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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

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1,491 Ratings

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Ratings: 1,491
Reviews: 792
rAvg: 3.68
pDev: 15.22%
Wants: 63
Gots: 46 | 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 pezoids


4.22/5  rDev +14.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I really liked this one. This beer poured out a slightly cloudy golden orange color with a thinnish and short lasting head. There’s a unique smell here – I can’t detect a distinctive pumpkin aroma, but it is vegetal, along with a pleasing spiciness with sweet lemon grass. The taste is earthy and hearty. A spicy and light malt body with a touch of sweetness. This beer isn’t oily or buttery, but finishes clean and dry. Refreshing and flavorful, not overdone, a quality seasonal ale.

Serving type: bottle

10-28-2003 17:04:21 | More by pezoids
Photo of oldgrowth

North Carolina

3.43/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Clear orange color. Just a little haze to it. Small head that fades quickly. Spice dominates the smell. Allspice etc. Get the pumpkin to step up in the taste with the spices and a little green hop bite in it. Bitter bite that fades. A little creamy. Very drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

10-20-2003 01:45:20 | More by oldgrowth
Photo of Suds


4.28/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a dark-orange color with serious cloudiness and a slight head. The aroma is fanastic...it's similar to a fresh pumpkin bread. Unlike a lot of other pumpkin beers, this one doens't seem to rely on pumpkin-pie spices to acquire it's flavor. Instead, it's a doughy, malty, vegtable-pumpkin taste. Slightly sweet, mildly spiced....outstanding. This is exactly what I look for in a pumpkin beer.

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2003 17:49:00 | More by Suds
Photo of BeerResearcher


4.2/5  rDev +14.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is a Pumpkin Ale our Pilgrim forefathers would surely approve of. Unlike some of the pretender "pumpkin" ales on the market, this one has Real Pumpkin inside!
It pours a hazy goldish amber with a nice off-white head and some trails and webs of sticky lace. The aroma is of pumpkin pie...with beer. A sweet biscuity malty mixes well with mellow pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg and vanilla. A mild lemony citrus offers a nice balance to the malt and spices. A faint flavor reminiscent of eggnog and rum come to mind. It really goes down easy and was gone before I had the chance to appropriately conclude this review. Yum!

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2003 02:31:35 | More by BeerResearcher
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4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz, brown, longneck bottle, capped. Month notched on label (AUG).

This pumpkin beer poured a hazy, honey gold color with white foam that settled but clung to the glass a bit. The smell was of pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon), pumpkin, malt and hops. The taste was of pumpkin and spices (nutmeg, cinnamon), malt, some oak, and hops in the finish and aftertaste. The flavors were nicely balanced, and the spices did not overpower this beer. The mouthfeel was smooth with a hint of sharpness up front. Medium body and low to medium carbonation feel. The spices lingered on the palate. This was a good pumpkin beer, one of the better ones out there, and very easy to drink.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2003 23:47:32 | More by UncleJimbo
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4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a burnt pumpkin orange.

Smells are of cloves, cinnamon, and a generous amount of "cooked pumpkin", as opposed to raw, squash-like pumpkin.

Carbonation is the key here, lending just the proper amount to dance on the tongue, while still allowing the ale to sit and develop on the palate.

Tastes are rich, with spices (a majority of cloves), and a sweet pumpkin finish. Like drinking pumpkin pie in a bottle, but not as sweet. Excellent example of this style, and a far cry from the Post Road Pumpkin Ale I almost had to pour out a few days earlier.

All in all, an excellent beer. Would love to have this for a halloween weekend session.

Serving type: bottle

10-08-2003 02:51:44 | More by ithacabaron
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3.85/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours golden orange with a big white head. Some lace evident. Smell is spicy. Coriander, cinnamon, clove and pumpkin. Sweet hoppy aromas too.

Taste is spicy as well. Sweet maly up front with a bitter finish. Cinnamon and pumpkin flavors witha hoppy aftertaste. Medium bodied.

This is a really solid ale and the best pumpkin ale I've ever had. not a big fan of the style but this is one I could drink with no problem.

Serving type: bottle

10-07-2003 01:22:10 | More by ViveLaChouffe
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New York

4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a sixer of this, not expecting much, more along the lines of "It's Smuttynose, how bad could it be?" Well, I was more than pleasantly surprised by this beer. It's pumpkin pie in a bottle, all you need is whipped cream. The body is a dark, pumpkin-y orange, with a beige head instead of whipped cream. The aroma is nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, pumpkin, malt. I'm flashing back to my grandma working at LaScala's Bakery in the Bronx, right around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Taste is nutmeg, clove, pumpkin and malt, overlaid with a touch of bitter hops, which does a great job balancing the sweetness. Mouthfeel is light and smooth, with a medium carbonation. The finish was mostly hops, with some malt and nutmeg.

I love this beer! This'll definitely make an appearance at Thanksgiving dinner.

Serving type: bottle

09-30-2003 13:52:09 | More by WaltTrombone
Photo of goz


4.15/5  rDev +12.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pours a hazy pale orange, with a good size white head that mostly diminishes, leaving sheets of lace. Very fine tiny bubbled carbonation in the body. Aroma is of freshly baked pumpkin pie, mostly from the cinnamon and nutmeg spices, backed with a good bit of hops. Flavor is again dominated with the cinnamon, some sweetness comes through in the middle, and the end is a mix with the spices and some hoppy bitterness in there as well. Medium-full bodied, fairly lively carbonation. A very good balance between the squash and malt sweetness, the spices, and a good level of hoppiness.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2003 01:08:21 | More by goz
Photo of AbePhroman

New Jersey

3.88/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer pours nicely, a head that settles fast over a nice orange amber. It smells strongly of spices but not so much of hops. At first the pumpkin is overshadowed by other spices, mainly nutmeg, but the aftertaste is oh so pleasant. Very smooth and easy drinking. A exceptional pumpkin brew that I will get my share of this autumn.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2003 02:09:05 | More by AbePhroman
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3.98/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale is a slightly hazy straw colored brew with a thick white head that dissolves to a thick collar around the beer. The aroma is mainly a spicy combination of cinnamon, allspice and nutmeg. I think I can detect a little bit of toasted malt in there as well. Each sip of this medium bodied beer is smooth and delicious. Cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice dominate the flavor but do not overpower the taste buds. It finishes slightly malty which seems to hold all the flavors together. A spicy taste lingers on the palate after each sip.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2003 22:03:37 | More by WanderingFool
Photo of far333


4.08/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Love the label. Pours a golden orange color with an orangey beige head that drops right away. Nose is sweet and spicy, but not overly spiced like some other pumpkins. Flavor is very well balanced. Not overly pumpinized, not overly spiced with nutmeg, not overly hoppy. Very nice balance of all three (but lowest on hops). Tingly mouthfeel, and a sweet pumpkin finish, followed by a hop bitter aftertaste. Very good.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2003 19:37:13 | More by far333
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4.33/5  rDev +17.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very simple label merely adds to the appeal of this beer. A fuzzy orange color, with just a slight white lacey head. Taste is a cornacopia of nutmeg, pumpkin and assorted spices. Keeps it's bold ale body, ensuring a delightful tasting beverage, worthy of Smuttynose.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2003 14:34:03 | More by bewareOFpenguin
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3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours an orangey autumn hued amber, with a thin mist of bone colored head. A few patches of head cling to the glass.
Aroma is definitely spicy, very pumpkin pie like. Nutmeg dominates, with apparent hopping and solid malt. It's a good pumpkin ale, in the fact that you can smell beer under the spice.
In the initial sip, the pumpkin is definitely understated. Malt is solid, with a touch of toasted flavor. The pumpkin spice comes through in the middle, with pronounced nutmeg, fading into an audacious herbal hopping, very agressive for this kind of beer. Excellent. The finish is hoppy, with a trace of spice lingering from the middle. The beer finishes with a dryish herbal hop flavor, carrying into the aftertaste. Body is a bit light, I thought, with flavor being a little weak right in the beginning. The pumpkin pie flavor is excellent, very mild and understated.
Definitely great for the early days of fall, when the weather is still warm and you're anticipating the leaves changing color. A bit too light to satisfy my tastes for the colder days when the leaves rattle around the the street, but certainly great for September.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2003 19:05:43 | More by UnionMade
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Ontario (Canada)

4.13/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours with an off white head settling onto amber/orange liquid, gently carbonated. Nose is a whiff of malt pushed aside by fresh fruity pumpkin pie spices (nutmeg, cinnamon etc.) mingled with a backbone of hoppy aromas. Taste is slightly astringent, quite hoppy with more pumpkin pie spice and some degree of malty sweetness. Finished a tad dry and thin but refreshing and tasty nonetheless...one of the better pumpkin ales I've tasted and I'd recommend it to anyone who enjoys the style.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2003 22:46:35 | More by beerluvr
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New Hampshire

3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a huge white head that leaves hardly any lace. Hazy, light amber color. Serious pumpkin pie nose. Light - medium carbonation. Flavor is pumpkin pie, starts sweet and malty, finishes malty, fizzy and a hint of hops. Very good spiced beer. This is the first season I have seen this locally (NH) but their site says "available each Fall".

Serving type: bottle

08-28-2003 22:58:36 | More by jdhilt
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