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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 1,669
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 81
Gots: 109 | 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 BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9%
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
Photo of DmanGTR
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Review from notes on 9/30/09

A - dark coppery orange, light haze, well formed off-white head of 1.5" in my tulip. Good retention and decent lace. 3.5

S - mild earthy and citrusy hops, melds nicely with the pumpkin pie spices. The pie spices are well balanced, none are overpowering. Rich caramel backbone too. 4.0

T - touch of caramel starts you off and delivers a balanced dose of nutmeg, allspice, and much clove. Finishes with a nice hop kick. Like an amber ale with spices thrown in, but nicely balanced. 4.5

M - medium bodied and well carbonated. Lingers on the palate. 4.0

D - highly drinkable. Great for a hophead who wants to try something different. 4.0

DmanGTR, Apr 07, 2010
Photo of jmerloni
4.45/5  rDev +21.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

A - Hazy deep orange. Good head that laces well and has good retention.

S - Spice, squash(?), some molasses malts. Interesting. Have never had a pumpkin ale yet and this is quite interesting.

T - Spices! Cinnamon and nutmeg. It's sweet. The finish is very nice and crisp and dry. This is quite impressive.

M - Medium bodied with medium carbonation. The dry finish makes it seem lighter than it is.

D - Extremely drinkable. Moderate ABV and the taste is such that while it's sweet, the finish is dry and refreshing and you could definitely session with this one in the fall, winter, or, for that matter, any time of the year. I really like this beer a lot. Very well made and another great beer from Smutty. How solid they are.

jmerloni, Apr 03, 2010
Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev +22.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Halloween, Horror Movies, Corn Mazes, Colorful Leaves, Hiking. All things I think of when I think of the smutty pumpkin. Had this one on the plan b deck on a chilly fall night wearing shorts and a t shirt. I was actually on one of my first dates with "The Doctor" when I had this on tap. This almost brings back a slight sense of nostalgia. She remembered how much I enjoyed it and picked me up a sixer for my birthday a couple weeks after I had it. I had to get rid of her though, she smelled like spaghetti and meatballs. Sorry, sorry, on to the review.

A - A dull pumpkin orange with orb like white head. Very spooky.

S - Smells like fresh pumpkin with spices from a witch's pantry.

T - Fresh pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla... what a delightful pumpkin ale. Tied with the dogfish punkin for my favorite pumkin ale.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Thinner than the super thick Punkin but still a robust satisfying feel to it.

D - My go to pumpkin session ale. Nothing like popping in "The Last House on the Left" and enjoying a smutty pumpkin.

DNICE555, Mar 05, 2010
Photo of cbros
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Serving type- 12 ounce bottled poured into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy orange color with a solid one finger sandy white lace that flattens out into a nice white lacing. There are prominent smells of pumpkin and ginger spice. A very nice smelling beer. The taste however does not translate well compared to the smell. It seems to be a little flat and lacking in pumpkin flavoring that came out in the smell. Overall an average pumpkin ale that promises more in the nose than delivers in the taste.

cbros, Feb 07, 2010
Photo of jzeilinger
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a crisp looking pumpkin orange, very mild head, no carbonation.

Smells of pumpkin, brown sugar, cloves and spiced bread.

Taste of spicey pumpkin, sweet malt, nutmeg, some hints of brown sugar and cloves. The spices dance around for awhile on the tongue before the sip closes with a nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium body with light prickly carbonation on the tongue. Drinkability is very high with this beer.

I've always enjoyed this beer because it's a really good ale as a foundation, then the pumpkin secondary, unlike alot of pumpkin ales where it's the reverse. Pumpkin ales unfortunately always get a bad rap, this isn't a typical pumpkin. Very well done, I tip my glass to you, Smuttynose!

jzeilinger, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of corby112
3.35/5  rDev -8.7%
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.

corby112, Feb 05, 2010
Photo of ken2cart1
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-light orangey color, 2 inch frothy head

S- cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin

T-much like it smells...one of the best tasting pumpkin ales ... definitely one of the most spiced pumpkin ales I have had. Spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and a toasty sweet malt backing. Stong lingering cinnamon taste.

m- creamy and smooth

D- very drink, each sip is so flavorful, you jus want more

ken2cart1, Jan 12, 2010
Photo of MaxBrews
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Snagged this fall brew a bit late. Couldn't find it for a while, but found happily found a single. 1 month before the end of the freshness date.

The first thing I noticed about this brew is it pours much nicer then most pumpkin ales I've had thus far. Nice 2 finger rocky white head dissipates quickly but reduces itself into a soapy lacing that clings to the glass. Colour is orange amber. 4.0

The aroma is strong from the pour and consists of cinnamon, ginger, clove and pumpkin, like a well-crafted pumpkin pie. If you let your nose really examine this beer you can get a slight hop smell, but once you find it your once again reminded of the spices.

The taste and mouthful of this beer is clean, not syrupy and none of the spices cloying. Not as much spices and pumpkin as the aroma but it is there. There is plenty of spice and pumpkin but also a very clean and strange lemon flavor in the background. Not bothersome as it seems to complement the beer quite well. (Trust me my glass is clean). Only other thing in this beer is the aftertaste of malt and a peck on the cheek of hops.

No bitterness or sweetness in this beer. Carbonation is average and body is medium.

This on my list of favorite pumpkin beers; a short list consisting of this and Dogfish Head's punkin ale. Dogfish head is earthier and less spicy then this beer, but still both great choices if want a pumpkin ale that isn't sweet over spiced and just an all round solid beer and down right sessionable. A must to have in your fridge in the fall if you live in New England.

MaxBrews, Dec 20, 2009
Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orange with a sandy, beige one finger head, well carbonated and a bit hazy. Nice ring and minor lace. Smells of pumpkin and squash with spicy perfumed accents, enticing and delightful. Taste and body, on the other hand, were very heavy and conjured up thoughts of root crops, autumn veggies, sweet potato with heavy malt contributions. This beer struck me as a heavyweight for the style with very dense body and flavour that surprized and overpowered. Aggressively spiced but not in the traditional nutmeg and cinnamon direction but with more ginger and a host of other spiced elements that made it almost impossible to pick out the nuances, a rather complicated (to me) mix. With warming, a bit more bitterness was a welcome contribution. Overall, this was a really interesting beer that was either over the top or hit a high mark depending on your own experience and perceptions, so you really must try it.

ThatWineGuy, Dec 08, 2009
Photo of beerwolf77
3.15/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into my pint glass the beer is light orange with a brown tint. Full inch of bone white head that rests on top for a good five minutes. After settling I'm left with a nice amount of thick lace.

The aroma is mild pumpkin. Mostly cinnamon with hints of malt. Not much else going on here.

The flavor is cinnamon and malt. Not a whole lot of pumpkin to be tasted here. For the love of all that is holy. Would it kill these breweries to give me some pumpkin flavor in a pumpkin beer?

Lightish body with a shit load of carbonation.

Overall I'm about done with all pumpkin beers. If it ain't Pumking it ain't worth my time and money.

beerwolf77, Nov 26, 2009
Photo of dstc
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy orange color with a big foamy white head. Head falls to a minimal one. Thin lace.

Malt aroma with clove and other spices present.

Nice sweet malt taste with pumpkin flavor. Hints of cinnamon, clove and nutmeg. Ends with a hoppy bitterness.

Medium bodied in the mouth.

Nice pumpkin brew that is more full flavored than some.

dstc, Nov 25, 2009
Photo of Carlton1964
2.03/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 1.5

Pours up nice....excellent color...I was real excited to drink this.
It was all down hill from that point. Bitter, metallic, dry, and nasty are the first few adjectives that come to mind.
I had to gargle with Iron City to get the taste of this nasty stuff out of my mouth.
I've heard good things about the folks at Smuttynose and may try another brew...but this was NOT a good start.

Carlton1964, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of MrIncognito
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - Copper body with a bit more of an orange hue. Nice 2-finger white head that fizzes on top for quite awhile before subsiding to thin lacing. Pretty good lacing on the glass.

S - Very spicy pumpkin with some amber malt nuances. A bit sweeter with some brown sugar notes.

T&M - This is one of the spicier pumpkin ales in my opinion. Lots of allspice with a dusting of nutmeg. More of a real pumpking pulp flavor than others that leaves kind of a cloying flavor on the tongue. Slite alohol spiciness balanced by sweet brown sugar. Pretty malty as well.

D - I like this one. A nice sipper for dessert as it really is quite sweet. Maltier than other offerings which is a nice change of pace and does well with this beer's spiciness.

MrIncognito, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of SWEET34
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Ok, for anyone who cares this is my first beer review. Now I'm sure that y'all are just dying to know what I thought of this beer, so I won't keep you waiting long...

Poured into a pint glass this beer looks like someone squeezed a pumpkin into a glass it has an orangish looking color with a nice head which stayed throughout most of the drink.

Smell: pretty nice with hints of nutmeg and pumpkin... naturally.

Taste: not bad at all. I have had better (Southern Tier - PumKing) but what can you do, this is a good beer none the less. It doesn't have an over powering pumpkin spice taste to it. I found it smooth and an overall easy beer to drink. I would definitely recommend this beer to anyone. So if your thinking about trying this beer quit screwing around and try it you won't be disappointed.

SWEET34, Nov 22, 2009
Photo of bob3701
2.03/5  rDev -44.7%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

I like a lot of Smuttynose's products and maybe it is just this year but I found this to be unpleasant at best. Nice orange amber color with nice lacing. Very bitter taste almost metalic and no real pumpkin spice detected. Seemed to be unfiltered (didn't know that with first bottle).

bob3701, Nov 21, 2009
Photo of BigMike
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a tulip glass.

A deep hazy orange copper color. Tannish color finger and a half head. Decent amount of lacing.

Smells definitely of pumpkin but not over poweringly. A bit of all spice and nutmeg as well. The best pumpkin beer nose i've smelled is Southern Tiers PumKING and this one isn't quite at that level.

A decent amount of pumpkin flavor. Not as much spicyness in the flavor as there is in the nose. Lots of pumpkin and some caramel flavor. A small amount of hoppiness there too.

Nice creamy mouthfeel. Smooth and pretty easy to drink.

Overall, this is an above average pumpkin beer. Nothing incredible but definitely drinkable.

BigMike, Nov 19, 2009
Photo of theghost3
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange/copper with a 1/2 finger white head. Medium lacing.

The smell is strong of allspice, nutmeg, and wheat. There are also scents of cinnamon, yeast & some sugary malts. The taste is spicy like pumpkin pie--allspice & cinnamon are there along with brown sugar malt. There's also an odd bitterness at the end which seems to be a combination of earthy hops & burnt malts. Mouthfeel is medium-bodied and crisp.

This is a drinkable pumpkin ale. The spices are well-balanced.

theghost3, Nov 16, 2009
Photo of beer2day
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours pumpkin colored (a nice organge gold) with a 1-finger head.

Strong nose on this. Not for the faint of heart. Lots of pumpkin spice and nutmeg. Very gourd-like. Nice malts and faint hops here as well. If you like pumpkin beer, you'll love the the aroma from this beer.

Slightly thin on the hit, but quickly overtaken by the spiciness of this brew. Pumpkin pie, without the whipped cream, with nice bitters on the finish. Decent malt presence as well.

Mouth is a little heavy, but fits well with the overall presentation.

Very nice on a cool fall day.

beer2day, Nov 13, 2009
Photo of craftaholic
4.09/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured from a 12 oz into a 'perfect pint'. Had a finger length head that was tan in hue with a decent amount of retention. The body of the beer itself was a burnt copper and orange color which was perfect for this one since it looked like a pumpkin.

Smell: There isn't a whole hell of a lot of pumpkin there but rather smelled like pumpkin spice in all aspects from allspice to cinnamon and clove, even a touch of coriander.

Taste: This one gets the job done nicely. The spice from the nose was a great precursor because this beer is exactly what it claims to be. Straight up pumpkin. It has pie like characteristics with the nutmeg that is prevalent but the hoppy finish reminds us that there is a second part to the style, that being 'ale'.

Mouthfeel: Not overpowering with the carbonation, medium bodied and syrupy and left a welcomed aftertaste.

Drinkability: Considering I sessioned with this all night on Halloween.

Overall: I'd say this one hit the mark and will seek it out the next time hallows eve rolls around. Has the right amount of balance between sweet and spicy and beer characteristics.

craftaholic, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of thecarster1
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a- bottle poured into a pint, 3/4 finger tan head with nice retention, slightly hazy bright orange color, nice looking lace mix of small, medium, and large bubbles with a ring around the glass.

s- lots of spice, cinnamon, clove, allspice, roasted pumpkin, straight up smells like pie.

t- mmm, pumpkiny, great spice flavors, cinnamon, all spice, nutmeg, clove, very much like pie with a slightly bitter hopy finish, this is one of the best pumpkin ales i've had.

m- medium body.

d- really good, this is a seriously tasty pumpkin ale, i haven't been pleasantly suprised by all the smuttynose offerings, this included, i'll seek this out as my pumpkin ale next year.

thecarster1, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of cyraxx
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - This beer pours beautiful copper/orange color with a small white head.

S - Not a whole lot of pumpkin, but a nice amount of the usual pumpkin pie spices.

T - Starts off with a taste of some nice malt and spices. Continues with a pleasing bitterness that I haven't found in other pumpkin ales.

M - Decent carbonation with light body.

D - Pleasant, but not over the top spices, make this quite drinkable.

cyraxx, Nov 06, 2009
Photo of sisuspeed
4.13/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured this into a small tulip glass. A nice foamy white head sits on top of a hazy orange hue. Looking at this beer instantly makes me think pumpkin.

Spices take control of the aroma at first, but then a nice wave of pumpkin puree floats in. Coriander and nutmeg are the two spices that come to mind right away, but cinnamon is also quite present upon further inspection.

Smooth malts and peppery spices mix with a creamy pumpkin flavor. The level of spice in this beer is just about perfect for a pumpkin ale. There is enough there to warm me up a bit on a cool autumn afternoon, but not enough to drown out the rest of the flavor. On top of that, I get real pumpkin coming through the spices. It's a little earthy, veggie like, which makes it taste like the real deal.

The mouthfeel is mixed. Smooth and creamy at times, and peppery and spiced at other times. Well balanced. The drinkability of this pumpkin ale is very good. Nothing is over the top, but everything is very well done. Thanks Smuttynose. I will be picking up more of this next fall.

sisuspeed, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of abuliarose
4.35/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter to reveal light orange-amber color and decent, airy head. Smells pretty solid for a pumpkin ale. The pumpkin really comes through, accented by spices and a slight citrus tang.

Tastes... like an ale with pumpkin! It's got a great crisp bitterness to it that I'd take in my ale any day, but the flavor of pumpkin is up front and in your face. The spices add a little to the kick which smacks mostly of hop and citrus rind. The almost medium bodied-thickness is separated efficiently by the carbonation which bites but dies fast. It's not as sweet or smooth as other pumpkin ales, but in a good way. I happen to find this exceptionally drinkable and very refreshing for its style.

Word up, Smuttynose. Word up.

abuliarose, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
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.

clayrock81, Nov 02, 2009
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