Pumpkin Ale
Smuttynose Brewing Company

Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
Beer Geek Stats | Print Shelf Talker
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #182
Ranked #24,806
3.67 | pDev: 14.99%
Nov 01, 2023
Aug 28, 2003
Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale is our homage to the craft and heritage of America’s brewers. Recipes calling for the use of pumpkins in beer date back to early colonial times, when brewers sought to extend their supply of costly imported malt with locally grown ingredients, such as squash and “pompions.”

In that spirit, we brew our ale with the addition of pumpkin to the mash, along with traditional spices to create a delicious American original.

45 IBU
Recent ratings and reviews. | Log in to view more ratings + sorting options.
Photo of scotorum
Rated by scotorum from Massachusetts

3.96/5  rDev +7.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4
Above average with a pleasant combination of cinnamon and nutmeg
Nov 01, 2023
Rated: 3.68 by Hockey_Fan from Maryland

Oct 07, 2023
Photo of DistrictElite
Reviewed by DistrictElite from District of Columbia

2.61/5  rDev -28.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.75
Look – Copper color with a hint of orange. Light foam.

Aroma – Very light pumpkin. Pumpkin light. Maybe. Very little scent. Perhaps that’s because it’s natural.

Taste – The taste is carbonated with a light pumpkin feel. Like the nose there is no spices to be found. Honestly, no pumpkin.

Mouhfeel – Light-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. It is easy to gulp this one down, but that’s due to it not being rich or flavorful.

Overall – Light pumpkin beer on the nose and a whole lotta nothin’ on the taste. Not bad tasting, but that doesn’t mean it is good.
Sep 22, 2023
Rated: 3.51 by lakewy17 from New Hampshire

Oct 30, 2022
Photo of akaizer
Reviewed by akaizer from Virginia

3.64/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75
From a pint can into a draught glass. Pour had a floofy head of light beige foam with a clear, warm golden amber colored body with mild effervescence. Scent is what one expects from a pumpkin ale -- plenty of pumpkin and a nice dash of spice (nutmeg and clove are most evident, at times cinnamon too). Taste has a surprising degree of bitterness to it, but that lines up well with the "recipe back from the colonial time" vibes. Feel is on the medium side with a bit of a watery quality and a pleasantly bitter pumpkin aftertaste. Overall an enjoyable fall beer that avoids trying to be a pumpkin pie in a glass.
Oct 24, 2022
Rated: 3.81 by generalraider from New Jersey

Sep 29, 2022
Rated: 3.25 by LAM01833 from Massachusetts

Aug 01, 2022
Photo of 1009
Reviewed by 1009 from Massachusetts

3.87/5  rDev +5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75
Love our neighbors to the north of Boston. Smutty does an excellent job of walking that line between beer and pumpkin spiced latte. A lot of pumpkin beers can taste artificial and overwhelming, but this is subtle. Subtle to the nose when you lift and subtle in taste. The pumpkin is accompanying this delicious beer by not stealing the show and provides supporting flavor. A beautiful beer in presentation too. Nice dark copper tint with a frothy foamy head. A nice Fall warmer.
Nov 12, 2021
Rated: 4 by atlbravsrno1 from Maine

Sep 30, 2021
Rated: 3.69 by drews240 from Rhode Island

Sep 26, 2021
Photo of ThrewRedButter
Reviewed by ThrewRedButter from Massachusetts

2.81/5  rDev -23.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 2.75 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2.75
Look – Copper color with a slightly hazy body and two fingers of white head

Aroma – Subtle aroma of pumpkin……and that’s about it. No spice presence to be found. Smells pretty neutral.

Taste – The taste is more flowers and potpourri than anything else. The pumpkin was subtle on the nose and is nearly non-existent here. Like the nose there is no spices to be found. The back end finishes with almost a generic macro lager taste. There’s nothing offensive here, but also not much to write about.

Mouhfeel – Light-bodied with a good amount of carbonation. It is easy to gulp this one down, but that’s due to it not being rich or flavorful.

Overall – Simply being inoffensive does not a good beer make. Mild pumpkin beer on the nose and a whole lotta nothin’ on the taste. Not bad tasting, but that doesn’t mean it is good.
Sep 21, 2021
Photo of osheamatth
Reviewed by osheamatth from New York

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Nice copper color with little to no head. Definite nose of pumpkin there which you can't say too often about pumpkin ale which is normally overwhelmingly spice forward. The slip here is how boring the palate is. It's too carbonated and tastes faintly of metal. The pumpkin and the spice are in the background but the dominance is the can. Finishes equally poorly.
Sep 20, 2021
Rated: 3.76 by QuentinDishaw from Massachusetts

Sep 06, 2021
Photo of ScaryEd
Reviewed by ScaryEd from New Hampshire

3.55/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5
16 oz can.

Pours a foggy amber color with 2 fingers of creamy off-white head. Good retention. Leaves a nearly perfect ring of lacing around the glass.

Very mild nose, with light aromas of pumpkin and squash, cinnamon and sweet citrus.

The flavor has quite a bit of clove, with some tangerines and squash. Doughy malt hiding in the back. Nutmeg and light cinnamon on the finish.

The feel is medium bodied with moderate carbonation. Smooth. Nicely drinkable.

Overall, this is a solid pumpkin ale. Definitely not my favorite style of beer, but this one actually tastes like pumpkin, instead of beer with a ton of pumpkin pie spice.
Aug 09, 2021
Photo of PSYCLST
Rated by PSYCLST from Pennsylvania

4.27/5  rDev +16.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25
Pleasant, easy drinking with tasty but not overwhelming pumpkin flavor.
Oct 25, 2020
Photo of bankboy66
Reviewed by bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -1.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5
Pours a beautiful cloudy amber with a two finger head. Pumpkin on the nose but subtle. Taste is a nice balance of pumpkin and clove/spice. But overall not very flavorful. Everything is there but a little watered down. Finish is easy.
Oct 18, 2020
Photo of Amendm
Reviewed by Amendm from Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev +7.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4
A strong pour is needed to reach a finger of creamy egg-shell white foam with long retention and spots of lacing.
Chill haze clears to a lightly hazy orange straw color, I can read medium sized print through it.

Mild smell of bready malt, dough and cooked pumpkin, mild pumpkin pie spice

Bigger flavors in the taste, neutral on sweetness with low initial bitterness that creeps up to average. The spice hides the alcohol, toasted malt flavor rises above the bready and doughy smell. The finish is fast with the spice lingering softly.

Medium-light body with lasting carbonation, smooth and so well balanced, nothing stands out of the blend of spice, pumpkin and malt. I cannot drink this Beer without wondering why so many folks avoid this style.

A 12-oz. can was poured into a 14-oz. "Krug". Canned on 7/10/20.
Sep 11, 2020
Rated: 2 by 1971bernat from Virginia

Sep 10, 2020
Rated: 5 by Dalkri from Massachusetts

Aug 17, 2020
Rated: 3.75 by Velivolus1 from Vermont

Jul 19, 2020
Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 83 out of 100 with 1966 ratings