Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States

Style: Pumpkin Ale

Alcohol by volume (ABV): 5.84%

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.

35 IBU

Added by purplehops on 08-28-2003

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Photo of thebrood1987
5/5  rDev +34%
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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Photo of everythingiszen
5/5  rDev +34%

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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Photo of wailingwench
4.85/5  rDev +30%
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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Photo of Pumpkin-Head
4.81/5  rDev +29%
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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Photo of CptAubrey
4.75/5  rDev +27.3%
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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Photo of roadhouse
4.73/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.75

This pours up a beautiful orange color just as you would expect a pumpkin ale to. It was nice in the nose with the usual pumpkin spices with a light sweetness. The taste follows and boy was this one crisp and refreshing. Fall in a bottle. I'm in Florida now but this took me back to the crisp Autumn of the north. This is the be-all-end-all of "normal" ABV pumpkin beers. I tried about ten different pumpkin beers this season and there was not even a contender to this. Look no further chaps, this one is it.

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Photo of bbeerman
4.73/5  rDev +26.8%
look: 3 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

I was unable to have this beer in a glass, so the appearance rating is average.

Beautiful scent from the start. The pumpkin is pleasantly strong.

Wow, what a great taste. Spicy fermented pumpkin all the way. This just replaced Post Road Pumpkin as my new favorite pumpkin beer. Taste does not diminish near the end.

Mouthfeel is medium.

Quite easy to drink a few in one session. This is a terrific pumpkin offering; one that any New Englander should experience at least once.

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Photo of jiggahertz
4.72/5  rDev +26.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

A: Foggy deep orange beer with a soapy frothy two finger head, dissipating slowly into mountainous peaks. Lacing is present throughout.

S: Cinnamin, spice, cloves, pumpkin. Smells just like pumpkin pie. An outstanding nose that has some citrus or floral hops on the end.

T: The cloves are huge up front, followed by pumpkin. At the end the hops come through and provide an awesome finish that keeps the pumpkin pie taste in the mouth.

M: Medium-full bodied with medium-high carbonation

D: This is everything I'm looking for in a pumpkin ale. Granted I wouldn't want to drink this year round, but it's something to look forward to all year. My favorite pumpkin ale.

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Photo of bnes09
4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Magnificent transparent orange color. Pours a thick, creamy head receding to a long-lasting film over the liquid and around the edge of the glass. Patches of lacing stick for the length of the drink.

Brilliant aroma of wild flowers, pine cones, autumn leaves, pumpkin and fresh cinnamon.

Flavor starts with a mildly bready malt backbone, smooth and subtle. Then turns to the hops to provide a sharp, leafy, citric, pine-like bitterness that adds the perfect balance. Pumpkin flavors and cinnamon lie in the background only coming out when the hop flavors calm down. Exceptional balance overall.

Lighter side of medium body. Solid carbonation. Crisp, dry finish from the hops.

A true masterpiece among pumpkin beers. Tastes like autumn in liquid form. A must try for any beer enthusiast.

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Photo of KickbacksSteve
4.65/5  rDev +24.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

On tap at Kickbacks in Jax. The weather in Jacksonville has been hot and humid for what seems like 9 months now except for 2 days last week when "fall was in the air". The two days of 68 degree weather was not enough to put me in the Halloween/fall favorite time of year. This offering from Smuttynose has done for me what the calendar and other pumpkin beers couldn't. I'm officially in the spirit of October and Halloween after having just one sip of this awesome beer. Just the perfect blend of pumpkin flavor and spices, the perfect pillowey, fluffy head, with sticky pumpkin lacing. Not too this and not too that...the perfect balance in a pumpkin ale. Smutty has vicariously shared the New Hampshire fall season with us down here in season-less Florida via the distribution of beer and that is a beautiful thing.

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Photo of TheycallmeTim
4.62/5  rDev +23.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz. bottle into an American pint glass.

A--Cloudy pale orange, a little more tawny than a pumpkin skin, but damn close. Tight creamy half finger head that clings reasonably well with patchy lacing on the glass.

S--Outstanding. Hints of clove and cinnamon support a rich squash aroma with some floral hops on the back end. Very, very pleasing nose, reminiscent of pumpkin bread rather than pumpkin pie.

T--The best part. The pumpkin doesn't overwhelm, but doesn't disappear either, as the pale ale quality of the beer plays a strong supporting role here. The best part of this pumpkin ale, to me, is the finish, and more specifically the hop level. Deeply satisfying parching effect on the tail of the profile, such that you're left with two things going on in your mouth in different regions: top middle to front is more spice--mainly nutmeg but a little cinnamon--and that round full pumpkin and malt breadiness, back middle to back is all bitter hops. Where the two meet is heaven.

M&D--Creamy, not too thick, just right for the style, I think. The hops really clean you out and make this beer much less rich, and thus much more drinkable, than some others I've had in the style.

This is definitely more of a beer with pumpkin in it than a pumpkin beer, so if you want pumpkin pie in a glass, this may not be the best choice. For me, though, this is a near-perfect offering from a brewery that has yet to disappoint. Viva Smuttynose!

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Photo of Brewnami
4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This may be one of my favorite pumpkin ales right now. I always really liked this brewery so when I saw a 6 pack of this in the store I did not hesitate to spend the last of my cash on it. This brew poured a cloudy golden color with a very small head that dissipated quickly. The aroma is spicy and dominated by cinnamon, brown sugar, and malt. This brew is very flavorful compared to others of this type. There is a light carbonation which I think is perfect for this particular beer. There is also a bit of hop bitterness in the background which I don't really notice in other pumpkin ales. I would say, other than dogfish head's punkin' ale, this would be one of the most flavorful and spicy pumpkin ales I have had yet. Very good beer and very drinkable. I would recommend this beer to anyone. Good price, great beer... Thank you Smuttynose!

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Photo of tmp155
4.59/5  rDev +23.1%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Pour left a two-finger head. Lace had major staying power. Maybe I romanticized the smell because I love pumpkin ales and it is my first one of 2007, but it smells like a dream: a complex blend of cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin spices. I imagine pumpkin pie with a whipped cream topping. Ok, I'm starting to think that maybe I'm just excited for all of the fall beers. The taste matches the smell nicely. I could easily make this a session beer.

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Photo of KYFriedChildren
4.58/5  rDev +22.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 5

Picked myself up a bottle of this scrumptious pumpkin brew at Pinocchio's beer garden in Media, PA.

Appearance- Poured into a pint glass, this orange beauty stretches all the way into a beautiful creamy head. A pleasure on the eyes indeed.

Smell- The aroma isn't as strong as many pumpkin ales but it has a nice spicy pumpkin scent with some nutmeg and cinnamon thrown in there for a subtle pumpkin pie scent.

Taste- I love this beer, it's creamy without too much spice. You can taste the real pumpkin from the very beginning. It also has this sweet malty goodness that makes this beer fall heaven.

Mouthfeel- It's a tad thin, that is the only complaint that I have. Looks like a thick beer, feels like a light beer. Also tingles the tongue a touch with the spiciness, not bad.

Drinkability- This is one of my all-time pumpkin brews. Certainly not number one, but in the top five. I could easily drink this all day. Another exceptional beer from Smuttynose. Plus I love the simple label.

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Photo of pabstsmear
4.53/5  rDev +21.4%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The perfect blend of spices, malt and hops results in the best of the pumpkin ales. Pours an amber/orange with a head that retains and produces lacing until the last drop. Carbonation similar to an IPA, not overally spiced like others in this category. A very drinkable brew that would satisfy throughout the year, but alas it's a seasonal brew so get it while you can.

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Photo of lnashsig
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Many thanks to Mdaschaf for the chance to taste this one. I'm a big fan of pumpkin beers and of Smuttynose, so looking forward to this. Poured from bottle into DFH snifter. Pours a terrific dark orange color. Just looks like fall. Just a little head leaves some lacing around the perimeter of the glass. Smell- fall flavors in a glass. nutmeg, pumpkin, some winter spices, cinnamon is very strong. Taste- orange peel, nutmeg, pumpkin, nice hop bitterness, cinnamon (almost like actual cinnamon is on my tongue). Very balanced. You could imagine that any one of these flavors could get overpowering and out of hand, but it does not. Well done, definitely one of the better, if not the best pumpkin beer I have ever had.

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Photo of tugdriver7
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

The best of the Pumpkins, IMHO. The color is a slightly cloudy/hazy dark orange with a nice tan head that disappates and laces the glass all the way down. The tates is perfectly balanced between hops and malt and (the best part) it is perfectly spiced, with sweetness in check, and a nice round pumpkin flavor. Excellent. Drinkable. Refreshing. A fall classic.

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Photo of logicalparadox
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

On the nose: pumpkin; which is novel for a pumpkin beer (ironically, since most of the style veer toward the spice side of the equation). The spice notes do come though though, along with malty sweetness and some faint hops.

On the palette: The spices hit the palette first, with nutmeg, cinnamon, allspice--the typical trinity for pumpkin. The body is pumpkin, accompanied by bittering botanicals that could be from the vegetal (pumpkin... OK, so pumpkin is actually a fruit, but whatever) addition, or from hops. Not sure. But the finish is bitter; mildly astringent. But nice overall.

Mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good head and medium carbonation.

Overall, a good pumpkin beer that doesn't succumb to temptations of the mass market varients of this style, not too sweet and not too spicey, with a focus on the pumpkin itself. But, a bitter components come off as potentially unintentional and possibly unwanted, holding it back from greatness, but adding some balance.

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Photo of rob111270
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This is an excellent Pumpkin Ale...found this at a local place and gave it a shot...was pleasantly surprised. While it is no where near as good as Dog Fish Head or Whole Hog, it is still a darn good brew!!!

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Photo of Jerone
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A - A hazy amber color with an off white one and a half finger creamy head and lots of very small tiny bubbles rushing to the top.

S - Smell is of malts, hops, spice and some pumpkin!

T - Surprising, hops and malt during the initial taste then it fades to floral hop, pumpkin and spice. Very good taste that is different than most pumpkin ales.

M - Medium to light body with medium carbonation that really adds something nice to the beer.

O - Shockingly good, this is the pale ale lovers pumpkin ale.

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Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Halloween, Horror Movies, Corn Mazes, Colorful Leaves, Hiking. All things I think of when I think of the smutty pumpkin. Had this one on the plan b deck on a chilly fall night wearing shorts and a t shirt. I was actually on one of my first dates with "The Doctor" when I had this on tap. This almost brings back a slight sense of nostalgia. She remembered how much I enjoyed it and picked me up a sixer for my birthday a couple weeks after I had it. I had to get rid of her though, she smelled like spaghetti and meatballs. Sorry, sorry, on to the review.

A - A dull pumpkin orange with orb like white head. Very spooky.

S - Smells like fresh pumpkin with spices from a witch's pantry.

T - Fresh pumpkin, cinnamon, nutmeg, allspice, vanilla... what a delightful pumpkin ale. Tied with the dogfish punkin for my favorite pumkin ale.

M - Medium body and carbonation. Thinner than the super thick Punkin but still a robust satisfying feel to it.

D - My go to pumpkin session ale. Nothing like popping in "The Last House on the Left" and enjoying a smutty pumpkin.

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Photo of EPseja
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

[review updated: 08-15-2005. A: 3.5 to 4.5, M: 4.0 to 4.5, D: 4.5 to 5.0]

[review updated: 11-12-2009: S: 5.0 to 4.5, D: 5.0 to 4.5 -- over time I've noticed that while this beer is awesome, it is missing the style-critical squash/pumpkin notes]

Served at just above fridge temperature in a pint glass.

A: This beer was vibrant rust-amber in color, with some very small sediment in suspension, and a lasting pale head that created consistent lacing all the way through.

S: The smell however, was anything short of mediocre. Autumnal spices - cinnamon, clove, allspice, nutmeg and fresh pumpkin - all present in perfect amounts; slightly sweet and hoppily spicy, without being too "hot" to the nose.

T: The taste begins with a generous hit of the aforementioned spices, paired with an IPA-style lightness and crispness that makes it easy to draw. In the mouth, the aromatic flavor subsides and the taste becomes light-bodied malty before it hits the back of the tongue where an initially hidden hoppiness grows larger than the original taste. The finish finds the spices completely mellowed out in the background while the hoppiness reaches it's peak flavor - all without the cloying sweetness that ultimately makes it impossible to drink more than one of most other Pumpkin Ales. The aftertaste is light, fragrant and a touch dry, making it very easy to continue sipping until the glass is empty... and then reach for another!

M: Initially light, then blossoming into a creamy, roundness that slides right down the gullet, leaving a slight hop dryness that leaves you wanting another sip.

D: This is an incredibly drinkable pumpkin ale, mostly due to the top-notch blending of the spices, malts and hops. There is no single dominant flavor that ruins the balance of this beer. An absolute pleasure to drink at any time of year.

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Photo of humuloner22
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%

This is a very good beer. Its not as strong in the pumpkin flavors as others. Which may make it more of a beer in the style, that people who do not like the overwhelming spice flavors, may like. It almost has a hoppy flavor going on. I guess it may perhaps have some hops in there. But, its not a strong hopped beer like even a pale ale. I think this one does stay true to the pumpkin and gives respect to the pumpkin. Some people I know do not like their pumpkin pie with a lot of spice. If you are one of those people then this is a good beer for you.

It is very well balanced and I could see myself drinking several on a cool fall night with some friends. Its not as gimmicky as other pumpkin beers, which may appeal to more of a variety of people. I like the spicy pumpkin beers, but I also like and respect this beer for the integrity of what it is .

The color was like a brown ale, perhaps very similar in nature to a nut brown ale. Think drinking a butternut or acorn squash souffle with minimal spicing. Then add some booze!

Great beer and price is very reasonable.

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Photo of Schmidts
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours amber orange with a white head that leaves quickly. Smells of malts and spice,hops and Pumpkin.
This is the best Pumpkin Ale I have had so far this year tastes of malts and spices with a nice hit of Pumpkin and hops and alcohol. Balanced well. This is a beer drinkers pumpkin ale not a weak water one! In your mouth it is smooth and creamy and refreshing. Over all I give it a 4.5. If you want a real good drinkable not sweet and weak Pumpkin ale give this one a try.

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Photo of Transatlantic
4.5/5  rDev +20.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Poured into a pint glass

A - Beautiful Orange hazy color with a nice fingertip long creamy creamy head. Head seems to be sticking around quite well. Lacing is there and stays well.

S - First thing that pops up is the spices with the pumpkin lurking in from the back. I'm smelling nutmeg, ginger, cinnamon, and maybe cloves. Basically, those Holiday spices used to make delicious pies, cakes, ect. I want to say there's something citrus behind it as well.

T - Wow! Very well balance of sweet and bitter flavors. The pumpkin is definitely there in the taste. This isn't a "...well, I smell pumpkin" type ale. The spices are more on the nasal side as well, not necessarily on the taste buds.

M - This is definitely a medium body beer, slightly on the thicker side. The taste definitely hangs around for a while in this one.

D - Oh, one should have no problem drinking this. It is definitely a harvest type ale and i'm sure would work wonders when paired with pumpkin, sweet potato, pecan or apple pie.

This beer is definitely on my favorites list.

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