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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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1,554 Ratings
THE BROS
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Ratings: 1,554
Reviews: 797
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 76
Gots: 69 | 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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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

, Sep 21, 2006
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3.63/5  rDev -1.4%

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.

dherling, Sep 21, 2006
Photo of TrickKnee
3.85/5  rDev +4.6%

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

TrickKnee, Sep 21, 2006
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3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

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.

MrHurmateeowish, Sep 21, 2006
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3.23/5  rDev -12.2%

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.

stegmakk, Sep 19, 2006
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

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.

orfeu, Sep 18, 2006
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4.35/5  rDev +18.2%

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.

asabreed, Sep 14, 2006
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2.38/5  rDev -35.3%

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.

crwills, Sep 13, 2006
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3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

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.

Sammy, Sep 13, 2006
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4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

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.

ridedammit, Sep 12, 2006
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2.63/5  rDev -28.5%

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.

grub, Sep 12, 2006
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4.2/5  rDev +14.1%

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!

jwc215, Sep 05, 2006
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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

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.

Damian, Sep 05, 2006
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

This 12oz bottle from Smuttynose poured out a nice orange color with a thin white head.Aromas of spices such a nutmeg and cinnamon were there as well as the obvious pumpkin.The taste was rich and full and had many of the flavors in the taste that were in the aromas.There were so many different flavors,it is hard to idetify them all.I really was not expecting much from this beer and was pleasantly surprised at how good it really was.Give it a try and you will not be dissapointed.

kevin62, Sep 04, 2006
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4.43/5  rDev +20.4%

It's that time of year again and now that I'm in PA there's a whole new set of pumpkin ales for me to sample. So I'm starting off with Smuttynose. The beer pours a hazy amber orange with a thinnish white head. Rocky foam forms a ring while fine bubbles capped the beer. Lacing is spotty, but generous. Awesome aroma with a fruitiness reminiscent of fresh pumpkin pulp - like when pulling it out of the pumpkin when carving a jack-o-lantern. The spices are balanced nicely, with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. There's more bitterness here than I expected, solid all the way to the end. Malt sweetness fills out the middle along with a light fruitiness and the pumpkin spices. Spice and bitterness linger a bit. As it warms there's a hint of toastiness too - with the pumpkin flavour present it's almost like roasted pumpkin seeds. Medium bodied with a dry finish and a slight slickness. An excellent pumpkin ale and one of the best that I've had. It reminded me a lot of the batch I homebrewed a couple of years ago, though the bitterness is cranked up a lot higher in this example.

DrJay, Sep 03, 2006
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3/5  rDev -18.5%

I thought this pumpkin ale was okay...depends what you are looking for. It did have a decent spiced flavor, but to me, not an over abundance of it. If you enjoy a mild pumpkin taste, this is for you.
If you are looking for something that tastes like pumpkin pie in a bottle, there are others out on the market that fit this mold better. Try Dogfish or Buffalo Bills.

Nutleybeer, Sep 03, 2006
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3.9/5  rDev +6%

Pours amber. Decent head. not much retention, but good lacing. Smell is of pine, and spice. Not strong,but nice. Body is light to medium, and silkey. Taste is like is like a spices pale ale. Hints of pumpkin through out and a nice peppery finish. Good stuff!

riversider76, Sep 01, 2006
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3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

A: Pours a dark amber color with a good sized head. Little retention, only hugging the glass walls.
S: Spicy nutmeg and sweet cinnamon notes with a good background of pumpkin rinds. Smells like fall is coming.
T/M: Nutmeg and cloves with a slight infusion of cinnamon. Pumpkin notes flutter in and out just to remind you what you're drinking. Very dry aftertaste of pumpkin seed residue. Slick through the mouth, however tastes linger for a little while. A tad gritty on the tongue.
D: Pretty decent tasting pumpkin ale. Got me in the mood for fall. Easily drinkable, but too many of these in one sitting might make my stomach turn a bit. Definately one or two in a row doesn't hurt though.

bjohnson, Aug 30, 2006
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3.6/5  rDev -2.2%

Pours a hazy amber honey with lots of bubbles but very little head. Lots of spicey smells such as nutmeg and maybe some all spice. Taste of sweet nutmeg with some peppery finish. Mouthfeel is a little over carbonated but not bad. Drinkability is limited as its similar to a winter warmer, maybe two but really theres a reason to its limited release as its definetly a seasonal offering.

WeymouthMike, Aug 29, 2006
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3.95/5  rDev +7.3%

Smuttynose Pumpkin ale delivers a bright waft of pumpkin spice that says "get out your jacket and pumpkin carving knife because fall is here"! It pours a hazy deep golden amber body with an orange cast beneath a short head of white froth. The head retention is very good, and it leaves some nice spider webs of lace about the glass. The body is medium and it's gently zesty with a very fine-bubbled, median carbonation. The spice is nicely balanced, showing clearly at the outset and across the middle, but settling into the background during a long finish. The biscuity malt base beneath supports it well; and only a mild bitterness is needed. Overall, it's really well done for a pumpkin ale, although I think its drinkability still suffers due to the spicing... I mean, c'mon, how many spiced beers can you really drink (or want to drink)? - it just cannot sustain interest as the spicing eventually makes it seem one-sided. Still, one of the best IMHO.

NeroFiddled, Aug 27, 2006
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3.53/5  rDev -4.1%

a - decent pour, color not observed, head was decent

s - very light spicy notes - not as strong as I expected.

t - this is like the sumttynose lager (a very easy drinker) with a little something extra that hits you after the dominating chararcteristics of the lager. the spices do remind me of a pumpkin pie and a mild aftertaste preserves some of these details.

m - nothing negative, not too heavy.

d - couldn't be easier to drink. the aftertaste does not linger .

snilsen13, Aug 27, 2006
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4/5  rDev +8.7%

12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Appears Orange/glod, nice activity, 1/2" foamy slightly off-white head. Leaves a solid amount of thick lacing.

Smells herbal, spicey and citrus.

Taste is a very hearty hop that starts off bitter, becomes herbal and spicey with a slight hint of pumpkin and citrus flavors. A well balanced brew which is suprising.

Feels medium/full bodied (nice legs) substantial feel, smooth but plenty of bubbles gives it a nice lively kick.

A nice hoppy and herbal taste overall, easy to drink. I was impressed and with the help of a good friend polished off this 6'er pretty fast. Here Comes Fall folks!

GratefulBeerGuy, Aug 22, 2006
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4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

The best of the Pumpkins, IMHO. The color is a slightly cloudy/hazy dark orange with a nice tan head that disappates and laces the glass all the way down. The tates is perfectly balanced between hops and malt and (the best part) it is perfectly spiced, with sweetness in check, and a nice round pumpkin flavor. Excellent. Drinkable. Refreshing. A fall classic.

tugdriver7, Aug 19, 2006
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4.2/5  rDev +14.1%

Here it is mid-August and the initial batch of pumpkin ale is hitting the shelf.

Poured a delightful gold, orange with a nice, off-white head. Not much retention save for a few watery lacings.

The aroma is very well done for a spicy beer. I've brewed many pumpkin ales and I firmly believe that spices are the trickiest part of beer. Too much of a particular spice can ruin any quality brew. This has a nice pumpkin pie spice aroma that is not too powerful. There is a subtle, balancing malt presence.

Sweet pumpkin mixes with cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, allspice and clove to give this traditional pumpkin ale flavor. Again, the spices are not overpowering. The spices blend well with an initial sweet pumpkin taste and then are balanced by a nice bitter, hop finish. The aftertaste is slightly dry.

This is a great example of a pumpkin ale. It feels a bit odd to drink in the middle of August. I suggest waiting for the cooler weather to enjoy this brew!

Estarrio, Aug 15, 2006
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3.68/5  rDev 0%

This beer poured a clear amber body with a small white head.

Nose was a mix of sharp pumpkin pie spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin and a touch of a slight medicinal quality, almost even a cleanser sort of smell.

Taste was medium bodied with a very rough, grainy touch. Classic Pumpkin pie spices again. Cinnamon, nutmeg, big pumpkin. Surprisingly present hop taste and bitterness though. Almost touch of citrus and citrus peel. It has a very present and intense bitterness that really lingers for a while.

A good pumpkin beer, but it tended to have too much of a traditional pale ale taste for my tastes. Sort of an IPA mixed with pumpkin ale. Decent, but not my favorite for the pumpkin category.

taez555, Dec 27, 2005
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