Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley’s Signature Series)

 

Shipyard Brewing Co.
Portland, Maine

Grade: A-
ABV: 9%
Style: Fruit/vegetable beer
Serve in: Pint glass, lager glass, tumbler

Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin, at a much-appreciated 9% alc/vol is a great beer to end the season with. None of that thin cinnamon water that some breweries attempt to hawk to the masses. This is a beer with a presence.

A thick white head and the color of well, a straight-up pumpkin, Smashed Pumpkin has an impressive, solid appearance. The aroma is boozy, touched by burnt sugars and pumpkin pie. That perfect pumpkin pie taste is also found in the beer itself. It isn’t overly spiced, just with enough cinnamon and nutmeg to add some dryness to your mouth. The flavor is also backed by toasted malts, a mellow alcohol presence and a graceful pumpkin/malt finish.

What I love about this beer is that it is definitely a big beer all around, something much needed in the pumpkin beer scene, but it still goes down very easily and isn’t too filling. It starts light and crisp and ends smooth and with a kick.

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