This strong pumpkin ale from the Shipyard Brewing Company in Portland, Maine pours a hazy golden-copper colour with a moderate white head that burns off quickly, leaving a small collar and almost no lace behind. Smashed Pumpkin has a syrupy and noticeably boozy aroma with notes of wet grain, pumpkin, cloves, cinnamon and nutmeg. The beer takes on a sharp white wine-like smell as it warms.
The taste of Smashed Pumpkin is on the malty side with a very sweet honey tone and a hint of yeast. The pumpkin and spice flavours both rich and surprisingly balanced. The finish is quite bitter with floral, soapy and alcohol notes. This beer is full-bodied with an above average carbonation level and gives off a creamy, bready effect on the tongue. The aftertaste is dry, but syrupy and alcohol lingers on the back of the tongue and throat.
The foil-topped bottle Smashed Pumpkin is housed in has a bright orange label with white lettering and a small image of a jack-o’- lantern. The back label has a detailed description of the beer, pairing and serving suggestions, gravity information and an ingredients list. There is a spot for freshness dating, but it’s been blank on the 3-5 bottles I’ve purchased.
Smashed Pumpkin is one of the most balanced pumpkin ales I’ve had the pleasure of trying and its warming effect in undeniably pleasant during the cold and damp autumn months. Its potency makes this beer perfect for sharing and it pairs well with roasted meats and stews, apple and pumpkin pies, nuts, as well as vanilla ice cream.
Smashed Pumpkin can be found in limited quantities at select LCBO outlets as a fall seasonal and is distributed to many parts of the USA.
Type: Pumpkin Ale
Region: Maine, Portland
Brewery: Shipyard Brewing Company
Format Purchased: 625 mL
Alcohol Content: 9.0%