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Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Pumpkin AleSouthampton Pumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 490
Reviews: 297
rAvg: 3.64
pDev: 14.56%
Wants: 18
Gots: 10 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
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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 pzrhsau

District of Columbia

3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

A: A nice laced head over a cloudy orangish amber body
S: Great aroma of cinnamon and vanilla coupled with a real fleshy pumpkin scent.
T:Spicy cinnamon flavor with that real pumpkin flavor that isnt too sweet and not too strong.
D/M: Subtle carbonation that helps bring out the aromas. It is very balanced with the amount of alcohol and really does not overwhelm. Great to enjoy a few of these.

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 02:15:25 | More by pzrhsau
Photo of birchstick


3.83/5  rDev +5.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A - pours a dark / reddish orange with a nice head

S - smells of pumpkins, cookie malt, spices (nutmeg & cinnamon). Definitely more malt than spice on the nose.

T - the taste is similar to the nose. Cookie malts are the backbone of this beer, which allows the spices more freedom to make their presence known. I got some faint cinnamon and nutmeg on the pallete. Just like the nose, the malt portion of the beer plays a larger role in this beer than the spices. This is pretty good.

M - full bodied that goes down smoothly - nice mouthfeel

D - this is one of the better pumpkin beers I have had. As noted above, the malt profile is way more forward than the spices in this. I really enjoyed this and wish it was available in my area. Thanks BogleHill for the chance to try this!

Serving type: bottle

10-25-2010 00:56:00 | More by birchstick
Photo of telecomz


2.3/5  rDev -36.8%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Not an impressive pumpkin ale. The spices did not provide any strong aromas to enjoy before the quaff. In fact, the aroma was off-putting; medicinal. That medicinal quality was expressed in the taste as well. Expected more from this brewer and such a relatively high rated beer (but what isn't on BA?).

I can say this was my least favorite pumpkin ale of 2010.

Serving type: bottle

10-24-2010 22:15:58 | More by telecomz
Photo of riversider76

New York

4.22/5  rDev +15.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice golden orange with a fluffy white head. Very good retention and a bit of laceing. Aroma is of Pumpkin,spices and brown sugar.Medium bodied,crisp and carbonated. Taste is of pumpkin with hints of dark fruits. Spicy through out. Very nice.

Serving type: bottle

10-17-2010 20:57:31 | More by riversider76
Photo of emerge077


3.9/5  rDev +7.1%
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 OneDropSoup


3.1/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured into a tulip pint: Two fingers of spongy, fluffy head, just off-white, over a dark orange/russet body, a little brassy & barely transparent. Head drops to a nice, firm cap.

Smell is a little brown sugar, cooked pumpkin, slightly medicinal. Noticeable raisin & nutmeg -- not a favorite flavor, but doable.

Taste is a little citrusy, with prominent nutmeg & again, a kind of cooked pumpkin taste. Nutmeg really lingers in the aftertaste.

Medium-thin, not a lot of life to it. Not bad, but kind of lays there.

It may be my nutmeg bias, but the heavy reliance on it was this beer's downfall for me. I don't feel it brings a lot more to the table. Not for me, thanks.

Serving type: bottle

10-14-2010 02:04:18 | More by OneDropSoup
Photo of drtth


4.1/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Served in a standard shaker pint glass. Glass of cold water on the side to sip from periodically.

Appearance: As served the beer is a nice pumpkin orange color with a slight reddish tinge. The ¼" off white head soon recedes into a ring of foam and an irregular island off to one side of the surface. Sipping leaves a few irregular speckles of lacing that slide back down to the liquid.

Smell: The aroma is definite and filled with pumpkin pie spices (some cinnamon, some nutmeg, some allspice). Closing my eyes I can imagine the pie quite easily.

Taste: The flavor is, as expected from the nose, filled with pumpkin pie spices, but these are all intertwingled with a touch of bready malt sweetness and a bit of almost peppery bitterness from the hops. This latter touch prevents the sweetness from cloying.

Mouthfeel: The mouth feel is medium bodied and has a slightly slick touch to it. The carbonation is light and prickly. The finish is medium to long and lightly bittered throughout. The mix of pie spices and the hop flavors combine with a nice dryness that takes over and brings things to a close.

Drinkability: This is a nice pumpkin ale that I'm enjoying sipping and would be fine with having another (which is not always true with pumpkin ales even when I enjoy them). I certainly would not mind having this one again in the future. I thought this a very good beer in that it shows off both the spices and a touch of hops.

Serving type: on-tap

10-06-2010 18:39:05 | More by drtth
Photo of mdaschaf


2.88/5  rDev -20.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Poured from bottle into a pint glass

A: Pours a dark amber with a one finger white head.

S: Some nutmeg and pumpkin spies, and a little bit of cheap plastic

T: The smell comes through on the taste, but it is a little watered down. I don't like my pumpkin beers over the top, but I felt this one was lacking a little.

M/D: Medium bodied, with a little but too much carbonation for my taste. It sort of had a soda like texture to it. Not bad, but certainly not great. Would pass for other pumpkin beers.

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 02:21:43 | More by mdaschaf
Photo of huxcrunner

New York

3.7/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

a-a very nice brownish-red in color with about a finger and a half of off white head and reasonable lacing

s-good smell of seasonable spices that are clear and evident, hops and malt are good undertones of this beer

t-taste is slightly bitter upfront with a little bit of bite to it and clean and crisp, very seasonable fall flavors to this beer

m- a little light on the body of this beer for the style but overall is clean and refreshing

d-this beer has good overall combination of flavors and aromas that welcome you in and invite you to have more than just one

Serving type: bottle

10-06-2010 01:19:31 | More by huxcrunner
Photo of gatesseanm

New York

4.88/5  rDev +34.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

I felt lucky to have been able to go to the publick house while the pumpkin ale was one tap. I may even make the 1.5 hour drive back to Southampton just to pick up a growler. Best part of drinking the pumpkin ale was the rich and delightful aftertaste that reminded me of thanksgiving pumpkin pie.

Serving type: on-tap

10-05-2010 18:00:21 | More by gatesseanm
Photo of HUXC

New York

4.5/5  rDev +23.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

S- Served from a chilled 12 oz bottle into a pint glass.

A- A dark golden amber/orange color with about a fingers worth of white head that leaves a nice lacing around the brim of the glass.

S- Smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, and other pumpkin spices that goes along with fall.

T- More rich in flavor then most pumpkin beers that I've had. Predominantly pumpkin taste with a dash of nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice and almost a chocolaty coffee finish.

M- Moderate amount of carbonation, full bodied pumpkin ale.

D- Very enjoyable to drink. Not a beer that should be pounded.

Serving type: bottle

10-04-2010 01:53:59 | More by HUXC
Photo of rfgetz

New Jersey

4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a light amber/orange color with moderate poof of soapy white head. Scent is light yet notes of sweetness and well balanced pumpkin pie spices. First sip is creamy sweet, well balanced notes of nutmeg, cinamon and clove with a good solid pumpkin background. Medium bodied, slightly creamy. Well balanced between pumpkin pie and fall spices, no overpowering ingredients, very drinkable. A good all around pumpkin for all crowds.

Serving type: on-tap

10-03-2010 19:29:42 | More by rfgetz
Photo of metter98

New York

3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
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 beergod1


4.28/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I've noticed 2 types of Pumpkin Beers. Ones that taste mostly like a "Pumpkin" and those that Taste like "Pie". I do like the spicy Pie beers myself, and this one is a great one. Hazy, deep amber with a thin cream colored head that seemed to stick around. A mild pumpkin aroma, with some cinnamon, nutmeg, and a delicate spiciness along with a toasty, caramel maltiness, Vanilla, and fruit?. Flavor is of slight pumpkin, pumpkin spice, Mouth feel is medium bodied, and though the spice and malt are present, it is generally clean, with a nice hop bite rounding out the finish. This one reminds me of Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale. Delicious.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 23:25:18 | More by beergod1
Photo of tigg924


2.33/5  rDev -36%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 1.5 | overall: 2

Appearance: 1/3 inch head, orange-brown in color, clear, high carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin spice

Taste: cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin spice, and toasted malt--almost marzen like

Mouthfeel: overly sweet and spicy start with a bitter backbone that becomes bland, high carbonation, light bodied

Drinkability: The bottle describes this beer as not wanting to be over the top. This beer starts with a bang really sweet, but fades just as quick. With the light spicing, the beer becomes bland as the spices fade too quickly and what is left is a light marzen beer. I think with some tweaking this has potential to be really good. However, I have had better from the brewery and in the style. I would pass on this in the future.

Serving type: bottle

09-27-2010 17:51:56 | More by tigg924
Photo of DrJay


4.03/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Clear, medium amber in colour with an off-white cap. It definitely smells like a pumpkin ale -- pleasant spices, nutmeg and allspice, cinnamon, malty sweetness and earthy gourd. Quite nice. The flavour was good, but it could have used a bit of extra malt to the fill out the flavour, a bit more biscuity perhaps. Solid, lingering bitterness beneath the pumpkin and spices, more nutmeg and cinnamon. Decent texture too. Medium to light bodied with average carbonation. I liked this beer and appreciate the flavour of pumpkin + spices rather than spices on their own.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 00:29:43 | More by DrJay
Photo of a74gent


2.93/5  rDev -19.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

"Not over the top with spices" it says on the bottle. No kidding...limited flavor here although a decent nose. It does get better as it warms up, but still nothing stellar.

The pumpkin spice flavor compenents are very, very mild and the base beer isn't great in my book. The flavors are not well formed and the only flavor is the mild spice.

The appearance is good although the foamy head is a little coke-ish. The nose is mild but good although the initial taste is a little soapish and not great.

Overall...I can drink it particularly when a little warmer, but I don't want a bunch of them.

Serving type: bottle

09-25-2010 00:24:43 | More by a74gent
Photo of chefhatt


3.73/5  rDev +2.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I poured the beer into a pint glass, it has a nice light brown color to it with a 1" white head, that lay down to a thin lace around the edge. The beer has a nice aroma of cinnamon, nutmeg and a hint of pumpkin. The beer has a nice taste of pumpkin pie spices to it and the nutmeg hits the back of the tongue, which is very nice i think. This beer is very smooth and is very drinkable. I would say if you want a good pumpkin ale than you should try this one.

Serving type: bottle

09-24-2010 02:14:24 | More by chefhatt
Photo of SamuelJackson45


3.85/5  rDev +5.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A- A dark orange filter look.

S- Smell pumpkin and spices and even a hint of vanilla.

T- Taste of pumpkin and spices and vanilla at the end of the sip.

M- Smooth texture filling pumpkin and spices through out the sip.

D- Good holiday beer. My first pumpkin beer with vanilla. try it.


Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 05:37:09 | More by SamuelJackson45
Photo of mdfb79

New York

3.68/5  rDev +1.1%
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 cavedave

New York

3.95/5  rDev +8.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A clear, amber beauty wears a one finger dark beige head, then a skim, and finally a bald cap for most of the ride.

The smell is light on pumpkin, full of clove and cinnamon, caramel, and foral/herbal hops playing around the edge.

Not much pumpkin in the taste, a bit more than in the nose, but it is full flavored featuring the light pumpkin out of the gate, caramel, pumpkin pie spices, some sweet maltiness holding it together, and a finish that never really gets dry even as the beer warms. Very well balanced, quite delicious.

Mouthfeel is the best part of this beer. Just right carb. and medium body, clean on the palate despite ample spice resins, decent finish.

Highly drinkable for a style of which I'm not a huge fan. This bottle disappeared rather quickly.

Impression: The first pumpkin beer I've been able to say that I will def. get it again. You should try it.

Serving type: bottle

09-20-2010 01:37:47 | More by cavedave
Photo of MoreThanWine


2.17/5  rDev -40.4%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

I'll be honest, this was the first of a short series of pumpkin beers I recently tried and I'd never had this style before. It turns out it's not my thing.

Started OK with a nice 1.25" head which eventually dissipates to next to nothing. And bouquet has that slight pumpkin pie smell. And though I suspected it was going to be sweet it wasn't, they didn't simply replicate pumpkin pie. But here's the thing, the spices pretty much overwhelm any real flavors of beer. I mean they could put the same things in a glass of iced tea and get pretty much this flavor.

Maybe this is a great example of pumpkin beer done right, I don't know, but it's not a great example of beer.

Serving type: bottle

09-18-2010 12:00:37 | More by MoreThanWine
Photo of StaveHooks


3.98/5  rDev +9.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4.5

A - Pours an amber brown. The 1 finger off-white head sinks quick.

S - Gingerbread, spices, hint of vanilla. The pumpkin is definitely there.

T - Spices right off the top, nutmeg, allspice, cinnamon. The malt is fused with pumpkin flavor. It has bready character and is very clean. The aftertaste is of allspice and cinnamon. It's a bit thin and watery.

A pretty good pumpkin beer. It has good mixture of pumpkin and spice flavor without being underwhelming or over the top.

Serving type: bottle

09-11-2010 02:17:45 | More by StaveHooks
Photo of ksimons

New York

3.63/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

A-pours a thick head that leaves a thin layer of lacing. The color is a dark clear amber

S-full of pumpkin, cinnamon, other spices, and a touch of malts. Very nice

T-has the pumpkin and spices present, but the nose is better than the taste. Also seems to have a bit of a metallic taste to it

M-medium carbonation, medium body, spicy finish

D-not as good as some pumpkin beers I have had, but better than many others. Not bad, but not great

Serving type: bottle

09-03-2010 22:15:16 | More by ksimons
Photo of Slatetank


4.2/5  rDev +15.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

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.

Serving type: on-tap

09-02-2010 14:01:42 | More by Slatetank
Southampton Pumpkin Ale from Southampton Publick House
82 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.