Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House
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Reviews by ack210:
3.7/5 rDev +1.6%
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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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
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