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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,568 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,568
Reviews: 798
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 78
Gots: 77 | 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 GrizzlyBrew
3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours an appealing golden orange, one of the few that reminds me of pumpkin (I know it's not an indicator of style, but I still appreciate it!). There is a pleasant haziness to the glass that prepares me for a lush mouthfeel. The head resides to light lacing.

S & T - These are one in the same in this case. I'm getting low, but distinguishable, spice. It's reminding me of a spiced/potpourri decoration that I just smelled at my mother's house that I remember from my childhood, a muted spice basket with cedar notes.

M - Nice carbonation and a good, balanced weight to this beer.

D - So far, one of the better pumpkin ales I have tried. Could definitely throw back a few without feeling cheated and not having spice pucker mouth.

GrizzlyBrew, Sep 01, 2010
Photo of gopens44
3.05/5  rDev -17.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

A - Not too much head, as what was there relaxed to a foamy film atop my pint glass. Coppery color, nice.

S - Hints of nutmeg, not too much pumpkin.

T - It was like a standard ale, only more bitter, dry and with nutmeg. My first pumpkin beer, and maybe I was hoping for more of a pumpkin pie thing, but not so much. Did I say "dry"? Can't point that out too much.

M - Once again, dry. Medium carbonation and bitter on teh back of the tongue

D - I will seek out several other pumpkin beers before I come back to this one, if ever at all. Just not a great experience.

gopens44, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of mdaschaf
3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH snifter glass

A: Pours a burnt orange with very little head. The head that does form dissipates to a few white patches on the top and a ring of white around the glass. Decent lacing forms down the glass.

S: Can pick up the aroma from this beer even when it is sitting on the table a foot or so away. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg along with pumpkin. There is also some malt on the backend.

T: Instantly hit with the spices from the nose - lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, then you get a really nice sweetness from the pumpkin, followed up with a earthy malt finish. Leaves a really nice aftertaste.

M/D: Medium bodied and very smooth. Easy to drink and a great example of a pumpkin beer.

mdaschaf, Aug 31, 2010
Photo of foogerd
4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

A- hazy golden copper with a white head and a little bit of lacing
S- pumpkin melds in with spices such as nutmeg cinnamon and malts
T- really tasty a mix of sweetness and bitterness from the spices and balanced out with malty bready pumpkin flavors just a delicious enjoyable pumpkin ale
M- perhaps a tad too carbonated but pretty nice otherwise
D- O y'all be going through plenty of these this fall.

foogerd, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of aepb1
4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- Golden with a white head

S- Pumpkin, spices (some nutmeg, definitely pumpkin pie!) and some malty sweetness

T- Spices again with the pumpkin, some sweetness probably from the pumpkin puree

M- Medium bodied with good carbonation, SMOOTH!

D- Tastes like the season and makes me miss New England

aepb1, Aug 29, 2010
Photo of scottyshades
4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Transparent copper color with a small fizzly head

S: This and the flavor really set this pumpkin apart from 90% of others. The pumpkin seems more real and earthy instead of artificial, over-spiced and sweet.

T: Awesome flavors. Truly amazing for the style...spices play a smaller role than in other beers. Pumpkin flavor are earthy and mellow

MF/d: moderate carbonation, medium feel, lightly spiced finish.

Notes: one of the best pumpkin beers, almost up there with Weyerbacher's

scottyshades, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of lovindahops
4.3/5  rDev +16.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

second pumpkin beer of the fall season! I am counting on this to be good, as Smutty is just sick-nasty when it comes to their brews!

poured into a pint glass

A- pours a golden orange with a fantastic head of foam. While the brew is clear, the head itself is very impressive. Massive lacing on the glass leads me to believe that this is a true pumpkin brew

S- uuummm... Pumpkin, spices, slight toasted malt, and a sweet brown sugar scent. I don't care about the negativity out there on pumpkin brews... this is a mouth watering event!

T- a crisp flavor profile that bounces back and forth with the spices and slight pumpkin flavoring. Here is the part I like bitterness all around. Especially at the end. Very tasty

M- crisp, clear, clean. In other words, very good

D- Smuttynose just rocks. This is a beer that you want to grab and do one of the following: a. watch the leaves drop b. enjoy the cooling weather c. celebrate Halloween and watch a horror movie d. all of the above. Pumpkin ale is just a great brew that can be slam dunked all season long

lovindahops, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of IHC
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is good

Smell- You can certainly smell the spice and pumpkin and it is pleasant.

Taste- It's a good pumpkin ale but like most pumpkin ales my limit to this flavor and style is one or two with a meal and thats about it.

Mouthfeel- its good pumking taste at first with a nice slightly dry finish

Drinkability- again its a good beer but the pumpkin flavor limits you to only a couple brews, I love it but its not the type of beer to go and get drunk off of.

IHC, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of KerriL
3.15/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Nice, crisp, clear amber color. Maintained a thin head during the entire drink. Some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Very mild. Slightly sweet, slightly spiced--a very delicate scent.

Taste: Initially very smooth, followed by a bitter taste on the back and sides of the tongue mingled with a taste of malt sweetness and very faint pumpkin. Definitely not overly pumpkin flavored.

Mouthfeel: Average. Neither thick nor thin--nothing remarkable.

Drinkability: Goes down easy, but the bitterness is a bit of a sticking point. Wish there was more pumpkin flavor and maltiness to it. Overall, a good beer--but not remarkable. If it's to be a pumpkin beer, it should have more pumpkin flavor. I do admire that Smuttynose did not over-spice this one--all too easy to do (and too tempting) when making a pumpkin beer.

KerriL, Aug 28, 2010
Photo of metter98
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
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 avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +9.5%
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.

avalon07, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of Kinsman
3.93/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from 12oz bottle into pint glass.

Color is a hazy pumpkin body with an impressive sticky ivory colored head.

Aroma gives off a bit of everything. Some malt notes, a bit floral, and most noticeably the spices. Typical pumpkin pie spices can be found: cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

Definitely not like many of the pumpkin beers out there, which seems to be watered down amberish ales that have been overloaded with spice. Smutty pumpkin manages to give you a solid beer, with just the right amount of pumpkin and spice. A bit of a toasted and caramel malt character followed by the slight blandness that is pumpkin puree. Quickly though the pumpkin pie spices come in without being too much. Right at the finish there is a slight hop bitterness to round things out.

Mouthfeel is creamy but not too heavy. Overall a great pumpkin beer that is perfect for the season.

Kinsman, Aug 27, 2010
Photo of OtherShoe2
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours pale orange with a big beige head. Bunch of lacing.

Surprised. Light spice notes, including something savory (white pepper?), some malt, and a little...gourd/pumpkin/cooked squash edge. Not very strong. Might be a good thing that doesn't reek like a pumpkin pie, but there is almost nothing there.

This is not the usual shitty super sweet overdone pumpkin beer. This is beer first, spices and fruit/veg last. First sip is a dry bitter malty mouthful, a little white pepper edge, and here comes the light cinnamon and allspice. Mild and a supporting character. More bitterness as the palate clears, leading to a very subtle pumpkin/gourd flavor. While most of this style are sweet, this hasn't a hint of sugar.

Medium bodied, with a little carbonation in the mouth (none in the glass).

Overall, a shocker for me. I have been avoiding this beer like the plague as I feared it would be one more of similarly flavored brews. This is the real deal. I could have this with Thanksgiving dinner, or with a nice fall meal, or sip this on a cool day. For people who hate pumpkin beer, this is the one to try.

OtherShoe2, Aug 26, 2010
Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

claspada, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
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.

DrDemento456, Aug 24, 2010
Photo of TommyW
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Clear, gold body with a medium white head that clings a little to the glass.

S- Light pumpkin spice over a thin malt aroma.

T- Pumpkin spice over malty flavors that are balanced by a herbal hop profile that leave a bit of lingering bitterness.

M- Medium body with a medium carbonation.

D- Fairly balanced for a fall season pumpkin ale, but the pumpkin spice, which is the only thing I detect that makes this a pumpkin beer is a little subdued by the hops.

TommyW, Aug 23, 2010
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Pours a nice clear copper color, with a small off-white head with little retention. There is a very faint amount of lacing.

S: Pumpkin, bready malts, caramel and some spice. Not as prominant as expected, but still quite nice.

T: The flavors all blend together nicely. The spice hits the palate first, followed up by the pumpkin and bready malt character.

M: Leaves a nice creamy film on the palate. There is a lingering of spice as well.

D: This is a really nice and well put together pumpkin ale. If you enjoy pumpkins, definitely give this a try.

IronCitySteve, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of drinkiusmaximus
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A-pours a nice copper color with a generous fingers width off white head.

S-hints of pumpkin,malts and spices blended nicely.nice aroma.

T-same as above but something is also lacking seems as though there should be a tad more Heartiness with a brew with this flavor profile.

M-is on the thin side love the flavors but not as robust as i would have hoped.

D-As i have never found these beer highly drinkable because they are usually fuller and with the flavor/spice profile too much can definitely be a bad thing i find myself not wanting more than one or two.

Prost!!!

drinkiusmaximus, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of perrymarcus
3.2/5  rDev -13%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle served in a standard pint glass.

pours a clear copper color with at least two inches of puffy, off-white head. retention is okay but nothing to write homes about; some lacing evident.

nose is primarily of pumpkin, malt, and spices. smells good if not incredibly potent.

flavor profile mostly squares with the aroma. again, decent but nothing eye-opening. i get a dry, almost bitter finish that i don't particularly care for.

mouthfeel is light-bodied with medium to high carbonation. drinkability is solid in the sense that it's a lighter, refreshing beer (as far as pumpkins go) that's not too difficult to put back. IMO though there are better style representations out there.

perrymarcus, Aug 22, 2010
Photo of mmtroop1218
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a pair of these the other day to see how they turned out this year

A - Kind of a cidery copper color with a huge 3+ finger head on it, fair carbonation bubbles going on here too

S - Took a couple of trys but picked up a spicey malty pumpkin smell though not to prevalent

T - It kills me to do this cause i love smuttynose, but I found this beer to fall flat on its face up front. Not really much there at the start on this one, but there is definatly a spicey, cinnamon pumpkin after taste that lingers for a while.

M - Decent feel on the mouth, id say a pretty thin body at most

D - Again it kills me to say this, but id did not really enjoy this offering from smuttynose, though the beer is definatly on the easy to drink side of pumpkin beers, i guess i was expecting a little more. With that said it was very drinkable and you would have no problem putting a bunch of these guys back

mmtroop1218, Aug 17, 2010
Photo of magine
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a Sam Adams tulip/pint glass.

Brew pours a copper color with a white head. Nice lace, head settles to a lace island. Looks good.

Brew smells of pumpkin, spices, malts. Good smell.

Brew tastes clean and refreshing, spiced nicely; cinnamon, and malty. Has a good taste and a good mouthfeel. Has a slightly dry aftertaste. This is a nice even balanced flavor and drinkable brew. Just not enough pumpkin in the flavor, more other spices like cinnamon. Still good though.

This is a very drinkable brew, good tasting, good mouthfeel. Nice brew, case worthy.

magine, Aug 14, 2010
Photo of scottyb88
4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- pours a clear orange-copper hue with thick two finger off white head; nice lacing

S- really impressed with the aroma on this one; as it warms you can smell it coming out of the glass from a foot away; it's spicy with cinnamon and allspice, some brown sugar and light toasted smell

T-a nice dose of spice up front and hops with a toasted malt in the middle and quite a bit of dryness at the end; it reminds me mainly of the crust of pumpkin pie that is seasoned with pie seasonings; for me I wish it was a bit sweeter to match the intensity of the aroma

M-decent mouthfeel with medium thickness; not overly creamy and a nice aftertaste of spice

D-not too familiar with this style, but it's a good smelling and looking beer, but not as flavorful as i was hoping; I personally wish it was a bit sweeter, but not too sweet

scottyb88, Aug 13, 2010
Photo of Augustiner719
4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Sam Adams perfect pint.

This pours a really orange red color with amber hues along the rim. Really clear and filtered with a nice fluffy off white head. Also has a nice bit of lacing running across the glass. The aroma on this was very nice. Stewed pumpkin, sweet potatoes and some cinnamon came through. Also has a spicy character that is really nice. The tsetse was a tad thin and the flavors didn't really come through as much as I had hoped. Still has a nice balance and really great incorporation of the fall flavors. This will be so much better in the fall and not in this 100 degree weather. Mouthfeel is near perfect. Solid carbonation and has a nice sweet bite that brings the beer together. Drinkability is also high on this one. Really easy going down and just the right amount of pumpkin that tastes real.

Augustiner719, Aug 07, 2010
Photo of klkatz
3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Let me preface this review by saying it is July 12... and we've had this beer since Halloween. It's been sitting in the back of the fridge... and like the fat kid at gym class... it was consistently overlooked and passed over for more superior brews.

I remember being surprised at how much of an ale it actually was... let's see if that holds up 9 months later.

appearance - amber to dark amber... good head retention...

smells of pumpkins... hard to pick up anything else... 36 weeks in the fridge might do that...

taste... pumpkin... spices - nutmeg??

MF - has a pilsener like feeling in the mouth... not bad.

the drinkability of most pumpkin beers might be one... to please the Halloween gods as not to be egged or spooked for not trying one at the party.... but this one is okay... I'd have a few... they did a good job of going with the subtle pumpkin taste... and really sticking to the idea that this is an ALE first and not pumpkin pie.

klkatz, Jul 13, 2010
Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Beer review from BA Mag Oct 2007.

Smuttynose brews their pumpkin ale with "real" pumpkin puree and does not list it as a mystery "natural flavor" like some of the bigger brewers. As we've mentioned, brewing with pumpkins is not a new fad. Brewers back in the colonial days brewed with pumpkins as well as other ingredients due to the high price of imported malt.

Hey everyone, we have another epic head here. We see this just as much as a blue moon on Monday. The crown of lace that clings to the glass is absolutely amazing. Bright and clear and orangey in color. Big sniff of powdery allspice with cinnamon being the dominant spice. Toasted malt and a hint of fruity yeast in the back of the nose. More than enough hop bitterness to go around with an earthy herbal flavor, both never go overboard. Toasted malt is the next layer with a dried grass flavor, spicing drops a mingling of nutmeg and cinnamon while the subtle pumpkin flavor rides up against a warming and very mild estery alcohol. Finishes with a hop note of herbs and bitterness, spice and a drying grain.

This is a beer drinker's beer when it comes to pumpkin ales. The flavor profiles are brimming with simple complexities from the spice, hops and pumpkin and just enough malt to hold the foundation of this beer together. So flavorful it would overshadow a plain turkey dinner.

BeerAdvocate, Jul 07, 2010
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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