Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House
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Reviews by Kitt:
4.2/5 rDev +15.4%
A disclaimer right off the bat: I'm not comfortable with my ability to provide a professional-like assessment of a pumpkin ale. Further, although I'm a sucker for unusual ales, I'm not a big fan of most pumpkins I have tried. But I must say this seems to me to be among the best I have tasted from a bottle.
The beer pours a delicious rich orange-amber with a thick straw-colored head that dissipates rather rapidly but leaves a fine lace. Aroma of rich pumpkin spices is enough to immediately whet the palette.
Strong spice aroma translates to same in taste: a mild but brilliant spicy bitterness that lingers momentarily increasing in amplitude before slowly dissipating. Background of malt with hints of caramel,vanilla, and butterscotch are appealing.
Mouthfeel is impressive - a solid smooth presence just thick enough. Drinkability is fantastic -- goes down smooth and easy!
This is as good a mass-produced pumpkin ale as I have tasted and I've tasted a few I definitely did not care much for. Good job Southampton.
10-10-2009 02:05:18 | More by Kitt
More User Reviews:
3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
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 spiced...in my opinion.
10-09-2012 19:48:06 | More by oberon
4.33/5 rDev +19%
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.
03-07-2007 04:17:31 | More by orbitalr0x
3.53/5 rDev -3%
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.
10-31-2007 18:56:00 | More by lordofthewiens
4.03/5 rDev +10.7%
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.
02-04-2011 16:38:00 | More by generallee
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
10-06-2007 11:56:16 | More by Billolick
2.33/5 rDev -36%
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.
09-27-2010 17:51:56 | More by tigg924
3.53/5 rDev -3%
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.
11-05-2006 23:42:19 | More by badbeer
3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
10-21-2007 02:11:37 | More by uconnalum2
4/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
11-05-2006 22:49:03 | More by jcdiflorio
4.33/5 rDev +19%
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.
10-21-2011 03:43:39 | More by MicroBeerMan1980
3.83/5 rDev +5.2%
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.
09-06-2009 00:24:40 | More by far333
4/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
11-30-2006 22:44:05 | More by WVbeergeek
3.1/5 rDev -14.8%
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.
09-25-2011 23:03:40 | More by chinchill
3.78/5 rDev +3.8%
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.
10-16-2009 03:09:53 | More by glid02
3.48/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
10-02-2011 17:56:55 | More by ianjsullivan
Southampton Pumpkin Ale from Southampton Publick House
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