. The flavor is much more focused on the pumpkin with the spice in more of a supporting role. Medium-full bodied with a well-rounded mouthfeel. Alcohol is very well hidden. I would place this among the top five or six pumpkin beers I have had.

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
jazz88 (2556) - San Francisco, California, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle. A copper orange color with an off-white head. the pumpkin aroma and flavors at first appear understated but as it warmed and my glass emptied, the nice pumpkin and spiced flavors came through well. It had a nice finish.

3.7
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 16/20
patrickfannon (1240) - Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 9, 2010
Bottle. 25.4 oz. Drank this bottle to my face on one of the first nights on Mount Vernon. Pours a glowing clear orange with a nice thick, rich, off-white head. Aroma of fresh pumpkin, nutmeg, pepper, slight dry hops, and a great malty kick. Body is on the fuller side, with a tight, sticky palate. Slight warmth and spice on the tongue and through the finish. Very good pumpkin ale.

4.2
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 5/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 17/20
DrinkEmUpJones (1063) - Georgia, USA - SEP 8, 2010
Pours burnt orange with one finger of off-white head. Aroma: PUMPKIN and pie spice. Palate is smooth, strong pumpkin pie flavor with lots of cinnamon. Not sweet. A bit super-sized on flavor but still delicious. I want to put whipped cream on this beer and drink it for dessert. Would be awesome after Thanksgiving dinner.


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