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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 1,734
Reviews: 815
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 84
Gots: 125 | 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 neenerzig
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
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
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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
4.65/5  rDev +27%
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
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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
2.7/5  rDev -26.2%
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 +7.9%
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
3.05/5  rDev -16.7%
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
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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
3.88/5  rDev +6%
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 +5.2%
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
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
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
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
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
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
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
3.1/5  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.

Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle into my Guinness pint glass. Best before Feb 09

A: Burnished copper colored pour that's moderately hazy with a thin off-white head that recedes to a patchy disk.

S: Yum, yum, delicious pumpkin pie aromas all round - pumpkin, pumpkin spices with nutmeg and cinnamon. Smells like a pumpkin beer should without going over the top anywhere. Swirling this a ton releases some malty sweet aromas in the back. Solid stuff

T: Fucking delicious, this really liquid pumpkin pie with the pumpkin starting things off and forming a nice backbone for the spices to shine through. Excellent balance between the spices, this tastes delicious. There's a mild malty sweetness with an earthy touch in the back but this one is all pumpkin. On the finish, this one is mildly spicy and dry

M: Excellent carbonation that works well in conjunction with the spiciness, light in body yet big enough to carry all the flavors and an excellent drying and spicy finish

D: This is a very very quaffable pumpkin ale, I'll buy more of this come November!

Photo of bbeerman
4.75/5  rDev +29.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was unable to have this beer in a glass, so the appearance rating is average.

Beautiful scent from the start. The pumpkin is pleasantly strong.

Wow, what a great taste. Spicy fermented pumpkin all the way. This just replaced Post Road Pumpkin as my new favorite pumpkin beer. Taste does not diminish near the end.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Quite easy to drink a few in one session. This is a terrific pumpkin offering; one that any New Englander should experience at least once.

Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A - Hazy orange amber color... White head quickly fades... Medium carbonation... Looks rich and thick...

S - Nutmeg and cinnamon... Other spiciness mixed in... Hints of pumpkin... Grassy floral tones noted as well...

T - Assault of spices upfront... Biscuit... Pumpkin... Subtle blend of hops and malt... Slight peppery finish... The hops pack much more punch than most pumpkin ale counterparts (I'm not quite sure how I feel about that)...

M - Medium bodied and quite dry... Smooth... Light carbonation at start...

D - Highly drinkable pumpkin ale... Took a little getting used to, and a little bit of warming, but then it became a highly satisfying and enjoyable...

Bottle / Artwork - Big pumpkin slightly hidden by green foliage... Standard Smuttynose label other than that...

Photo of pabstsmear
4.53/5  rDev +23.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The perfect blend of spices, malt and hops results in the best of the pumpkin ales. Pours an amber/orange with a head that retains and produces lacing until the last drop. Carbonation similar to an IPA, not overally spiced like others in this category. A very drinkable brew that would satisfy throughout the year, but alas it's a seasonal brew so get it while you can.

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

Tawny/orange color with quite a bit of haze. The liquid is topped with an off-white 3/4 inch heaqd from an average pour. Head hung around for quite a while and left a nice lacing as it fell and after each swallow.

The aroma is not overwhelming. Some spice, yeast and earthiness. There is a hint of fruitiness too.

Tastes quite good with a nice spice and and ale fruitiness upfront. Roasted pumpkin, lightly spiced comes through in the middle. Nice earthy hop bitteness finishes. While contemplating the next swallow, the pumpkin comes back and lingers long with the bitterness.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a nice crisp carbnation that compliments the flavors.

Drinkability is quite good. I was suprised by the bitterness, not something I often find in a pumpkin.

Photo of Pleepleus
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 2.5

Thanks to Moxley for this one.
Poured from bottle to pint glass a hazy honey-orange color with a half inch of white head that dissipates and leaves spotty lacing. The smell jumped out of the bottle as I poured it. Heavy cinnamon and spice smell up front with pumpkin and some malty sweetness. Spicy flavor with cinnamon, ginger, pumkin and malts, pleasantly earthy and not as sweet as many in this style. Nice carbonation and feel, flavors really come out as this one warms. One of the better Pumpkin beers I have tried. The spice may be a bit much to drink a bunch of these, but I am enjoying this one.

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

Another Gem from Smutty I was able to pick up yesterday while I stopped in for a visit at Barleys. I went with this one as a bit of a lighter note to the big porter I had just finished. Served straight from the tap and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 10/02/2008.

The pour was rather nice with a light orange color coming forward right away. Decent amount of haziness could not hide the ample carbonation that was being exhibited throughout the glass. This all came to a head that was about two inches in height at first but settled down to just a light scattering across the top after a few minutes.

The aroma was full of cinnamon and pumpkin spice as you might have imagined. Not as heavy and sweet as some of the others I have had this fall, this was rather a lighter, with a little more emphases on the spices that lie underneath and a decent touch of a grassy hops that was laying around as well. The flavor followed suit rather nicely. Light spiciness with a hint at some soft grain and light bready malts lying under that. Not much in the way of a hop profile here, and the body was light and airy. Refreshing and nowhere near too heavy, I had no problem with putting this one down rather quickly.

Overall I thought this was a very solid effort for them. Not the best pumpkin ale I have had this year, but it's in the upper half of them for sure. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again any day. A really solid effort and something I will enjoy again this month I am sure.

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This and Punkin ale are 2 superb pumpkin ales.. I wish I was able to drink this all season and not just for the few months in the fall. So well balanced and smooth with some awesome fall spices and just a dash of pumpkin, it all goes together perfect.. awesome f'in beer!

Photo of phantomwyse
4.08/5  rDev +11.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Thick honey color with a richly textured white head reaching about one finger and holding. Lacing is damn skippy and creating good patterns.

S: Cinnamon spice, pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice, faint orange liqeur.

T: Nice and spicy up front with the cinnamon attacking first with cloves and allspice in close reserve. Pumpkin follows but plays second fiddle to the spice characteristics. Honey like malts follow to subdue the spiciness with just a touch of earthy hops coming in at the end.

M: Light bodied with a borderline silky mouthfeel.

D: Good for the colder autumn days and nights due to its spice profile. Overall very enjoyable.

Photo of orcasteve
3.78/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

nice use of the pumpkin that carrys all the way through, smooth on the pumpkin, rough when the spice kicks in, i dont think thay have the spice dialed in for this year, way to much ginger and not enough cinniman, all and all not a bad beer and one that i could drink alot of this fall going into winter

Photo of Dodo2step
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

P- Market Cross Pub in Carlisle

A- pours a hazy bright orange color. Looks somewhat yeasty but i know it isnt. No head on the pour and a light lacing.

S- pumpkin and clove are the dominant smells. cinnamon and allspice are the next tier. light malts and sweet molasses.

T- the malts dominate more in the taste and then the pumpkin and clove come in at the tail end. It also tastes like the rind of a pumpkin. Not overpowering butbland enough to know its there. Very good.

M- spicy and sugary malts. somewhat fizzy and smooth.

D- good session beer but for me i dont think i couldput more than 3 down. Something with the clove and pumpkin doesnt sit well with me on this one. I love pumpkin ales though.

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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