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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

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1,734 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,734
Reviews: 815
rAvg: 3.66
pDev: 15.3%
Wants: 84
Gots: 125 | 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 hops4me
2.88/5  rDev -21.3%
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.

Photo of CrellMoset
3.5/5  rDev -4.4%
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.

Photo of Proteus93
3.2/5  rDev -12.6%
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.

Photo of Douglas14
3.75/5  rDev +2.5%
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.

Photo of wiseguy142
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
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.

Photo of nrpellegrini
3/5  rDev -18%
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..

Photo of rregan
3.95/5  rDev +7.9%
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.

Photo of Celt44
3.83/5  rDev +4.6%
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.

Photo of scottg
3.93/5  rDev +7.4%
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.

Photo of SUjunkie
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Had the '08 version last night poured into a pint glass.

There are two kinds of pumpkin ales -
1. The pumpkin pie tasting ale (Dogfish and Pumking) which is like a desert. Can only have one.
2. The slight pumpkin and spice mix that you can split a 6-pack with a friend (Post Road)

Smuttynose is a #2 and the best one I've had.

A - Poured a deep amber/dark orange with a full white head

S - The smell and drinkability are the two best parts of this beer. Smells like spices and pumpkin. Very good on the nose.

T - The taste has a slight spice and then pumpkin. It is what a pumpkin ale should taste like.

M - Light with nice carbonation

D - I can drink a few of these as this is a very good pumpkin ale.

Photo of Lexluthor33
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours an Orange Amber with a small head and a sticky,swampy lace.
The aroma is of spices,pumpkin and malts.
The taste is of pumpkins,cinnamon,malts,ginger and oh so spicy.Some coriander hints with peppery tones.I must add that there was a light alcohol burn,but it was balanced in quite well.
The feel is smooth,well balanced with a medium body and medium carbonation.

Notes: That's it, I know I must have this at the table for Thanksgiving.
A fine example of a very good Pumpkin beer.Perhaps not as a session beer,yet two or three on a fall day or night suits me fine.

Photo of almychristopher
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

this beer pours a nice hazy golden amber with an off white head that leaves lace on the side of the glass. the aroma is very nicely balanced for a pumpkin ale, the malt backing still very noticable despite the heady pumpkin spice mixture. the taste follows suite with a the pumpkin spice malt and a sweet finish. the mouthfeel is medium/full with decent carbonation. i could drink a few of these.

Photo of changeup45
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Very interesting beer. It looks, smells and tastes just like you might think and what Smuttynose probably intended. Orange colored with a relatively thick off-white head and nice amount of lacing. Ditto on the aroma, very spicy and like pumpkin pie with hops mixed in. The taste is much of the same. Spicy, cinnamon and much like a fresh pumpkin pie. While I can't really see myself drinking too many of these, I did enjoy the one I had.

Photo of czfreeman
4.22/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Smuttynose Pumpkin ale pours out a golden browned squash-pumpkin hued tone. The head is creamy light tan. Definatley looks like a baked piece of pumpkin pie with a dollop of whipped cream, I cant wait to try this one
Aromas are the liquid form of falltime. Smells of spicy nutmeg, cloves cinnamon, dusty leaves, balanced by a rich yet tart smell of pumpkin flesh. The aromas of this beer are a truly fantastic representaion of the incorporation of pumkin in the mash.
Flavors are the liquid epitemy of the aromas. nutmeg, spiced cinnamons, pumpkin, honey, and brown sugar serve to balance. I want to drink this all day on halloween-thanksgiving-hell, every fall day!
Mouthfeel is medium bodied, the finish is long sweet-tart and lingering. I thought from previous experience with pumpkin ales that it may be too sweet, but this is really exceptionally balanced, perfect heaviness. Little much to sip on a hot day, a little light for a cold night, but perfect for fall.

Photo of joezak5
4/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: Poured into a Duvel sniffter; beautiful orangey gold with a nice foamy off white head, spotty stickage, OK retention and good sipping lacing... the most impressive thing about this one was the northern lights looking haze in the beer itself that settles to a foggy haze

Smell: Pumpkin pie, cinnamon, nutmeg... very smooth and natural.

Mouthfeel: Medium chewy malty body.

Taste: Thanksgiving comes early with this one... malted pumpkin pie, spiced pumpkin and spiced rinds.

Drinkability: Very natural and smooth, autumn in a bottle, I'll look for a 12 pack when I'm invited over for Thanksgiving.

Photo of Reagan1984
4.2/5  rDev +14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Put on tap last night at Strange Brew in Man, NH (Wrote this Saturday, Posting today)

Beer came with 1 finger head that faded to skim of foam across.
As the beer was consumed there was a huge amount of lacing.
Color was Orange/amber with a slight haze. Nice looking beer. Bright, sunset like, orange tones.

Aroma was mostly of nutmeg. Very nice.

You are hit with the nutmeg flavor with a bit of pumpkin/squash background. There is a real nice balance of hops behind this.
Pumpkin bread finish.
Orange peel flavor.

I believe the body was Medium/light and very appropriate for the flavor.
Even in early August I found this very drinkable. I really enjoyed it.

Looking forward to the fall beer season. I'll be having this again.

Photo of dsa7783
4.1/5  rDev +12%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Single, twelve ounce bottle just purchased from Super Saver Liquors on Route 22...
The newest batch of pumpkin ale straight from Smuttynose for 2008!
Upon popping off the top, the fresh pumpkin puree smell was immediately evident... I love pumpkin ales, and this, hands down, is a great depiction of the style...
Pours a ruddy, tawny, light-copper colored hue with a decent-sized foamy head that soon receded and left a fair amount of lacing...
Taste was medium bodied with a nice suggestion of fresh pumpkin pie on the tongue, along with spices like cinnamon, ginger, and caramel...
Good mouthfeel along with a surprisingly refreshing level of drinkability make this a great pumpkin ale...

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

A: Poured a beautiful bright pumpkin orange color with a compact off white head that quickly collapsed.

S: a strong presence of dry pumpkin pie spiciness of ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon.

T: The flavor was just as spicy as the nose delivering some cinnamon, nutmeg against a dry malty backbone. There were cloves, a nice breadiness and a good floral hopping as well rounding things out here. Overall the beer was strongly spiced but did deliver with a bready, crusty, dry malt backing that gave the beer a nice dryness and character. I think it would of faired better if the spicing was toned down a bit but smutty always likes to go big and can't argue with that.

M: thick and malty, creamy in nature with a good carbonation and medium body rounding things out.

D: The strong spicing and nature of this beer, as most per style, limits this to a single serving and as a novelty beer during the late fall season. Ones enough to get the jest of it put overall a good beer you can split a six pack with some friends around a campfire.

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

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a small, off-white head. A nice pumpkiny hue!

Smell: Sweetish, cakey, pumpkin aroma. Some slight squashy, vegetal notes. Plenty of pumpkin pie spice blend in the nose.

Taste: Spicy-sweet, tangy pumpkin flavor. A bite of pound cake. Mild hop bitterness. Cumulative spiciness. Dash of vanilla-flavored sugar on the pumpkiny finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine pumpkin. It definitely doesn't delve into the territory of imperialized pumpkin ales, but it still pleasant and plenty tasty.

Photo of ATLbeerDog
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color that is fairly clear - not much head with light lacing and average carbonation. Dominate smell is sweet pumpkin spice. First taste is light, sweet, with pumpkin spice dominating. Mouthfeel is truly remarkable. This is not over spiced like a lot of pumpkin beers are.

Photo of fl0w
4.03/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: A copper orange with a small beige head, faded away quickly and left moderate lacing.

S: Spices, pumpkin, and hops! Sweet malts, with cinnamon and nutmeg. This is a great, complex smelling beer, and I'm not even a huge fan of pumpkin anything.

T: Malt and cinnamon, giving way to hops and pumpkin. Not bad at all, and if your a fan of pumpkin pie, I'm sure this would be heaven.

M/D: Quite a bit of carbonation, but not overpowering. Evens out the slight thickness, making this beer very smooth. Very drinkable, makes me want to have a whole bunch of these next Thanksgiving.

If your into pumpkin pie, your going to love this beer, and if you don't like pumpkin (like me), you can still enjoy this a lot, the pumpkin is in no way overpowering, and evens it out quite well.

Photo of deltatauhobbit
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From some older notes.

Pours an orange/amber color, decent head but fades fast with only a little lacing.

Smell is, you guessed it, pumpkin spice with some hop backing, good balance of aroma.

Taste has a decent deal of spiciness going around, nutmeg, clove, pumpkin spice, some malt and hop balance, could be spicier though.

Photo of billybob
4.47/5  rDev +22.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

pours a cloudy orange gold color with a one finger off white head that settles to just cover the beer with a fair lingering lace. nicely spiced nose. lots of taste here, pumpkin, allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, brown sugar all blending nicely. mouthfeel medium and lots of carbonation. one of the better pumpkin ales i have tried nice aroma and nice taste.

Photo of MTNboy
3.03/5  rDev -17.2%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance- A light copper color that yields a little smaller than average head that does not stick around long. The lace is present but kind of weak.

Smell- The smell is a little bitter to the nose at first. It has that bland fruity scent of carving a fresh pumpkin but there is not much of a pumpkin spice scent to it .

Taste- Overall it is a good pumpkin beer my only gripe was the aftertaste was oddly sour. It tastes of pumpkin and spice but has nice mildly hoppy ale flavor to as well.

Mouthfeel- Medium bodied and mildly carbonated.

Drinkability- It is alright if I had a selection of pumpkin beers this would not be my first choice or even my fifth but maybe in my top ten or fifteen.

Photo of kimcgolf
3.65/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours to a light reddish-orange color with a thin white head that disspates quickly and leaves little lacing. Aroma is a very pleasant mix of fall spices and foods. It reminded me of Thanksgiving dinner. Mouthfeel is medium boided and slightly sweet, followed by flavor that accented the spices, mostly nutmeg, with a hint of pumpkin.

Finsih was smoooth and of medium duration, although the pumpkin left a bit of an aftertaste that was not pleasant.

All and all, not a bad Fall beer.

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
83 out of 100 based on 1,734 ratings.