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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,514 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,514
Reviews: 794
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 71
Gots: 58 | 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:
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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Reviews by nhindian:
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nhindian

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.5%

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.

10-10-2011 23:19:55 | More by nhindian
More User Reviews:
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oberon

North Carolina

3.93/5  rDev +6.8%

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.

11-22-2003 13:46:02 | More by oberon
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Mac19872

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%

11-17-2011 02:39:43 | More by Mac19872
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woodchipper

Connecticut

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-07-2013 19:27:41 | More by woodchipper
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BeerAdvocate

Massachusetts

4/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

07-07-2010 00:41:18 | More by BeerAdvocate
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%

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.

08-29-2005 14:31:05 | More by chOAKbarrell
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danthehopslamman

Illinois

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

08-13-2012 20:54:27 | More by danthehopslamman
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BigMarty1980

Pennsylvania

2.79/5  rDev -24.2%

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.

08-11-2014 01:03:29 | More by BigMarty1980
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lordofthewiens

Maine

3.4/5  rDev -7.6%

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.

11-14-2007 21:53:04 | More by lordofthewiens
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csmartin6

New York

4/5  rDev +8.7%

10-06-2012 18:42:01 | More by csmartin6
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heddar33

Pennsylvania

2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

09-16-2012 20:15:52 | More by heddar33
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DWolf

Pennsylvania

3/5  rDev -18.5%

09-08-2013 18:06:05 | More by DWolf
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sponberg

New York

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%

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.

09-28-2004 02:03:00 | More by sponberg
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SunDevilBeer

Massachusetts

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

09-15-2013 02:50:39 | More by SunDevilBeer
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generallee

New York

4.25/5  rDev +15.5%

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.

10-31-2009 17:25:19 | More by generallee
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Callmecoon

California

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

04-05-2012 06:37:18 | More by Callmecoon
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TimoP

Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

08-29-2012 18:22:48 | More by TimoP
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bnewall3

Connecticut

2.08/5  rDev -43.5%

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.

11-14-2011 03:00:13 | More by bnewall3
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Twifiter

Illinois

4/5  rDev +8.7%

10-17-2012 01:51:16 | More by Twifiter
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Doomcifer

Rhode Island

4/5  rDev +8.7%

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!

10-29-2006 04:16:40 | More by Doomcifer
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iemailjack

Florida

3/5  rDev -18.5%

01-15-2012 21:28:08 | More by iemailjack
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mattf311

Indiana

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%

Enjoyed on tap at the Stone Church Music Club in Newmarket, NH

A great seasonal beer.. and I typically hate pumpkin beers. Pours amber with a beige head. Smells like a pumpkin pie: pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg.. maybe a little clove. Has a nice pumpkin pie taste but with hop character that reminds you its a beer. The hops-meets-pumpkin pie taste has to be tried to understand. Admittedly, hops flavor in a pumpkin pie would probably be booed on thanksgiving. It worsk though, trust me. Slight carbonation and quite drinkable. Would have had more if I could have. My favorite pumpkin beer.. well the only one I've liked. Its worth a try even if you're not into this type of beer.

11-20-2006 00:23:47 | More by mattf311
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megamass

New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

06-26-2014 13:12:01 | More by megamass
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Jason

Massachusetts

4.3/5  rDev +16.8%

12 oz brown bottle with a bottled on date.

A- Semi-sticky white lace with a hazed dusty golden hue.

S- Pumpkin rind, spices and a mild malt sweetness in the nose.

T- Big fruity ale flavors, abundant of spices and a layer of fermented pumpkin. Malt sweetness holds its own with a balanced spice character. Finishes earthy.

M- Exceptionally smooth with a medium body.

D- True to New England, one of the few pumpkin ales I could drink all night long.

09-09-2005 00:57:10 | More by Jason
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Billolick

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

12 ouncer, with a notch on the label, no clue what it signafies however. Orangy amber, with a white head, shows decent retention and streams of bubbles rising up. Respectable lacing, Slight spicey nose. Medium bodied, malty center, expected pumpkin flavors fairly well concealed (much to my pleasure) in the rear. Up front is just a touch of spicing and a slight pumpkin note. As the pumpkin theme is quite mild and reserved, I enjoyed this take on a style that really doesnt do it for me.

10-29-2004 01:35:29 | More by Billolick
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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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