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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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Southampton Publick House visit their website
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 SaCkErZ9
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Dispensed from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass. Dark orange in color is the beer and is topped by a pumpkin pie crust colored head of about two fingers in size. Not much lacing but the head sticks around for quite awhile before subsiding into pox on top of the beer.

Aroma isnt very festive. Mostly bready with minimal spice aroma. Light, earthy hop aroma and an overall earthiness. I guess I can detect some of the nutmeg but that was faint at best and the rest of the spices really arent there until the beer warms up quite a bit.

Very nice flavor. Although the aroma was somewhat lacking, the flavor profile was very nice. Sublty is the key here and it works well. Subdued and slight flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg, and a peppery spice as well. Bready as well.

Mouthfeel was medium bodied with a little too much carbonation for my liking. This is completely drinkable and was a huge plus while in the beer store (Bruisin Ales). Has to be top two or three on the Pumpkin ale category for me.

Photo of GbVDave
3.28/5  rDev -9.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 22oz bottle into a 20oz imperial pint. Thanks to D-Rod for the hook up!

A: Pours a clear, reddish-orange hue with a smallish off white head that quickly dissolves to a faint filmy skim.

S: Faint aromas of pumpkin, cinnamon, brown sugar, pumpkin pie spice, and pinch of bready malt.

T: Pretty restrained in the flavor category. Earthy pumpkin, mild spices, mild biscuit tones, and mild hoppiness. Pretty mild...

M: Too sharp and bitter for how inoffensive it is.

D: Decent, but not much here to make me want to revisit.

Photo of number1bum
3.55/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

One of my contributions to NEPA BC split #8.

Pours an orangeish amber, great clarity and a foamy two inches of light tan head. Head retention is quite good, with a nice lace and lots of stick on the sides of the glass.

Smell is the typical pumpkin pie spices, most notably allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg, with a little bit of malt sweetness, as well. Nice clean aroma.

Taste is quite spicy, with loads of the aforementioned pumpkin pie spices hitting the palate on first taste. It's a bit overspiced for my taste, without enough malt sweetness to fully complement it. Some caramel, bready malt is there, but I'd like a bit more. Mouthfeel is a somewhat thin medium-body, with adequate carbonation. Drinkability suffers a bit because of the overdone spices.

Not a bad pumpkin ale. One bomber is enough for me, and it's not my favorite of the many pumpkin ales I've tried this season.

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

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.

Photo of jwc215
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

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.

Photo of Hibernator
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Southampton Pumpkin Ale
22 oz brown bottle
Served in a 20 oz imperial pint glass

Pours a rustic orange with a nice head on top. A foamy head of circle lace froms.

Whiffs of autumn spices like cinnamon and nutmeg.

A solid caramel malt backbone provides the base with a nice array of seasonal beauty. Flavors of all spice, nutmeg, ginger and fresh pumpkin pie. Nicely balanced and quite drinkable. A solid Pumpkin Ale overall and above average for the style. Enjoyable and perfect for the season.


Photo of dirtylou
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber, shipped by blackie

consumed during patriots-colts match

appearance: pours into great dane imperial pint glass - autumnal orange-amber body, healthy beige head with pretty nice retention for the style, strong appearance

smell: pretty strong aroma as well - pumpkin and cream is prominent with a high spice compliment, pronounced cinnamon aromas...one of the better of the style

taste: Flavour does not match the aroma in quality but this pumpkin ale still ranks pretty highly for me...flavours seem a little muted with the pumpkin stronger on the nose, cinnamon and spice are felt in the followthrough

mouthfeel: fairly light, spice bite

drinkability: pretty good

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

22 oz. bomber into a tulip.

Pours an attractive golden/amber/orange color with a thick light-tan head that recedes to a thin top layer. Tremendous amounts of carbonation rising from the bottom of the glass fuel a decent retention. The aroma is hard to detect--I've smelled much sexier pumpkin ales. What I can pick up are traces of cinnamon, pumpkin, nutmeg, vanilla, and a touch of graham cracker.

The taste is quite good, with a spritzy flavoring of wheat, cinnamon, nutmeg, pepper, and other spices. The mouthfeel is a bit overcarbonated, but maintains a crisp and refreshing bite to the finish. Quite an easy beer to put away, I killed the bomber without much of a problem. I'll probably try this again sometime, but I'll reach for other pumpkin ales first come next Autumn.

Photo of lordofthewiens
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Bomber poured into a pint glass. Orange color with a medium-sized white head. Aroma was malt and pumpkin, with a hint of spice. Tasted mostly pumpkin pie spice, but the malt and pumpkin also showed through. The first impression was that it was too spicy, but it mellowed out as it warmed a bit. Decent beer, but couldn't drink a lot of these.

Photo of edchicma
3.9/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a light golden caramel with good initial head that dissipates, but traces remain. Smell is mellow...malt and pumpkin blend in an inviting aroma. Taste is likewise a blend of malt and pumpkin with spicy hints. Neither taste overwhelms the other. Mouthfeel is initially lightly creamy but finishes with a slightly crisp quality. As with other pumpkin ales, it might be a bit harder to drink too many as the pumpkin taste can get a tad overwhelming over time.

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

With Halloween so close and Thanksgiving just around the corner, it's time to really get into my pumpkin ales. Today's special Sunday treat is Southampton Pumpkin Ale.

APPEARANCE: Pours into an English pub-style glass a mostly clear dark orange amber with some yellow highlights. The head starts at almost a finger's height but quickly drops to a thin collar and small bubbly patch floating on the surface.

SMELL: The smell is slightly sweet with pumpkin and spice (nutmeg, ginger). A very slight spicy hop aroma balances the sweetness ever so slightly. Malt character is difficult to detect through the spice.

TASTE: The taste is mostly void of the spice found in the nose. The initial flavor is of a solid malty beer with a good background of pumpkin and a very slight alcohol presence. Hops are done perfectly and are present only for balance. The finish is strikingly clean leaving almost no flavor in the mouth after swallowing. I wish some flavor from this beer would linger.

MOUTHFEEL: Medium bodied with a slightly high carbonation level. Everything is just fine, though a slightly fuller body wouldn't be a bad thing.

DRINKABILITY: This beer is very easy drinking, and there's no high ABV to get in the way. The mouthfeel and subdued flavors make a 22 oz. serving a great size.

This isn't the most exciting pumpkin beer I've had, but it may be the most well made. Nothing in the beer detracts from it at all. I would definitely recommend trying this one if you can get it.

Photo of Georgiabeer
3.54/5  rDev -2.5%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Got this bottle at Bruisin' Ales in Asheville, NC. Not my favorite Pumpkin beer, I expected more from this brewery. Pours dark amber with little head or lacing. The smell shows nicely balanced pumpkin and spice, with cinammon, nutmeg and allspice. The initial flavors are a nice balance of spice and pumpkin, but unfortunately it quickly falls off and the finish is a little watery and quite a bit toned down. The mouthfeelis a little too watery, and too tame. Easy drinking, but fairly forgettable.

Photo of Vancer
4.15/5  rDev +14.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Very nice pumpkin sent my way by gpcollen1 for my BA annv.

Beauty of a pour, pumpkin amber with a frothy ivory head, lots of lacing. And nuttin but pumpkin, spices, clove in both the aroma and taste. Yummy stuff. Creamy and filling in the body, this is a top of the line pumpkin ale. With the alcohol on the lighter side of 6%, this is one for a session.

Photo of uconnalum2
3.7/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance is a deep amber that starts with a healthy head but settles down after a few minutes. The smell is very spicy especially cinnamon. The taste is very sweet and malty, like pumpkin pie mixed with an Oktoberfest. The overriding taste is cinnamon that leaves a prickly spiciness in the aftertaste. The mouthfeel is medium-bodied and fairly smooth. Drinkability suffers a bit from the sweetness. Overall, this is a bit too sweet for my liking but a nice change of pace to have each fall.

Photo of MrHurmateeowish
4.2/5  rDev +15.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

22oz bomber from A-1 to-go in Gardiner. Pours a nice translucent amber-red with a good inch of off-white head. Smells sweet and spicy, with cinnamon, nutmeg, etc dominating. Tastes like pumpkin and spices, finishes clean, helping the drinkability. Full body with a good amount of carbonation, but not too much. Very drinkable, one sip definitely invites another on this one. Not the best pumpkin ale I've had, but definitely a great one, and another impressive offering from Southampton.

Photo of msolar
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

There are a lot of other reviews on this beer for the details. I didn't consider it anything spectacular. We did a pumpkin-beer lineup last night and this beer was a bit disappointing. I'd call this a cinnamon beer, not a pumpkin beer. I'd recommend the Dogfish Head Punkin' (current #10 on the Top Pumpkins) or better yet, the Imperial Pumpking (currently #1) if you're looking for something with some Halloween spirit.

Photo of OWSLEY069
3.69/5  rDev +1.7%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Pours a clean copper color with a small white head, that did not last long. In the aroma, cinnamon and allspice, and just a hint of pumpkin. In the taste, same as smell, spices with a hint of pumpkin. A smooth and spicy mouthfeel, and a cinnamon aftertaste. A very nice pumpkin ale, nice spice and not too big. A nice balance as well.

Photo of froggyfrog
4.13/5  rDev +13.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 5

Pumpkins Bitches! 'Tis the season.

I finally got my hands on a 750 of this beer. (Thanks Phatz for the Stateline run.) Of course this morning I found out that my local now carries Southampton when I found a case of this very beer sitting on the shelf. Oh well, between DFH and homebrew I've got plenty of pumpkins to hold me through the short season. Next year I'll grab a case, if it's as good as I think it will be. Let's find out,..

A: Poured cold from the fridge into the fat bowl of my snifter, the body is a fiery, gold-flecked sight. 15 minutes in, the rocketing carbonation still fuels the extant head.

S: First whiff is allspice, heavy and biting, rolled tightly with cinnamon, the nutmeg alternates in. In spite of the spice, the nose is very clean on this one with a slightly vegetable earthiness in the undertones.

T: Here too this beer comes clean and crisp. Like the bouquet the flavors lean heavily on the allspice. The overall flavors center on the pumpkin pie spiciness expected from the genre but inside we also find a mildly toast-like brown malt flavor and a unique melted wax-type note in the finish.

M: Much drier than I'm used to seeing in a PKNA. My first reaction is to call the mouthfeel weak, but as I get into it it seems to jive well with the general briskness of the beer.

D: Of course this beer scores high on the drinkability scale. It has that nice autumn harvest quality that makes us love pumpkin-brewed beers, but this one takes a drier road than most; skipping the thicker brown ale qualities found in most of my favorite pumpkin ales. Sexy pumpkin flavor mixed with a bracing, quenching body - I'm diggin' it.

Thanks Southampton. I knew it'd be good.

Photo of barknee
3.2/5  rDev -11.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Southampton’s pumpkin ale pours a comparatively light orange amber color, a bit of a deviation from its brethren. A gentle nose of autumnal spice along with supple pumpkin spice components greet you and never overwhelm you. A bit on the side of a “refined” seasonal; never out of balance or over the top. I would like to see a more concentrated version of the recipe, but enjoyable it is and a perfect selection for long-term pumpkin brew quaffing sessions.

Photo of brewcrew76
4.03/5  rDev +11%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pours a deep orange copper with a 2 finger tan head a thin layer of lace.

S - Primarily allspice with a touch of nutmeg.

T - Allspice with some cinamin and a touch of nutmeg. The cinamon lingers in the finish giving it an unique aftertaste.

M - Medium bodied, smooth and creamy with good carbonation.

D - One of the better "spiced" pumpkin beers but it doesn't have that natural pumpkin taste others have. Still a very tasty beer.

Photo of sinistrsam
4.42/5  rDev +21.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured a clear orange gold with a medium white head and good lacing.
Tons of spice up fornt in the nose; pumpkin and allspice, mild citrus and cinnamon, cloves. Very complex but balanced well; something that many pumpkins can't do well.
Mild hoppiness is overshaddowed by sweet pumpkin and spice, but once again, not too strong with either. Very well balanced.
This was meduim bodied and faded from mildly sweet into a bittersweet and hoppy/dry aftertaste that in my opinion is perfect for fall. This is very drinkable (even the 22 oz.) and one of the best pumpkins I've had this season.

Photo of jdhilt
3.74/5  rDev +3%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two-finger white head that vanishes quickly to a ring leaving traces of lace. Crystal clear amber color. Spicy pumpkin nose. Medium carbonation and medium bodied. Flavor has pumpkin sweetness with a hop background, slight hop finish. 22oz bottle gift from Boston, MA area.

Photo of Billolick
3.97/5  rDev +9.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bomber w/o freshness info...first off I am no fan of the style, however, this one I found to be unexpectadly enjoyable, a pleasant suprise, if you will. Pours typical, semi cloudy dark amber, under a moderate tan head, that left spotty lacing and some tongues of sheeting. Nose is of ripe fruit, apricots and subtle fall spicing. Taste here is of a high quality, pumpkin, apricot, apple pie or tart. Soft fruity goodness, with no sweet sugary distractions. Pleasant and easy drinking, bring on a cool winter afternoon and some football games. Nice job here, as usual, by southampton. This one also would likely be a good beer for craft beer newbies.

Photo of BuckSpin
4.12/5  rDev +13.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Presentation: 22oz bottle in a tulip glass

BAside: any beer that should smell like this deserves a better glass than a Shaker pint!

Poured with some gurgle. lively, energetic, a nice sizzle. Damn, this smells nice! Deep, deep sweet malts, heavy with lush pie spices. What is so intoxicating is the depth - its not sharp or angular in the least. Its like walking into a Victorian parlor, ripe with age, a mantle heavy with fresh fruits & potpourri...just lush. As it blooms the spices do grow somewhat sharper - the cinnamon has a soft bite, like a box of Red Hots, the sensation (and hint of heat) growing & growing. . The nutmeg is pungent, the allspice lurking in the background.

The head, sadly, was practically non-existent, even with a deliberate pour trying to induce it, It was a pencil's worth of mixed parchment colored foam at the best, snapping & sizzling, fading very quickly to a flimsy island floater with a razor thin edge ring. What it lacks in top eye candy it certainly delivers below in the body. Just the most brilliant, crystal clear, copper-toned cherry amber hue, very striking. A slow. deliberate migration of bubbles eases thru it. Shame the head isn't there.

With a thin re-pour from almost a foot away I finally get a finger's worth of foam, but it too quickly fades and laces only in isolated splotches...my only negative about the aroma & visual.

For as spellbinding as the aroma and bewitching the hue, its actually rather tame & mild initially. There is a subtle cinnamon heat overtop a delicate, creamy, semi-sweet malt profile. Any pumpkin qualities are very, very mild, but looking there are some there. They do probably help the full, creamy mouthfeel, which is also furthered by favoring the wet side of semi-dry, a very damp, muted crunch the only astringent aspect noteworthy.

As it warms the malts grow a little wooded, talking on a quasi Scottish Ale quality...a very nice front porch from which the spices trick or treat the tongue. With those spices (growing less strong with each sip) the overall effect has a very slight single malt taste....very nice. It grows more bittersweet, slight burnt caramels, drier, thicker, a tiny bit syrupy & finishing as such, leaving a clean, refreshing, slightly warm & even a tingly cinnamon bite taste.

This was not what I expected, but I really liked this. Aside from the fantastic aroma & great color it, to me, has a lot of characteristics that one might glean from a single malt. In that I do like single malts, to me this is a good thing. The spice bite, sweet caramels, faint burnt aspects, all add up to a very nice beer and a great cool weather one. Ironically, I don't see this going with pumpkin pie, but the cinnamon & sweet malts could make for a nice foil to some spicy fare (Spanish/Thai/Middle East) as well as sharp taste like certain onions, dry aged cheeses. Actually, this might pare really well with a number of Middle Eastern dishes. Pleasantly surprised. I would definitely drink this again, and would recommend it highly to those who enjoy the occasional nip from a noser.

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

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.

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Southampton Pumpkin Ale from Southampton Publick House
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