Pumpkin Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 6.50%

Availability: Fall

Notes / Commercial Description:
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

Added by purplehops on 08-28-2003

BEER STATS
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#35,048
Reviews:
859
Ratings:
1,919
pDev:
14.67%
Bros Score:
4.13
 
 
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Photo of Nass
4.6/5  rDev +25%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

One of the best pumpkin ales I have ever had the pleasure of drinking. I learned over the years that it is easy to mess up a pumpkin beer. Some are either too watered down tasting like a cheap macro lager. Some don't even use any real pumpkins at all so the beer taste artificially sweet like a pumpkin soda. Some are just way too over spiced and close to undrinkable. If your looking for a healthy pumpkiny vegetal type of beer during the fall/winter season then this is the beer for you. Beware! this is not one of those sweet type of pumpkin ales this is a healthy pumpkin ale made with real pumpkin puree. No need to look any further. Pumpkins have vitamins and most beers have barley, hops, and water which is all good for you too. Cheers! A- (90-94) score range

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Photo of Bogdawg
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of basaywhat
3.49/5  rDev -5.2%
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.

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Photo of kingjohnh
3.52/5  rDev -4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of dacrza1
2.84/5  rDev -22.8%
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....

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Photo of pstam87
4.19/5  rDev +13.9%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Photo of JustCamIt
3.38/5  rDev -8.2%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.25

Photo of keithmurray
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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

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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WormGod
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkmiller76
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tjcamm
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Kurzman
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Urk1127
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chicagoish
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WunderLlama
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
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

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Photo of lost_sailor
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dmoot
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Chipotle
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ben1313
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Rating from notes taken Spring 2015 for a bottle pour:

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,919 ratings