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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

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Reviews: 839
Hads: 1,868
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 14.75%
Wants: 95
Gots: 202 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States | website

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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Photo of jslice99
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a hazy shade of orange with a small white head that fades away quickly.

Smell- This beer smells great. Frshly made pumpkin pie scent with pumpkins as the dominent smell. You also get nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon.

Taste- The taste is more on the spicy side with a slight hop bitterness at the end. You also pick up some pumpkin sweetness. It's pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and easy to drink.

Overall- The smuttynose pumpkin ale is a good pumpkin beer. It's easy to drink and well balanced. You couldn't go wrong picking up a six pack.

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Photo of bnes09
4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

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Photo of CleJB
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smells just like a pumpkin beer when you open it. Good consistency, and tastes great when you take a sip. A little bit of a bitter aftertaste, and a little more spicy tasting than it smells. Overall a good pumpkin ale. Definitely a tier below Great Lakes Brewing Co. (Cleveland), Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, and Souther Tier Pumpking Ale. I would rate it just above Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin.

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Photo of kenito799
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ox bottle poured into a pint glass

Hazy medium amber brew with lovely lacing. The aroma is full on cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon, with a citrus undernote from some aggressive hopping,
Interesting on the palate, quite aggressive bitterness married to the pumpkin pie spice. I would call this a pumpkin IPA. The mouthfeel is fairly refreshing and I think overall the effect is pretty nice. That is to say, I will happily drink more than one of these (unlike most of the pumpkin/spice brews out there), and it would actually be great with pumpkin pie at the end of Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of isdash
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep cloudy amber, couple fingers of head stick around and leave a distinct line of lacing with every sip. Smells delicious -- pumpkin spice is strong but doesn't overwhelm the bready, slightly toasty base. Tastes briskly dry, crisp without much carbonation. The pumpkin is surprisingly subtle until the aftertaste.

I'm not a big vegetable-beer guy, but this is definitely the best pumpkin ale I've tasted. I think the key is the subtlety of the pumpkin and the dry, well-balanced base.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into standard nonic.

A: Pours a hazy orange color. Very cloudy. Virtually entirely opaque. A moderate white head sits on top but dissipates quickly.

S: Typical "pumpkin, cinnamin, and nutmeg" on the nose. Very standard for the style.

T: Taste profile begins with malt sweetness and pumpkin. Cinnamin present in the middle. Definite all-spice, and a good deal of natural pumpkin flavor as well. A very pronounced thrust of pine bittering hops on the back end lend some great character.

Not nearly as sweet as many other examples of the style. And I'm digging that about this beer.

M: Light and sticky. Great dry finish. Carbonation is maybe just a tad low, but not by much.

D/O: Very high. The emphasis is on "beer" in the style "pumpkin beer" here. Definite spices of the season, which is nice, but a good malt backbone and great hop profile are the stars of the show here. I'd buy this by the case.

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Photo of aleric
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Caramel orange. 1-finger white head. Moderate lacing.

S - Yeast, light malt, a bit of cinnamon, and what I came here for... pumpkin.

T - Mild hops and honey. The pumpkin teases at first, then becomes more apparent as the beer warms up. Cinnamon and nutmeg add texture throughout and later at the back of the throat, and floral hops linger at the roof of the mouth.

M - Medium and a bit sticky on the finish, typical of a pumpkin drink. Light carbonation.

O - I found myself dangling the glass upside down to catch the last drops on my tongue. This is a deliciously well-rounded beer that never forgets that it is first and foremost a beer and not a pumpkin latte. I'll be stocking up for winter.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a big 3-finger bubbly, frothy white head. Excellent retention and awesome lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles. Perfect.

S – Bready and grainy malt, lots of pumpkin, and lots of cloves and nutmeg. Has all the usual pumpkin beer aromas, but the base beer characteristics are apparent, too.

T – Starts off sweet with some pumpkin but nearly immediately shifts toward a grainy and spicy taste with bready, grainy malt, lots of cloves and nutmeg, and some cinnamon. It finishes with a bitter earthy, floral hop finish. Once again, base beer characteristics are apparent.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with good carbonation, a crisp but creamy mouthfeel, and a spicy, bitter, and slightly dry finish. A lot of flavors linger, but floral hops linger the longest.

O – This is a really nice pumpkin beer that accomplishes something that not many pumpkin/fruit beers do – it has a very strong presence from the base beer. Many fruit/vegetable beers are overloaded with their respective fruits/vegetables and the things that actually make them beers are left by the wayside. Not so with this one. Grainy, bready malt is apparent in the aroma and taste and earthy, floral hops are certainly apparent at the finish of the taste and mouthfeel. The pumpkin and spices serve to add to the beer, not replace it. Smuttynose did a really nice job with this one.

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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 RWLawman
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy orange color, with a very thin head that retains well.

S - Smells of pumpkin, spice, and malt.

T - Hints of pumpkin, malt, and then dominated by hops at the end.

M - Pretty light, but good carbonation. Smooth finish.

O - Pretty good pumpkin ale, reminds me of an IPA. Top 3 in my pumpkin beer experience so far.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

A- pours a golden-orange , slightly hazy body with a 2" cream colored head that leaves some nice medium-heavy lacing. As a matter of fact, this beer is just about the same color as the pumpkin on the label, and for that, +.5 for appearance. Very fitting.

S- freshly baked pumpkin pie. Nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin.

T- I get some pumpkin, caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon upfront and it finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness that balances out the sweetness. Excellent balance.

M- medium carbonation and body. Crisp and refreshing

Overall, this brew renews some of my faith in pumpkin beer. You don't get that over-the-top pumpkin-bomb taste, but it's still delicious and well balanced. Nothing artificial tasting here, which I get with a lot of pumpkin brews. Well done, worth a try.

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Photo of Rukasu
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale orange and slightly cloudy with yeast (and spice?) sediment. Thin white head that lingers around the glass edge.

S - Very little smelly and very mild for a pumpkin. No overpowering artificial smelling pie spice smells, just a faint allspice note.

T - Mild allspice hints up front, never overpowering, with fruity yeasts, followed by a sharp hop bitterness through the swallow.

M - Fairly light for a pumpkin beer, medium carbonation that holds for a long time after opening. Could drink a couple of these in a night.

O - Behind DC Brau & Epic's "Fermentation Without Representation" this is THE best Pumpkin beer I've tried, and I hate pumpkin beers.

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Photo of danronian
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well balanced and smooth ale. Pumpkin flavor and spices aren't too apparent when compared with other pumpkin ales. Smooth mouthfeel, dark orange color and mild carbonation make it go down smoothly.

One of my favorite autumn beers which I intend to buy more of before winter hits.

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Photo of roadhouse
4.73/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

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.

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Photo of thedoubler55
3.59/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy orange with about a two finger off white head at the top that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Lots of pumpkin going on here, spices, nutmeg and honey, cinnamon.

T: Solid pumpkin taste, a little to spicy for my liking, but makes you think of fall right from the first sip. Breadyness, and sweet.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation, a little creamy.

D: This is not a bad pumpkin ale, very pleasant, I would say this is an average pumpkin ale.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

On the nose: pumpkin; which is novel for a pumpkin beer (ironically, since most of the style veer toward the spice side of the equation). The spice notes do come though though, along with malty sweetness and some faint hops.

On the palette: The spices hit the palette first, with nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice--the typical trinity for pumpkin. The body is pumpkin, accompanied by bittering botanicals that could be from the vegetal (pumpkin... OK, so pumpkin is actually a fruit, but whatever) addition, or from hops. Not sure. But the finish is bitter; mildly astringent. But nice overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good head and medium carbonation.

Overall, a good pumpkin beer that doesn't succumb to temptations of the mass market varients of this style, not too sweet and not too spicey, with a focus on the pumpkin itself. But, a bitter components come off as potentially unintentional and possibly unwanted, holding it back from greatness, but adding some balance.

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Photo of mscudder
4.27/5  rDev +14.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

A - A murky pumpkin orange. Topped by an ivory head. Above average retention and lacing.

S - Pumpkin puree, nutmeg, cinnamon, spices and a touch of orange.

T - Standard in all the usual flavors: pumpkin puree, spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and malts. The spices here are in rare form, being the dominant force. The puree is present with some assertion, all held together well by a sweet malt. Good stuff.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Nothing amazing here.

O - Another good showing from smutty. Not the best pumpkin ale I have come across but certainly one worth my time.

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Photo of kneeland
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6 pack of this from Whole Foods to try a new pumpkin ale. Some of the bottles have more of a pumpkin flavor than others.

Overall this is a really good beer. Not a lot of pumpkin taste in my opinion, but a great combination of nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.

The appearance is nice. A great golden orange color, with a decent amount of head (for a pumpkin ale).

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Photo of PancakesbyMail
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Beers of the World, Rochester NY. Tasted same day. Served in a bottle, poured into glass.

A: Great look, a hearty orange color. Foams up a good deal and leaves white lacings of head for a good duration.

S: Pretty faint, definite pumpkin smell as well as a hint of cloves and other pumpkin pie spices.

T: A good pumpkin flavor, though not as strong as the smell. As with smell, allspice and cloves sneak in at the corners but don't overpower it. Has a great "beer" flavor as well, unlike some other pumpkin beers.

M: Crisp, though flavors don't really linger. Pleasant without being particularly memorable.

O: A very good pumpkin beer. Not a huge fan of the style, but out of the ones I've tried this would be my favorite. Would certainly buy again next fall. Would have liked just a bit more pumpkin flavor, but enjoyed it nonetheless.

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Photo of tdm168
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear orangish amber with a thin cap of white head that fades quickly

S - pumpkin, nutmeg, faint cinnamon, maybe some ginger

T - grainy, bitter, pumpkin, nutmeg

M - medium bodied, warm, crisp

The nose was good but the flavor was off. The flavor was far too bitter with a grainy maltyness. the pumpkin and spices are there but they're overpowered. In the end I'm disappointed

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Photo of dexterk1
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass. Has a nice dark amber(almost pumpkin orange:)) color. Head was pretty thick and left some nice lacing.
Odor is spicy as one would expect from a pumpkin beer. Cinnamon and perhaps nutmeg.
Taste begins with a hint of floral and goes into spice. Ends with some spice(cinnamon lingers after). Has a pretty nice progression throughout. Mouth feel is crisp and carbonated. It has some weight that covers your tongue well.
Overall a solid pumpkin beer. It does not over do it with pumpkin nor spice.

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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 JimKal
3.88/5  rDev +4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: A deep cloudy gold with one finger of white head. The head stays for the whole beer and leave a nice lacing as you finish the beer. There is a constant stream of carbonation but the beer doesn't feel overly carbonated.

S: Doesn't seem to give off a lot of aroma.

T: You can definitely taste the pumpkin spice but unlike some other pumpkin beers I've tried this is not overly sweet.

M: I wouldn't describe it as very creamy as some have done but there is a smooth mouthfeel. As stated above,while there is noticeable carbonation it does not impact the mouthfeel.

O: I will never be a big pumpkin fan but this is one of the better one, in my opinion, that I've tried. I think it will work well with milder foods or a cool evening on the deck.

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

Picked up a sixpack of this from Consumer Beverages in Orchard Park, NY about three weeks ago. It didn't feel right to open them just yet, but I knew I would eventually want one, so I've been waiting patiently until today! Happy first day of fall, BA!

Poured into a Bell's glass, because sadly, I do not as of yet have a Smuttynose glass. Caramel-amber in colour, like the baked maple squash I'll be making in two weeks for Canuckian Thanksgiving. Somewhat murky, and with a thin head of foam that displays terrific retention. Lots of lacing as well. Great looking brew.

Nose is pumpkin puree, a bit of sugar and cinnamon (though the overall sensation is far from sweet), clove and mild citrus hops.

Tasty autumn brew indeed, though I must say that the pumpkin flavour is a bit more subdued than in the nose. No matter; the brew is unmistakably suitable for the season, with pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a nice hop bitterness to cleanse the palate. Becomes more pumpkin-like as it warms. Medium bodied, slightly creamy, mild carbonation.

Highly drinkable pumpkin ale, that simultaneously covers one's hankerings for "pumpkin" and "fall" beers. Glad I picked up a few to supplement my already substantial pumpkin beer list.

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Photo of agingric
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I stopped by my favorite distributor today with the intent of buying a case of my now everyday beer, Smuttynose IPA "Finestkind", and I spied their Pumpkin Ale and decided to give it a try instead. I have tasted two other pumpkin ales in the past (Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale and Springhouse Brraains) which were both excellent, but remarkably different in charachter; it was only natural that I would want to try a Smutty.

A-A tad orange, but not as appealing as the others I have tried. Decent head retention and lacing.

S-Pumpkin, clove

T-Pumpkin, spices, noticeably more hop bite in the afteraste (absent from other pumpkin ales that I have tried) which was a pleasant suprise due to the fact that I love IPA.

M-A bit of a letdown here. Not as much body as others that I have tried.

O-I am glad that I picked this up. This is not my favorite pumpkin ale, but it is very good, sessionable, and as with all Smuttynose brews I have tried, a good value.. I will be interested to see what my wife thinks of it.

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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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