Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House
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Reviews by teromous:
3.7/5 rDev +1.6%
look: 2.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5
A: Hazy body that looks a lot like tea. Very thin white head with no lacing.
S: It smells fantastic. It has a soft nutmeg scent but for the most part all of the pumpkin pie spices come at you at the same time. It smells like cutting right into a pumpkin pie. It's absolutely wonderful to smell. As it warms a bit there is some caramel scent that comes through.
T: First I get a bit of extremely faint spice, immediately washed away with this very light roasted nut flavor. It finishes with a faint earthy bitterness. I wish it has a flavor to match the scent, but it's just not there. It's an alright beer though. It doesn't just rely on the spices, so I can easily pick out the flavor of the base beer. Some caramel taste comes through as it warms up.
M: The mouthfeel is alright. It's a lighter feeling beer and it feels under-carbonated, but it has a moderate amount of dextrin.
O: It's a pretty solid pumpkin beer but it's not something that wows me. I think it could be a lot better but it's not something I would regret buying. I would easily pick up a sixer of this without a second thought. If you can't find any other better pumpkin beers, you won't be at a disadvantage drinking this. It's a good enough beer that I am going to look for more beers from this brewery to try!
Serving type: bottle
08-10-2013 19:13:49 | More by teromous
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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.