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RATINGS: 581   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44   SEASONAL: Autumn   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
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.

   AROMA 5/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 14/20
kidrobot (103) - Port Charlotte, New Jersey, USA - OCT 30, 2010
Amber orange-ish with minimal head with no scent of pumpkin. Taste a bit of pumpkin, but not as much as I expected. I would suggest the other Ship Yard Pumpkin 6 pack over this bomber. This isnt even in the same ball park, with a outrageous price.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 10/20
Nikiel (879) - Portland, Oregon, USA - OCT 27, 2010
Pours a golden orange. Smells and tastes strongly of nutmeg perhaps allspice. Tastes vaguely of pumpkin. Very sweet which takes away from the rest of the flavor, some bitterness would have been nice.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
Pwn3d (1962) - Manhattan, New York, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Had this with the FU crew during alumni weekend. Besides pumking this is my 2nd favorite pumpkin ale.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
TonyDiUlio (655) - New Jersey, USA - OCT 26, 2010
Had while carving pumpkins. Pour is a nice clear darker orange. Nice white head. Aroma is full of spice and pumpkin. Flavor is the same. Nice brew.

   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
Suttree (5548) - Knoxville, Tennessee, USA - OCT 24, 2010
Smells nice, as most pumpkin beers do - nutmeg, brown sugar, cinnamon, and hazelnut. Flavor is a bit too, Y’know, Well, maybe a little over the top on the spices. Also, there is a bitterness in the finish that I wasn’t expecting, but liked.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
greenhorn1 (850) - Mission Viejo, California, USA - OCT 22, 2010
22 oz bottle. 500th rating. Pours orange, no head. Aroma of holiday fall spices. Flavor is very sweet and the nutmeg is definitely noticeable. The pumpkin is hidden and there is a slight warming from the high ABV. I am not a big fan of spice/vegetable beers, but this one worked for me. However, I was expecting more pumpkin flavor.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
otakuden (1783) - Vero Beach, Florida, USA - OCT 22, 2010
The Smashed Pumpkin poured a lovely amber-gold topped by a soft coppery blanket with nowhere to go. Lace marks my glass, and in swirling her depths I release a beastly nose. Nutmeg, ginger, allspice, and cinnamon powder are a mushroom cloud rising from my glass while softly whipped pumpkin filling mingles with vanilla extract and sweetened condensed milk. Pie crust patiently awaits its generous helping of pumpkin filling before making her way to my mouth for some intense quaffing. While her nose impressed with fresh pumpkin pie delights, she forgot to tell me about the intense alcohol heat that was lurking in the quaffing shadows. My first impression is bright, dry, and hot. Her dry spices braise their way across my tastebuds much like a brillo pad would. Hitting hard in the back of each quaff is unfettered alcohol heat that almost brings a tear to my eye. Condensed milk coats my lips, but it would have done better in his palate to soothe the rough, hot, and dry spiced edges. Ginger and cumin linger in my breath while burnt pie crust adds to the overall dryness of palate; my mouth soon resembles a desert instead of a dessert. A brief glimmer of hope comes in the form of creamy pumpkin pie underneath it all, but like an oasis on the horizon, reality soon revealed barren disappointment.

I finished my gifted bomber bottle because I didn’t want to be wasteful or inconsiderate. She had potential, but until Shipyard gets her palate to match her nose, I’ll be skipping this pumpkin release next time around.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 13/20
italianjohn (2490) - Penndel, Pennsylvania, USA - OCT 22, 2010
Orange golden pale pour ...light lacing and off white head ... aroma of sweet malts, earthy and nutmeg ..... taste of nutmeg and sweet malts with an earthy pumpkin taste .... medium bodied and a malty spicy finish .... not bad lots of nutmeg in it .... decent pumpkin

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 15/20
jrob21 (2928) - Atlanta, Georgia, USA - OCT 24, 2010
22oz bottle. Very tasty real pumpkin beer. Not one of these cinnamon and clove spiced beers that is called a pumpkin beer and tastes nothing like pumpkin. There is a little bit of spice working in the aroma with a bit of cinnamon. The flavor is definite pumpkin though. Smooth and slightly sweet.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 16/20
BOLTZ7555 (2969) - Phoenix, Arizona, USA - OCT 30, 2010
First Shipyard beer I actually enjoyed! This one pours a vibrant tangerine/brown with a 1/2 inch eggshell head that left lacing. Aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon, cooked pumpkin and malt. Flavor is quite bold with lots of pumpkin pie coming through along with caramel, toffee, and brown sugar. Medium mouthfeel...really pretty good.

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