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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,479 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,479
Reviews: 792
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 59
Gots: 43 | 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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pcsnyder

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

11-27-2013 16:48:51 | More by pcsnyder
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spedprof

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

10-17-2013 23:48:06 | More by spedprof
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seplo

Connecticut

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

07-07-2012 00:07:16 | More by seplo
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StaindProject86

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

10-20-2013 02:28:51 | More by StaindProject86
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Scary_Version

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

10-01-2013 20:56:53 | More by Scary_Version
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Danno48

West Virginia

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

09-12-2012 03:48:00 | More by Danno48
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amalahow

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

12-28-2013 03:47:04 | More by amalahow
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Zachior

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

05-06-2014 19:52:15 | More by Zachior
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canawler

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

10-10-2013 19:42:07 | More by canawler
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StewGuy

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

10-14-2013 17:18:50 | More by StewGuy
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cw13

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

08-05-2013 00:08:53 | More by cw13
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ChemExp

Maryland

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

02-04-2014 01:13:53 | More by ChemExp
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SkipperDan

New Hampshire

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

09-29-2013 22:15:46 | More by SkipperDan
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Rihup

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

06-02-2013 02:35:17 | More by Rihup
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Transatlantic

Tennessee

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - Beautiful Orange hazy color with a nice fingertip long creamy creamy head. Head seems to be sticking around quite well. Lacing is there and stays well.

S - First thing that pops up is the spices with the pumpkin lurking in from the back. I'm smelling nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and maybe cloves. Basically, those Holiday spices used to make delicious pies, cakes, ect. I want to say there's something citrus behind it as well.

T - Wow! Very well balance of sweet and bitter flavors. The pumpkin is definitely there in the taste. This isn't a "...well, I smell pumpkin" type ale. The spices are more on the nasal side as well, not necessarily on the taste buds.

M - This is definitely a medium body beer, slightly on the thicker side. The taste definitely hangs around for a while in this one.

D - Oh, one should have no problem drinking this. It is definitely a harvest type ale and i'm sure would work wonders when paired with pumpkin, sweet potato, pecan or apple pie.

This beer is definitely on my favorites list.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2010 22:59:56 | More by Transatlantic
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Vince1979

Illinois

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

10-27-2013 23:08:11 | More by Vince1979
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jak

North Carolina

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

12-21-2011 04:57:13 | More by jak
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comfortablynirm

Pennsylvania

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

09-10-2012 18:50:46 | More by comfortablynirm
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jakearoo


4.48/5  rDev +21.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer had great drinkability, with its wholesome pumpkin pie flavor and it's smooth texture. Great local beer. Cheers!
When its fall time. And i need pumpkin. This is what i aim for.
Perfect crisp, pumpkin.
It like Gods Gift.

Great For The Stoner!

Serving type: bottle

11-12-2012 04:57:45 | More by jakearoo
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billybob

Massachusetts

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy orange gold color with a one finger off white head that settles to just cover the beer with a fair lingering lace. nicely spiced nose. lots of taste here, pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar all blending nicely. mouthfeel medium and lots of carbonation. one of the better pumpkin ales i have tried nice aroma and nice taste.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2008 18:58:37 | More by billybob
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putnam

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After just skinning and chopping the last 2004 Yale, MI butternut for a stew, I reckon its time to be drunk with the last of my stash of '04 squash beers.
Yellow/orange; no top really. Aromas of raw, green squash and pale malts.
Perfect dry balance of toasted bread crust flavor, racy fizz, butterfat, saturating bitterness and mild traces of sweet spices. I am taken aback by this beers lightness and agility. While the pumpkiny traits are secondary, they do set a meaningful tone. The pumpkin is pure and lightly spiced, NOT forced down with molasses and pie flavors.
This is a pale of pale ales -- refreshing, integrated and dry -- with brittle pastry flavors meeting honeyed gooseberry and peppery, tangy nutmeg elements on the finish. Squash essences repeat.
A nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2005 23:26:03 | More by putnam
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Scheity

New York

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For me, the onset of fall and the consumption of this beer are synonymous.

It's the most balanced pumpkin ale on the market, without the flavor-added feel of, say, Shipyard or the repressed pumpkin taste you'd find in DFH Punkin (a great beer in its own right, but heavy on the delicious hops).

Pours a yellow-orange with a bit of head retention. Seems like a little more head would suit a beer like this well, keeping all those autumnal scents trapped in the pint glass for at least a few sips. But still, if you shove your nose in and take a big whiff, it smells like somebody was baking pumpkin pie -- lots of nutmeg, cloves, in addition to some hop scent.

Taste: Without the pumpkin taste, this would stand alone as a pale ale. But, of course, then this beer would be the standout that it is. Again, it manages to weave the pumpkin/spice taste in there with the body of the beer, staying away from the exaggerated, almost separate-level taste of pumpkin. The taste springs on your tongue right away, and fades into a crisp, pale finish.

Very nice. I miss Boston.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2008 18:13:26 | More by Scheity
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whartontallboy

New York

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap. Pours out a deep golden brown with a moderate white head that leaves a good deal of lace in the pint as it fades.

Smell is good for a pumpkin ale; it's got a light pumpkin scent and some spices, but the malt comes through pretty clearly. Not too over-the-top.

Flavor is pretty close to everything a pumpkin should be. The pumpkin itself is very evident in the flavor profile, but the spices are there, too. Specifically nutmeg, cinnamon, and some allspice notes. The malt backbone holds up pretty well to give it a good balance.

Overall: I love pumpkin ales, and this was my first try with this one. It does a great job of letting the pumpkin characteristics come through without just turning into a crummy spice bomb that drinks like liquid nutmeg. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2005 20:06:10 | More by whartontallboy
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jmerloni

Massachusetts

4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Hazy deep orange. Good head that laces well and has good retention.

S - Spice, squash(?), some molasses malts. Interesting. Have never had a pumpkin ale yet and this is quite interesting.

T - Spices! Cinnamon and nutmeg. It's sweet. The finish is very nice and crisp and dry. This is quite impressive.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The dry finish makes it seem lighter than it is.

D - Extremely drinkable. Moderate ABV and the taste is such that while it's sweet, the finish is dry and refreshing and you could definitely session with this one in the fall, winter, or, for that matter, any time of the year. I really like this beer a lot. Very well made and another great beer from Smutty. How solid they are.

Serving type: bottle

04-03-2010 22:41:30 | More by jmerloni
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Gavage

New Jersey

4.45/5  rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear orange color with a medium sized head that lasted for a bit before becoming spotty and receding to the rim. Lacing was evident. The aroma was phenominal as pumpkin, spices (most notibly cinammon), and malt were all evident. The aroma was duplicated in the flavor department as all parts of this beer were detectable. The pumpkin flavor was mellow and not overbearing, but definitely full flavored. Ditto for the spice.

The mouthfeel was smooth. Medium bodied and slow rising carbination bubbles were seen. Very drinkable for a pumpkin ale. One of the best versions of a pumpkin ale I have had since it was not over the top but it had a great flavor from start to finish you didn't get tired of.

Serving type: bottle

12-23-2003 01:21:17 | More by Gavage
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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