Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House
Displayed for educational use only; do not reuse.
Ratings: 495 | Reviews: 298 | Display Reviews Only:
3.65/5 rDev +0.3%
A - dark ornage-red, with tons of carbonation, and a 3/4 finger of tannish head
S - true pumpkin pie aroma, the spices are rather accurate, as opposed to most pumpkin ales, the smell is alos overpowering, cant detect any hop/malt elements, its a nice aroma, smells like my Nana's house on Thanksgiving
T - this is definitely the most pumpkin pie-y beer i have ever had, very accurate recreation of pumpkin pie flavor
M&D - the only downside is that its a little bit overspiced, it leaves that grainy feel on my tongue, like when i have cinnamon on something, but it is one of the best pumpkin ales i have ever had. very tasty, even the girlfriend liked it (and she swears all beer tastes the same)
10-20-2006 14:21:00 | More by sinstaineddemon
3.73/5 rDev +2.5%
Dark copper in color, with a thin white head. Head disappears rather quickly. Some spices, mostly nutmeg in the nose. Slightly bready malt character, some pumpkin pie spices at the end along with some bitterness. Finishes dry. Light body. Rather simple, with a nice spicy finish. Not bad as far as pumpkin ales go.
10-20-2006 02:21:22 | More by Bierguy5
4/5 rDev +9.9%
Served from a 22 oz bomber into a glass stein.
Pours a bright, dark amber color with two fingers of white head and no lacing. The nose is pumpkin pie spices: cinnamon, clove, and nutmeg, with hints of pumpkin and malt; very nice indeed.
The taste is sweet pumpkin and malts, finishing with a slightly bitter cinnamon aftertaste. The mouthfeel is smooth, with the perfect level of carbonation. A very drinkable beer.
Overall, compared to other pumpkin ales, I found that the Southampton holds up extremely well: it neither overdoes the spice (as the Weyerbacher does), nor is it over-sweet and overdone (like Dogfish Head), nor is it too understated (like the Smuttynose). I have to say that this is probably my favorite pumpkin ale.
10-17-2006 00:30:13 | More by auntfloyd
4.35/5 rDev +19.5%
Pours a beautiful, deep dark orange amber color with a rich off-white head that is very well retained. Earthy spice and restrained malt in the nose. Very nice spice profile in the palate with some fairly sweet malt and, of course, that distinct pumpkin sweetness. All the flavors are rounded, balanced and pretty smooth. Some earthy sweetness and some leafy hop bitterness in the finish. Silky mouthfeel with a firm carbonation tang.
After trying their outstanding Double White ale, Im always optimistic when trying a new beer from Southampton, and this one didnt disappoint. One of the more solid pumpkin ales Ive tried this season, its subdued with a more balanced spice profile; they arent too rich nor are they too mild and, overall, the entire palate is just a little more drinkable and easy going. Now, if you really like pumpkin ales and enjoy the richer examples of the style you might consider this one a little watery, but personally, I really enjoyed Southamptons above-average stab at the style. Recommended.
10-14-2006 23:44:02 | More by arguemaniac
4.08/5 rDev +12.1%
Drank from a 1 pint, 6 fl. oz. bottle purchased from Mall Discount Liquors, Cambridge, MA
Poured a clear, deep, dark, red-orange. The one-finger, light chestnut head soon faded to a ring of bubbles along the edge of the glass.
Aroma was quite fragrant and very pleasant. The beer smelled like warm pumpkin pie. Strong, sweet pumpkin with intense spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice), brown sugar and some light, fruity notes.
Taste was similar. Rich, candy-like pumpkin flavor with spices. A bit of alcohol bite at first, but this soon settled down. Some malty sweetness up front before the spiciness kicked in. Nutmeg, allspice, orange peel and clove bombarded the palate. Somewhat hoppy and dry finish. Slight alcohol warming in the mouth. Aftertaste was a perfectly balanced mix of residual sweetness and hoppy bitterness.
Medium bodied. Smooth and creamy mouthfeel.
Great drinkability. The beer was very flavorful and sweet but still well balanced.
Overall, this was one of the best pumpkin ales I have had to date.
10-14-2006 22:57:04 | More by Damian
4.22/5 rDev +15.9%
A: Pours an extra clear dark amber color (almost orange) with a thin white head that dissipates quickly leaving only a film on top.
S: Cinnamon and nutmeg spices with a good whaft of toasted grains. The toasted grain notes are big--more than expected.
T/M: Spicyness coupled with the fizzy carbonation produces nice soft cinnamon and nutmeg flavors on the palate. Smooth and a bit silky on the palate. Nutmeg is a bit more pronounced than the cinnamon. Slight bit of fruity hop presence with a good toasted grain backbone. A subtle dry finish. Kind of sweet, maybe from the pumpkin. Sweetest pumpkin ale I've had so far this season.
D: I really like the offerings from Southampton and this is no exception. Another pretty stellar brew. One of the better pumpkin ales--not to be confused with an o'fest.
10-13-2006 23:00:16 | More by bjohnson
3.5/5 rDev -3.8%
22 oz. bomber bottle with a label that has a picture of a New England Pumpkin Patch with 2 farm houses or barns in the background. If you look closely, you'll notice that the farm houses or barns on the far left has one of those Jack O' Lantern smiles air brushed on to the side of the building. The Govt. warning was to the left of the picture and the Alcohol ABV% and web address to the right of the picture. Information about the beer can be found on a small neck label that has a picture of the Southampton Publick House. Don't bother to look for a date because their isn't one anywhere. I know it's one of their new releases, so I really don't need a date for this year.
Appearance: I poured this into my Samuel Smith pint glass and what came out of the bottle was this really beautiful dark amber color with a hint of honey to it. It would have been nicer if the head of foam was just as good as the color. All I got was something like half an inch of white bubbly foam that dissipated away completely only after 30 seconds. Of course that left no rings or even lace for that matter around the glass.
Smell: It had an aroma of sweet candy, cinnamon, nutmeg, toasted malts, a pinch of hops, and a very subtle and I mean subtle aroma of Pumpkin in the background. It would smell like pumpkin pie to me, if you took a piece of pumpkin pie and dumped some sugar on top of it.
Taste: I honestly thought this beer was going to taste like a piece of restaurant quality pumpkin pie or even taste like a pumpkin patch would taste like (if you could eat a pumpkin patch). The taste was dominated by the spices, like the cinnamon and the nutmeg. After that comes a moderate taste of sweetness, toasted malt, and some dry bitter hops. It was only after the hops came an extremely subtle taste of pumpkin and even then it tasted like they somehow burned the pumpkin. Southampton said they used generous amounts of pumpkins in the brewing process. Where can I find that? I sure didn't find it in this bottle.
Mouthfeel: It was light to medium bodied, smooth, not too watery and with an aftertaste of subtle sweet candy and some burnt hops. I wasn't too fond of the mouthfeel of this beer. It could have been much better than this.
Drinkability: This is by far one of the best Pumpkin Ales I've tried, but again I've had very few beers of this style. Now I know why I haven't had many. It made for a nice fall season brew, but maybe I should buy another bottle and see if another one tastes like this. I sure hope it has more pumpkin taste than this bottle.
10-12-2006 20:28:07 | More by AltBock
3.93/5 rDev +8%
10/9/2006 $4.99 22 oz. 6.00% No best by date, though this is a seasonal brew, and their first time bottling it, so it's fresh.
Pours a stunningly amber/brown with a half inch of foamy tan head with big bursting bubbles.
Smells of pumpkin pie from a can, with bursts of cinnamon, nutmeg, sugar and of course pumpkin.
Slightly chewy mouthfeel accompanies loads of cinnamon and nutmeg, which dominate the landscape in this pumpkin pie melange. Pumpkin is present in notable quantities, with their sweetness peaking by midsip. Finish is surprisingly bitter, with a burst of hops that lingers in the aftertaste. A very tasty pumpkin. Worth the cost of admission.
10-09-2006 18:57:11 | More by cbl2
4.43/5 rDev +21.7%
Pours with one inch of creamy, tan head that lasts about one minute. Very transparent brown body backed with copper and orange hues. Plenty of carbonation is displayed on the sides of the glass.
As appropriately described, cinnamon and nutmeg dominate the nose of this beer. Some toasted maltiness is noticeable but mainly the smell of fresh pumpkin pie.
The flavors are kicked off by a toasted malt presence backed with a quick burst of dry hops. Almost immediately, the pumpkin and spice flavors take over. Sweet pumpkin with smooth nutmeg and a nice cinnamon pop best describe the spicy flavors. This ale finishes long with a creamy, caramel presence mixed with the previously mentioned pumpkin spice. A dry, hoppy character adds complexity to the pumpkin flavor. The taste reminds me of a deliciously smooth Brooklyn Brown Ale served with a slice of *insert high-quality baking family members name here*'s pumpkin pie. Possibly the most balanced pumpkin ale available.
The mouthfeel is highly carbonated and creamy. The overall spicy character provides and nice burst of flavor with each sip.
Drinkability is excellent. The flavors are very balanced, something hard to find in a pumpkin ale. I'm glad that I purchased a case of this and another may be in order for Thanksgiving because this one will not last.
10-08-2006 18:55:46 | More by Budlum
4.28/5 rDev +17.6%
Appearance Auburn colors on the pour with only a thin head formed on an aggressive pour.
Smell Aroma very lightly filled with pumpkin. No real spice to speak of a bit of hops.
Taste Flavor of pumpkin fills the mouth and then the spices take over. Moderately spiced, just enough to make me happy, finishing with a hint of sweetness..
Mouthfeel Nicely carbonated with a light, dry finish.
Drinkability This is neck and neck with the Smutty Pumpkin for me I may like this a bit more. Ill have to drink a few more of these!!
10-07-2006 20:58:43 | More by gpcollen1
4.33/5 rDev +19%
Poured a deep amber hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was decent retention and good lacing.
The smell was upfront spicy, with hints of cinammon and allspice. There was also a noticable pumpkin element as well as a nice grain.
The taste featured a vey solid biscuity grain, surrounded by a fresh pumpkin flesh and a healthy dose of allspice, cinammon and nutmeg. A very balanced and hearty flavor.
The mouthfeel was full with a spicy tingle.
Overall a very drinkable pumpkin ale. Perhaps the best one I have had up to date.
10-06-2006 01:26:27 | More by plaid75
3.8/5 rDev +4.4%
Pours a beautiful harvest orange color, with a one finger head and decent retention. Ring forms around the glass, with minimal lacing.
Aroma is mostly a mild spice mixture, with allspice showing up the most. Very little malt aroma, and no pumpkin or alcohol note to be mentioned. On the palate, this is well balanced and integrated. The clove spice comes out a little bit more here, and some real pumpkin can be tasted as well. Slightly sweet caramel malt finish, along with dryness from the spice. Well balanced and light. Mouhfeel is a bit thin, but drinkability is great.
A nice change of pace from some of the other pumpkin beers out there. I think there is a time and a place for some of those phenomenal Imperial pumpkin beers, but this is a nice one to enjoy with friends. Tastes great, but doesn't require you to sit and contemplate on it. Think of it as a pumpkin session beer.
10-05-2006 02:17:06 | More by phisig137
4.43/5 rDev +21.7%
Copper in color that turns too burnt orange/ruby when held to light. A small tannish head fades quickly leaving no lace.
This is one splendid smelling pumpkin ale. Smells like it just came out of the oven. Very balanced aromas of pumpkin (which can be hard to find in some) nutmeg, all spice, cinnamon, ginger, toffee malt and even some graham cracker.
One of the better pumpkin ales I've had the pleasure of experiencing. Very dry no sweetness. Impecable balance. Same pumpkin, nutmeg, all spice, cinnamon, ginger, caramel, toffee malt as the nose with an even bigger emphasis on the graham cracker crust.
Thick medium carbonated mouthfeel. Leaves a dry moderate finish. Easy drinking and delicious.
10-03-2006 22:11:30 | More by mcallister
3.9/5 rDev +7.1%
Sampled at the Blind Tiger in NYC on cask, then at the brewery on draught, then at Spuyten Duyvil on cask, then at Barcade on draught. Fun beer and without a doubt, the best pumpkin beer ever, although I still havent had Kuhnhenns version. Light golden color, a bit lighter than most pumpkin ales. Nice, aromatically, considering it is a pumpkin ale. Authentic pumpkin aromas, with light cinnamon and allspice. Flavor is heavily pumpkin accented, with very little spice, cinnamon and allspice. Loaded, just loaded with pumpkin flavor, although Ill be honest and say I was hoping for something just a little more substancial and of course, i loved the Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin.
03-13-2006 23:38:32 | More by Crosling
4.88/5 rDev +34.1%
My wife and I found this one on tap a few months back, and we're not expecting much. I love Southampton's IPA, but am not typically impressed with their ales! Boy, was I surprised by this one!
Overall the color is a standard copper hue, but the nose of this ale is impeccable! The spices are perfectly matched with the pumpkin flavors. I spoke with the brewmaster and he explained that they used pumpkin innards only to make the process easier, so they could produce additional batches. The alcohol presence is much more apparent than most of the other pumpkin ales I've tried, but it is not too strong that it interferes with the drinkability!
Overall a great brew, but an outstanding brewery!
12-08-2005 03:34:03 | More by JustIPAs
4.68/5 rDev +28.6%
A big note of thanks to Imbiber and Lou Sones of the Brazen Head's Cask Head fest on this one!
This came off of the handpump with a huge, foamy, white head. The color was a sort of coppery-orangish hue, but pretty clear, especially for this serving type. The nose was to die for. It was spicy and rich, like a fresh baked punkin pie. Amazingly, even the head had fantastic retention, better than some bottles and a lot of drafts that I've had. Clove, cinnamon, all-spice - all jumping out both on the nose and the palate. Yow! I love the fall. This actually had a semi-creamy mouthfeel. I was reminded of the ice cream at last weekend's NEBF. I experienced loads of spice tingling on my tongue. The cinnamon was especially sharp. The finish resonated with spice. The cinnamon felt as though it had coated the roof of my mouth. Yum. However, according to fellow ASN writer, Ms. Mug, this whole exercise marks me as a "non-self respecting" beer enthusiast. Where do I turn in my card?
This is a bottle review, dtd Su, 17 Nov 2013:
From the bottle: "This unique amber ale is brewed with real pumpkin and traditional spices for an authentic seasonal flavor."; "Long Island's Original Craft Brewery Beers of Distinction Since 1996"; "Ale Brewed With Pumpkin, Spices & Vanilla Extract".
This has been my year (2013) of the pumpkins, some high, some low, but a concerted attempt to get as many pumpkin beers under my belt as possible.
My aggro pour created two fluffy fingers of tawny head with good retention that began to create nice lacing as it fell. Color was a coppery amber (SRM = ~ 13) with NE-quality clarity. Nose smelled just like pumpkin pie! The cinnamon was prevalent, but the vanilla was also present and the other spices stood in line behind those two. In looking at my cask review, the clove was in this version, but not as prevalent, nor was the mouthfeel as full and soft. This had a creaminess, but the carbonation was more prickly on the tongue. Finish was tasty, and it was probably one of the best pumpkin beers that I have had from a bottle, but it did not measure up to the cask version. I am now curious to try and find it on a draft account.
11-08-2005 02:55:04 | More by woodychandler
4.2/5 rDev +15.4%
The more beers I have from Southampton Publick House, the more I realize I need to get my ass from Brooklyn to Southampton to visit their brewpub. Damn this brewery is cranking out amazing beers.
Had this one on-cask at the Cask Head at Brazen Head.
Poured a brilliant orange color. Damn. It looked like a glowing jack-o-lantern inside my pint glass. Granted, I was stoned at the time...
Smell? Pumpkin pie. Pumpkin frickin pie right in my pint glass. Cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkins, awesome.
Taste? Like a sweeter pale ale with just enough spice to combat the moderate hop levels. Rather dry finish, but mostly due to pumpkin flavor.
A thin to medium-bodied beer. Always hard for me to discern the body of a cask beer because the carbontion is lacking.
A drinable brew. I definitely could quaff this all night long at Turkey day dinner with some cranberry sauce and pumpkin bread. Don't forget the butternut squash either.
Damn this was a good beer.
11-05-2005 17:54:10 | More by Sixpoint
4.38/5 rDev +20.3%
Hands down my new favorite pumpkin beer. What a treat to have this on cask at the Waterfront Ale House in Brooklyn. Slightly hazy orange/brown, good fluffy head at first dwindling to small ring of carbonation as expected with a cask. Smells like fresh pumpkin pie.
Taste is quite shockingly bitter up front, but like an earthy vegetable bitter, not hops bitterness. This quickly gives way to a smooth, slightly sweet pumpkin/bourbon/brown sugar malt flavor, and then the pumpkin pie spices kick in. I can't identify the predominant spice in here that makes this better than many of the others -- I think it may be allspice, or even some coriander? Not sure, but it's fantastic.
Wow, what a shock... <sarcasm> another great beer from Southampton.
10-31-2005 01:49:28 | More by bultrey
4.13/5 rDev +13.5%
Not surprising to see that this pumpkin poured an amber apricot foggy orange hued glass with a quickly collaring ivory halo ring, leaving slight drippy lace.
Loads of nutmeg and cinnamon spices and the obligatory pumpkin pie aromas. The nose is not an olfactory shredder but rather a delicate suggestion of what is to come.
First swigs: What can be described besides pumpkin except delectable pumpkin pie? How about with the crust and a dash of vanilla ice cream flavors to top off the experience of this beautifully crafted pumpkin brew. Yes! Its all in there, crammed into the tulip glass like a pumpkin pie milkshake. Sweet maple syrup and a clean aftertaste containing just mellow pie crust notes. Some lingering orange citrous and cider hints peek out from swig to swig.
Medium bodied, gently carbonated and a chalky remaining tongue twist to the drink but with an impossible half and half creaminess that is exquisite.
Last swigs: Pumpkin pie with the crust. The best pumkin ale Ive ever had. DFH Punkin comes close, but this is a delicate pumpkin without the tongue slap of the flavor or the added later flavor of some lesser quality brews. This is what ales should aspire to be in the otherwise drab pumpkin category. The Karo syrup sweetness is what rounds out the harsh tendency of the style. Snaggletoothed this on tap at Half-Time in Poughkeepsie, NY for a paltry $.99. I never met anyone who can drink more than two pumpkin ales a night.
Beer is good. Happy beering.
03-28-2005 03:48:35 | More by blitheringidiot
4.2/5 rDev +15.4%
I show up to David Copperfield's the day after Thankgiving. The selection of pumpkin ales has left the shelves of almost every store I have been to. In the year where I have grown to love pumpkin ales, I can no longer find it anywhere. Then.... there it is. "Southampton Pumpkin Ale is Back!" That sign gave me butterflies. A pumpkin ale, and from what is becoming one of my favorite breweries. YES!
It pours to a slightly hazy pale golden color topped in a nice covering of white head. The retention is pretty good, and it leaves a nice lacing on the glass. The aroma has nice notes of pumpkin as well as blasts of cinnamon and nutmeg. Other spices are there as well, and none are overpowering. This is nice because a lot of pumpkin ales leave one dominant character with no balance.
The pumpkin flavor is fairly delicate at the start, but it comes out more as the beer warms a bit. Cinnamon and nutmeg really spice things up. There are some small hints of sweetness to add to the complex array of flavors. The body is medium, with a very smooth mouthfeel. I did not want to share this one, but after trying it, I had to let a few people have a sip. They then ordered one for themselves. It is a very good drinker as well. They did an excellent job on this one.
11-30-2003 19:00:15 | More by ElGuapo
Southampton Pumpkin Ale from Southampton Publick House
82 out of 100 based on 495 ratings.