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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

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83
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1,456 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1456
Reviews: 792
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.18%


Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company visit their website
New Hampshire, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.84% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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 added by: purplehops on 08-28-2003)
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LambicPentameter

Kansas

3.95/5  rDev +7%
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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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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