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RATINGS: 613   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.44/5   SEASONAL: Autumn   IBU: 26   EST. CALORIES: 270   ABV: 9%
COMMERCIAL DESCRIPTION
"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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3.9
   AROMA 8/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Fatalstrike (130) - Cerritos, California, USA - SEP 17, 2011
UPDATED: OCT 3, 2011 If you are looking for a delicious pumpkin ale that literally tastes like pumpkin pie and delivers in every aspect buy this immediately! Do not be frightened by the 9% alcohol, this beer drinks easy and could be a dessert in and of itself. Get it before everyone else buys it all up!

3.5
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
iugrad93 (265) - Indiana, USA - SEP 13, 2011
Clear, copper, white head, very little lacing. Aromas of pumpkin pie: cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin. Taste is mildly sweet with some mild bitterness. Full bodied, average carbonation, and light finish. Overall, an interesting beer. Most pumpkin ales I’ve had contain only a hint of pumpkin, but this one is like pie in a bottle. Nicely done.

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
reggiedunlop (3688) - The dub c, Pennsylvania, USA - SEP 11, 2011
Pours a very clear orange/amber with a medium white head...lively looking. Aroma has subtle spice (all the usual), spicy hops, and a bit of booziness. Flavor is very spiced but nit overly aggressive...some caramel malt, notable pumpkin that is mild. Mouthfeel is lively but light...finish is malty and spiced. This would be better if it was more doughy to balance out the spice.

2.5
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 4/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 9/20
DerWeg (1603) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - SEP 10, 2011
Either a bad bottle or this is one odd duck. Not a bad aroma dry sweet w pumpkin. Taste is earthy - I mean like dirt, or compost rot - with other flavors of pumpkin, tartness, spice, sweetness. Really astringent dryness with a sharp after-dryness. Makes it feel thinner and sharper than it probably is. Something went very wrong here, it shouldn’t be like this.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Maverick34 (3088) - New York, USA - SEP 10, 2011
Bottled. Poured a fairly transparent orange red. Pumpkin aroma of course and some cinnamon, not sper strong. Similar taste with maltines and a hint of sour.

3.7
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
garthicus (2916) - Dublin, IRELAND - SEP 10, 2011
Bottle: appearance: Rich orange with a thick white head. Aroma: nice roasted pumpkin with a little cinnamon & winter spice. Flavour: alcohol at first then a huge pumpkin punch, lots of cinnamon & spices, orange peel zest in the finish. Nice ! ---Rated via Beer Buddy for iPhone

3.4
   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
radagast83 (7602) - Alexandria, Virginia, USA - SEP 9, 2011
22oz bottle. Poured it vigorously, so it had a large white foamy/fluffy head with a solid golden orange body. Aroma was kind of boring at the onset, but as it settled and warmed a bit - pumpkin, no mistaking it (they do suggest letting it warm, they aren’t lying). Flavor was a nice pumpkin spice with notes of pumpkin. Alcohol was hidden quite well - but it eventually hits you. Probably middle-tier as far as pumpkin ales go, but certainly worth checking out.

3.4
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
jb43 (1650) - Colorado Springs, Colorado, USA - SEP 9, 2011
(bottle 10/25/10). Clear orange color, with golden hue. Medium off white head. Moderate spicy ginger and nutmeg aroma, with light cinnamon. Same flavor with light pumpkin. long duration. Light alcohol finish, with light lasting spice. Slick texture. High carbonation. Fair lacing.

3.6
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Quasimodo (217) - chicago, Illinois, USA - SEP 9, 2011
My first pumpkin ale. I think it’s a good one. It’s a boozy, yet refined beer with a distinct aroma that I can’t decipher, but I’m picking up some ginger and clove. Mild bitterness. Hint of sweetness. This is not a piece of pumpkin pie in a bottle, but pumpkin is subtly present in the flavor and palate. It’s a nice, high test, seasonal beer.

3.3
   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
tool2scream (188) - San Diego, California, USA - SEP 7, 2011
UPDATED: MAR 1, 2012 Orange pour with a white bubbly head on it. Boring nose. Hops, some nutmeg, and a slight touch of pumpkin. The flavor is real interesting. I’m not joking or exaggerating at all when I say it begins with nutmeg and grass, and then the herbal notes turn into a very distinct flavor of marijuana smoke, and then mellows out quickly to sweet pumpkin and spices again with some nice caramel malt. Overall it was a good beer, but nothing too exciting, and that one note was really strange, and it lasted through the whole beer - every sip.


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