Southampton Pumpkin Ale - Southampton Publick House
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3.13/5 rDev -14%
look: 3 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 3
Alright, this has to be the last pumpkin ale of the night…after a few hours of nothing but drinking, I’m pretty full of beer, water, and crackers, and those high-alcohol pumpkin bombs don’t look too appealing to me right now. So here’s to a good end to a great night of pumpkin pie palates! Cheers!
A: A very still beer: over the clear orange body is a nearly-nonexistent head, and the carbonation traveling up from the bottom of the glass is minimal. Lacing and retention are unfortunately absent.
S: Toasted pie crust in force, punctuated by nutmeg, ginger, and allspice. Pure pumpkin rolls in with pastry scents, reminiscent of a pumpkin roll – cream cheese, croissant, and sweet, ripe aromas of pumpkin.
T: Unfortunately thin. This is a palate that emphasizes crisp grains, but less like a craft pilsner and more like a cheap lager. And other than that, there’s not much else worth praising: an acrid sweetness like diet soda, a metallic note like well water, and a light hop bitterness. Pumpkin flavors are authentic, but fleeting, providing momentary flashes of nutty pumpkin pie. Herbal, dry finish, tasting again like cola.
M: Thin and fizzy; there’s just not that much there.
O: My least favorite pumpkin brew in a long time, due mostly to a collection of off-flavors and its thinness. Sorry to say, but this now inhabits the lower bound for pumpkin ales, as far as my experience goes (beating out the longtime contender, Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin).
Serving type: bottle
10-13-2013 00:44:55 | More by BarryMFBurton
3.8/5 rDev +4.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
The beer pours a slight off white head that dissipates quickly. The beer itself is a orange amber that is clear. No head exists after it dissipates and the lacing is pretty scarce.
Pumpkin. More pumpkin. There are hints of cinnamon and bits of nutmeg but the pumpkin dominates.
The beer has a strong taste of pumpkin guts mixed with hints of cinnamon and nutmeg. There also appears to be a slight hint of bitter hop aftertaste but that might just be the cinnamon.
Biting carbonation. Medium bodied but lighter than most pumpkin ales and a smooth feel as well.
A pretty good pumpkin ale and one that I recommend. The beer is certainly different than most other ones on the market and if you're looking for one that resembles pumpkin, then this is the one.
Serving type: bottle
09-28-2013 04:46:04 | More by HattedClassic
Southampton Pumpkin Ale from Southampton Publick House
82 out of 100 based on 490 ratings.