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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 1456
Reviews: 792
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 15.18%

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 JohnnyBarman

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Picked up a sixpack of this from Consumer Beverages in Orchard Park, NY about three weeks ago. It didn't feel right to open them just yet, but I knew I would eventually want one, so I've been waiting patiently until today! Happy first day of fall, BA!

Poured into a Bell's glass, because sadly, I do not as of yet have a Smuttynose glass. Caramel-amber in colour, like the baked maple squash I'll be making in two weeks for Canuckian Thanksgiving. Somewhat murky, and with a thin head of foam that displays terrific retention. Lots of lacing as well. Great looking brew.

Nose is pumpkin puree, a bit of sugar and cinnamon (though the overall sensation is far from sweet), clove and mild citrus hops.

Tasty autumn brew indeed, though I must say that the pumpkin flavour is a bit more subdued than in the nose. No matter; the brew is unmistakably suitable for the season, with pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a nice hop bitterness to cleanse the palate. Becomes more pumpkin-like as it warms. Medium bodied, slightly creamy, mild carbonation.

Highly drinkable pumpkin ale, that simultaneously covers one's hankerings for "pumpkin" and "fall" beers. Glad I picked up a few to supplement my already substantial pumpkin beer list.

Serving type: bottle

09-23-2012 02:30:58 | More by JohnnyBarman
Photo of agingric


4.15/5  rDev +12.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

I stopped by my favorite distributor today with the intent of buying a case of my now everyday beer, Smuttynose IPA "Finestkind", and I spied their Pumpkin Ale and decided to give it a try instead. I have tasted two other pumpkin ales in the past (Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale and Springhouse Brraains) which were both excellent, but remarkably different in charachter; it was only natural that I would want to try a Smutty.

A-A tad orange, but not as appealing as the others I have tried. Decent head retention and lacing.

S-Pumpkin, clove

T-Pumpkin, spices, noticeably more hop bite in the afteraste (absent from other pumpkin ales that I have tried) which was a pleasant suprise due to the fact that I love IPA.

M-A bit of a letdown here. Not as much body as others that I have tried.

O-I am glad that I picked this up. This is not my favorite pumpkin ale, but it is very good, sessionable, and as with all Smuttynose brews I have tried, a good value.. I will be interested to see what my wife thinks of it.

Serving type: bottle

09-22-2012 08:17:01 | More by agingric
Photo of BeerKangaroo


4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Best before February 14, 2013:

Into a pint glass:

A: light golden orange colored body that leaves a one finger white head, no carbonation is seen rising and has some light spider web lacing.

S: pumpkin up front and a fair amount of ginger comes through pretty strong. Some light malts come in as the beer warms.

T: same as above smells with added breadiness

M: medium, with a bitter afteraste and a nice creaminess that makes this definitely one of the better mouthfeels I've had in a pumpkin beer.

O: this is one of the better pumpkin ales on the market. Right now, I'm wishing I picked up a six pack of this.

Serving type: bottle

09-21-2012 16:35:36 | More by BeerKangaroo
Photo of SouljaSaia17


3.9/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Got this as part of my weekly Mix A Six, seems to be a weak Pumpkin beer on the outside, but we shall see.

A: This beer pours a dark orange with a little bit of haze to it. Has a 3/4 inch soapy white head that receeds moderately leaving some good lacing.

S: The smell comes off with intial pumpkin and spice and finishes with some nutmeg, cinnamon, and some grassy notes.

T: Very spicy nutmeg type flavor up front, I do get some cinnamon and clove throughout. The taste ends with pumpkin peel and a bready like texture to the finish.

M: Mouthfeel is sweet with lots of carbonation, leaving that pumpkin flavor firm in the mouth. Very Drinkable!

O: By far one of the top Pumpkin beers I have had from such an underrated brewer. Not watery at all, has a nice sweet, creamy flavor that you can savor. Not quite Pumpkin pie esk, but very good all natural type beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2012 00:37:56 | More by SouljaSaia17
Photo of alexgash


4/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz. bottle. Best before 2/27/13.

Faint haziness in a rusty orange body. Golden edges. Small, gauzy, eggshell white head. Some lacing. Toasted malts, caramel, light butterscotch, vegetal gourdiness, pumpkin puree, pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice).

Toasted, nutty grains up front. Vegetal, spicy bitterness follows. Caramel and pumpkin puree malts fill in the palate. Lightly sweet. The aforementioned spices pick up the tail end into the finish. Lingering caramel, spicy bitterness, and pumpkin in the finish. Medium-full body with a thickish, pulpy feel. Nicely balanced and not too spicy.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 21:39:05 | More by alexgash
Photo of Jimmys


4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

12 oz bottle. best before 1/25/13.

A: slightly hazed rich autumn orange color. off white head is bubble and dense. thick lacing left behind. very pretty pumpkin brew.

S: nutmeg and cinnamon jump out on the nose initially. lots of cinnamon. this is one spicy nose.

T: a meaty pumpkin flavor is backed by sweet caramel malt notes and plenty of fall spices. the spices sensed in the nose, cinnamon and nutmeg in particular, linger long into the finish.

M: moderate amount of carbonation on a medium body. standard.

D: the epitome of fall beer to me. great pumpkin ale with enough spice and pumpkin presence to remain balanced and drinkable.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 00:16:51 | More by Jimmys
Photo of schoolboy


4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale is a nice, well-balanced pumpkin ale. It has all the right stuff. The appearance is a pretty orangewith a bit of cloudiness and a nice head at first. The aroma is as you would expect, pumpkin and spice. The taste and after taste match the aroma - spot on bitter ale with pumpkin.

I think in this pumpkin the got it so the pumpkin is in front of the spice. This is important. Many just taste like a holiday brew, with tons of spice. Others have unusual creaminess and a pie like taste. This one is more like a flavorful ale, and one you could drink several of without tiring. I would definitely buy this again.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2012 00:04:11 | More by schoolboy
Photo of socon67

New York

3.98/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Orange to golden color with white foamy top. Nice lacing.

S - Smells of fresh pumpkin. Earthy, as if being at a farmer's market. Subtle scent of pumpkin spice.

T - Actually the flavor is first of light malt and grain. Only then does the pumpkin flavor come across. Finsih has a spicy bite.

M - Easy drinking pumpkin beer that seems to go more ont he beer side than trying to emphasize pumpkin. Light feel, with decent spicy notes.

O - One of the better staple pumpkin beers out there. Really an homage to the style when it was made for the craft community and not marketing spin for the fall. Very enjoyable.

Serving type: bottle

09-16-2012 01:57:12 | More by socon67
Photo of Duff27


3.7/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a half inch tight white head on a hazy copper/light red colored body.
Collar and cap left abound, above average lacing for the style.

Smells like an amber ale with the slightest hint of nutmeg.

Really does follow the nose. A fairly clean tasting amber until you get to the end of the sip/aftertaste to which it takes a turn where the common pumpkin beer spices (cinnamon/nutmeg/cloves/etc) come through. These are all relatively fair compared with most pumpkin beers. "Breadiness." The aftertaste is not my favorite, a lingering flavor I cannot put my finger on.

Medium-thin body, medium carbonation.

If nothing else, a very drinkable pumpkin ale. Low ABV means you could take down a whole six pack if one wanted. Having said that, the aftertaste is very distracting to me. Worth a try for pumpkin beer fans, you may enjoy than I.

Serving type: bottle

09-15-2012 00:12:23 | More by Duff27
Photo of Superunleadedgas

New York

3.55/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This beer unlike most pumpkin ales I've hade recently, actually has hops in it!!! You think that wouldnt be a surprise when it says pumpkin ALE on the label, but i have been fooled more than once into buying pumpkin "malt liquor".

The presence of cascade and liberty hops not only gives this beer a good balance of sweet and bitter (35 IBU BTW) but also adds a slightly floral note ontop of the pumpkin spices. This beer is not over powering with pumpkin but the slight pumpkin taste is a sign that this brewery actually uses pumpkin in the mash as opposed to using pumpkin extract.

This beer has a golden amber color but is a bit cloudy, but who really cares when it tastes so good.

Serving type: bottle

09-13-2012 23:04:49 | More by Superunleadedgas
Photo of BEERMILER12


4.1/5  rDev +11.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Best Before 02/14/13

A: Pours a light golden orange color with a fingers worth of head

S: A solid maltiness along with pumpkin, light spices, and a nice breadiness

T: Follows the nose, with the pumpkin and spices being the most influential part but not being too overwhelming. A nice crackery breadiness is also there towards the end

M: Medium bodied with moderate carbonation

O: Well-rounded flavors and a solid abv make this brew a solid choice for your pumpkin beer of choice for the season. Very enjoyable and doesn't overwhelm with pumpkin pie flavors or spices like some other pumpkin beers can. Very well done

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2012 04:12:01 | More by BEERMILER12
Photo of schreib66


4.23/5  rDev +14.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I am not a beer expert. I just love beer. I have tried about a dozen or so pumpkin ales. some 50$ and up for a case, and have been disappointed repeatedly. For the for the money, this is the best pumpkin ale you can buy without emptying your wallet.

Pgh, Pa

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 19:05:11 | More by schreib66
Photo of TheMultiYeast


3.8/5  rDev +3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Clear amber/orange with two fingers of frothy head and great lacing.

Spices in the nose..cloves, nutmeg, light sweetness, toasted grain and biscuits.

Spices are lighter on the palate with some pumpkin, more grains, biscuity, less toasted, low bitterness.

Lighter body keeps spices from being overbearing

Good beer for drinking around a fall time campfire.

Serving type: bottle

09-07-2012 00:08:33 | More by TheMultiYeast
Photo of TheSarge


3.93/5  rDev +6.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Love me some pumpkin ales. This appears one for the masses, so let's go!

Poured this into a 0.4l beer mug, and the brew produces a strong three finger thick white crown of foam, and the body is golden amber with a mild haze.

The aroma is of fleshy pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, vanilla, and a mild earthy quality.

Taste wise, I get the pumpkin upfront, and then the spices kick in towards the middle with a hint of pie crust with the vanilla intertwined for the race to the finish.

Feels medium to full in body, somewhat refreshing to the palate, but complex enough to need to take another quick sip to see where this brew goes next.

Serving type: bottle

09-04-2012 00:30:01 | More by TheSarge
Photo of iBeer16

New York

3.73/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- dense dark gold color with small white head that leaves some good lacing around the cup.
S- pumpkin and allspice noticeable aroma also cloves, nutmeg, possibly cinnamon
T- nice balanced pumpkin flavor with the spices increasing the flavor profile
M- good carbonation, full body, leaves a great mouthfeel
O- definitely a decent pumpkin ale, not too harsh flavors, well balanced.

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2012 18:47:30 | More by iBeer16
Photo of CheezyBlaster


3.78/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Light toasty brown with some sediment. Nice soft head with staying power and some serious lacing.

Nose: Allspice, fresh . . . clean? Toasted grain.

Taste and feel: Slightly dry with a nice mild/moderate bitterness. Good carbonation. Allspice, nutmeg, toasty, very understated pumpkin. A kiss of vanilla. This is another one of the pumpkins that exemplifies the feel of a pumpkin pie, without actually offering up huge pumpkin. Hops are here for bittering, but there isn't a lot of hop characteristic in flavor, for me.

I like Smutty, a lot. Not bad. This is now, like, my 4th or 5th favorite pumpkin beer?

Edits: reviewing pumpkin beers and pumpkin notes. I had to downgrade this slightly, but i'll give it this: my friends cleaned out a case at party in short time.

Serving type: bottle

08-31-2012 23:21:40 | More by CheezyBlaster
Photo of OMGTheyKilkenny


4.05/5  rDev +9.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into a Samuel Adams Boston Lager glass.

A: Pours a murky golden orange. Quarter inch of creamy off white head fades to a thin layer on top. Solid lacing.

S: Very nice pumpkin aroma with a full bouquet of fall spices (clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice). Sweet and inviting.

T: Rich taste of fall. Solid pumpkin flavor with autumn spices and brown sugar. Bready and sweet. A hint of grass and earthiness. Very mild floral hop character.

MF: Rich and smooth with a refreshing effervescence. Nice composition; a healthy body that isn’t bigger than it needs to be. Lingers on the back just long enough to let the pumpkin flavor resonate.

D: Better than most of what passes for pumpkin ale out there, but nothing truly mind-blowing. A good beer overall, nice example of my favorite style. I’d recommend it.

Serving type: bottle

08-29-2012 01:10:39 | More by OMGTheyKilkenny
Photo of AdamBear


3.53/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A-cloudy orange gold with sticky white head

S-a pretty decent mix of spice and pumpkin, not one is the main focus. Smells pretty good.

T-comes in with a bitter taste of pumpkin and spices. It's a faint taste. The bitterness isn't fair though. There's more focus on the after-taste on the spices.

M-medium bitter creamy carbonation with a dry finish

O-a let down from Smuttynose. It just loses so much focus on the flavors. There's a lot of bitterness here that would be more welcomed if it didn't overpower the rest of the beer. it's a decent drinker.

Serving type: bottle

08-21-2012 02:31:44 | More by AdamBear
Photo of Darkmagus82


3.35/5  rDev -9.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Served on tap in a 10 oz chalice glass

Appearance – Served a copper-orange color with a small white head. The head faded fast to leave a good level of lacing.

Smell – The smell was a mix of pumpkin and bready aroma. Mixed with these was a brown sugar sweetness with lighter notes of some nutmeg and allspice as well.

Taste – The taste was heaviest of a bready malt flavor up front with only a brown sugar flavor. The pumpkin then comes to the tongue with some almost roasted malt flavors as well. By the end the sweetness has faded some and the beer is more dry in nature. In the middle of the taste as the roasted flavor enter and the sugar flavor fades, the presence of the some cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice also develop. In the end a spiced pumpkin flavor is left to linger on the tongue.

Mouthfeel – The body of the beer is on the average in terms of thickness and is average in its level of carbonation as well. For the pumpkin flavors the carbonation suits it well, but the body would have been better suited if it were a bit thicker.

Overall – Ah… It was a nice beer to try but not one I would really go to on any occasion.

Serving type: on-tap

08-04-2012 23:36:26 | More by Darkmagus82
Photo of BostonHops


3.08/5  rDev -16.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

12oz bottle served in a standard shaker pint.

pours a clear copper color with at least two inches of puffy, off-white head. retention is okay but nothing to write home about; some lacing evident.

nose is primarily of pumpkin, malt, and spices; smells decent though not incredibly potent. flavor profile mostly squares with the aroma. again, decent but nothing eye-opening. i get a dry, almost bitter finish that i don't particularly care for.

mouthfeel is light-bodied with medium to high carbonation. drinkability is solid in the sense that it's a lighter, refreshing beer (as far as pumpkins go) that's not too difficult to put back. in the final analysis to me this is a pretty average pumpkin; there are better style representations out there.

original reviewed on: 08-22-2010

Serving type: bottle

05-10-2012 15:23:33 | More by BostonHops
Photo of cmadd

Ontario (Canada)

3.88/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

The result of a large pumpkin ale tasting that I am only now entering.

A: One finger of white head receding slowly with soapy lacing. Brew is cloudy light pumpkin orange.

S: Cinnamon, subtle clove, sweet bready malt, and in the background a hard water and pumpkin earthiness.

T: Delicately sweet cinnamon forward with pumpkin undertones, earthy middle, grassy hops hold the finish.

M: Carbonated bite upfront. Maybe a bit too much.

O: Maybe my favourite pumpkin ale, because I prefer the drier grassy approach. I don't like pumpkin ales that try to mimic pumpkin pie with too much diacetyl.

Serving type: bottle

04-09-2012 05:27:48 | More by cmadd
Photo of justintcoons


3.48/5  rDev -5.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a hazy amber with golden highlights. 1 finger of tight laced head rises and dissipates slowly. Very good lacing and moderate-heavy carbonation.

N: Allspice, pumpkin skin, fennel and some notes of nutmeg.

T: Allspice, fennel and floral hops upfront which flows into biscuity malts and pumpkin rind. Finishes bitter with lemony citrus, traces of nutmeg and peppercorn.

M: Light-medium bodied, tingly with carbonation, crisp, bitter, dry, clean and refreshing.

O: Very crisp and refreshing but is not your typical Pumpkin Ale. Rather than pumpkin pie and spice flavors this takes a more vegetal approach with allspice and pumpkin rind. Nice bitterness with a definite hop presence. Easy drinking and sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

02-19-2012 21:12:46 | More by justintcoons
Photo of bucklemyshoe


3.38/5  rDev -8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz. bottle. Pint glass.

A: It pours golden-orange with a thin creamy head that last throughout.

S: Pumpkin puree, cinammon, caramel, cloves.

T: Sweet sweet pumpkin, fall spices, and a twist of citrus.

M: It's light and really thin.

O: It's a little off; too many spices, not enough pumpkin perhaps.

Serving type: bottle

02-08-2012 14:10:46 | More by bucklemyshoe
Photo of Doppelbockulus


3.13/5  rDev -15.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a bronze color with some meandering sediment and a half inch head. Light passes through easily.

Smells like apple pie, yeast, and a bit of sage.

Several months old, hard to tell if that has an effect on the taste because I have had fresh pumpkin ales from other breweries that have tastes like this. Taste seems to include cardamom and clove. It also tastes like a wet vacuum cleaner. Reminds me of Harpoon UFO Pumpkin, which was bad…this one is a bit better.

Mouthfeel is almost refreshing. Watery for the most part with a bit of dirty boot.

Serving type: bottle

02-03-2012 15:01:36 | More by Doppelbockulus
Photo of Jammies


2.83/5  rDev -23.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

A- pours a golden orange with about an inch of extremely thick foam. Phenomenal retention

S- incredibly sweet pumpkin smell

T- sweet and malty. More malty than anything

M- a bit watery

O- not the greatest pumpkin beer. Similar to others but a bit too malty for my taste.

Serving type: bottle

01-28-2012 17:04:00 | More by Jammies
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