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 abuliarose
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 5

Poured into a snifter to reveal light orange-amber color and decent, airy head. Smells pretty solid for a pumpkin ale. The pumpkin really comes through, accented by spices and a slight citrus tang.

Tastes... like an ale with pumpkin! It's got a great crisp bitterness to it that I'd take in my ale any day, but the flavor of pumpkin is up front and in your face. The spices add a little to the kick which smacks mostly of hop and citrus rind. The almost medium bodied-thickness is separated efficiently by the carbonation which bites but dies fast. It's not as sweet or smooth as other pumpkin ales, but in a good way. I happen to find this exceptionally drinkable and very refreshing for its style.

Word up, Smuttynose. Word up.

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Photo of leokbelo
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a rich golden/copper on a pint glass, with a 2 inch creamy head, which turns into a nice 1/2 inch lacing that lasts till the end.
Rich pumpkin pie on the nose, with cinnamon and nutmeg, very sweet and very delicious.
Almost the same on the tongue, but not so sweet, with some hops to finish. Hints of cinnamon and nutmeg again.
A very nice Pumpkin Ale, very drinkable.
Highly recommended.

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Photo of BassAssassin
4.37/5  rDev +17.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

--2006 Vintage--

A: Pours a deep, hazy gold with a thick head. Color is similar to fresh apple cider.

S: Aroma of pumpkin and spice are immediately apparent. Sweet and malty. Like pumpkin pie in a bottle.

T: Malty sweet with obvious pumpkin flavors. Tastes like the brewer used real pumpkin. Finishes spicy with a very slight hop bitterness in the aftertaste.

M: Smooth, medium bodied, and slightly thick. Spot on for the style.

D: Highly drinkable as far as pumpkin ales go. Not a session beer by any means, but I could certainly have another. My favorite pumpkin ale this year.

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Photo of danronian
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well balanced and smooth ale. Pumpkin flavor and spices aren't too apparent when compared with other pumpkin ales. Smooth mouthfeel, dark orange color and mild carbonation make it go down smoothly.

One of my favorite autumn beers which I intend to buy more of before winter hits.

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Photo of shredsofautumn
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

6 pack of 12 oz. bottles purchases 10/5/2010 in Easthampton, MA.

Appearance- As expected, hazy orange with slight straw hues.

Smell- Not too strong. Good scent of allspice, nutmeg, cinnamon, and fermented pumpkin puree. Smells very good, but not extremely strong.

Taste- That's what I'm talking about. Pumpkin puree, cloves, nutmeg, cinnamon, good malts, ends with a medium hop bite. Good amount of hops for the style. Awesome!

Mouthfeel- Good and medium bodied. Easily drinkable.

Drinkability- All night long. Fantastic. One of the top three pumpkin brews of Fall 2010!

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4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Bottle to pint glass. Enjoyed throughout October and November, reviewed 11/22. "Best Before Jan 2011."

A: A relatively small off-white foamy head is long lasting and is propped up by the murky golden-orange body. The head deposits some serious chunks of foamy lace and the body continues to provide evidence of each sip. This excellent display of lacing solidifies a high appearance rating. A larger head would have secured a perfect score.

S: The nose provides the perfect blend of pumpkin and spice. Well-rounded notes of cinnamon and nutmeg are fairly restrained letting a brown sugar component to come through. Light aromas of butter and toffee play supporting roles.

T: This is the best pumpkin beer that I have tasted this season. Where most pumpkin beers are either too spicy, too sweet, too pumpkin-y or not pumpkin-y enough, Smuttynose has managed to find the right balance. All natural, unsweetened pumpkin meat and puree flavor carry evenly throughout the palate. A bitterness on the finish does, however, bring the flavor to a quicker finish than expected. But just slightly.

M: A medium-light body that is pleasantly carbonated and perhaps a touch thin at times. In any case, these qualities, combined with the exceptional balance of flavors, make for a brew that goes down quickly.

D: Very good drinkability. Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale is one of the few pumpkin beers that can be consumed one after another.

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Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.25

On tap at Acme Bar and Pizza in Rochester, NY.

Pours a slightly hazy dark orange. 1 inch head, not a whole lot of lacing down the glass.

Smells like most good pumpkin ales do- cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, vanilla. Bit of caramel.

Tastes great. A thick malt backbone of brown sugar, caramel and toffee is overlaid with a lot of pumpkin pie spicing. The malt backbone isn't as sweet as I'd expect, much drier, which keeps the possibility of this beer being too cloying in check. Not much actual pumpkin flavor here. Some actual hop flavor too- a bit of pine.

Full bodied, creamy, dry mouthfeel.

A great pumpkin beer. A step down from Southern Tier, Horseheads, and Schlafly, in my opinion, but still quite excellent.

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Photo of devinoconnor
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This is just a fantastic fall ale, perfect for a cool evening happy hour.

The smell is what you'd expect, PUMPKIN. But not that artificial pumpkin you find in other beers. This is legit, with a pumpkin mash being brewed right into the ale.

It tastes delicious, pumpkiny and ale working in perfect harmony.

And the best part, it's not overly heavy so you can have 2-3 of them and not feel totally stuffed.

A BIG thumbs up.

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Photo of Clydesdale
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Pours a bright, glowing, modestly hazy burnt orange color. The tall, faintly tan head has a dense, creamy texture and a somewhat rocky surface. Retention is quite good. Lacing is, for lack of a better word, lacy and quite nice.

S: Toasty, lightly grainy malt. A pleasant pumpkin aroma, along with nutmeg, allspice, and ginger. Earthy and herbal hop aromas are present as well. Clean, simple, pleasant.

T: Toasty, grainy pale malt up front. A very authentic pumpkin flavor is accompanied by a near-perfect dose of pie spices that never even approach cloying. Allspice, nutmeg, and ginger, along with a generally yeasty twang. A firm hop bitterness rides along with herbal and earthen flavors, providing excellent balance.

M: A firm mouthfeel overall. Carbonation is somewhat crisp. Rather dry on the finish.

D: A very well brewed pumpkin ale. Wonderfully balanced. This beer would appeal during any season, but it's perfect as the seasons begin changing.

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Photo of Wasatch
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

Thanks goes out to UncleJimbo for this brew.

Best by Jan 08

Poured a hazy golden orange color, nice carbonation, nice little creamy tannish head, some nice sticky lacing follows. The nose is malty, spicy, nutmeg, cinnimmon, and some caramel. The taste is right on for a delicious pumpkin ale, malty, nutmeg, cinnimmon, and caramel. Medium body. Very drinkable, this is a very tasty pumpkin ale.

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Photo of 40Ounce
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A: Poured into a Guinness pint glass orange in color, with a nice lace and not much head to speak of.

S: A great aroma of sweet all spice, nutmeg and cinnamon like a slice of pumpkin pie.

T: Taste like it smells, nice spicy flavor. Has a slight bitterness at the end which works well with this beer.

M: A nice medium bodied beer, light carbonation.

D: With its great smell and flavors makes it a great seasonal beer.

This beer was a great pumpkin beer. Would definitely recommend.

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Photo of ken2cart1
4.35/5  rDev +16.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

A-light orangey color, 2 inch frothy head

S- cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin

T-much like it of the best tasting pumpkin ales ... definitely one of the most spiced pumpkin ales I have had. Spicy cinnamon, nutmeg, pumpkin and a toasty sweet malt backing. Stong lingering cinnamon taste.

m- creamy and smooth

D- very drink, each sip is so flavorful, you jus want more

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Photo of seedyone
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Oct'16. From bottle at home. As part of my pumpkin quest '16 (not really), I've tasted quite a few this year. The most distinctive element here is the slight edge the ginger takes. Unlike many "pumpkin" issues this actually tastes like pumpkins, but lets the spices shine through.

It's enjoyable & is among those that stay within the courtesy of not pushing the envelope. in the spectrum of the genre, I'd place it in the mid to upper range.

Sept'13. From bottle at Rattle n Hum, NYC. Spice falls to the background as the pumpkin takes the fore. Result is a rather nondescript event.

07/18/12 As Cask. Caught it as it was being tapped. Serious pumpkin pie spice blend in the aroma which subsides on the tongue. A surprising but not unpleasant vegetal finish. All said, one was enough.

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Photo of stingo
4.34/5  rDev +16.4%
look: 4 | smell: 5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a dark orange color which is very agreeable. The nose is great nice round pumpkin front with floral hops around the edges.
The taste is no different - very pleasing to the palate as all parts are hit - pumpkin for the front, hops for the back in equal amounts (a very well balanced combination). Mouthfeel is medium to light, which is appropriate for an ale of this type. Drinkability is very good - an excellent autumn beverage as intended.

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Photo of asabreed
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

12 oz. bottle into a pint glass. Freshness date notched at best by January 2007.

Appearance: I have to admit, I gave it a fairly virgorous pour, but there are some beautiful full circular lacing patterns hanging out around the glass as I speak, and I haven't seen that in a while. Head stays strong and bulky floating above the body of the brew. Hue's a light orange with yellow tints, with a scarce amount of bubbles ambling to the top.

Smell: Heavy on the spice, but not artificial spice or feigned ingredients, at least seemingly, here. I get the sense that there's some real pumpkin in here along with cinnamon, nutmeg... slight ginger aromas come out very well, in addition to some bread curst. Also some earthy notes. Sweetness is apparent of course, but welcoming and not cloying in the nose.

Taste: The spicy nature of the brew comes out well with some ginger, cinnamon, and pumpkin mash flavors. Earthiness and bread come through a bit also, with some sweetness that lends itself more to a flavorful slight hop bite by the finish. More complex than a lot of domestics, with a good balance between spice, sweetness, and hops that serves this well is a possible session beer also.

Mouthfeel: A good initial crispness with a fairly medium-bodied feel, with an even fuller feel near the finish without being to sweet or syrupy or anything as such.

Drinkability: As far as I'm concerned, this is pretty much the best domestic Pumpkin Ale that's available in 6-packs at least in my area. Since it's a treat for me and I love the season, I try to not to make a session out of these and make them last, but it's not easy.

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Photo of Genuine
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

This is one of my favorite Pumpkin beers to date. My usual favorites have been DFH Punkin' and ST Pumking.

Poured out a nice copper color, cream/offwhite head which sat beautifully upon the body.

Smell - The aroma does not dissappoint...smells of cinnamon and nutmeg, pumpkin pie spices...this one just smells delicious.

Taste - don't let me down...and it doesn't. This is such a wonderful pumpkin beer...tastes just as it smells, very smooth..the carbonation is just perfect

Drinkability - I could definitely have a few of these on a chilly autumn afternoon. Perfect combination!

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Photo of Gatch
4.33/5  rDev +16.1%
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.

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Photo of Metalmonk
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

This thing gushed like mad, the stuff couldn't wait to get out of the bottle and onto the floor. Oh well.

Color is a mildly hazed burnt-orange fall-leaf color, with a thick rocky head made entirely of tiny bubbles. Healthy lace leavings as the glass empties.

Aroma is allspice, cinnamon, nutmeg, and perhaps the most authentically pumpkin-y aroma in any pumpkin ale I've tried so far.

The search for a better pumpkin ale may not be over, but this is the best I've had yet. A light spiciness prevails, all the spices you would use in making a pumpkin pie, with a creamy, just slightly sour milkiness lifting up the incredibly authentic pumpkin flavor. All the usual ale characteristics are here too. Quenching, authentic, comforting...this is extremely well-balanced and not at all artificial-tasting. It's the pumpkin ale which I will judge all others by.

Just because of what it is, this is not something to drink every day, but something to savor and save for just the right time. It also avoids feeling like a novelty, as many pumpkin ales do, standing as a lovingly well-crafted brew, first and foremost. If there's one pumpkin ale that should win over those who are skeptical of the style, this is it.

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Photo of scottyshades
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Transparent copper color with a small fizzly head

S: This and the flavor really set this pumpkin apart from 90% of others. The pumpkin seems more real and earthy instead of artificial, over-spiced and sweet.

T: Awesome flavors. Truly amazing for the style...spices play a smaller role than in other beers. Pumpkin flavor are earthy and mellow

MF/d: moderate carbonation, medium feel, lightly spiced finish.

Notes: one of the best pumpkin beers, almost up there with Weyerbacher's

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Photo of Ezekiel81923
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Purchased a case of 12oz bottles from the Beeryard as soon as it came in. After trying this beer last fall, it is now the first beer I seek out when fall beers hit the shelves.

Appearance: A nice, deep amber color. Hazy. Fluffy white head rises and falls pretty quickly, leaving some small bubbles at the top, which leave a nice lacing down the glass as you drink.

Smell: Nutmeg and allspice. This isn't an overly spicy pumpkin ale, which is why I like it so much. There is a sweet caramel backbone. A hint of pumpkin in the nose enticing you to dive in.

Taste: Cinnamon, nutmeg at first, quickly followed by a delicious pumpkin flavor. More pumpkin than you'd expect given the aroma. The pumpkin segue's into a sweet caramel flavor before the spices make a quick return before you swallow. Aftertaste is a nice mixture of sweet spiciness and pumpkin.

Mouthfeel: Decently carbonated. The finish sometimes feels a little "dirty" to me, for a lack of a better word. Medium bodied, not very heavy.

Drinkability: Very good. Not too spicy, tastes great and its not so heavy that after one or two you're full. I've drank many of these in a night on several occasions. That's how good it is.

Love this beer. My favorite Smutty so far. Definitely looking for more.

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Photo of WaltTrombone
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

I got a sixer of this, not expecting much, more along the lines of "It's Smuttynose, how bad could it be?" Well, I was more than pleasantly surprised by this beer. It's pumpkin pie in a bottle, all you need is whipped cream. The body is a dark, pumpkin-y orange, with a beige head instead of whipped cream. The aroma is nutmeg, clove, cinnamon, pumpkin, malt. I'm flashing back to my grandma working at LaScala's Bakery in the Bronx, right around Thanksgiving and Christmas. Taste is nutmeg, clove, pumpkin and malt, overlaid with a touch of bitter hops, which does a great job balancing the sweetness. Mouthfeel is light and smooth, with a medium carbonation. The finish was mostly hops, with some malt and nutmeg.

I love this beer! This'll definitely make an appearance at Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of dmarch
4.32/5  rDev +15.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Orange-amber in color with a thin lace. Spicy aroma, lots of ginger and cloves. Much of the same in the taste. Very good mix of spices. They're obvious, but not overpowering. Very sweet, like pumpkin pie, but not so sweet that it makes in undrinkable. One of the better pumpkin ales I have experienced.

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Photo of asaharyev
4.31/5  rDev +15.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.25

Some pumpkin comes through in the aroma, along with spice and a bit of a caramel malt character, as well as a bit of a vegetable note. The flavor is also a bit more mild in the pumpkin spice, with a little more bitterness than other pumpkin beers, though more like an under ripe fruit or herbal tea bitterness. The flavor reminds me of freshly raked leaves. Not as pumpkin heavy as other pumpkin beers, but it’s still there, and the beer itself seems better crafted than most. An excellent beer.

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Photo of bewareOFpenguin
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

A very simple label merely adds to the appeal of this beer. A fuzzy orange color, with just a slight white lacey head. Taste is a cornacopia of nutmeg, pumpkin and assorted spices. Keeps it's bold ale body, ensuring a delightful tasting beverage, worthy of Smuttynose.

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Photo of angrybabboon
4.3/5  rDev +15.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Consumed 11/1/11

Appearance: A dark orange, appropriately pumpkin-colored - hazy, nice little white head with some above-average lacing

Smell: The focus here is balance - cooked, squashy pumpkin flesh and some spices - the usual pumpkin pie spices including cinnamon, nutmeg, ginger, clove, and allspice - not an overpowering amount of spice, just right - a solid malt backbone underneath - overall, on the sweet side

Taste: All-around solid - a nice mix of spices and pumpkin flavor - definitely spicy, but not a spice bomb - the real pumpkin really shines here - malts are nicely cooked and impart a nice amount of sweetness - some bitterness from some straight-up bitter hops - very well-balanced, not extreme

Mouthfeel: Medium body, bubbly carbonation, no cloying spiciness

Overall: One of the best everyday pumpkin beers, ever

I've been buying this every fall since I turned 21. It's not jaw-dropping in any way, but it's about as well-rounded as a pumpkin ale can be. It's definitely something to look forward to in the fall, and I'm glad I finally got around to reviewing it

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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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