Pumpkin Ale
Smuttynose Brewing Company

Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale
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Style:
Pumpkin Beer
Ranked #258
ABV:
5.9%
Score:
84
Ranked #38,208
Avg:
3.71 | pDev: 14.82%
Reviews:
873
Ratings:
1,952
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Smuttynose Brewing Company
 
New Hampshire, United States
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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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Reviews by JohnnyK:
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JohnnyK from North Carolina

3/5  rDev -19.1%

Jul 29, 2013
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BuckeyeNation from Iowa

4.42/5  rDev +19.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Minimally hazed, bright pumpkin skin orange topped by a thick cap of creamy ivory foam. The lazily pitting surface gives way slowly with a gentle crackling noise and leaves delicate, yet chunky scraps of lace that bleed into broken sheets extending downward to the surface of the beer.

I hope that the flavor follows the nose exactly. Pumpkin Ale strikes me as a near perfect combination of beer, pumpkin and spice and is easily the best pumpkin ale nose of the half dozen or so that I've encountered. Nutmeg and allspice are especially prevalent.

More aggressively flavored than most pumpkin ales, a definite positive in my eyes. The spice load is significant, but stops well short of too much. There are solid amber ale underpinnings with a firm malty backbone that acts as the framework on which the bitter hops (readily apparent thankfully), the pumpkin puree and the spices can weave their magic. If nutmeg is still king, cinnamon is now prince.

A pleasant sweetness appears late, but doesn't come close to eclipsing the bitter hoppiness that reigns on the finish, as well as during the beginning and middle. The mouthfeel is nicely firm with a well contained, though still lively, amount of carbonation.

Smuttynose Pumpkin is the best pumpkin ale to have yet crossed my lips. This brewery brews good-great beer and this particular seasonal is simply further evidence of that fact. I seriously doubt that I'll ever find a better pumpkin beer. Thanks to far333 for the bottle.

Dec 14, 2004
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Kgoldsbe from Colorado

4.1/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4

Great lively orange color, spiced but not sweet smell, taste is similar to the smell with a slightly bitter end, the consistency of the beer feels as if pumpkin was used in the brewing not just pie spices.

Oct 02, 2015
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Gatch from Rhode Island

4.33/5  rDev +16.7%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

If the people of this site were to properly rate beers to the style, this would score much higher. It's one of my favorites because it doesn't taste like fake pumpkin or massive amounts of spice. It's beer that tastes like the earthy, squashy qualities of a pumpkin. Refreshing and good on a cool night.

Nov 02, 2015
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theamericanpsycho79 from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%
look: 4.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

On the spot review. I saw this one in a new beer store I haven't been to before. They were getting rid of old stock pumpkin ales, never saw this one before and for $14 I absolutely had to give it a try. The guy behind the counter said it was great and he liked it along with another that was alongside of it. Here goes....

Look: Poured into my duvel goblet, its orange hued, like many other pumpkin ales I have tried, 1 finger head which slowly fades away. Nice looking, not cloudy, looks like a very fine beer.

Smell: A typical good smelling pumpkin ale. Not sweet like Pumking, not dull like Buffalo Bill's. Smells a little similar to Southampton. Definitely pumpkin in here, no mistake about it. Little nutmeg, too.

Taste: I was fearing this would be dull, watery and boring like Buffalo Bill's or other cheaper pumpkin ales. Surprisingly this wasn't watery at all. I got a hops taste from the start which followed the pumpkin taste. It is definitely a beer and not a watery one but the hops presence isn't bad. It just reminds you that you are drinking a beer. This is very drinkable. Absolutely not at the caliber of Pumking or Whole Hog but this is decent. Not the best, but definitely not the worst.

Feel: smooth, crisp, very drinkable, no dry mouth feel, no bitterness, pretty much an idea beer. Right in the middle between sweet and bitter.

Overall: I can't complain, yes Pumking and Whole Hog ruined me for all other pumpkin ales and they are my 2 favorites and I hated Buffalo Bill's watery pumpkin water. This one is similar to southampton but with more pumpkin flavor and more hops, as I said, reminding you that you are still drinking a beer and not watered down crap. This is very drinkable, don't let my review dissuade you in any way, I do prefer a dessert beer and Pumking is my absolute favorite with the sweetness, creaminess, buttery pie crust, nutmeg, spicy goodness... but this as I said is great for a nice chilly evening watching a movie or tv shows and for someone that wants what the title delivers, a pumpkin ale.

Feb 20, 2016
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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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Number967 from New York

1.5/5  rDev -59.6%
look: 2 | smell: 2 | taste: 1 | feel: 1 | overall: 2

Drinking this out of the bottle. Main smell here is earthy with subtle pumpkin and spice. Take one sip of this beer and my mouth is attacked by bitterness. not something i expect from a pumpkin ale. After having Pumpking a few days ago this brew tasted like i was drinking battery acid. I immediately thought i bought a bad batch but the Best before date was Dec 2011. Seems like this beer tries to be a pumpkin ale and an IPA but doesnt get either right. If i want a piney, hoppy bitter I'll reach for an IPA. Im surprised by the high grade this beer received but to each their own.

Sep 23, 2011
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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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Bluerabbitbell from Pennsylvania

4.2/5  rDev +13.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Bought this twelve pack at my local distributor. Wanted to wait until fall to drink it, but couldn't wait (August). Nice warmer for the cooler fall days!

Aug 11, 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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oberon from North Carolina

3.92/5  rDev +5.7%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Drafting Room in Spring House,poured a medium orange/gold color with a light but sticky head,aroma was strong of cinnamon and nutmeg just like opening a jar of cinnamon.The taste was not so over the top a more subtle pumpkin flavor with the spices also being more subdued a light hop bitternes lingers pretty well.I think a real nice pumpkin offering here.

Nov 22, 2003
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bigjohn from New Jersey

3.13/5  rDev -15.6%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

Appearance- Poured into a pint glass, cloudy orange color, about an inch of head. Nice looking beer.

Smell- Spicy. Pumpkin, cinnamon, cloves, other spices as well. Definitely smells like pumpkin pie.

Taste- Slight sourness, the pumpkin and spice that were present in the nose are definitely there in the taste. Not really my thing, but it is not bad. As it warms, the 'pumpkin pie' aspect of the beer becomes more noticeable.

Mouthfeel- A little thin, a certain sharpness to the beer makes it pleasant.

Drinkability- I don't think I could drink more than one of these. Definitely not a session beer. I have never been a big fan of pumpkin ales, but I can respect this one as a good quality beer.

Overall, this beer is good for the style, but in the beer world as a whole, certainly not something I will be coming back to. It is worth a try, but a liking for this beer is definitely dependent on personal taste.

Oct 12, 2004
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harpus from Alabama

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Apr 12, 2014
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Jayli from Massachusetts

3.11/5  rDev -16.2%
look: 4 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Got this beer on tap at Not Your Average Joe's.
Beer was served a hazy orange with an offwhite head, which dissapates to a thin lace. Decent lacing left on pint glass. The taste was slightly bitter from hops, and the pumpkin spices are very subdued in this beer - the smell has slightly more prescence of spicing than the taste does. It has a medium body to it. Overall, not a bad beer - but I am partial to a pumpkin beer with more tangible and detectable in taste spicing.

Oct 09, 2008
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InspectorBob from New Jersey

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

May 21, 2013
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engagechad from Virginia

3.42/5  rDev -7.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Purchased as a single from Wine and Beer Westpark in Glen Allen, VA - DFH snifter.

Pours a yellowy orange that isn't very pumpkiny looking with a bubbly head that dissapates. Smells of pumpkin but there is an acid there that was a little off putting. Taste follows and it's okay but just kind of sharp and not smooth like other pumpkins.

Overall this is just an okay pumpkin ale.

Sep 13, 2011
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Scandoppelganger from Florida

4.25/5  rDev +14.6%

Oct 17, 2012
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dsnyder61 from Pennsylvania

3.5/5  rDev -5.7%

Jun 11, 2013
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jonathanwerle from New York

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Oct 13, 2014
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Pegasus from Texas

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

Appearance: Hazy medium orange, with a moderate, somewhat coarse off-white head, with good retention. Thick, fine-beaded lacing coats the glass walls.

Aroma: Prominent pumpkin pie spices dominate the aroma. Roasted pumpkin rind vies with cinnamon and cloves for an aroma that typifies autumn.

Taste: Begins with tangy, mildly sour notes of earth, roasted pumpkin, and bread flavors. Soon after, a flourish of pumpkin pie spices, mainly cinnamon and cloves present. Later in the taste, some woody and spices notes appear. Late herbal and earthy hops bring the taste to a balanced close.

Mouth feel: Soft and very full, quite pleasant.

Drinkability/notes: Very well-made, an excellent Pumpkin Ale, perhaps not a typical example, but quite good.

Presentation: Packaged in a standard twelve-ounce brown glass long neck bottle, sealed with a pry-off crown, served in a New Belgium Brewing chalice.

In Memoriam: Pumpkin (April 1998 - November 22, 2014) - the best cat ever. We will always miss you.

Feb 24, 2016
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ATLbeerDog from Georgia

4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Pours a light orange color that is fairly clear - not much head with light lacing and average carbonation. Dominate smell is sweet pumpkin spice. First taste is light, sweet, with pumpkin spice dominating. Mouthfeel is truly remarkable. This is not over spiced like a lot of pumpkin beers are.

May 11, 2008
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Casey10 from Maine

3.9/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Another above average pumpkin beer. Like this one alot. It is hoppy nice lacings orange amber body with light but nice touch of pumpkin spice in the background. Not overwhelmeing at all but a nice touch in the background.

I would recommend to anyone looking for a really good pumpkin beer to try this one.

Aug 29, 2011
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Drazzamatazz from Maine

4.02/5  rDev +8.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Poured into pint glass.

A - Small head of creamy foam on a nice shiny copper body. The head doesn't last long but leaves a little bit of a ghosted lace behind.

S - Pumpkin patch while eating a Milky Way. Some nice spices, different then many pumpkin ales, a little more clove and ginger noticeable.

T - Again, and I mean it in a good way, Pumpkin Pie Milky Way. Semisweet, caramel, and pumpkin pie. Next is a little more of the spices, namely clove and nutmeg with a nice toasted malt. I really like the level of warmth in the finish.

M - Super smooth with a nice medium finish, some lingering sweetness. Just the right amount of carbonation for me as well.

D - One of the most drinkable pumpkins I've had so far. On a brisk fall night I could see these going down smooth and creating some wonderful dream.

Sep 29, 2009
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Mikeynas from Massachusetts

3.75/5  rDev +1.1%

Oct 21, 2012
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NYR_Rob from Pennsylvania

4/5  rDev +7.8%

Sep 29, 2013
Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 84 out of 100 with 1952 ratings