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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

1,726 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,726
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 ColForbinBC
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into a pint

Pours a burnt orange with a rather hazy appearance. The off-white head rose a little over a finger and then subsided quickly. Moderate lacing.

Toasted malt with a heavy aroma of nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice. You get more of a fleshy pumpkin aroma as the beer warms. Overall, a slightly sweet, earthy aroma.

The cinnamon combines with hops to provide an overall bitterness that counterbalances the sweetness of the nutmeg, vanilla and pumpkin up front. More like pumpkin pie then pumpkin itself, but fleshy pumpkin pulls through ever so lightly in the finish. Nicely done.

The carbonation is set nicely on this one. Medium bodied with a smooth, creamy mouthfeel.

For a pumpkin ale, this guy is very drinkable. The flavors are not overbearing and compliment each other nicely. Not an upper echelon pumpkin by any means, but definitely second tier.

ColForbinBC, Sep 10, 2009
Photo of 40Ounce
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Guinness pint glass orange in color, with a nice lace and not much head to speak of.

S: A great aroma of sweet all spice, nutmeg and cinnamon like a slice of pumpkin pie.

T: Taste like it smells, nice spicy flavor. Has a slight bitterness at the end which works well with this beer.

M: A nice medium bodied beer, light carbonation.

D: With its great smell and flavors makes it a great seasonal beer.

This beer was a great pumpkin beer. Would definitely recommend.

40Ounce, Sep 09, 2009
Photo of ClockworkOrange
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12 ounce bottle poured into my nonic pint glass. The ale appears a clear copper color with about two fingers of creamy light ecru head. Nose and flavor consist of spices such as allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, some clove, hints of caramelized malt and brown sugar, roasted pumpkin meat, toasted bread. Medium in both body and carbonation. One of the better pumpkin ales on the shelves these days.

ClockworkOrange, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of CptAubrey
4.78/5  rDev +30.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a thick-glassed mug.

A: Creamy, sticky white head that forms a lattice work of foam all the way down the glass as the beer is consumed. Hazy orange beer, with haziness presumably from prodigious pumpkin. All alliteration aside, this is a beautiful pumpkin ale.

S: Spicy - like allspice, or maybe cinnamon and nutmeg - with sweet/vegetable squash aroma. Malt present as well, with a good swirl of the glass.

T: The spices (as sensed in the aroma) come first and linger throughout with malt and vegetable beneath. Pumpkin gives a roundness. Bitterness is moderate. Finish is dry with slight floral/herbal hoppiness.

M: Fine carbonation, a gummy brew with light-medium body underneath. Dry finish.

D: While I'd call this a beer to be savored (took me a week of cool September nights to use a sixer to it's full potential), it is a remarkably drinkable beer, especially for the style. Pumpkin is more pronounced and spice is more subdued than some other delicious pumpkin ales, achieving a fascinating balance of flavors that I'm inspired to attempt in homebrew next year. Overall, this is a fantastic pumpkin ale. Like other interesting ales, this is best consumed between chill and room temperature for the full effect.

CptAubrey, Sep 08, 2009
Photo of jbone78
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not that keen fond of Smuttynose, but I like this one.

A- Poured a pretty golden color with a nice head. Lace sucked, but there was a head.
S- Spices, Like a pumpkin ale should. Super!
T- Not a pumpkin flavor, more spices than any thing. Nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, these typical ingredients.
M- More malty than expected. Not too bad though. Medium to light carbonation.
D- Very light and drinkable beer. Would buy again.

-Bye

jbone78, Sep 07, 2009
Photo of woosterbill
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle, best before 2/10, into a Duvel tulip. My first pumpkin beer ever, so here goes nothing.

A: Pours a slightly hazy body the color of - you guessed it - a pumpkin: nice, rich orange. Atop this gleaming liquid is a solid inch of medium-textured white foam that dies down into a thin cap, leaving plentiful lace all around. Very pretty beer, and exactly what I imagined this style should look like.

S: Nothing but spice: cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice, with the last of these being the most assertive. No pumpkin that I could discern. Burns the nose a bit. Hmmm.

T: Starts out with the spices, but then segues into a mild blend of pumpkin and malt sweetness on the finish. The spices are a bit strong for my liking, but the balance that tries to assert itself at the end helps a lot. There's a lot going on, but overall it's a pretty clean flavor.

M: Medium-bodied with light carbonation. It's hard at first to separate completely the prick of carbonation from the zing of the spices, and it's actually not nearly as fizzy at it feels at first.

D: Considering the upfront piquancy of the allspice, this beer actually goes down quite easily. I'm not sure I'd want to have several in a row, however.

Notes: All in all, I was pretty pleased with my first foray into pumpkin ale. I was torn between getting this single and a bomber of ST Pumking, and figured I go with the more economical beer as an experiment; I'll definitely be picking up a Pumking later on this fall (and maybe some DFH Punkin as well).

Cheers!

woosterbill, Sep 06, 2009
Photo of aubuc1
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured in to an imperial pint glass.

Pours a slightly hazy dark yellow/orange with a thick off white head.

Big smell of puree pumpkin and cinnamon. Some biscuity malt in the background.

Taste is mellow pumkin with sweet spices and malt balancing it out. Not quite as rich as the smell, but maybe thats a good thing.

Good mouthfeel and the mellow pumpkin taste keep it drinkable.

aubuc1, Sep 04, 2009
Photo of tdawgydog
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Was just chatting the other day with a co-worker and we were commenting how the "Fall" beers should be hitting the shelves soon. Didn't expect to see Pumpkin ale during late summer, but since it was there I figured I'd give it a try. I've been turned off my some Smutty brews in the past but I thought I'd give them another try...

A - Pours a nice murkey deep golden yellow brown. Pretty impressive 2 finger head that receded and left a good lacing around the top of my Unibroue goblet.

S - Slight hint of spice in the nose, but not enough pumpkin IMHO

T - Pretty good all considering, as with the scent there could be a little more pumpkin flavor in the beer, but as is it is not overpowering and you get a good taste of it upon your initial swig.

D - Again, it's pretty good. I couldn't imagine myself drinking these all night but to have a few with dinner I think I could handle it.

M - Not too bad, there is a taste that lingers that I can't quite place. Leaves a sour taste in my mouth.

All in all, I'm liking it. I would probably give other Smutty brews another chance after drinking this.

tdawgydog, Aug 31, 2009
Photo of bbeane
3.33/5  rDev -9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... Finger thick head that recedes for the most part, leaves some lacing with the small amount of head that hasn't dissipated. Slightly darker amber color with lots of activity

S- No over powering aroma here. Definately some nice pumpkin smell, maybe some cinnamon in there as well

T- Eh... Weak pumpkin flavor, and can't really taste much of the spice... dry finish

M- Light to medium bodied with medium carbonation. Leaves some lingering flavor that clings to the inside of your mouth...

D- It's ok. Definately would never be a first choice, but would drink over a typical domestic

CHEERS

bbeane, Aug 29, 2009
Photo of peterittenhouse
4.03/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pumpkin Ale in August??? They come earlier every year, it seems.Anyway, I picked up a sixer for a change of pace.

A-Hazy light amber color with thin white head. Some lacing in glass.
S-Spicy aroma that is not too overpowering. Just right.
T-Rather hoppy for which is a nice attribute vs. other pumpkin ales. Pumpkin flavor balances nicely w/ the hoppy backbone.Bitterness lingers after each sip
M- Silky smooth mouthfeel w/ nice body. This is where many Pumpkin Ales fall short.
D-Very good offering. Not sure if I could drink this all night but two or three would do the trick

This is in the top 5 Pumpkin Ales in my opinion.

GO PHILS!

peterittenhouse, Aug 27, 2009
Photo of BlackBearForge
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hooray! Summers nearly over as I taste the first pumpkin beer of the season to hit North Florida this year, and from a New England brewery that has only been in the area a few months.

Pours a nice golden amber, a little hazy with a frothy head leaving nice creamy curtains of tattered lace.

The aroma is strong of nutmeg, clove and allspice with a clean fresh squash in the malt along with a bright hop note as well.

The taste is the cherished pumpkin pie spice that makes Fall abd Winter Holidays so special, nutmeg, clove, allspice and a touch of sugary cinnamon with a strong pumpkin squash character to the malt. The spice is strong but does not overwhelm the pumpkin. I expect a wonderful melding of the flavors as it warms, which is exactly what happens. It becomes mellower and also a bit of alcohol warmth creeps in. The finish is quite bitter from the hopping but as with other elements of this beer the bitterness mellows with warming too.

Mouthfeel is somewhat chewy and on the medium side. A bit creamy though with perhaps a slightly watery finish however though that diminishes as it warms.

Very drinkable and other than DFH Punkin, the best regular pumpkin beer I've tried to date. It's nice having a pumpkin which is not just a spiced up ale as the squash flavor of pumpkin is very evident in this beer but nicely balanced with the strong spicing. Highly recomended if you like these sorts of Fall releases!

BlackBearForge, Aug 25, 2009
Photo of mikey711
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a perfect pint glass.

A: Semi cloudy orange/copper with half an inch of off white head. Very good lacing. The head is very frothy of full.

S: Very nice pumpkin aroma, followed by some cinnamon spice and may a touch of nutmeg or clove. Not super perfumy.

T: The spices do not come through really in first sip. Very vegatative and somewhat bland.

M: A bit watery and a little harsh. Wish there was a bit more body in this beer.

D: Very easy to drink, but having had a Pumking yesterday it was a bit disappointing.

Overall, I think this beer definitely needs to be reviewed differently from Pumking. This is very squashy tasting whereas the Pumking is more of a spiced beer. The part that makes me really sad is that this is my second pumpkin beer in two days, sigh summer is over.

mikey711, Aug 23, 2009
Photo of japcmiller
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Has a hazy orange color with a lovely frothy head. Nice and bubbly too.

Smell: I could smell the pumpkin just pouring the beer to my glass. This beer as a heavy nose. Upon really inhaling I not only got pumpkin but heavy hints of clove, and nutmeg. Also some more subdued hints of cinnamon as well. Again this beer has a fantastically heavy nose.

Taste:This beer has a great pumpkin spice taste. It is very strong in the beginning but finishes off to a lovely clove and nutmeg flavors. On the second sip I get a little of the cinnamon that is in there but it is very faint. I love the spiciness to this beer, taste like a pumpkin pie latte but instead it is a beer. Really reminds me of nutmeg.

Mouthfeel:Very spicy on the tongue and in the back of the throat. Finished very clean on the mouth, lingers with just a hint of clove. Has a bit of a soapy aftertaste.

Drinkability: This beer is a very strong and potent pumpkin ale. If you don't like squash in your beer then this is not a beer for you. This is not a beer to be drunken quickly but something to linger with for a while. Really reminds me of fall. I love the fall. Since this is my first beer from this brewery, I have to say I am impressed. Other pumpkin ales are really just about the pumpkin flavor but I love all the other spices that you pick out in this beer. Will def try this one again.

japcmiller, Aug 22, 2009
Photo of Tomdee74
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

If you like pumpkin ales then you have to try this. I'm in New Haven, CT and this is the best there is. Another great job by smuttynose I swear this brewery produces the greatest beer around!

Appearance - Love the look of this. Dark brown but not too dark.

Smell - wow you can smell the pumpkin but not overbearing. you know you are in for a treat when you smell this.

Taste - Exceptional I must say! A great pale ale with pumpkin spices and i find the balance perfect.

Mouthfeel - medium bodied

Drinkability - of course i have to say very high. i drank 6 of these yesterday pretty quickly as they almost go down like soda.

Great Job Smuttynose - Thank you for making me look forward to the fall!!

--- edit on 8/24/2010

okay time to review.. and it hurts to do what i'm about to do... you see my avatar is smuttynose.. i'm a huge fan.. i look forward to the pumpkin... was a little scared this year as they have another company producing and bottling the batch this year... and i don't know if there was a change to the palate.. but smutty33 also a huge smuttynose fan is with me that we don't think it's the same... i'm sure people are waiting to jump on this and waiting for someone to say it... but it reminds me more of a saranac beer or something light.. it seems like that usual smutty "earthy flavor" is gone from this batch... Would love to be able to do a side by side comparison to see if it's just me or if there is anything real here.. it could be a palate change maybe? i'm not sure..

anyway i'm not impressed with the batch this year.. i bought one six pack and it will probably be the last one i buy of that this year.. it's okay i'll be buying plenty of other smuttynose stuff!

Tomdee74, Aug 19, 2009
Photo of CampusCrew
4.3/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

appearance: hazy cloudy coper color

smell: Could totally smell those pumpkin pie spices. Nice!

taste: really nice balance with great pumkin and spice flavor. not over sweet at all. easily a multi drinkin beer

mouthfeel: medium bodied

drinkability: great pumpkin beer, probably one of the best I have had. Great session too.

CampusCrew, Aug 16, 2009
Photo of HeyItsChili
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured from a bottle into a pint glass. Pours hazy, mostly clear golden with a thin white filmy head.

S - Heavy winter spices, citrus.

T - Super cinnamon and pumpkin pie spice with some gourdy pumpkin tuber-ness, malt, a really high level of hops, and some other goodies. A bit more bitter than I expected.

M - Medium bodied, fizzy carbonation.

HeyItsChili, Aug 12, 2009
Photo of cjgator3
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazed amber color with an off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is filled with a lot of pumpkin spices. Very nice, not overly spiced but just enough.

T- Like the aroma, the spices in the taste are almost perfectly placed. They are neither overwhelming or faint where it is hard to pick up on it either.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I am not a huge fan of the style but this is definitely one of the better Pumpkin Ales out there without question. Recommended!

cjgator3, Aug 07, 2009
Photo of armock
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazed orange color with an off white head that leaves lacing behind

S - A whole lot of spice fills the nose

T - Like drinking a pumpkin pie lots of pumpkin and spice flavor

M - This beer has a medium body with higher carbonation to it

D - This is the best pumpkin beer that I've had but I don't think I could really drink more than a pint at a time very good worth trying

armock, Jul 18, 2009
Photo of Gosox8787
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had a couple bottles of these from a Smuttynose Variety pack my friend bought. Not sure why this was available in the middle of summer, as it seems more like a fall seasonal.

Poured in a glass, this beer had a nice hazy amber color and a thin white head with little retention. The nose was dominated by pumpkin and pumpkin spice, nutmeg and cinnamon. There is a slight malt sweetness in the nose as well. The taste hits upfront with pumpkin sweetness, which is complimented by some malt sweetness and some earthiness. the pumpkin spice hits next, but isn't overpowering. There is a nice hop bitterness to cleanse the palate at the end. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a dry finish. The drinkability is good thanks to the nice flavor and average ABV. I had two in a sitting.

Overall, the best pumpkin ale I have ever had. Balanced pumpkin and beer flavor, with neither overpowering.

Gosox8787, Jul 08, 2009
Photo of Moxley
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Poured a hazy amber with a foamy, thin head that dissipated quickly. Splotchy, watery lacing at best.

S - Not as much of a pumpkin aroma as I'd hoped for. Faint spiced cloves and sweet roasted malts.

T - Spiced pumpkin and nutmeg up front with a tangy sweet finish. Nutty aftertaste.

M&D - This is a a light fall ale that will leave your mouth a bit sticky. Good balance of carbonation for this seasonal style. Great choice for those who like pumpkin beers but aren't looking for that liquid pumpkin pie flavor - this still tastes like a beer.

Moxley, Jul 06, 2009
Photo of srandycarter
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

A - A murky copper, not much head. Reduces to ring fast, big bubble lace, not much of it.

S - Definite pumpkin pie. All of the spices and the meat flavor of the pumpkin. Heavier on the spice aspect.

T - Pureed pumpkin pie. Spices, the fat of the pumpkin gel, even a little whipped cream.

M - Light body, plenty of carb, good balance. Nice flow for such a generally unusual style.

D - Like it, but in small quantities. A good one, though!

srandycarter, May 31, 2009
Photo of gameface23
2.48/5  rDev -32.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

On tap at Not Your Average Joe's on 10/19/08. I am hoping that the bottled version was much better than the tap. Muted smell, completely lacking any pumpkin notes and almost lacking any smell whatsoever. The taste was a little spicy, but once again lacked any pumpkin flavor.

gameface23, Apr 17, 2009
Photo of JohnQVegas
3.53/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a cloudy orange amber with a thick, creamy, long lasting off-white head that never went away.

Nose is primarily caramel malt with an undertone of grassy hops, with just a bit of pumpkin in there, but not much.

Taste is caramel malt up front with hints of nutmeg and cinnamon, with caramel sweetness emerging as the carbonation pushes past, only to quickly move to a combination of grassy hops, cinnamon and nutmeg, and a definite vegetal pumpkin note.

Medium body, with medium carbonation.

Like the hoppy, crisp nature of this one. Adds a nice dimension.

JohnQVegas, Apr 09, 2009
Photo of grayburn
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Bright orange with light small bubbled head and decent lacing.

Smells of cinnamon and pumpkin, a definite holiday smell. Very eviident scents, but blended well.

Tastes like a pale ale that has some of the hoppiness replaced with cinnamon bitterness, a very good example of a fruit/vegetable beer.

Good carbonation, smooth, and refreshing. The cinnamon blends well with hops.

Very drinkable, I could easily kill a six pack of these while watching football...maybe next season.

grayburn, Feb 24, 2009
Photo of Bagman007
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served in a bottle poured into a pint glass.

A- Cloudy orange coloring with just a thin layer of head.

S- Very pumpkin like scent with a slight hint of hops.

T- The best way to describe the taste is to say it tastes like a pumpkin pie. Probably one of the most pumpkin like pumpkin ale's I have ever had.

M- Not very bitter at all. A fairly smooth beer.

D- Very drinkable, not overpowering at all.

Bagman007, Feb 11, 2009
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