Dismiss Notice
Microbrew Invitational
Join us June 3 + 4 in Boston and help us drink 300+ beers, ciders, kombuchas, meads, sakes and more!

TICKETS: beeradvocate.com/micro/

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

843 Reviews
For Trade:
Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

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

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.84%

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

Added by purplehops on 08-28-2003

User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Reviews: 843 | Ratings: 1,874
Photo of Pegasus
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazy medium orange, with a moderate, somewhat coarse off-white head, with good retention. Thick, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Prominent pumpkin pie spices dominate the aroma. Roasted pumpkin rind vies with cinnamon and cloves for an aroma that typifies autumn.

Taste: Begins with tangy, mildly sour notes of earth, roasted pumpkin, and bread flavors. Soon after, a flourish of pumpkin pie spices, mainly cinnamon and cloves present. Later in the taste, some woody and spices notes appear. Late herbal and earthy hops bring the taste to a balanced close.

Mouth feel: Soft and very full, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very well-made, an excellent Pumpkin Ale, perhaps not a typical example, but quite good.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle, sealed with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

In Memoriam: Pumpkin (April 1998 - November 22, 2014) - the best cat ever. We will always miss you.

 998 characters

Photo of hardysf
4.02/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I thought this was one of the better pumpkin beers I've had. Very well balanced pumpkin, with some other really nice flavors as well. Taste and nose is bread, pumpkin, nutmeg, and maybe a touch of cinnamon.

 208 characters

Photo of theamericanpsycho79
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On the spot review. I saw this one in a new beer store I haven't been to before. They were getting rid of old stock pumpkin ales, never saw this one before and for $14 I absolutely had to give it a try. The guy behind the counter said it was great and he liked it along with another that was alongside of it. Here goes....

Look: Poured into my duvel goblet, its orange hued, like many other pumpkin ales I have tried, 1 finger head which slowly fades away. Nice looking, not cloudy, looks like a very fine beer.

Smell: A typical good smelling pumpkin ale. Not sweet like Pumking, not dull like Buffalo Bill's. Smells a little similar to Southampton. Definitely pumpkin in here, no mistake about it. Little nutmeg, too.

Taste: I was fearing this would be dull, watery and boring like Buffalo Bill's or other cheaper pumpkin ales. Surprisingly this wasn't watery at all. I got a hops taste from the start which followed the pumpkin taste. It is definitely a beer and not a watery one but the hops presence isn't bad. It just reminds you that you are drinking a beer. This is very drinkable. Absolutely not at the caliber of Pumking or Whole Hog but this is decent. Not the best, but definitely not the worst.

Feel: smooth, crisp, very drinkable, no dry mouth feel, no bitterness, pretty much an idea beer. Right in the middle between sweet and bitter.

Overall: I can't complain, yes Pumking and Whole Hog ruined me for all other pumpkin ales and they are my 2 favorites and I hated Buffalo Bill's watery pumpkin water. This one is similar to southampton but with more pumpkin flavor and more hops, as I said, reminding you that you are still drinking a beer and not watered down crap. This is very drinkable, don't let my review dissuade you in any way, I do prefer a dessert beer and Pumking is my absolute favorite with the sweetness, creaminess, buttery pie crust, nutmeg, spicy goodness... but this as I said is great for a nice chilly evening watching a movie or tv shows and for someone that wants what the title delivers, a pumpkin ale.

 2,071 characters

Photo of Mlkluther
3.56/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nicely balanced and subtle pumpkin ale - especially when put side by side to most other pumpkin ales. I would buy this again - which is not what my usual reaction to most pumpkin beers.

 187 characters

Photo of Chris_Huston
4.24/5  rDev +13.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Beautiful light pumpkin color, even if a bit too light. Smell is typical sweet pie and spice, but a bit faded and with a nice faintly sour tinge. The taste in large part is the classic sweet pumpkin taste of most of the really popular pumpkin beers, but at a far more subdued level with more of the base beer coming through, making this both unusual for the style (though not to say *out* of style) and a refreshing entry. As far as both pumpkin and beer, with a bit of emphasis on the beer, this gets the highest marks. Very easy to think this is much more like "early colonial" beers than any other major distro pumpkin beer out there today. l prefer the stronger pumpkin, pie, and spice flavors in offerings like Pumking, Pumpkick, and Whole Hog, but this is great and irreplaceable as a counterpoint to those.

 815 characters

Photo of Gatch
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If the people of this site were to properly rate beers to the style, this would score much higher. It's one of my favorites because it doesn't taste like fake pumpkin or massive amounts of spice. It's beer that tastes like the earthy, squashy qualities of a pumpkin. Refreshing and good on a cool night.

 303 characters

Photo of DoubleJ
3.41/5  rDev -8.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Christmas beers are already arriving on shelves, but ai won't let that stop me from having an autumn beer. 13 ounces to drink here, and on to the beer:

Light orange colored and topped with a short white head, this New England pumpkin ale leaves a few spots of lacing around the glass. Pumpkin pie spices are present, such as cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and a little heap of pumpkin puree.

This arrives being a little bitter than expected. The spices that were smelled do make their way as a flavor, but on the palate, something is released that leaves a bitter marking. If it were controlled, this would be one more pleasant pumpkin ale on the market. Unfortunately, this one has a flaw which may cause it to get lost in the shuffle.

 735 characters

Photo of tillmac62
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

BBD 1/16/16. Clear amber pour with a normal head volume, outstanding retention and world class lacing.

Outstanding nose of pumpkin and spice with a touch of biscuit.

Heavy light body with a semi-smooth texture. Above normal carbonation with a fair amount of effervescence in the middle and a nice burst in the finish.

The flavor profile is borderline very good. Intensity is reasonable, not very complex and a bit out of balance. Cinnamon is a bit out of balance due to it lacking a balancing sweetness. It begins with cinnamon then flows into pumpkin. The middle takes on a pumpkin rind bitterness coupled with cinnamon. The finish is a slow fade of rind and cinnamon bitterness.

 690 characters

Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, one of the few new pumpkin brews to thus far appear this autumn on Alberta liquor store shelves.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, broadly foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some incoming storm front lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates.

It smells of semi-sweet pumpkin flesh, bready caramel malt, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove spice, a further hint of white and black pepper, and faint earthy and weedy hops. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, a still heady mashed pumpkin vegetal thing, now sort of muddled seasonal spices (maybe some cinnamon, nutmeg, and all-spice sticking out just a bit), a hard water flintiness, ethereal caramel/toffee notes, subtle earthy yeast, and a mild leafy, weedy, and herbal hop bitterness.

The carbonation is fairly understated in its tame and innocuous frothiness, the body just on the weak side of yer typical middleweight, and generally quite smooth, with a wee airy creaminess arising shortly after takeoff. It finishes off-dry, the spiced pumpkin character carrying the day over any of the base maltiness.

A decent and agreeable enough version of the style, the pumpkin at least doing more than showing up, lazing about, and then punching out early. Well-rounded, pleasantly spiced in a way that doesn't overpower or underwhelm, and worthy of a few rounds, at least until the snow flies around here.

 1,434 characters

Photo of the_awesometeer
3.22/5  rDev -13.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3.25

Nice cloudy orange color but almost no head. Pumpkin with the hint of hops. Light bodies and very easy to drink. A non sweet pumpkin flavor with the pumpkin spices. Then the taste of hops give a nice slightly bitter after taste. Overall very nice beer just wish for a little more pumpkin.

 293 characters

Photo of Marraybay
3.36/5  rDev -9.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

A decent general purpose ale, but not one I'd really equate to being a speciality or seasonal, pumpkin or otherwise. Nice glass presentation - translucent golden-orange with a decent white head. Reminded me of a very faintly sweetened lager, but with a bit more lacing and bitterness in the close. (Note: My wife is a staunch lager-only drinker and found this palatable, which somewhat substantiates my conclusion.) Points as a drinkable offering from Smuttynose, but deductions for "masquerading" it (no pun intended) as a seasonal-specialty beer.

 551 characters

Photo of Kgoldsbe
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great lively orange color, spiced but not sweet smell, taste is similar to the smell with a slightly bitter end, the consistency of the beer feels as if pumpkin was used in the brewing not just pie spices.

 207 characters

Photo of StoutHunter
3.39/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.25

I picked up a bottle of Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale a couple weeks ago for $1.79 at The Lager Mill. It's that time of the year when the Pumpkin Ales flood the markert, I've never had this one before and I thought it would be worth a try, so lets see how it goes. 2015 Vintage.

A- The label looks nice, it goes well with the name and it's just a little eye catching. It poured an amber burn orange color that took on more of a an orange color when held to the light with a finger and half worth of off white head that died down to slightly thicker ring that stayed till the end and it didn't leave much lacing behind. This is a pretty nice looking beer, it looks to true to style.

S- The aroma starts off with a lower amount of medium sweetness with the pumpkin spices being the first to show up and it imparts a mixture of cinnamon, nutmeg and light allspice like aromas with cinnamon and nutmeg sticking out the most. Up next comes a little bit of purred pumpkin which imparts some meat pumpkin and vegetable like aromas. On the finish there's a little bit of more of lingering pumpkin spice aromas. This beer has a nice aroma that's true to style.

T- The taste seems to be similar to the aroma and it starts off with a medium amount of sweetness with the spices till being the first to show up, they are a little lighter than they were in the aroma, but still no one spice seems to sticks out the most. Up next comes the pumpkin which imparts the same aspects that ti did in the aroma and it's followed by a slight malt flavor and a little bit of doughy yeast. On the finish there's just a little bit of bitterness with the spices showing up in the aftertaste. This is a decent tasting beer, it's true to style, but the taste was a little more watery than I would like.

M- Smooth, slightly crisp, medium bodied with a medium amount of carbonation, the mouthfeel is pretty nice and it works well with this beer.

Overall I thought this was a decent beer and a pretty average example of the style, it's not bad at all, b ut it just has those typical pumpkin spice flavors taking the lead while still being a little watery and that ended up hurting it in the end. This beer didn't have the best drinkability, one is enough for me, I have no urge to drink another. What I like the most about this beer is the appearance and mouthfeel, they were both pretty nice and the highlights of this beer. What I like the least about this beer is the taste, it isn't bad, but it was average and a little watery. I wouldn't buy this beer again, there's much better Pumpkin Ales on the market, but I wouldn't turn one down and I can't say I would recommend it. All in all I just wasn't a big fan of this beer, I know it's pretty popular on the east coast, but I don't see anything about it that makes it stick out from the rest. It's not a favorite beer from Smuttynose and it's Average for the style. Better luck next time guys, with a little work on the taste this could be a pretty good beer.

 3,001 characters

Photo of EvoRich
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Look: Copper in color. Kind of fizzy and not much head produced.

Smell: Very light pumpkin spices and nutmeg.

Taste: Unsweetened pumpkin spice with nutmeg and cinnamon, with a slightly hoppy bitter finish.

Feel: Very light bodied. Easy to drink.

 251 characters

Photo of hman43
2.81/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.25 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

Light golden in color with hints of orange. Has aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and other spices. Flavors of pumpkin, allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon and other spices.

 166 characters

Photo of mackeyse
4.14/5  rDev +11%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Not a huge pumpkin beer fan but I try to have 1 or 2 per fall that I have never had (and I am always a sucker for Schlafly’s Pumpkin and Elysian’s Pumpkin beers).

Cloudy orange. Head dissipates pretty quickly leaving a nice white ring.

Nice smell—muted a bit but I like it—not overpowering---clove, nutmeg etc—when it comes to pumpkin spice I don’t know what’s what but it smells “pumpkiny”. Smells like I would expect.

Pumpkin pie taste comes at the end and at first sip you wouldn’t know it’s a pumpkin beer—takes just that fraction of a second for the pumpkin taste to hit. The aftertaste is very mild but lingers a bit. Can taste the hops at the tale end. Nothing artificial about this taste.

Medium bodied. Good carbonation throughout. Might be the closet thing to perfect mouth feel for a pumpkin beer I have tried.

If I were to recommend a pumpkin beer to someone who doesn’t like pumpkin beers this would be it—very drinkable which says a lot to someone like me who is usually one and done with pumpkin beers—I mean I wouldn’t have a 6 pack but could see drinking 2-3 of these. The hops added another dimension and it got better as I let it sit a bit.

Schlafly is still sets the bar but this is one I would drink again with no qualms. Smuttynose may not be world-beaters but this coupled with Shoals, Robust Porter and Finest Kind makes for some solid offerings. Not many breweries have a lineup this solid (if not spectacular)

 1,489 characters

Photo of TLWalsh
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Damn this stuff is tasty! Pours a hazy deep tawny tone. Smells like a slice of pumpkin pie, honestly. Tastes a bit orangey and woody and has the cinnamon and nutmeg spice snap like pumpkin pie. Taste gets fuller and more pronounced as it warms a bit. I'd buy more of this one.

 276 characters

Photo of utopiajane
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Pours hazy orange with a tan head. Nose is plentiful with spices and with malt that has a lovely liquid bit of brown sugar on it. Hops are forward and woody with a bit orange or something like orange zest that lies just underneath a bit tangy. The cinnamon in this beer is perfection and with vibrance it accents the the woody hops, and adds depth and a brightness . Finishes bitter and dry and with bubbles and crisp malt. Light mouthfeel with a lovely full flavor. Well done peppery hops.

 497 characters

Photo of Murphious
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This beer pours and smells like an average pumpkin ale---brewed with pumpkin and not just with "pumpkin pie spices" like some phonies out there. But the pumpkin flavor is much better after it warms to near 55 degrees. And it actually tastes better overall when not very cold, not too sweet nor bitter. It has a bit of a thin mouthfeel but not bad, after all this isn't Warlock (Pumpkin Stout). Just a step above average.

 420 characters

Photo of Yargamo
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

I admit, I absolutely detest pumpkin pie style beers. This is that not. This is a pumpkin beer I am not embarrassed to drink. Frankly, this is beer and not some malternative like Pumpking and it's disciples. There are hops here. End of story. The be all and end all of the style in my mind

 289 characters

Photo of Budlum
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The look is right for a pumpkin and the nose is loaded with spice. There is an extremely strong cardamom flavor that is too far out of balance and overshadows any other flavors. Some relief from the wave of cardamom becomes apparent as this beer warms the pumpkin flavors shine.

 280 characters

Photo of Greasy
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A: Pours a hazy orange with a booming white head (hard pour on my part, sorry) that stayed for a little while. Lacing all the way down.

S: Nice. Pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg) and some sweetness from the malt.

T: Follows the nose well except in the opposite order, first you get the bread crust malt character and the pumpkin flavor is in the finish.

M: Good carbonation. Medium mouthfeel. good.

O: I would say this is above average for pumpkin beers. Not as good as Schlafly or Pumking, but definitely better than Samuel Adams, Blue Moon, and others.

 581 characters

Photo of leantom
3.77/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Just alright. Here goes:

A: Somewhat hazy orange-brown. Pours a mediocre head that leaves a smattering of lacing.

S: Good. Some clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar, and pumpkin. Very sweet-smelling.

T: Unfortunately, the smell didn't translate well into the taste. Mild pumpkin and some cinnamon, but overall pretty tasteless and watery.

F: Alright.

O: An OK beer. Prefer other pumpkins to this one.

 416 characters

Photo of SitkaSteve
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

First Smuttynose beer for me and first pumpkin ale of the season.
This was poured into a pint glass.
The appearance was a light brown to orange color with a small white foamy head that dissipated pretty quickly.
The smell has a decent obviously pumpkin aroma with light nutmeg and cinnamon.
The taste was basically the same thing. There was a light aftertaste of pumpkin and previously noted spices.
The mouthfeel was about a light to medium on the body. Carbonation sits decently, harshness feels fairly low.
Overall, pretty good pumpkin ale that I could have again.

 567 characters

Photo of GOBLIN
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

across the board 4's from me. This is a solid pumpkin beer. Pours a nice light brownish orange that produces a small but respectable head. Aromas of pumpkin of course and some of your more typical spices such as nutmeg and cinnamon. Feel is smooth and has a buttery finish. Taste is all pumpkin with the addition of the aforementioned spices but the pumpkin dominates and has a slight buttery flavor as well. Reminds me of an Oktoberfest lager that's pumpkin forward . . . I've never seen one of those though. Overall, it's a good, well done and delicious pumpkin ale.

 568 characters

first ← prev | 1-25 | 26-50 | 51-75  | nextlast
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 843 ratings.