Review - Shipyard Brewing Company's Pugsleys Signature Series Smashed Pumpkin
"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." -- Shipyard Brewing
Pours a medium amber hue with a short-lived fizzy white head with some somewhat clingy lacing. Body clarity is brilliant with very little activity. Settled color is a golden amber color. Initially, the nose detects a warming pumpkin spices, full of cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger. Overall, the spices have a somewhat mellow aroma and are balanced with a light malty presence. A warming alcohol presence was also detected, but not overpowering. Initial taste is moderately sweet with a plethora of spices, but the finish provides even more sweetness from the alcohol warmth and the heavy dose of malts. Actively carbonated and light to medium in body, the Smashed pumpkin ale is rather watery in texture. A very slick/oily film coats our palates, leaving a sweet sugary taste on our mouths. Slightly warming alcohol presence was noted, but it was rather subtle and not burning as you may expect.
What makes this different than the Shipyard Pumpkinhead? Double the ingredients, double the ABV (4.8 vs. 9.0), and a more subtle pumpkin spice characters. The smashed pumpkin (not smashing pumpkins) is true to it\'s name. If you attempt to drink this beer in one sitting (by yourself), you will be smashed - as a result of this powerful pumpkin.
Reviewed on September 27th, 2009.