Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Ratings: 1,734
Reviews: 815
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 84
Gots: 126 | 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 JMBSH
3.53/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A - A hard pour gave me about two fingers of head. It subsided to a nice coating on top leaving some lacing on the sides. Very hazy orange color. With every sip, a thick even coating of lace is left on the sides of the glass.

S - Spiced doesn't seem to describe it. From the first pour until the end, a thick scent of spices rises up. Ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon. It smelled like a open can of pumpkin pie spice.

T - Pumpkin and spice at first then yeast with some bitterness. This after taste really seems to stick to the back of my throat. My next sip seems to bring more of the spices to the party and less of the yeasty residue. With my third and remaining sips, the percentage of spice/pumkin to yeasty hoppiness seems to keep changing. It is a little strange the change with each taste.

M - Clean and smooth overall.The hops are not over powering though sometimes the yeasyy after taste is a bit strong.

D - The uneven balance between the pumpkin/spices and yeast doesn't really agree with me. A more even beer I could have another one of but this beer not so much.

Photo of mjaskula
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Serving: Poured from a bottle from a Smuttynose mixed pack into a pint glass.

Appearance: A light copper color, cloudy with a bit of sediment. Thin white head fades quickly, leaves little on glass as it's drunk.

Smell: You can certainly smell the pumpkin in this ale, as well as other spices.

Taste: Pumpkin at the beginning, a yeast and hops in the middle and end. Very interesting throughout.

Dirinkability: very smooth, hop bitterness does not overpower other flavors.

Maybe my favorite beer in this mix pack, which also included old brown dog, their shoals pale ale, and their IPA.

Photo of Crazy4LegMoose
4.05/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Light orange amber color that has a cloudy translucency. Light half finger head that disappears quickly.

S: Strong spicy smell of nutmeg and cinnamon accented by pumpkin and other pumpkin pie like flavors. Very faint floral hope smell in the nose.

T: Nice blend of traditional pumpkin pie spices that deliver a sweet flavorful taste that is puntuated by the floral hops. Finishes clean with a faint maltiness.

M: Thin yet creamy feel.

D: Good drinkability.

Very good pumpkin ale. Very nice blend of traditional pumpkin pie spices and good hop note make this a good beer.

Photo of kshankar
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Hazyish orange color, nice head with decent lacing. Good retention

Aroma: A lot of spices, such as the typical pumpkin ones, cinnamon, nutmeg.

Taste: This is good. It follows the smell...spicy, especially in the finish, there is also an added bitterness. Alcohol taste is mostly covered by the spices. There is also some sweetness in it.

Mouthfeel: Light...and the carbonation gives it a nice kick, along with the already existing spices kick. Goes down well.

Drinkability: Very good, I could have a couple of these easily. ABV is moderate, tastes great, and is amazing on a cool fall night. Recommended

Photo of CharlesRiver
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Standard 12oz brown bottle, capped. Color is that same copper-brown that you would expect from a pale ale or light IPA. Very small head doesn't really seam to last.

Smell is exactly what I would expect. Most pumpkin ales seem to be more about the spices than actual pumpkin flavor. I am assuming that is because pumpkin doesn't have a dominant smell or flavor. Anyways, this one has lots of spice including cinnamon, allspice and clove. I love the malt integration as well.

Taste is very smooth. A lot more cinnamon comes out in the taste and really stays through out. I can't detect any much for hop flavors but that isn't what this beer seems to be about. I really like the lighter carbonation as well. It adds to the drinkability. The sweetness detracts slightl for me.

Overall, a solid beer and one that I would recommend for "fall beer" lovers. As a native Granite Stater, I have a self proclaimed Smuttynose bias.

Photo of EPICAC
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazed copper, and is topped by a fluffy, one-inch head that retains well. The aroma is pumpkin flesh and accompanying pumpkin pie spice. Definitely strong cinnamon and nutmeg. Smells like pumpkin pie, which is what I like in a pumpkin beer.

Sweet pumpkin starch upfront, moving into a spicy center with the sweetness of the pumpkin as an undercurrent. There's a bit of toastiness as well. The finish has more hop bitterness than most other pumpkin ales that I've had. Light-bodied, high carbonation, smooth.

Pretty spicy, so not something to have a lot of.

Photo of khiasmus
4.4/5  rDev +20.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a pumpkin-orange that's quite hazy into my glass, with a single finger of head perched atop, that soon drops to a soap-bubble ring. Bits of lacing are left behind.

Aroma of pumpkin spice smacks you in the nostrils at first, along with cinnamon and nutmeg. There seems to be a honey backbone too, along with a squashy, real-pumpkin note, just overshadowed by pumpkin pie. Ever had sleepytime tea? There's an aroma scarily reminiscent in this, behind all the pumpkin pie spice. I want my house to smell like this on Christmas day.

When cold, it's a harshly spicy, very faintly sweet beer with strong nutmeg characteristics, unsweetened cinnamon, and some spicy, earthy hop notes. As it warms, more egg-nog like sweetness comes out, but it still has distinct grain and hop notes to make it unmistakably a beer. The hops are actually quite acute in the finish, and blend well with the spices to make an interesting aftertaste, one to savor. All the spice notes from the nose are there in force, but balanced by a delicious honey-malt sweetness that gives the beer a soft character. Oh wow.

High carbonation adds to the spice, while a relatively thin body makes it highly drinkable. There's a lingering tingling after each swallow, reminiscent of spiked egg nog.

This is one of the most drinkable pumpkin beers I've had, and very well crafted. Curl up by the fire with one of these... you won't be disappointed.

Photo of AKBelgianBeast
3.88/5  rDev +6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to mikesgroove for tossing this one in a mystery box.

Pours a very nice looking slightly hazy orange glowing color with a big fluffy white head that lingers quite well and leaves decent lacing.

Nose is all spices. Allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, slight pumpkin. Some sweet malt.

Taste is not quite as promising as the smell indicated, but still pretty good. Some pumpkin and the spices, but there is an akward malt sweetness throught the middle. The spice profile is strong at first, then fades to almost nothing through the middle, but oddly, comes back on the aftertaste and lingers for a bit. Insufficient body. Alot more bitter than your average pumpkin ale here. A noticeable hop presence, which is unusual for the style. Dont want to blow this out of proportion, as this is in no way a "hoppy" beer, but there is a presence lurking. Dry finish, and a good lingering aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is pretty good, a bit thin for the style. Marzenish mouthfeel. Carbonation is good. Dry feel on the finish is a bit akward.

Drinkability is pretty solid. Could easily put away a few of these.

Overall a decent offering, but nothing really special. A bit watery for the style, and really lacking in body. The spices come out strong in the nose, but end up getting calzaghed by the end of the fight. A good session beer, but slightly lacking for the style. A good beer.

Photo of tgncc
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The appearance is typical to the style; orange color, white head. The aroma is appealing; pumpkin, spices and a surprising amount of hops. The flavor was pumpkin of course, but not sweet, actually a bit sour. Again, surprising hops component, unusual and perhaps inappropriate for the style. A small amount of spiciness as well. The finish is quite bitter, and abrupt; normally not a bad thing, but unexpected for the style, and I don't think it works here. Medium mouthfeel, slightly oily. Enjoyable, but far from the best of the style.

Photo of leif86
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: A nice hazy, muted orange color with a cream colored head formed by bubbles on the small side. Lacing is pretty decent.

S: I'm not picking up much here. I get some subtle spice (cinnamon maybe?) but again, nothing too apparent.

T: Traditional pumpkin flavor here, not that way to sweet and way to spicy bastardized form of pumpkin. Subtle spices in the back - cinnamon and ginger, perhaps. A slight, but balanced hop bitterness at the end.

M: Nice little stickiness to this brew with near perfect carbonation.

D: As far as pumpkin beers go I rate this one pretty high up there. It's not a pumpkin pie beer (thank god), it's what it is supposed to be and I can drink (to) that.

Photo of BeerSox
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into nonic.

Hazy orange-amber hue with a one finger light tan head that slowly settles to a thin cap.

Aromas of fresh-cut pumpkin with just the right amount of spices and nutmeg. A little bit of creaminess that you find in a soft pie crust is in there as well.

The malts add a little bit of toasty grain to the flavor. When it mixes with the pumpkin it gives the flavor of pie crust. The spices show up but are pretty mild. Full bodied with good carbonation. The spices last just a bit longer than the pumpkin.

A pretty solid Pumpkin Ale. Good pumpkin flavor without overdoing the spices. Recommended.

Photo of albern
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is a very nice pumpkin ale, and I imagine that Smuttynose used a heap of roasted pumpkins to pull this off. The beer pours a fairly cloudy, orangey amber color with a thick off white creamy head and loads of lace clinging to the sides of the glass. The aroma is pumpkin, allspice, some sweet malts, maybe some bready malts. This beer is pumpkin all the time.

The taste is a slight bit tart perhaps from some rind or other, yup lots of pumpkin, allspice, and maybe other spices. There is a bready backbone to the beer it is sweet, but not cloyingly so, and the beer is substantial, which distinguishes this favorably from many other weaker beers of the style. This is a medium bodied, fairly heavy beer, with a nice tartness, a nice subdued pumpkin sweetness, a nice spicy bite in the finish, and a mouthfeel that is not cloying. The aftertaste is modest. Overall, this is a really good pumpkin ale, even if the style is not your favorite. L'Chaim.

Photo of thirtysixbelow
3.48/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a - semi cloudy yellow orange brown color with thick light tan head. Good retention.

s - light pumpkin smell with a few spices and a touch of hops

t - sweetness, cinnamon and nutmeg up front lead you into some noticeable floral hops. Hops linger at the end but not too dry of a finish.

m - medium body with smooth texture

d - a little too much of the floral hoppiness for my liking. If I'm drinking a pumpkin ale I want the spices to be the showcase, not the hops. They arn't bad, just not the right balance for me.

Photo of Monkeyknife
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from the bottle a nice pumpkin orange color with a thin off-white head.

Aroma of light pumpkin pie, cinnamon, and vanilla.

The taste was a bit less than expected. It tasted of pumpkin pie to a degree but was somewhat thin overall. A touch of sourness and grain was also experienced.

Light bodied and moderately carbonated.

This was an easy to drink pumpkin ale but nothing earth shattering.

Photo of cokes
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Hazy golden, uh, pumpkin colored with a thin gray skimming on top.
It smell particularly of allspice, with notions of cinnamon, and honey roasted nuts.
A slightly grainy malt impression is first across the mouth, a small amount of fleshy gourd pulpy sourness is noted, then is replaced by toasted walnuts. Spices give this a perky allspice, nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon-- in that order--persona that rides long into the finish. Hops are negligible, but agreeably and congruently spicy and drying.
Generally light bodied with a persistent, semi-high level of CO2.
This is a well-crafted Pumpkin Ale, with some forward spice notes, not altogether unlike Anchor's Xmas, but with a lighter complexion. I'm not a huge fan of either the style or that comparison, but this is decent.

Photo of madtowndmb1
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: very nice orange color with very little head.

S: Smelled wonderful all the spices, earthy and pumkin scents. Best part of this beer!

T: The scent was dead on for the taste but I was all little dissapointed that it seemed a little watery??

M: It was smooth but again was thin/watery, didn'y have the staying ability that I've had in others.

D: Because of the above, it was very easy to drink but I wouldn't want more than one in a sitting. There are better Pumkin's out there.

Photo of Soonami
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

A=beautiful cloudy golden orange. The color is a perfect reminder of the season. A nice 2 fingers of fluffy white foam

S= Spice of pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger with a little sour pumpkin and yeasty bread

T= Fruity, but dry with a good bit of bitterness to cut the warm spice. The pumpkin is in the aftertaste a nice surprise after the in your face spice and no perceptible alcohol despite the 6%

F= full and rich, coating my mouth and lingering on the palette

D=first whole pumpkin beer I've had (had samples before). I don't know if I would drink more than one, but this is warming up on me.

Photo of tpd975
3.45/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to Seabass for another pumpkin beer. I love this time of year and a new pumpkin brew is always welcome.

A: Pours a light golden hue with an above average head. Good carbonation and retention. Head hangs around a bit before dying to a nice solid ring. No lace.

S: Rather light in the aroma department. Pumpkin pie spices dominate with just a subtle hint of actual pumpkin.

T: Light flavors as well. This one is made up mostly of spice but there is a touch of pumpkin. A bit of biscuit malt can be detected as well.

M: Rather thin with good carbonation.

D: Very good. You could pound this one all night long.

Overall: Not my favorite pumpkin brew, but one of the more drinkable out there.

Photo of nrbw23
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A- Pours a slightly hazy golden orange color. Has a small tight white colored head that leaves some spotty lacing.

S- Smells of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, cloves and a touch of floral hops.

T- Very nice here. Follows the nose really well. The spices jump right out in front followed by some pumpkin and bready malts. Good balance and flavour from start to finish.

M- Medium body and good carbonation.

D- Easy to drink all day long here.

Photo of cvstrickland
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A 12-ounce bottle poured into a large goblet yields a bright orange amber body with a thin ivory head that retreats pretty quckly into a ring. Scant wisps of lacing remain on the glass.

The smell is sweetly fruity with plenty of spice. Nutmeg and cinnamon dominate a ripe note of mellow pumpkin.

The taste is spicy, with plenty of cinnamon and nutmeg dominating a flavor reminiscent of the smell of Jack-o-lantern carving and mushy pumpkin guts. A sweeter, roasted, more fruity pumpkin flesh flavor and a bitter hop finish grow in power as the drink warms a bit.

The beer is soft and mellow with a fine medium body and light carbonation. Refreshing and tasty.

Photo of HopDerek
2.93/5  rDev -19.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a coppery orange color with 1 finger of off-white head. OK retention leaves some spotty lacing. Smells of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, citrus, clove, honey, a touch of pumpkin, and light malts. Tastes of cinnamon, clove, allspice, and nutmeg up front then an unusual sour/bitterness takes over, like ginger, lemon juice, grapefruit, orange, and lemon peel, with a bit of pumpkin trying to poke out but gets recalled by some earthy hop presence. Medium in body with ok carbonation, some spices before an overload of sourness, chalkiness, and an unclassifiable bittering finish. Not a pumpkin ale I'd pick up again this year, maybe if the recipe changes next year I'll consider it.

Photo of edbeer
3.1/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

When Io the first poured this beer into the glass I was pleased by the copper hue and the white creamy head. The "pumpkin" in this pumpkin ale was a little understated. The prevelent spice I felt was, nutmeg and little else. There was a nice hoppy spicieness in the finish but I felt it detracted from the pumpkin flavor.

Sure pumpkin ale is a little overdone and preditabe but so are superhero movies, and I get sucked in every time. This one, I would only watch once. Like the first Hulk movie.

However redemption is only a bottle away, I have Smuttonator on my shelf and I am confident that that beer will triumph, like Iron Man.

Photo of njdhopgrower
3.15/5  rDev -13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The apperence was as expected. It was copper and clear with a nice white frothy head. Beyond that it did not have the pumpkin taste that I was hoping for. It was agreat beer but it did not have the fall flavors that I thought it would. I felt that hops overpowered any pumpkin flavor.

Photo of PatrickJR
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into nonic pint glass.

A - Copper/orange color with very small specs suspended in the beer...they almost appear to be remenants of spice...? Two finger head has decent retention before settling to a thin film and a thick collar. Some lacing.

S - Typical pumpkin ale aroma. Huge burst of cinnamon, orange peel, nutmeg, clove, and allspice but only vague hints of malt or pumpkin.

T - A very fleeting taste overall, probably due to the thin mouthfeel. Cinnamon and similar spices are apparent unfront, but the beer quickly dives into a simultaneous sour and bitter taste with little mentions of spice, pumpkin, or malt. A cinnamon/citrus note tries to ride the wave of sour/bitter but a very lemony sourness and an earthy bitterness override anything else that might be going on with this brew. Finish is chalky and a bit burnt tasting.

M - Moderate carbonation with a fleeting, light body. I don't really get the chance to pick out many flavors going on as the the thin body and moderate carbonation rush this brew down the hatch.

D - An ok pumpkin ale, but there's better stuff out there. Enticing aroma, but unfortunately the taste is bastardized by the mouthfeel leaving for a very unsatisfying drink. Could be better (perhaps) with major tweaks in the body/carbonation department.

Photo of fitzy84
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Had on tap up in Lincoln, NH during Columbus Day weekend. This beer had a fantastic look: dark amber-orange look, definitely festive with a medium sized amber head. Aromas were quite a wonderful mixture of bread and pumpkin spiced.The taste was the best: really cake-like in sweetness, spicey, and warming to the autumnal weather. Mouthfeel was pretty medium: not too heavy or light. Overall, a great pumpkin ale.

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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