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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

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1,742 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,742
Reviews: 818
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 85
Gots: 135 | FT: 0
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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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Photo of ahq514
3.67/5  rDev 0%
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.

Photo of codsmith
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
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.

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.

Photo of Schmidts
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
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.

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.

Photo of Kromes
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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

Photo of Aiptasia
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
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.

Photo of rdilauro
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
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

Photo of jsh420
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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

Photo of jera1350
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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?

Photo of hoptualBrew
3.76/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of Thads324
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
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.

Photo of cjacobsen
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Photo of Avantyawn
2.28/5  rDev -37.9%
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.

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.

Photo of Brunite
2.51/5  rDev -31.6%
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.

Photo of ncketchum
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
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

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.

Photo of jman892
3.26/5  rDev -11.2%
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

Photo of hooliganlife
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a bright and dirty orange with a hint of burnt copper. great creamy head. nice lacing and GREAT retention.

a nice combo of pumpkin and hops. bits of pine and citrus alongside pumpkin. nothing deep and complex but good for what it is.

very hoppy, almost IPA like hoppy. lots of citrus and pine bitterness. mixed in there is a pumpkin pie flavor. nice spices mixed in that linger through the after taste.

very full and chewy. lots of carbonation up front that works with the hops, once it dies out the pumpkin comes through.

i love this. its a hoppy as hell pumpkin ale.

Photo of shortbus7
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a bottle that was slightly chilled.

A: Beer pours a copper orange color. A thick off white foamy head appeared after a vigorous pour. It dissipated to a moderate lace in a few minutes that lasted throughout the beer.

A: Pumpkin and spice break through immediately with a small amount of hops. I really enjoy this.

M: Very smooth with a moderate thickness. Very creamy and perfect for this style of beer.

T: All spice and cloves breakthrough immediately with a slight pumpkin taste that follows. Hops break through at the end to provide a little kick. The aftertaste is all allspice, clove, and cinnamon.

O: This is a very good beer. I also really enjoy all spice in general. If I did not care for it, I may be slightly put off by it.

Photo of sdsurfer217
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A: Hazy, orange color with no head. Can’t see through the beer. Kind of apple cider-y in appearance.

S: Smells like canned pumpkin, hints of fresh clove, and a little bit of hops. Smells really balanced and inviting.

T: More hops on come through than from the aroma, almost piney. Finishes with a good, clean, pumpkin flavor. Clove/nutmeg/cinnamon is present, but not over powering.

M: Creamy mouthfeel. Clean finish from the hops. Well carbonated, even though it doesn’t appear so in the glass.

O: Happy with the beer for the most part. I was jaded on pumpkin ales after having a couple that tasted like liquid pumpkin pie, but this one taste’s like beer with pumpkin. Not something I would session with, but it’s a good after dinner drink. I really enjoyed the aroma, its a beer I could just sit and smell for awhile on a cool fall day.

Photo of Wamesit
4.42/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours a somewhat hazy copper-orange. Thing white head that gives was to mild lacing.

S - Aroma of real pumpkin. Allspice and cinnamon.

T - Deep robust flavor, not unlike a light porter. Earthy pumpkin and spices. A touch of chocolate malt. Delicious.

M - Medium. Lively.

O - An outstanding ale. Natural and autumnal.

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

Poured from the bottle into a nonic glass

A- Poured a hazy almost murky brownish orange with one finger of frothy head that leaves some nice lacing.

S- Lots of nutmeg, pumpkin, and ginger, balanced aroma

T- Nutmeg, lots of gingerbread, and pumpkin

M- Really nice prickly carbonation, smooth, medium bodied pumpkin ale

O- This was a pretty good pumpkin beer, but the high gingerbread taste in this beer almost makes this taste like a pumpkin and winter warmer hybrid. Lots of ginger and some spice, but also lots of natural pumpkin flavor.

Photo of nandemo1
3.52/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy dark orange, basically pumpkin colored. One finger head that leaves a good amount of lacing as it retreats.

Smell is definitely of cinnamon and allspice. Taste is a lot hoppier than I was expecting, with a bit of spiciness and a lot less sweetness than was on the nose. There was a slight bit of sour in there that I didn't enjoy.

Mouthfeel is light and refreshing with good carbonation.

I see pumpkin beers as more of a treat, a dessert beer, so this one is a bit lacking for me. This beer is very sessionable with the moderate alcohol and light body, so if that's your thing, then it'll probably be right up your alley.

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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