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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

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1,505 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,505
Reviews: 794
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 68
Gots: 53 | 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 bigjohn

New Jersey

3.1/5  rDev -15.8%

Appearance- Poured into a pint glass, cloudy orange color, about an inch of head. Nice looking beer.

Smell- Spicy. Pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, other spices as well. Definitely smells like pumpkin pie.

Taste- Slight sourness, the pumpkin and spice that were present in the nose are definitely there in the taste. Not really my thing, but it is not bad. As it warms, the 'pumpkin pie' aspect of the beer becomes more noticeable.

Mouthfeel- A little thin, a certain sharpness to the beer makes it pleasant.

Drinkability- I don't think I could drink more than one of these. Definitely not a session beer. I have never been a big fan of pumpkin ales, but I can respect this one as a good quality beer.

Overall, this beer is good for the style, but in the beer world as a whole, certainly not something I will be coming back to. It is worth a try, but a liking for this beer is definitely dependent on personal taste.

10-12-2004 05:33:53 | More by bigjohn
Photo of GCBrewingCo

North Carolina

3.78/5  rDev +2.7%

The beer poured crystal clear light amber golden. The head was off-white and fell like a rock, but tried to lace the glass.

The aroma was slight pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon, allspice, and clove.

The flavor was light with a decent bitterness backbone. Not what you would call malty. The spices awere present and muted. Cinnamon, clove and allspice most noticeable, but not overdone.

The finish was dry with lasting bitterness and spice. The body was medium.

12 ounce bottle. A decent pumpkin ale, mostly spice presence, but nothing too complex or interesting, a nicely drinkable beer.

10-11-2004 22:56:28 | More by GCBrewingCo
Photo of sbattert


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

Enjoyed in a smuttynose pint glass with the seal logo. It says Make mine a smutty even though my bottle doesn't. The bottle, as you see from the picture, looks as if the labels were hastily glued on, as if the bottler can't wait to get this product to wanting clients. The pumpkin picture, labeled "Cucurbita Pepo" looks out of place for a smuttynose bottle.

Yellowish orange on the sides with more orange in the middle, this october seasonal is retains an active ring of head hugging the glass.

Although not so much with this glass, that familiar warming aroma of the malt of other smutty favorites is present. A mild hoppiness aroma is also present with a hint of apples.

Slightly bitter taste is complimented by a spicy note of cloves and nutmeg. The apple flavor that I noted before diminishes slightly... The alcohol is not very present or is well hidden.

Sipping a little from the head causes a nice fluffy mouthfeel, otherwise it causes a slight tingle on the tongue and pokes at the tastebuds in the back with mild bitterness.

This is my favorite pumpkin ale so far. I found DFH to be mediocre compared to this.

10-10-2004 19:37:25 | More by sbattert
Photo of Hibernator


4.1/5  rDev +11.4%

I had this out of a 12 oz brown bottle and served in a pint glass. Nice looking label with a picture of a ripe pumpkin on the front. This beer was brewed in September. Clearly notched on the side of the label.

Appearance is a burnt orange color with a substantial, fluffy white head.

Aroma of pumpkin, spice, nutmeg and malt hit your nose right as you pour this beer into a glass.

Tastes very similiar as its smells....pumpkin pie and nutmeg are dominant. Nice malty backbone with a pinch of a hop bite on the finish that blends well with the overall spice profile.

This is one of the better tasting pumpkin ales that I have sampled yet.

Very enjoyable and a great treat on a nice October night like tonight.

10-07-2004 22:30:40 | More by Hibernator
Photo of danadeny


3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

a perfect orange / light yellow color. Small frothy head, with a medium carbonated body. Smells of light nutmeg, medium pumpkin and medium cinnamon. Spicy on the tongue, mild pumpkin and cinnamon. Little bit of bitterness, little bit of a weird soap like flavor mixed with the bitterness. Overall a nice balance of all flavors. Very smooth, clean finish.

10-06-2004 01:12:43 | More by danadeny
Photo of scottum


4.2/5  rDev +14.1%

Pours out an orangey amber with a full white head. Malts are large and sweet with great pumpkin flavor coming through. Hops are actually there and do a great job of adding contrast to the pumpkin. This is perhaps the most hopped pumpkin brew that I have tried, and I do not think that it hurts the beer. Mouthfeel is smooth and helps make the beer more drinkable.

10-06-2004 00:35:28 | More by scottum
Photo of yankeeheel


3.95/5  rDev +7.3%


Pours a hazy orange amber with a large fluffy white head. Looks a lot like their IPA. Smells strongly of nutmeg and cinnamon, along with the obvious pumpkin. Reminds me of refrigerated leftover pumpkin pie. Taste wise the purre of pumkin really stands out. It's almost as if you can chew on the stringiness of it. The spicing enhances the whole experience of it. It really gets better as it warms. Mouthfeel is moderate and carbonation is not unbearable. Perfect to drink on this cool Maine October evening.

10-05-2004 23:34:00 | More by yankeeheel
Photo of GeoffFromSJ

New Jersey

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%

The best thing about this beer is that you do get a taste of pumpkin, as opposed to simply the spices we associate with pumpkin. I love the appearance. Orange, pumpkin (of course) with a nice head which goes down to a nice lace which stays throughout. You get a nice array of spices in the nose. There is a sharp but brief bitterness at the end of the taste. I'm not sure if this is from hops or if it is the alcohol coming through. It was fine, but doesn't seem to be appropriate for a pumpkin ale. I could get used to it though.

Despite this one critique, this may be the best pumpkin ale I've ever had.

10-02-2004 17:12:37 | More by GeoffFromSJ
Photo of OldFrothingSlosh


4.2/5  rDev +14.1%

12oz. amber bottle courtesy of AKSmokedPorter in his effort to have me completely hung over for a recent golf tournament...

It's pumpkin-colored. Slightly toasted orange in color, with a slick layer of foamy white head. Fizzy. Aromas are wonderful. Not 100% pumpkin...more like mama's pumpkin pie: pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon. This theme is wonderfully carried over to the flavor. Lots of pumpkin flavor here, spiced up for good measure. Slightly bitter on the tail end, and this mixes nicely with the spicy pumpkin notes. Not at hefty as I'd expected, but very, very drinkable. A great fall beer and one I'll seek out again.

10-01-2004 23:33:55 | More by OldFrothingSlosh
Photo of JustIPAs

New York

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

I am actually enjoying this ale at the time I am writing this review. I have been drinking quite a bit of pumpkin ale this season, and along with the others I've had, this one has been quite a pleasure. Overall the nose is a bit more subtle than most of the other pumpkin ales I've had recently, but not too distant. The overall taste on this ale has been somewhat subdued, but nice nonetheless. There tends to be a slightly more bitter finish along with an apparent malt flavor. Overall this is a nice ale, that I would recommend. I would love to try this on tap at some point.

09-30-2004 00:16:49 | More by JustIPAs
Photo of EPseja

New Jersey

4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

[review updated: 08-15-2005. A: 3.5 to 4.5, M: 4.0 to 4.5, D: 4.5 to 5.0]

[review updated: 11-12-2009: S: 5.0 to 4.5, D: 5.0 to 4.5 -- over time I've noticed that while this beer is awesome, it is missing the style-critical squash/pumpkin notes]

Served at just above fridge temperature in a pint glass.

A: This beer was vibrant rust-amber in color, with some very small sediment in suspension, and a lasting pale head that created consistent lacing all the way through.

S: The smell however, was anything short of mediocre. Autumnal spices - cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg and fresh pumpkin - all present in perfect amounts; slightly sweet and hoppily spicy, without being too "hot" to the nose.

T: The taste begins with a generous hit of the aforementioned spices, paired with an IPA-style lightness and crispness that makes it easy to draw. In the mouth, the aromatic flavor subsides and the taste becomes light-bodied malty before it hits the back of the tongue where an initially hidden hoppiness grows larger than the original taste. The finish finds the spices completely mellowed out in the background while the hoppiness reaches it's peak flavor - all without the cloying sweetness that ultimately makes it impossible to drink more than one of most other Pumpkin Ales. The aftertaste is light, fragrant and a touch dry, making it very easy to continue sipping until the glass is empty... and then reach for another!

M: Initially light, then blossoming into a creamy, roundness that slides right down the gullet, leaving a slight hop dryness that leaves you wanting another sip.

D: This is an incredibly drinkable pumpkin ale, mostly due to the top-notch blending of the spices, malts and hops. There is no single dominant flavor that ruins the balance of this beer. An absolute pleasure to drink at any time of year.

09-29-2004 23:35:54 | More by EPseja
Photo of rdrummer

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%

This is probably my second favority pumpkin but it is not close to the DFH that I tried earlier. It pours a hazy, dull copper color with a slight head of mostly bubbles. The nose is one of cinnamon and nutmeg with a little pumpkin but very little malt and almost no hops aroma. This tasted like a store-bought pumpkin pie as opposed to a fresh-bake one. The maltiness, spices, and pumpkin were ther but I tasted no balancing hops aroma. The flavor is good and I would not refuse a second, but I waited a couple nights to finish the second one as opposed to the DFH, which I finished that night.

09-29-2004 23:16:46 | More by rdrummer
Photo of 99bottles


4.2/5  rDev +14.1%

Appearance: A nice amber-orange color with a thin head of white that didn't last. Bad pour, I suppose.

Smell: Some of the classic fall spice; nutmeg, clove, cinnamon. A very authentic pumpkin smell too. Reminds me of a jack-o-lantern.

Taste: Immeadiate notice of the nutmeg and cinnamon gives way to the taste of fresh pumpkin. Not as pie-like as other pumpkin beers, this one lets the pumpkin remain the focus of the flavor, with the spices there for support. The malts are smooth and rightly bland, allowing the beer to dwell in its other ingredient. This is a very nice pumpkin ale, and if I ever see it in bottles I'll reach for a six pack.

Mouthfeel: Nice, not heavy, smooth and moderately carbonated. Well paired to the flavor and ABV.

Drinkability: Some people get turned off by fruit or spice beers, but this one I think I could have repeatedly. I like that this doesn't overstep its bounds at any time in any place. That makes its drinkability great in my book.

09-29-2004 15:18:02 | More by 99bottles
Photo of sponberg

New York

4.18/5  rDev +13.6%

2004 edition. Deep orange amber with a cream colored head that dissipates rather rapidly. The aroma is like what those New England backroad converted barn country stores smell like - all warm and spicy (emphasis on cloves and nutmeg, maybe a cinnamon broom in there somewhere) - mixed with some toasty malt. Very enticing.

Starts with a bitter spice note on the tongue - ever lick a nutmeg or a clove? - then the pumpkin comes in. Amazing - a pumpkin ale where you can actually taste the pumpkin! then the toasty malt comes in along with a hop bitterness (distinct from the spiciness at the beginning). Finishes magnificently - drink a Shoals Pale Ale after a big old forkful of pumpkin pie and get the same effect. Hops, malt, pumpkin, spice... What I really like about this beer is how the spices, pumpkin fruit, and malt/hops all play nice together. The mouthfeel is a slight bit fizzy but otherwise in character. Couldn't drink a lot of them now, but that may change when the temperature drops a few degrees.

Consistently one of my favorite fall seasonals.

09-28-2004 02:03:00 | More by sponberg
Photo of GreatPondBrewer


4/5  rDev +8.7%

Hazy copper color with a loose, foam of white on top reducing to slick and bubbles. The smell was of slight autumn spices like cinnemon and nutmeg and pumpkin flavor. Just a slight hint of toasty malts and a crisp nose. The flavor was very nice I thought. The front end was very much taken with the pumkin flavors, but it morphed well into a crisp autumn pale ale replete with a hop twang and a toasty, biscuity malt backing. The spices come back towards the finish, but they are not overly dominating. The mouthfeel is sufficiantly crisp and full bodied at the same time. A very good choice for a beer as the temperature starts to dip and the seasons change before your eyes.

09-20-2004 03:40:11 | More by GreatPondBrewer
Photo of yeagerbm


3.28/5  rDev -10.9%

I knew summer was over when I spotted this on the shelf. Pours a dark gold with a dense white head. The smell is inviting with pumpkin pie spices, strong on the nutmeg. I'm a fan of hops but the taste somewhat contrasts what the beer is all about. The spice has a hard time coming through the taste of the hops. Overall a average to good taste and a decent drinking beer, but I don't get the sensation of drinking pumpkin pie.

09-17-2004 23:33:13 | More by yeagerbm
Photo of ybnorml

Rhode Island

3.18/5  rDev -13.6%

This is an orangy amber ale with a lacey off white head. There is a good dose of nutmeg and pumpkin in the aroma. You get a sweet pumpkiny flavor at first. Followed quickly by a nutmeg predominate spice taste. But unfortunetly the finish has a astringent chemical taste the just lies in the back of your throat and distracts from the original good pumpkin start.

09-17-2004 02:04:06 | More by ybnorml
Photo of TheJudge

New York

3.98/5  rDev +8.2%

The first pour from a fresh keg (first 4 pours, when all was said and done) at the Lazy Boy Saloon. I am not generally a big fan of the pumpkins, but a brewer of this quality certainly deserved a shot. And they score with this one. A nice color, nothing too special, had a nice white head that laced well. You can smell the pumpkin, but it does not overwhelm. The smell follows directly to the taste, that is to say there are no surprises: it tastes like it smells. There is certainly pumpkin, and perhaps some spices, but the hops and malts let you know that you were drinking beer. Had decent carbonation. I was surprised when I had a second (3rd, 4th). So the drinkability was obviously good. A fine effort from a fine brewer

09-14-2004 13:09:49 | More by TheJudge
Photo of smcolw


4/5  rDev +8.7%

This beer is slightly cloudy. The color is a neutral orange-amber. This features the best lace of the pumpkin flight.

There is a very strong ginger bread aroma while pouring this beer--very inviting. Also present are nutmeg and cinnamon touches, some malt, and a very light hop touch. (This is the first hop aroma I've detected in a flight of four P-ales.)

A very nice touch of hops up front. The malt is present as well, but it plays second fiddle. There is a bite to the swallow. The aftertaste is short lived but full of flavor. Here is a fairly complex flavoring of pale ale malts, fresh hop and slight spices. This is preferable to me, as I don't look for the strongest flavoring in these specialty beers.

Along with Post Road Pumpkin Ale, this was the best of the flight.

09-11-2004 21:54:25 | More by smcolw
Photo of NEhophead


3.8/5  rDev +3.3%

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy white 1" head with good retention. Spotty lacing throughout the pint with great strength. A glowing orange haze in appearance.

Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Smells like fresh pumpkin pie.

A mild pumpkin flavor with some nutmeg and cinammon spices. The flavors in general are more subdued than the aroma. A warming bitterness and burnt pumpkin flavor in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; a pleasant thickness on the palate but the flavor's too understated for how this ale feels on the palate.

Easy drinking; great for a cool Fall night. All in all, a solid version of the style. Nothing spectacular but worth a try, especially if you're into this style.

09-11-2004 19:12:53 | More by NEhophead
Photo of SixpointJMH

New Jersey

3.33/5  rDev -9.5%

i was hoping for and expecting a bit more from this one. not bad overall, but missing something. it pours a bright yet slightly couded orange colour with a sticky but tiny head. the smell is nice, if muted. pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, pinecone and dirt dominate a well rounded smell. the flavour is simply average. it's not as bold as the smell (though it mixes in the same things) and has a touch of a metallic base to it, setting the overall flavour off a bit all around. that said, the cinnamon finish is nice. i'd knock the carbonation down a touch as well as it tends to take away from the flavour here. again, not bad, but needs some tweaking.

09-11-2004 02:11:35 | More by SixpointJMH
Photo of stingo


4.3/5  rDev +16.8%

Pours a dark orange color which is very agreeable. The nose is great nice round pumpkin front with floral hops around the edges.
The taste is no different - very pleasing to the palate as all parts are hit - pumpkin for the front, hops for the back in equal amounts (a very well balanced combination). Mouthfeel is medium to light, which is appropriate for an ale of this type. Drinkability is very good - an excellent autumn beverage as intended.

09-10-2004 00:59:00 | More by stingo
Photo of carln26


4.08/5  rDev +10.9%

Smuttynose has quickly become one of my favorite regional breweries. I find their beer to be above the average in quality across all their products. I was excited to see the Pumpkin Ale available in stores, and bought a 6 to drink and rate. The beer poured a mildly hazy pumpkin orange/copper. It had a slight had, and just a touch of lace. The nose is mildly pumpkin, but more on the cinnamon and nutmeg. It really does remind one of pumpkin pie. As with many pumpkins, the spice is in the forefront of the beer. Pumpkin does come through mid-way through the drink. It has a nice balance of the fruit, spice and malt. Great medium mouth feel and crispness lend to a high drinkability. I can’t usually drink many pumpkin ales, but this one is different enough to warrant 1 or 2 more.

09-06-2004 14:15:51 | More by carln26
Photo of wailingwench

New Mexico

4.88/5  rDev +32.6%

Reviewers need to take their time with this beer. The flavors REALLY come out as this creation warms. Initially, it resembles a pale ale augmented with some ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. As the Pumpkin Ale warms, the pumpkin and spices emerge to warrant my almost perfect rating.

Eye Candy: Beautiful orange-amber color, carbonation present until the end. Slightly cloudy. Poured into pint glass with desired 2 finger head that slowly gave way to lacing throughout. Resembles an American Pale Ale in color and appearance.

The Nose Knows: Hops over-rule the faint smell of ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. More an American Pale Ale than a Pumpkin Beer, UNTILL it warms. The flavors come out from under the hops and take over.

Tongueland: Again, cold starts as an American Pale Ale with spices added. You need to let this warm in your glass or remove from refrigeration for 5 minutes to be able to start out with the pumpkin. Personally, I enjoyed the complexity of this beer. From start to finish, it is a masterpiece.

Bender Factor: Warming after the first one. Who needs Turkey dinner when one can show up to the inlaws toting along 4 sixers. Your mother in law will appreciate you saving her time washing dishes, as all you need is a bowl to drink out of.

09-04-2004 02:11:02 | More by wailingwench
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.68/5  rDev 0%

The beer pours a nice orange/dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a mild pumpkin scent that boasts of some ginger and cinnamon. The taste is decent. It is a smooth tasting brew with a good pumpkin punch that lingers in the aftertaste. The ginger sticks out as well as some hops in the background. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking pumpkin ale if there is such a thing. It is smooth drinking and good tasting.

08-24-2004 00:52:55 | More by WesWes
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