Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House
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Reviews by bigdeuce:
3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
Nice looking brew, pours an oktoberfest-like colour, orange-ish and coppery. Not a huge head, some tracing down the glass. Scents of floral pumpkin, nutmeg, cinnamon...etc. Tastes a lot like the scent, but could use a bit more pumpkin spice. A bit thin, very enjoyable however, and easy to drink. Very easy to drink. Nothing offensive and not sweet, like some pumpkins can be. The scent of this beer being remarkable, and a good beer, but there are better pumpkin ales. But definitely worth a shot!
Serving type: bottle
08-29-2011 22:44:28 | More by bigdeuce
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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.