Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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3/5 rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3
12oz bottle poured into a Dogfish Head Signature glass.
A - Pours a hazy, burnt amber color with about a finger's worth of cream-colored head. It's foamy and bumpy, with a nice amount of retention and a cap that lingers throughout the whole bottle. Lacing is okay as well, with isolated patches of foam hanging around the edges.
S - The nose on this is appetizing to say the least. Unlike other pumpkin beers, this one isn't overloaded with spices to the extent that it squashes the pumpkin (see what I did there?), and it's easy to pick out the amount of pumpkin in this. It's reminiscent of a pumpkin pie or pumpkin-flavored creamer. The spices are there, though, so I am getting that cinnamon and nutmeg in the back-end.
T - After the great nose, I am let down by the taste. If the aroma was distinct and blended the individual components nicely, then the taste breaks down those barriers. Instead of getting each flavor in phases, they all seem to rush together at once and confuse the palate. Rather than having a nice transition, I am getting pumpkin, then spice, then a bit of pumpkin mixed with spice, then an indeterminable melange of flavors. It just comes across as a bit messy. Mixed with this is a bitterness that comes out of nowhere and I can't see where to attribute it. It lasts forever afterward and hurts this beer overall.
M - Mouthfeel is medium-bodied with decent carbonation. Leaves a spicy aftertaste, but also a distinct bitterness that is overwhelming for a beer in this style.
D/O - Drinkability is moderate. I had hopes for this beer after the nose, but the taste just has it unravel a bit too much. While each flavor is pleasant, the beer doesn't let you savor one specific ingredient before blasting you with another. Not my favorite beer in the style, and it seems Weyerbacher's still leads the pack for me.
Serving type: bottle
10-10-2011 23:19:55 | More by nhindian
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