TomDecapolis (4617) - Milton, Delaware, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.3 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Pours a translucent golden amber with a smalller bubbly white head. Aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla and noble hops. Flavor of pumpkin, vanilla, noble hops and nutmeg.
Cavie (4013) - Fort Worth, Texas, USA - DEC 5, 2009
3.7 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Bottle courtesy of ericandersnavy. Clear orange pour. Fruity smell. Not pumpkin which was what I was expecting but like blackberry. Taste is smooth and perfumy with a fat spiced element. Taste also has a nice malty backbone.
boto (1953) - Granby, Connecticut, USA - DEC 4, 2009
3.5 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
22oz. bottle: This one pours a crystal clear, slightly orange color. There is a small white head on it that drops away very quickly. The aroma is pumpkin pie spice, but not overpoweringly so. A hint of caramel malt in the background. Taste is a mostly of the pie spices, with some caramel malt sweetness in the background. Overall taste is just a bit sweet. Pretty smooth, and the alcohol is not evident at all. A very good seasonal!
angrypirate06 (1387) - Texas, USA - DEC 3, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 13/20
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Clear orange pour. Aroma is pumpkin, cinnamon, clove. Flavor is cinnamon, peppermint. A little bit overspiced for a pumpkin.
BMan1113VR (7902) - Los Angeles, California, USA - DEC 1, 2009
3.4 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle thanks to ericandersnavy. Pours with a clear amber body and an off-white head. Aroma of strong nutmeg, cinnamon, CO2 and Plastic. Taste is spice, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg and caramel. Medium bubbles. Good for a Shipyard product (have not had much success in the past)
dmac (4630) - Toms River, New Jersey, USA - NOV 26, 2009
3 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 10/20
22 oz bottle from Capone’s. Lets keep this one nice and short.....great looking clear orange body with an average sized foamy off white head. Aroma and flavor are both seriously over spiced and with all spice and cloves as well, two spices I don’t really care for. Seek out Pumking instead.
BBB63 (6426) - La Porte, Indiana, USA - NOV 22, 2009
3.5 AROMA 6/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 7/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 14/20
Bottle and served in Duval snifter: Tasted head to head against the Clipper City The Great Pumpkin:
Clean coppery orangy hue with a frothy head and good lace. Shipyard wins the appearance battle (4-3). The aroma has notes of moderate pumpkin meat, cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger snaps and pumpkin nut bread malt. The Clipper City wins the aroma battle by a wide margin. (6-8) Now on towards the make it or break it sense data for all pumpkin brews...
The beer does indeed tastes like pumpkin bread with a nice balance of spice and malt and an added very mild bitterness towards the almost tannic dry back end. Despite a noticed diacetyl component (and honestly the butterscotch notes are not a major flaw in this style), this is much more drinkable than the Clipper City. The points go to Shipyard here (7-5). The mouth feel is slightly lively and chewy, the spice and tannic notes add a dryish back end. The alcohol of a 9% ABV beer is noticed but hardly an issue, I give Shipyard a slight nod here as well (4-3). Overall, I found the Shipyard Pugsley Signature Smashed Pumpkin a more drinkable and balanced beer. I guess I like Pumpkin bread more than Pumpkin Pie... who knew (14).
JoeMcPhee (8962) - Toronto, ON, Ontario, CANADA - NOV 19, 2009
3.2 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 12/20
Deep amber pour with a sticky white head. The nose is very, very spicy with lots of spice over a sweet heavy maltiness. There is a lot of clove, allspice and cardamom but at the end it leaves a fairly intense woody/spicy character on the back of the palate. It smells nice, but the execution is pretty flawed. Not a fan of this one.
smashteroid (262) - Alabama, USA - NOV 16, 2009
3.4 AROMA 7/10 APPEARANCE 3/5 TASTE 6/10 PALATE 3/5 OVERALL 15/20
Served cold from bottle. Pours clear amber with a thin off-white head. Aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon, bready malts. Flavor mimics aroma with lots of malty goodness. Fine seasonal.
Tripplebrew (778) - Saint Paul, Minnesota, USA - NOV 15, 2009
3.6 AROMA 5/10 APPEARANCE 4/5 TASTE 8/10 PALATE 4/5 OVERALL 15/20
Pours a clear copper amber with thick cream-tinged head. Aroma is a strong mixture of yeast and malt with undertones of sugar and spice. Flavor is malts, pumpkin pie-undertones of cinnamon, some vanilla and clovey/nutmegish at the end. Body is light/creamy with medium carbonation. Normally, I do not truly enjoy pumpkin ales solely because they are so syrupy but this has an excellent balance of pumpkin, carbonation and sweetness.