Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House
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3.95/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
11-23-2006 00:34:24 | More by Sammy
3.98/5 rDev +9.3%
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.
10-26-2010 01:57:39 | More by Thorpe429
3.73/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
10-01-2010 00:26:41 | More by metter98
4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
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.
12-09-2006 16:12:34 | More by BuckeyeNation
4.1/5 rDev +12.6%
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
10-31-2006 23:35:31 | More by brentk56
4/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
11-15-2007 00:18:54 | More by mikesgroove
3.48/5 rDev -4.4%
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.
10-05-2007 19:28:11 | More by ChainGangGuy
3.5/5 rDev -3.8%
A: hazy copper body, some lacing, single finger head with poor retention.
S: fresh pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar and caramel.
T: spices, sweet pumpkin, nutmeg, brown sugar. follows the nose closely other than the pumpkin is more like fresh carved pumpkin in the aroma and more pumpkin pie in the taste.
M: medium body and moderate carbonation.
Overall: this is simply a pumpkin ale as expected. nothing memorable for a good or bad reason.
12-14-2012 02:44:16 | More by kylehay2004
3.53/5 rDev -3%
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.
09-17-2011 17:57:26 | More by Knapp85
3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
10-09-2012 19:48:06 | More by oberon
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
10-16-2010 02:05:18 | More by emerge077
3.95/5 rDev +8.5%
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.
04-19-2007 04:49:07 | More by TheManiacalOne
3.53/5 rDev -3%
A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The foam settles at a moderate pace and leaves decent lace.
S - Caramel malt, earthy pumpkin, and spicy notes of cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg.
T - Dry toffee up front with some clove and allspice in the middle. Finishes with lightly spicy hops, clove, cinnamon, and a touch of earthy pumpkin.
M - Medium body, moderate carbonation, and a dry finish.
D - Not bad, it is a pretty standard pumpkin ale but a little dryer than most. Might work a little better with a touch more sweetness.
12-14-2012 02:48:20 | More by nickfl
4/5 rDev +9.9%
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.
11-30-2006 22:44:05 | More by WVbeergeek
3.18/5 rDev -12.6%
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
08-09-2010 00:37:17 | More by russpowell
4/5 rDev +9.9%
22 oz bottle into a pint glass.
Pours a hazy ruby orange with 1 1/2 fingers of creamy eggshell white colored head. A thin but strong looking layer of retention leaves some nice looking creamy lacing down the sides of the glass. The aroma is a nice smooth smelling mix of spice and greenish pumpkin meat with a touch of citrus and some floral hops in the back.
The taste is a mellow and smooth mix of spices, tang, and pumpkin with a nice fresh tasting tingle of hops in the back. Finishes sweet, citric, and slightly bitter. The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a sharp carbonation up front that spreads out into a creamier feel. There is only just the slightest sensation of beef to the feel, otherwise the ABV is extremely well hidden.
This Pumpkin Ale had a different type of feel from others that I've had in the bottle, being all around more mellow and creamy, but I still really dug it. A really tasty Pumpkin Ale that I've been wanting to try for a while now and finally got around too. I would seek this out again next fall.
11-30-2008 23:43:13 | More by Kegatron
3.2/5 rDev -12.1%
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.
12-04-2009 06:52:08 | More by feloniousmonk
4.2/5 rDev +15.4%
I had this on tap at the Brewhouse Grille, served in a pint.
A - A bold copper/bronze colored brew w/ frothy smooth 1inch cap of light beige. The lace clings well and bead is of average size, clarity and retention are good
S - The aromatics in the pumpkin are great with spice notes that bring to mind a pie - slight fruit ester and caramel malt giving sweetness to the pleasant spice odor of nutmeg and clove
M- the feel has lively carbonation w/ semi sweet and moderate spice effect. The body is medium light and mild in the bitterness dept. with a hint of spice in the finish and mostly clean texture w/ light fruity tang
T - A crisp and spice flavor on entry that is moderate w/ light roasted flavor and gentle caramel malt w/ mellow pumpkin which is more in the texture than flavor yet hints of clove and nutmeg give the spice profile a clean effect on the palate, not coating your mouth, just enough to let you know it is there which is a desirable thing and the hop taste is light in the background
D - A highly drinkable pumpkin -I could see have several over the cours of a holiday meal or watching the game. I consider this one of the best since there is a sense of control on the part of the brewer to use the spice without letting it take over.
09-02-2010 14:01:42 | More by Slatetank
4.22/5 rDev +15.9%
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.
12-13-2009 03:03:31 | More by jlindros
3.73/5 rDev +2.5%
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.
03-06-2007 19:00:36 | More by WesWes
3.68/5 rDev +1.1%
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.
09-20-2010 02:36:47 | More by mdfb79
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
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.
11-10-2007 19:30:21 | More by jwc215
Southampton Pumpkin Ale from Southampton Publick House
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