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Shipyard “Smashed Pumpkin”

September 25, 2009 5:09 pm

SmashPump_CartonEnd I’m pretty excited for this newly released fall beer.  It has a “B” rating on BA but I suspect that’s low.  What’s not low is the alcohol by volume, it’s an 18 proof beer!

Here’s what Shipyard has to say about it;

PORTLAND, MAINE – (July 30, 2009) – Shipyard Brewing Company announces the release of a new beer in its Pugsley’s Signature Series line. Smashed Pumpkin will be available in late August exclusively in 22 oz. bottles and on draft.

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. 1.088 OG, 9.00% Alc./Vol.

To fully enjoy all the flavors, this ale is best drunk at 55 degrees Fahrenheit. Smashed Pumpkin pairs well with sharp cheeses, 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.

Pugsley’s Signature Series is named after Shipyard’s master brewer, Alan Pugsley. Pugsley is from England where he worked with Peter Austin at the world-famous Ringwood Brewery in Hampshire before moving to the United States in 1986.

Shipyard Brewing Company is located on the historic waterfront in Portland, Maine and produces 15 varieties of award-winning English style and seasonal beers. Its products aredistributed in over 35 states.”

Final thoughts – great beer.  The nearly 20 Proof beer was certainly an ass kicked and did several of us in on Halloween.  Or maybe it was the 3:30+AM  evening.  Either way, good beer that I’d get again.  Thanks again to those at Shipyard who took the extra effort to get it down here.

Tapped: 10/11/09

Kicked: 10/31/09

Shipyard “Brewer’s Choice Special Ale 2008 (Brown Ale)”

April 11, 2009 3:47 pm

1233198347_1_ft0_shipyard_brewers_choice_brown_aleThat title is a mouthful.

Surprisingly, BeerAdvocate only had one rating of this beer so far (an “A-“).    Shipyard describes the brewer’s choice series as an annual tradition to try new beers in the market.

On tap 4/11/09, paired with Wachusett’s “Green Monsta”.  Kicked 7/4/09!

I liked this beer but it certainly wasn’t my favorite from Shipyard.  I’d consider putting it on tap but would prefer to put something new on tap, as usual.

Shipyard “Prelude Special Ale”

December 30, 2008 4:14 pm

Shipyard Prelude Bottle

I like this beer; it’s not too hoppy and it’s not too spiced with holiday spices which makes it quite drinkable.  I was actually hoping for something a bit more spiced for one of the beers, but neither this nor the Sebago “Slick Nick Winter Ale” it was paired with was very seasonal.

From Shipyard, “Prelude Special Ale is full-bodied in the true English style.  It’s a rich and nutty ale with a hoppy finish and an inviting amber hue.  Available November – December.  6.8% Alcohol by volume.”

Kicked 1/17/09, after ____ days.  (Actual time, TBD).  This was a pretty good beer, although next year I’d like something with a bit more holiday spice.  Next keg, I expect, is going to be Gritty’s Black Fly Stout, courtesty of TA.

Shipyard Brewery “Export Ale”

June 17, 2008 4:43 pm

We just had this in Maine this past weekend.

Shipyard describes this beer as;

“Shipyard Export Ale, the flagship brand of the Shipyard Brewing Company, is a full-bodied ale, with a hint of sweetness up front, a subtle and distinctive hop taste, and a very clean finish. 5.1% alcohol by volume.”

This is another Maine beer we served at our wedding – this one I’ve had several times. I’m glad it’s finally on tap, it’s tough to find in the area.

Currently paired with a 1/4 barrel of Gritty’s Vacationland.

*Kicked 8/1 after 45 days.  Slowest beer consumed yet, not as a reflection of the beer but since we weren’t around much in July to drink or have people over.