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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

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Reviews: 838
Hads: 1,856
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 21.98%
Wants: 95
Gots: 203 | 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:
Beer added by: purplehops on 08-28-2003

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
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Reviews: 838 | Hads: 1,856
Photo of plaid75
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a strong peppery hop aroma with a mild allspice and nutmeg element.

The taste also featured a good peppery hop with mild pumpkin and orange spice. There was a solid biscuity grain bill as well.

The mouthfeel was average but a bit astringent,

Overall a godd drinkable pumpkin. Could use a bit more pumpkin flesh flavor.

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Photo of jdhilt
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a huge white head that leaves hardly any lace. Hazy, light amber color. Serious pumpkin pie nose. Light - medium carbonation. Flavor is pumpkin pie, starts sweet and malty, finishes malty, fizzy and a hint of hops. Very good spiced beer. This is the first season I have seen this locally (NH) but their site says "available each Fall".

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

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight pumpkin, spice (all spice, clove, and nutmeg). Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong dryness from excess spice. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Tastes of strong spice, citrus hops, slight pumpkin, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body, but the blend is overtly spice-centric.

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Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly an inch of soapy white head; about half of which hangs around the slowly fades away. Lots of soapy, bubbly lace. Beer is very fresh. Cloudy dark gold appearance. Very nice nose, pumpkin pie smells and the actual pumpkin, while subtle, is in there too.

Taste is surprisingly bitter; spices are subtle, hops come out on top. No sweetness at all. Nice taste but pumpkin and seasonings are really downplayed. Long lingering bitter finish that dominates any remaining pumpkin taste. Beer is crisp, highly carbonated, with the faintest hint of alcohol in the finish.

This is a good beer but not what I expected. Didn't deliver enough in the pumpkin department for my liking.

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Photo of corby112
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark hazy amber orange color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger off white frothy head that slowly fades. Not much in the way of lacing.

Spicy autumnal aroma with lots of pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and clove. There's also a slight citrus presence along with some subtle hop notes in the nose.

Surprisingly hop forward forthe style and very spicy. Lots of cinnamon and brown sugar along with some Ginger and clove accompanying the pumpkin flavor. The hop profile is a bit too strong and overpowers the other flavors a bit.

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

A: Poured a beautiful bright pumpkin orange color with a compact off white head that quickly collapsed.

S: a strong presence of dry pumpkin pie spiciness of ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon.

T: The flavor was just as spicy as the nose delivering some cinnamon, nutmeg against a dry malty backbone. There were cloves, a nice breadiness and a good floral hopping as well rounding things out here. Overall the beer was strongly spiced but did deliver with a bready, crusty, dry malt backing that gave the beer a nice dryness and character. I think it would of faired better if the spicing was toned down a bit but smutty always likes to go big and can't argue with that.

M: thick and malty, creamy in nature with a good carbonation and medium body rounding things out.

D: The strong spicing and nature of this beer, as most per style, limits this to a single serving and as a novelty beer during the late fall season. Ones enough to get the jest of it put overall a good beer you can split a six pack with some friends around a campfire.

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by pumpkin, some spice. Taste is very spicy up front, nutmeg, maybe some ginger, a bit of pumpkin at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall not bad, but I have had better pumpkin beers.

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Photo of ppoitras
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. October notched on label, but no indication as to year, bottled month, or best by month.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head holds on well, with frothy, sticky lacing. Aroma is warm spices and light malts. Taste is malty sweetness with a the pumpkin coming through lightly, and spices enter in the middle, and eventually dominate, leaving the mouth with a cinnamony clove aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkabilty, especially for the style, which can get chokingly hard to drink with overspicing in some offerings. Not here though, another good one from the people at Smutty.

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Photo of DrJay
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

It's that time of year again and now that I'm in PA there's a whole new set of pumpkin ales for me to sample. So I'm starting off with Smuttynose. The beer pours a hazy amber orange with a thinnish white head. Rocky foam forms a ring while fine bubbles capped the beer. Lacing is spotty, but generous. Awesome aroma with a fruitiness reminiscent of fresh pumpkin pulp - like when pulling it out of the pumpkin when carving a jack-o-lantern. The spices are balanced nicely, with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. There's more bitterness here than I expected, solid all the way to the end. Malt sweetness fills out the middle along with a light fruitiness and the pumpkin spices. Spice and bitterness linger a bit. As it warms there's a hint of toastiness too - with the pumpkin flavour present it's almost like roasted pumpkin seeds. Medium bodied with a dry finish and a slight slickness. An excellent pumpkin ale and one of the best that I've had. It reminded me a lot of the batch I homebrewed a couple of years ago, though the bitterness is cranked up a lot higher in this example.

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Photo of puboflyons
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of Jan '10. Sampled on September 2009. The pour is more amber than the orange that is typical of pumpkin spices. A nice puffy white head and some lacing accompanies it. The aroma has weak pumpkin and squash elements along with some hops but it is not as potent as many pumpkin ales I have tried over the years. Meidum mouthfeel. A little hoppy in in the taste and less spicy than I would like. Still, a likeable beer.

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Photo of cjgator3
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazed amber color with an off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is filled with a lot of pumpkin spices. Very nice, not overly spiced but just enough.

T- Like the aroma, the spices in the taste are almost perfectly placed. They are neither overwhelming or faint where it is hard to pick up on it either.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I am not a huge fan of the style but this is definitely one of the better Pumpkin Ales out there without question. Recommended!

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Photo of Viggo
3.1/5  rDev -16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz picked up at Premier Gourmet in Buffalo.

Pours a cloudy dark orange, amber in the light, thick and tight white head forms, drops some lace spots, and settles to a thin layer and ring, looks nice. Smell is neat, quite pumpkiny, caramel, cloves, cinnamon, bit of vanilla, sour fruit, bready, some toast, more spice, yeast, not bad. Taste is not so good, very bitter and spicy. Caramel and bread up front, cinnamon and ashtray, pumpkin, vanilla, more spice, kind of medicinal and minerally in the finish, very bitter and way overspiced, not very enjoyable flavour. Mouthfeel is light to medium bodied with medium carbonation, a bit sharp, spices are way out of whack, but okay for a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of Bighuge
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky looking copper appearance. Small dirty white head. Lacing is minimal. Cinamon, allspice and sweet malt on the nose. There's a definite clove presence on the buds. A little cinamon. Malts give some depth and sweetness. Some pumpkin flavor is present, but it's not heavy by any means. Nice feel in the mouth. Moderately carbonated and medium bodied. A beer I'd go back to more than once if it were available here in the fall.

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Photo of pat61
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pumpkin pie and spice aromas – ¼” head that dissipates quickly, maybe a touch of nutmeg, clove, allspice and cinnamon. A moderate hop accent that comes out more as the beer warms. Medium high carbonation that produces a good creamy mouthfeel. A little brown sugar in the flavor and slight hops. This is an OK pumpkin beer.

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Photo of spinrsx
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for 2.75$

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with an average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, cloves, all spice, pumpkin

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and lots of all-spice/clove. There is also some pumpkin, but not as much as I expected and a graininess. It ends with a spicy clove aftertaste.

Overall - I'd like touch more sweetness and a touch less clove. Still a good beer that is well worth trying. I'd reach for something else next time though.

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Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before February 2011. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly pumpkin, with some pumpkin spices and bready malt also noticable. Taste is pretty much like the aroma, with the pumpkin flavor being the strongest. Pumpkin spice, bready malt and hoppy flavors are noticable too. There's also a slight bitter finish. I don't think this is as spicy as a lot of the pumpkin brews I've tried before. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, with decent carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's easy enough to drink. Not a bad brew overall. For the style, it's a decent enough beer. It's definitely worth a try.

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Photo of scruffwhor
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour reveals a soft tarnished bronze and good bubbling. The head is about two fingers width after the pour, and a nice foam throughout.

Very light pumpkin meat mixed with muffins and a little baked sugar. Very malty and just a little sweet smell.

Bitter upfront with some soft muffins and even softer pumkin flavors. The beer finishes gypsum, mineral bitter and quick. The carbonation is good nd the beer feels smooth on my palate. Its just the taste I can't get past.

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Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice orange amber color with a decent one finger head. Aroma is strong and even somewhat hoppy with a decent amount of pumpkin aroma. Very light too. Taste is much of the same except that there's just not that much pumpkin to taste. It fades in the back and reminds me more of ginger ale than beer. A second sip confirms the same thing, with only a light pumpkin taste in the background. There's some lacing. I just get the feeling that this is Smuttynose IPA with pumpkin flavoring.

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Photo of DrDemento456
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally! My first pumpkin ale of the year!

A - Initial produced tons of carbonation and fluffy white head. Nice deep amber beer awaits in my pub glass.

S - Nose is faint but full of cinnamon, nutmeg, and kind of artifical pumpkin. Hoppy profile subdues the smell of pumpkin a bit.

T - Ow man here goes. Huh. Big hop profile leave me in kind of disbelief. Upon second taste I can pick up mild cinnamon and very faint pumpkin spice but the hop profile leaves the beer bitter. Where is my malty sweet finish?

M - OK for a beer and medium bodied.

D - NO THANKS! I like my pumpkin beers spiced with a nice malty finish not bitter and hoppy. Might be better with age but fresh it's more hop focused with very little taste which is kind of artificial. Pass.

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Photo of claspada
3.72/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a deep gold, with a hint of orange. Clear but thick, with a little bit of lingering off-white head. Leaves a little bit of lacing.

Strong notes of the expected baking spices and pumpkin, but with a great creaminess/maltiness quality.

Sweet malt up front followed by nutmeg, allspice and cinnamon. The same bready/sweet quality in the nose makes an even bigger appearance here - this is what puts this one a step above a lot of the other boring pumpkins out there.

One of the better low alcohol Pumpkin ale on the market in my opinion.

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Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that dies slowly due to carbonation and leaves lace ring down the glass. A mild pumpkin smell along with hints of clove, pepper and nutmeg. A lighter bodied and smooth ale with some nutmeg and clove that comes through and finishes clean. The pumpkin flavor is mild and a little sweet. A very good if not spectacular pumpkin ale worth a try.

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Photo of glid02
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On-tap at Trappeze in Athens, GA.

Pours a clear golden-orange color with a one-finger white head. The head recedes into a thin layer on top leaving solid lacing.

Smells of spices - nutmeg and brown sugar - with good amounts of slightly biscuity pale malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. The spice flavors aren't as intense as the smell would intimate but still force the malt flavors to take a backseat. The ending is sufficiently crisp and leaves light spices lingering on the palate.

Mouthfeel is alright. It's a bit on the thin side with moderate carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing my glass and could have another.

Overall this was a solid pumpkin beer however I didn't think the malt had quite enough oomph to make this really above average. Still, worth a shot.

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Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of pumpkin, malt, and spices.

T: Tasted of pumpkin (though not as much as you'd think), toasted malt, caramel, and spices. Not the most overly dynamic flavor, but still very flavorful.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A well made, drinkable pumpkin ale.

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Photo of barczar
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden orange with a frothy yellowish cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving modest lacing.

Pumpkin, clove, ginger, and cinnamon form the initial aroma, with a bit of toasted malt lurking in the background. The balance is spices.

Flavor is actually a bit beery, with toasted, nutty malt underlying the ginger, pumpkin, and clove. The finish is fairly bitter and dry. Ginger dominates a bit, providing a cola flavor.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation, and the finish is harsh.

Ginger is not my favorite flavor in a beer, and I'm not a fan of harsh bitterness or cola, so this isn't my favorite seasonal.

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

A-Pours the hazy dark amber color. A fluffy head forms from the pour, then slowly dies off leading a lot of bubbly lacing. The remnants of the larger head are loose but attractive.

S-Spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Light pumpkin. The aroma is not heavy but smell how a pumpkin brew should smell. The spices are nice.

T-The taste is not much like the nose. The pumpkin is quite mild, but what little pumpkin flavor that is detectable does taste like real pumpkin (unlike other pumpkin beers). The nutmeg and cinnamon come in during the middle of the flavor. The most unique and noteworthy part of this beer's flavor is the pretty legitimate hoppy bitterness. The is quite a bitter beer. I have never had a mesh of hop and pumpkin like this. I enjoy it.

M-Lighter side of medium bodied. Medium carbonation. The bitterness leaves my tongue a bit dry. Aftertaste lasts.

O/D-I really like Smuttynose's hop profile in most of their beers. I think it is cool that they made a hoppy, bitter pumpkin beer. I don't know if this is my favorite pumpkin beer, but I do enjoy it more than I was expecting to. Not your average pumpkin ale.

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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
84 out of 100 based on 838 ratings.