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45. Shipyard Smashed Pumpkin

This is Shipyard’s “other” pumpkin beer as most everyone has tried Pumpkinhead but few people have tried their Smashed Pumpkin. Probably partially due to the fact it is only available in the 22 oz bomber not in your typical 12 oz bottle 6-packs. It is really too bad as I prefer this over Pumpkinhead. Not nearly as much spice, but still has great color, aroma and a much higher alcohol content. One has to be a bit careful when opening a 22 oz bottle with 9% ABV especially when it is as smooth as this beer is. Pumpkin flavor is there but not overwhelming, if you open this beer right out of the fridge it may be too cold as the taste was a bit milder as the beer warmed slightly. My suggestion would be to open the bottle, pour your first glass and let it sit for a 3-4 minutes before drinking, leave the bottle open and not refrigerated so the second glass is as good as the first. Very good and worth trying to find this at your local convenience or grocery store.
Pros: Nice pumpkin flavor – great color and aroma
Cons: Only available in 22 oz bottles
Alcohol Content: 9.0% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): ??
Rating: ★★★½☆
Brewers Website: Shipyard
Brewers Description: Smashed Pumpkin is a big-bodied beer with a light coppery orange color and pleasing aromas of pumpkin and nutmeg. The Pale Ale, Wheat and Light Munich malts combine with the natural tannin in pumpkin and the delicate spiciness of hops to balance the sweetness of fruit.

33. Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale

Another Shipyard option at the wedding reception today was their Pumpkinhead Ale which I enjoyed in lieu of cake. Not as good as the draft reviewed here but still a quality beer if you know what you are getting.
Pros: Great aroma, color and very flavorful
Cons: Flavor can be too much at times
Alcohol Content: 4.9% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 15.5
Rating: ★★½☆☆
Brewers Website: Shipyard Brewing
Brewers Description: Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale is a crisp refreshing wheat ale with delightful aromatics and subtle spiced flavor.
Food Pairings: Lamb, Turkey, BLT, Pumpkin Pie

32. Shipyard Export Ale

I attended a wedding reception this afternoon and was able to grab a couple Shipyards as it seems to be the beer that all the local function halls have for people that do not enjoy the Bud, Michelobs and Miller Lites. Overall not a bad beer but certainly low on my list if I had a long list of beer available. I think it is the slight hoppy aftertaste that spoils this one for me. It is certainly best when enjoyed with a meal as that tends to dampen the aftertaste. Had a great time at the reception and anytime you can have a beer surrounded by great people having fun it is a good day.
Pros:  Available almost anywhere in Maine
Cons: Aftertaste
Alcohol Content: 5.1 ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): Unknown
My Rating: ★★☆☆☆
Brewers Website: Shipyard Brewery
Brewers Description: Shipyard Export Ale, the flagship brand of Shipyard Brewing Company, is a full-bodies ale, with a hint of sweetness upfront, a subtle and distinctive hop taste, and a very clean finish.

27. Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale (draft)

This one is tough to review for me as it is certainly not a traditional beer. The aroma on this one is incredible and prepares you well for the taste to come. The beer has a substantial spice flavor while drinking but finishes clean and crisp. Best as an after meal beverage as the taste can be overpowering. This is one of the few Shipyard brews that I look forward to. I had this at TGIFridays again in Auburn.
Pros: Great aroma, color and very flavorful
Cons: Flavor can be too much at times
Alcohol Content: 4.9% ABV
Calories: ???
IBU (Bitterness): 15.5
Rating: ★★★☆☆
Brewers Website: Shipyard Brewing
Brewers Description: Shipyard Pumpkinhead Ale is a crisp refreshing wheat ale with delightful aromatics and subtle spiced flavor.
Food Pairings: Lamb, Turkey, BLT, Pumpkin Pie