Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin (Pugsley’s Signature Series)

Every year at the end of summer, I start looking out for pumpkin beers that I haven’t had. It seems like each year, there are more and more new pumpkin beers that come out. I try to sample at least 4 or 5 a year and this is one that I have been trying to find for a few years. I saw this one on a shelf and decided to give it a try.

ABV: 9%

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Trivia: This was first brewed in October of 2009.

Random: My Eagles are leading 33-11 right now. I hope they can keep this up into next week.

This brew poured with a two finger white head. It was slow to dissipate and left little lacing on the glass. The body was a clear orange color with light carbonation. On the nose, I got nutmeg and booze as the dominant scents. As I continued to sniff, some pumpkin came as out well. The taste had a bit more depth to it. I got ginger snap, nutmeg and then lots of booze warming due to the 9% ABV. There was a pronounced lack of cinnamon, which tends to be prevalent in this style. Although the booze was present, the taste in general was lighter than I am used to for the style, although nutmeg definitely stood out. There was a lot of carbonation present to scrub the palate. The finish was long and warming with some nutmeg. Despite needing to integrate the booze a little bit better than they did, I would definitely have this one again, although it isn’t the best of style I’ve had.

Untappd Rating: 4.0/5.0

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