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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: 126 | 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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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of thedoubler55
3.58/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: Cloudy orange with about a two finger off white head at the top that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass as you drink.

S: Lots of pumpkin going on here, spices, nutmeg and honey, cinnamon.

T: Solid pumpkin taste, a little to spicy for my liking, but makes you think of fall right from the first sip. Breadyness, and sweet.

M: Medium bodied and medium carbonation, a little creamy.

D: This is not a bad pumpkin ale, very pleasant, I would say this is an average pumpkin ale.

Photo of CoryK86
4.5/5  rDev +23%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4.5/5  rDev +23%

On the nose: pumpkin; which is novel for a pumpkin beer (ironically, since most of the style veer toward the spice side of the equation). The spice notes do come though though, along with malty sweetness and some faint hops.

On the palette: The spices hit the palette first, with nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice--the typical trinity for pumpkin. The body is pumpkin, accompanied by bittering botanicals that could be from the vegetal (pumpkin... OK, so pumpkin is actually a fruit, but whatever) addition, or from hops. Not sure. But the finish is bitter; mildly astringent. But nice overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good head and medium carbonation.

Overall, a good pumpkin beer that doesn't succumb to temptations of the mass market varients of this style, not too sweet and not too spicey, with a focus on the pumpkin itself. But, a bitter components come off as potentially unintentional and possibly unwanted, holding it back from greatness, but adding some balance.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

Photo of mscudder
4.28/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured into a pint.

A - A murky pumpkin orange. Topped by an ivory head. Above average retention and lacing.

S - Pumpkin puree, nutmeg, cinnamon, spices and a touch of orange.

T - Standard in all the usual flavors: pumpkin puree, spice, cinnamon, nutmeg and malts. The spices here are in rare form, being the dominant force. The puree is present with some assertion, all held together well by a sweet malt. Good stuff.

M - Medium body with average carbonation. Nothing amazing here.

O - Another good showing from smutty. Not the best pumpkin ale I have come across but certainly one worth my time.

Photo of jtuttle
4/5  rDev +9.3%

Photo of kneeland
3.9/5  rDev +6.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

I picked up a 6 pack of this from Whole Foods to try a new pumpkin ale. Some of the bottles have more of a pumpkin flavor than others.

Overall this is a really good beer. Not a lot of pumpkin taste in my opinion, but a great combination of nutmeg, cinnamon, etc.

The appearance is nice. A great golden orange color, with a decent amount of head (for a pumpkin ale).

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of PancakesbyMail
3.68/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bought at Beers of the World, Rochester NY. Tasted same day. Served in a bottle, poured into glass.

A: Great look, a hearty orange color. Foams up a good deal and leaves white lacings of head for a good duration.

S: Pretty faint, definite pumpkin smell as well as a hint of cloves and other pumpkin pie spices.

T: A good pumpkin flavor, though not as strong as the smell. As with smell, allspice and cloves sneak in at the corners but don't overpower it. Has a great "beer" flavor as well, unlike some other pumpkin beers.

M: Crisp, though flavors don't really linger. Pleasant without being particularly memorable.

O: A very good pumpkin beer. Not a huge fan of the style, but out of the ones I've tried this would be my favorite. Would certainly buy again next fall. Would have liked just a bit more pumpkin flavor, but enjoyed it nonetheless.

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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3.75/5  rDev +2.5%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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4/5  rDev +9.3%

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3.5/5  rDev -4.4%

Photo of tdm168
3.6/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear orangish amber with a thin cap of white head that fades quickly

S - pumpkin, nutmeg, faint cinnamon, maybe some ginger

T - grainy, bitter, pumpkin, nutmeg

M - medium bodied, warm, crisp

The nose was good but the flavor was off. The flavor was far too bitter with a grainy maltyness. the pumpkin and spices are there but they're overpowered. In the end I'm disappointed

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