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Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House

Southampton Pumpkin AleSouthampton Pumpkin Ale

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488 Ratings
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Ratings: 488
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.65
pDev: 14.52%

Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: slander on 01-02-2003)
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Photo of Sammy

Ontario (Canada)

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Real pumkin pie. Sweet cinammon and brown sugar in aroma and in taste. Spices that could go for an xmas beer too.White ice cream head on orange body. Not for everybody. Good medium smooth mouthfeel vanilla ice cream. Mild secondary bitterness. WIth food unless you are a fruit beer freak.

Serving type: bottle

11-23-2006 00:34:24 | More by Sammy
Photo of BuckeyeNation


4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Polished pumpkin with butternut squash trim; this is a gourd looking beer. A generous number of rapidly moving bubbles can be seen joining a large, creamy cap that is pale orange-tinted ivory in color. Small chunks of bubble bath lace are beginning to stick, but they look too melty to last. Pumpkin ale looks like a pumpkin ale. A good pumpkin ale.

The aroma is one of the best of this style that I've ever encountered. It smells like the beer equivalent of pumpkin pie; no surprise since pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice) are used. Man oh man, I feel like putting a big dollop of Cool Whip on top and digging in with a fork. Somehow I don't think the body is quite full enough for that to work however. An outstanding nose!

The flavor doesn't quite reach those lofty heights. Having said that, this is definitely one of the better pumpkin ales in existence. The base beer tastes like a lightly sweet amber ale with just enough toasted breadiness to give it character and allow it to stand up to the rest of the ingredients. I'd like to see the hop bitterness ratcheted back just a tad.

Most pumpkin ales use a similar spice bill, but most brewers aren't able to add the spices exactly to my liking. Too subtle is as bad as too spicy. Thankfully, Southampton has hit the spice bull's eye. I can see how some might think that it's over the top however. My theory, when it comes to beer at least, is that it's better to be too bold than not bold enough.

My initial impression of the mouthfeel was that it was full enough, but that it was too fizzy. Time, as it so often does, has remedied the latter so that the beer is less sharp feeling and more smooth. Several more vigorous pours should continue to bleed off the excessive carbonation.

While it isn't the equal of my very favorites, Southampton Pumpkin Ale is very good beer. My worries about the generous amount of spices wearing away my enthusiasm over the course of the bomber haven't been borne out. I would love to have had a bottle with my Thanksgiving dinner; something that I'll be sure to keep in mind for next year.

Serving type: bottle

12-09-2006 16:12:34 | More by BuckeyeNation
Photo of mikesgroove

South Carolina

4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I was greatly looking forward to trying this one. It poured a very nice orange tinted amber with a little bit of a haze to it and ample carbonation. A nice three finger head of white lace appeared on top and gradually faded down into just a film across the top. The aroma was very big, full of spices, lots of cinnamon and nutmeg were readily noticeable. The taste followed along the same line. A very spicy little ale with just the right amount of hotness to it. The cinnamon was particularly strong and had a great effect on the flavor. Very nice light body and ample carbonation made it go down very easily. Overall this was a fine version of a pumpkin ale that was rich in spice and had just the right amount of hop in the back to give it a little punch. I would defiantly pick one of these up again for next year.

Serving type: bottle

11-15-2007 00:18:54 | More by mikesgroove
Photo of brentk56

North Carolina

4.1/5  rDev +12.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Appearance: Pours a clear copper color with a fizzy head that quickly dissipates and leaves a few dots of lace

Smell: Boiled pumpkin, cinnamon, allspice and vanilla

Taste: Starts with a bready pumpkin, cinammon and gingerbread flavor that, after the swallow, is joined by vanilla and a hint of earthy hops to provide a balanced, slightly bitter finish; subtle hints of nutmeg and vanilla on the finish

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: Easy to drink and an interesting twist on the style which, by other brewers, is either skewed toward pumpkin pumpkin pie or pumpkin flavor; this has both and bit of hops to boot

Serving type: bottle

10-31-2006 23:35:31 | More by brentk56
Photo of Thorpe429


3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

On tap at Capone's. Reviewed from notes.

Pours a nice, moderate orange color with a white head and a bit of lacing on the way down. The nose brings forward some sweet pumpkin as well as cinnamon, clove, allspice, and a little bit of brown sugar. The taste is sweet pumpkin and light brown sugar as well as a good dose of spicing. Nice, creamy mouthfeel. Drinks really quite well for what it is.

Serving type: on-tap

10-26-2010 01:57:39 | More by Thorpe429
Photo of metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: The beer is hazy light amber in color and poured with a thin layer of off white bubbles covering the surface. A moderate amount of carbonation is visible.
S: There is a moderate aroma of allspice, cinnamon, clove and nutmeg in the nose, which also has some notes of pumpkin.
T: The taste isn't very strong and the flavors are very similar to those in the nose: pumpkin pie spices and of course pumpkin.
M: It feels light-bodied and a bit thin on the palate. There is a medium amount of carbonation.
D: The beer is very easy to drink and is quite sessionable.

Serving type: bottle

10-01-2010 00:26:41 | More by metter98
Photo of ChainGangGuy


3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Appearance: Pours a dark copper body with a foamy, ivory-colored head.

Smell: Aroma of freshly-carved pumpkin flesh, fall flowers, and a crock loaded with potpourri bubbling and simmering away.

Taste: Light caramel malt flavor with a sugary hint of simple syrup. Nice pumpkin flavor with a spicy dose of cinnamon and nutmeg. Hardly any hops to speak of, but there is a pleasant floral character. Finishes clean - a little too clean.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: One of the better pumpkin ales out there.

Serving type: bottle

10-05-2007 19:28:11 | More by ChainGangGuy
Photo of oberon

North Carolina

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured a 12 oz bottle into a standard pint glass,a fuller but not quite as deep as burnt orange color with a half finger white head that lasted well.Warming pumpkin pie spice aromas with nutmeg and cinnamon dominating,a bit of toastiness undereath the spice complimented it well.Like to many of the style for me it's a little too spiced on the palate,cinnamon,nutmeg,and orange-like cardamom flavors over top of a lightly toasted base,it's not overly sweet just a bit over spiced.Not a bad pumpkin ale but not something to drink alot of because it gets a bit to spiced...in my opinion.

Serving type: bottle

10-09-2012 19:48:06 | More by oberon
Photo of feloniousmonk


3.2/5  rDev -12.3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Southampton Pumpkin Ale

Appeance, clear and coppery, slim to none head.

Aroma, cinnamon & cloves, perfumey, light hops. Not giving much else.

Taste: warm, pumpkin pie spiciness and not much else. Very mild body, moderate carbonation, short finish. Body is a bit too lean, needs more of everything. Little malt flavor, little pumpkin flavor. Apparently, vanilla extract is in here, too, and, I guess...huh...pretty limpid,actually, needs more of everything.

Serving type: bottle

12-04-2009 06:52:08 | More by feloniousmonk
Photo of TheManiacalOne

Rhode Island

3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange color with a medium foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with spices (typical nutmeg & cinnamon of the style) along with caramelized malt and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very bready, sweet and spicy with flavors of pumpkin of course, cinnamon, nutmeg and caramel. The malt character is very hearty and there’s a mild hops presence. The pumpkin flavor comes out more as the beer warms. The after-taste is slightly sweet and maintains the spice flavors.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not as filling as most beers in the style but still makes a very good representation thereof. Although April might not be the ideal month to be drinking this type of beer, it’s kind of chilly tonight so the beer is actually hitting the spot a bit. It’s definitely one of the best I’ve had in the style.

Serving type: bottle

04-19-2007 04:49:07 | More by TheManiacalOne
Photo of emerge077


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Aromas right away are squash suggestive, true pumpkin without all the sugar and spice junk. Dark orangey brown fairly good retention, with lace all around. The nose is really fresh and pleasant, reminiscent of carving out a jack o' lantern, or other pumpkin related activity.

Flavor is malty and dry, some cinnamon in the back end, and toasted pumpkin flavors up front. It's fairly transitory and doesn't linger long on the palate. Feel is a little seltzer like and plain. Some maltiness lingers, with spartan touches of squash and cinnamon. Overall it's very clean, dry and utilitarian. Not a spice bomb thankfully, but it could use a bit more oomph to it also.

Serving type: bottle

10-16-2010 02:05:18 | More by emerge077
Photo of russpowell


3.18/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Picked this up at Mid-town in Tulsa

Pours copper with two fingers of cream colored head. Average head retention & below average lacing

S: Pumpkin pie spices

T: Follows the nose, some dryness & metallic hoppyness up front. Some fruittyness as this warms, more dryness & cinnamon. Finishes with more metallic twang & fading cinnamon & all spice

MF: Light/medium bodied with low carbonation, become even thinner once warm

This drinks okay, but pretty average for the style. I like to actually taste some pumpkin/squash flavors & more abv

Serving type: bottle

08-09-2010 00:37:17 | More by russpowell
Photo of WesWes

New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a mild pumpkin scent along with a fine spice aroma which compliments the fruit scent well. The taste is decent. It has a light pumpkin flavor along with a slight cinnamon/nutmeg/allspice finish. It's light and highly drinkable, but not as bold a taste as I was hoping for. It goes down easy with good carbonation, but finishes dry and with medium bodied. I prefer a more full bodied pumpkin beer that makes a bolder statement. This is a nice beer, but nothing special.

Serving type: bottle

03-06-2007 19:00:36 | More by WesWes
Photo of jlindros


4.22/5  rDev +15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Another missed beer in my quest to review all pumpkins this year.

A: A nice 1.5 finger head that's nice and creamy but pops downwards quickly. A hazy pale orange to toasted brown color distorts all light passing through so it can hardly be seen arriving on the other side.

N: Two words, spiced pumpkin. I get a nice pumpkin aroma, decent strength, then some spices, misc spices, hints of sugar and sweet malts, a touch of creaminess, and that's about it.

T: Hmmm, quite different! It has a nice light malt taste with some sour fruit, almost like a Belgian sour, but it's pretty light. Like a slight cherry flavor, and pumpkin flavor blended. Almost some Belgian saison like malts and spices come through as well, but also very light. The spices are very light. It's like a nice combination of a bunch of good tastes but kept throttled back so they don't overpower. A very slight bottle conditioned yeast makes its way through. The pumpkin is light, and added with cherry like flavor, is pretty nice.

M: Pretty good body, decent carbonation.

F: Finishes pretty dry and with quite a bit of saison characteristics. Some light spices start the finish but fade quickly. A slight fruity malty taste seems to reveal itself again after the spices fade. It actually finishes very clean. It's a really nice take on a pumpkin beer. Almost like a Belgian Saison pumpkin and cherry beer. Lots of great flavors kept light and tasting great. I really like this one and might be one of my fav pumpkin beers now. I should try to stock up.

Serving type: bottle

12-13-2009 03:03:31 | More by jlindros
Photo of Knapp85


3.53/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

This poured out as a nice looking amber color with a fizzy white looking head on top. The smell of the beer had a decent amount of autumn spice on the nose. The flavor of the beer was spicy upfront and then faded into a sweet caramel aftertaste. The mouthfeel was pretty good, plenty of carbonation to it and a nice medium body also. Overall this brew is pretty good, it's not my favorite pumpkin brew but not a bad one at least.

Serving type: bottle

09-17-2011 17:57:26 | More by Knapp85
Photo of jwc215


3.9/5  rDev +6.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

1 pt. 6 oz. bottle:

Pours orange/amber with a thick off-white head. Some lacing sticks to glass.

The smell is of pumpkin pie - nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice.

The taste is spicy, though not overly so - balanced for the style with plenty of carmelized malt making it smooth.

It has a creamy, medium body. Nice carbonation level and texture.

One of the better pumpkin ales out there, IMO. Pumpkin spices are present and blend well together without going overboard. Recommended for pumpkin ale lovers.

Serving type: bottle

11-10-2007 19:30:21 | More by jwc215
Photo of WVbeergeek


4/5  rDev +9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appears a caramel amber with an off white thick head leaves sparse lacing spread out but I must say the head did have some good resiliency. Aroma...pumpkin pie baby, with sweet crusty breadiness and hints of that underlying lovable gourd with the traditional spice routine of cinnamon, nutemg, and all spice. Flavor comes off creamy with pie filling sliding across the palate in liquid form quite the novel idea right??? (yeah I know but these Southampton guys pull it off a little better than most). Spicy layers with those same spices noted in the nose and bready roast malt layers leaves traces of caramel and more pumpkin pumpkin flavor almost vegetable in nature. Mouthfeel is even with smooth creamy carbonation definitely medium bodied brew but damn it goes down with ease. Drinkability is great much more thatn the typical pumpkin ale I like this one for the balanced spice profile compared to some other god awful pumpkin ales.

Serving type: bottle

11-30-2006 22:44:05 | More by WVbeergeek
Photo of Gavage

New Jersey

4.33/5  rDev +18.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance: clear orange in color with a 1" head that falls slowly to a spotty surface foam.

Smell: pumpkin, caramel, cinnamon, and other spices are bold and easy to detect.

Taste: the pumpkin here is as real as it gets. Not overwhelming, but well balanced with cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, and some carmamel. Bitterness levels are mild.

Mouthfeel: crisp throughout. Heavier in body than other pumpkin ales. Brief aftertaste as the flavors linger a bit in the mouth.

Drinkability: very flavorful ale that is easy to drink and perfect for a cold fall day. One of the better pumpkin ales around.

Serving type: bottle

12-08-2007 12:05:45 | More by Gavage
Photo of smcolw


3.48/5  rDev -4.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Modest head that dies to a single ring of bubbles on the glass. No lace. Crystal clear with a orange-gold color.

Raw pumpkin smell. Unlike most, there's no cinnamon or nutmeg aromas.

The taste is similar to the smell. Pumpkin is the key flavor but this is not a spiced beer. Malt provides the base of below average body. The aftertaste is quite dry, dissipating quickly.

Added notes from 2012:
The head is better this time around, although it stills settles to nearly nothing and leaves no lace.

The bigger change I wish to note is the taste--there is a strong Belgian yeast component to this beer which I think makes for an interesting hybrid.

So, based on these new impressions, I have upped the score a wee bit.

Serving type: bottle

09-26-2009 22:11:13 | More by smcolw
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.68/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

From 09/15/10 notes. Had at a small DC tasting.

a - Pours a dark amber color with 2 inches of white head.

s - Smells of spices and pumpkin. Also some fruity malts.

t - Tastes of pumpkin, heavy spices, bready malts, caramel malts, and light fruit.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation.

d - A pretty good pumpkin ale. Not my favorite, but something I would drink again. Kind of heavy on the spices in this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 02:36:47 | More by mdfb79
Photo of Billolick

New York

3.98/5  rDev +9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber w/o freshness info...first off I am no fan of the style, however, this one I found to be unexpectadly enjoyable, a pleasant suprise, if you will. Pours typical, semi cloudy dark amber, under a moderate tan head, that left spotty lacing and some tongues of sheeting. Nose is of ripe fruit, apricots and subtle fall spicing. Taste here is of a high quality, pumpkin, apricot, apple pie or tart. Soft fruity goodness, with no sweet sugary distractions. Pleasant and easy drinking, bring on a cool winter afternoon and some football games. Nice job here, as usual, by southampton. This one also would likely be a good beer for craft beer newbies.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 11:56:16 | More by Billolick
Photo of jdhilt

New Hampshire

3.73/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger white head that vanishes quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Crystal clear amber color. Spicy pumpkin nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor has pumpkin sweetness with a hop background, slight hop finish. 22oz bottle gift from Boston, MA area.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2007 22:27:54 | More by jdhilt
Photo of Wasatch


3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks goes out to NJpadreFan for this brew.

22oz. Bomber

Pours a nice clean/clear golden orange/amber color, nice carbonation, nice little one-finger creamy tannish head, which leaves minimal sticky lacing. The nose is malty, pumpking, nutmeg, slight cinnimon, and some caramel. The taste is pretty good, follows the nose very well. Medium body. Drinkable, a tasty brew.

Serving type: bottle

01-18-2008 01:29:10 | More by Wasatch
Photo of corby112


3.95/5  rDev +8.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a cloudy dark copper color with some burnt orange hues and a two finger off-white head with decent retention, slowly fading into a lasting ring that leaves sporadic spots of lacing.

Spicy pumpkin pie aroma with hints of cinnamon, brown sugar, pumpkin, clove and nutmeg.

Soft carbonation up front with lots of sweet pumpkin pie flavor as well as hints of brown sugar, cinnamon, clove, ginger, nutmeg, vanilla ans some subtle apple cider notes. ABV very well masked. The mouthfeel is slightly watered down but otherwise this tastes like liquid pumpkin pie. One of the better examples of the style.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2009 07:29:00 | More by corby112
Photo of ppoitras


3.63/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 1" tan head over the clear dark copper brew. Head fades slowly, with good lacing. Aroma is pumpkin sweet, with ample spicing as the label indicates. Flavor finds the same light pumpkin, but is almost overpowered by the spices, which dominate the rest of the experience. Mouthfeel and drinkability are both somewhat limited by the spicing abundance, but all in all, not a bad pumpkin brew.

Serving type: bottle

10-21-2006 14:14:27 | More by ppoitras
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Southampton Pumpkin Ale from Southampton Publick House
83 out of 100 based on 488 ratings.