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Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House

Southampton Pumpkin AleSouthampton Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
83
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486 Ratings
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Ratings: 486
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%


Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: slander on 01-02-2003)
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Pintofbrown

Iowa

3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Had in a snifter.

Poured this pumpkin hard and was rewarded with a finger and a half of tawny cap. Retention lasts a minute or so and leaves a ring around the glass. A ruddy-amber body glows with caramel highlights.

Clove and nutmeg are appreciable in the bouquet thanks to the slightly spicier than sweet nose. Cinnamon and vanilla do manage to sweeten up the aromas, but they are more buried than the headier spicing. The malt base is sweet and doughy. Good nose for a pumpkin ale, if not a little on the light side.

The palate has a flash of vanilla and sweet graham cracker-y malt before an overbearing mineral bitterness takes over. Just a touch of the clove and cinnamon here, but barely felt in the finish over that earthy mineral quality. And it rides hard into the finish, almost an aspirin like bitterness, that is how astringent it is. Unfortunately, letting the beer warm has done little to change this impression.

More medium bodied and watery, not very slick. Also a very quick finish for this slightly drying offering.

Southampton Pumpkin would be a good beer if the flavor profile was missing the mineral water astringency and aspirin-like bitterness in the finish. Maybe this could have been masked with more vanilla or heavier spicing? With so many other great pumpkin offerings, it would be hard to justify coming back to this again.

Serving type: bottle

12-30-2013 21:16:50 | More by Pintofbrown
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falloutsnow

Illinois

3.21/5  rDev -12.1%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

From: Binny's, Bloomington, IL
Date: None on bottle, 2013 release
Glass: New Belgium globe glass

Southampton's pumpkin ale is a fairly standard example for the style, with big pie spice presence and little else. It could use some more biscuit and toasted malts to add additional malt flavors to a beer that is mostly dominated by spices, as well as a more substantial mouthfeel. While pleasant enough, I don't know if I'd go out of my way to track down additional bottles of this.

Pours a 1cm tall head of light beige-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, giving a somewhat sponge-like appearance. Retention is about average, lasting just below one minute in a decline to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island of residual foam resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is nonexistent. Beer's body is a dark caramel brown color, with light bringing out pale amber hues. Carbonation readily visible through the transparent body, high in number and activity.

Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg with slight melanoidin characters (light caramel, toast). Reminds me of a less bombastic cinnamon red hot candy, thankfully never reaching the cloying nature of those sweets.

Overall flavor is of pie spices and a bit of light caramel malt character; not cloying, but not particularly exceptional. Front of palate finds spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove mingling with a light caramel-like sweetness. Mid-palate of continued cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, with continued caramel-like sweetness and a slightly syrupy sweetness. Back of palate finds slightly spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and phenols, with a slight toasted bread character. Aftertaste of cinnamon, nutmeg, and slight melanoidin characters (light caramel, toast).

Beer is medium-light to light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a mouthfeel that at first borders on fizziness, but never reaches it, quickly calming to a fully foamy and smooth mouthfeel that's rather enjoyable. Closes semi-dry, with light stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.

Serving type: bottle

11-19-2013 03:41:39 | More by falloutsnow
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RonaldTheriot

Louisiana

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Southampton Pumpkin Ale has a very thin, gray-white head, no lacing, a mostly clear, amber appearance, and a good amount of bubbles streaming up. The aroma is of pumpkin and Fall spices, with an underlying beer fragrance, but the flavor is reversed- mainly a beer taste with a background of pumpkin and spices. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Southampton Pumpkin Ale finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and easily drinkable. This is very good, because they did not go overboard with the pumpkin and spices, so it is still essentially a beer.

RJT

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2013 12:05:14 | More by RonaldTheriot
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superspak

Michigan

3.78/5  rDev +3.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, Fall 2013 bottling. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, toast, clove, brown sugar, toffee, light vanilla, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of pumpkin, spice, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, toast, clove, brown sugar, toffee, light vanilla, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, toast, clove, brown sugar, and light toffee on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and pumpkin notes; with decent flavor robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good pumpkin ale. Lacking some robustness of flavors; but has very well balanced flavors and is a nicely enjoyable pumpkin ale offering.

Serving type: bottle

11-02-2013 05:48:32 | More by superspak
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KTCamm

New Jersey

3.54/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a single bottle into a pint glass. 10/3

Pours bright copper, big bubble white foam with full settling out. Light pumpkin nose with backing brown sugar. Taste is a light, watery, pumpkin malt. Cinnamon/nutmeg blended in, but very mellow. Just a touch on the sweet side. Average for pumpkin beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-27-2013 14:11:34 | More by KTCamm
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JustinAniello

Connecticut

3.43/5  rDev -6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours clear copper with a bubbly one finger head. Quickly dissipates to a minimal cap and lacing.

S - Heavy spices, particularly cinnamon, clove, and ginger, with a nice amount of lightly sour pumpkin and sweet malt.

T - Very light flavor at first of sour pumpkin and a hint of malt, the pumpkin getting much heavier on the swallow. Spices in there as well, but also subdued. Very mild bitterness in the aftertaste.

M - Light body and medium carbonation, watery for my taste in an autumn season ale.

O - I was really excited from the smell but overall disappointed after that. The flavor needed to be heavier and with more depth and I would prefer the body to be heavier. Unfortunately it is another mediocre pumpkin ale to add to the list.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2013 00:27:00 | More by JustinAniello
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nortmand

Virginia

4.36/5  rDev +19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very clear and richly amber hued.
Aroma of warm spices and pumpkin. Rich vanilla and buttery undertones.
Heavy bitterness from the spices on the back of the tongue. Light and almost floral up front. Very balanced, but definitely lets you know it's a pumpkin beer.
Great mouthfeel. Very cozy, like pulling on a light sweater on a cool fall day.
Great beer. Not crazy pumpkin, but self limiting. Clearly made by talented brewer's who wanted to say 'pumpkin' but not throw it in your face.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2013 00:40:04 | More by nortmand
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hopsputin

California

4.14/5  rDev +13.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

a: golden amber orange in color. pretty clear, yet heavy looking (if that makes sense). 1/2 finger head that fades immediately

s: creamy pumpkin pie, vanilla, brown sugar, molasses, nutmeg, cinnamon, sweet caramel malts. smells very rich and sweet, finishes with a hint of clove spice

t: roasted pumpkin and pumpkin seeds are the first thing you taste. followed by nutmeg, cinnamon, clove, and some brown sugar. finishes with the mellow spice and a tiny hint of alcohol - dry finish

m: solid medium. more carbonation than expected here, definitely a little fizzy

o: a good pumpkin beer, but nothing mind blowing. i'd recommend picking it up and giving it a try - its nice and mellow, with a rustic pumpkin flavor, and not overly spiced. nothing offending here. could use a little fuller flavor

Serving type: bottle

10-15-2013 03:59:19 | More by hopsputin
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BarryMFBurton

Indiana

3.13/5  rDev -14.2%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3

Alright, this has to be the last pumpkin ale of the night…after a few hours of nothing but drinking, I’m pretty full of beer, water, and crackers, and those high-alcohol pumpkin bombs don’t look too appealing to me right now. So here’s to a good end to a great night of pumpkin pie palates! Cheers!

A: A very still beer: over the clear orange body is a nearly-nonexistent head, and the carbonation traveling up from the bottom of the glass is minimal. Lacing and retention are unfortunately absent.

S: Toasted pie crust in force, punctuated by nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. Pure pumpkin rolls in with pastry scents, reminiscent of a pumpkin roll – cream cheese, croissant, and sweet, ripe aromas of pumpkin.

T: Unfortunately thin. This is a palate that emphasizes crisp grains, but less like a craft pilsner and more like a cheap lager. And other than that, there’s not much else worth praising: an acrid sweetness like diet soda, a metallic note like well water, and a light hop bitterness. Pumpkin flavors are authentic, but fleeting, providing momentary flashes of nutty pumpkin pie. Herbal, dry finish, tasting again like cola.

M: Thin and fizzy; there’s just not that much there.

O: My least favorite pumpkin brew in a long time, due mostly to a collection of off-flavors and its thinness. Sorry to say, but this now inhabits the lower bound for pumpkin ales, as far as my experience goes (beating out the longtime contender, Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin).

Serving type: bottle

10-13-2013 00:44:55 | More by BarryMFBurton
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HattedClassic

Virginia

3.8/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Appearance:
The beer pours a slight off white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a orange amber that is clear. No head exists after it dissipates and the lacing is pretty scarce.

Smell:
Pumpkin. More pumpkin. There are hints of cinnamon and bits of nutmeg but the pumpkin dominates.

Taste:
The beer has a strong taste of pumpkin guts mixed with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. There also appears to be a slight hint of bitter hop aftertaste but that might just be the cinnamon.

Mouthfeel:
Biting carbonation. Medium bodied but lighter than most pumpkin ales and a smooth feel as well.

Overall:
A pretty good pumpkin ale and one that I recommend. The beer is certainly different than most other ones on the market and if you're looking for one that resembles pumpkin, then this is the one.

Serving type: bottle

09-28-2013 04:46:04 | More by HattedClassic
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bmwats

Louisiana

3.3/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.

A: Clear amber hue. Pours a 2 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Disintegrates fairly quickly. Spotty yet persistent lacing.

S: Pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon.

T: Very pumpkin-y. Bitter cinnamon stick. A dull tinge of what I guess is the vanilla spoken of on the label; but frankly, if I weren't stretching to discover its presence, I probably wouldn't have picked it out.

M: Light body. Components come across as kind of a harsh concoction. Bitter throughout.

D: Session style, although a little harsh.

Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head, and some fair lacing. Nose is characteristic pumpkin and fall spice. Harsh in its presentation, but tastes like it smells. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.

Serving type: bottle

09-14-2013 01:53:29 | More by bmwats
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Immortale25

North Carolina

3.51/5  rDev -3.8%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Poured into a Funky Buddha Brewery snifter. No freshness date.

A- Huh, a mini-gusher. Wonder what that's all about. Pours a reddish light brown color with a 1/2 inch light tan head that retains well before fading to nearly no surface foam. Slippery non-resilient lacing leaves a thin ring behind on the glass.

S- Very sweet pumpkin pie aroma with hefty doses of nutmeg and clove.

T- Not as pumpkin-y as the smell with mainly toasted malts coming through and hints of spices. Pretty easy to drink but it doesn't have the kick or sweetness I look for in a pumpkin beer.

M- Also pretty lackluster as there's no zing from the spice and is overall pretty watery. Medium-low carbonation is a detriment as well and the body is medium.

O- Pretty disappointed with this. I kind of expected better from Southampton.

Serving type: bottle

09-08-2013 02:34:34 | More by Immortale25
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Chaney

District of Columbia

3.08/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

The reviews for this are so ridiculously low.

Served in a DFH condom-ribbed glass.

A: Poured a dark orange pumpkin color, clear, but with a slight off-white head that clung to the glass and then some.

S: Kinda pumpkin-like. Actually, it was very pumpkin-esque. More gourd than spice, but the spice made an appearance too.

T: Moderate mouth, but the spice component was there and then some. I wish this were thicker, pumpkin pie-like, and more memorable.

M: Kinda thin actually, with a splotchy lacing all around.

O: I was rooting for this one since I had a friend tell me that this was her favorite pumpkin ale. However, this missed the mark.

Serving type: bottle

08-22-2013 05:21:17 | More by Chaney
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teromous

Virginia

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A: Hazy body that looks a lot like tea. Very thin white head with no lacing.

S: It smells fantastic. It has a soft nutmeg scent but for the most part all of the pumpkin pie spices come at you at the same time. It smells like cutting right into a pumpkin pie. It's absolutely wonderful to smell. As it warms a bit there is some caramel scent that comes through.

T: First I get a bit of extremely faint spice, immediately washed away with this very light roasted nut flavor. It finishes with a faint earthy bitterness. I wish it has a flavor to match the scent, but it's just not there. It's an alright beer though. It doesn't just rely on the spices, so I can easily pick out the flavor of the base beer. Some caramel taste comes through as it warms up.

M: The mouthfeel is alright. It's a lighter feeling beer and it feels under-carbonated, but it has a moderate amount of dextrin.

O: It's a pretty solid pumpkin beer but it's not something that wows me. I think it could be a lot better but it's not something I would regret buying. I would easily pick up a sixer of this without a second thought. If you can't find any other better pumpkin beers, you won't be at a disadvantage drinking this. It's a good enough beer that I am going to look for more beers from this brewery to try!

Serving type: bottle

08-10-2013 19:13:49 | More by teromous
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Samp01

New Jersey

3.05/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

12oz bottle thanks mike67. Pours an orange amber with a small short lived beige head. Aroma and Taste of sweet mild pumpkin spices. Some light cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel malt and a bit of grassy notes. Palate is a medium body with good carbonation. Finishes with some mild pumpkin spices, caramel malt a bit of grassy notes and caramel malt. An ok brew to try, once is enough

Serving type: bottle

07-09-2013 22:19:10 | More by Samp01
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SLeffler27

New York

3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The head is short lived with a loose, rocky composition. The head is off white and crackles while it dissipates. Large carbonation bubbles cling to the fisheye pint glass with a slightly murky, orange copper background. No lace was left on the glass.

The aroma is that of lightly spiced pumpkin with cloves and nutmeg, but pumpkin plays the primary role.

Flavor is mostly pumpkin with some spice. Nutmeg is more prominent than anticipated from the nose with some sweet potato pie in an overall nicely balanced sweetness. The finish is light and pumpkin meat is clearly showcased.

The body is thin with more alcohol than anticipated and heavily carbonated with big bubbles. A light astringency and watery texture.

This is one of the more enjoyable pumpkin beers I have tried.

While pumpkin ales make for a nice diversion, the whole style seems more gimmick than true craft. Still, this is enjoyable when one is in the mood during the season. Unlike other seasonal offerings; for me, Pumpkin Ales are only enjoyable during their season.

Serving type: bottle

12-28-2012 12:23:27 | More by SLeffler27
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nickfl

Florida

3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.

S - Caramel malt, earthy pumpkin, and spicy notes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.

T - Dry toffee up front with some clove and allspice in the middle. Finishes with lightly spicy hops, clove, cinnamon, and a touch of earthy pumpkin.

M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.

D - Not bad, it is a pretty standard pumpkin ale but a little dryer than most. Might work a little better with a touch more sweetness.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 02:48:20 | More by nickfl
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kylehay2004

Florida

3.5/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: hazy copper body, some lacing, single finger head with poor retention.

S: fresh pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar and caramel.

T: spices, sweet pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar. follows the nose closely other than the pumpkin is more like fresh carved pumpkin in the aroma and more pumpkin pie in the taste.

M: medium body and moderate carbonation.

Overall: this is simply a pumpkin ale as expected. nothing memorable for a good or bad reason.

Serving type: bottle

12-14-2012 02:44:16 | More by kylehay2004
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Goblinmunkey7

Massachusetts

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Clear. Burnt orange and deep gold at the bottom. Head is off-white. Small, bubbly cap and collar. Minor lacing. Nice carbonation pulls throughout.

Smell: Pumpkin flesh, sweet bready malts, allspice, and cinnamon. Not quite pumpkin pie filling sweet, but close. Nutmeg and ginger as well. Nice rounded toasted pumpkin seed element in the back. Nice earthy vegetal quality. Lingering spiciness.

Taste: Allspice jump to the forefront. Some nice malt sweetness. Vaguely bready. Toasted notes are a nice compliment. Mild squashy pumpkin flavor plays with some sweeter canned pumpkin notes. Spices build as the beer warms, giving nutmeg and cinnamon a fair shake. Nice balance to the whole thing. A bit grassy.

Mouthfeel: Nice and smooth with a moderate carbonation. Body is average and on point. A touch dry.

Overall: Charlie Brown would have been disappointed with this pumpkin, I am not.

A solid take overall. Nice balance of spice, malt, and pumpkin. It drinks like a beer and tastes like a pumpkin beer should. It's not the best or the boldest, but sometimes that's ok.

Serving type: bottle

11-28-2012 19:05:22 | More by Goblinmunkey7
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ckollias

Maryland

3.85/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Enjoyed 12oz bottle out of a large snifter glass.

A: Pours a copper-orange hue with a one-finger white head that quickly dissipates into a wispy lace leaving no trail down the glass.

S: There is a pumpkin and all-spice aroma with hints of cinnamon.

T: Similar to the aroma there is a pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, and all-spice flavor.

M: Medium body and medium carbonation.

O: Good pumpkin beer – worthy of a try.

Serving type: bottle

11-05-2012 02:38:39 | More by ckollias
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TheBrewo

Michigan

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

This brew was served from the tap at Monty’s Korner in Rochester, NY. It was delivered in a standard pint glass, glowing a dusky pale orange coloring. It held a brief one finger head of creamy white bubbles, leaving flecks of lacing as it went. Clarity was low, but no sediment was noted. Carbonation appeared lighter. The nose was of a relatively standard pumpkin beer. There was cooling spice of nutmeg, cinnamon, and pumpkin spice, with raw clove and light booze on the far back. The malts were pale, with a light toast, and rather muddy around the edges. Our first impression was that, as with the nose, it was a pretty standard beer, but had bold flavoring nonetheless. As we sipped, the flavor opened with pale malts, light yeast, and tin. The flavoring bordered on adjuncty, but the spicy coolness helped to keep things fresh, and refreshing. This spice came in the form of pumpkin spice predominantly, with a lightness of salt and cooling, clovey esters. The peak showed wheatiness, more spice, and light booze. The finish, and aftertaste were more of the same, with grain singing against a spicy, thoroughly pumpkin-laden undercurrent. The body was medium, and the carbonation was medium. The mouth was left wet and cooled, much like with a hefe. The coating was light, as afforded by decent froth, slurp, smack, and glug. The abv was appropriate, and the beer went down easily.

Overall, what we enjoyed most about this brew was the flavoring. While at times it bordered on cheapness, the heavy spice more than made up for it. That being said, things were a bit one-dimensional, and the drinker was left wanting a bit more in the way of big aromatics and thicker, heartier feel and froth on the lips.

Serving type: on-tap

11-04-2012 23:43:12 | More by TheBrewo
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MichaelPhiladelphiaBeer


2.78/5  rDev -23.8%
look: 3 | smell: 1.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Tap

A-
Light amber, Small white head

N- Not much of a nose, Light fruits at best

T- spicey, light sweetness, little bitter hoppy back

Mf effervescent front followed by smooth - pretty standard 

Overall - Nothing special. I could drink it but I'd rather risk something I haven't had or go to one of the many other better October/pumpkin beers

Serving type: on-tap

11-02-2012 10:26:16 | More by MichaelPhiladelphiaBeer
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theBubba

New York

3.35/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 3

Nice golden amber color, quick to fade head, but some lacing that hung in.

Smell was typical of the style, but thankfully not overladen with the mandatory pumpkin pie spices. Nutmeg was up front and worked for me. And there was no clove overkill (some brewers don't understand this and make "clove ale" as a seasonal. Yuck.)

Taste? Ah, well therein lies the problem. Behind all this nice pumpkin and mild spice we get a sour, lambic, off putting taste. Another reviewer described it as cider like. In any case, it negates all the positive things about this ale. And the hops that come through after the swallow fail to save the day.

Mouthfeel was thin, and the sourness didn't help.

All in all a mediocre pumpkin ale. I've tasted better.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2012 03:20:20 | More by theBubba
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brureview

Massachusetts

3.4/5  rDev -6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A nice color: golden honey.

Vanilla pumpkin fruit aroma, which dissipates after a while.
Mouthfeel smooth, not much carbonation.
The finish is disappointing. Lemony, cidery, with little
pumpkin taste. This detracts from the balance
of the beer.

Overall, the taste needs improvement.
Less cider, smoother balance.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2012 01:08:49 | More by brureview
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Hopswagger

South Carolina

3.03/5  rDev -17%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

P:  ADD carbonation exploding upward in the thin slightly hazed amber body.  Off-white head was small and easily scared away settling to a placid top. 

S:  Aroma is tart, citric acid, Nestea lemon flavored tea,  pumpkin, stale wheat bread, cinnamon, and nutmeg.  The aroma is similar to a sour.  Phenols presence is spicy and acidic.  

T/M:  Thin highly carbonated body that explodes with full frontal pumpkin, toasted cinnamon and nutmeg. Sweet corn, lemon juice tartness and hints of grain. Taste is too acidic for the style and the flavors are severely watered down.  Finish is puckering and dry with lingering pumpkin. 

O:  Im pretty sure this was infected due to the high acidity and tartness. Most pumpkin beers fall short of expecyations of a warming fall harvest brew that should be roasty, rich and have substance. This is yet another watered down pumpkin beer. It had all the flavors and the up pumpkin was the sure frontier, but it's too thin. This is one on the don't revisit list. Sorry Southampton. 

Serving type: bottle

10-19-2012 22:56:50 | More by Hopswagger
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Southampton Pumpkin Ale from Southampton Publick House
83 out of 100 based on 486 ratings.