Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House
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Reviews by laintringulis:
3.5/5 rDev -3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Served in a pub glass. Pours a dark amber-orange color with large off white head that thins quickly. Large amount of carbonation bubbling in glass throughout drinking. Moderate amount of thin stringy lacing.
Smell: Mild, roasted pumpkin with alot of bready, yeasty smell. Pleasant pumpkin pie spice smell. Ginger, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice etc.
Taste: Tastes as smells. The pumpkin flavor is very mild and is overcome by the spices. The spices are too strong for the pumpkin and the maltiness. Something is off balance.
Light plus bodied. I would have preferred a thicker mouthfeel and a little oiliness. It is not watery. It could have finished with a more distinct dryness.
Easy to drink. Sessionable. I wish it tasted as good as it looked and smelled.
Serving type: bottle
11-07-2006 12:47:14 | More by laintringulis
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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.