RATINGS: 601   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
"Pugsley’s Signature Series is named after Shipyard Brewing Company’s master brewer, Alan Pugsley.”

A big bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aroma of pumpkin and nutmeg. Pale Ale, Wheat and Light Munich malts combine with the natural tannin in pumpkin and the delicate spiciness of Saphir and Hallertau Hops to balance the sweetness of the fruit. To fully experience all the flavors, this beer is best enjoyed at 55 degrees Fahrenheit.

First Brewed: August 2009
Available: August - October
Malt Style: 2-Row British Pale Ale, Malted Wheat, Light Munich
Yeast: Top-Fermenting English
Hops: Willamette, Saphir
Color: Coppery Orange
OG: 1.088

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cyrenaica (1143) - Milton, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2011
625ml bottle
9.0% ABV
I tried this beer on September 22, 2011 after purchasing from the Queen’s Quay LCBO outlet in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The beer poured a translucent light orange gold colour with a huge generous light tan coloured head. The aroma was pumpkin pie (pumpkin and spices) and some off-grainy tastes. The mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. The flavour was weak pumpkin, extra spicy, with a weak bitter finish.

barncatmatt (2286) - Cambridge, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 25, 2011
bomber shared with jsprime. bright orange, small off white head. big spicey, pumpkin nose, slightly more pumpkin then funk. flavour is pumpkin flesh forward, the spice is there. not overly drinkable. good.

pootzboy (1758) - Kitchener, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 24, 2011
22oz. bottle: pours a hazed orange-amber ale in the stein with a 2 finger frothy cap – fair cap retention, moderate carbonation. Aroma is pungent, malty, pumpkin mustiness and spices with some fusel alcohol tones. Up front it’s sweetish with malt sugars, light pumpkin tones and tasteful spicing to compliment pumpkin (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice). Finish is long and wet with the hops and spice forming an amalgam, goes a bit warm with alcohol. Not a bad imperial pumpkin, wished it hid its alcohol a bit better.

pete4999 (1445) - Buffalo, New York, USA - SEP 24, 2011
Bottle, as pictured. Pours a clear amber-orange with minimal white head. Smells definitely vegetabley, with quite a bit of cinnamon and nutmeg. Doesn’t really evoke the taste of pumpkin or pumpkin pie as I was hoping. Decent overall, pumpkin beers really aren’t my thing, though.

obguthr (6432) - Staunton, Virginia, USA - SEP 22, 2011
Tart orange, lemon, and cranberry aroma,, with faint cinnamon notes. It all works quite well. Hazy orange, medium yellow head, little retention. Flavor is less fruity with a more pronounced pumpkin presence. Orange and clove appears at midpalate. Finishes slightly gingery. Alcohol completely masked, medium body. Probably the most tart and fruity pumpkin ale I’ve had to date. A little off balance in that regard. Unique, but I tired of it quickly.

thicksuds (449) - Massachusetts, USA - SEP 21, 2011
Not bad, one of the more pumkiny pumpkins I have had, tastes like pumpkin pie, like that the flavor comes through. The beer itself behind the pumpkin is a nice lager, nothing special though. All in all worth a shot, not my fav though.

Spab (3903) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 19, 2011
625 ml bottle from LCBO. Pours a clearish golden orange with moderate-sized, lasting, slighly off-white head and a steady stream of bubbles. Aroma is pumpkin, fruitiness, very light spice and a hint of alcohol. Flavour has prominent pumpkin taste with some frutiness and a rather gentle spicing compared to other pumpkin ales. Fine carbonation; silky mouthfeel. Different than other pumpkin ales I’ve tried but still good.

beerchugger (716) - North Canton, Ohio, USA - SEP 19, 2011
Pours a light and rather bright orange/golden color. Smells of spices, pumpkin, a little bready at times and a bit nutty as well. The flavor isn’t quite as nice as the aroma, but it’s not bad either. The spices are a little over the top for me with the pumpkin being a little too light. Slightly bread flavor as well.

Blairgus (4613) - California, USA - SEP 18, 2011
18 Sept 2011, bottle. light orange, clear, occasional bubbles. aroma really smells like a tart belgian pumpkin pie lambic. rather interesting. med/full body and a bit fizzy. tastes completely different than it smells. actually the closest beer to pumpkin pie. maybe not as spiced but actually tastes like creamy tinned pumpkin pie. alcohol is present but not a huge taste factor. mainly a nice pumpkin pie beer w/out a nasty beer taste. very good!

PhatB420 (840) - Pittsfield, Massachusetts, USA - SEP 17, 2011
A bomber from Kennebunkport. Pours smoothly with no lasting head. Bronzed copper, amber waves, orange pumpkin, and rustic sunshine in color. Taste is nutmeg, cinnamon, and steady pumpkin. A malt excursion rambles throughout, the spices seems to be everywhere. The abv pronounces itself throughout, but remains both consistent and imperative to the brew. A nice treat for the season, or anytime at that, as this well crafted beer seems to embody all that Portland beer is about.

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