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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

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1,745 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,745
Reviews: 819
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 14.99%
Wants: 86
Gots: 143 | 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:
Beer added by: purplehops on 08-28-2003

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
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Ratings: 1,745 | Reviews: 819
Photo of cokes
3.82/5  rDev +4.1%
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
3.97/5  rDev +8.2%
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
4.29/5  rDev +16.9%
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
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
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
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
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
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
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
2.98/5  rDev -18.8%
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
3.11/5  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
3.16/5  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
3.23/5  rDev -12%
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
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Photo of neenerzig
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

My sister and I got a 6 pack of this when I arrived here in Boston, MA back this past Friday. I'm currently on vacation in Boston, heading back to Cleveland later today and work tomorrow. This will be the last beer I drink before leaving Boston, and it is a good one to be the last too! Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a clear, plastic pint glass. This beer is a slightly cloudy but mainly clear, gold/copper orange color. The white head is about 2/3 inch thick when poured, settling to a very thick, white surface layer with great lace. Has a nice spice aroma with strong hints of clove, cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg, and a bit of floral hops rounding it out. Tastewise it has a nice bready malt backbone and all of the aforementioned spices are also present in the taste, no one spice dominating another. The taste is rounded out by a fairly strong piney, grapefruit bitter hop presence. Has a slightly crisp, smooth and creamy, medium bodied mouthfeel with moderate carbonation. Certainly the hoppiest beer of this style I have ever had, but that is not a bad thing, just a bit different. Very easy to drink.


Photo of bigdeuce
4.02/5  rDev +9.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a great white head, lacing all the way down the glass. Cloudy appearance with nice copper color. Spices of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin on the nose. A little too spicey for my taste, I can only drink maybe 2 of these in a session, the same as Great Lakes Christmas ale, I would say. Very nice beer, however, that I would like to revisit every fall.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.62/5  rDev +25.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an American pint glass.

A--Cloudy pale orange, a little more tawny than a pumpkin skin, but damn close. Tight creamy half finger head that clings reasonably well with patchy lacing on the glass.

S--Outstanding. Hints of clove and cinnamon support a rich squash aroma with some floral hops on the back end. Very, very pleasing nose, reminiscent of pumpkin bread rather than pumpkin pie.

T--The best part. The pumpkin doesn't overwhelm, but doesn't disappear either, as the pale ale quality of the beer plays a strong supporting role here. The best part of this pumpkin ale, to me, is the finish, and more specifically the hop level. Deeply satisfying parching effect on the tail of the profile, such that you're left with two things going on in your mouth in different regions: top middle to front is more spice--mainly nutmeg but a little cinnamon--and that round full pumpkin and malt breadiness, back middle to back is all bitter hops. Where the two meet is heaven.

M&D--Creamy, not too thick, just right for the style, I think. The hops really clean you out and make this beer much less rich, and thus much more drinkable, than some others I've had in the style.

This is definitely more of a beer with pumpkin in it than a pumpkin beer, so if you want pumpkin pie in a glass, this may not be the best choice. For me, though, this is a near-perfect offering from a brewery that has yet to disappoint. Viva Smuttynose!

Photo of MyGoodness
3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Opened this up at a nice home-cooked autumn dinner with some buds.
Pours a pumpkin-y colour, actually. Orange-amberish with a creamy but thin head. The smell is slightly spicy, with a mellow, warm base. The taste is probably one of the best pumpkin ales ever. It tastes like a real beer, malty and wonderful, but it also tastes like a slice of pumpkin pie. It isn't sweet and the spiciness is not overwhelming. Some other pumpkin ales are very spice-heavy. That isn't bad and can be great if its what you want. This doesn't have that ginger-nutmeg flavor bomb. And it works. It's really drinkable and pairs well with food. The moutfeel is smooth and a tad bit thin, to be honest, but it is far from watery. This one is a nice crowd pleaser that I would stock my fridge with this season.

Photo of kkipple
2.73/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Single bottle purchased in town upon release here.

A. Semi-cloudy dingy dusty orange. 2 finger head, about the color you'd expect on a pumpkin ale. Creamy lacing as the head falls.

S. Not entirely appealing... there's some strong pumpkin spice going on here, maybe overspiced... clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, nearly a soapy scent here... pepper... bitter citrus hops, not enough malt to balance it out, IMO. And, what's this? Anise? Bizarre!

T. Hmm... a semi-sweet, spiced basic malt ale. The spice runs rampant here, it IS the flavor rather than being complimentary. Pumpkin plays second fiddle to pumpkin-pie spice, which is wrong. Hops are pretty big too, a nice citrus dollop, although this really needs some more caramel and roasty malt sweetness... getting just a little DMS, too... overall not terribly pleasant, but does open up as it warms.

M. Semi-dry, medium-light body, finish is clove, nutmeg and a dry bitterness. Not all that great, needs some smoothness and... well, you know. Finish is bitter, clove-y and rather unpleasant.

D. Low. There does not need to be this much spice in a beer this light. A little nutmeg goes a long way, this is nearly drowning in it. I love Smuttynose, but this needs a rework. And it pains me to say that.

Photo of thekevlarkid
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

On tap released in early September this beer was a pleasant amber-orange color with an off-white head that soon became a thin but clingy ring. Good lacing. The aroma was fantastic for the style, fresh and distinct pumpkin which in combination with the nutmeg and other spices was evocative of pumpkin pie. The flavors were at first all spices but after that faded the pumpkin and malt flavors came through. The finish was bitter when the hops finally showed up. The body was medium and the carbonation moderate. Though one has to like pumpkin for this to apply, if you do I have to recommend this as a very drinkable beer that stands as one of the best of its kind. This is especially true when its first released because it has been my experience the flavor goes South after about three months.

Photo of mikereaser
3.06/5  rDev -16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Pours a nice copper colo with a moderate head and some lacing. I think this beer starts out nice with a subtle pumpkin spice flavor that isn't too overpowering but it finishes with almost a pumpkin rind taste that I can't get rid of. This is the second year that I tried this one and although I like it better than last year, could be my pallete, its still not one I would seek out again this year. I give them credit for not going overboard on the spice, but there is something about this one that keeps me from liking it.

Photo of morebeergood
3.92/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a six pack the other day at Bauer. I love when I see this beer on the shelves. Poured into a pint glass. Color was faint orange, with a fluffy white head. Lots of carbonation. Smell was a hint of sweet spices ans cloves. Hands down, this is the best tasting pumpkin ale out there. What makes it the best is it's perfect combination of taste and drinkability. It has everything that you look for flavor-wise: cinnamon, pumpkin pie, brown sugar. But, it's not overly spiced like other versions. This allows Smutty to be very easy to drink, but you are able to enjoy all the flavor too. Best pick for a pumpkin six pack on the market.

Photo of smanders
3.86/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoy before Jan 09 date. Consumed Oct 08.

Appearance - Cloudy copper color with a fine white lace.

Smell - Clove, mild pumpkin, and slightly hoppy.

Taste - Like a smooth English ale with hints of pumpkin pie sprinkled throughout. Perfectly balanced. No awkward flavors or aftertastes.

Mouthfeel - Smooth.

Drinkability - I am pleasantly surprised by this beer. Usually not a fan of the flavored brews I thought I would be sharing this with my wife after tasting it from the Smutty Sampler I purchased. Amazingly, I finished all three in one sitting and am contemplating buying more for Halloween. The tastes of Autumn in a bottle.

Photo of IBUnit63
3.85/5  rDev +4.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Well, 'tis the season for pumpkin ales...even the ones released back in the summer...let's see what our fine relatively-local brewery as to offer this year as I pour 12 oz. of this stuff into an Alpine mug...

Hazy, honey/light amber (pumpkin) body with moderate carbonation rising to short, sudsy head with moderate lacing.

Ample tones of ntumeg and cinnamon backed by vanilla malt with a slight caramel texture. Perhaps some piney hops in the distance.

There's a bit of earth on the palate that fortunately burns off with warmth to reveal a little grassy hop kick and a malt dominance that provides a woody, austere feel topped by extra-dry natural pumpkin spice triumvirate of nutmeg, cinnamon and (somewhat) cloves. With wamrth the hops emerge to provide a nice bite with which to cut the sweetness. Ultimately this becomes much more hoppy than most pumpkin ales - nice!

Definite earth on the palate. Hop grass puckers up further, gaining momentum with warmth. Pumpkin spice is still present on the finish but in a very very dry sense.

Well-crafted offering with a little too much earth for extreme drinkability. I do enjoy the strong, grassy hop complement to the usual pumpkin ale suspects of vanilla and spice on a malt-forward effort. Another solid, hop-strong offering from Smutty...well-done!

Photo of scriabin
3.88/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

the pumpkin ale is one of my favorite styles, so I'm always on the lookout for a standout. i'm glad to report smuttynose's offering is a great example of the style. pours with a copperish color, not too dark. very smooth flavor, with a good balance of sweetness and hops.

Photo of Traquairlover
4.17/5  rDev +13.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12-oz bottle poured into a pint glass.

A = Light yellowish-orange, small white head which quickly dissipates, light lacing on glass, slightly cloudy appearance.

S = Good strong pumpkin and nutmeg smells with light hints of cinnamon and cloves.

T = Taste is well in line with smell, provides a good strong flavor of spiced pumpkin pie with a mild bitterness to provide balance showing up mid-palate and blending with sweeter malt and pumpkin flavors in a medium long finish.

M = Medium bodied, good mouthcoating.

D = One of the better pumpkin ales, definitely a drinkable early Autumn beer.

Photo of Scheity
4.46/5  rDev +21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

For me, the onset of fall and the consumption of this beer are synonymous.

It's the most balanced pumpkin ale on the market, without the flavor-added feel of, say, Shipyard or the repressed pumpkin taste you'd find in DFH Punkin (a great beer in its own right, but heavy on the delicious hops).

Pours a yellow-orange with a bit of head retention. Seems like a little more head would suit a beer like this well, keeping all those autumnal scents trapped in the pint glass for at least a few sips. But still, if you shove your nose in and take a big whiff, it smells like somebody was baking pumpkin pie -- lots of nutmeg, cloves, in addition to some hop scent.

Taste: Without the pumpkin taste, this would stand alone as a pale ale. But, of course, then this beer would be the standout that it is. Again, it manages to weave the pumpkin/spice taste in there with the body of the beer, staying away from the exaggerated, almost separate-level taste of pumpkin. The taste springs on your tongue right away, and fades into a crisp, pale finish.

Very nice. I miss Boston.

Photo of Jayli
3.11/5  rDev -15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this beer on tap at Not Your Average Joe's.
Beer was served a hazy orange with an offwhite head, which dissapates to a thin lace. Decent lacing left on pint glass. The taste was slightly bitter from hops, and the pumpkin spices are very subdued in this beer - the smell has slightly more prescence of spicing than the taste does. It has a medium body to it. Overall, not a bad beer - but I am partial to a pumpkin beer with more tangible and detectable in taste spicing.

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