Shipyard Brewing Co. Smashed Pumpkin Ale
(Always drink responsibly. Seek help when alcohol affects your life and the lives of those around you. For readers of a legal drinking age.)
Shipyard Brewing Co. is coming up on its 20th year, and for the last four years, the seasonal Smashed Pumpkin Ale has delighted the palates of many. It is pleasing to the eye for is gorgeous golden hue, the nose for the aroma of spiced pumpkin pie, and the tongue for the taste… oh, the taste. Let me preface by saying that I am not a big pumpkin fan. Sure, I’ll have a slice or two at the holidays, but you’ll never find me in line for a pumpkin coffee concoction. This beer, though, is something special and I am fiercely impressed. At 9% ABV and 28 IBU, it is heady but not so dense that it throws off the flavor. The sweet and earthy pumpkin and nutmeg combination, ubiquitous at this point in the year, is very well balanced by the mild hops and malts – it definitely tastes like beer, but with the most pleasant addition of the essence of pumpkin pie. I will still never, ever go out for a pumpkin coffee, but I will look for this beer now, every October. If you are a pumpkin fanatic, you would be out of your gourd not to try this beer.