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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

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1,491 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,491
Reviews: 792
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 63
Gots: 46 | 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:
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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4.38/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

--2006 Vintage--

A: Pours a deep, hazy gold with a thick head. Color is similar to fresh apple cider.

S: Aroma of pumpkin and spice are immediately apparent. Sweet and malty. Like pumpkin pie in a bottle.

T: Malty sweet with obvious pumpkin flavors. Tastes like the brewer used real pumpkin. Finishes spicy with a very slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, and slightly thick. Spot on for the style.

D: Highly drinkable as far as pumpkin ales go. Not a session beer by any means, but I could certainly have another. My favorite pumpkin ale this year.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 02:32:27 | More by BassAssassin
Photo of vtfan77


4.18/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light golden orange with a big, frothy head and decent lacing.

S- Much pumpkin in the nose, with nutmeg and other spices as well. Like pumpkin pie with a hint of beery malt.

T- Pumpkin and nutmeg upfront; tastes like a bite of pumpkin pie. The pumpkin character blends with a bready malt and finishes with a noticeable hop bitterness. Very nice!

M- Medium-bodied, but on the light side of medium. Not too much carbonation.

D- Good drinkability. Pretty decent quaffer, a bit high in alcohol to be a session beer, but definitely one that you can have a couple of in a sitting.

Very good stuff, I like this one. I've only had one other pumpkin beer and this one beats it hands down. Great pumpkin flavor, not just spices. A fantastic fall beer. Recommended for anyone who likes pumpkin beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-03-2006 02:24:15 | More by vtfan77
Photo of morayeel


2.45/5  rDev -33.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Apperance- Nice golden color

Smell- I thought this ale was a little week on the pumpkin and spice smell

Taste- The taste was OK I was expecting a little more from this ale.

Mouthfeel- I thought this was a very dry taste at the end.

Drinkability- Not an ale I would recomend.

Serving type: on-tap

10-02-2006 16:40:55 | More by morayeel
Photo of Zoh

New Hampshire

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
A - Dark orange/copper, just the way I imagine a pumpkin ale should look. Decent head that didn't last too long.
S - Some spices, but a lot of pumpkin smell. I was surprised by how much roasted squash aroma is there.
T - Lots of upfront pumpkin, tastes like roasted pumpkin seeds. The spices are not as evident as other pumpkin beers, but they are still there. Everything is well balanced with a malt sweetness in the background.
M - Mouthfeel is good, smooth and creamy without being overly heavy or sticky.
D - Excellent, I could easily have a few of these in a row.
Overall, an excellent example of the style and my facorite pumpkin beer this year.

Serving type: bottle

10-02-2006 14:27:20 | More by Zoh
Photo of Ieatlambfries

New Jersey

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle of this years batch. The color is hazy orange. Very slight off white head of dense bubbles which did not last long.

Definite hints of real pumpkin in the smell. Not perfumy like some others. Also pumpkin pie spices such as cinnamon and clove.

The taste has a definite hop presence. Citrus rind, with some earthy notes as well. The pumpkin is also definitely there from the start. It's a real pumpkin flavor. The spices are there as well. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Not overly sweet, which is a plus.

The mouth feel was good. Medium carbonation. Very drinkable. This beer had just enough pumpkin and spice to enhance the flavor, rather than dominate it. I recommend this to any one who appreciates the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2006 01:40:29 | More by Ieatlambfries
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4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a huge fan of the pumpkin ale style I find this one to be one of the easiest drinking of them. And plenty full of flavor too. mmm. I will get it again and try it next to some pie =)

Appearance: Pours a dark golden bronzed amber with a white head on top of the beer. Little light passes through this darker than average pumpkin ale.

Smell: All the pie spices are loaded up on this one along with the sweet malt back bone. Truly a quite enticing sniffable beer.

Taste: Cinnamon nutmeg ginger vanilla clove you name it, its there wrapped up a beautiful malty body that is smooth and easy to drink. The dryish finish keeps it from becoming too much but it is certainly everything I love about pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel: This is a medium body beer that is smooth and marvelously creamy.

Drinkability: Back the truck up to door! I want to drink this all month!

Hope this is helpful.

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 06:13:27 | More by Phatz
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3.25/5  rDev -11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack of bottles.
Pours a nice orange copper color with a thick white head. The head dissipates slowly leaving a ring down the glass throughout the drinking experience.
Smells like pumpkin and spices. A slight bitter sent is noticable.
Tasts like a pumpkin pie mixed with pumpkin bread. Leaves a lingering bitter taste at the back of the toungue.
Mouth feel is a very nice soft foamy feel.
This beer has average drinkability because if you don't like a bitteryish taste then its not enjoyable the whole night. But if you don't mind a slight bitter taste in your beer then this is a great beer that you can really appreciate!

Serving type: bottle

09-29-2006 03:35:55 | More by Jcdolan
Photo of ommegangpbr

New York

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An attractive lookin' brew; within the pale ale spectrum of copper with a creamy white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Clear and vibrant.
Smells like pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie that has been soaking in some booze.
The taste is ballsier than the scent would indicate. A bit more bready (think dark rye), definately more bitter with a hops bite. That hops bite keeps the spices in control and makes the spices quite pleasing.
Medium bodied... this is a bit too bitter for me to rate it really high in drinkability but this is enjoyable stuff. This would rock with a well made Thanksgiving dinner.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 23:24:08 | More by ommegangpbr
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3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 6pack at Woodmans West

appearance: I dig the label as I often do with the Smut...pours into great dane imperial pint glass, clear golden copper, light foamy beige head with little retention

smell: pumpkin pie, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, various other spices that are not over the top. It smells the part

taste: this is an example of a beer getting my respect not really for what they did right but more what they didnt do wrong. Its not overly spiced to the point that it doesnt even resemble the style its claiming. Pumpkin pie flavour is light and delicate but not overshadowed by the spice...cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, brown sugar are the highlights. Enjoyable, but why cant someone make a pumpkin bomb for me?

mouthfeel: medium-light body, average carbonation

drinkability: good

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2006 00:33:45 | More by dirtylou
Photo of Liquids


3.55/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orangey amber pour, with a thin white head, that looks pleasant and beer like--always a mystery pour with (underlying) beer style being so varied for something like a "pumpkin beer." Aroma is gentle with distinct spices, some pumpkin aroma detected, and definitely a hop presence. Lots going on here, and it peaks the curiosity, but nothing making me want to down it instantly, either. Taste is rather hoppy surprisingly--citrusy, a hoppy pale ale, but with a faint and fleeting burst of pumpkin flavor in the finish. The hops linger, as does a bit of the pumpkin flavor. The spices are much more in the aroma than taste, actually. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but rather weighty on the tongue, and not really overly carbonated, but high amounts of it--at least for me; points for the heft. Drinkability - there is a substanial beer lurking beneath the pumpkin going on here, and a hoppy one at that. It's a twist on a hoppier pale ale, but the pumkin is just too subtle for me. When the carbonation faded, it was a bit more noticable, but still faint. Smutty seems to love seriously hoppy beer, so this fits their style. I would have, best of all worlds, enjoyed a slightly less hoppy drinker that overdid it with the pumkins, in comparison. Drinkable, and a good fall variation if you like smutty beers and want a seasonal that keep the smutty beer profile but add a little twist.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2006 00:49:59 | More by Liquids
Photo of delicious


4.25/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, and get this, pumpkin(!) colored body with a fluffy white head.
It smells of the usual pumpkin spices along with hops and cloves.
It starts off with the pumpkin and ends dry and tingly, and it's all quite drinkable throughout. What I love about this pumpkin beer in particular is that i really taste the gourd and not just the spices. And it doesn't limit itself to the pumpkin demographic; the bitter, leafy hops and cloves keep tasting great long after the seasonal novelty runs dry. This has joined the list of beers I look forward to every fall.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2006 02:14:01 | More by delicious
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color, slightly cloudy. Great spice smell, with underlying pumpkin coming through once you get past the initial spice. Taste was surprising and quite hoppy, much more than I expected. It seems almost IPA-like were it not for the heavy spice. A good choice for a Pumphin Ale if you favor IPA's.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2006 02:27:37 | More by techdiver
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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz. bottle. Poured a hazy golden color, moderate, off-white head. Ale brewed with pumpkin puree and spice. Aroma was citrus, faint cinnamon, pumpkin and allspice -- very pleasant. Flavor was mild hops at the front (citrus), with a stronger bite at the finish. Pumpkin flavor came up in the middle, spices in the aftertaste, and the pumpkin seemed to be stronger than the spice. The malt was quite mild, a honey wheat bread. Finally, there was something almost Belgian about the beer (funky yeast), that I couldn't really put my finger on. The beer was light in body, medium in carbonation, and slightly drying. Overall, very well integrated and subtle. I liked this and would certainly buy it again.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 17:04:44 | More by
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New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured out murky orange with a thin white head. Tremendous aqmount of spice in the nose, knowck you over type power. Clove, nutmeg, ginger, orange, even some banana. The taste is pretty spicy, lots of ginger and clove (makes my tongue numb there's so much of it). The pumpkin is very faint, and both the clove and ginger linger long after this has headed down my gullet. Not what I would consider a true pumpkin ale, but a good tasting spicy beer nonetheless. More of a Holiday ale than pumpkin specifically.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 04:49:25 | More by dherling
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A--Dark Amber color with a small amount of head. Very clear was definetly filtered well
S--Lots of spice and pumpkin, hint of ginger is very evident
t--Almost a little too much ginger, great taste of nutmeg and cinamon though. Lots of flavor
M--Good mouthfeel
D--Could only see having like one of these too finish off the night. A little too much Ginger but otherwise a great Pumpkin and another great beer from Smutty

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 02:58:23 | More by TrickKnee
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New Hampshire

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

From Florian's Market in Auburn. My first smuttynose. Slightly murky red-orange body with half inch of off-white head. Smells sweet, spicy, and like pumpkin. Tastes sweet and spicy. You can tell there is pumpkin in this one too. A small bit of hops I think, but hardly any to speak of. Medium to heavy in body. Rather delicious and a very well-crafted beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2006 02:26:44 | More by MrHurmateeowish
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New York

3.23/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Appearance - Light hazy orange like it could be pumpkin juice, and was a little to light. The head was small and had mediocre lacing. Nothing great but not bad.

Aroma was of roasted malt up front with a hint of pumpkin and a minute amount of the pumpkin spice but not much. While not bad, in a pumpkin ale, the pumpkin nose should be more prominent than the malt.

Taste was decent, but reiterated the aroma. Imediately I got carmel malt and a hint of hops with a slight pumpkin tinge at the end. The Pumpkin tinge filled out in aftertaste. While tasty, again, for a pumpkin ale was severely lacking pumpkin/pumpkin spice flavor.

Mouthfeel was average

Drinkability was mediocre. I mean it is a nice tasting session beer, but if I am looking to drink many pumpkin ales for a haloween/harvest get together, one would be all i would take as the lack of the pumpkinness would detract from the drinkability.

Serving type: bottle

09-19-2006 21:22:41 | More by stegmakk
Photo of orfeu

New Mexico

4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A vigorous pour yields a giant dusky-white head, dense and pock-marked atop a glowing orange-amber with a slight haze and slow, steady carbonation. Bready malt aromas form the foundation for some leafy-spicy hop notes and, of course, the pie spices (mostly cinnamon and allspice, with a bit of maple sweetness at the end). Sweet cinnamon traces emerge at first in the taste and are immediately followed by a mellow piney bitterness of hops mixed with the peppery sharpness of Jamaican allspice. All of this is undergirded by a caramelly malt base that does, indeed, yield some substantial fruit character which must be the pumpkin. I didn't drink this with my dinner tonight, but it would have paired quite nicely with it (acorn squash baked in apple juice and cinnamon and filled with brown rice and barley hijiki pilaf with adzuki bean soup and boiled collard greens). Smooth and creamy mouthfeel, dry finish from the bitterness of hops and spices. I don't feel drawn to Pumpkin ales very often (not even in the fall), but Smuttynose has yet to really let me down. This is not cloying in any way; in fact, it's incredibly balanced and rather palatable overall. I'd recommend this to anyone curious about the style and give it standard-bearer status.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2006 01:43:49 | More by orfeu
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New York

4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date notched at best by January 2007.

Appearance: I have to admit, I gave it a fairly virgorous pour, but there are some beautiful full circular lacing patterns hanging out around the glass as I speak, and I haven't seen that in a while. Head stays strong and bulky floating above the body of the brew. Hue's a light orange with yellow tints, with a scarce amount of bubbles ambling to the top.

Smell: Heavy on the spice, but not artificial spice or feigned ingredients, at least seemingly, here. I get the sense that there's some real pumpkin in here along with cinnamon, nutmeg... slight ginger aromas come out very well, in addition to some bread curst. Also some earthy notes. Sweetness is apparent of course, but welcoming and not cloying in the nose.

Taste: The spicy nature of the brew comes out well with some ginger, cinnamon, and pumpkin mash flavors. Earthiness and bread come through a bit also, with some sweetness that lends itself more to a flavorful slight hop bite by the finish. More complex than a lot of domestics, with a good balance between spice, sweetness, and hops that serves this well is a possible session beer also.

Mouthfeel: A good initial crispness with a fairly medium-bodied feel, with an even fuller feel near the finish without being to sweet or syrupy or anything as such.

Drinkability: As far as I'm concerned, this is pretty much the best domestic Pumpkin Ale that's available in 6-packs at least in my area. Since it's a treat for me and I love the season, I try to not to make a session out of these and make them last, but it's not easy.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2006 00:14:52 | More by asabreed
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Ontario (Canada)

2.38/5  rDev -35.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

The first Smuttynose beer that I've genuinely disliked. Sample glass from tasting with northyorksammy, grub, and biegaman.

Aroma is completely unexpected -- soapy, perfumy, and floral. Taste is bitter and surprisingly hoppy, with far too much fake cinnamon, ginger, and nutmeg, and very little pumpkin. Nose is relatively spicy. Leaves a bad taste in the mouth, like eating powdered spices.

My first example of the style, but definitely will not be purchasing again.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 22:59:47 | More by crwills
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Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks crwills for bringing a 2005 vintage, still well before expiry. The aroma was yeasty and hoppy. It was orange with good lace. Fizzy carbonation. In a word, ginger - but it worked. Nice spices and balanced sweet sour that I would like in a sauce. Dry finish. Very good craftsmanship. I will have again.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2006 00:55:30 | More by Sammy
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4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A and I purchased a couple of six packs for a party. Not sure if anyone will get a chance to try one since they are a tasty treat. I am somewhat picky about Pumpkin Ales. Most taste like someone liquified a pie, too much pie spice and too sweet. The Smuttynose offering is quite nice. The color is on the amber side, and the smell has a light smell of spirce, not too much. The taste and feel is a nice easy drinnking ale with a hint of fall spices. Pumpkin ales are one of the few fruit/vegetable beers that I enjoy and Smuttynose does it justice.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 19:25:28 | More by ridedammit
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Ontario (Canada)

2.63/5  rDev -28.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

tasting party sept 11/06 with northyorksammy, crwills, biegaman and me (grub). everyone threw in a few bottles and we had an interesting mix of beer and mead. not sure of exactly who contributed what, so i'll just thank everyone.

pours a golden yellow colour with a big white head.

aroma is interesting. cinnamon, clove, nutmeg are all noticeable. a bit of sweetness. big floral scent, almost perfumey.

taste is perfume. strong floral component, with lots of cinnamon and nutmeg. has a nice malt backbone and a decent level of bitterness. the flavour is a little hard to place at times, and it might be ginger.

mouthfeel isn't great. medium body. astringent. carbonation feels a little sharp.

drinkability isn't great on this one. didn't really enjoy it. the strong floral and spice components came across like perfume or bath salts or something. definitely not a component i'm looking for in a beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-12-2006 15:01:33 | More by grub
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4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a thin white head that quickly becomes a patch. Some broken lacing is left.

The smell is like pumpkin pie. Some spices, especially cinnamon, are noticeable.

The taste is like a good homemade pumpkin pie with some bitter from the hops. The spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a blend of others, complement the pumpkin taste

The feel is pretty smooth with a slight bitter driness to balance out the sweetness of the pumpkin. The aftertaste hints at having just eaten a pumpkin pie.

It's easy to drink if you are in the mood for pumpkin (of course, why else have it?) It's well balanced and the pumpkin flavors holds up. One of the better pumpkin ales out there. I'll probably be having this with pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving!

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 23:14:56 | More by jwc215
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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Drank from a 12 oz. bottle purchased at Marty's Liquors, Allston, MA

Poured a clear amber with a small, white, bubbly head that quickly faded.

Aroma was intense, sweet and spicy with noticeable nutmeg, clove and brown sugar and a touch of pumpkin, cinnamon and allspice.

Taste was quite surprising. As I sipped the beer, a bit of spiciness was faintly detected before the hops assaulted my palate. Later the nutmeg and cinnamon flavors were once again noticeable, but they seemed to be masked by the big hop bite. Unfortunately, I could not detect any pumpkin taste. Finish was dry.

Medium bodied.

This was a flavorful fall ale, but I would have preferred more pumpkin and less hop flavor in order for it to live up to its name.

Serving type: bottle

09-05-2006 02:18:10 | More by Damian
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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