Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House
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Reviews by TheBrewo:
3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
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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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.