Pumpkin Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Pumpkin AlePumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

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

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5/5  rDev +35.9%
look: 5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Has a cloudy, hazy pumpkin color with spicy clove smell with some definite vegetable smells, some nutmeg, some cinnamon and of course a pumpkin pie like smell in there as well. It has a strong perfume like smell to it pretty much.

Up front its smooth and malty with some caramel toffee malt notes mixing in with the sweet pumpkin taste which is subtle. On the back end of the taste its all about the spices and believe it or not hops. You think its going to be a sweet smooth beer and then it kicks in with the pumpkin, spice, clove, cinnamon, and vegetable flavors all mixing in with earthy bitter hops.

Its definitely the hoppiest pumpkin beer I've had which I love because I'm a huge fan of IPA's. So, obviously this one is now a definite favorite. Usually pumpkin beers are sweeter and this has a very earthy herbal taste mixing in with the strong spices you'd find in fall recipes or yeah pumpkin pie. Definitely recommended and is one of the best pumpkin beers you can get in my opinion.

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5/5  rDev +35.9%

The very best pumpkin beer I've tried, and I made a real effort to try as many as I could these past two falls. It is also one of the best all-around ales you could hope for. This one stands out in my memory; it was the only one that eschewed the whole "pumpkin-pie in a glass" thing that so many pumpkin beers fall prey to. Rather, it harkened back to the days when you would brew with pumpkin because, damnit, it's a thing that was available for cheap in the fall and that would ferment. It is a delicious ale first, and a pumpkin beer second. Not at all sweet, initially hoppy with a pumpkin finish. Exactly what I want in a pumpkin-themed fall seasonal. Can't wait to buy a pint of this year's offering!

[Update 9/30/14: It's just as good as I remembered.]

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 5 | overall: 5

Reviewers need to take their time with this beer. The flavors REALLY come out as this creation warms. Initially, it resembles a pale ale augmented with some ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. As the Pumpkin Ale warms, the pumpkin and spices emerge to warrant my almost perfect rating.

Eye Candy: Beautiful orange-amber color, carbonation present until the end. Slightly cloudy. Poured into pint glass with desired 2 finger head that slowly gave way to lacing throughout. Resembles an American Pale Ale in color and appearance.

The Nose Knows: Hops over-rule the faint smell of ginger, cloves, and nutmeg. More an American Pale Ale than a Pumpkin Beer, UNTILL it warms. The flavors come out from under the hops and take over.

Tongueland: Again, cold starts as an American Pale Ale with spices added. You need to let this warm in your glass or remove from refrigeration for 5 minutes to be able to start out with the pumpkin. Personally, I enjoyed the complexity of this beer. From start to finish, it is a masterpiece.

Bender Factor: Warming after the first one. Who needs Turkey dinner when one can show up to the inlaws toting along 4 sixers. Your mother in law will appreciate you saving her time washing dishes, as all you need is a bowl to drink out of.

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look: 4.75 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.75 | overall: 4.75

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.75 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.75

Poured a gorgeous amber/orange with a robust head with lots of lacing. Smelled of pumpkin pie spice, whole pumpkin, and malt. Tasted of pumpkin with a nice finishing of pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon. One of my favorite pumpkin ales!

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look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

12oz bottle into a thick-glassed mug.

A: Creamy, sticky white head that forms a lattice work of foam all the way down the glass as the beer is consumed. Hazy orange beer, with haziness presumably from prodigious pumpkin. All alliteration aside, this is a beautiful pumpkin ale.

S: Spicy - like allspice, or maybe cinnamon and nutmeg - with sweet/vegetable squash aroma. Malt present as well, with a good swirl of the glass.

T: The spices (as sensed in the aroma) come first and linger throughout with malt and vegetable beneath. Pumpkin gives a roundness. Bitterness is moderate. Finish is dry with slight floral/herbal hoppiness.

M: Fine carbonation, a gummy brew with light-medium body underneath. Dry finish.

D: While I'd call this a beer to be savored (took me a week of cool September nights to use a sixer to it's full potential), it is a remarkably drinkable beer, especially for the style. Pumpkin is more pronounced and spice is more subdued than some other delicious pumpkin ales, achieving a fascinating balance of flavors that I'm inspired to attempt in homebrew next year. Overall, this is a fantastic pumpkin ale. Like other interesting ales, this is best consumed between chill and room temperature for the full effect.

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