Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company
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5/5 rDev +35.9%
Has a cloudy, hazy pumpkin color with spicy clove smell with some definite vegetable smells, some nutmeg, some cinnamon and of course a pumpkin pie like smell in there as well. It has a strong perfume like smell to it pretty much.
Up front its smooth and malty with some caramel toffee malt notes mixing in with the sweet pumpkin taste which is subtle. On the back end of the taste its all about the spices and believe it or not hops. You think its going to be a sweet smooth beer and then it kicks in with the pumpkin, spice, clove, cinnamon, and vegetable flavors all mixing in with earthy bitter hops.
Its definitely the hoppiest pumpkin beer I've had which I love because I'm a huge fan of IPA's. So, obviously this one is now a definite favorite. Usually pumpkin beers are sweeter and this has a very earthy herbal taste mixing in with the strong spices you'd find in fall recipes or yeah pumpkin pie. Definitely recommended and is one of the best pumpkin beers you can get in my opinion.
09-13-2011 02:04:27 | More by thebrood1987
4.88/5 rDev +32.6%
Reviewers need to take their time with this beer. The flavors REALLY come out as this creation warms. Initially, it resembles a pale ale augmented with some ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. As the Pumpkin Ale warms, the pumpkin and spices emerge to warrant my almost perfect rating.
Eye Candy: Beautiful orange-amber color, carbonation present until the end. Slightly cloudy. Poured into pint glass with desired 2 finger head that slowly gave way to lacing throughout. Resembles an American Pale Ale in color and appearance.
The Nose Knows: Hops over-rule the faint smell of ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. More an American Pale Ale than a Pumpkin Beer, UNTILL it warms. The flavors come out from under the hops and take over.
Tongueland: Again, cold starts as an American Pale Ale with spices added. You need to let this warm in your glass or remove from refrigeration for 5 minutes to be able to start out with the pumpkin. Personally, I enjoyed the complexity of this beer. From start to finish, it is a masterpiece.
Bender Factor: Warming after the first one. Who needs Turkey dinner when one can show up to the inlaws toting along 4 sixers. Your mother in law will appreciate you saving her time washing dishes, as all you need is a bowl to drink out of.
09-04-2004 02:11:02 | More by wailingwench
4.78/5 rDev +29.9%
12oz bottle into a thick-glassed mug.
A: Creamy, sticky white head that forms a lattice work of foam all the way down the glass as the beer is consumed. Hazy orange beer, with haziness presumably from prodigious pumpkin. All alliteration aside, this is a beautiful pumpkin ale.
S: Spicy - like allspice, or maybe cinnamon and nutmeg - with sweet/vegetable squash aroma. Malt present as well, with a good swirl of the glass.
T: The spices (as sensed in the aroma) come first and linger throughout with malt and vegetable beneath. Pumpkin gives a roundness. Bitterness is moderate. Finish is dry with slight floral/herbal hoppiness.
M: Fine carbonation, a gummy brew with light-medium body underneath. Dry finish.
D: While I'd call this a beer to be savored (took me a week of cool September nights to use a sixer to it's full potential), it is a remarkably drinkable beer, especially for the style. Pumpkin is more pronounced and spice is more subdued than some other delicious pumpkin ales, achieving a fascinating balance of flavors that I'm inspired to attempt in homebrew next year. Overall, this is a fantastic pumpkin ale. Like other interesting ales, this is best consumed between chill and room temperature for the full effect.
09-08-2009 04:28:49 | More by CptAubrey
4.75/5 rDev +29.1%
This pours up a beautiful orange color just as you would expect a pumpkin ale to. It was nice in the nose with the usual pumpkin spices with a light sweetness. The taste follows and boy was this one crisp and refreshing. Fall in a bottle. I'm in Florida now but this took me back to the crisp Autumn of the north. This is the be-all-end-all of "normal" ABV pumpkin beers. I tried about ten different pumpkin beers this season and there was not even a contender to this. Look no further chaps, this one is it.
10-07-2012 18:37:41 | More by roadhouse
4.75/5 rDev +29.1%
I was unable to have this beer in a glass, so the appearance rating is average.
Beautiful scent from the start. The pumpkin is pleasantly strong.
Wow, what a great taste. Spicy fermented pumpkin all the way. This just replaced Post Road Pumpkin as my new favorite pumpkin beer. Taste does not diminish near the end.
Mouthfeel is medium.
Quite easy to drink a few in one session. This is a terrific pumpkin offering; one that any New Englander should experience at least once.
10-07-2008 06:02:40 | More by bbeerman
4.72/5 rDev +28.3%
A: Foggy deep orange beer with a soapy frothy two finger head, dissipating slowly into mountainous peaks. Lacing is present throughout.
S: Cinnamin, spice, cloves, pumpkin. Smells just like pumpkin pie. An outstanding nose that has some citrus or floral hops on the end.
T: The cloves are huge up front, followed by pumpkin. At the end the hops come through and provide an awesome finish that keeps the pumpkin pie taste in the mouth.
M: Medium-full bodied with medium-high carbonation
D: This is everything I'm looking for in a pumpkin ale. Granted I wouldn't want to drink this year round, but it's something to look forward to all year. My favorite pumpkin ale.
10-31-2009 18:31:59 | More by jiggahertz
4.7/5 rDev +27.7%
Magnificent transparent orange color. Pours a thick, creamy head receding to a long-lasting film over the liquid and around the edge of the glass. Patches of lacing stick for the length of the drink.
Brilliant aroma of wild flowers, pine cones, autumn leaves, pumpkin and fresh cinnamon.
Flavor starts with a mildly bready malt backbone, smooth and subtle. Then turns to the hops to provide a sharp, leafy, citric, pine-like bitterness that adds the perfect balance. Pumpkin flavors and cinnamon lie in the background only coming out when the hop flavors calm down. Exceptional balance overall.
Lighter side of medium body. Solid carbonation. Crisp, dry finish from the hops.
A true masterpiece among pumpkin beers. Tastes like autumn in liquid form. A must try for any beer enthusiast.
10-19-2012 03:53:36 | More by bnes09
4.68/5 rDev +27.2%
On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. The weather in Jacksonville has been hot and humid for what seems like 9 months now except for 2 days last week when "fall was in the air". The two days of 68 degree weather was not enough to put me in the Halloween/fall spirit...my favorite time of year. This offering from Smuttynose has done for me what the calendar and other pumpkin beers couldn't. I'm officially in the spirit of October and Halloween after having just one sip of this awesome beer. Just the perfect blend of pumpkin flavor and spices, the perfect pillowey, fluffy head, with sticky pumpkin lacing. Not too this and not too that...the perfect balance in a pumpkin ale. Smutty has vicariously shared the New Hampshire fall season with us down here in season-less Florida via the distribution of beer and that is a beautiful thing.
10-09-2009 19:30:31 | More by KickbacksSteve
4.65/5 rDev +26.4%
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an American pint glass.
A--Cloudy pale orange, a little more tawny than a pumpkin skin, but damn close. Tight creamy half finger head that clings reasonably well with patchy lacing on the glass.
S--Outstanding. Hints of clove and cinnamon support a rich squash aroma with some floral hops on the back end. Very, very pleasing nose, reminiscent of pumpkin bread rather than pumpkin pie.
T--The best part. The pumpkin doesn't overwhelm, but doesn't disappear either, as the pale ale quality of the beer plays a strong supporting role here. The best part of this pumpkin ale, to me, is the finish, and more specifically the hop level. Deeply satisfying parching effect on the tail of the profile, such that you're left with two things going on in your mouth in different regions: top middle to front is more spice--mainly nutmeg but a little cinnamon--and that round full pumpkin and malt breadiness, back middle to back is all bitter hops. Where the two meet is heaven.
M&D--Creamy, not too thick, just right for the style, I think. The hops really clean you out and make this beer much less rich, and thus much more drinkable, than some others I've had in the style.
This is definitely more of a beer with pumpkin in it than a pumpkin beer, so if you want pumpkin pie in a glass, this may not be the best choice. For me, though, this is a near-perfect offering from a brewery that has yet to disappoint. Viva Smuttynose!
10-16-2008 22:02:31 | More by TheycallmeTim
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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