Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale
BA SCORE
3.68/5
1,912 Ratings
Smuttynose Pumpkin AleSmuttynose Pumpkin Ale
BEER INFO

Brewed by:
Smuttynose Brewing Company
New Hampshire, United States
smuttynose.com

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

BEER STATS
Ranking:
#30,755
Reviews:
854
Ratings:
1,912
pDev:
14.67%
Bros Score:
4.13
 
 
Wants:
102
Gots:
225
Trade:
0
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Photo of WillieThreebiers
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of WormGod
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of kkmiller76
3.7/5  rDev +0.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of BuxMontBeerLover
3.69/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of tjcamm
3.56/5  rDev -3.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Bierliebhaber3
3.9/5  rDev +6%
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.

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Photo of Kurzman
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.5

Photo of Urk1127
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
look: 5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of chicagoish
3.51/5  rDev -4.6%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3.25

Photo of WunderLlama
3.74/5  rDev +1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Bottle poured into glass

Deep amber, unfiltered, no lacings, bubbles ring the edge

Malt, pumpkin, adjunct aroma, pumpkin pie

Malt followed by pumpkin taste

Medium sudsing, dry finish

Nice beer

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Photo of lost_sailor
3.94/5  rDev +7.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The_Beer_Guru
3.96/5  rDev +7.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Dmoot
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3

Photo of Chipotle
3.82/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

Photo of Ben1313
3.65/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of Lone_Freighter
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Most of the time, this was poured into mugs and nonic pint glasses.
Here's my observations based on over having this at least 20 times in my life.
The appearance was a glossy looking copper color with a finger's worth of white foamy head that slid off at a moderate pace. Sliding lace.
The aroma had more of a "pumpkin" flesh-like sweetness with a lighter brown sugar contour to involve itself with a nice dose of ginger, allspice and cinnamon for a nice balance.
The flavor was pretty well balanced between the sweet pumpkin flesh and the previously mentioned spices to grip the aftertaste in a pretty well balanced sort of way.
The mouthfeel was almost medium bodied with a fair sessionability about it. Carbonation felt great and seemed to subjugate the spices appropriately without any sort of overbearing quality. ABV felt as projected by the brewer.
Overall, when I want a pumpkin ale to reach for, normally in Autumn, this is one I that I tend to look for.

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Photo of kojevergas
3.21/5  rDev -12.8%
look: 3 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Rating from notes taken Spring 2015 for a bottle pour:

C+ / ABOVE AVERAGE

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Photo of JayQue
3.6/5  rDev -2.2%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pretty good pumpkin ale. Pours a bright orange color, very hazy with a medium size off white head and medium patches of filmy lacing. Head retention is better than average. Aroma and taste feature actual pumpkin and some mild pumpkin spicing, A fairly decent beer without annoying potpourri spicing. Mouthfeel is rich and slightly sweet. Well worth a try.

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Photo of lmaduells
3.33/5  rDev -9.5%
look: 3.25 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.25

Always queobro pumpkin beer is a beer hopefully surprise, as both the pumpkin spices. This beer is very smooth, too. I made it very indifferent.

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Photo of Gajo74
4/5  rDev +8.7%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a copper orange color that is semi hazy and has visible carbonation. A modest sudsy cap retains well.
Typical pumpkin ale aroma consisting of pumpkin pie, cinnamon and nutmeg. Sweet, pleasant and evocative of thanksgiving.
The taste is initially spicy and has some prickliness in the mouthfeel from both the carbonation, spices and hops. Yet, the finish starts out sweet. Soon a sweet coating of pumpkin, brown sugar and caramel malt envelops the tongue. The clove and nutmeg provide balance. As the drink moves along, a herbal hops finish that lingers provides a moderate touch of bitter pine.
The body is medium. The carbonation settles and the brew becomes smooth.
Easy to drink. A nice flavorful and balanced pumpkin ale. I give it 4s across the board.

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Photo of Zoe17
3.81/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of warpedrevolution
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Photo of BlesstheHarvest
4.06/5  rDev +10.3%
look: 4 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of The-Adjunct-Hippie
3.47/5  rDev -5.7%
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.

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Photo of Heeenrik
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

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Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,912 ratings
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