Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House
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Reviews by TheLongBeachBum:
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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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.