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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

1,722 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,722
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 Brenden
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is a nice orange color and develops a tan head that's big and frothy but tight. Retention and lacing are both good. This is a good-looking beer.
The aroma is pumpkin, like pure fleshy pulp, and a bit of earth with light spicing under a support of malt.
The taste is definitely pumpkin without much of the spicing used in other pumpkin beers. Earthiness really comes out and there's a bit of a hops presence as well, though light.
This is a medium-bodied beer with some smoothness and a crisp nip to it.
This is a very nice one, and very raw and natural. One of the better pumpkins out there.

Brenden, Sep 11, 2011
Photo of pasdachuri
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured a cloudy amber hue, appeared thick like an unfiltered wheat, with a creamy head

Nutmeg and spice hit the nose upfront with slight pumpkin under tones, not as much pumpkin as anticipated

Again, strong nutmeg and spice flavor with slight pumpkin after taste. The hops make a welcomed presence to balance the taste

Mouthfeel is a bit sticky and chewy, and leaves a thin pumpkin aftertaste

Overall a decent selection for the occasion, but I'll be leaving the rest of the six pack in the fridge to return to one at a time

pasdachuri, Sep 10, 2011
Photo of thain709
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

My first Pumpkin Ale of the year, 2011.

A - Poured with a brighter shade of copper body that had clarity and some darker highlights...the head was one finger tall, white in color, and foamy...a thin cap was left as well as some lacing

S - The aroma is very green and fresh to me...a lot of fleshy pumpkin along with pumpkin puree...the spices are at a minimum but you can detect some nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon

T - A lot like the nose...a lot of green flavors up front with the fleshy pumpkin leading the way...the spices again, are minimal and only come out in the middle...the normal spices are there...the surprise, for me, was the hop presence at the end of this beer...the hops were bitter and earthy, providing another level of that green flavor

M - Medium bodied...crisp, nice carbonation, surprise bitterness

O - The hops in this one were a surprise...I think this one would have been better if they used more spices and less hops (and I even like hops!)...this one is more of a pumpkin beer instead of a pumpkin pie beer

thain709, Sep 09, 2011
Photo of BrewCrew2010
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Nice sticky lace clings to the edge of the glass on top of a cloudy orange body.

S: Subtle pumpkin aroma with a faint notes of spices and toasted malts. This isn't one of the fake pumpkin beers, but would have liked a little more from the nose.

T: Most of the time with a pumpkin ale, I get the spices first. This one, however, it's pumpkins right off, followed by light spices (some clove, cinnamon, and nutmeg). There's a hint of toasted caramel malts that help sweetened it up and is balanced with some earthy hop bitterness. Dry finish.

M: Mouthfeel is very crisp and smooth; lively carbonation; medium body.

O: Just for the record, this one is more pumpkin flavor then spices, so it's not as sweet as some pumkin ales. I enjoyed this one, but since it's not as sweet, this one, to me, would be more appropriate with a meal. The subtle flavors are pleasant, but is not one that I would like to sit down and drink a 6-pack of. Worth getting though and easy to find.

BrewCrew2010, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of haywire77
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a SA perfect pint glass. Beer is a very muddy orange color with moderate carbonation and about 2+ inches of creamy off white head that hung around for quite awhile. It even formed a mesa atop my beer after a few minutes. Very good lacing throughout.

Smell is very average to me. Mostly pureed pumpkin and a touch of allspice on the end. Nothing to write home about as most pumpkin beers I have had have a powerful scent.

Taste is wow...pumpkin starts it off with a little nutmeg and maybe cloves. Then all of that is quickly washed away by this tidal wave of bitter hops, pine and citrus bite. Has a dry IPA feel to the after taste but without the lingering hop tingle on the tongue.

Mouthfeel is my favorite part of this particular beverage. Crisp and carbonated like a cold autumn morning. (Not that mornings can be carbonated.) Slick and not too sticky as some can be.

Overall this is a decent pumpkin brew. Not my favorite, but not on my avoid list either. Different, in that they seemed to try not to overdo the spices and sweetness. I would drink this again.

haywire77, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of moosejaw7
2.5/5  rDev -31.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 2

This beer lacks flavor. If I'm drinking a pumpkin beer, I want to taste pumpkin and spices. I can appreciate subtleties, but this is too subtle.

There's a faint whisper of pumpkin in the background but then it fades to an odd, off-putting, indistinguishable pumpkin spice before disappearing entirely.

As a general ale it's not bad, but even then, the tiny bit of pumpkin that's there also ruins the hop aroma and characteristics. I'm all for a pumpkin beer for beer drinkers, but this isn't it. This is a pumpkin beer for beer drinkers who don't wanna drink pumpkin beer.

Definitely not taking care of my pumpkin beer fix (yes, there's such a thing).

moosejaw7, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of ahq514
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from 12 oz bottle into shaker pint glass.

Pours a nice dark orange color. Decent amount of bubbles which indicating a moderate amount of carbonation. Thin head that dissipates fairly quickly. Some adequate lacing in the glass.

Aroma is of all the typical elements of pumpkin pie. Lots of pumpkin, some spices, including mostly clove, some cinnamon and nutmeg too. A little bit of caramel malt in there, but pumpkin and spices dominate the aroma. Aroma hops not detected.

Flavor starts off really nice. Lots of pumpkin flavor, brown sugar, and the aforementioned spices, particularly clove and nutmeg. There is a noticeably dry and bitter finish. Assuming this is from some hops, and an overuse of spices. Would have been a higher rating if not for the finish.

Mouthfeel is pretty good. On the lighter side of medium bodied. A little higher in carbonation than I would have liked.

Overall, this beer isn't bad. Probably the better of the few pumpkin beers I've tried. Problem is, as I've noticed with other pumpkin beers too, is too many spices which are not well balanced with the rest of the beer. This beer does have a better pumpkin flavor than other ones I've tried though.

ahq514, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of codsmith
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: Light orange with a thin white cream head

S: Nutmeg and cinnamon is fairly predominate on the head. There is also a slight fruity essence that seems to mellow out the

T: There is a slight malt sweetness but it overtaken quickly by bittering hops, which dominate the majority of the flavor and finish out the beer and it really ruins the flavor.

M: Its a fairly light bodied beer with good amount of carbonation.

O: Way too heavy on the bittering hops. Carbonation and appearance are there, just the flavor is really off.

codsmith, Sep 07, 2011
Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
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.

tobelerone, Sep 06, 2011
Photo of Schmidts
4.55/5  rDev +24%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber orange with a white head that leaves quickly. Smells of malts and spice,hops and Pumpkin.
This is the best Pumpkin Ale I have had so far this year tastes of malts and spices with a nice hit of Pumpkin and hops and alcohol. Balanced well. This is a beer drinkers pumpkin ale not a weak water one! In your mouth it is smooth and creamy and refreshing. Over all I give it a 4.5. If you want a real good drinkable not sweet and weak Pumpkin ale give this one a try.

Schmidts, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of GbVDave
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint.

BB DEC 2011

A: Pours a rich, pumpkin-y orange (duh!) with three full fingers of pillowy light-tan foam on top. Retention was excellent, no doubt fed by the ample carbonation, and lacing was extremely plentiful.

S: Suprisingly not too huge in the pumpkin or spice categories as far as the smell is concerned. Toasted malt, pie crusts, and gourd flesh.

T: A little more pumpkin and spice than in the nose, but suprisingly subdued. See above.

M: Nice bit of spicy zing and dryness that compliment the light melon-like sweetness.

O: I guess subtleness is the name of the game here. Not terribly impressive at first, but this certainly grew on me.

GbVDave, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of Kromes
3.43/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: For it's style, it looks great. A hazy copper color with a thick off-white head and good lacing down the glass.

S: A fruity blend of yeast, pumpkin and spices.

T:Starts sweet with a malt and then there is a pumpkin flavor with some muted spice. A rather harsh dandelion bitterness kicks in half way and doesn't let up.

M: Medium bodies with medium carbonation. Finishes dry.

O: A nice aroma and look to this beer. The flavor may be a bit too bitter for my tastes, but

Kromes, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of Aiptasia
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served in a 16 oz. pint glass in a local pub in St. Augustine, 9/5/2011.

A: Amber malt appearance with noticeable chill haze. Opaque orange/amber red with a nutty head, little lacing on the glass while imbibed.

S: Smell was heavy on the pumpkin and hops. Has an earthy, dirty flavor to the hops component. Probably picked a high alpha hops somewhere in the mix to pronounce a hops flavor vs. the pumpkin spices. Would've been better if a lower alpha hop was used IMHO.

T: Definitely tastes of pumpkin and bitter "dish water" hops. Not as well balanced as others of this type. More of a pumpkin for hop heads, the beer is extremely dry with little malt to balance it out.

M: Finishes dry and bitter. Again, hops lovers will go for this one. I like Weyerbacher's Pumpkin King interpretation better.

O: Not terrible, just not my cup of tea. Pumpkin is pronouced yet the spices of cinnamon, clove, etc. are more subdued. Hops are definitely armed and ready in this beer.

Aiptasia, Sep 05, 2011
Photo of rdilauro
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice amber pumpkin color ... A small but creamy white head. No question about Pumpkin in this one. The spices, mostly Cinnamon and nutmeg were perfectly balanced with the overall pumpkin flavor.
Nothing was too bold, or too small. Just a perfect way in presenting a pumpkin ale

rdilauro, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of jsh420
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

best by dec 2011

pours cloudy yellow orange with a frothy 2 finger white head that left lacing all down the glass

smells of bready pale vegetable malts lots of fall spice and a little pumpkin

taste is a let down after a pretty decent nose - no real pumpkin flavor what so ever - mostly nutmeg all spice and cinnamon with a tangy pale malt finish

mouthfeel - medium body a tad over carbonated

overall - while this is not the worst pumpkin ale i have had it is far from the best or better ones - no real pumpkin flavors it was more of a pale with lots of spice

jsh420, Sep 04, 2011
Photo of jera1350
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Burnt orange color with a thinner, but creamy tan head that retains well. Some nice lacing.

Kind of vegetal smelling, but getting some pumpkin and squash in there. Some light vanilla and spice as well.

The taste is a bit watered down and over hopped in my opinion. A sharp bitterness with some dishsoap flavor. Some very light pumpkin, vanilla and spice flavors at the back end. Not too bad, but tone the hops down please so I can taste the main idea of the beer.

A touch thin and quite dry actually. Bitter aftertaste from the hopping.

Not a bad pumpkin ale, but as mentioned earlier, just way too many hops used here. It overwhelms the pumpkin and spice. Maybe we have a new style- PIPA or Pumpkin IPA?

jera1350, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of hoptualBrew
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle - nice labelwork as usual by Smuttynose. Simple, yet attractive. Says is brewed with pumpkin puree & spices.

Dark golden color with big off white head, lacing stacks the glass - sexy residuals!

Alot of spice in the nose - nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice. There is a mild sweet malt presence in the nose, but mostly those spices just steal the show.

Taste like the holiday season, legitimately - tastes like those Yankee Candle & Kirkland stores smell when holiday season hits & all the nutmeg & cinnamon & gingerbread & vanilla spices are in the air. A pinching bittering spice up front curves into a soft mouthfeel & pumpkin reminence out back.

To be honest, I was expecting a sweeter & thicker brew. This is not bad at all though. The body is on the lighter side (5/10) & is well carbonated.

$8.99 for a 6pak at Total Wine & More. Is a great beer & one that will suit the holidays just right down here in Florida.

hoptualBrew, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Thads324
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a deep orange color with sticky tight off white head. Lots of spidery lacing. Aromas are subtle. A freshly sliced pumpkin scent with a bit of honey. A musty hop on the back side. First sip yields a malty bread flavor. The pumpkin is easy going with mild allspice and a bit of cinnamon. The hop is at the tail end with a good clean bitterness to cut the sweet and pumpkin flavors. Mouthfeel is good. Not heavy but not light, medium with an above average effervescent feel.
A good pumpkin beer that I can drink more than 1 of. I like that it is more pumpkin and less spice.

Thads324, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of cjacobsen
3.03/5  rDev -17.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

(A) Pours a dark orange. Brown in some spots, especially around the edges. Nice half inch foamy white head on it that has some amazing retention. Leaves great lacing.

(S) Clove, cinnamon, some nutmeg and definitely decent pumpkin. There's some other spices that I can't make out because they're somewhat blended together.

(T) Not so much like the smell. There are some decent hops throughout the flavor. Almost more vegetable/leafy than anything. There's some pumpkin, but it's more like the outer skin of the pumpkin. Earthy, somewhat malty and the bitterness of hops and other green vegetables. It's not really a bad flavor, but it's a far cry from the usual pumpkin beers that I'm used to.

(M) Medium body. Somewhat oily and has no really footing on the palate.

(O) I'll take Punkin Ale or Pumking any day of the week. I had higher hopes for this brew but it falls short. More vegetables and hops than anything. The smell is great but the taste has nothing to back it up.

cjacobsen, Sep 03, 2011
Photo of Avantyawn
2.17/5  rDev -40.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

This is the only Smuttynose beer that I have disliked, ever. And boy did I dislike this beer!.

A: Looks really nice, big deep orange hazy , with a huge sticky head. Very Nice.

S: Some light pumpkin and spice scents. Not very sweet at all.

T: Ack...This is really bad. The pumpkin flavor doesn't meld with the oddly hoppy low malt profile. It tastes like a metallic hoppy pale ale with some pumpkin slopped in. The beer is way too dry and the flavor turns totally flat and oddly bitter at the close. Nothing lingers besides a flat bitterness.

M: Much too thin a mouthfeel for the style. I want big and sweet with a pumkin ale. This is meek and thin.

O: Overall, this is by far the worst pumpkin beer I've tried. I am a huge fan and supporter of Smuttynose, but this is a clear miss. I don't understand why they bottled this. It just is not good tasting in anyway in my opinion. I don't get it! I can't even finish this let alone the rest of the 6-pack.

Avantyawn, Sep 01, 2011
Photo of CFHMagnet
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint glass for 2 fingers of off white head. Body is a nice copper color with a good flow of carbonation. Awesome head retention kept a little under a finger of foam floating on top throughout consumption.

Floral hops, malt, pumpkin and a bit of nutmeg with hints of other spices.

Malt starts off the taste then quickly flows into a bitter hop flavor. This itself is quickly overwhelmed by the taste of spicy pumpkin bread. Better than I expected. The bittnerness pops up again on the tailend and stays with you, building with each sip. The beer is medium bodied with a light amount of stickiness. Very bitter and dry, especially on the tail end, it keeps you coming back for more.

CFHMagnet, Aug 31, 2011
Photo of Brunite
2.45/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Starts out OK. A hazy orange with tan head.

S: Hmmm. Not much going on. No real spice notes.

T: WOW! Vegetal and bitter. No spice notes detected. Just bitterness and tart. Like unsweetened grapefruit. No pumpkin noted. Lots of bitter noted.

M: Medium

O: Disappointed. Being a Smutty fan....this left me wanting no more.

Brunite, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of ncketchum
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle chilled, served in a pint glas

A = pours a dark orange, hazy (pumpkin puree?), with 2 fingers of white head, dissipates quickly leaving mild lacing.

S = nutmeg and pumpkin, malt are all evident

T = much hoppier than I would have expected. Hints of pumpkin followed by malt.

M = nicely bitter, smooth, not much alcohol, good amount of carbonation

D = The initial smell had me thinking big pumpkin taste. However, I was caught off guard by the hoppiness, but this was a nice surprise. Interesting, probably not my favorite pumpkin ale but definitely one I will try again

ncketchum, Aug 30, 2011
Photo of Casey10
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another above average pumpkin beer. Like this one alot. It is hoppy nice lacings orange amber body with light but nice touch of pumpkin spice in the background. Not overwhelmeing at all but a nice touch in the background.

I would recommend to anyone looking for a really good pumpkin beer to try this one.

Casey10, Aug 29, 2011
Photo of jman892
3.3/5  rDev -10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Hazy amber color, foamy head. Moderate lacing

S - Not picking up a lot on the nose, maybe a bit of yam sweetness, but if I didnt know better, dont think I could peg this as a pumpkin beer

T - More pumpkin in the taste than the nose. Not overdone, sort of subdued and mellow, not as spicy as a lot of pumpkin beers

M - Creamy mouthfeel, good carbonation, easy drinker

O - Good pumpkin ale, not the best, but a solid representation of the style

jman892, Aug 28, 2011
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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