Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House
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Reviews by bmwats:
3.3/5 rDev -9.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25
Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint.
A: Clear amber hue. Pours a 2 finger, foamy, brown-white head. Disintegrates fairly quickly. Spotty yet persistent lacing.
S: Pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
T: Very pumpkin-y. Bitter cinnamon stick. A dull tinge of what I guess is the vanilla spoken of on the label; but frankly, if I weren't stretching to discover its presence, I probably wouldn't have picked it out.
M: Light body. Components come across as kind of a harsh concoction. Bitter throughout.
D: Session style, although a little harsh.
Atmosphere is pretty good. Nice head, and some fair lacing. Nose is characteristic pumpkin and fall spice. Harsh in its presentation, but tastes like it smells. Overall, this is a pretty good quaff.
Serving type: bottle
09-14-2013 01:53:29 | More by bmwats
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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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