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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,598 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,598
Reviews: 802
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 80
Gots: 87 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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 johnniemarg
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass. Bottle stamped best before Jan 07.

Pours a light orange color that is more yellow towards the sides of the glass. Small head when poured dissipated quickly. The beer is cloudy from the tiny little particles (spices?) in suspension.

The smell is tons of cinnamon and nutmeg. There is some underlying pumpkin sweetness too. The beer starts off with some sweet pumpkin taste up front followed by all those pumpkin pie spices through the middle and finishes spicy.

Medium bodied and spicy on the palate. The spices leave a fine chalkiness on the tongue. The spices stay with you a long time.

The taste of this is good, but the spices wear on me. I think there is a little too much spice to it.

johnniemarg, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of plaid75
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a strong peppery hop aroma with a mild allspice and nutmeg element.

The taste also featured a good peppery hop with mild pumpkin and orange spice. There was a solid biscuity grain bill as well.

The mouthfeel was average but a bit astringent,

Overall a godd drinkable pumpkin. Could use a bit more pumpkin flesh flavor.

plaid75, Oct 08, 2006
Photo of yelterdow
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Fall 2006 batch, arrived on the shelves here in NJ at the very tail end of August. July is notched on this bottle's label, and we're serving this in a pint glass at refrigerator temperature.

Appearance- Pours a hazy pumpkin orange, and on a rough pour the head reaches a solid inch-and-a-half. Creamy and white, the crown reduces nicely to a substantially firm mat. Absolutely terrific lacing for a fruit beer, it lines the inside of my glass with purpose.

Smell- Awesome... everything is in perfect balance, and in significant proportions. The delicateness of the pumpkin is accented with big aromas of carrot cake, warm brown sugar, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, and all the autumn potpourri you can stuff in a container. So happy and specific to Fall, this beer smells incredible.

Taste- This brings me right back to when I was eight... the taste reminds me of those cookies with the icing in the shape of a gingerbread man, with the little red eyes and green lips... a very bready palate here. Pumpkin and the aforementioned spices mingle in the mouth and finish with a back-of-the-tongue smacking hop whip. Fantastic balance overall, and I love that it's remained delicious over the years.

Mouthfeel/Drinkability- Initially aggressive, the bubbles soften and bloom in a very subtle way... creating a wonderful, pleasant mouthfeel. Its backdrop complements the warm, holiday flavors and lets the beer just be itself. Not to be quaffed in numbers, this pumpkin ale stands tall as one of the most enjoyable Fall seasonals that must be sampled... if for no other reason than to try it.

yelterdow, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of hungryghost
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours dark orange/brown color. Pretty good head, lasted about half way through beer, left some lacing.
Highly spiced aroma, like pumpkin pie but more.
Taste is swell, like pie but no whip cream. Cloves, nutmeg, pumpkin pie spice maybe some cinnamon and a little biscuity. The flavor is genuine, some pumpkin ales have sort of a fake flavor. There may be some hops in here too.
Mouthfeel is a little sticky, even though I did not think the beer really was.
I'd drink another, if only there was more.

hungryghost, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of NJpadreFan
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smuttynose- Pumpkin Ale

Appearance- Dark golden brown with a small bubbly head.
Smell- Cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin.
Taste- Big pumpkin flavor with nutmeg, graham cracker, clove, and cinnamon.
Mouthfeel- Slighty dry, the flavor seems to burst in the end.

Overall- A definite Autumn session beer. Delicious on tap!

NJpadreFan, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of zuccard
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance - nice pumpkin flesh color - cloudy though

Aroma - spice apparent - nutmeg like

Head - white - disappeared quickly, lacing was good

Flavor - several layers of flavor - clear nutmeg and ginger flavor, not a pumpkin pie flavor, and not overly spiced. Flavors appeared stronger as the beer moved to back of tongue, and the first few sips there was an apparent pumpkin flavor that disappeared with subsequent sips. Good balance between bitter/sweet

Carbonation - on the light side, not a significant number of bubbles once poured.

Drinkability - enjoyed it, not sure I'd run out to buy more though

zuccard, Oct 07, 2006
Photo of durandal
4.28/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A- deep golden coloration. Almost, perhaps, orange to my colorblind eyes? (perhaps that's just wishful pumpin thinking). A half inch head, creamy. The lacing runs back into the ale after holding to the glass for a few moments.

S- Smells like a pumpkin. Really, it's a faint-ish pumpkin presence mingled with some other spices. Very nice.

T- Mildly spicy, fruity, with a slightly bitter hoppy aftertaste. It's not a syrupy, sugary pumpkin flavor: it's an understated but noticeable pumpkin taste. Which is good, to me.

M- Excellent mouthfeel, smooth, mild body, lightly fizzy. Feels refreshing without being thin.

D- I enjoyed this thoroughly from beginning to end. It's just a pleasure to drink. I'm going to go pick up the DFH offering by way of comparison but I can't imagine it'd be better than this.

Oh, and one last thing about this ale: IT'S PUMPKININNY!

durandal, Oct 05, 2006
Photo of BassAssassin
4.38/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

--2006 Vintage--

A: Pours a deep, hazy gold with a thick head. Color is similar to fresh apple cider.

S: Aroma of pumpkin and spice are immediately apparent. Sweet and malty. Like pumpkin pie in a bottle.

T: Malty sweet with obvious pumpkin flavors. Tastes like the brewer used real pumpkin. Finishes spicy with a very slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, and slightly thick. Spot on for the style.

D: Highly drinkable as far as pumpkin ales go. Not a session beer by any means, but I could certainly have another. My favorite pumpkin ale this year.

BassAssassin, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of vtfan77
4.18/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Light golden orange with a big, frothy head and decent lacing.

S- Much pumpkin in the nose, with nutmeg and other spices as well. Like pumpkin pie with a hint of beery malt.

T- Pumpkin and nutmeg upfront; tastes like a bite of pumpkin pie. The pumpkin character blends with a bready malt and finishes with a noticeable hop bitterness. Very nice!

M- Medium-bodied, but on the light side of medium. Not too much carbonation.

D- Good drinkability. Pretty decent quaffer, a bit high in alcohol to be a session beer, but definitely one that you can have a couple of in a sitting.

Very good stuff, I like this one. I've only had one other pumpkin beer and this one beats it hands down. Great pumpkin flavor, not just spices. A fantastic fall beer. Recommended for anyone who likes pumpkin beers.

vtfan77, Oct 03, 2006
Photo of morayeel
2.45/5  rDev -33.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Apperance- Nice golden color

Smell- I thought this ale was a little week on the pumpkin and spice smell

Taste- The taste was OK I was expecting a little more from this ale.

Mouthfeel- I thought this was a very dry taste at the end.

Drinkability- Not an ale I would recomend.

morayeel, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of Zoh
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.
A - Dark orange/copper, just the way I imagine a pumpkin ale should look. Decent head that didn't last too long.
S - Some spices, but a lot of pumpkin smell. I was surprised by how much roasted squash aroma is there.
T - Lots of upfront pumpkin, tastes like roasted pumpkin seeds. The spices are not as evident as other pumpkin beers, but they are still there. Everything is well balanced with a malt sweetness in the background.
M - Mouthfeel is good, smooth and creamy without being overly heavy or sticky.
D - Excellent, I could easily have a few of these in a row.
Overall, an excellent example of the style and my facorite pumpkin beer this year.

Zoh, Oct 02, 2006
Photo of Ieatlambfries
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass from a 12oz bottle of this years batch. The color is hazy orange. Very slight off white head of dense bubbles which did not last long.

Definite hints of real pumpkin in the smell. Not perfumy like some others. Also pumpkin pie spices such as cinnamon and clove.

The taste has a definite hop presence. Citrus rind, with some earthy notes as well. The pumpkin is also definitely there from the start. It's a real pumpkin flavor. The spices are there as well. Cinnamon, nutmeg and clove. Not overly sweet, which is a plus.

The mouth feel was good. Medium carbonation. Very drinkable. This beer had just enough pumpkin and spice to enhance the flavor, rather than dominate it. I recommend this to any one who appreciates the style.

Ieatlambfries, Oct 01, 2006
Photo of Phatz
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

As a huge fan of the pumpkin ale style I find this one to be one of the easiest drinking of them. And plenty full of flavor too. mmm. I will get it again and try it next to some pie =)

Appearance: Pours a dark golden bronzed amber with a white head on top of the beer. Little light passes through this darker than average pumpkin ale.

Smell: All the pie spices are loaded up on this one along with the sweet malt back bone. Truly a quite enticing sniffable beer.

Taste: Cinnamon nutmeg ginger vanilla clove you name it, its there wrapped up a beautiful malty body that is smooth and easy to drink. The dryish finish keeps it from becoming too much but it is certainly everything I love about pumpkin pie.

Mouthfeel: This is a medium body beer that is smooth and marvelously creamy.

Drinkability: Back the truck up to door! I want to drink this all month!

Hope this is helpful.
Cheers!

Phatz, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of Jcdolan
3.25/5  rDev -11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Picked up a six pack of bottles.
Pours a nice orange copper color with a thick white head. The head dissipates slowly leaving a ring down the glass throughout the drinking experience.
Smells like pumpkin and spices. A slight bitter sent is noticable.
Tasts like a pumpkin pie mixed with pumpkin bread. Leaves a lingering bitter taste at the back of the toungue.
Mouth feel is a very nice soft foamy feel.
This beer has average drinkability because if you don't like a bitteryish taste then its not enjoyable the whole night. But if you don't mind a slight bitter taste in your beer then this is a great beer that you can really appreciate!

Jcdolan, Sep 29, 2006
Photo of ommegangpbr
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

An attractive lookin' brew; within the pale ale spectrum of copper with a creamy white head that leaves some lacing on the glass. Clear and vibrant.
Smells like pumpkin bread and pumpkin pie that has been soaking in some booze.
The taste is ballsier than the scent would indicate. A bit more bready (think dark rye), definately more bitter with a hops bite. That hops bite keeps the spices in control and makes the spices quite pleasing.
Medium bodied... this is a bit too bitter for me to rate it really high in drinkability but this is enjoyable stuff. This would rock with a well made Thanksgiving dinner.

ommegangpbr, Sep 28, 2006
Photo of dirtylou
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle, 6pack at Woodmans West

appearance: I dig the label as I often do with the Smut...pours into great dane imperial pint glass, clear golden copper, light foamy beige head with little retention

smell: pumpkin pie, nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, various other spices that are not over the top. It smells the part

taste: this is an example of a beer getting my respect not really for what they did right but more what they didnt do wrong. Its not overly spiced to the point that it doesnt even resemble the style its claiming. Pumpkin pie flavour is light and delicate but not overshadowed by the spice...cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, brown sugar are the highlights. Enjoyable, but why cant someone make a pumpkin bomb for me?

mouthfeel: medium-light body, average carbonation

drinkability: good

dirtylou, Sep 27, 2006
Photo of Liquids
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Orangey amber pour, with a thin white head, that looks pleasant and beer like--always a mystery pour with (underlying) beer style being so varied for something like a "pumpkin beer." Aroma is gentle with distinct spices, some pumpkin aroma detected, and definitely a hop presence. Lots going on here, and it peaks the curiosity, but nothing making me want to down it instantly, either. Taste is rather hoppy surprisingly--citrusy, a hoppy pale ale, but with a faint and fleeting burst of pumpkin flavor in the finish. The hops linger, as does a bit of the pumpkin flavor. The spices are much more in the aroma than taste, actually. Mouthfeel is medium bodied but rather weighty on the tongue, and not really overly carbonated, but high amounts of it--at least for me; points for the heft. Drinkability - there is a substanial beer lurking beneath the pumpkin going on here, and a hoppy one at that. It's a twist on a hoppier pale ale, but the pumkin is just too subtle for me. When the carbonation faded, it was a bit more noticable, but still faint. Smutty seems to love seriously hoppy beer, so this fits their style. I would have, best of all worlds, enjoyed a slightly less hoppy drinker that overdid it with the pumkins, in comparison. Drinkable, and a good fall variation if you like smutty beers and want a seasonal that keep the smutty beer profile but add a little twist.

Liquids, Sep 26, 2006
Photo of delicious
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy, and get this, pumpkin(!) colored body with a fluffy white head.
It smells of the usual pumpkin spices along with hops and cloves.
It starts off with the pumpkin and ends dry and tingly, and it's all quite drinkable throughout. What I love about this pumpkin beer in particular is that i really taste the gourd and not just the spices. And it doesn't limit itself to the pumpkin demographic; the bitter, leafy hops and cloves keep tasting great long after the seasonal novelty runs dry. This has joined the list of beers I look forward to every fall.

delicious, Sep 25, 2006
Photo of techdiver
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Nice amber color, slightly cloudy. Great spice smell, with underlying pumpkin coming through once you get past the initial spice. Taste was surprising and quite hoppy, much more than I expected. It seems almost IPA-like were it not for the heavy spice. A good choice for a Pumphin Ale if you favor IPA's.

techdiver, Sep 24, 2006
Photo of
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 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
Photo of dherling
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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 +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of MrHurmateeowish
3.78/5  rDev +3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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
Photo of stegmakk
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

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

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
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,598 ratings.