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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Ratings: 1,918 |  Reviews: 858
Photo of AndreRus
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Just right amount of pumkin flavor. Bitter than most pumkin ales.

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Photo of GrandpaGeorg
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
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 +22.3%

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 PAarcher
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of bcarrigg90
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of rob111270
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
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 crbnfbr
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of RonnieTomillo
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Jerone
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
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 CoryK86
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of KevMo84
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of jlogan7
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of DNICE555
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
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 SaintJonah
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of keenan41
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of EPseja
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
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 pcsnyder
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of humuloner22
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

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 spedprof
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Schmidts
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
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 seplo
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of mikepcarney
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of harsley
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.5

Photo of StaindProject86
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Photo of Scary_Version
4.5/5  rDev +22.3%

Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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