Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House
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Reviews by psuKinger:
3.4/5 rDev -6.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3
Bottle poured into a standard nonic.
A: Pours a moderate orange translucent hue with a moderate white head on top that dissipated quickly.
S: Lots of pumpkin in the nose. A good bit of nutmeg. Cinnamon a distant third.
T: Cinnamon has more of a presence on the tongue than it did in the nose. Vanilla flavors on the finish are more pronounced than the pumpkin is, which is disappointing for me. Amber malts add a touch of sweetness, but aren't particularly present either, as the appearance would suggest.
M: Thinner than I remember, with a wet finish. Carbonation seems a tad low.
D/O: Not what I remember. Not sure if this beer has changed, my taste has changed, or if I was foiled by a sugar-rimmed glass in a great pub with great friends a few years back. It's thin and watery, and full of more "pumpkin pie spice" and "vanilla extract" than it is "pumpkin".
Serving type: bottle
10-05-2012 01:41:06 | More by psuKinger
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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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