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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

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very good

819 Reviews

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Reviews: 819
Hads: 1,772
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 90
Gots: 156 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.84% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 08-28-2003

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale is our homage to the craft and heritage of America’s brewers. Recipes calling for the use of pumpkins in beer date back to early colonial times, when brewers sought to extend their supply of costly imported malt with locally grown ingredients, such as squash and “pompions.”

In that spirit, we brew our ale with the addition of pumpkin to the mash, along with traditional spices to create a delicious American original.

35 IBU
Beer: Reviews & Ratings
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Reviews: 819 | Hads: 1,772
Reviews by BiereBlanche:
Photo of BiereBlanche
3.89/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle out of a seasonally available Pumpkin Ale 6-pack.

Appearance - A very appropriate pumpkiny-orange pour capped off by an incredibly full 3-finger, subtly orange tinted off-white head. Cloudy appearance. The head and retention are incredible, as well as the thick chunks left on the side of the glass. Very impressive.

Smell - Raw pumpkin comes through pretty clearly. The rest of the nose is spicy and earthy. Rather than a beer with a bit of pumpkin, this smells entirely unique. I'm sick as I drink this, so my sense of smell is unfortunately weak.

Taste - Again, unique and well done. The raw pumpkin is distinguishable. It does not taste like a sweet pumpkin pie, as I had expected, but is clearly pumpkin. The spices come through again in the unique aftertaste, cinammony, pleasantly spiced. Balanced bitterness in the mouth, also comes through a bit in aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Medium bodied, light carbonation. A smooth drink with no unpleasantness.

Drinkability - Very unique, I wanted to try a pumpkin beer for the season and I'm quite happy with the Smuttynose offering. Not a novelty drink, but a completely different flavor. Really good, not unbalanced flavor. Smooth and drinkable for the season. (1,241 characters)

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Drafting Room in Spring House,poured a medium orange/gold color with a light but sticky head,aroma was strong of cinnamon and nutmeg just like opening a jar of cinnamon.The taste was not so over the top a more subtle pumpkin flavor with the spices also being more subdued a light hop bitternes lingers pretty well.I think a real nice pumpkin offering here. (379 characters)

Photo of Number967
1.5/5  rDev -60.1%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Drinking this out of the bottle. Main smell here is earthy with subtle pumpkin and spice. Take one sip of this beer and my mouth is attacked by bitterness. not something i expect from a pumpkin ale. After having Pumpking a few days ago this brew tasted like i was drinking battery acid. I immediately thought i bought a bad batch but the Best before date was Dec 2011. Seems like this beer tries to be a pumpkin ale and an IPA but doesnt get either right. If i want a piney, hoppy bitter I'll reach for an IPA. Im surprised by the high grade this beer received but to each their own. (583 characters)

Photo of Mac19872
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of woodchipper
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

Smuttynose brews their pumpkin ale with "real" pumpkin puree and does not list it as a mystery "natural flavor" like some of the bigger brewers. As we've mentioned, brewing with pumpkins is not a new fad. Brewers back in the colonial days brewed with pumpkins as well as other ingredients due to the high price of imported malt.

Hey everyone, we have another epic head here. We see this just as much as a blue moon on Monday. The crown of lace that clings to the glass is absolutely amazing. Bright and clear and orangey in color. Big sniff of powdery allspice with cinnamon being the dominant spice. Toasted malt and a hint of fruity yeast in the back of the nose. More than enough hop bitterness to go around with an earthy herbal flavor, both never go overboard. Toasted malt is the next layer with a dried grass flavor, spicing drops a mingling of nutmeg and cinnamon while the subtle pumpkin flavor rides up against a warming and very mild estery alcohol. Finishes with a hop note of herbs and bitterness, spice and a drying grain.

This is a beer drinker's beer when it comes to pumpkin ales. The flavor profiles are brimming with simple complexities from the spice, hops and pumpkin and just enough malt to hold the foundation of this beer together. So flavorful it would overshadow a plain turkey dinner. (1,350 characters)

Photo of chOAKbarrell
4.42/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh yum. Truly, truly an impressive Pumpkin ale. This definitely gives Dogfish Head's "Punkin" a run for their money.

I picked this up at a beer bar (Max's on Broadway - Fells Point, Baltimore) but luckily they provided me with a pint glass, so I got to unleash it.

Beautiful deep orange color. Ahh, the scent! The full, bursting flavor! A wonderful amalgamation of fall spices and roasted pumpkin. Fills you up, mind body & soul.

Excellent drinkability. I would purchase another. Or a 6 pack. Or a case. You know what you want when you crack a Pumpkin ale, and Smuttynose delivers. (590 characters)

Photo of danthehopslamman
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of BigMarty1980
2.79/5  rDev -25.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Was disappointed in this Pumpkin Ale. More notes of cinnamon than pumpkin. Finish is def more bitter than I was expecting. Having had Pumking before this brew the bar was set pretty high. Will enjoy the remainder of the 6 pack but wont be buying this again. (257 characters)

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.4/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Had this in a recent beer tasting dinner. This went well with the appetizer of ham croquettes and bitterballen. The beer was a dark amber with a medium white head. Aroma was pumpkin pie spice and grain. The pumpkin came through in the taste, as did the (mostly cinnamon) spice. A pleasant enough beer, I just wouldn't want to make a steady diet of it. (351 characters)

Photo of SD-Alefan
3.96/5  rDev +5.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a sightly cloudy pumpkin-orange color with a tan head and spotty lacing.
Very nice aroma on this beer. Lots of pumpkin, clove and cinnamon.
A tatsy pumkin ale for sure. I get cinnamon up front with plenty of pumpkin right behind. It finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness and a very pleasant pumpkin aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
Overall, one of the better pumpkin beers I've had. (399 characters)

Photo of csmartin6
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of heddar33
2.25/5  rDev -40.2%

Photo of DWolf
3/5  rDev -20.2%

Photo of sponberg
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 edition. Deep orange amber with a cream colored head that dissipates rather rapidly. The aroma is like what those New England backroad converted barn country stores smell like - all warm and spicy (emphasis on cloves and nutmeg, maybe a cinnamon broom in there somewhere) - mixed with some toasty malt. Very enticing.

Starts with a bitter spice note on the tongue - ever lick a nutmeg or a clove? - then the pumpkin comes in. Amazing - a pumpkin ale where you can actually taste the pumpkin! then the toasty malt comes in along with a hop bitterness (distinct from the spiciness at the beginning). Finishes magnificently - drink a Shoals Pale Ale after a big old forkful of pumpkin pie and get the same effect. Hops, malt, pumpkin, spice... What I really like about this beer is how the spices, pumpkin fruit, and malt/hops all play nice together. The mouthfeel is a slight bit fizzy but otherwise in character. Couldn't drink a lot of them now, but that may change when the temperature drops a few degrees.

Consistently one of my favorite fall seasonals. (1,066 characters)

Photo of SunDevilBeer
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of TTripp725
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of generallee
4.27/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. The bottle date reads "Best Before Feb 10" and it was sampled on 9-12-2009.

Appearance: The body has a deep orange amber color with a cloudy look. The pour produces a one finger thick white cap of foam. It slowly fades down to just a very thin layer of bubbles that makes a little slice lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma has a spicy, vegetable/squash like bouquet with some light toasted malt notes as well.

Taste/Palate: Up front there are solid spice flavors of cinnamon, allspice and clove with some roasted pumpkin and toasted malt underneath. The finish sees a good balance of flavor as the spicy hops creeps in and adds some nice bitterness to the mix. The palate has a solid medium body with average carbonation and a mellow drinkable texture.

Notes: This was a very solid Pumpkin Ale with good pumpkin flavor and spice balance. (915 characters)

Photo of ps6756
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%

Photo of Callmecoon
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of JonBrand
3.5/5  rDev -6.9%

Photo of TimoP
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%

Photo of bnewall3
2.14/5  rDev -43.1%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

My review is short, but not to sweet. Smuttynose dares to be different. I don't understand what would make them think strong bitter hop flavor is good for a pumpkin beer. The nutmeg and cinnamon were almost non existent, and it is extremely bitter throughout with a very nasty aftertaste left from that.

Since I had it at fridge temp at first I gave it the benefit of the doubt and thought the pumpkin and spice flavor would show more as it got closer to room temp but I was wrong, it stayed non existent. It drives me nuts because I like smuttynose and love a good pumpkin beer, but this gave them and the pumpkin category a bad name.

Because I had high expectations and they were immediately shot down this quickly turned into one of my least favorite beers I've had. (773 characters)

Photo of Twifiter
4/5  rDev +6.4%

Photo of Doomcifer
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Okay, well, it's October and Halloween is a few days away and, well, it's pumpkin season adnd all that other stuff...and Smuttynose is probably my favorite brewery on the East Coast. Sooo, I bought a sixer of this pumpkin ale to go along with my girlfriend and I's stuffed pumpkin dinner. I have to admit, first off, that I am not a huge pumpkin fan. Nor am I a fan of any of the alleged "autumn spices", especially in beer. So, here goes nothing!

Poured a hazy golden orange with a great creamy head that stuck around for the long haul. Decent lacing to be noted as well.

Smelled of ridiculous amounts of nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin, brown sugar, and all them other spices that go along with autumn. Smelled like sweet pumpkin pie.

Taste is HUGE on nutmeg and cinnamon. Ends a bit hoppy but is overridden by the nutmeg, cinamon, pumpkin, and all the other spices to be found in this beer.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and well carbonated, but not overly done.

Drinkabilty is hugely subjective when it comes to this brew. Not that it isn't any other time, but with this beer, you probably need more than just an affinity for beer. You need a pre-positive disposition towards pumpkin pie and the autumn spices like nutmeg, cinnamon, etc. I can see someone who is into all them kind of flavors to really enjoy this beer, but I just cannot get into it at all. I have a hard time finishing just a single 12oz. serving.

I have to admit, I shouldn't even be reviewing this beer btu am doing so for my own records. This may be the best pumpkin ale I have tried to date but I am, in no way at all, a fan. A simple sip is more than enough for me.

2010 EDIT: I have come around to enjoy pumpkin beers a little more and this beer is GREAT example of the syle. Sorry Smutty! (1,767 characters)

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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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