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Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Pumpkin AleSouthampton Pumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 556
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 21
Gots: 29 | FT: 0
Brewed by:
Southampton Publick House visit their website
New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

Notes/Commercial Description:
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(Beer added by: slander on 01-02-2003)
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Photo of russpowell
3.18/5  rDev -12.4%
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

russpowell, Aug 09, 2010
Photo of DavoleBomb
3.4/5  rDev -6.3%
look: 2.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured into a pint glass. It might not be fair to review this beer months after its release, but I'm going to anyway.

2.5 A: Clear orange amber color. One finger of frothy head with terrible retention and no lacing.

4.0 S: The pumpkin portion of the nose is great. Nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice, clove are all there giving the impression of pumpkin pie...even with real pumpkin! However, otherwise the malts are weak and very boring. Just a super neutral malt aroma, which may very well be what they were going for.

3.5 T: The taste isn't bad, it's just weak as hell. Maybe it's due to the bottle being old, but other reviews seem to point to the recipe instead. Pumpkin pie spices are there again, but not nearly as potent as in the nose. Malts are better this time around though, giving a pleasant graininess, with a touch of breadiness as well.

3.0 M: Light body is too light for my liking. There's only a handful of styles that I like a thin body on and this isn't one of them. Otherwise, no problems. Good moderate carbonation and very smooth.

3.0 D: Every pumpkin beer I've had other than ST and DFH's have been a disappointment and this is no different. Easy going down, but mouthfeel sucks and taste isn't as good as it could be.

DavoleBomb, Jun 25, 2010
Photo of JMD
3.75/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Light copper color with thin white head that faded quickly.

S: Pumpkin and spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg, and a touch of carmel.

T: Same as the aroma. Big pumpkin flavor, followed by fall spices. Cinnamon, nutmeg and some clove. Some bready malt is also present.

M: Medium bodied with ample carbonation.

D: Very good, but flavor not as bold as I would have liked. Still solid, and a very drinkable pumpkin ale.

JMD, Feb 08, 2010
Photo of strengthdoc
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

The beer poured from the bottle to reveal a medium copper color with little head and lacing. There was a nice crisp aroma of pumpkin, nutmeg and alspice. The mouthfeel was very light. The taste is light pumpkin followed by nutmeg. The taste isn't overly strong as with some of the type. The is the easiest drinking pumkin beer I have tried and one of the better in the category.

strengthdoc, Feb 06, 2010
Photo of mikereaser
2.7/5  rDev -25.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle on 11/30/09

A - Pours a clean copper color with very little foam

S - pumpkin spices, cinnamon, cloves, not much more

T - malt sweet up front with strong spice finish, almost a dry feeling in the mouth

M - very carbonated mouthfeel, crisp

D - ok pumpkin beer, but pretty standard when compared to others

mikereaser, Jan 07, 2010
Photo of jlindros
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

jlindros, Dec 13, 2009
Photo of feloniousmonk
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
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.

feloniousmonk, Dec 04, 2009
Photo of Cakanator
4.43/5  rDev +22%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

One of my favorite pumpkin beers that has just enough pumpkin flavor and spices to not be watery. Great orange red color. Nose is better than pallet which is a let down to some, but as my first official fall beer to the season I liked it. Pumking is better but this will do.

Cakanator, Nov 23, 2009
Photo of tronester
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clear orange/amber with a medium tan head. Smells, well like a pumpkin pie! Also a bit of caramel malt smell as well. Taste is surprisingly sweet up front, followed by a spicy vanilla and cinnamon middle, and a dry, bitter finish. Very nice. Mouthfeel is a tiny bit watery though, but carbonation levels are nice. Quite drinkable, this is a very good pumpkin ale, that is not overloaded with spices, and has actual pumpkin flavor. Recommended.

tronester, Nov 03, 2009
Photo of Haybeerman
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Clear, bright amber color. Poured a half finger coarse off white head that dissipated to an even skim. Lightly decanted. Very little lacing.

S: Pumpkin, allspice and nutmeg. Hops presence increased as the beer warmed.

T: Pumpkin is right up front in the taste. A carmelly and bready taste in the middle. Spicy finish.

M: Light body. Ample carbonation. Spices linger a bith through a sweetish finish.

D: Very flavorful and good pumpkin flavor without being overbearing.

Haybeerman, Nov 02, 2009
Photo of oriolesfan4
3.83/5  rDev +5.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4.5

Liked brews from this brewery in the past, time to try their fall seasonal. Aroma is of nutmeg and little bit of pumpkin, not overpowering though. Taste is pretty good, a bit on the light bodied side, decent mouthfeel. I do like how the pumpkin isn't too strong here.. some nice nutmeg and cinnamon notes in there as well. An above average pumpkin ale for sure but doesn't hold a light to some of the best pumpkin's out there.

oriolesfan4, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of taigor
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from 22oz bottle

A - Pours deep amber color with a small amout of head which dissipates very quickly leaving almost no lacing.

S - Cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin just like the bottle says.

T - Liquid pumpkin pie with almost no sugar. Cinnamon and nutmeg predominate and stay for the aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied and watery.

D - Very drinkable and light due to low ABV.

taigor, Nov 01, 2009
Photo of philbe311
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Two fingers worth of chunky light khaki colored head... The head fizzes away in rapid fashion leaving a very thin veil of lace that is ever so slightly thicker around the edge of the glass... Lively moderate paced carbonation rises throughout... The color is that of pale copper with an undeniable orange hue... Fully translucent...

S - Equal parts spice and pumpkin... Nutmeg and cinnamon dominate the spices, but there are also hints of all spice and cloves... The pumpkin component is slightly sweet... There is also the presence of a moderate dose of pale malts... A wonderful scent all the way around and truly reminiscent of pumpkin pie...

T - The taste is little more pumpkin than spice... The spices are there, but slightly muttled and not very distinctive... The spiciness lingers in the back of the throat as part of the aftertaste... Overall, a mild well-balanced and enjoyable pumpkin ale...

M - Light bodied... Beyond thin, teetering on watery... No real carbonation on the tongue, but a tad in the back of the throat on the swallow... The taste fills the mouth evenly and sustains in a very consistent manner...

D - A little more in terms of body and moutfeel would have gone a long way and added exponentially to the overall enjoyment of this brew... As it is, its a very average pumpkin ale... I've had much worse... I've had much better... I would gladly drink again, but this is not one I'll seek out each autumn (or late summer since these pumpkin brews seem to come out earlier and earlier each year)...

philbe311, Oct 31, 2009
Photo of IronCitySteve
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a really nice amber color, with a little more orange to it. A small tan foam head that quickly dissipates with some very small amounts of lacing.

S: Pumpkin pie with some mild notes of cinnamon, allspice, nutmeg, caramel.

T: The pumpkin flavor comes through on the front end, followed by some caramel, bread and spices on the follow through.

M: Seemed a tad thin, nothing extreme, but thought it would be more of a medium bodied beer.

D: Easy to drink during football games on a sunday. A very nice fall beer, especially if you enjoy pumpkin.

IronCitySteve, Oct 23, 2009
Photo of corby112
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
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.

corby112, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of bbeane
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A- Poured into a 16oz tumbler... Orangish color with small fizzy head that disappates quickly

S- Not a super aromatic beer... sweet pumpkiny smell with cinnamon and maybe some nutmeg

T- Tasty. Not an overpowering pumpkin flavor, but nice and smooth with definate notes of cinnamon, vanilla, and nutmeg

M- Lighter bodied and very smooth from start to finish

D- Very drinkable beer. Lighter body, carbonation, and good flavor

bbeane, Oct 21, 2009
Photo of dborginis
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle into a pint glass.

Very clear, very light pumpkin/amber color. Little to no head.

Smell is a little bit metallic, a little bit pumpkin spices. Nothing too strong here.

Taste the pumpkin and spices up front. Subsequent mouthfuls are dominated by the hop bitterness and a kick of carbonation. The bottle says it is spiced, but not too heavily to make it more drinkable. They accomplish their goal, but when you're drinking a pumpkin beer the spices are not a detriment to the beer if the beer behind the spices is good, and you can still taste the beer behind the spices. This beer could have done with a little heavier spicing and still would have been really good.

dborginis, Oct 19, 2009
Photo of glid02
3.78/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle from a six-pack purchased at Green's on Buford in Atlanta.

Pours a clear orange-copper color with a one-finger off-white head. The head recedes into a wispy layer on top leaving decent lacing.

Smells of spices - mostly cinnamon with hints of nutmeg - and solidly sweet malts.

Tastes similar to how it smells. Grainy sweet malts and spices hit the palate almost simeltaneously and the spices fade a bit midway through the sip. The strong malts and hints of spices carry through to a crisp ending.

Mouthfeel is good. It has a moderate thickness with smooth carbonation.

Drinkability is good. I didn't have a problem finishing the bottle and won't have one finishing the sixer.

Overall this is a solid pumpkin beer however it doesn't quite have the body to make it great. Still, it's worth a shot.

glid02, Oct 16, 2009
Photo of blackbearywheat
5/5  rDev +37.7%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Poured a clear orange body with decent head that had a spicy, cinnamon and pumpkin smell along with some sweet malts. Medium body with a noticeable amount of spice but has a great sweet balance of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin that goes down easy.So far this is my #1 Pumpkin ale that I enjoyed.

blackbearywheat, Oct 15, 2009
Photo of clayrock81
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a clear orange body with decent head that had a spicy, cinnamon and pumpkin smell along with some sweet malts. Medium body with a noticeable amount of sharp, peppery clove and spice but has a great sweet balance of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin that goes down easy. Very sessionable pumpkin ale that I enjoyed.

clayrock81, Oct 14, 2009
Photo of cbutova
2.88/5  rDev -20.7%
look: 1.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 3

Pours a golden orange color with a one finger head that fizzes out quite fastly and leaves no lacing behind, making this one look like juice more than beer. Smells of nutmeg, pumpkin, some sour, and malts. Fades to pure malts eventually it seems. Tastes of pumpkin, nutmeg, malts, and spices. Taste is kind of weak on this one. Mouthfeel is watery with decent carbonation, smooth beer with no alcohol warming, the water is killing it here. Drinkability is decent, the taste is alright, the price was alright, probably wont get it again, not bad flavors to kill the beer because it is kind of weak in itself.

cbutova, Oct 12, 2009
Photo of bump8628
3.45/5  rDev -5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a standard pint glass.

Crystal clear light orange/copper color with a thin, fizzly, white head that surprisingly lasts for awhile.

It smells of nutmeg, cinnamon, and a grainy sweetness. The spices don't overwhelm, which is nice.

The taste is full of holiday spice just like the nose. A light caramel sweetness and very mild hop bitterness linger in the back. It finishes a little astringent.

The body is a bit thin and I don't really taste any pumpkin, although I have yet to find a pumpkin ale that actually tastes like pumpkin. The spices aren't over-the-top but are still noticeable. Not bad, but one bottle is plenty for me.

Admittedly, this is probably my absolute least favorite style of beer but this one is loads better than the plethora of other over-spiced pumpkin ales that inundate the market this time of year.

bump8628, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of projectflam86
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

JoeyBeerBelly threw this one in as an extra in our trade. Cheers Joe!

A- Pours a clear amber golden color with a thin foam that settles into a ring. A tiny bit of lacing left scattered behind.

S- Wow, this one really does have a pumpkin aroma to it! Freshly baked pumpkin with serious spice and brown sugar. Can't wait to see how it tastes.

T- Lots of spice (nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice) in the initial flavor. Certainly does have some pumpkin flavor to it although not quite as much as the nose would have you believe. A tiny amount of butteriness and alcohol in the finish.

M- Medium bodied with decent carbonation. Clean and snappy with a bit of a lingering spicy taste.

D- Overall a nice pumpkin ale with a great aroma and a good flavor.

projectflam86, Oct 11, 2009
Photo of Kitt
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A disclaimer right off the bat: I'm not comfortable with my ability to provide a professional-like assessment of a pumpkin ale. Further, although I'm a sucker for unusual ales, I'm not a big fan of most pumpkins I have tried. But I must say this seems to me to be among the best I have tasted from a bottle.

The beer pours a delicious rich orange-amber with a thick straw-colored head that dissipates rather rapidly but leaves a fine lace. Aroma of rich pumpkin spices is enough to immediately whet the palette.

Strong spice aroma translates to same in taste: a mild but brilliant spicy bitterness that lingers momentarily increasing in amplitude before slowly dissipating. Background of malt with hints of caramel,vanilla, and butterscotch are appealing.

Mouthfeel is impressive - a solid smooth presence just thick enough. Drinkability is fantastic -- goes down smooth and easy!

This is as good a mass-produced pumpkin ale as I have tasted and I've tasted a few I definitely did not care much for. Good job Southampton.

Kitt, Oct 10, 2009
Photo of CHADMC3
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a nice even copper with orange hues and a generous foamy tan head packed with dense bubbles of carbonation.

Sweet malt & barley leap from the glass as a closer inspection reveals the pumpkin spices such as nutmeg and I would guess cinnamon.

Very pleasant nutmeg/cinnamon/allspice on the palate and noticeable vanilla as advertised with a backbone of traditional malt.

Medium to slightly thick in body, medium carbonation and a touch of spice bite.

This is a nice & tasty brew, great example of the style in my opinion, and very easy to drink with even a slight warming quality.

CHADMC3, Oct 09, 2009
Southampton Pumpkin Ale from Southampton Publick House
81 out of 100 based on 556 ratings.