Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House
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3.21/5 rDev -11.8%
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.
11-19-2013 03:41:39 | More by falloutsnow
3.78/5 rDev +3.8%
Southampton Pumpkin Ale has a very thin, gray-white head, no lacing, a mostly clear, amber appearance, and a good amount of bubbles streaming up. The aroma is of pumpkin and Fall spices, with an underlying beer fragrance, but the flavor is reversed- mainly a beer taste with a background of pumpkin and spices. Mouthfeel is light and watery, and Southampton Pumpkin Ale finishes semi-dry, refreshing, and easily drinkable. This is very good, because they did not go overboard with the pumpkin and spices, so it is still essentially a beer.
11-05-2013 12:05:14 | More by RonaldTheriot
3.78/5 rDev +3.8%
12 ounce bottle into pint glass, Fall 2013 bottling. Pours lightly hazy orange copper color with a 1 finger dense off white head with good retention, that reduces to a thin cap that lingers. Light spotty lacing clings on the glass. Aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, toast, clove, brown sugar, toffee, light vanilla, and toasted earthiness. Damn nice aromas with good balance and complexity of pumpkin, spice, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, toast, clove, brown sugar, toffee, light vanilla, and toasted earthiness. Lingering notes of pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, toast, clove, brown sugar, and light toffee on the finish for a short bit. Good balance and complexity of malt, spice, and pumpkin notes; with decent flavor robustness and no cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is good. Alcohol is very well hidden with zero warming noticed after the finish. Overall this is a very good pumpkin ale. Lacking some robustness of flavors; but has very well balanced flavors and is a nicely enjoyable pumpkin ale offering.
11-02-2013 05:48:32 | More by superspak
3.54/5 rDev -2.7%
Poured from a single bottle into a pint glass. 10/3
Pours bright copper, big bubble white foam with full settling out. Light pumpkin nose with backing brown sugar. Taste is a light, watery, pumpkin malt. Cinnamon/nutmeg blended in, but very mellow. Just a touch on the sweet side. Average for pumpkin beers.
10-27-2013 14:11:34 | More by KTCamm
3.43/5 rDev -5.8%
A - Pours clear copper with a bubbly one finger head. Quickly dissipates to a minimal cap and lacing.
S - Heavy spices, particularly cinnamon, clove, and ginger, with a nice amount of lightly sour pumpkin and sweet malt.
T - Very light flavor at first of sour pumpkin and a hint of malt, the pumpkin getting much heavier on the swallow. Spices in there as well, but also subdued. Very mild bitterness in the aftertaste.
M - Light body and medium carbonation, watery for my taste in an autumn season ale.
O - I was really excited from the smell but overall disappointed after that. The flavor needed to be heavier and with more depth and I would prefer the body to be heavier. Unfortunately it is another mediocre pumpkin ale to add to the list.
10-25-2013 00:27:00 | More by JustinAniello
4.36/5 rDev +19.8%
Very clear and richly amber hued.
Aroma of warm spices and pumpkin. Rich vanilla and buttery undertones.
Heavy bitterness from the spices on the back of the tongue. Light and almost floral up front. Very balanced, but definitely lets you know it's a pumpkin beer.
Great mouthfeel. Very cozy, like pulling on a light sweater on a cool fall day.
Great beer. Not crazy pumpkin, but self limiting. Clearly made by talented brewer's who wanted to say 'pumpkin' but not throw it in your face.
10-21-2013 00:40:04 | More by nortmand
Southampton Pumpkin Ale from Southampton Publick House
82 out of 100 based on 497 ratings.