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Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House

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Southampton Pumpkin AleSouthampton Pumpkin Ale

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BA SCORE
82
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546 Ratings
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Ratings: 546
Reviews: 301
rAvg: 3.63
pDev: 14.33%
Wants: 20
Gots: 28 | 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:
No notes at this time.

(Beer added by: slander on 01-02-2003)
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Photo of AndoBrew
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

*did not like would not buy*

app: nice deep copper! good fall color! white offish lil head, looks good!

smell: fall pumpkin spice, smells almost like a candle. yummy.

taste: not bad, its spicy. its watery. its ok, not bad, but a bit flat flavor wise and falls short of "the great pumpkin"

mf: thin easy spritzy, nice.

drinkable?: kinda, the fake pumpkin flavor gets to be to much "as it goes"

AndoBrew, Oct 04, 2007
Photo of CWiggins
3.5/5  rDev -3.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

I've sampled several pumpkin ales this season. For some reason, they just call to me as I gaze into the cooler. Okay, I admit it: I love pumpkin ales! Southampton's version is new in this area, and I thought it would be worth a shot.

It pours a golden brown into my pint glass, with a short-lived, just off-white head that consisted of relatively large bubbles. Aromas of cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, pumpkin, and brown sugar waft up from the brew as I breathe in its vapors. It may well have the best aroma of any pumpkin ale I've head, with the exception of one. Oddly, no pumpkin ale ever tastes as full as it smells, and this is no exception. The flavors are mainly of medium-dark malts and the above mentioned spices (just not as big), with just a little hoppy bitterness at the finish. It's very nice, with a smooth texture and a lingering aftertaste of hops, malts, and pumpkin.

CWiggins, Oct 03, 2007
Photo of DavidSeanNJ
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

22 oz bomber.

A- A nice amber/orange/copper color- small creamy head- no lacing.

S- Smell was of fall spices- pumpkin pie.

T- Taste was malty, fresh pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice- well balanced and smooth.

M- Mouthfeel was light and refreshing.

D- Could drink many of these in a sitting- one of the most balanced and tasty pumpkin ales ever.

highly highly recommended.

DavidSeanNJ, Oct 01, 2007
Photo of Rainintheface
3.38/5  rDev -6.9%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz bottle into Sam Adams glass.

A: copper color with two finger foamy head that doesn't last very long

S: what you expect. cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin pies aromas

T: rich spice flavor, some malt but not much pumpkiny tastes

M: medium body with fairly active carbonation, moreso than other pumpkin ales. a quality i found to my liking. good mouthfeel.

D: I could easily drink a couple of these.

Rainintheface, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of blackie
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

a: Into a snifter, gives a respectably sized off-white head that steadily recedes to a ring and a thin layer of bubbles. The beer is a clear copper-amber in color.

s: Smells quite nice, with a mashing of caramel malts, pie spice, and squashy pumpkin upfront. Definitely nutmeg and cinnamon, probably some sassafras, and I pick up a pleasant ginger aroma in the back that's reminiscent of a good ginger beer. Good pumpkin pie aromas represented. I like it, a very solid aroma. I scaled it back a notch because it didn't give the depth I would have liked after warming.

m: Carbonation just over medium, with a light medium body. I like my pumpkins a bit creamier, and this one comes of thin.

t: A blend of caramel malts and spiced pumpkin flavors at first. The spice seems dominant, and primarily nutmeg and cinnamon. The pumpkin itself eludes me, but such has been the case with many pumpkin ales. A little bland, certainly needs more depth. Too dry, too thin...my tastebuds need something to latch onto. After the swallow, the palate quickly dries a bit and flavors of spice and seemingly pale malts linger. Falls just short of a "good" rating.

d: A respectable pumpkin, but far from the best and a little of a letdown since I went into this expecting a bit more. Save the balance, give me some more pumpkin pie. Still, an enjoyable drink and a bomber that soon disappears...possibly because I don't feel the need to savor it as I normally would.

bomber from Peace Street

blackie, Sep 27, 2007
Photo of wedge
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange-amber with an initially fluffy off-white head that settles down to a creamy collar. Spices command the aroma - the label notes cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice were used and they're all there, although thankfully leaning toward the latter two. A mild pumpkin fragrance and sweetness lay under the spices at first, but as it warms, the sugary quality builds up enough to compete. The flavor is well balanced all around. Spiced pumpkin and caramel with a pleasant sweetness that holds on through the finish. Despite the spices being prominent, they aren't overwhelming, which I appreciate. Good medium body. Smooth and a little dry in the finish.

Nice. I wish the "pumpkin pie" quality came through a bit stronger, but all-in-all an enjoyable, well-rounded brew.

wedge, Sep 24, 2007
Photo of atsprings
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark copper with a decent head that diminishes to barely a ring. Aroma is very much dominated by pumpkin spice with some malt present in the background. The taste is a good blend of pumpkin spice and malts. The beer is medium bodied with decent carbonation. This is an enjoyable beer, but at $4.99 a bomber, not something I'd likely have again.

atsprings, Sep 18, 2007
Photo of kaelingirl
3.85/5  rDev +6.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

22oz brown bottle poured into a standardpint glass.
Pours a pale orange with a thick slightly off white head. The aroma is dominated by the pumpkin and spices and this carries into the flavor which also has some malt background and finishes on the sweet side. Fairly high carbonations hurts the drinkability of this bottle.

kaelingirl, Sep 16, 2007
Photo of Gmann
4.28/5  rDev +17.9%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a golden copper color with an average off-white head. The smell is of roasted pumpkin, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The brew has a base of roasted pumpkin and caramel malts. The pumpkin pie spices follow to provide good balance. Southampton Pumpkin probably has one of the best roasted pumpkin flavors out there. The spices fit well without being cloying. Moderate body and plenty carbonated, finishes very balanced. A great subtle pumpkin ale. The flavors don't blow you away but fit in perfectly as a whole.

9/20/09 Edit:
The flavor is probably the best of the patch to date. Nice pumpkin flavor with a good pepper and pumpkin spice profile. This is ranking right there with DFH Punk'n

Gmann, Sep 15, 2007
Photo of NEhophead
3.53/5  rDev -2.8%
look: 3 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

1 pt 6 fl oz brown bottle; served in a nonic.

Full copper in color with thin auburn highlights. A fizzy, off-white head evaporates rather quickly to a trace of film. No lasting lace to speak of.

Rounded pumpkin aroma with detectable, clean wheat and faint, floral hops. Dry cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice. Pretty close in aroma to pumpkin pie.

Semi-sweet toasted malts that soon become airy and biscuit-like in flavor. Burnt pumpkin as well as a profile of dry spices follow: nutmeg and allspice. The bland mustiness is met by an intense burst of carbonation in the finish.

Medium bodied; airy and dry as a result of the spices. The amount of carbonation is rather forceful.

For the style, Southampton's version is pretty average. Although it is not my style of choice, I have had better offerings.

NEhophead, Sep 14, 2007
Photo of NJpadreFan
4.5/5  rDev +24%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Southampton- Pumpkin Ale

Appearance- Dark red/ orange brown with a frothy head.
Smell- Strong pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon.
Taste- Nutmeg, cinnamon, and allspice come through first, followed by malty graham cracker/ pumpkin.
Mouthfeel- Big flavor throughout. Intensifing in the end.

Overall- Possibly the best Pumpkin Ale I've ever had. Absolutely delicious. Worth the $4 for 1pint6oz.

NJpadreFan, Sep 13, 2007
Photo of BBM
4.05/5  rDev +11.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Fall is starting to gear up, which means the opportunity to try a bunch of pumpkin ales and Oktoberfests. So why not try a Southampton? This beer poured a clear amber/orange from a 22oz. bomber. There was a thin off-white head that didn't stick around all too long. The aroma was muted, with cinnamon and nutmeg present.

If you enjoy pumpkin ales, then you would certainly enjoy Southampton's iteration. Up front there are pumpkin pie spices coming through, cinnamon, and nutmeg. The actual pumpkin flavor is not as prevalent here, but noticeable nonetheless. Mouthfeel is well carbonated and medium bodied. Drinkability is high, since it has such a sweet taste and smooth body.

I'd put this one up there with Brooklyn's Post Road as one of my favorite pumpkin ales. If you can track it down, I'd recommend it.

BBM, Sep 11, 2007
Photo of JoeyBeerBelly
4.72/5  rDev +30%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

22oz bomber, "just in" (according to the guy at the beer store), served in a pint glass.

A - clear, orange color with a good sized, light tan head that eventually thinned out, leaving good lacing.

S - good mix of spices, sweet aroma.

T - excellent pumpkin ale, great spiced flavor.

M - medium bodied with very crisp carbonation.

D - very easy to drink a few of these.

Final Note: I don't think the guy in the beer store was lying to me about the freshness of this beer, and I was very impressed with this brew from Southampton.

JoeyBeerBelly, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of hreb
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

I was surprised to find this "Seasonal Reserve" at a local beer store here in Somerville, MA, for a reasonable price, so I picked it up, although I couldn't find a date on the bottle or any indication how old the dust was. The cool 22oz bottle pours into an imperial pint glass with a deep brownish red color and a thick, aromatic head. Smells of sweet pumpkin pie.

At this not-quite-cold temperature the beer has a sudsy, oily texture. It works well to bring out the flavors of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice (as admitted on the label). It has all the best flavor of pumpkin pie, which, to be fair, isn't necessarily actual pumpkin.

I have to compare this to Cambridge Brewing Company's fall seasonal pumpkin ale (which I look forward to trying again soon). Where CBC succeeds is that the beer really does tasty like pumpkins, and it isn't weighed down with a lot of spice flavor. This beer, which I think I like even more, is exactly the opposite. The pumpkin is present as the subtle flavor that it is, but the cinnamon and nutmeg taste really, really good. The spices were fresh when they were added. For that reason I'd actually be surprised if this beer ages well, since the compounds in nutmeg and cinnamon are particularly volatile once grated. I dunno. There's no offensive pungency, or artificial/chemical flavor. There's a very slight bitterness, perhaps from hops, which balances out the pumpkin pie so this doesn't become a complete dessert beer.

Overall, very good. My favorite pumpkin ale to date, although perhaps CBC's needs a category of its own.

hreb, Sep 02, 2007
Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.95/5  rDev +8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured from a 22oz bottle into an imperial pint glass.

A: The beer is a deep orange color with a medium foamy off-white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is loaded with spices (typical nutmeg & cinnamon of the style) along with caramelized malt and a touch of hops.

T: The taste is very bready, sweet and spicy with flavors of pumpkin of course, cinnamon, nutmeg and caramel. The malt character is very hearty and there’s a mild hops presence. The pumpkin flavor comes out more as the beer warms. The after-taste is slightly sweet and maintains the spice flavors.

M: Smooth and very crisp, medium body, medium carbonation, slightly sticky finish.

D: Tasty, goes down very easily, not as filling as most beers in the style but still makes a very good representation thereof. Although April might not be the ideal month to be drinking this type of beer, it’s kind of chilly tonight so the beer is actually hitting the spot a bit. It’s definitely one of the best I’ve had in the style.

TheManiacalOne, Apr 19, 2007
Photo of lpayette
3.63/5  rDev 0%
look: 2.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Details- 22oz. bomber. "Ale brewed with pumpkin & spices (cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice)"

Appearance- A bit darker than most pumpkin ales. This one's a cinnamon color with a small off-white head. No lacing. Slight haze.

Smell- A good amount of all the essentials listed on the bottle- pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, and allspice.

Taste- Much the same as the smell with the addition of some hopsnear the finish, and slighly toasted/baked pumpkin pie crust characteristic. Some very subtle coffee in the roastiness as well.

Mouthfeel- Something no quite right for me. A little too roasty for me.

Drinkability- Not bad, but a bomber was more than enough for me. Part of this is just the style however. It's a hard one to get just right in my opinion, but this beer was uninspiring for me.

lpayette, Mar 15, 2007
Photo of orbitalr0x
4.33/5  rDev +19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours from the 22oz bomber into my glass a clear red-orange color...reminds me of fall and pumpkins for that matter. A nice half inch of bubbly eggshell head on top. Aromas start out with a nice caramelized pumpkin aroma alongside plenty of spiciness including cinnamon and nutmeg. A bit of burnt sugar...quite nice and reminds me of fall weather and pumpkin pie!!

First sip brings a flow of caramel pumpkin goodness right off the bat. It's followed by some brown sugar and a wonderful mix of spices. Nutmeg, cinnamon, and maybe even a touch of clove. It flows down with a hint of bitterness and a nice spicy finish that is so well balanced and not overwhelming at all. This is a damn tasty pumpkin ale in my opinion and I'm glad to have the opportunity to try it.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied and smooth with a nice strong flow of carbonation. I enjoy drinking this brew and will easily finish the bomber off. A tasty pumpkin ale that ranks up there with the best ones I've sampled personally. I'll be seeking this one out again next year and hope to sample it a bit fresher when it comes out! Cheers once again to Southampton on a fine creation.

orbitalr0x, Mar 07, 2007
Photo of WesWes
3.73/5  rDev +2.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

The beer pours a dark amber color with a thick frothy offwhite head that slowly fades to lacing. The aroma is good. It has a mild pumpkin scent along with a fine spice aroma which compliments the fruit scent well. The taste is decent. It has a light pumpkin flavor along with a slight cinnamon/nutmeg/allspice finish. It's light and highly drinkable, but not as bold a taste as I was hoping for. It goes down easy with good carbonation, but finishes dry and with medium bodied. I prefer a more full bodied pumpkin beer that makes a bolder statement. This is a nice beer, but nothing special.

WesWes, Mar 06, 2007
Photo of brewdlyhooked13
4.55/5  rDev +25.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Appearance - a pleasant, clear iced-tea color, an almond head of maybe a finger. Melts down rather fast and plain, but a decent start.

Aroma - cinnamon, pumpkin, and nutmeg - very nice.

Taste - a malty base with just a touch of sweetness. Roasted grains underpin some seasonal spices including cinnamon and pumpkin. Nutmeg comes through on the aftertaste and exhale. A delicious style done well.

Mouthfeel - smooth, a touch heavy, with robust carbonation.

Drinkability - delicious and totally sessionable.

brewdlyhooked13, Feb 23, 2007
Photo of cabsandking
3.88/5  rDev +6.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3 | overall: 4

Rich amber color and a crusty beige head that does reduce somewhat. Soft pumpkin spice in the nose with allspice leading the way and backed by hop fruitiness. Nice strong pumpkin spice and a nearly equal pumpkin flavor. Graham cracker bready, toasted light malts and balanced with a distinguished hop character displayed here but unobtrusive to the pumpkin pie focus. Medium body, moderate to high carbonation giving it a fizzy mouthfeel that's not bad but might have been better without. The finish is fruity sweet, dry spice, and pumpkin spices carrying over.

cabsandking, Feb 07, 2007
Photo of Applesauce1
4.68/5  rDev +28.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 4.5

Picked up the Pumpkin Ale at Hyde Park Wines & Spirits in Cincinnati. ej285701 gave this his approval, so I'll give it a whirl.

Appearance: dark orange-brown color with about a 1" off-white head on the pour; looks great
Smell: cinnamon and hops are the two most prevalent smells along with a little bit of pumpkin pie as expected (smells more like a winter warmer than a pumpkin ale, but I'm a fan of both)
Taste: awesome! pumpkin pie, cinnamon and hops are the three flavors I can pick up the most; this is the hoppiest pumpkin ale I've ever had, and the brewery blended the flavors together perfectly
Mouthfeel: medium bodied with nice carbonation (I made a nice pour on this one)
Drinkability: it's going down pretty fast

This is the best pumpkin ale I've ever had and one of the best beers I've ever had period. I'm hoping to see another one of these around the store sometime soon, but being January, my chances are dwindling. However, I'm definitely looking forward to next year's batch.

Applesauce1, Jan 05, 2007
Photo of jaluria
4/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured a dark, rust color with a frothy and semi-soapy head. Just a bit of lacing was left behind in my pint glass. A thin film remains throughout the session. Moderate carbonation. Aromas of spices, pumpkin, grains, and alcohol. The taste follows suit with a smoothness and crispness that is quite interesting and tastey. A bitter finish that hints of autumn, leaves and the seasonal harvest.

jaluria, Jan 03, 2007
Photo of Boto
2.93/5  rDev -19.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 2.5

22oz. bomber: This one pours a clear amber color. There is a bit of an off-white head on it that drops off rather quickly. Fairly big nose of pumpkin pie spice, but not overdone. Nothing else can really make it through those. A somewhat thinner body to this beer. I taste some of the pie spices, but I get a bit of a metallic taste to the beer. Not one of their better offerings. Disappointing, since I really like this style.

Boto, Dec 20, 2006
Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.1/5  rDev +12.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Polished pumpkin with butternut squash trim; this is a gourd looking beer. A generous number of rapidly moving bubbles can be seen joining a large, creamy cap that is pale orange-tinted ivory in color. Small chunks of bubble bath lace are beginning to stick, but they look too melty to last. Pumpkin ale looks like a pumpkin ale. A good pumpkin ale.

The aroma is one of the best of this style that I've ever encountered. It smells like the beer equivalent of pumpkin pie; no surprise since pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice) are used. Man oh man, I feel like putting a big dollop of Cool Whip on top and digging in with a fork. Somehow I don't think the body is quite full enough for that to work however. An outstanding nose!

The flavor doesn't quite reach those lofty heights. Having said that, this is definitely one of the better pumpkin ales in existence. The base beer tastes like a lightly sweet amber ale with just enough toasted breadiness to give it character and allow it to stand up to the rest of the ingredients. I'd like to see the hop bitterness ratcheted back just a tad.

Most pumpkin ales use a similar spice bill, but most brewers aren't able to add the spices exactly to my liking. Too subtle is as bad as too spicy. Thankfully, Southampton has hit the spice bull's eye. I can see how some might think that it's over the top however. My theory, when it comes to beer at least, is that it's better to be too bold than not bold enough.

My initial impression of the mouthfeel was that it was full enough, but that it was too fizzy. Time, as it so often does, has remedied the latter so that the beer is less sharp feeling and more smooth. Several more vigorous pours should continue to bleed off the excessive carbonation.

While it isn't the equal of my very favorites, Southampton Pumpkin Ale is very good beer. My worries about the generous amount of spices wearing away my enthusiasm over the course of the bomber haven't been borne out. I would love to have had a bottle with my Thanksgiving dinner; something that I'll be sure to keep in mind for next year.

BuckeyeNation, Dec 09, 2006
Photo of TheLongBeachBum
4.3/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Presentation: 22 ounce brown glass bottle sealed with a crown cap which has a cream colored surface and the word Southampton set across a large red ‘S’. One main label and a matching neck mounted affair. Listed as ‘Pumpkin Ale’ with a stated strength of 6% ABV. No freshness date that I could discern.

Appearance: Bright body, pellucid with a fantastic streaming amber-orange glow that casts a warming red tone similar to a Long Beach sunset. Large fizzing light tan colored froth forms on the pour, feisty life wattle and dawb lacing, though sadly the head dies a little too early. Conditioning is average, if a little low key at times. Solid looks nonetheless.

Nose: Pungent seasonal aromas mix a Halloween start with a Christmas finish. Lots of Cinnamon and Nutmeg with a background of fruity Pumpkins. Allspice lifts the finish and adds a Crimbo kick to the back end.

Taste: Very much a continuation and reflection of the nose. Though the nice part about the tastes is how well all the elements blend and mix perfectly with the fleshy Pumpkin middle. Great balance.

Mouthfeel: Middling carbonation, smooth conditioning with a light dryness and a solid body with bold character from start to finish.

Drinkability: How do they make this one so drinkable? The trick here is not the use of some new secret ingredients, but rather the way that they neatly balance all together in a spicy brew that still retains an intensely quaffable profile. Far too easy to keep picking this one up, and then so hard to put it down again. One of the few Pumpkin Ales that does belong in Bombers!!

Overall: Thoroughly enjoyable. Yet again Southampton seems to add a new twist and some quality input into a style that has seemingly been “brewed to death”, and yet inject it with new life and vested interest. Damn this one is good!!! A Spicy Thanks! to the lovely Erica for this Holiday treat.

TheLongBeachBum, Dec 07, 2006
Southampton Pumpkin Ale from Southampton Publick House
82 out of 100 based on 546 ratings.