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Heartland Brewery Smiling Pumpkin Ale - Heartland Brewery Union Square

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Heartland Brewery Smiling Pumpkin Ale
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Ratings: 35
Reviews: 20
rAvg: 3.69
pDev: 12.47%
Wants: 0
Gots: 2 | FT: 0
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Heartland Brewery Union Square 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: Todd on 10-04-2004)
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Reviews by scottum:
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3.53/5  rDev -4.3%

Served an orange amber with a nice white headskie. All that pumpkin pie spice right up front, some but not much actual pumpkin flavor- well balanced and smooth, but a touch too spicey to go down easy. All and all, yum, but I'll stop at one. One of the better pumpkin brews out there, but not near the top of the game.

11-06-2007 18:04:15 | More by scottum
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3.93/5  rDev +6.5%

Pumpkin ales are my favorite, so as soon as I saw a poster in Union Square, NYC, for Heartland Brewery's Smiling Pumpkin ale, I knew I had to try it.

It appears as an attractive medium-tinged orange and "is made with honey-roasted pumpkins, and simmered with ginger, cloves, cinnamon, and nutmeg," according to the menu description.

I found this Smiling Pumpkin ale to be bursting with flavor in the same way as Dogfish Head's Punkin, and Smuttynose's Pumpkin, which are the two best I have had so far. It is rich and full, and fills your mouth, not to mention stomach, up completely.

I wish I could have had more of this beer, but unfortunately, pints are $6 each, and I had a 4 1/2 hour drive home from NYC.

09-19-2005 02:12:40 | More by chOAKbarrell
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3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

10-23-2013 23:50:24 | More by Cynic-ale
Photo of far333


3.68/5  rDev -0.3%

Opaque ochre orange, with a slight beige head that starts out low and sinks quickly. Aroma is sweet, a little malt, but lots of pumpkin and nutmeg. Even mouthfeel of low to moderate carbonation gives way to sweet and pungent flavors of thick pumpkin, a touch of cinnamon, and tangy nutmeg. Flavor is a little sweet, nearly cloying, and the nutmeg takes away a bit from the pumpkin. Not a bad selection, but a little much for the taste buds after one pint.

11-16-2004 04:26:22 | More by far333
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New Jersey

3.9/5  rDev +5.7%

Smilin' Pumpkin Ale

A night of drinking done at the Heartland. This is beer 1 of 8!

Appearance- dark honey maple brown with a small head, no retention.
Smell- spicey cinnimon, nutmeg and pumpkin.
Taste- very good. Pumpkin but not to sickingly sweet. Nutmeg and cinnimon balenced nicely.

Overall- a very good Pumpkin ale. My wife's favorite beer from the Heartland and probably mine too.

11-06-2005 16:23:23 | More by NJpadreFan
Photo of Griffith


3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

01-20-2014 15:22:47 | More by Griffith
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3.85/5  rDev +4.3%

A: Clear orange-amber with a fairly longstanding head of frothy white foam that leaves some minor lacing behind.
S: Tempts with delicate spice.
T: Caramel-kissed malt dusted with light pumpkin pie spice. Clear but not overdone. Very well balanced. Finishes with a short lived note of sweet malt and spice - the ginger lingers, helping to dry it out.
M: Medium bodied with a standard carbonation.
D: As far as pumpkin ales go, this is fairly drinkable. I don't think they're trying to fool anyone, it's simply a basic caramelish ale with some spices added.

01-21-2007 04:06:04 | More by NeroFiddled
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4/5  rDev +8.4%

01-03-2012 15:20:11 | More by tugdriver7
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North Carolina

4/5  rDev +8.4%

11-18-2011 00:29:01 | More by tclapper
Photo of plaid75

New York

4/5  rDev +8.4%

Poured a medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and lacing.

The smell featured a nice clean malt with a solid pumpkin and cinammon aroma.

The taste consisted of a strong doughy grain, sweet pumpkin and spicy cinammon and allspice. Pretty well rounded.

The mouthfeel was average and a bit spicy.

Overall a very good pumpkin ale. Good balance of ingredients.

10-23-2006 15:20:53 | More by plaid75
Photo of dsa7783

New Jersey

3.83/5  rDev +3.8%

On-tap at the brewery in the Empire State Building...
Pours a cream-colored, orange hue with slight carbonation and a minor head that quickly dissipated...
Loads of cloves, ginger, and nutgmeg up front... The taste, likewise, danced with spices... gingerbread, definite pumpkin, nutmeg, allspice...
Medium-bodied mouthfeel,
easily drinkable, clocking in at about 5.5% ABV...
Not bad...

11-23-2008 15:12:17 | More by dsa7783
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New Jersey

4.25/5  rDev +15.2%

10-05-2013 21:58:50 | More by jdash3d
Photo of TheDeuce

New York

1.9/5  rDev -48.5%

Smiling Pumpkin Ale..

Appearance-clear dark orange, thick head off the tap, shiny and radiant look.

Smell-really spicy, nutmeg pumpkin and alcohol, trying to get other spices but nothing else that I really notice.

Taste/Mouthfeel-smooth but yeech, spices are mushed in there with a caramel sweetness, did not much care for the pumpkin, I'm not sure if that's because of a lack of liking for the flavor in general or just this particular one, but I wasn't a fan at all of the way this tasted.

Drinkability-I finished the pint, did not want another, too spicy and no warmth that I was hoping for to help with the winter weather.

Overall-Well, it was my first pumpkin ale, I'll try others to compare but I thought this was pretty awful.

11-13-2008 04:23:01 | More by TheDeuce
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4.5/5  rDev +22%

09-01-2012 15:43:27 | More by shockrocker65
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3.73/5  rDev +1.1%

First had: on tap at Heartland Chophouse, NYC, NY

A pleasant, spicy pumpkin ale. Pours orange-brown with a decent off-white head. Spicy aroma, sweet malts. Pumpkin pie taste but not too strong, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, sweet caramel malts, barely any hops noticeable. Medium mouthfeel, and drinkable; pleasant in autumn.

05-11-2011 22:15:59 | More by Rifugium
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New Jersey

3.43/5  rDev -7%

Appearance: dark orange in color with a 1" head that breaks apart quickly.

Smell: little aroma as some soft caramel sweetness is all one can detect here.

Taste: caramel, light pumpkim flavor, some hints of nutmeg and cinnamon, and a soft bitterness level.

Mouthfeel: medium bodied. Lightly crisp to start, smooth at the finish.

Drinkability: this beer was decent for the season, but the flavors were a bit muted and needs to be kicked up a bit.

10-08-2009 23:28:20 | More by Gavage
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New York

4/5  rDev +8.4%

03-04-2012 04:58:37 | More by cheeseburger
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New Jersey

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

11-16-2011 02:54:37 | More by Pjev11
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New York

3.75/5  rDev +1.6%

09-15-2012 23:45:43 | More by bckayaalp
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3.4/5  rDev -7.9%

Poured a one finger offwhite head on top of a seethru orangish, brownish body with a tad bit of lace. Nice smell of cinnamon, nutmeg and pumpkin with touches of pepper. A good pumpkin taste with caramel malt complemented by cinnamon and pepper, but the taste is light and a tad watery body. Worse, the alcohol pokes through a little and has a not too pleasant backbite. Not a bad pumpkin ale but not exactly my cup of tea.

10-14-2009 11:35:24 | More by clayrock81
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New York

3.38/5  rDev -8.4%

From 10/06/12 notes.

a - Pours a deep orange amber color with one inch of off white head and moderate carbonation evident.

s - Smells of spice, pepper, nutmeg, pumpkin, bread, grains, and wheat. Lots of spice, and light on the pumpkin. Pretty average.

t - Tastes of spice, cloves, pepper, nutmeg, cinnamon, pumkin, bread, grains, dough, biscuit malts. A little more pumpkin than the nose, but still spicy.

m - Medium body and moderate carbonation. Easy to drink and seems like a pretty low ABV beer.

o - Overall a pretty average pumpkin ale. Lots of spice to it and not enough pumpkin/gingerbread for me. Wouldn't seek it out again with out great options available everywhere, unless you really love pumpkin beers and are at the brewpub.

10-22-2012 19:12:22 | More by mdfb79
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New York

3.5/5  rDev -5.1%

10-27-2012 00:37:28 | More by gshackles
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New York

3.25/5  rDev -11.9%

08-15-2013 12:58:44 | More by LoveStout
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3.88/5  rDev +5.1%

Draught: This one pours a crystal clear, slightly orangish, dark golden color. There was a bit of an off-white head on it, but it left quite a bit of lacing. The aroma was basically pumpkin pie spices (ginger, clove, cinnamon), with not much malt coming through at all. Yet, they weren’t overpowering as some others in this style tend to be. The taste was fairly similar. The spices weren’t overdone, but the beer behind them was a little light. More malts were needed to provide a better balance. Still, it wasn’t bad at all. A good pumpkin beer.

11-25-2005 14:19:02 | More by Boto
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2.85/5  rDev -22.8%

A: dark amber/orange body, trace head, zero lacing

S: big nutmeg and cinnamon nose, little pumpkin

T: sweet cinnamon, nutmeg, light malt
hint of pumpkin in crisp finish

M: light body, crisp dry mouth

O: Disappointed, think it needed more body
and more pumpkin.


10-24-2011 15:33:26 | More by BeerLover99
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Heartland Brewery Smiling Pumpkin Ale from Heartland Brewery Union Square
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