Pumpkin Ale
Smuttynose Brewing Company

Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
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Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #240
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3.71 | pDev: 14.82%
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
Notes: 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
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bankboy66 from New Jersey

3.63/5  rDev -2.2%
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
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Amendm from Rhode Island

3.94/5  rDev +6.2%
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
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izraelc from New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a golden brown. Mild spice aroma. Bigger taste than expected. Big malt and pumpkin body with a sweet and spicy finish. Smooth and well balanced. Delightful.

Oct 26, 2019
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EnderFett11 from Virginia

3.44/5  rDev -7.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a bottle into a beer mug, resulting in a couple fingers of frothy off-white head that faded after a few minutes. Very hazy orange color. Smells faintly of pumpkin, not too strong a smell. Tastes mostly of pumpkin without much spice of any kind, with the back-end and after taste pretty hoppy. Mouthfeel is thin-to-medium with plenty of carbonation. An okay pumpkin ale, definitely too much hop flavor for me to enjoy.

Oct 16, 2019
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VoxRationis from New York

4.09/5  rDev +10.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Decanted from a 12 oz (355 ml) bottle into a custom taster; bottled on 07/29/2019.
A: Pours a hazy, amber color with a one finger, off-white head. Retention and lacing very much a function of the aggressiveness of the pour, but solid.
S: Lightly tangy with aromas of caramel/molasses, pumpkin or squash, tangerine, papaya, and cinnamon.
T: Sweet and lightly tart. Flavors consistent with the nose. Bitterness very much in balance with a nicely peppery finish.
M: Light to medium bodied with lively, but still moderate carbonation.
O: A very enjoyable, flavorful version of the Pumpkin Ale style. Really liked the fruitiness.

Sep 23, 2019
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Mugman8 from New York

3.79/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Pours with a cloudy pumpkin tint but minimal head. Has a pleasant spicy pumpkin aroma and taste is pumpkin, clover and spice. A good brew for the fall at a decent price....I recommend.

Sep 18, 2019
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mothmanscott from Georgia

3.46/5  rDev -6.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

From notes 10/31/11: Pours a murky orange tinged pale amber with a large off-white, lasting head that leaves a nice coating of lace as it recedes. Aroma is more yellow squash-like than pumpkin, roasted malt, caramel, sweet with a metallic hint. Taste is pumpkin, ginger and faint clove in that order. Spicy finish.

Jan 03, 2019
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EMV from Pennsylvania

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Dogfish Head tulip

L: Slightly cloudy golden orange pour with 2 fingers of white head. Nice lacing.

S: Smells like a pumpkin beer. Pumpkin pie and spice.

T/F: Toasted malts... earthy grains and pumpkin up front. The usual spices... nutmeg, clove, and ginger. Not overpowering at least.. some tangyness to the flavor and hopping for bitterness. Not the dreaded 'pumpkin soda' which is a positive. Medium to light bodied... fairly smooth.

O: A decent pumpkin beer... not too spicy or offensive, and I could handle one of these on occasion.

Nov 07, 2018
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Red5StandingBy from Maryland

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Poured from 12oz bottle into standard Pint glass. Best before February 2nd, 2018.

L: Hazy orange, half finger off-white head has decent retention.

S: Pumpkin, brown sugar and clove. Nice.

T: Follows the nose well, pretty good.

F: Light, crisp, lingering pumpkin flavor.

O: Good pumpkin beer.

Oct 17, 2018
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mike22ne from Massachusetts

3.84/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

A decently bitter, pumpkiny pale ale. Plenty of earthy bitter hops balance the pumpkin flavors and caramel malts so that it's not overwhelmed by spices and sweetness. Noticeable pumpkin squash character, not just spices.
Overall pretty good.

Oct 09, 2018
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HoppingMadMonk from New Jersey

3.24/5  rDev -12.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Cloudy dark orange, amber color. Around a medium body and just above average carbonation .
Aroma is mostly the base beer, malt, cereal , grain, spices, allspjce, and pumpkin puree
Taste is similar to nose but the spice, which wasn't overwhelming in the aroma was dominant in the taste . As it warms the spice takes over even more. This is not a sweet pumpkin beer, more dry and actually was a little sour . The spice left a biting aftertaste that lingers awhile .
Overall it's okay but wasn't one of my favorite fall seasonal beers

Sep 17, 2018
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teromous from Virginia

2.09/5  rDev -43.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2 | taste: 2 | feel: 2 | overall: 2

There is a small stamp on the top center of the front label in black ink that says: "BEST BEFORE 02-02-19 ABV 6.0%"

Appearance: It has a hazy golden body with a few suspended solids. The head starts rocky and white but very quickly drops out to a sheet of creamy foam with large bubbles across the surface. There isn't any head retention on this beer but it leaves some nice lacing.

Aroma: I am picking up a very, very faint aroma of allspice. Most of the time while smelling the beer I can't tell if I'm actually smelling anything or if I'm imagining it. It is extremely underwhelming for a beer that is traditionally spiced. Double checking the label, this does say this is an "ALE BREWED WITH PUMPKIN PUREE & SPICES."

Taste: Up front I'm getting some allspice and some clove, then I get this weird flavor that tastes like minty and slightly lemony hops. The beer tapers off with this strong lime flavor and an oddly bitter end.

Mouthfeel: The beer feels to bitter which both hampers the drinkability of the beer and gives it an unpleasant and unwelcome confluence of character.

Overall: It wasn't a very enjoyable beer to drink. The spice combination might have been off on this beer but the lemon and lime character really throws this one for a loop. Did somebody think this was a good idea or was it an accident? Who knows; it just isn't an enjoyable beer. Given the opportunity to drink this or an average non-seasonal beer I would rather pick the latter.

Aug 27, 2018
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Nass from Florida

4.15/5  rDev +11.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4.5

The pour is a dark orange. The aroma is pumpkin & spice & the taste is the same. Furthermore, this is more of a vegetal tasting pumpkin ale than a pumpkin pie sweet tasting type of pumpkin ale. Cheers! A-

Feb 09, 2018
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basaywhat from Illinois

3.49/5  rDev -5.9%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle. Pours a clear amber with a medium white head. Aroma is pumpkin, caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon. Taste is medium sweet pumpkin and malt, light bitter with dry earthy spices. Finish is spicy, light bitter. Medium bodied, medium carbonation.

Jan 17, 2018
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dacrza1 from New Jersey

2.84/5  rDev -23.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 2.75 | overall: 2.75

DATE: November 2, 2017... OCCASION: last practice of soccer 2017--a beautiful night... GLASSWARE: Abita pint... pours a somewhat murky river-yellow orange, with a ring of fleeting off-white head that shows meager foam clinging to the glass... cinnamon, nutmeg, biscuit malts, pumpkin, yes, and some earthiness--underwhelming, but at least detectable... mellow, soft and fuzzy mouthfeel, one that leaves a syrupy sweet finish... drinkable, smooth and coating... the cinnamon and nutmeg are not demonstrative... apple and pear offer residual... almost reads as a lager... borderlines as a fruit beer, and not representative of its 45 IBUs either... with so many full-flavored fall seasonals available, this doesn't really move the needle....

Nov 03, 2017
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keithmurray from Connecticut

3.8/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Appearance - murky bronze colored body with white head

Smell - pumpkin flesh, cinnamon, clove

Taste - cinnamon, pumpkin flesh, clove

Mouthfeel - medium bodied, high carbonation, cinnamon upfront, hoppy on the back end

Overall - decent pumpkin ale here that is worth a shot

price Point - $1.99/12 oz single

Oct 27, 2017
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Bierliebhaber3 from Massachusetts

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

This pumpkin ale pours a fairly light orange color with a somewhat thin white frothy head. The smell is of pumpkin, spices, and some light bready malts. The smell of pumpkin is dominant, but it's not overwhelming and it isn't artificial. The taste is similar, but pumpkin really works with the malts rather than dominating it as some pumpkin ales do. There is also some hoppy bitterness to the finish that balances it out. The body is medium. A pretty finely crafted pumpkin ale that manages to taste like a beer accented with pumpkin rather than a pumpkin drink. I think it is underrated.

Oct 03, 2017
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WunderLlama from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into glass

Deep amber, unfiltered, no lacings, bubbles ring the edge

Malt, pumpkin, adjunct aroma, pumpkin pie

Malt followed by pumpkin taste

Medium sudsing, dry finish

Nice beer

Sep 15, 2017
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Lone_Freighter from Vermont

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most of the time, this was poured into mugs and nonic pint glasses.
Here's my observations based on over having this at least 20 times in my life.
The appearance was a glossy looking copper color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Sliding lace.
The aroma had more of a "pumpkin" flesh-like sweetness with a lighter brown sugar contour to involve itself with a nice dose of ginger, allspice and cinnamon for a nice balance.
The flavor was pretty well balanced between the sweet pumpkin flesh and the previously mentioned spices to grip the aftertaste in a pretty well balanced sort of way.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt great and seemed to subjugate the spices appropriately without any sort of overbearing quality. ABV felt as projected by the brewer.
Overall, when I want a pumpkin ale to reach for, normally in Autumn, this is one I that I tend to look for.

Jun 22, 2017
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JayQue from Virginia

3.6/5  rDev -3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good pumpkin ale. Pours a bright orange color, very hazy with a medium size off white head and medium patches of filmy lacing. Head retention is better than average. Aroma and taste feature actual pumpkin and some mild pumpkin spicing, A fairly decent beer without annoying potpourri spicing. Mouthfeel is rich and slightly sweet. Well worth a try.

Apr 11, 2017
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Gajo74 from New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper orange color that is semi hazy and has visible carbonation. A modest sudsy cap retains well.
Typical pumpkin ale aroma consisting of pumpkin pie, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sweet, pleasant and evocative of thanksgiving.
The taste is initially spicy and has some prickliness in the mouthfeel from both the carbonation, spices and hops. Yet, the finish starts out sweet. Soon a sweet coating of pumpkin, brown sugar and caramel malt envelops the tongue. The clove and nutmeg provide balance. As the drink moves along, a herbal hops finish that lingers provides a moderate touch of bitter pine.
The body is medium. The carbonation settles and the brew becomes smooth.
Easy to drink. A nice flavorful and balanced pumpkin ale. I give it 4s across the board.

Nov 22, 2016
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hoptheology from South Dakota

3.47/5  rDev -6.5%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose Pumpkin pours a festive burnt orange color with a large 4 fingered head, leaving lots of lace behind in spots and speckles.

Aromas of nutmeg, ginger, and cinnamon. Some wood and malts behind that.

The flavor is a tad antiseptic, but incorporates the nutmeg and cinnamon aspects pretty well, along with ginger wafers, mixed in with dirty water. Finishes out with a hop bite and cinnamon.

Feel is very carbonated, with a semi dry parch.

Overall, not really that great. I was expecting more. The nose was the best part, easily.

Oct 31, 2016
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Davepoolesque from Massachusetts

3.74/5  rDev +0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber orange in color. Somewhat hazy in appearance. minimal head. Pumpkin flesh, heavy on the nutmeg and ginger. Medium bodied. Fairly bitter, dry is finish. Eh.

Oct 13, 2016
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BloodSoakedAleMug from New York

3.97/5  rDev +7%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Pours a vibrant, pumpkin orange color with a one finger off white head.

Really pleasant aroma. Vegetal and grasssy. Sweet with notes of graham crackers, cinnamon and ginger. Has a mellow, slightly soapy, potpourri smell in the back.

I remember liking this more when I last tasted it. The beer has a spicy, bitter, vaguely sweet and overtly dry flavor to it. I'm getting coriander, orange peel, graham cracker, ginger, cinnamon and dry, floral, soapy hops.

The taste is good but one negative thing I have to say is for whatever reason a cheesy, sometimes metallic taste on the aftertaste rears it's ugly head as you drink.

Feel is light in body with medium carbonation.

This is a little too dry for my taste with a sometimes offputting soapy/metalic flavor. I can overlook those minor flaws, but as a whole I tend to like a slightly more malty and less bitter pumpkin ale in general.

Oct 03, 2016
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Ron_House from Massachusetts

3.16/5  rDev -14.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Drank from a bottle. The cinnamon, cloves, and nutmeg are overpowering and not balanced. It feels clean and refreshing, but I wasn't t too impressed with it otherwise.

Sep 19, 2016
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