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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,479 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,479
Reviews: 792
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 59
Gots: 43 | 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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ColForbin

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose Pumpkin pours a hazy golden orange with a thin white head. Aroma is spicy, with cinnamon and nutmeg, with a hint of hops. Taste is more of the same, with some clove flavors coming through in the aftertaste. Nice balance of spices with a firm malty/pumpkin backbone. Medium to full bodied, with fine carbonation. I find spice beers to be not all that drinkable, but the spice here is toned down enough to drink a couple of these in a sitting.

Serving type: bottle

09-06-2005 00:55:36 | More by ColForbin
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waughbrew

Massachusetts

3.53/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

A golden ale with an orangish glow, very much like a pumpkin beer appears in my mind. The small head doesn't last too long, but leaves some attractive residue. Although when cold the smell came off as annoying, upon warming a pleasant melding of the spices, fruit, and floral hoppage appeared. A good, very slightly sweet, bready, medium-big bodied ale with rounded flavors. Just the right amount of the twangy rotund orange fruit. My palate is not too good with the spices, but it seems like a decent amount of cinnamon in here. Could be nutmeg. I guess I need a culinary course or two. Either way, it is a nice beer that I could drink about 12 ounces of, once-in-a-while, on a fall day, before those spices grow old. Not really my thing but it is done well and I can respect that.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2005 02:11:27 | More by waughbrew
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oelergud

Virginia

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear copper body, low carbonation. Off-white/copper tinted head starts out big but dissipates soon to a thin layer clinging to one side of the glass. Lace is present but could be better.
Smell is strong and potent, ripe with pumpkin and spice floating on top of a solid malt base spiked with hops here and there, very pleasant and inviting.
Taste is strong malt, pepper, pumpkin and spice, maybe ginger in there somewhere? Aftertaste is subdued but certainly there and has it's own little kick.
Dry finish and decent mouthfeel, could use a tad more substance but overall a pleasant swallow and some coating.
This was my first brew from Smuttynose and they gave this difficult style a good stab with success.

-Oelergud

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2005 00:07:47 | More by oelergud
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whartontallboy

New York

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

On-tap. Pours out a deep golden brown with a moderate white head that leaves a good deal of lace in the pint as it fades.

Smell is good for a pumpkin ale; it's got a light pumpkin scent and some spices, but the malt comes through pretty clearly. Not too over-the-top.

Flavor is pretty close to everything a pumpkin should be. The pumpkin itself is very evident in the flavor profile, but the spices are there, too. Specifically nutmeg, cinnamon, and some allspice notes. The malt backbone holds up pretty well to give it a good balance.

Overall: I love pumpkin ales, and this was my first try with this one. It does a great job of letting the pumpkin characteristics come through without just turning into a crummy spice bomb that drinks like liquid nutmeg. Highly recommended.

Serving type: on-tap

08-30-2005 20:06:10 | More by whartontallboy
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chOAKbarrell

Maryland

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Oh yum. Truly, truly an impressive Pumpkin ale. This definitely gives Dogfish Head's "Punkin" a run for their money.

I picked this up at a beer bar (Max's on Broadway - Fells Point, Baltimore) but luckily they provided me with a pint glass, so I got to unleash it.

Beautiful deep orange color. Ahh, the scent! The full, bursting flavor! A wonderful amalgamation of fall spices and roasted pumpkin. Fills you up, mind body & soul.

Excellent drinkability. I would purchase another. Or a 6 pack. Or a case. You know what you want when you crack a Pumpkin ale, and Smuttynose delivers.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2005 14:31:05 | More by chOAKbarrell
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kpantz

Pennsylvania

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

Executive Summary: Vastly different than Dogfish Head's Punkin' Ale, but still a wonderful fall beer.

Appearance: Pale orange and clear with a moderate head that slowly recedes to a film.

Smell: Spices. I think I'm getting nutmeg, but my holiday nose hasn't arrived yet, so I'm not 100% sure. You definitely get spices in the nose, though...plus a hint of pumpkin aroma, all against a good, malty backbone.

Taste: Heavy on the pumpkin pie spices. This is an altogether different pumpkin beer than DFH, which hits you with more real pumpkin than spice. Still, I like this a lot, and I see myself drinking this one on a cool night out on my deck.

Mouthfeel: Real purdy. Good thickness to it and moderate to high carbonation levels. Lively on the tongue.

Drinkability: Moderate. The spices are a bit too prominent to go back to too many of these at a time, but I do like the flavor, and it doesn't feel like a very hefty brew. I could mix a couple of these in with a couple other autumn seasonals any time.

Serving type: bottle

08-25-2005 17:26:57 | More by kpantz
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mschofield

Massachusetts

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

Pours a clear orange-amber, topped with a two finger creamy tan head, leaves webs of lacing.
Spicy aroma, the pumpkin isn't so upfront and dominating in this one compared to other pumpkin brews. Harvest time vegetable and earth.
Pumpkin, biscuit, tea, and cookie like spices in the fairly uncomplicated taste. The pumpkin fades after a few sips, maybe I grew used to it but the biscuit and tea came more to the front.
Medium bodied, very well balanced as it doesn't hide the beer behind the pumpkin.

Serving type: bottle

03-18-2005 12:41:37 | More by mschofield
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putnam

Michigan

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

After just skinning and chopping the last 2004 Yale, MI butternut for a stew, I reckon its time to be drunk with the last of my stash of '04 squash beers.
Yellow/orange; no top really. Aromas of raw, green squash and pale malts.
Perfect dry balance of toasted bread crust flavor, racy fizz, butterfat, saturating bitterness and mild traces of sweet spices. I am taken aback by this beers lightness and agility. While the pumpkiny traits are secondary, they do set a meaningful tone. The pumpkin is pure and lightly spiced, NOT forced down with molasses and pie flavors.
This is a pale of pale ales -- refreshing, integrated and dry -- with brittle pastry flavors meeting honeyed gooseberry and peppery, tangy nutmeg elements on the finish. Squash essences repeat.
A nice surprise.

Serving type: bottle

01-17-2005 23:26:03 | More by putnam
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Bighuge

Minnesota

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Murky looking copper appearance. Small dirty white head. Lacing is minimal. Cinamon, allspice and sweet malt on the nose. There's a definite clove presence on the buds. A little cinamon. Malts give some depth and sweetness. Some pumpkin flavor is present, but it's not heavy by any means. Nice feel in the mouth. Moderately carbonated and medium bodied. A beer I'd go back to more than once if it were available here in the fall.

Serving type: bottle

01-03-2005 23:10:19 | More by Bighuge
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BuckeyeNation

Iowa

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Minimally hazed, bright pumpkin skin orange topped by a thick cap of creamy ivory foam. The lazily pitting surface gives way slowly with a gentle crackling noise and leaves delicate, yet chunky scraps of lace that bleed into broken sheets extending downward to the surface of the beer.

I hope that the flavor follows the nose exactly. Pumpkin Ale strikes me as a near perfect combination of beer, pumpkin and spice and is easily the best pumpkin ale nose of the half dozen or so that I've encountered. Nutmeg and allspice are especially prevalent.

More aggressively flavored than most pumpkin ales, a definite positive in my eyes. The spice load is significant, but stops well short of too much. There are solid amber ale underpinnings with a firm malty backbone that acts as the framework on which the bitter hops (readily apparent thankfully), the pumpkin puree and the spices can weave their magic. If nutmeg is still king, cinnamon is now prince.

A pleasant sweetness appears late, but doesn't come close to eclipsing the bitter hoppiness that reigns on the finish, as well as during the beginning and middle. The mouthfeel is nicely firm with a well contained, though still lively, amount of carbonation.

Smuttynose Pumpkin is the best pumpkin ale to have yet crossed my lips. This brewery brews good-great beer and this particular seasonal is simply further evidence of that fact. I seriously doubt that I'll ever find a better pumpkin beer. Thanks to far333 for the bottle.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2004 19:58:14 | More by BuckeyeNation
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AlexJ

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an appropriately orange/amber hue with light beige head. Smells of spice-cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and grainy, bready malts. Tastes very nice, light, and thirst-quenching. Far more subdued spice profile than some other pumpkin brews makes this a bit easier to drink. Medium mouthfeel with a nice hop bite at the finish. If you want an over-the-top pumpkin beer, go for a DFH Punk, this one is more subtle and more approachable. Well done!

Serving type: bottle

12-11-2004 16:50:53 | More by AlexJ
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tavernjef

Minnesota

4.43/5  rDev +20.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Yellowy orange, somewhat cloudy, good carbonation bubbling, small compact ivory head, tiny spotting lace.

Aroma is a well defined display of cinnamon, nutmeg, fresh pumpkin guts, and light malt. Very warm and quite appealing with a nice strength.

Taste is fabulously delightful with a finely delicate array of spices over a light bready malt. Warming, soothing, and well spiced. Nothing jumps out at ya really, its a great medley of nutmeg, cinnamon, brown sugar, and pumpkin. Lovely finish of lightly sweet malt that has a nice smooth grab and a very slight return of warming spices tingle across the palate late. Yummy fun.

Smooth, clean, spicy, without all the spice grab, good malt presence, medium body, good finisher. Swell drinker too. Floats right down and keeps a nice warming tone of spice, like a freshly baked cookie. Great seasonal treat.

Thanks to monk for a scrap from his table!

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2004 03:23:42 | More by tavernjef
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markman

Connecticut

4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale:

A slightly cloudy orange pour settles under a nice head. Hops, nutmeg, pumpkin aromas. The promise of hops is fulfilled on the palate. Pumpkin, nutmeg, malt, with a bigger hop presence than expected. Puts me in the mind of Dogfish Head Aprihop, with pumpkin in stead of apricots. Basically an IPA (not as intense as Smutty’s IPA) rounded out with some pumpkin and nutmeg, and makes for a very nice fall seasonal. And the damn complexity of this is staggering. As it warms the pumpkin and spices dominate the aroma and taste while the hops provide a sharp bite at the finish…very nice, this damn 12 oz lasted about 12 minutes…and the pumpkin and spice flavors hang around long after the 12 oz is gone. A damn good beer.

Cheers…

Serving type: bottle

11-20-2004 18:55:28 | More by markman
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Dithyramb

Maryland

4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Tried via cask during the SPBW Real Ale Fest. Officially, this was my last “new” pumpkin of the season (that is, unless I spy any more during my trip to Philly & NJ this weekend.) and definitely one of the best. I definitely feel it scores higher in taste and mouthfeel than both the DFH Punkin' and the Post Road offering. Of course, this was a cask version that might be a bit more complex. I was unable to find the bottled versions around the Balto. area.

According to the literature, “Pumpkin pie spices are added at the end of the boil and the real pumpkins are added to the fermentor." This comes across in both the aroma and tastes of the beer.
Pours the color of a pumpkin pie, a darkish hazy orange. No overwhelming head to speak of. It did have a very clingy ring of lacing. (I had several beers in the same glass over the day, with only a bit of water to rinse, there is a good chance that this inhibited the head retention…)
Very substantial spice aroma with allspice, ginger, and nutmeg (Mmm Pumpkin Pie)
Those same spices come through in the flavor. Very mellow pumpkin malt is evident as the spices ride high. Although they are there, though, they aren’t excessive.
Goes very smooth and creamy. Since the spices are muted, there is a good chance that you would enjoy having several. Finishes relatively clean, with a hint of cloying sweetness and spice. Would go very well all alone, or with a desert or two.

Serving type: cask

11-04-2004 18:57:37 | More by Dithyramb
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drjones633

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

The Aroma of this beer has a strong spice smell cinnamin or mabye nutmeg, with suttle pumpkin in the background.

The drinkability is low, the flavor of the spice over powers any flavor of hops or malt that may be there.

This may be a good beer for anyone that doesn't really like beer, or wants to try something totally different.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 22:47:49 | More by drjones633
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littlebibs

New Hampshire

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

I've had this in a bottle several times but it was the other night
@ Ricks Cafe up in Kingston, NH that this pumpkin beer finally
hit it with me. On tap this beer was delicious, not to sweet and
not overwelmed with spices. A nice smooth tastey beer that
smelled perfect for the coolness in the air, between the Red Sox, the election and the Patriots you can't loose with this local
beer.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 21:24:08 | More by littlebibs
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TAMU99

Guam

3.03/5  rDev -17.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a cloudy orange, with flecks of what I assume (and hope) are yeast. Thick foamy head leaves a nice lace.
Smells of spices and citrus. Lots of nutmeg and cinnamon.
Taste mirrors this. Pretty hoppy and spicy.
Feels realltively smooth, although it bites occasionally.
Overall, it's interesting and worth a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-01-2004 03:37:20 | More by TAMU99
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Brent

Kentucky

3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Interesting orange soda color. Fresh aroma that reminds me of Juicy-Fruit gum. Similar fruity/sweet notes in the flavor. This interpretation is not going for the pumpkin pie thing, rather more of a general fruit beer theme. Maybe just a bit of nutmeg in there. Not something I'd want a lot of, but I found myself pretty much drinking the whole glass trying to get a handle on the flavors.

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2004 04:59:39 | More by Brent
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Billolick

New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, with a notch on the label, no clue what it signafies however. Orangy amber, with a white head, shows decent retention and streams of bubbles rising up. Respectable lacing, Slight spicey nose. Medium bodied, malty center, expected pumpkin flavors fairly well concealed (much to my pleasure) in the rear. Up front is just a touch of spicing and a slight pumpkin note. As the pumpkin theme is quite mild and reserved, I enjoyed this take on a style that really doesnt do it for me.

Serving type: bottle

10-29-2004 01:35:29 | More by Billolick
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BrewMan13

New York

4.05/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A foamy, white 2-finger head forms and slowly dissipates, leaving lacing in its wake. A thin cap is left. Color is a murky orange. I dont think one could ask for much more for the style.
Smells like, well, pumpkins. Tastes liek it as well. Unlike some other pumpkin beers which overload on spices (which admittedly, I dont mind) this one relies primarily on the real pumpkin mash for flavor. The pumpkin is not really overpowering in this ale, even though it is the most prevalent flavor. I actually find it hard to pick up on any of the typical pumpkin spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, etc), but I expect that they are there, only subtle. Has an ever-so-slightly bitter hop finish.
This is obviously a well-crafted pumpkin ale. I have only ever had one other one though. If you want real (but not overpowering) pumpkin taste, then you should go for this one. I am actually not a huge fan of pumpkin flavored-products in general, so I probably didnt like it as much as my review numbers indicate, but rating per style, it gets high marks.

Serving type: bottle

10-26-2004 04:46:58 | More by BrewMan13
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TinusTime

Virginia

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

Pours a light brown with a slight off white head. Aroma is of spice and malt. Taste is nice.. Malty upfront with the typical pumpkin pie spice flavour. However unlike some pumpkin beers this is not so over powering. Also hops come in at the end to help dry out the sweetness and balance it out. Mouthfeel is nicely balanced but seemed a bit grainy to me. Also seemed a bit thinner than some of the pumpkin ales Drinkability is OK, but like most pumpkin beers one or two is enough as they tend to get too much after a while.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 13:54:52 | More by TinusTime
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kmo1030

Massachusetts

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

slightly hazy copper with a light tan head. the smell is spicey pumpkin, with a small amount of hops. malt and sweet pumpkin flavors present with nutmeg and slight cinnamony flavors toward the finish. also a surprisng amount of hop bitterness. medium bodied with a healthy dose of carbonation. a solid pumpkins ale, but there are others i will return to before this one.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2004 00:48:04 | More by kmo1030
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xgrigorix

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Twelve ounce brown bottle, best by date notched on label.

Pale bronze with a pillowy beige coloured head that retains quite well.

Big spicy aromas. Cinnamon, nutmeg, & allspice.

Big blast of sweetness right up front. Pumpkin rushed in with all of its accompanying spices. Allspice is particularly strong. Dry finish. Medium bodied, moderate carbonation.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2004 17:24:59 | More by xgrigorix
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bigjohn

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Poured into a pint glass, cloudy orange color, about an inch of head. Nice looking beer.

Smell- Spicy. Pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, other spices as well. Definitely smells like pumpkin pie.

Taste- Slight sourness, the pumpkin and spice that were present in the nose are definitely there in the taste. Not really my thing, but it is not bad. As it warms, the 'pumpkin pie' aspect of the beer becomes more noticeable.

Mouthfeel- A little thin, a certain sharpness to the beer makes it pleasant.

Drinkability- I don't think I could drink more than one of these. Definitely not a session beer. I have never been a big fan of pumpkin ales, but I can respect this one as a good quality beer.

Overall, this beer is good for the style, but in the beer world as a whole, certainly not something I will be coming back to. It is worth a try, but a liking for this beer is definitely dependent on personal taste.

Serving type: bottle

10-12-2004 05:33:53 | More by bigjohn
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GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

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

The beer poured crystal clear light amber golden. The head was off-white and fell like a rock, but tried to lace the glass.

The aroma was slight pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, allspice, and clove.

The flavor was light with a decent bitterness backbone. Not what you would call malty. The spices awere present and muted. Cinnamon, clove and allspice most noticeable, but not overdone.

The finish was dry with lasting bitterness and spice. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle. A decent pumpkin ale, mostly spice presence, but nothing too complex or interesting, a nicely drinkable beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-11-2004 22:56:28 | More by GCBrewingCo
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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