In this beer blog, we are going to get into Smashed Pumpkin Ale from Shipyard Brewing. Shipyard Brewing started out as Federal Jack’s Restaurant and Brew Pub at Kennebunk, Maine in 1992. The brewery kept on growing and open a brewery called Shipyard Brewing at Portland, Maine. They partner with Sea Dog Brewing Company and Casco Bay Brewing Company and they became the fourth largest brewery in New England. They are fourteenth largest brewery in the United States. They opened a brewery in Winter Park, Florida. Let us get into this beer.
It has a cloudy copper color with a white constant head. The aroma has pumpkin to slight cinnamon to nutmeg notes. The taste has a sweet cinnamon to nutmeg with a nice creamy caramel notes. The aftertaste has dry cinnamon aftertaste. It is not drinkable.
Here is a description from the beer bottle:
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 cheese, 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. Try adding a little Shipyard Blue Fin Stout to Smashed Pumpkin for a fall warmer.
Here is a description from their website (www.shipyard.com):
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 Willamette 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.
Here is their website and twitter addresses:
Closing, I have been eyeing this beer for the last few fall seasons. I just finally picked up a bottle. I figure that I will make it my third pumpkin beer of the season. It has a nice color and aroma. I love the taste and the aroma notes. It has a nice bite for being a big fall seasonal but nice and kind of drinkable beer. There is a nice balance from the cinnamon and nutmeg notes but I love the nice creamy caramel notes from the malt. I will be picking up a few more of these beers with some Well’s Banana Bread beer. This is a great beer and I highly recommend it. Go get some! Drink i! Enjoy it! Metal it! \m/
Bill DJ Weiser