Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House
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Reviews by Hopdaemon39:
4.4/5 rDev +20.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5
Poured from a 64 oz growler 20 hours after opening- pours a slightly hazy golden amber color. Has very minimal head but when it was fresh it was plentiful, good retention, no lacing.
Smell is very nice- pumpkin, pale malt, a little nutmeg, a tiny bit of hops.
Taste is wonderful- perfect balance of pumkin, barley and hops. Some bitterness up front, followed by the pale malt, then pumpkin and the appropriate spices (cinnamon and nutmeg), then finish out with some mild American hops and sweetness.
Mouthfeel is nice- medium light body, light to moderate carbonation, slightly sweet finish. I don't like pumkin beers ordinarily but I have enjoyed this grower. I would recommend this over shipyard or any of the others I tried.
Serving type: growler
09-14-2012 23:59:59 | More by Hopdaemon39
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3.2/5 rDev -12.1%
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
Southampton Pumpkin Ale from Southampton Publick House
82 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.