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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

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1,669 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,669
Reviews: 810
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 81
Gots: 110 | 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 aerozeppl
2.85/5  rDev -22.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

I love pumpking ale. It reminds me of fall and it really hits the spot on those cool days.
Previously I love Smuttyhose's P Ale. This year (2007) it just was not nearly as good.

A:Cloudy amber appearence. Decent head retention

S This is where a pumpkin ale should shine but it really doesn't. A slight almost musty smell. I have bought 2 6packs and both were the same.

Taste: Not enough pumpkin or spice on this one. Rather bland for a style that should be the opposite.

Mouthfeel: Decent. Probably the best part of this beer The carbonation level suits the taste.

D: Years gone by I would rave about it. They need to go back and do whatever it is they were doing. Wait till next years comes out.

aerozeppl, Oct 22, 2007
Photo of atigerlife
3.58/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a golden/orange with almost no head. Slightly opaque. A little carbonation seen rising.

Aroma of pumpkin, cinnamon and clove.

Taste has hops prominent with pumpkin, cinnamon and malts coming through.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and cleansing.

Overall, a decent brew. Not one I will try and have again, but I wouldn't refuse if it was given to me.

atigerlife, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of BeerTruth
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle poured into a nonic.

Pours a ripe pumpkin colored hue with a one finger fluffy white two finger head that dies down to a thin layer. Stickiness could be better but there is a hint of spottiness on the sides. Smell is of big cinnamon and nutmeg spices with a woody aroma as well. Some caramel malt with a nutty scent on the nose too. Taste is a leaf like pumpkin spice with some dirt flavors. A good hop bite leaves a nice dry mouthfeel towards the end. Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation. Somewhat chewy going down, the drikability is fair. Not anywhere near ST's Pumpking, but beats out Dogfish Punkin'. Still need to sample Weyerbacher and Southampton.

BeerTruth, Oct 21, 2007
Photo of marcpal
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 2 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

In sampling different varieties, I would have to describe this one primarily as middle of the road in most categories including spice, flavor, and overall quality.

A: Pumpkin colored with not much head to it. Typical for the beer type and flavor.

S: Sensed some of the hoppiness and spices here without being overpowering. Roasted pumpkins were more present within the aroma than in the taste.

T: Not overpowering in terms of spices, but they were there but not intensely. It seemed to have other flavors as well that I am not used to in a pumpkin beer- mostly from the hops. Maltiness and fruitiness but enjoyable.

M: Normal carbonation and thickness for this type of beer- seems to have it nailed here.

D: Very drinkable for this style, biggest asset is the maltiness that it has that goes very well with foods and it doesnt attack your palate with spice overkill.

marcpal, Oct 20, 2007
Photo of maddogruss
3.13/5  rDev -14.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

had this on tap at Cloverleaf Tavern.

A: Pours an orange body with a small white head that slowed to a nice lacing.

S: A nice, allspice smell. There were hints of pumpkin noted, but nothing that was too significant.

T: The taste was not what i was expecting. There were hints of allspice and cloves in the aftertaste with slight hints of pumpkin in the taste. Malts were evident, but I was hoping for more evidence of pumpkin and spices.

M: A nice, full-bodied mouthfeel. Was very smooth.

D: Pretty drinkable. A good, malty beer, but I felt it could have used a bit more evidence of spices and pumpkin, at least in the aftertaste. I still think it's a solid pumpkin, but not as "up front" as I was hoping it to be.

maddogruss, Oct 19, 2007
Photo of Atricapilla
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The color was similar to oxidized pumpkin pie. Had a medium sized creamy head. The smell was like pumpkin pie with a little bit of hops to it. This beer had a good taste, spicy (cinnamon, cloves and all spice) with a little hops aftertaste. It goes well on a fall afternoon.

Atricapilla, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of phisig137
4.1/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A- pours a beautiful orange amber color (almost exactly the shade of a pumpkin....) with a 2 finger head. Decent retention, and clumpy rings of lace.

S- Dominated by spice, yet delicate and well balanced. Vanilla seems to pop up the the back.

F- Very well rounded. Slightly sweet caramel malt up front, followed closely by a bit of roasted pumpkin flavor. Here the flavor turns to the spice, with nutmeg seeming to stand out of the mix. Long spicy finish lingers forever.

M- Velvet, smooth, and somewhat light

D- excellent

Overall, a damn fine pumpkin ale. Not nearly as "in your face" as Weyerbachers, and not quite as complex as DFH's, but very well made. I feel its much more difficult to make a well balanced, tasty mild beer. Anyone can load up a kettle with spices, malts and hops. This beer just has finesse. I'll look forward to this next year.

phisig137, Oct 18, 2007
Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a somewhat smallish white head that left decent lacing. Aroma is dominated by sweet spices but there is definitely some pumpkin present as well as a little hoppiness.

Taste nearly replicates the aroma. Heavy sweet spices up front (most notabley cinnamon and nutmeg) that is actually balanced pretty nicely by the pumpkin. Surprisingly, some hop character emerges and mixes with the spices to make a nice, dry bitter finish. Mouthfull is medium and helps the illusion that your drinking a piece of pumpkin pie.

Smuttynose has done a very nice job with this pumpkin ale as it represents all the good things about the style. Lovely appearence and body, nice spice/pumpkin balance and a good drinkablity make this one of the best the season has to offer.

Kegatron, Oct 17, 2007
Photo of FenwaySquid
3.4/5  rDev -7.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Presentation: 12 oz brown bottle, BBD of Jan 08 notched into the side of the label, poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a hazy burnt orange color with some setiment settling, once that happened it became cloudy and translucent. The head formed about 1-2 fingers thick and retained nicely.

Aroma: Mild pumpkin aroma along with some spices, and slight hoppiness comes through int he background.

Taste: Mild pumpkin flavors up front, a little sweet but not very. Some bitter piney hops come through in the middle, and mix with the pumpkin flavors in the finish, with the hops eventually winning out.

Mouthfeel: Light to medium bodied, the carbonation balanced out well.

Overall: Usually I like Smuttynose's brews a lot, this one disappointed only because of the style. If it had been billed as a pale ale it's actually pretty decent, but it lacked the true sweetness and spicy flavors of a pumpkin beer. I like that they added the hops into the beer, I just would've liked them to be more in the background.

FenwaySquid, Oct 16, 2007
Photo of zdk9
3.73/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A- Pours a very cloudy orange with almost no head and just some peeps of lacing.

S- I was unimpressed by the nose on this one- there is some sweetness, lightly fruity, somewhat squashy; and a touch of fragrant spice, but not all that much. Better with some warmth though.

T- Here's the spice I was looking for, and so much more. A sweet fruity malt with hints of apricot, light orange, and of course pumpkin. Then there are the spices which blend in nicely to the rest of the beer- there's some cinnimon but not at all dominating, also allspice, and perhaps even some juniper, but that flavor might come from the hoppiness. The hoppiness is great here, with just a touch of orange pith that sinks into the back of my tongue and pervades the delicious beer flavor around. And the balance which that bitterness provides is tremendous.

M- Thick and very carbonated in an almost schizophrenic way. I wish this beer could choice heavy or light...such is the mystery of the pumpkin.

D- I have only had one other pumpkin beer, but I'm looking forward to comparing this to others as I really enjoyed the 'beeriness' combined with new and delicious flavors. This is a beer I will happily buy again when the leaves begin to change again next year.

zdk9, Oct 15, 2007
Photo of Redwood21
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: I love the way this looks, it looks like pumpkin pie, a great orange color with a very sticky off white head that is about a quarter inch and lasts for a long time

S: smells of pumpkin pie spices, this is par for the course but it is well balanced and enjoyable, i don't know all the spice names think a nice subtle pie aroma, and bam pumpkin ale.

T: Oddly i have never had pumpkin pie, nor other pumpkin products, except pumpkin ales. so as far as tastes go i can not compare to other things, that said it has a very earthy spicy taste to it there is a flavor and aroma that i can not figure out but seem to match up together.

m/d: i enjoy this beer its good, not an everyday beer but a great one to enjoy.

Redwood21, Oct 13, 2007
Photo of ericj551
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale pours a nice light copper with a thin whispy head that lingers. The aroma is pumpkin and pumpkin spice, but not over the top. Flavor is more pumpkin and spices, but there is a nice malty backbone. I am not a big pumpkin beer fan but this has top be one of the better ones, it's not overspiced and there is a nice ESB like background with noticeable hops and bitterness.

ericj551, Oct 10, 2007
Photo of iceball585
2.83/5  rDev -22.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

A- Cloudy golden brown color, thin white lacy head

S- Strong smell of pumpkin, spices (mostly cinnamon and brown sugar)

T- Spices, pumpkin, bitter hops, creamy

M- Medium body, low/medium carbonation, bitter feel kind of lingers after the taste is gone

D- Good auroma but not quite the taste I was expecting

This beer has great auromas of what you'd expect out of a pumpkin beer. On the other hand this beer is quite over spiced and has a really bitter after taste that is a slight turn off.

iceball585, Oct 09, 2007
Photo of erosier
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer has a very nice cloudy amber color. The beer has a very pumpkin pie-ish aroma. Upon first taste, it is a nice pumpkin ale. Very nice ale flavor. The aftertaste is all of this beer, however, is a very strong nutmeg and cinnamony flavor. This beer has the aftertaste of pumpkin pie and is very nice. It really hits you in the mouth and has a lingering aftertaste. It is quite drinkable and should be on the list of fall beers to have.

erosier, Oct 07, 2007
Photo of barknee
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

As a major fan of this brewery, I was quite surprised by Smutty's version of this style. Pouring a pumpkin-like orange amber color, a lighter colored iteration of this style; I was not discontented whatsoever initially. The nose of this brew is reminicent of wallpaper paste, resulting in an instant olfactory equation to one of the miserable beers from Saranac Brewery I’ve tasted in the past. Additional aromas of green bell pepper, boiled veggies (not necessarily pumpkin) and a touch of cinnamon and clove are present. Like other Smuttynose products I have tasted, there is an abundant supply of hops in attendance here, somewhat overstated especially for a seasonal style such as this. Nevertheless, this is a signature expression for many of their brews. This beer drinks fairly well, as the lean and dry version of the style lends itself to stress free quaffing. A bit of a deviation from the core of the style, I would like more of the warm spice notes that are present in the best versions of the style.

barknee, Oct 05, 2007
Photo of rousee
2.78/5  rDev -24.3%
look: 3 | smell: 2 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Orange-amber color. Overwhelming use of spices.There is a good pumpkin flavor. I think previous incarnations of this beer are much better-let the beer stand on its own merits and not overspice it. Spices are so overwhelming that the aftertaste on them is kind of oily and burns.Smuttynose is a great local brewery that is one of my faves but I have seen some signs of slippage in the last year or two. Im gonna dump a half a pint.

I am very disappointed with this beer.

rousee, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of brewcrew76
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Cloudy orange with a thin white head that falls to a ring of lace.

S - Pumpkin, clove, nutmeg, spicy. It is bold with a dominating pumkin smell that reminds you of fall.

T - Pumpkin and nutmeg dominate, touch of clove. Man is this one bold and spicy. Slight caraeml breadiness but that might just be the pie impression taking over.

M - Medium body with crisp carbonation and a dry spicy finish.

D - As drinkable as a pumkin beer can be. Bold with all the flavors you expect.

brewcrew76, Sep 29, 2007
Photo of rohrbachsfan
4/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured a copper orange. Low foamy head that reduced quickly but left some lacing on the glass.

Smell: Sweet malt and strong pumpkin spice

Taste: Strong spice and pumpkin flavor but a good malty ale tast was always present. A little strong on the hops.

Mouthfeel: Rich and creamy.

Drinkability: It's that time of year again when I'm drawn to the seasonal fall beers and I must try some more pumpkin ales (I can't resist). I skipped Smuttynose in 2006 (first tasted it back in 2005) and felt that it deserved another try for 2007. Pretty good. Would have liked a little less hops bitterness.

rohrbachsfan, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of getalife2k5
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Update: my first review was a little strong, but mostly accurate. however, this year something is definitely different about the beer (as confirmed by my friends and it's continued existence in my mom's living room cabinet. by now in years past, it would be long gone.) it has lost some it's beerness (it's less hoppy and malty) and has gained more spices. perhaps influenced by other brewers who overload their pumpkin ales with spices, they got off course, i'm sad to say. it just doesn't have the nice biting grassy hop tail and rich, smooth brown sugar/cooked pumpkin body that it did before. there's a strong presence of cinnamon and nutmeg and whatever... maybe anise? it makes my stomach feel extra acidic.

This is the best Pumpkin Ale I have drunk. It has all of the qualities of a great beer; it's malty and a bit hoppily bitter at the end, unlike many other pumpkin ales, on top of just the right amount of spices. It is as good as my mother's pumpkin pie. The appearance is exactly as you should expect, bright, clear, reddish-brown in hue. The carbonation perfectly enhances the flavors and allows for an excellent smoothness. I could drink this beer all year (and almost have except my supplies ran out) but it's the best on a cool autumn evening. Furthermore, the bottles taste nearly the same as on tap, which is an impressive achievement.

getalife2k5, Sep 23, 2007
Photo of jaxon53
3.23/5  rDev -12%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Served slightly chilled in a pint glass from a twelve ounce brown bottle. Poured a murky orange brown color that was topped with an inch of thin, soapy, bright white head. Head diminished on the slow side, and did manage to leave a little lace behind on the glass. Lots of spice in the nose. Cloves, ginger, nutmeg, some pumpkin, and brown sugar were present. Not quite pumpkin pie but not too bad. The ginger and nutmeg aromas seemed to dominate the nose. The ginger, nutmeg, cloves and brown sugar also made themselves present in the flavor. The pumpkin flavor was very faint in my opinion. Almost not noticeable under the layers of spice. The mouthfeel was a bit on the thin side. Plenty of carbonation left a small burn on the tongue. Drinkability was above average. Not great but not bad.

jaxon53, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of Gmann
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a slightly hazy copper color with a decent off-white head that left some real nice lacing on the glass. The smell is of pumpkin pie spices, nutmeg, cinnamon, all spice. A bit peppery as well. A big toasted malt presence with pumpkin pie spices to balance out. Nothing cloying about the spices, this ale is done right. Perhaps it could use a bit more pumpkin flavor. The feel is moderate and fairly crisp, finishes a little on the bitter side. Quite drinkable for a pumpkin and in general. The flavors work well together, without any overpowering spice.

Gmann, Sep 22, 2007
Photo of stereosforgeeks
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Appearance: Dark orange color. Fluffy head. Thin retention. Thick lacing.

Smell: Pumpkin, lemon, orange, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove.

Taste: Pumpkin and spices are prevalent. The fruitiness keeps the spices from being overpowering. Aftertaste of pumpkin lingers.

Mouthfeel: Medium body and carbonation.

Drinkability: Great fall session beer.

stereosforgeeks, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Excited to try this years Smutty Pumpkin. Last years was highly hopped up (not a bad thing)...

A- A golden orange color, half inch of head, no lacing.

S- Smell fresh out of the bottle was of straight up pumpkin pie. Once poured, the smell gets a little more hoppier.

T- Taste was similar to a hoppy PA, possibly an IPA, lots of spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and PUMPKIN notes.

M- Mouthfeel was of carbonation- refreshing and satisfying.

D- For a pumpkin ale, I could drink quite a few of these. Not as thick or spicy as other pumpkin brews....


DavidSeanNJ, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of Brad007
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Pours a nice orange amber color with a decent one finger head. Aroma is strong and even somewhat hoppy with a decent amount of pumpkin aroma. Very light too. Taste is much of the same except that there's just not that much pumpkin to taste. It fades in the back and reminds me more of ginger ale than beer. A second sip confirms the same thing, with only a light pumpkin taste in the background. There's some lacing. I just get the feeling that this is Smuttynose IPA with pumpkin flavoring.

Brad007, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of funkengruven
2.95/5  rDev -19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 2

This brew poured a nice amber with abundant head, quite nice to look at. Smell was unique, some spicyness in there with some other aromas I cannot identify. Taste at first was very astringent and bitter, finished with an aftertaste of pumpkin spice which was actually rather pleasant. However the astringency is a bit much which damages the drinkability of this brew significantly.

Not something I would go out of my way for.

funkengruven, Sep 09, 2007
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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