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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BA SCORE
83
good

1,664 Ratings
THE BROS
93
outstanding

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Ratings: 1,664
Reviews: 809
rAvg: 3.67
pDev: 15.26%
Wants: 82
Gots: 107 | 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 FatSean
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a 20oz Tulip-style pint glass with a Guinness Tortoise picture on the side. Poured a honey-golden color, hazy, with a 1 1/2 finger head that disappeared after a few sips.

Smells of musty hops and sweet pumpkin. Pumpkin seems to obscure the malt scents. The scent for tells a malty cloying beer.

The pumpkin sweetness dominates at first taste but the low-key hops and...is that malt I taste?...round out the flavor at the end. The hops allow for a somewhat crisp finish, with the pumpkinny/malt flavors lingering. Very different than what I had expected.

This is the best tasting pumpkin beer I have ever had. No syrupy 'fake pumpkin' taste, the pumpkin did not overwhelm, and the balance was excellent. The sweet and thick pumpkin flavors balanced by the hops. I'm reviewing this on a warm day, and the flavor stays a bit too long after your sip, but I imagine that come September/October I'll be relishing that flavor.

Mouthfeel was a bit thin for the intensity of the pumpkin/malt flavors, but not a terrible thing.

Drinkability was quite good even on a summer day, and my rating reflects that. In the cool of fall, I could see myself sessioning these suckers with some roast turkey and cranberry sauce.

FatSean, Sep 04, 2007
Photo of Rainintheface
4.05/5  rDev +10.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle poured into SA glass. Best before Jan. '08

A: orange/copper with a little haziness. nice looking white head does not stick around long. thin lace does.

S: pumpkin pie spice, cinnamon and a wee bit of malt. reminds me of my favorite pumpkin ice cream

T: spices again. while the pumpkin is there, it's not overdone. very nice

M: smooth with medium body and carbonation. somewhat dry.

D: very drinkable in the sense that any beer with spices I'm probably only going to have 1-3 anyways.

I like this pumpkin offering alot. If it wasn't August, and the leaves were falling, I'd be ready to have a couple after I raked the yard.

Rainintheface, Aug 31, 2007
Photo of djeffbee
3.75/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz. bottle into a DFH pint glass

A: Amber with an orange hue. The slow pour results in a small white head that leaves a nice lace on the glass.

S: A blast of pumpkin spices with a touch of hops and crystal malts.

T: Strong pumpkin, allspice and ginger pop out first with a nice bitter balance. Sweet crystal malts as well. To me, this is one of the sweeter pumpkin ales I have tried to date.

M: Sweet and crisp, not too high in the carbonation area.

D: A bit too sweet to drink six of them, and a bit high in the ABV to be a session beer. While I will definitely have another, it would be hard to string them together.

Cheers!

djeffbee, Aug 24, 2007
Photo of joeskirkie
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a clear light orange, hinting towards gold. The head is thin but very creamy looking.

Smells of pumpkin and malt, quite expected and pretty nice. It tastes like pumpkin pie with a dash of cinnamon.

It's not in any way heavy or filling. It's got a crisp spicy feeling on the tongue. It would make a good match for a Thanksgiving dinner and would make for a pretty good fall session.

joeskirkie, Aug 19, 2007
Photo of sleazo
3.65/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

First pumpkin of the season. no humidity in the air makes it feel like early fall.

A-Slightly hazy orange/copper hue with a steady stream of bubbles. One finger gead diminishes quickly but there is good lacing.

S-Cinnamon, nutmeg and ginger come through with a pleasing aroma. Some biscuity malt and light generic hop scent.

T-Spices are strong on this one,cinnamon, ginger and perhaps a bit too much nutmeg. The spices and hops give it a bitterness which dominates over the biscuity malt. Aftertaste is dry and bitter with spices abounding throughout the mouth. The sweet qualities come out when it warms.

M-Medium bodied with a mid level carbonation. There is something of an oily feel in the followthrough which spreads the spice around.

D-This is a good pumpkin ale but definitely not my favourite. I prefer a bit more sweetness and definitely less nutmeg. Still unlike alot of the pumpkin beers on the market they dont skimp on the spice which is a good thing. I would get this again.

sleazo, Aug 18, 2007
Photo of jmalex
3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

I know it's only August but I was thrilled to see the first pumpkin ale of the season on the shelves. Here's to what will be the first of many this autumn.

APPEARANCE: Pours into my new Sam Adams glass a bright clear orange with some yellowy highlights. The head does not form to big and settles out to a medium collar and a slightly hazy surface coating.

SMELL: Pumpkin! Surprise! The fruit thankfully outweighs the spices, not to say that a big dose of nutmeg is quite prominent. Base malt flavors are difficult to pick out and hop aroma is non-existent.

TASTE: The flavor is much more beery with pale malt combined with some pungent hops. Yes, hop flavor and bitterness come out significantly in the taste, and seem to detract from the pumpkin qualities. The spices are definitely there in the taste, but the fruit is more difficult to pick out. The finish is bitter with only the hop flavor persisting to the end.

MOUTHFEEL: Mouthfeel is medium-thin with a nice average carbonation level. Nothing wrong here.

DRINKABILITY: Not too bad. I just don't see why a fruit beer would want to have such a hop presence. Not that it's at IPA levels or even close, but hop flavor is completely unnecessary in this, and I'd prefer to let the pumpkin and spice speak for itself.

Well now my palate is significantly whetted. Though I'll hate to see summer go, now I have one thing to look forward to in autumn. Probably my future pumpkin ales will be from a different brewery though.

jmalex, Aug 17, 2007
Photo of tmp155
4.58/5  rDev +24.8%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour left a two-finger head. Lace had major staying power. Maybe I romanticized the smell because I love pumpkin ales and it is my first one of 2007, but it smells like a dream: a complex blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin spices. I imagine pumpkin pie with a whipped cream topping. Ok, I'm starting to think that maybe I'm just excited for all of the fall beers. The taste matches the smell nicely. I could easily make this a session beer.

tmp155, Jul 31, 2007
Photo of Metalmonk
4.33/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This thing gushed like mad, the stuff couldn't wait to get out of the bottle and onto the floor. Oh well.

Color is a mildly hazed burnt-orange fall-leaf color, with a thick rocky head made entirely of tiny bubbles. Healthy lace leavings as the glass empties.

Aroma is allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and perhaps the most authentically pumpkin-y aroma in any pumpkin ale I've tried so far.

The search for a better pumpkin ale may not be over, but this is the best I've had yet. A light spiciness prevails, all the spices you would use in making a pumpkin pie, with a creamy, just slightly sour milkiness lifting up the incredibly authentic pumpkin flavor. All the usual ale characteristics are here too. Quenching, authentic, comforting...this is extremely well-balanced and not at all artificial-tasting. It's the pumpkin ale which I will judge all others by.

Just because of what it is, this is not something to drink every day, but something to savor and save for just the right time. It also avoids feeling like a novelty, as many pumpkin ales do, standing as a lovingly well-crafted brew, first and foremost. If there's one pumpkin ale that should win over those who are skeptical of the style, this is it.

Metalmonk, Mar 11, 2007
Photo of shirfan
3.9/5  rDev +6.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear and orange-gold with a long-lasting, good sized cap of foam.

Spices prominent in the aroma, with nutmeg, ginger, perhaps a little corriander.

Flavor is first an ale, then a pumpkin beer, which is fine with me. Slightly chewy caramel malt with a modest leafy hop flavor. Then the spices take over but still don't dominate -- same lineup detected in the nose. A hint of pumpkin pie in the finish.

Pretty good for the style.

shirfan, Feb 25, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light orange color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is robust with pumpkin and spices. There’s also some caramelized malt and a little bit of hops.

T: Flavors of pumpkin, caramel and ginger jump out first and then a good hops bitterness comes out. The malt character is heavy but the taste isn’t as sweet as most beers in the style. The after-taste is bready and a little bitter.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, slightly filling, good representation of style, even if it’s not my favorite style this is one of the better beers that I’ve had in it.

TheManiacalOne, Feb 22, 2007
Photo of williamherbert
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Gorgeous to behold with a beautiful cloudy light orange color. Really hazy. Has a decent foamy head that ends up dissipating rather quickly.

Spicy pumpkin smell -- exactly as expected. Some sweet hops come through in the aroma. Very enticing; reminds me of the fall.

Has a lovely malty flavor with not only the requisite pumpkin pie spice, but some hints of fruit as well (peach? apricot?). Has an intricate fruit/spice mixture. Almost no hops, but a nice spicy aftertaste.

Medium thickness. It seems slightly bubbly, although that might just be the spices kicking me. It's really an excellent autumnal beer. Malty with the pumpkin spice that is perfect for its season.

williamherbert, Feb 06, 2007
Photo of PEBKAC
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Notes from 11/06

A standard head that disolves into a multicolored oil slick atop the pint glass. Hazy orange body with plenty of residual yeast that we'll just let sleep peacefully for the moment.

Extra nutmeg in this one, along with a really dusty blend of ground ginger, cinnamon, & all spice. Fresh pumpkin might be here, but with everything being mashed together, its individual characteristics illude me.

Ginger is very evident in the first gulp. A baked mouthfeel, with a nice brush of hops running it down. Otherwise, it tastes almost exactly like it smells. Everything melds very comfortably, even the strong carbonation. I enjoyed it more chilled, as the warmth made the bitterness uneven.

A good seasonal to drink once before dinner or with dessert. Not heavy, but still challenging all by itself if your not a fanatic of the style. If you envision gorging yourself on pecan pie all evening, then you might as well indulge in a few of these too. :)

PEBKAC, Jan 25, 2007
Photo of IntriqKen
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light pumpkin orange in the glass with a nice offwhite head that melts to only a slightly sticky ring of lacing.
Aromas of fresh pumpkin pie spices...a lot of P-beers smell sort of powdery...this one doesn't..the cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, and pumpkin all smell fresh.
Taste is also remarkable fresh...nothing powdery or too sweet. Spices are actually slightly biting...very nice. Pumpkin flavors seem to come from fresh meat pumpkin just roasted.
Mouthfeel is sufficient for style.
I enjoy Smuttynose's take on the Pumpkin Beer style a lot.
Excellent.

IntriqKen, Jan 06, 2007
Photo of tgbljb
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured a hazy orange-amber color with initial large white puffy head that showed little retentive powers.
Smell is typical of a pumpkin ale with strong notes of cloves, cinammon, anf nutmeg.
Taste matches the smell with nice pumpkin spice tones.
Finish is a bit sweet which is a nice ending to the beer.
Good drinkability. One of the better beers of this style.

tgbljb, Dec 19, 2006
Photo of Treebrews
3.95/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This was the first pumpkin ale I've tried, and it's gonna be hard to compare the rest to. It pours an orangish color, with a small head. It smells of spices, and nutmeg. You can definitely taste the spices, and the pumpkins hits you in the aftertaste. An overall, great beer for the fall months!

Treebrews, Dec 18, 2006
Photo of emerge077
3.98/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a huge fan of this style, but this is a solid one.

Pours a hazy orange, maybe due to the pumpkin pureé that's listed on the bottle. A good amount of foam on the pour, that sticks around in some form.

Smells like spice, nutmeg, but not much pumpkin.

Taste is well rounded, some balanced spice and malt with a pumpkin appearing in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium, not bad at all. Worth sessioning in the autumn months.

emerge077, Dec 06, 2006
Photo of MuenchenerKindl
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz bottle to a pint glass. The Liquid is a copper color with good carbonation. The head is 2 fingers fluffy and leaves Big lace.

The smell is Spicy nutmeg

The taste follows, mostly spice and some pumpkin like malt.

The mouthfeel is good but uneventful, nice carbonation and a medium body.

The drinkability is good this is one of the better pumpkins.

MuenchenerKindl, Nov 28, 2006
Photo of brentk56
3.7/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pumpkin (of course!) color with a melted marshmallow head that leaves scads of dripping sweetness on top of the liquid (er, pie)

Smell: Interesting blend of pumpkin, pie spice (allspice and nutmeg) and hop aromatics

Taste: Starts with an initial prickly blast of the more bitter pie spices (allspice and nutmeg) which are joined by a subtle pumpkin flavor; after the swallow, the hops make an appearance and are joined by just a hint of the spicy cinnamon sweetness; the finish is nuanced toward the bitter herbal elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of the more intriguing pumpkins out there; I like the bitter flavors but prefer a sweeter profile for the style

Thanks, LittleBreeze, for the opportunity

brentk56, Nov 23, 2006
Photo of mattf311
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Enjoyed on tap at the Stone Church Music Club in Newmarket, NH

A great seasonal beer.. and I typically hate pumpkin beers. Pours amber with a beige head. Smells like a pumpkin pie: pumpkin, ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg.. maybe a little clove. Has a nice pumpkin pie taste but with hop character that reminds you its a beer. The hops-meets-pumpkin pie taste has to be tried to understand. Admittedly, hops flavor in a pumpkin pie would probably be booed on thanksgiving. It worsk though, trust me. Slight carbonation and quite drinkable. Would have had more if I could have. My favorite pumpkin beer.. well the only one I've liked. Its worth a try even if you're not into this type of beer.

mattf311, Nov 20, 2006
Photo of BBM
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer pours a hazy orange color with a nice, white head. Nice lacing as well. The smell is of all-spice, nutmeg, and pumpkin. Basically, a faint pumpkin pie.

There was a very nice taste to this beer. Some pumpkin ales try to knock you over the head with that "pumpkin pie" flavor, but this one is much more subdued and pleasant. There are caramel malt, and a slight hop bitterness to the faint pumpkin pie flavor that was apparent in the smell. Mouthfeel was full and chewy. This is one pumpkin ale you have have a few of, as it's not overly sweet or spicy. A well-balanced brew in a genre that sometimes goes overboard.

BBM, Nov 10, 2006
Photo of Brewfan
3.45/5  rDev -6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured into my Hyland Farmhouse pint glass.
Hazy light amber body with a very pronounced 2 finger off white head. Great retention on the head. Lots of large fluffy bubbles. Thick, streaky lacing.
Immediate nose of pumpkin pie and spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon and a murky fruitness.
Pumpkiney on the tongue, but with a definate hoppy bitterness. Maltiness is balanced by the bitterness. Pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, etc) makes itself known again. A bit hoppier than some of the pumpkin beers I've tried.
Medium mouthfeel, seems to get a bit bigger as the beer warms.
All in all, a nice pumpkin ale. Not the biggest in terms of drinkability, but still a nice autumn offering. Would be great with some pumpking pie (duh) to cut some of the bitterness. But that's just me.

Brewfan, Nov 09, 2006
Photo of ArtD
4.43/5  rDev +20.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

This is my favorite pumkpin ale!

A - Light and orange, slightly cloudy
S - Pleasant and clean
T - Good malt start with barely detectable pumpkin, then good spice flavors (cinnamon and nutmeg) followed by citrusy hop flavor and bitterness.
M - Soo smooth

Hops are more intense than most pumpkins. Hop flavor is wonderfully complex and not overpowering. Cleanest taste and aroma of the 3 pumpkins I've tried this year. This beer is a winner!

ArtD, Nov 08, 2006
Photo of fank2788
3.68/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Poured a nice pumpkin orange, slightly hazy with at one finger white head that will linger and give a little lacing

S - spicey and "herby" I can't smell any pumpkin or roasted pumpkin though

T - I can taste a lot of cinnamon, nutmeg maybe some allspice but the pumpkin is hard to notice. This beer finishes a little bitter and that bitter flavor will linger for a while on your tongue. I would have rather this finished sweet.

M - this is good the perfect level of carbonation and it is just heavy enough.

D - again this is ranks high, had it been a bit sweeter it would have tasted better but would have had lower drinkability. As it is this beer is very drinkable

fank2788, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of scarletfire79
3.93/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

popping my cherry on pumpkin ales here. pours kind of hazy, (slightly orangey?). smells of nutmeg and pumpkin pie spice. my first sip was slightly overwhelming with the spice but after one or two sips i got acclimated to the taste and was really pleased with the flavor. definitly feel that pumpkin pie vibe. would like to try other pumpkin ales for comparison but from what i've read, smuttynose hit this right on the head. its's a straight up real good classic pumpkin ale. yet another awesome beer from a brewery that seems to pump out awesome beers like it's their job

scarletfire79, Nov 05, 2006
Photo of mrasskicktastic
3.48/5  rDev -5.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - Lightly hazy orange copper brew with a small one finger of bubbly head, a bit of lacing will linger on the glass as the head subsides. Small amounts of tiny bubbles move slowly through the viscous brew.

S - Very strong allspice, nutmeg and ginger, milder cloves, cardamon, with a bit of light bodies malt. No descernable pumpkin.

T - Strong grassy hops and nutmeg, a bit of ginger, a faint sweet pumpkin (pumpkin meshed with a caramel malt I would suspect) with a very strong grassy bitter aftertaste. The bitter finish seems a little off for the style, but it is by no means terrible.

M - Absurdly thick and smooth. Pretty refreshing.

D - Alright, I would prefer this beer with out the bitter aftertaste. Then it would be mild and extremely quaffable, as it stands the bitterness is the only drawback to the flavor. Next season I will have to try again. A solid pumpkin, but not the best.

mrasskicktastic, Nov 04, 2006
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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