Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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3.95/5 rDev +7.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4
Enjoyed out of a brown bottle marked with a best by date of 12/3/2013, so I just barely got in under the deadline. This profile lists the ABV at 5.84%, but this year's version is apparently a little higher, as my bottle is marked at 6.3%. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.
Appearance - This might be one of the prettier pumpkin beers I've seen. Body pours a glowing golden orange with subtle reddish shading, cloudy as you could want, with highlights of lemony yellow peering around the edges where light manages to pass through without being refracted through the dense haze. Atop the murky glow of the body is a healthy finger and a half head the color of bone white. It retains for a short while before settling down as a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass with a sparse film of residual bubbles across the surface. A look down into the bottle reveals pumpkin puree and spice residue--the bit that didn't make it into the glass to produce a cloudy effect.
Smell - As enchanted as I was by the color, I'm quite impressed with the aroma as well. Up front is a wallop of winter spice, with notes of allspice, nutmeg, graham cracker, ginger snap, and even some white pepper and the tingle of ground cinnamon. Beneath the melange of spices is the underlying squash, with ripe pumpkin and fainter, but sweeter cantaloupe notes.
Taste - Though the smell is bordering on a spice bomb, the taste mellows out quite a bit, making for a surprisingly refreshing beer at first blush. You get the sensation of the spices--I think largely from the aroma--but the actual taste is that of butternut squash, faint bitterness like baby greens, and pumpkin. The underlying vegetal element is unique and comes across sort of like the echo of a pumpkin puree smoothie. But now I'm getting a bit esoteric. The second and third sip don't have the same level of freshness, and the beer begins to bog down a little bit, leaving a faintly cloying semisweet aftertaste.
Mouthfeel - Body is medium with an underlying viscosity that builds up with each sip. Carbonation is on the light side, but was ample to generate a respectable initial head.
Overall, this is a beer that starts out of the gate at a full on sprint, and then seems to coast a bit to the finish line. I love the appearance and smell of the beer, like the taste quite a bit, and grew a little tired of the mouthfeel as I finished my drink. That being said, I would likely drink this one again next season should the opportunity present itself.
Serving type: bottle
12-03-2013 05:10:54 | More by LambicPentameter
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