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Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Pumpkin AleSouthampton Pumpkin Ale

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Ratings: 572
Reviews: 303
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.05%
Wants: 22
Gots: 34 | FT: 0
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New York, United States

Style | ABV
Pumpkin Ale |  5.50% ABV

Availability: Fall

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Beer added by: slander on 01-02-2003

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Ratings: 572 | Reviews: 303
Photo of SamuelJackson45
3.84/5  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.


Photo of mdfb79
3.68/5  rDev +1.4%
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.

Photo of cavedave
3.93/5  rDev +8.3%
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.

Photo of MoreThanWine
2.27/5  rDev -37.5%
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.

Photo of StaveHooks
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
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.

Photo of ksimons
3.67/5  rDev +1.1%
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

Photo of Slatetank
4.22/5  rDev +16.3%
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.

Photo of DrDemento456
3.65/5  rDev +0.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a dark amber with slight head that depreciates slowly to a ring with moderate lace. Looks good.

S - Cinnamon and nutmeg with all spice and slight brown ale backbone. Smells like it's a winner.

T - Huh. Tastes kind of unbalanced. First you get sweet then hoppy then sort of a pilsner like metallic. Malt is all over the place.

M - Can detect a medium body but it's a mess.

D - Wow that a weird beer! For a pumpkin beer all you need is:

1: balance hops and malt to produce spice yet be like a beer
2: No Metallic taste! That tends to draw people away.
3: More malt than hops to promote nice spiced flavor

And the pretty much beefed all that! It does taste pretty good as a beer (despite the metallic backbone) but never works as a pumpkin beer! More spice!

Photo of nick76
3.3/5  rDev -9.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

The aroma is sweet and spicy with pumpkin and malt. The appearance is dark amber with a foamy head. The taste is like the aroma but a bit chemical like. The palate is super smooth. Overall this is a better than average beer and pretty good but not my favorite pumpkin beer.

Photo of AdamBear
2.1/5  rDev -42.1%
look: 2.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 1.5

A-dark amber, not much head

S-pumpkin smell is weak, some spices are noticable

T-not flavorful at all. slight hint of pumpkin, no real after taste, quite disappointing

M-very average, not heavily carbonated, even watery to a point

D-the more you drink, the more bland it becomes, I ended up racing through this one just to get it over with

Photo of stimulus
4.07/5  rDev +12.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz poured into a pint glass.

A: Pours a clear orange with a light white head.
S: Pumpkin and spices, most notably cinnamon.
T: Again, mostly pumpkin and cinnamon, but well balanced in flavor, not too bland but not dominated by spices.
M: Medium bodied and a little on the high side with the carbonation.
D: Fairly drinkable at 5.5% abv. Surprisingly not much lighter than the ST Pumking. However, this isn't meant to taste like pumpkin pie, and after trying about 5 different pumpkin beers, this only falls short of the pumking, and at 9% abv and very sweet, that is a whole different beast.

Photo of caddybuyer
4.27/5  rDev +17.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

2010 version

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a tulip glass

A-Slightly veiled copper with a tan head that settles fairly rapidly.

S-Cinnamon, cloves, allspice, a hint of vanilla, and some sweet malts. Classic pumpkin ale aroma...yum.

T-Semi sweet malts play with the pumpkin spice, with clove and cinnamon playing equal parts early in the finish, with a hint of brown sugar and vanilla thrown in. Finishes dry and slighly astringent with a bit of hop tang. This is not cloyingly sweet, over-cloved, or thin like so many pumpkin ales are, but very well balanced and refreshing.

M-Slighly creamy medium feel with balanced carbonation.

D-This is a very drinkable beer, and an excellent pumpkin ale. It does not have the richness or the body and complexity of a Pumking or and Imperial pumpkin, but it may be one of the best sessionable pumkins I have had in along time. I love the style, and I very much like this brew.

Photo of GallowsThief
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured out of a 12 oz. bottle into a Duvel Tulip.

A - Shade deeper then your average Holiday pumpkin. Light head with some sticky lacing.

S - You get the nice sweet pumpkin smell immediately and then some clove.

T - Nice, smooth pumpkin taste. Not overbearing at all with a good clean finish.

M - Clean with fair amount of carbonation.

D - Absolutely drinkable. I may carry a couple around in the wagon while thee kids trick or treat this year!

Photo of VelvetExtract
3.52/5  rDev -3%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

A-Translucent orange... Like Pumpkins!

S-Cinnamon and nutmeg...and pumpkin.

T-Much more potent than Shipyard's pumpkin beer. Spicier. Like the nose, nutmeg, cinnamon and ofcourse...pumpkin.

M-Light/medium body. bubbly.

D-Alright. Won't buy a sixer; didn't mind trying one.

Better than Shipyard's pumpkin.

Photo of DNICE555
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a hallows amber with tints of orange. Smells of the usual nutmeg, allspice, and a nice dose of vanilla. Tastes right up there for a pumpkin ale. Not quite on the smuttynose dogfish level but one or the more solid offerings. I'm adding this to my list of go to pumpkin ale's.

Photo of skullsplitter
3.48/5  rDev -4.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

It's too early for pumpkin beers but I have taken a fancy to Southampton and wanted to give this a go.

A - A nice orange and maple colour that I was really quite pleased with. The head was small, white, and dissipated quickly. Lacing was non existent. The color really did it for me on this one.

S - The smell was a nice blend of your traditional pumpkin spices. Not overpowering but very floral. Based on the smell I inferred that the taste would be somewhat heavy.

T - Cinnamon and nutmeg are quite apparent and expected being this is a pumpkin ale and all. I also noticed a small hint of clove which was welcome. This brew fell into the dumbed down watery-like taste that seems to plague most pumpkin beers.

M - A light mouthfeel makes this beer a little on the watery side. The taste never clings to the palate.

D - Pretty good drinkability. They go down quick.

All in all this is one of the better pumpkin beers I have tried. Like most, it lacks flavor but has a great aroma. If I saw this next to a Pumpking or Punkin then I would have to pass.

Photo of russpowell
3.19/5  rDev -12.1%
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

Photo of DavoleBomb
3.41/5  rDev -6.1%
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.

Photo of JMD
3.77/5  rDev +3.9%
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.

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.

Photo of mikereaser
2.71/5  rDev -25.3%
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

Photo of jlindros
4.18/5  rDev +15.2%
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.

Photo of feloniousmonk
3.24/5  rDev -10.7%
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.

Photo of Cakanator
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
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.

Photo of tronester
3.87/5  rDev +6.6%
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.

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