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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

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1,734 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,734
Reviews: 815
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 84
Gots: 127 | 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 metter98
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
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.

Photo of Kinsman
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of OtherShoe2
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of claspada
3.7/5  rDev +1.1%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
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.

Photo of TommyW
3.8/5  rDev +3.8%
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.

Photo of IronCitySteve
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of drinkiusmaximus
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
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.


Photo of perrymarcus
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of mmtroop1218
3.25/5  rDev -11.2%
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

Photo of magine
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of scottyb88
4.15/5  rDev +13.4%
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

Photo of Augustiner719
4.13/5  rDev +12.8%
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.

Photo of klkatz
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
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.

Photo of BeerAdvocate
4/5  rDev +9.3%
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.

Photo of DmanGTR
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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

Photo of jmerloni
4.45/5  rDev +21.6%
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.

Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev +23%
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.

Photo of cbros
3.63/5  rDev -0.8%
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.

Photo of jzeilinger
3.98/5  rDev +8.7%
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!

Photo of corby112
3.35/5  rDev -8.5%
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.

Photo of ken2cart1
4.38/5  rDev +19.7%
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

Photo of MaxBrews
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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.

Photo of ThatWineGuy
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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