Profiled by Tom Becham
My second encounter with pumpkin ale was a better one. Shipyard’s Smashed Pumpkin might actually be called an “Imperial Pumpkin” as it weighs in at 9% ABV. Again, not much head to this one. The color was orange-tinged brown. There is a bit more balance in the aroma, though, with some pumpkin peeking through, even at colder temps. Still strong on the spices. On the palate, Smashed Pumpkin also shows a bit less spice, and more pumpkin than the Dogfish Head effort. There’s also a molasses-like hint to the flavor, which strengthens as the beer warms. The alcohol level makes this a bit “hot”, which becomes too much as the brew nears room temperature. The body is a bit thin, too, for such a big beer. This one has good balance between pumpkin and spice, but should probably be consumed a bit colder than you might otherwise have your ale.