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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

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1,512 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,512
Reviews: 794
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 71
Gots: 56 | 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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Photo of Jacobob10

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

Hazy orange color with a medium sized head. Aroma consists of pumpkin, cinnamon, and spice. It is well balanced and not too pungent. The taste consisted mainly of cinnamon and spice. The pumpkin was there, but it in the background. Which isn't such a bad thing. Nice smooth mouthfeel. Easy on the palate with very subtle aromas and flavors. A nice pumpkin ale that fits the season well.

10-12-2005 21:31:18 | More by Jacobob10
Photo of jakester


4.22/5  rDev +14.7%

I got this as a single from Union Jack's on the Manatawny. I drank it in a pilsner glass. Month, (September), is clearly notched on the label. What is not clear is if this is a born on or expiration date. The beer was very fresh, and being a fall offering, you'd think it was a born on date.

Pours a cloudy apricot with a one finger head of off-white foam. The head quickly drops to scarce islands and a ring, with intermittent splotches of lacing on the glass.

Yes, this actually smells of pumpkin, along with cinammon, nutmeg, and allspice. These spices are well contained, however. This is the pumpkin ale with the best actual pumpkin smell I've had so far.

First flavor is also pumpkin, kind of sweet, along with allspice, nutmeg and cinammon. Can't really taste what kind of malt is used. There is a decent level of bittering hops in here, along with some spicy hop flavor. For the style, this is damn good. Aftertaste is a long pumpkin and spices.

Mouthfeel is smooth and creamy, with a pretty good carbonation bite coming in late. Finish is full bodied and long.

I must admit I'm impressed with this pumpkin ale from Smutty. It has a real pumpkin smell and taste, as opposed to just spices. It's well balanced, has some hop presence, and, dammit, I just like it!

10-03-2005 18:07:06 | More by jakester
Photo of Naes

New York

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

This one is amber / orange with a small white head.
Its aroma is strong and is of pumpkin, clove and spice with a bit of hops.
Flavor is similar to the nose, though not as pronounced. There is pumpkin and spice flavor, but it is masked by a hop presence.
This is the first pumpkin beer that I have tried with a distinctive hop flavor. It is different and makes this one unique with in its style.
Moth feel is on the lighter side of medium bodied and is generously carbonated.

10-01-2005 03:39:55 | More by Naes
Photo of MuddyFeet

North Carolina

2.83/5  rDev -23.1%

Poured a cloudy amber in color with a bit of an orange tint. Not much of a head. Bits os spotted lace around the edges of the glass. Nose is absolutely awesoe. Loads of freshly cut pumpkins and buckets of cinnamon and nutmeg. Unfortunately, the flavor does not match the aroma. There is the pumpkin and spie, but it tastes more as if the pie has gone bad. Kind of sour and bile-like. Light bodied. I like the nose in this beer a lot but the flavor knocks this beer down a notch.

09-29-2005 21:09:04 | More by MuddyFeet
Photo of radshoesbro


3.38/5  rDev -8.2%

12 oz brown bottle

s - noticable hops, spice, and very mild pumpkin.

a - looks like pumpkin pie in a glass. small head with very good lacing.

t - hops, not very much pumpkin, small amount of other spices. becomes more pumpkin like after a few sips. tastes more like a hoppy lager than a pumpkin ale.

m - medium body, semi-smooth

notes: i'm normally not a big fan of american brewed beers, but i would definately get this again.

09-27-2005 19:45:10 | More by radshoesbro
Photo of Frozensoul327


4.43/5  rDev +20.4%

A great brew from Smuttynose. Poured out to a slightly cloudy orange color with a nice 1 inch foamy head. Some lacing around the glass. Aromas are laden with spices, pumpkin and sweetness. A truely exceptional aroma. Taste is nearly consistant with the aroma; flavors of sweet veggies, pumpkin, spice and a solid earthy character. I must say that out of the many pumpkin ales I have had ( albeit i've not reviewed many), this one really does have the pumpking flavor and vibe going. Very nice. Mouthfeel is along the lines of a well crafted ale, with the carbonation making the brew more enjoyable each sip. The drinkability is high, as this would be an ideal brew to drink on a crisp autumn evening. Highly recommended.

09-25-2005 20:31:05 | More by Frozensoul327
Photo of LPorter33


3.43/5  rDev -6.8%

Purchased a six pack from Martignetti's

Appearance = good looking, light golden brown with orange hue. Not much head but a nice creamy lacing that hangs around the edge of the glass.

Smell = Lots more hops that I'd expect in the scent. A second wiff gives the spices expected: cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves. Smells a lot spicier than the other pumpkin ales I've tried this year.

Taste = Much more bitter and with more kick and spice than other versions. Not as well balanced but still appealing and flavorful. Tastes stronger than 5%. Has kind of a sour aftertaste that doesn't fit in well with the rest of the beer. Good soothing mouthfeel.

Overall = I rank this one right with Post Road's version. Recommended for fans but I wouldn't go out and buy it again.The sour aftertaste just drops it down a bit. Dogfish Head's Punkin ale is by far the best of this style I've tried in 05.

09-17-2005 01:18:14 | More by LPorter33
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3.58/5  rDev -2.7%

Pale orange color. Doesnt have the deep orange hue that some pumpkin ales do. Very well done aroma. Good amount of pumpkin and not overloaded with pumpkin pie spice. Slight though decent pumpkin flavor. Again the spices are not over done. Some malt sweetness. Somewhat sharp in the finish. Ok body-a bit grainy feeling and not overly smooth. Overall an enjoyable pumpkin beer. One of the better ones actually. Nice fall seasonal.

09-15-2005 01:59:07 | More by lackenhauser
Photo of Jason


4.3/5  rDev +16.8%

12 oz brown bottle with a bottled on date.

A- Semi-sticky white lace with a hazed dusty golden hue.

S- Pumpkin rind, spices and a mild malt sweetness in the nose.

T- Big fruity ale flavors, abundant of spices and a layer of fermented pumpkin. Malt sweetness holds its own with a balanced spice character. Finishes earthy.

M- Exceptionally smooth with a medium body.

D- True to New England, one of the few pumpkin ales I could drink all night long.

09-09-2005 00:57:10 | More by Jason
Photo of ColForbin

New Hampshire

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%

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.

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


3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

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.

09-04-2005 02:11:27 | More by waughbrew
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4.05/5  rDev +10.1%

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.


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

New York

4.47/5  rDev +21.5%

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.

08-30-2005 20:06:10 | More by whartontallboy
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4.43/5  rDev +20.4%

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.

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


3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

08-25-2005 17:26:57 | More by kpantz
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

03-18-2005 12:41:37 | More by mschofield
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4.47/5  rDev +21.5%

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.

01-17-2005 23:26:03 | More by putnam
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3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

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.

01-03-2005 23:10:19 | More by Bighuge
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4.43/5  rDev +20.4%

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.

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

North Carolina

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

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!

12-11-2004 16:50:53 | More by AlexJ
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4.43/5  rDev +20.4%

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!

11-30-2004 03:23:42 | More by tavernjef
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4.2/5  rDev +14.1%

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.


11-20-2004 18:55:28 | More by markman
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

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.

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

New Hampshire

3.28/5  rDev -10.9%

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.

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

New Hampshire

4/5  rDev +8.7%

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

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