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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

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1,744 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,744
Reviews: 819
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 85
Gots: 140 | 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:
Beer added by: purplehops on 08-28-2003

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
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Photo of bbeane
3.37/5  rDev -8.2%
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


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.


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!

Photo of mikey711
3.6/5  rDev -1.9%
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.

Photo of japcmiller
4.24/5  rDev +15.5%
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.

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!

Photo of CampusCrew
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
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.

Photo of HeyItsChili
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
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.

Photo of cjgator3
3.66/5  rDev -0.3%
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!

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

Photo of Gosox8787
4.15/5  rDev +13.1%
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.

Photo of Moxley
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
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.

Photo of srandycarter
4.01/5  rDev +9.3%
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!

Photo of gameface23
2.49/5  rDev -32.2%
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.

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.

Photo of grayburn
4.07/5  rDev +10.9%
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.

Photo of Bagman007
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
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.

Photo of johanvond
2.81/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

From The Dead Man's Chest.
Nov 12th 08

This Ale boasts a golden amber body that supports a proud white head. The apperiance is clear and the head leaves intricut lacing. There an aroma of cinnimon and pumpkin. There is a good beer in here the additions of the spices is all to aggressive. Theres plenty of pumpkin with out overshowing the malt and hops but then you get blasted by spices to the point of tannic bitterness. it totaly ruined the beer of me.

Photo of ericlawton007
4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Hazy yellow orange color with a thin head that stays with the beer as a you drink it. The beer smells like pumpkin, not a bunch of spices like many other pumpkin beers. Tart pumpkin flavor sits on the tongue before a sweet aftertaste hits you. I do not get the usual sweet sugary feeling on my teeth that I get with most pumpkin ales. Probably the most true to a pumpkin beer style, and Smuttynose shows that you don't need every spice in the world to make a tasty fall beer.

Photo of Beerbuddha
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: This beer poured a nice hzay orange color(pumpkin color perhaps?) with a nice big white head which disappears quickly. Lacing present throughout and makes a nice webbing pattern.

Smell: Right off that bat I'm hit with pumpkin pie smells: cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin etc.

Taste: Wow. This one is interesting. Very pumpkin pie like with the pumpkin tasting very organic or real rather than pie filling. That makes a huge difference in the quality of this beer. About midpalate the hops make an appearance but it is slight. Nice cinnamon taste in the finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium body with medium carbonation

Overall: Without a doubt the best pumpkin beer I've ever had. This is what fall is all about and I hope to get some of this for next fall!!

Photo of vurt
3.77/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle received as part of a great trade with mikereaser. Poured into a nonic pint glass.

A nice autumnal orange-gold. It starts off very cloudy (been in the fridge too long?), gradually clears up, and is only slightly hazy by the bottom of the glass. Off-white head is thin but persistent. Leaves attractive lacing behind when you tilt the glass, but the foam doesn't stick around.

Nutty, toasted malt generously spiced with cinnamon and nutmeg. There is only a trace of pumpkin flesh, which comes through a bit more as the beer warms. Slight earthiness at the finish.

As in the aroma, the primary components are nutty malts and plenty of spices. At the start it comes across as more of a light winter warmer, with mildly sweet and spicy flavors on top of a bready base. There are more hops in the flavor than the nose, though they are very much secondary to the spices. The pumpkin pie flavors really come together at the swallow.

Body is light, but the texture is smooth and creamy. Carbonation is just right.

This is a tasty and well-made beer which, in my opinion, could really use a bit more pumpkin flavor. The malts and spices complement each other very well, but the pumpkin character comes up short in the balance. A good, but not quite great, example of the style.

Photo of flexabull
3.8/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle courtesy of seanpachefddfa, thanks again!

Pours a light gold color, with a nice cream colored head.

Aromas are of pumpkin pie, a nutmeg note is really obvious.

Taste is of creamy and slightly sweet malts. There are some pumpkin flavors, but they aren't overpowering. Some pumpkin, nutmeg, and dark sugars. A light and crisp hop bite on the finish, a bit mineral like.

Mouthfeel is kind of light, but feels right for this style of beer. Good carbonation.

Drinability is good. This is a nice pumkin ale that doesn't go overboard on the spice flavors. Nice beer, would be happy to drink this one again.

Photo of SaCkErZ9
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks to EPseja for this one.

Pours from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass a burnt orange color with a sizeable, off-white head. The beer is a bit hazy due to some yeast sediment and other particulates. A small amount of lacing is present as well.

Aroma is pumpkin spice like with nutmeg, cinammon, and cloves being the predominant aromas. A good bit of biscuit and slightly toasted grains as well.

Seems to be a brown ale with some pumpkin spice added. Tastes pretty good. The pumpkin flavors are subtle but are enough to differentiate this from a non pumpkin beer.

Nearly full bodied with great carbonation and overall feel. This was an easy drinker as well. This might be top 3 in pumpkin style beers for me. Very nice. Thanks again eric.

Photo of LilBeerDoctor
3.38/5  rDev -7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Reviewed on 9/9/08. Bottle. One of my favorite beers from "back in the day." Pours a slightly cloudy orange with a thick foamy light tan head that leaves nice lacing on the side of the glass. Aroma mostly of pumpkin spices (lots of nutmeg with a pinch of cinnamon) and faint pumpkin. Flavor is still more spice than actual pumpkin with a bitter finish. Palate is slightly weak and watery. This is a decent beer but it lags behind many other pumpkin ales.
7/4/7/3/13 (3.4/5)

Photo of MeanGene
3.46/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Picked this up from Jessup Plaza in Northeastern PA for an unfairly low price...I'm a sucker for Pumpkin beer. Poured a hazy orange with a small off-white head. Best way I could describe the smell and taste would be similar to Dogfish Head Punkin but noticeably thinner. Felt nice on the pallet and went down easy.

If you can get this beer at the same price i did (around 2 bucks for 12 oz bottle) I'd definitely give it a shot!

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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