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Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Pumpkin AleSouthampton Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
82
good

490 Ratings
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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 19
Gots: 9 | FT: 0
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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TheLongBeachBum

California

4.3/5  rDev +18.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 ounce brown glass bottle sealed with a crown cap which has a cream colored surface and the word Southampton set across a large red ‘S’. One main label and a matching neck mounted affair. Listed as ‘Pumpkin Ale’ with a stated strength of 6% ABV. No freshness date that I could discern.

Appearance: Bright body, pellucid with a fantastic streaming amber-orange glow that casts a warming red tone similar to a Long Beach sunset. Large fizzing light tan colored froth forms on the pour, feisty life wattle and dawb lacing, though sadly the head dies a little too early. Conditioning is average, if a little low key at times. Solid looks nonetheless.

Nose: Pungent seasonal aromas mix a Halloween start with a Christmas finish. Lots of Cinnamon and Nutmeg with a background of fruity Pumpkins. Allspice lifts the finish and adds a Crimbo kick to the back end.

Taste: Very much a continuation and reflection of the nose. Though the nice part about the tastes is how well all the elements blend and mix perfectly with the fleshy Pumpkin middle. Great balance.

Mouthfeel: Middling carbonation, smooth conditioning with a light dryness and a solid body with bold character from start to finish.

Drinkability: How do they make this one so drinkable? The trick here is not the use of some new secret ingredients, but rather the way that they neatly balance all together in a spicy brew that still retains an intensely quaffable profile. Far too easy to keep picking this one up, and then so hard to put it down again. One of the few Pumpkin Ales that does belong in Bombers!!

Overall: Thoroughly enjoyable. Yet again Southampton seems to add a new twist and some quality input into a style that has seemingly been “brewed to death”, and yet inject it with new life and vested interest. Damn this one is good!!! A Spicy Thanks! to the lovely Erica for this Holiday treat.

Serving type: bottle

12-07-2006 07:59:04 | More by TheLongBeachBum
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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.

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Southampton Pumpkin Ale from Southampton Publick House
82 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.