Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House
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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
3.21/5 rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25
From: Binny's, Bloomington, IL
Date: None on bottle, 2013 release
Glass: New Belgium globe glass
Southampton's pumpkin ale is a fairly standard example for the style, with big pie spice presence and little else. It could use some more biscuit and toasted malts to add additional malt flavors to a beer that is mostly dominated by spices, as well as a more substantial mouthfeel. While pleasant enough, I don't know if I'd go out of my way to track down additional bottles of this.
Pours a 1cm tall head of light beige-colored foam, made up of small to medium-sized bubbles, giving a somewhat sponge-like appearance. Retention is about average, lasting just below one minute in a decline to a thin ring around the perimeter of the glass and a small island of residual foam resting atop the body of the beer. Lacing is nonexistent. Beer's body is a dark caramel brown color, with light bringing out pale amber hues. Carbonation readily visible through the transparent body, high in number and activity.
Aroma of cinnamon and nutmeg with slight melanoidin characters (light caramel, toast). Reminds me of a less bombastic cinnamon red hot candy, thankfully never reaching the cloying nature of those sweets.
Overall flavor is of pie spices and a bit of light caramel malt character; not cloying, but not particularly exceptional. Front of palate finds spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove mingling with a light caramel-like sweetness. Mid-palate of continued cinnamon, nutmeg, and clove, with continued caramel-like sweetness and a slightly syrupy sweetness. Back of palate finds slightly spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and phenols, with a slight toasted bread character. Aftertaste of cinnamon, nutmeg, and slight melanoidin characters (light caramel, toast).
Beer is medium-light to light in body, with carbonation of medium intensity, leading to a mouthfeel that at first borders on fizziness, but never reaches it, quickly calming to a fully foamy and smooth mouthfeel that's rather enjoyable. Closes semi-dry, with light stickiness clinging to the palate and lips.
Serving type: bottle
11-19-2013 03:41:39 | More by falloutsnow
Southampton Pumpkin Ale from Southampton Publick House
82 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.