Wow, what another long day at work today. I’m really earning my paycheck this week. It’s all good though, because I’m taking the afternoon off tomorrow (Friday). I have no plans for the afternoon, as we have hurricane Earl generating a bunch of wet windy weather for us here in Massachusetts tomorrow. Sitting on my butt playing PS3 is WAAAY better than work though.
Tonight we’re watching the Patriots game. My wife is sitting next to me, hard at work on her business. I’m thirsty, and decided to go with this Smashed Pumpkin from Shipyard.
I picked this bottle up back in May. I think this stuff is limited edition.
This will be my first pumpkin beer of the fall season. Last month I threw a shit-fit when the pumpkin beers came out. August is too early to be thinking about fall. Apparently September is OK though, as I sit here sipping away.
This is a very good pumpkin beer. Don’t let aroma fool you; it is uninteresting and weak with equal parts pumpkin smell and booze (no surprise given that the brew is 9% ABV).
The flavors are fantastic. Spicy (nutmeg?) plus malty sweet deliciousness. Loooooooooong aftertaste.
Worth noting that I only put this bottle in the fridge for 45 minutes max, PLUS let it warm up for 10 minutes after I took it out. This stuff is pretty warm right now. I wouldn’t be surprised if a big brew like this had a completely different flavor when cold….but I guess I’ll never know.
Verdict: Really good. Go buy some if you can find it.