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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

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Reviews: 839
Hads: 1,866
Avg: 3.73
pDev: 21.98%
Wants: 95
Gots: 203 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States | website

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale | 5.84% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes & Commercial Description:
Beer added by: purplehops on 08-28-2003

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
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Photo of SD-Alefan
3.96/5  rDev +6.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Pours a sightly cloudy pumpkin-orange color with a tan head and spotty lacing.
Very nice aroma on this beer. Lots of pumpkin, clove and cinnamon.
A tatsy pumkin ale for sure. I get cinnamon up front with plenty of pumpkin right behind. It finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness and a very pleasant pumpkin aftertaste.
Mouthfeel is medium and smooth.
Overall, one of the better pumpkin beers I've had.

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Photo of vette2006c5r
3.85/5  rDev +3.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pumpkin Ale pours a nice golden color with a small head. There is a light spice aroma. The taste has a nice full pumpkin flavor, good spice notes, very balanced. Good feel, nice body. Overall its a very solid pumpkin.

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Photo of Kiwi_Bird
2/5  rDev -46.4%

When I saw this pumpkin ale available at my grocery store I thought to myself "how delicious". Also there's supposed to be some cinnamon included in the beverage as well. Sadly I tasted neither. All I tasted was a bitter ale with no flavors of squash or spices. So given this I am disappointed. I purchased a 6 pack and am stuck with 5 more bottles. That's the bad news. The good news is it did leave me a good aftertaste. Sometimes I'll have a flavorful drink and then 1/2 hour later the aftertaste spoils it.

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Photo of Mit
4/5  rDev +7.2%

Pours a dark orange...cloudy...decent head.

Smells of deep lemony acidic bitter. Slight bouquet of pumpkin spices....very faint malt smell.

More bitter than alot of pumpkin beers....still has the familiar pumpkin flavor but i think being more bitter aids in drinkability.

Mouthfeel is good.

Overall this is one of my favourite pumpkin beers despite the fact that i havent thought to buy it in a few years.

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Photo of Tdizzle
4/5  rDev +7.2%

A - Poured into an imperial pint, Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale pours a clear orange-ish amber. An agressive pour yields a billowing head of white, sticky foam that gradually settles to thick cap atop the beer. Rings of lacing cling to the glass for the duration. Very nice.

S - A semi-sweet aroma of bready malts and pumpkin pie spices with a fruity, clean yeast character that's nicely balanced by a green, leafy hop presence. A good swirl really brings out the spice element and a bit of squash. Very evocative of autumn.

T - Sweet malts and crisp, clean, fruity ale yeast is augmented by a nice spice character, all balanced by an uncharacteristic hop bitterness that clings on the finish. A mild squash flavor elevates this beer beyond the category of "spice bomb." The lasting finish brings together all the signpost flavors of this beer.

M - A great mouthfeel. Slick and slightly chewy, with the perfect amount of carbonation.

O - My first time trying this East Coast pumpkin ale, and I loved it. The requisite amount of nostalgia-inducing spices, but incredibly drinkable; in part due to its uncharacteristic hop presence. Call me crazy, but this beer reminds me of walking through a pumpkin patch on the East Coast filled with pumpkins overgrown with vines; just like the label depicts! Nailed it.

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Photo of dorosjim
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Really nice but I wouldn't recommend for fans of "pumpkin beer" This beer is a pale ale first and foremost with a touch of pumpkin. Well chosen floral, earthy, and rustic hops provide a nice bitterness to the pumpkin spice sweetness. Well blended flavors and clean drinking brew.

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Photo of craftbeersweden
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Clear amber liquid with a white head that's one finger high.

Nose: Nutmeg, spice, pumpkin, nuts, cinnamon and ginger.
Taste: Pumpkin pie and spice. Malt and a bit of salt.
Mouth: Medium body with little carbonation. A little bitterness at the end.

Not bad but then not that great either. It's ok but not more...

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Photo of titty_mcbitty
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

A: Orange and pretty clear with bubbles.

S: Obviously pumpkin. Also some spice.

T: Pumpkin is prominent. Allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, pie crust, nuts, and clean malt. Very nice! Like a light pumpkin pie.

M: Medium bodied on the lighter side. Carbonation.

O: Glad I bought a pack of these. They'll be nice on the cold days!

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Photo of rob111270
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent Pumpkin Ale...found this at a local place and gave it a shot...was pleasantly surprised. While it is no where near as good as Dog Fish Head or Whole Hog, it is still a darn good brew!!!

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 3/23/15. 6.45% ABV per the label.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, cinnamon bread, and pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, pumpkin, earth, and pumpkin pie spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a nice mix of earthy pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice qualities.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of churchillps
4.25/5  rDev +13.9%

Not what I was expecting at all. The most balanced pumpkin/fall/harvest ale I've ever had. Somehow manages to have hops in the center of the finish, is extremely crisp, and has a strong cinnamon nose with all of the fall spice flavor you'd expect. If you gave this to me blind I would never in a million years guess it was a pumpkin ale.

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Photo of illpass78
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle poured into a pint glass.

Appearance: Pours a light, cloudy copper with almost no head. Carbonation seems moderate. No lace.

Aroma: Pumpkin and spices dominate the nose. There's a tiny kick of wheat or grain as well. Some malt background rounds it out.

Taste: Tastes kind of like not-super-sweet pumpkin pie with spices, clove and malt in the background. Appealing.

Mouthfeel: Nice autumn depth.

Overall: As pumpkin beer goes, this is a good one. I had it with butternut squash ravioli, kale salad and roasted veggies, and I'd say it pairs well with that kind of autumnal meal. If I had a go-to pumpkin beer, it would be this one.

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Photo of seedyone
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Sept'13. From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Spice falls to the background as the pumpkin takes the fore. Result is a rather nondescript event.

07/18/12 As Cask. Caught it as it was being tapped. Serious pumpkin pie spice blend in the aroma which subsides on the tongue. A surprising but not unpleasant vegetal finish. All said, one was enough.

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Photo of blackcompg
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Appearance - Pours a quick finger of lite yellow eggshell foam. The body is a slightly hazy warm light orange amber, almost glowing - really a beautiful beer.

Smell - Big nose of pumpkin spices of nutmeg, and a little bit of cinnamon, and some malt sweetness that smells a bit like brown sugar and a touch of molasses. Really reminds me of the smell of pumpkin bread.

Taste - Wow - this pumpkin beer is gladly lacking any nuances of artificial sweetness or "whipped cream" types of flavors. This truly is all about the pumpkin and the complimentary spices. Begins with a very natural and light malt sweetness, which is immediately joined by the flavors of nutmeg, light cinnamon, a hint of allspice with a solid backbone of pumpkin meats. The finish is dry pumpkin breadcrusts, and a sprinkle of unsweetened dry nutmeg spice.

Mouthfeel - This beer id the lighter side of medium, but just enough flavor to keep it from feeling watered down. Carb is perfectly medium and very smooth, with some soft foaming and a few crisp edges along the sides and back of the tongue. The finish is dry, leaving a gentle pumpkin spice essence in the mouth corners.

Overall - I think Smuttynose made a wise choice in shying away from trying to make this taste like pimpkin pie, and instead focusing on the pumpkin and the typical spices that it often includes. The slight sweetness here is completely natural, and balance perfectly from way in the back of the quaff. A flavorful, refreshing, and crisp pumpkin beer.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

This is a very good beer. Its not as strong in the pumpkin flavors as others. Which may make it more of a beer in the style, that people who do not like the overwhelming spice flavors, may like. It almost has a hoppy flavor going on. I guess it may perhaps have some hops in there. But, its not a strong hopped beer like even a pale ale. I think this one does stay true to the pumpkin and gives respect to the pumpkin. Some people I know do not like their pumpkin pie with a lot of spice. If you are one of those people then this is a good beer for you.

It is very well balanced and I could see myself drinking several on a cool fall night with some friends. Its not as gimmicky as other pumpkin beers, which may appeal to more of a variety of people. I like the spicy pumpkin beers, but I also like and respect this beer for the integrity of what it is .

The color was like a brown ale, perhaps very similar in nature to a nut brown ale. Think drinking a butternut or acorn squash souffle with minimal spicing. Then add some booze!

Great beer and price is very reasonable.

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Photo of glass_house
4.18/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Simply one of the best pumpkin ales you'll find. Not a cinnamon ale or a pumpkin pie beer. Sure, there's some spice in the background, but my favorite thing about this beer is the way the smooth natural pumpkin is the main attraction. The cinnamon and nutmeg are strictly complementary, allowing the rich, creamy pumpkin to shine.There are bigger, bolder, sweeter pumpkin beers out there, which I also love. But this is what I think of when I want an authentic pumpkin ale.

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Photo of everythingiszen
5/5  rDev +34%

The very best pumpkin beer I've tried, and I made a real effort to try as many as I could these past two falls. It is also one of the best all-around ales you could hope for. This one stands out in my memory; it was the only one that eschewed the whole "pumpkin-pie in a glass" thing that so many pumpkin beers fall prey to. Rather, it harkened back to the days when you would brew with pumpkin because, damnit, it's a thing that was available for cheap in the fall and that would ferment. It is a delicious ale first, and a pumpkin beer second. Not at all sweet, initially hoppy with a pumpkin finish. Exactly what I want in a pumpkin-themed fall seasonal. Can't wait to buy a pint of this year's offering!

[Update 9/30/14: It's just as good as I remembered.]

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Photo of SportsandJorts
3.05/5  rDev -18.2%

Appearance: pours a deep orange hinting toward red but super earthy and burnt. a finger of white head with decent retention and leaves a little bit of a lacing behind. super murky and hazy. completely opaque. 4/5

Smell: strong ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon. maybe some pumpkin spice. also hints at graham cracker. 3/5

Taste: opens up with huge amounts of nutmeg and ginger. somewhere in the middle i found some graham cracker and pumpkin spice. end is full of cinnamon. 3/5

Mouthfeel: good medium full feel, but hot with all the spice and ginger. 3/5

Overall: well its drinkable and I finished it, but the spices in this are just so strong I couldn't get to any other tastes in it. super hot spices and no sign of actual pumpkin, just the associated fall spices.

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Photo of Bluedog1211
2.65/5  rDev -29%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.5

Smells like a spiced beer but I can't pick anything specifically
Out of it. Not much taste of anything until you swallow when you are left with some sort bitter generic spice taste in the back of
Your mouth rather unpleasant. It took me about an hour to drink after I decided not
To pour it down the drain. pours a pretty cooper color not very carbonated

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Photo of BigMarty1980
2.79/5  rDev -25.2%
look: 3 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.75

Was disappointed in this Pumpkin Ale. More notes of cinnamon than pumpkin. Finish is def more bitter than I was expecting. Having had Pumking before this brew the bar was set pretty high. Will enjoy the remainder of the 6 pack but wont be buying this again.

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Photo of Phigg1102
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Clear apricot color with a thin tight cap with moderate retention. Toothpaste hits my nose immediately. The aroma stays heavy with phenols throughout. Banana is present and squash hides in the back a bit. Taste is also heavy in phenols. I get a lot of anise, cardamom, and banana with some apricot and biscuit. I get a squash taste but again its hidden a bit. Medium body, slightly viscous for the style. The cardamom lasts a long time.

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Photo of asaharyev
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Some pumpkin comes through in the aroma, along with spice and a bit of a caramel malt character, as well as a bit of a vegetable note. The flavor is also a bit more mild in the pumpkin spice, with a little more bitterness than other pumpkin beers, though more like an under ripe fruit or herbal tea bitterness. The flavor reminds me of freshly raked leaves. Not as pumpkin heavy as other pumpkin beers, but it’s still there, and the beer itself seems better crafted than most. An excellent beer.

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Photo of facundoCNB
3.51/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

A copper/amber pour with 2 fingers of head, slow dissipation and a bit of lacing - unusual for the style. Smells of roasted pumpkin seed, nutmeg, clove. The flavor is a bit roasty, which is nice (especially as a breakfast beer), subtle notes of pumpkin spices, toasted bread.
Medium body with higher carbonation..
This drinks like a beer, brewed for fall season... Not like a pumpkin beer brewed to compete for the most pumpkin flavor. With my tiredness of pumpkin beers, I can appreciate this one.

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Photo of JMScowcroft
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose Brewing Company - Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale, poured into a Craftgeer snifter.

Look - Pours cloudy orange, small foamy head. Decent lacing.

Smell - Smell is nutmeg and ginger with some pumpkin.

Taste - Here is what I call a spice bomb, which is typical from most breweries when they attempt a pumpkin ale. Touch of pumpkin. Ginger heavy.

Mouthfeel - Heavy light bodied with high carbonation. Spice heavy but decent drinkability. No booziness.

Overall - Meh, this is a decent beer, when your pumpkin ale is the same as the winter warmer style, I'm not really enthused. This brew doesn't hold a candle to other pumpkin ales I have tried. If you want a ton of ginger, this is for you.

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Photo of LambicPentameter
3.99/5  rDev +7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Enjoyed out of a brown bottle marked with a best by date of 12/3/2013, so I just barely got in under the deadline. This profile lists the ABV at 5.84%, but this year's version is apparently a little higher, as my bottle is marked at 6.3%. Poured into a 16 oz nonic style tumbler.

Appearance - This might be one of the prettier pumpkin beers I've seen. Body pours a glowing golden orange with subtle reddish shading, cloudy as you could want, with highlights of lemony yellow peering around the edges where light manages to pass through without being refracted through the dense haze. Atop the murky glow of the body is a healthy finger and a half head the color of bone white. It retains for a short while before settling down as a ring of bubbles around the edge of the glass with a sparse film of residual bubbles across the surface. A look down into the bottle reveals pumpkin puree and spice residue--the bit that didn't make it into the glass to produce a cloudy effect.

Smell - As enchanted as I was by the color, I'm quite impressed with the aroma as well. Up front is a wallop of winter spice, with notes of allspice, nutmeg, graham cracker, ginger snap, and even some white pepper and the tingle of ground cinnamon. Beneath the melange of spices is the underlying squash, with ripe pumpkin and fainter, but sweeter cantaloupe notes.

Taste - Though the smell is bordering on a spice bomb, the taste mellows out quite a bit, making for a surprisingly refreshing beer at first blush. You get the sensation of the spices--I think largely from the aroma--but the actual taste is that of butternut squash, faint bitterness like baby greens, and pumpkin. The underlying vegetal element is unique and comes across sort of like the echo of a pumpkin puree smoothie. But now I'm getting a bit esoteric. The second and third sip don't have the same level of freshness, and the beer begins to bog down a little bit, leaving a faintly cloying semisweet aftertaste.

Mouthfeel - Body is medium with an underlying viscosity that builds up with each sip. Carbonation is on the light side, but was ample to generate a respectable initial head.

Overall, this is a beer that starts out of the gate at a full on sprint, and then seems to coast a bit to the finish line. I love the appearance and smell of the beer, like the taste quite a bit, and grew a little tired of the mouthfeel as I finished my drink. That being said, I would likely drink this one again next season should the opportunity present itself.

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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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