Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Pumpkin AleSouthampton Pumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 574
Reviews: 304
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 22
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: slander on 01-02-2003

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Reviews by FtownThrowDown:
Photo of FtownThrowDown
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber.
Poured into my guinness pint glass.
Textbook pour. Pretty rough pour that gives way to a nice one inch head that quickly recedes. Good looking beer in a glass.
Smell is allspice and quite a strong presence of nutmeg. The underlying alcohol and pumpkin come through, but much lighter.
Taste starts off with a kick of spice. There is a decent amount of carbonation and a good amount of bitterness on the end. The pumpkin and spice is well balanced in this beer. This is my first Southampton offering and will definately seek out more of their beers.
Glad I tried this one.

More User Reviews:
Photo of oberon
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass,a fuller but not quite as deep as burnt orange color with a half finger white head that lasted well.Warming pumpkin pie spice aromas with nutmeg and cinnamon dominating,a bit of toastiness undereath the spice complimented it well.Like to many of the style for me it's a little too spiced on the palate,cinnamon,nutmeg,and orange-like cardamom flavors over top of a lightly toasted base,it's not overly sweet just a bit over spiced.Not a bad pumpkin ale but not something to drink alot of because it gets a bit to my opinion.

Photo of orbitalr0x
4.32/5  rDev +19%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the 22oz bomber into my glass a clear red-orange color...reminds me of fall and pumpkins for that matter. A nice half inch of bubbly eggshell head on top. Aromas start out with a nice caramelized pumpkin aroma alongside plenty of spiciness including cinnamon and nutmeg. A bit of burnt sugar...quite nice and reminds me of fall weather and pumpkin pie!!

First sip brings a flow of caramel pumpkin goodness right off the bat. It's followed by some brown sugar and a wonderful mix of spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and maybe even a touch of clove. It flows down with a hint of bitterness and a nice spicy finish that is so well balanced and not overwhelming at all. This is a damn tasty pumpkin ale in my opinion and I'm glad to have the opportunity to try it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a nice strong flow of carbonation. I enjoy drinking this brew and will easily finish the bomber off. A tasty pumpkin ale that ranks up there with the best ones I've sampled personally. I'll be seeking this one out again next year and hope to sample it a bit fresher when it comes out! Cheers once again to Southampton on a fine creation.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Orange color with a medium-sized white head. Aroma was malt and pumpkin, with a hint of spice. Tasted mostly pumpkin pie spice, but the malt and pumpkin also showed through. The first impression was that it was too spicy, but it mellowed out as it warmed a bit. Decent beer, but couldn't drink a lot of these.

Photo of generallee
4.04/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Presentation: It was poured from a brown 12oz bottle into a pint glass. Its label has a nice description of the beer on the back and the abv (5.5%) on the front. There is no freshness date however.

Appearance: Its body is very hazy and dark amber in color with some tiny slow moving bubbles. This carbonation is only visible near the edges of the glass. The beer is capped by a one finger tall, egg shell colored foam head. This head quickly fades to a small ring of foam with a wispy thin island in the middle. This ring of foam makes some nice slick lacing on the glass.

Smell: The aroma is has a classic blend of pumpkin pie spice (cinnamon, nutmeg and clove) over biscuity dry malt and some slight hints of leafy hop spice.

Taste/Palate: There is a mellow blend of mildly sweet bready and biscuity malt with classic pie spice. It does have a light pumpkin flavor that blends nicely into the background. The spicy notes turn bone dry in the finish along with some mild hop bitterness and leafy/spicy flavor notes. The mouth feel has a medium to full, well carbonated feel. This makes for a slow sipper.

Notes: In my overall impression is that this is a very well made and well balanced pumpkin ale.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber w/o freshness info...first off I am no fan of the style, however, this one I found to be unexpectadly enjoyable, a pleasant suprise, if you will. Pours typical, semi cloudy dark amber, under a moderate tan head, that left spotty lacing and some tongues of sheeting. Nose is of ripe fruit, apricots and subtle fall spicing. Taste here is of a high quality, pumpkin, apricot, apple pie or tart. Soft fruity goodness, with no sweet sugary distractions. Pleasant and easy drinking, bring on a cool winter afternoon and some football games. Nice job here, as usual, by southampton. This one also would likely be a good beer for craft beer newbies.

Photo of tigg924
2.4/5  rDev -33.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice

Taste: cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, and toasted malt--almost marzen like

Mouthfeel: overly sweet and spicy start with a bitter backbone that becomes bland, high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: The bottle describes this beer as not wanting to be over the top. This beer starts with a bang really sweet, but fades just as quick. With the light spicing, the beer becomes bland as the spices fade too quickly and what is left is a light marzen beer. I think with some tweaking this has potential to be really good. However, I have had better from the brewery and in the style. I would pass on this in the future.

Photo of badbeer
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Nice amber color, white head, leaving some lacing. Smell was pretty good, light smell of pumpkin and spice, definately some nutmeg. Taste has hints of tasting like pumpkin pie, but seems to be a bit bland. Don't get me wrong, there is enough pumpkin taste to notice, but just seems a little too light. Body was on the lighter side of medium, with quite a bit of carbonation. This was alright, but the one bomber I had will suffice. Worth a try.

Photo of uconnalum2
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a deep amber that starts with a healthy head but settles down after a few minutes. The smell is very spicy especially cinnamon. The taste is very sweet and malty, like pumpkin pie mixed with an Oktoberfest. The overriding taste is cinnamon that leaves a prickly spiciness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and fairly smooth. Drinkability suffers a bit from the sweetness. Overall, this is a bit too sweet for my liking but a nice change of pace to have each fall.

Photo of jcdiflorio
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Served into a nonic,split a 22oz two ways,brown bottle crimp on cap.

Intense dark coppery color with a reddish hue,off white head creamy diminishing to a coating of foam.
A very pleasing aroma,smelled like a freshly baked pumpkin pie.Spicey aromas of cinnamon,nutmeg,allspice all evenly balanced.
An intense pumpkin taste,but not overwhelming.Cinnamon.nutmeg,allspice evenly distributed throughout the taste.A bit bisquitty,with a nice dry tart finish.
A medium mouthfeel,slightly cloying,pleasing,easy on the palate.
Very drinkable for a flavored beer,a very well done pumpkin ale,
Enjoyable,one of the best pumpkin beers I've tasted. Would drink this one again,be great with Thanksgiving dinner.

Photo of MicroBeerMan1980
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A: Fluffy white head that disappears immediately. No lacing or retention of any kind. Golden honey amber in color. Slightly hazy. Perhaps from pectin or lack of filtration?

S: Decent sweet malt and pumpkin aroma. Slight citrus hop on the nose.

T: Smooth malt character. The pumpkin adds to and balances the malt. Not overly spiced like MANY other pumpkin ales. There's just a tinge of tannins from the very mild hop profile.

M: Refreshing and light on the palate. Aside from the mild hop tannins, this beer has a well balanced feel.

D: Very drinkable. Could be a great fall session beer.

Photo of far333
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Crystal clear apricot colored with an off-white head that rises up quickly and sizzles away to nothing.

Aroma of corn and vegetal notes, some nutmeg and vanilla.

Flavors of toffee and graham cracker, nice pumpkin flavor, notes of nutmeg and cinnamon, well-balanced, not overly spicy. Finishes clean.

Mouthfeel is a bit thin, low carbonation, somewhat dry. Tasty pumpkin ale, very drinkable.

Photo of WVbeergeek
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a caramel amber with an off white thick head leaves sparse lacing spread out but I must say the head did have some good resiliency. Aroma...pumpkin pie baby, with sweet crusty breadiness and hints of that underlying lovable gourd with the traditional spice routine of cinnamon, nutemg, and all spice. Flavor comes off creamy with pie filling sliding across the palate in liquid form quite the novel idea right??? (yeah I know but these Southampton guys pull it off a little better than most). Spicy layers with those same spices noted in the nose and bready roast malt layers leaves traces of caramel and more pumpkin pumpkin flavor almost vegetable in nature. Mouthfeel is even with smooth creamy carbonation definitely medium bodied brew but damn it goes down with ease. Drinkability is great much more thatn the typical pumpkin ale I like this one for the balanced spice profile compared to some other god awful pumpkin ales.

Photo of chinchill
3.13/5  rDev -13.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

On tap at Grayson (GA) Beer Festival

Hazy orange-amber with a towering off-white head.

Boozy pumpkin pie aroma; some spices but with plenty of actual pumpkin aroma.

Flavor follows aroma but with the alcohol more hidden and the pumpkin less evident and less natural.

Rather thin body; actually somewhat watery.

Disappointing, particularly after having at least 3 fine 2011 pumpkin ales from other brewers.

Photo of glid02
3.8/5  rDev +4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a six-pack purchased at Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a clear orange-copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of spices - mostly cinnamon with hints of nutmeg - and solidly sweet malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy sweet malts and spices hit the palate almost simeltaneously and the spices fade a bit midway through the sip. The strong malts and hints of spices carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a moderate thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and won't have one finishing the sixer.

Overall this is a solid pumpkin beer however it doesn't quite have the body to make it great. Still, it's worth a shot.

Photo of ianjsullivan
3.47/5  rDev -4.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5


A: Brown and orange with a thin off-white head which disappears quickly. It is clear and has slow carbonation, and it does not leave a lot of lacing.

S: Sweet, earthy pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon, pie crust.

T: Starts with nutmeg and malty pumpkin, which carries through most of the beer. The finish has more earthy notes and a bit of cinnamon.

M: Medium with a some carbonation zing.

O: I have been making a tour of pumpkin beers of late. Southampton's beer is enjoyable, but it is not complex. There is some nice pumpkin, a bit of of nutmeg and cinnamon, and some zing from the carbonation. If you prefer to taste more spice in your pumpkin beer, you will not find it here. Instead, you should expect more roasted pumpkin notes.

Photo of caddybuyer
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 version

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

A-Slightly veiled copper with a tan head that settles fairly rapidly.

S-Cinnamon, cloves, allspice, a hint of vanilla, and some sweet malts. Classic pumpkin ale aroma...yum.

T-Semi sweet malts play with the pumpkin spice, with clove and cinnamon playing equal parts early in the finish, with a hint of brown sugar and vanilla thrown in. Finishes dry and slighly astringent with a bit of hop tang. This is not cloyingly sweet, over-cloved, or thin like so many pumpkin ales are, but very well balanced and refreshing.

M-Slighly creamy medium feel with balanced carbonation.

D-This is a very drinkable beer, and an excellent pumpkin ale. It does not have the richness or the body and complexity of a Pumking or and Imperial pumpkin, but it may be one of the best sessionable pumkins I have had in along time. I love the style, and I very much like this brew.

Photo of IntriqKen
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Deep crystal clear orange with a large white head that melts to thick sticky lacing.
Aromas of fresh pumpkin meat with the spices coming after the fresh pumpkin rather than overpowering it.
Sweet amber malts, citrus spicy hops, fresh pumpkin and light pumpkin pie spice gives way to the citrus peel hops once again.
Mouthfeel almost has a burning sensation from the spices. Slightly creamy, buttery feel on the tongue.
This is a very unusual pumpkin ale...unusually good, fresh, and clean.
Surprisingly NOT overpowering.
Good stuff....happy holidays.

Photo of TheycallmeTim
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.

A--Unbelievable clarity on an almost pitch perfect orange body. This beer, under light, is seriously nearly the color of pumpkinskin. Zoweedag I say. Head is a finger of white foam that fades to skim with no lacing.

S--Lots of vanilla followed immediately by ginger. Faint allspice. A different dose in the cheesecloth than what you usually get from pumpkin ales.

T--The two immediate scents on the nose come through in a hurry and big on the flavor profile. They fade pretty quickly, though, and the middle of the spectrum is almost no malt, with only a subtle vegetable quality that must be the squash. This is so hard to get in there, that weird thick pumpkin taste, that I can almost forgive the malt vacancy. Almost. Finish is soft and slow, with a buoyant sweetness that lingers on top and hop bitterness on the bottom. Definitely gentle as it leads into your next slurp.

M&D--Mouthfeel could be a little less gaseous, but that's usually my beef with pumpkin ales. This beer almost looks like a lager it's so clear, but the yeast should carry it farther than the carbonation. The alcohol bite doesn't belong, either.

One of the pumpkins I would return to, along with Smutty's, Fisherman's PStout, and Capt. Lawrence's offering (draft only), depending on my mood. In this case, the mood would be considerable spice without hop flavor and still a pronounced pumpkin presence. Say that three times fast.

Photo of mdaschaf
2.91/5  rDev -19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark amber with a one finger white head.

S: Some nutmeg and pumpkin spies, and a little bit of cheap plastic

T: The smell comes through on the taste, but it is a little watered down. I don't like my pumpkin beers over the top, but I felt this one was lacking a little.

M/D: Medium bodied, with a little but too much carbonation for my taste. It sort of had a soda like texture to it. Not bad, but certainly not great. Would pass for other pumpkin beers.

Photo of NJpadreFan
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southampton- Pumpkin Ale

Appearance- Dark red/ orange brown with a frothy head.
Smell- Strong pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
Taste- Nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice come through first, followed by malty graham cracker/ pumpkin.
Mouthfeel- Big flavor throughout. Intensifing in the end.

Overall- Possibly the best Pumpkin Ale I've ever had. Absolutely delicious. Worth the $4 for 1pint6oz.

Photo of asabreed
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber into a pint glass.

Appearance: A nice autumn color, lots of bubbles, a thick white head on the top, burnt orange body. Nice thick lacing rimming the top of the glass.

Smell: Good aromas going on with real pumpkin mash, nutmeg, vanilla, cinnamon, slight maple, and rich malt. Not much hop aroma at all, but the sweetness is balanced in the nose and balanced pretty well.

Taste: Heavy on the pumpkin and spices, though not overdone. And actually, the taste dissipates more quickly than I would like. However, there's a nice burst of hop flavor with the finish, and the pumpkin flavors seem to trump the spices, though there's still a fairly harmonious balance. Nice cinnamon bite in the finish too.

Mouthfeel: A fairly medium body with enough carbonation to not make it feel either thick or overly carbonated.

Drinkability: For less than $5 a bomber, this is perfect for the season. I'm a fan of pumpkin ales around this time, and I could see this being for someone who wants a very drinkable, not heavily spiced brew with some spices and enough hops to balance things out.

Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Real pumkin pie. Sweet cinammon and brown sugar in aroma and in taste. Spices that could go for an xmas beer too.White ice cream head on orange body. Not for everybody. Good medium smooth mouthfeel vanilla ice cream. Mild secondary bitterness. WIth food unless you are a fruit beer freak.

Photo of hreb
4.34/5  rDev +19.6%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised to find this "Seasonal Reserve" at a local beer store here in Somerville, MA, for a reasonable price, so I picked it up, although I couldn't find a date on the bottle or any indication how old the dust was. The cool 22oz bottle pours into an imperial pint glass with a deep brownish red color and a thick, aromatic head. Smells of sweet pumpkin pie.

At this not-quite-cold temperature the beer has a sudsy, oily texture. It works well to bring out the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice (as admitted on the label). It has all the best flavor of pumpkin pie, which, to be fair, isn't necessarily actual pumpkin.

I have to compare this to Cambridge Brewing Company's fall seasonal pumpkin ale (which I look forward to trying again soon). Where CBC succeeds is that the beer really does tasty like pumpkins, and it isn't weighed down with a lot of spice flavor. This beer, which I think I like even more, is exactly the opposite. The pumpkin is present as the subtle flavor that it is, but the cinnamon and nutmeg taste really, really good. The spices were fresh when they were added. For that reason I'd actually be surprised if this beer ages well, since the compounds in nutmeg and cinnamon are particularly volatile once grated. I dunno. There's no offensive pungency, or artificial/chemical flavor. There's a very slight bitterness, perhaps from hops, which balances out the pumpkin pie so this doesn't become a complete dessert beer.

Overall, very good. My favorite pumpkin ale to date, although perhaps CBC's needs a category of its own.

Photo of SpeedwayJim
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a Brooklyn Brewery Pint Glass.

A: Poured a fine 1 finger white head that dissipated quickly into a thin layer at the top. Brew itself is clear and deep orange. Lacing is stringy and spotty at best.

S: Sweet malt and pumpkin spice with a hint of floral esters and alcohol.

T: Starts off tart and earthy, developing into a light pumpkin like taste that is doughy and feels like I'm drinking a sugar cookie. Ends with a trace bit of hoppy flavor but still rather sweet and puckering.

M: Light bodied and course that develops smoothly and finishes crisp and clean.

D: "The difference... is drinkability". Highly drinkable and enjoyable though rather bland in terms of complexity. A good session beer to have though as it doesn't overwhelm the palate but is still intriguing enough to peak some interest.

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