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Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House

Southampton Pumpkin AleSouthampton Pumpkin Ale

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83
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488 Ratings
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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%


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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3.7/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a conical pint glass.

Appearance- Minimal head that dissipates quickly, a little less than one finger. Light copper in color, small amount of lacing.

Smell- Mild smell, but pumpkin dominates. Hints of nutmeg, vanilla, and perhaps cinnamon become apparent along with some caramel malts.

Taste- Upfront, the pumpkin that dominated the aroma does not seem to translate. The taste is almost bland at first, as if the beer itself is confused as to how it should taste. Eventually, a lightly roasted caramel malt flavor becomes apparent, and on the finish the pumpkin finally shines through. The pumpkin is accentuated with nutmeg and vanilla that lingers in the mouth.

Mouthfeel- Carbonation is above average and provides the beer with a 'nip'. Body on the lighter side of moderate; a little thin.

Overall the beer seems to be lacking the malty backbone of other pumpkin ales, allowing the pumpkin to come through. I found the pumpkin to be well balanced with the other spices. For someone like me who isn't the biggest fan of a strongly malty taste, I ended up enjoying this beer despite being unsure on the first couple sips.

Serving type: bottle

10-10-2012 01:54:05 | More by ack210
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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
83 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.