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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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83
good

1,723 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,723
Reviews: 814
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 85
Gots: 126 | 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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Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks crwills for bringing a 2005 vintage, still well before expiry. The aroma was yeasty and hoppy. It was orange with good lace. Fizzy carbonation. In a word, ginger - but it worked. Nice spices and balanced sweet sour that I would like in a sauce. Dry finish. Very good craftsmanship. I will have again.

Sammy, Sep 13, 2006
Photo of t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

t0rin0, Jan 28, 2013
Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 3/23/15. 6.45% ABV per the label.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, cinnamon bread, and pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, pumpkin, earth, and pumpkin pie spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a nice mix of earthy pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice qualities.

Serving type: bottle.

UCLABrewN84, Oct 16, 2014
Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%

djrn2, Aug 29, 2013
Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%

zestar, May 31, 2014
Photo of Thorpe429
2.23/5  rDev -39.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Pours an orange color with a tad bit of a white head and not much lacing. The nose is just completely overloaded with spices to the point where it's almost like a tea. A teensy amount of pumpkin in there if you really try to find it. The taste is even worse, with the spices clashing with one another and just not working in general. Feel is over-spiced with some carbonation to carry them away. Not one of the better pumpkin brews out there.

Thorpe429, Oct 26, 2010
Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +9%

nmann08, Nov 25, 2011
Photo of Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +9%

Texasfan549, Aug 18, 2012
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured hazy light orange-amber in color with a thin layer of bubbles that consistently covers the surface. A medium amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of pumpkins and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has lots of strong flavors of spices such as allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. The pumpkin flavors are also prominent and accompanied by a slight amount of malty sweetness. There is a mild amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer wasn't too difficult to drink, although the spices were rather strong and overshadowed some of the pumpkin flavors and malty sweetness.

metter98, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +9%

kjkinsey, Aug 16, 2012
Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pumpkin (of course!) color with a melted marshmallow head that leaves scads of dripping sweetness on top of the liquid (er, pie)

Smell: Interesting blend of pumpkin, pie spice (allspice and nutmeg) and hop aromatics

Taste: Starts with an initial prickly blast of the more bitter pie spices (allspice and nutmeg) which are joined by a subtle pumpkin flavor; after the swallow, the hops make an appearance and are joined by just a hint of the spicy cinnamon sweetness; the finish is nuanced toward the bitter herbal elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of the more intriguing pumpkins out there; I like the bitter flavors but prefer a sweeter profile for the style

Thanks, LittleBreeze, for the opportunity

brentk56, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of BEERchitect
3.51/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paying respect to the original American ales that supplemented grain with gourde, Smuttynose does a fantastic job of fusing what was useful about those historic recipes and today's dessert-forward concoctions.

As the beer settles soon after the pour, it brightens with a perfectly clear copper-gold color that causes me to want to call it 'orange'. A frothy column of foam rises above the beer. Just off of white in its foam, its strong retention and intricate lace continue to tell the tale of a well crafted beer.

Spicy with the common pie aromas, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg all tingle the nose and gives a zesty "fall-type" scent. Its support of caramel, biscuit and grain are the perfect balance for the spice additions.

To taste, its semi-dry malt sweetness greets the tongue first. Much more of an Amber Ale flavor gives the beer strong ale roots that isn't heavy or unnecessarily sweet from malt excess. As the sweetness begins to dry out in the middle, the sprinkling in of spices provide an uptick in zesty spice to accent it drying finish. Hoppier than expected, the beer finishes with the clean, crisp, and somewhat pine resin-like closure of drier American Amber Ales.

Medium-bodied to start, the supple sweetness and carbon dioxide gives the beer a fluffy pumpkin texture. But as the ale sheds its carbonation and light sweetness, it turns decidedly ale-like with graham cracker and pie spice for an echo of dessert yet arid and semi-clean with grain and hops.

Well formulated and executed nearly to perfection, the beer does exactly what it was designed to do. Half ale and half pie- it speaks to the historic nature of the pumpkin and also to what today's craft beer has turned it into. Still, its subtlety is a far cry to the more seductive and dessert-like properties of more assertive, newer versions.

BEERchitect, Sep 03, 2013
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Minimally hazed, bright pumpkin skin orange topped by a thick cap of creamy ivory foam. The lazily pitting surface gives way slowly with a gentle crackling noise and leaves delicate, yet chunky scraps of lace that bleed into broken sheets extending downward to the surface of the beer.

I hope that the flavor follows the nose exactly. Pumpkin Ale strikes me as a near perfect combination of beer, pumpkin and spice and is easily the best pumpkin ale nose of the half dozen or so that I've encountered. Nutmeg and allspice are especially prevalent.

More aggressively flavored than most pumpkin ales, a definite positive in my eyes. The spice load is significant, but stops well short of too much. There are solid amber ale underpinnings with a firm malty backbone that acts as the framework on which the bitter hops (readily apparent thankfully), the pumpkin puree and the spices can weave their magic. If nutmeg is still king, cinnamon is now prince.

A pleasant sweetness appears late, but doesn't come close to eclipsing the bitter hoppiness that reigns on the finish, as well as during the beginning and middle. The mouthfeel is nicely firm with a well contained, though still lively, amount of carbonation.

Smuttynose Pumpkin is the best pumpkin ale to have yet crossed my lips. This brewery brews good-great beer and this particular seasonal is simply further evidence of that fact. I seriously doubt that I'll ever find a better pumpkin beer. Thanks to far333 for the bottle.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 14, 2004
Photo of ygtbsm94
3/5  rDev -18.3%

ygtbsm94, Jan 22, 2012
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Gem from Smutty I was able to pick up yesterday while I stopped in for a visit at Barleys. I went with this one as a bit of a lighter note to the big porter I had just finished. Served straight from the tap and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 10/02/2008.

The pour was rather nice with a light orange color coming forward right away. Decent amount of haziness could not hide the ample carbonation that was being exhibited throughout the glass. This all came to a head that was about two inches in height at first but settled down to just a light scattering across the top after a few minutes.

The aroma was full of cinnamon and pumpkin spice as you might have imagined. Not as heavy and sweet as some of the others I have had this fall, this was rather a lighter, with a little more emphases on the spices that lie underneath and a decent touch of a grassy hops that was laying around as well. The flavor followed suit rather nicely. Light spiciness with a hint at some soft grain and light bready malts lying under that. Not much in the way of a hop profile here, and the body was light and airy. Refreshing and nowhere near too heavy, I had no problem with putting this one down rather quickly.

Overall I thought this was a very solid effort for them. Not the best pumpkin ale I have had this year, but it's in the upper half of them for sure. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again any day. A really solid effort and something I will enjoy again this month I am sure.

mikesgroove, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of womencantsail
2.68/5  rDev -27%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at American Craft

A: The pour is a hazy golden amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Strong aromas of ginger and sage, perhaps some mint. It's oddly savory, too. Lots of bread and toasted malt without much in terms of the usual spices like cinnamon or nutmeg or all spice.

T: Also an odd flavor. Almost chalky and medicinal. Again, there is a strong flavor of ginger to this as well as some sage sort of notes. Minimal cinnamon and nutmeg flavors.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Sort of chalky as well.

O: Not a very good pumpkin beer and not a very good beer, period.

womencantsail, Oct 07, 2011
Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%

Knapp85, Sep 12, 2013
Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a small, off-white head. A nice pumpkiny hue!

Smell: Sweetish, cakey, pumpkin aroma. Some slight squashy, vegetal notes. Plenty of pumpkin pie spice blend in the nose.

Taste: Spicy-sweet, tangy pumpkin flavor. A bite of pound cake. Mild hop bitterness. Cumulative spiciness. Dash of vanilla-flavored sugar on the pumpkiny finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine pumpkin. It definitely doesn't delve into the territory of imperialized pumpkin ales, but it still pleasant and plenty tasty.

ChainGangGuy, May 12, 2008
Photo of oberon
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

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.

oberon, Nov 22, 2003
Photo of TMoney2591
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

First a bunch of O-Fests, now bunch o' pumpkin brews. Fall's fun, ain't it? This one pours a clear copper topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, light balsa, and a decent touch of minty pine. The taste holds notes of sharp pine, orange peel, light cinnamon, banana peel, greens, and pumpkin shell. Things are just a tad too bitter for this combination to actually work... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, this pumpkin beer just doesn't do it for me, what with the strange bitterness and lack of much of a pumpkin-ness.

TMoney2591, Sep 23, 2011
Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a huge fan of this style, but this is a solid one.

Pours a hazy orange, maybe due to the pumpkin pureé that's listed on the bottle. A good amount of foam on the pour, that sticks around in some form.

Smells like spice, nutmeg, but not much pumpkin.

Taste is well rounded, some balanced spice and malt with a pumpkin appearing in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium, not bad at all. Worth sessioning in the autumn months.

emerge077, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%

JAHMUR, Jan 02, 2012
Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

finally a pumpkin brew that's not overspiced! this one is still spiced, but I can taste squash too, and it really works. orangey amber on the pours with just under an inch of bubbly airy white head, fades fast. the nose is clove and pumpkin, roasted and sweet, caramel and red malts, and ale yeast, all in good proportion to one another. the taste is great, understated seasonally perfect spice profile, hint of bitter gourdy flesh, and a brown sugar finish that tastes rich but drinks easy. lighter in body than many pumpkin ales, and pleasantly smooth too, despite assertive carbonation. this is a very well executed pumpkin brew, and should serve as an example to others how to use spice but still allow pumpkins to shine through. couple of pints of this are no worries.

StonedTrippin, Sep 22, 2013
Photo of NeroFiddled
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose Pumpkin ale delivers a bright waft of pumpkin spice that says "get out your jacket and pumpkin carving knife because fall is here"! It pours a hazy deep golden amber body with an orange cast beneath a short head of white froth. The head retention is very good, and it leaves some nice spider webs of lace about the glass. The body is medium and it's gently zesty with a very fine-bubbled, median carbonation. The spice is nicely balanced, showing clearly at the outset and across the middle, but settling into the background during a long finish. The biscuity malt base beneath supports it well; and only a mild bitterness is needed. Overall, it's really well done for a pumpkin ale, although I think its drinkability still suffers due to the spicing... I mean, c'mon, how many spiced beers can you really drink (or want to drink)? - it just cannot sustain interest as the spicing eventually makes it seem one-sided. Still, one of the best IMHO.

NeroFiddled, Aug 28, 2006
Photo of Jason
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

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.

Jason, Sep 09, 2005
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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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