Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House
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Reviews by TheycallmeTim:
3.88/5 rDev +6.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 4
Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into a tulip pint glass.
A--Unbelievable clarity on an almost pitch perfect orange body. This beer, under light, is seriously nearly the color of pumpkinskin. Zoweedag I say. Head is a finger of white foam that fades to skim with no lacing.
S--Lots of vanilla followed immediately by ginger. Faint allspice. A different dose in the cheesecloth than what you usually get from pumpkin ales.
T--The two immediate scents on the nose come through in a hurry and big on the flavor profile. They fade pretty quickly, though, and the middle of the spectrum is almost no malt, with only a subtle vegetable quality that must be the squash. This is so hard to get in there, that weird thick pumpkin taste, that I can almost forgive the malt vacancy. Almost. Finish is soft and slow, with a buoyant sweetness that lingers on top and hop bitterness on the bottom. Definitely gentle as it leads into your next slurp.
M&D--Mouthfeel could be a little less gaseous, but that's usually my beef with pumpkin ales. This beer almost looks like a lager it's so clear, but the yeast should carry it farther than the carbonation. The alcohol bite doesn't belong, either.
One of the pumpkins I would return to, along with Smutty's, Fisherman's PStout, and Capt. Lawrence's offering (draft only), depending on my mood. In this case, the mood would be considerable spice without hop flavor and still a pronounced pumpkin presence. Say that three times fast.
Serving type: bottle
09-30-2009 22:51:36 | More by TheycallmeTim
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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.