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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale - Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

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819 Reviews

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Reviews: 819
Hads: 1,773
rAvg: 3.76
pDev: 13.3%
Wants: 91
Gots: 157 | 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:
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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Reviews: 819 | Hads: 1,773
Photo of 99bottles
4.2/5  rDev +11.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Appearance: A nice amber-orange color with a thin head of white that didn't last. Bad pour, I suppose.

Smell: Some of the classic fall spice; nutmeg, clove, cinnamon. A very authentic pumpkin smell too. Reminds me of a jack-o-lantern.

Taste: Immeadiate notice of the nutmeg and cinnamon gives way to the taste of fresh pumpkin. Not as pie-like as other pumpkin beers, this one lets the pumpkin remain the focus of the flavor, with the spices there for support. The malts are smooth and rightly bland, allowing the beer to dwell in its other ingredient. This is a very nice pumpkin ale, and if I ever see it in bottles I'll reach for a six pack.

Mouthfeel: Nice, not heavy, smooth and moderately carbonated. Well paired to the flavor and ABV.

Drinkability: Some people get turned off by fruit or spice beers, but this one I think I could have repeatedly. I like that this doesn't overstep its bounds at any time in any place. That makes its drinkability great in my book. (982 characters)

Photo of sponberg
4.17/5  rDev +10.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

2004 edition. Deep orange amber with a cream colored head that dissipates rather rapidly. The aroma is like what those New England backroad converted barn country stores smell like - all warm and spicy (emphasis on cloves and nutmeg, maybe a cinnamon broom in there somewhere) - mixed with some toasty malt. Very enticing.

Starts with a bitter spice note on the tongue - ever lick a nutmeg or a clove? - then the pumpkin comes in. Amazing - a pumpkin ale where you can actually taste the pumpkin! then the toasty malt comes in along with a hop bitterness (distinct from the spiciness at the beginning). Finishes magnificently - drink a Shoals Pale Ale after a big old forkful of pumpkin pie and get the same effect. Hops, malt, pumpkin, spice... What I really like about this beer is how the spices, pumpkin fruit, and malt/hops all play nice together. The mouthfeel is a slight bit fizzy but otherwise in character. Couldn't drink a lot of them now, but that may change when the temperature drops a few degrees.

Consistently one of my favorite fall seasonals. (1,066 characters)

Photo of GreatPondBrewer
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Hazy copper color with a loose, foam of white on top reducing to slick and bubbles. The smell was of slight autumn spices like cinnemon and nutmeg and pumpkin flavor. Just a slight hint of toasty malts and a crisp nose. The flavor was very nice I thought. The front end was very much taken with the pumkin flavors, but it morphed well into a crisp autumn pale ale replete with a hop twang and a toasty, biscuity malt backing. The spices come back towards the finish, but they are not overly dominating. The mouthfeel is sufficiantly crisp and full bodied at the same time. A very good choice for a beer as the temperature starts to dip and the seasons change before your eyes. (676 characters)

Photo of yeagerbm
3.3/5  rDev -12.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I knew summer was over when I spotted this on the shelf. Pours a dark gold with a dense white head. The smell is inviting with pumpkin pie spices, strong on the nutmeg. I'm a fan of hops but the taste somewhat contrasts what the beer is all about. The spice has a hard time coming through the taste of the hops. Overall a average to good taste and a decent drinking beer, but I don't get the sensation of drinking pumpkin pie. (426 characters)

Photo of ybnorml
3.22/5  rDev -14.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

This is an orangy amber ale with a lacey off white head. There is a good dose of nutmeg and pumpkin in the aroma. You get a sweet pumpkiny flavor at first. Followed quickly by a nutmeg predominate spice taste. But unfortunetly the finish has a astringent chemical taste the just lies in the back of your throat and distracts from the original good pumpkin start. (362 characters)

Photo of TheJudge
3.97/5  rDev +5.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The first pour from a fresh keg (first 4 pours, when all was said and done) at the Lazy Boy Saloon. I am not generally a big fan of the pumpkins, but a brewer of this quality certainly deserved a shot. And they score with this one. A nice color, nothing too special, had a nice white head that laced well. You can smell the pumpkin, but it does not overwhelm. The smell follows directly to the taste, that is to say there are no surprises: it tastes like it smells. There is certainly pumpkin, and perhaps some spices, but the hops and malts let you know that you were drinking beer. Had decent carbonation. I was surprised when I had a second (3rd, 4th). So the drinkability was obviously good. A fine effort from a fine brewer (728 characters)

Photo of smcolw
4/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This beer is slightly cloudy. The color is a neutral orange-amber. This features the best lace of the pumpkin flight.

There is a very strong ginger bread aroma while pouring this beer--very inviting. Also present are nutmeg and cinnamon touches, some malt, and a very light hop touch. (This is the first hop aroma I've detected in a flight of four P-ales.)

A very nice touch of hops up front. The malt is present as well, but it plays second fiddle. There is a bite to the swallow. The aftertaste is short lived but full of flavor. Here is a fairly complex flavoring of pale ale malts, fresh hop and slight spices. This is preferable to me, as I don't look for the strongest flavoring in these specialty beers.

Along with Post Road Pumpkin Ale, this was the best of the flight. (787 characters)

Photo of NEhophead
3.83/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 oz brown bottle.

Creamy white 1" head with good retention. Spotty lacing throughout the pint with great strength. A glowing orange haze in appearance.

Pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and brown sugar. Smells like fresh pumpkin pie.

A mild pumpkin flavor with some nutmeg and cinammon spices. The flavors in general are more subdued than the aroma. A warming bitterness and burnt pumpkin flavor in the aftertaste.

Medium bodied; a pleasant thickness on the palate but the flavor's too understated for how this ale feels on the palate.

Easy drinking; great for a cool Fall night. All in all, a solid version of the style. Nothing spectacular but worth a try, especially if you're into this style. (706 characters)

Photo of SixpointJMH
3.37/5  rDev -10.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

i was hoping for and expecting a bit more from this one. not bad overall, but missing something. it pours a bright yet slightly couded orange colour with a sticky but tiny head. the smell is nice, if muted. pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, pinecone and dirt dominate a well rounded smell. the flavour is simply average. it's not as bold as the smell (though it mixes in the same things) and has a touch of a metallic base to it, setting the overall flavour off a bit all around. that said, the cinnamon finish is nice. i'd knock the carbonation down a touch as well as it tends to take away from the flavour here. again, not bad, but needs some tweaking. (648 characters)

Photo of stingo
4.34/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange color which is very agreeable. The nose is great nice round pumpkin front with floral hops around the edges.
The taste is no different - very pleasing to the palate as all parts are hit - pumpkin for the front, hops for the back in equal amounts (a very well balanced combination). Mouthfeel is medium to light, which is appropriate for an ale of this type. Drinkability is very good - an excellent autumn beverage as intended. (448 characters)

Photo of carln26
4.08/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Smuttynose has quickly become one of my favorite regional breweries. I find their beer to be above the average in quality across all their products. I was excited to see the Pumpkin Ale available in stores, and bought a 6 to drink and rate. The beer poured a mildly hazy pumpkin orange/copper. It had a slight had, and just a touch of lace. The nose is mildly pumpkin, but more on the cinnamon and nutmeg. It really does remind one of pumpkin pie. As with many pumpkins, the spice is in the forefront of the beer. Pumpkin does come through mid-way through the drink. It has a nice balance of the fruit, spice and malt. Great medium mouth feel and crispness lend to a high drinkability. I can’t usually drink many pumpkin ales, but this one is different enough to warrant 1 or 2 more. (784 characters)

Photo of wailingwench
4.85/5  rDev +29%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewers need to take their time with this beer. The flavors REALLY come out as this creation warms. Initially, it resembles a pale ale augmented with some ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. As the Pumpkin Ale warms, the pumpkin and spices emerge to warrant my almost perfect rating.

Eye Candy: Beautiful orange-amber color, carbonation present until the end. Slightly cloudy. Poured into pint glass with desired 2 finger head that slowly gave way to lacing throughout. Resembles an American Pale Ale in color and appearance.

The Nose Knows: Hops over-rule the faint smell of ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. More an American Pale Ale than a Pumpkin Beer, UNTILL it warms. The flavors come out from under the hops and take over.

Tongueland: Again, cold starts as an American Pale Ale with spices added. You need to let this warm in your glass or remove from refrigeration for 5 minutes to be able to start out with the pumpkin. Personally, I enjoyed the complexity of this beer. From start to finish, it is a masterpiece.

Bender Factor: Warming after the first one. Who needs Turkey dinner when one can show up to the inlaws toting along 4 sixers. Your mother in law will appreciate you saving her time washing dishes, as all you need is a bowl to drink out of. (1,266 characters)

Photo of WesWes
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

The beer pours a nice orange/dark gold color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a mild pumpkin scent that boasts of some ginger and cinnamon. The taste is decent. It is a smooth tasting brew with a good pumpkin punch that lingers in the aftertaste. The ginger sticks out as well as some hops in the background. The mouthfeel is fine. It is a medium bodied beer with adequate carbonation. This is a good drinking pumpkin ale if there is such a thing. It is smooth drinking and good tasting. (543 characters)

Photo of bultrey
4.1/5  rDev +9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Edit 11-13-06: Not sure if they tweaked the recipe or what, but this is far and away my favorite pumpkin beer. I think the reason for this is plain and simple: they don't abandon the hops, and when that trademark Smutty hoppiness combines with the pumpkin spicing, something truly special happens. The pumpking spices are not all that aggressive, either, so this drinks like a lightly spiced IPA or something. Kudos. I usually only have the time and/or desire for one pumpkin ale in my fridge every fall, and this one will be it unless something better comes my way.

Original review 8-23-04: Hmmm, not bad for a pumpkin ale... served in a pint glass at Blind Tiger Ale House, and even though I like to wait until the season (which, in my mind is at least Septmber) to try pumpkin beer, I folded because of my devotion to Smutty.
I trust my palate, and I am certain this is brewed with some, if not massive amounts of ginger. The earthy pumpkin is in the background, as are some of the traditional spices like nutmeg, but the dominant taste here is ginger. It is aggressive up front, like homebrewed ginger ale, then is rounded out by a biscuity maltiness and ever so delicate hops characteristics. Then, on the aftertaste, the ginger comes back, and the end result is actually quite refreshing. This may be one of the few pumpkin beers I've had that I could drink a few of in one sitting. (1,392 characters)

Photo of jtfest
3.02/5  rDev -19.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

It’s a hazy, light pumpkin-orange in color, with a thin white head. The aroma is spicy -- like nutmeg/pumpkin -- the aroma of a pumpkin pie in the oven. I enjoyed the mouthfeel, somewhat thick and syrupy without being overpowering, but the flavor didn't do it for me. The pumpkin flavor was lost in a hop bitterness that didn't match the aroma at all, with a very dry finish. The pumpkin would reappear in the aftertaste, but I found little reason to have another. (465 characters)

Photo of ark57
3.75/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

It is a dark orange in color. The aromas are of pumpkin and cinnamon almost like a freshly baked pumpkin pie. The malty body was complemented well with a spiced finish. I thibnk it is hard to pull off a great pumpkin ale, but this beer does a pretty good job. I could see myself drinking this at Thanksgiving dinner. (316 characters)

Photo of kelticblood
2.94/5  rDev -21.8%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

Had a excellent appearance.Huge thick white head with alot of lacing present.The color is cloudy orange.Tons of sediment floating around.Mouthfeel is watery with no carbonated bite to it.It has an immitation like pumpkin taste.Needs more malt,carboantion,and cinnamon.It has a piney hop taste that shouldnt be there.Has a hop bitterness on the finish.I am not impressed with Smuttynose's attempt at a Pumpkin Ale.Take a few hints from Post Road.The label says it's made with Pumpkin puree and spices.It has more of a squash taste than pumpkin and is slightly spiced.Overall average. (582 characters)

Photo of rabidawg
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Slightly orange tinged gold with a slight haze. Foamy white head and medium carbonation.

Smell: Sweet malt, nutmeg and allspice. Very "fresh" and not overwhelming in its spiciness.

Taste: Initially creamy. I can actually taste the pumpkin in this one, unlike so many others of this style. The taste is not entirely dominated by the spices noted in the aroma description, although they're certainly present. Nicely dry finish with a slight yeastiness makes for a highly drinkable brew, especially for this style. (529 characters)

Photo of sulldaddy
4.14/5  rDev +10.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

This chilled brew pours slightly hazy orange into my pint glass. The head is bright white and fluffy creamy, about a 1 inch head rises and fades slowly. This winds up as a think layer across the surface and remains throughout the sampling.

Aroma is spicy, all cinnamon and nutmeg, very floral and sweet, similar to pumpkin pie. No real hint of hops or malt on the nose.

Mild carbonation and a fairly thin body come through on the first sip. The flavor gives a bit of malt sweetness and some pumpkin up front, followed by the spices. Same as aroma, nutmeg and cinnamon. The finish actually has some hop character to it, maybe a little grapefruity. This hop flavor is very mild and crisp and gives a little bite on the swallow.
This is a very drinkable brew even though it is light bodied I would recommend it. Wish I had this at Thanksgiving.

Good beer! (863 characters)

Photo of Gavage
4.45/5  rDev +18.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a beautiful clear orange color with a medium sized head that lasted for a bit before becoming spotty and receding to the rim. Lacing was evident. The aroma was phenominal as pumpkin, spices (most notibly cinammon), and malt were all evident. The aroma was duplicated in the flavor department as all parts of this beer were detectable. The pumpkin flavor was mellow and not overbearing, but definitely full flavored. Ditto for the spice.

The mouthfeel was smooth. Medium bodied and slow rising carbination bubbles were seen. Very drinkable for a pumpkin ale. One of the best versions of a pumpkin ale I have had since it was not over the top but it had a great flavor from start to finish you didn't get tired of. (722 characters)

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +12.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, bright orange, nearly opaque, with a sizeable at first, but surely settling, decent white head.
Aroma: big, vibrant, spicy, showering the nose with cinnamon, nutmeg, a dash of clove, and the true flavor of the vegetable itself. Warm and sweet.
Taste: all that returns here, with significant presence on the palate. Nice, tasty hops up front, and lush malt beneath, very well-balanced, with pumpkin and spice continuing to linger through the finish. Flavor becomes more subtle as we near the end of the bottle, but it never leaves. Meaty, juicy, spicy, delicious. One of the best of this odd sub-style that I've ever had. I've met with nothing but goodness in my ever encounter with Smuttynose. Keep it up, fellas!
Big thanks to tha rabidawg for this 'un! (771 characters)

Photo of dmarch
4.32/5  rDev +14.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-amber in color with a thin lace. Spicy aroma, lots of ginger and cloves. Much of the same in the taste. Very good mix of spices. They're obvious, but not overpowering. Very sweet, like pumpkin pie, but not so sweet that it makes in undrinkable. One of the better pumpkin ales I have experienced. (302 characters)

Photo of Boto
3.8/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

There is a slightly orange color to the beer. Also just a but hazy. The nose is fairly reminiscent of a pumpkin pie. The taste has a pretty good IPA type beer in the background, but the spices are just a bit overdone. Cut back on them a hair and they will have a fine pumpkin beer. Still, it is pretty good. Definitely an acquired taste! (337 characters)

Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Drafting Room in Spring House,poured a medium orange/gold color with a light but sticky head,aroma was strong of cinnamon and nutmeg just like opening a jar of cinnamon.The taste was not so over the top a more subtle pumpkin flavor with the spices also being more subdued a light hop bitternes lingers pretty well.I think a real nice pumpkin offering here. (379 characters)

Photo of ManekiNeko
3.7/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Served on tap in a 4 oz. sample cup at the Stephen Beaumont beer tasting held at RFD.

Appearance: Hazy orange with an offwhite head, which recedes to a film in good order. Phenomenal lacing left on the plastic. I could only imagine what glass would have been like.

Smell: I was surprised by the light aromatic hops in great balance with the nutmeg and cinnamon aromas. Nice malt backing, too.

Taste: Slightly bitter from the hops. The pumpkin pie spice is quite subdued. This seems like a nice pale ale with some pumpkin overtones rather than a pumpkin beer, and I'm not complaining.

Mouthfeel: Medium bodied and slightly astringent. Managed to cleanse the palate when paired with a very creamy (and delicious) soup.

Drinkability: A different take on pumpkin beers, and viva la difference! I wasn't left with that mouthnumbing sensation you get with components of pumpkin pie spices, so I'm all over this.

Other: Probably the best food/beer pairing of the night. We had a pumpkin and ginger soup that was very creamy. The beer managed to both complement and contrast the food at the same time. The spices of both complemented, but the hops of the beer cleansed the palate and provided great contrast so that you didn't get bogged down by all that creamy goodness. (1,281 characters)

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
85 out of 100 based on 819 ratings.