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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,724 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,724
Reviews: 814
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 85
Gots: 126 | 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 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!

IBUnit63, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of scriabin
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

scriabin, Oct 13, 2008
Photo of Traquairlover
4.2/5  rDev +14.4%
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.

Traquairlover, Oct 10, 2008
Photo of Scheity
4.47/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Scheity, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of Jayli
3.1/5  rDev -15.5%
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.

Jayli, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of DefenCorps
4.25/5  rDev +15.8%
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!

DefenCorps, Oct 09, 2008
Photo of bbeerman
4.75/5  rDev +29.4%
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.

bbeerman, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of philbe311
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
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...

philbe311, Oct 07, 2008
Photo of pabstsmear
4.53/5  rDev +23.4%
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.

pabstsmear, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of jackorain
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
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.

jackorain, Oct 05, 2008
Photo of Pleepleus
3.78/5  rDev +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.

Pleepleus, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +9%
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.

mikesgroove, Oct 04, 2008
Photo of oriolesfan4
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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!

oriolesfan4, Oct 03, 2008
Photo of phantomwyse
4.08/5  rDev +11.2%
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.

phantomwyse, Sep 24, 2008
Photo of orcasteve
3.78/5  rDev +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

orcasteve, Sep 20, 2008
Photo of Dodo2step
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
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.

Dodo2step, Sep 18, 2008
Photo of hops4me
2.88/5  rDev -21.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

I was really looking forward to this one for two reasons. I love pumpkin beers and I really like Smuttynose. BUT I was left disappointed. It smelt spicy and the taste proved the smell right. Cloves, cloves, and more cloves. I had to ask my wife what the spice in ham glaze was because it was all over this beer. The spice is just too much in my opinion...unless you love ham glaze. There is also an astrignecy in the aftertaste as well that is unpleasant. There are plenty better options out there. Pick up some Robust Porter instead.

hops4me, Sep 16, 2008
Photo of CrellMoset
3.5/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bottle from Wine Warehouse, Charlottesville, VA. Poured into a traditional pint glass.

Appearance: A completely transparent but nice-colored beer - a very bright orange, almost. A bubbly, rough-looking one-and-a-half-finger head fades down to a foam in about a minute but leaves some nice rings of lacing.

Aroma: Pungently spicy - in a good way - at first, but somehow and for whatever reason, it quickly fades, leaving onl a subdued pumpkiny note and a few faint pale malt overtones.

Taste: Very interesting. First thing you notice is the subdued nature of both the pumpkin as well as the spices. Sure, the rind's there, as are hints of cinnamon and nutmeg, particularly, but what's more prominent is a sort of pale sweetness and a few light fruity notes, banana-like even. I'm not a huge fan of in your face spices or pumpkin, but even I think this one could be kicked up a few notches.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied, though a little uneven. Carbonation is about average.

Drinkability: A decidedly average pumpkin ale, in my opinion, with not enough pumpkin or spice to really kick it up into the upper echelon of pumpkin beers. It's not really undrinkable - it's a decent all around beer-beer ... it's just not the best pumpkin ale I've ever had.

CrellMoset, Sep 15, 2008
Photo of Proteus93
3.2/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

A: Golden-blonde, topped with a creamy head that craters as it dissipates, leaving a slight rolling effect. Nice stick on the glass - and one of the few to have such an effect. Retention is good.

S: More of a straight forward pumpkin aroma going on, as compared to the spice blend that comes out in many others. The spiciness is there, but raw pumpkin stands out a fair bit.

T: Somehow, much of the pumpkin is lost in the flavour as a strange spiciness takes it over. More of a 'squashy' flavour over straight up pumpkin, I'd say, and a strong spiciness - particularly nutmeg or ginger, without the sweetening to balance them and provide a 'warm harvest' flavour. It's not a flavour I horribly dislike, but it's a bit unusual. Perhaps even a little bit of a soapy flavour.

M: A fuller, medium body that lingers around for a while. In this case, it allows the strong flavours to linger on the palate, leaving that soap flavouring around for a while.

D: I think I had higher hopes for this one. The pungent flavour overtakes my palate after half a glass and starts to make it rather unpleasant. It doesn't seem to be a 'bad bottle' so much as it is just a characteristic of the beer... the soapy bitterness is more like the 'soap-like' quality that cilantro can have - perhaps there is a hefty dose of coriander in here? Not one I could see myself getting often, sadly.

Proteus93, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of Douglas14
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a clean and clear amber color with a nice, slightly orange head. The aroma is of nutmeg, allspice, and cinnamon...and some malt. The taste is nice because it is much different than what the smell would lead you to believe. You still get all of the "pumpkin" flavors but it has a nice, dry bitterness to it that keeps it interesting. It is light in the mouth and not very smooth. A good beer, but not Smuttynose's best.

Douglas14, Sep 14, 2008
Photo of wiseguy142
4.22/5  rDev +15%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hazy orange. Medium carbonation with nice lacing and a small layer of head staying on the beer for the whole time. Smells strongly of light pumpkin and spices, you get the impression of sort of "pumpkin candy" more than roasted pumpkin itself which isn't really a bad thing. Taste is out of this world for a pumpkin beer- a perfect balance between pumpkin spices, malt, and the pumpkin itself. The bitterness from the hops is necessary to balance out this sweetness but definitely lends a tart aftertaste to the beer which I have mixed feelings about. It's would be a nice addition to the beer if it wasn't a pumpkin beer- I can see it being a very nice pale ale- but there's at least 10% of the hops there that is messing with the pumpkin experience. Overall amazing though. Doesn't affect the drinkability in the least too.

This was one of the first beers I had when I was first getting into craft beer- 2 years later and I'm glad to see I started off with a bang.

wiseguy142, Sep 10, 2008
Photo of nrpellegrini
3/5  rDev -18.3%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not impressed by this one.

To me a pumpkin beer is made by the pumpkin flavor but more importantly the spice and how it mixes with the rest of the beer. It was like they had a lot of spices and just threw them all in without seeing how they would all work together. It was too much and too confusing to get a good flavor. I hardly picked up any pumpkin flavor as well. Not going to get this guy any more..

nrpellegrini, Sep 03, 2008
Photo of rregan
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

12oz bottle serving poured into a glass.

Appearance- Nice orange/copper color. Good head. Cloudy.

Smell- Rich pumpkin smell. Subtle spice aromas.

Taste- Excellent pumpkin notes. The spices are subtle and not as overwhelming as they are with Shipyard's Pumpkinhead.

Mouthfeel- Smooth and light even though I thought it was going to be heavier

Drinkability- Good drinkablility. Would go perfectly with meals, especially a Thanksgiving dinner. Might be a less interesting taste to drink while hanging out or something.

rregan, Sep 02, 2008
Photo of Celt44
3.83/5  rDev +4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance - Cloudy medium amber with a good head and minimal lacing - average.
Aroma - Definitely it's best quality - Sweet pumpkin pie - Sugar - Cinnamon - Nutmeg - Malty
Taste - Sweet and pumpkiny up front - Hoppy and dry finish - Not a bad combination - Very suprising and unique
Mouthfeel - Smooth - Carbonation not overbearing
Drinkability - Great Pumpkin, but I like this style a tad bit more smooth and sweet at the finish.

Celt44, Sep 01, 2008
Photo of scottg
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass.
Best before January 09.

Pours a cloudy light copper color with lots of little bubbles climbing up the glass and a one finger tan head with great retention. Pumpkin and nutmeg are the dominant aromas but not overwhelming. There is a bitter grapefruit hop flavor up front which leads to pumpkin, nutmeg and cloves with a hoppy finish and a light pumpkin aftertaste. Medium body, medium carbonation, this beer has a creamy mouthfeel and a dry finish. One of the few examples of a pumkin ale I've tried where the hops are prevalent and compliment the pumpkin flavor as oppposed to being very sweet, the nutmeg and cloves are there but balanced creating a high drinkability.
The best example of a pumpkin ale I've tried to date, get one while you can.

scottg, Aug 31, 2008
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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