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 Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Thanks crwills for bringing a 2005 vintage, still well before expiry. The aroma was yeasty and hoppy. It was orange with good lace. Fizzy carbonation. In a word, ginger - but it worked. Nice spices and balanced sweet sour that I would like in a sauce. Dry finish. Very good craftsmanship. I will have again.

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Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev +2.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Best by 3/23/15. 6.45% ABV per the label.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a foamy khaki head that settles to a partial film on top of the beer. Foamy streaks of lace form around the glass on the drink down. Smell is of malt, cinnamon bread, and pumpkin pie spice aromas. Taste is much the same with malt, pumpkin, earth, and pumpkin pie spice flavors on the finish. There is a mild amount of spice bitterness and an alcohol kick on the palate with each sip. This beer has a good level of carbonation with a crisp mouthfeel. Overall, this is a pretty good beer that has a nice mix of earthy pumpkin and pumpkin pie spice qualities.

Serving type: bottle.

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Photo of StonedTrippin
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 4

finally a pumpkin brew that's not overspiced! this one is still spiced, but I can taste squash too, and it really works. orangey amber on the pours with just under an inch of bubbly airy white head, fades fast. the nose is clove and pumpkin, roasted and sweet, caramel and red malts, and ale yeast, all in good proportion to one another. the taste is great, understated seasonally perfect spice profile, hint of bitter gourdy flesh, and a brown sugar finish that tastes rich but drinks easy. lighter in body than many pumpkin ales, and pleasantly smooth too, despite assertive carbonation. this is a very well executed pumpkin brew, and should serve as an example to others how to use spice but still allow pumpkins to shine through. couple of pints of this are no worries.

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Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A: The beer poured hazy light orange-amber in color with a thin layer of bubbles that consistently covers the surface. A medium amount of carbonation is visible from the rising bubbles.
S: There are moderate aromas of pumpkins and spices in the nose.
T: The taste is very similar to the smell and has lots of strong flavors of spices such as allspice, cinnamon and nutmeg. The pumpkin flavors are also prominent and accompanied by a slight amount of malty sweetness. There is a mild amount of bitterness in the finish.
M: It feels medium-bodied and smooth on the palate and has a moderate amount of carbonation.
D: The beer wasn't too difficult to drink, although the spices were rather strong and overshadowed some of the pumpkin flavors and malty sweetness.

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Photo of BEERchitect
3.52/5  rDev -5.6%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Paying respect to the original American ales that supplemented grain with gourde, Smuttynose does a fantastic job of fusing what was useful about those historic recipes and today's dessert-forward concoctions.

As the beer settles soon after the pour, it brightens with a perfectly clear copper-gold color that causes me to want to call it 'orange'. A frothy column of foam rises above the beer. Just off of white in its foam, its strong retention and intricate lace continue to tell the tale of a well crafted beer.

Spicy with the common pie aromas, nutmeg, clove, cinnamon and nutmeg all tingle the nose and gives a zesty "fall-type" scent. Its support of caramel, biscuit and grain are the perfect balance for the spice additions.

To taste, its semi-dry malt sweetness greets the tongue first. Much more of an Amber Ale flavor gives the beer strong ale roots that isn't heavy or unnecessarily sweet from malt excess. As the sweetness begins to dry out in the middle, the sprinkling in of spices provide an uptick in zesty spice to accent it drying finish. Hoppier than expected, the beer finishes with the clean, crisp, and somewhat pine resin-like closure of drier American Amber Ales.

Medium-bodied to start, the supple sweetness and carbon dioxide gives the beer a fluffy pumpkin texture. But as the ale sheds its carbonation and light sweetness, it turns decidedly ale-like with graham cracker and pie spice for an echo of dessert yet arid and semi-clean with grain and hops.

Well formulated and executed nearly to perfection, the beer does exactly what it was designed to do. Half ale and half pie- it speaks to the historic nature of the pumpkin and also to what today's craft beer has turned it into. Still, its subtlety is a far cry to the more seductive and dessert-like properties of more assertive, newer versions.

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Photo of oriolesfan4
4.1/5  rDev +9.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

This and Punkin ale are 2 superb pumpkin ales.. I wish I was able to drink this all season and not just for the few months in the fall. So well balanced and smooth with some awesome fall spices and just a dash of pumpkin, it all goes together perfect.. awesome f'in beer!

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Photo of biboergosum
3.86/5  rDev +3.5%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 3.75

12oz bottle, one of the few new pumpkin brews to thus far appear this autumn on Alberta liquor store shelves.

This beer pours a hazy, medium copper amber colour, with two fingers of puffy, broadly foamy, and bubbly off-white head, which leaves some incoming storm front lace around the glass as it slowly dissipates.

It smells of semi-sweet pumpkin flesh, bready caramel malt, ginger, nutmeg, cinnamon, and clove spice, a further hint of white and black pepper, and faint earthy and weedy hops. The taste is gritty, grainy pale malt, a still heady mashed pumpkin vegetal thing, now sort of muddled seasonal spices (maybe some cinnamon, nutmeg, and all-spice sticking out just a bit), a hard water flintiness, ethereal caramel/toffee notes, subtle earthy yeast, and a mild leafy, weedy, and herbal hop bitterness.

The carbonation is fairly understated in its tame and innocuous frothiness, the body just on the weak side of yer typical middleweight, and generally quite smooth, with a wee airy creaminess arising shortly after takeoff. It finishes off-dry, the spiced pumpkin character carrying the day over any of the base maltiness.

A decent and agreeable enough version of the style, the pumpkin at least doing more than showing up, lazing about, and then punching out early. Well-rounded, pleasantly spiced in a way that doesn't overpower or underwhelm, and worthy of a few rounds, at least until the snow flies around here.

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Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev 0%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a hazy pumpkin (of course!) color with a melted marshmallow head that leaves scads of dripping sweetness on top of the liquid (er, pie)

Smell: Interesting blend of pumpkin, pie spice (allspice and nutmeg) and hop aromatics

Taste: Starts with an initial prickly blast of the more bitter pie spices (allspice and nutmeg) which are joined by a subtle pumpkin flavor; after the swallow, the hops make an appearance and are joined by just a hint of the spicy cinnamon sweetness; the finish is nuanced toward the bitter herbal elements

Mouthfeel: Medium body with moderate carbonation

Drinkability: One of the more intriguing pumpkins out there; I like the bitter flavors but prefer a sweeter profile for the style

Thanks, LittleBreeze, for the opportunity

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Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Not a huge fan of this style, but this is a solid one.

Pours a hazy orange, maybe due to the pumpkin pureé that's listed on the bottle. A good amount of foam on the pour, that sticks around in some form.

Smells like spice, nutmeg, but not much pumpkin.

Taste is well rounded, some balanced spice and malt with a pumpkin appearing in the aftertaste.

Mouthfeel is medium, not bad at all. Worth sessioning in the autumn months.

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Photo of Thorpe429
2.26/5  rDev -39.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2

Reviewed from notes.

Pours an orange color with a tad bit of a white head and not much lacing. The nose is just completely overloaded with spices to the point where it's almost like a tea. A teensy amount of pumpkin in there if you really try to find it. The taste is even worse, with the spices clashing with one another and just not working in general. Feel is over-spiced with some carbonation to carry them away. Not one of the better pumpkin brews out there.

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

A - Pours with a small head of white foam on top of a clear, copper colored body. The head disappears quickly and leaves little lace.

S - Distinct aroma of pumpkin with caramel and toasted malt. Spicy hops with clove and cinnamon as well as a bit of ginger.

T - Flavor of caramel and pumpkin up front with ginger and allspice. Clove spice and toasted malt comes out in the middle. Finishes with slightly soapy hop bitterness and a bit of alcoholic warmth.

M - Medium-thick body, moderate carbonation, and a slightly sweet finish.

D - A bit more drinkable and beer-like than most other pumpkin beers. Spicy, with a good hop character and just enough malt to balance.

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Photo of oberon
3.92/5  rDev +5.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Had this on tap at the Drafting Room in Spring House,poured a medium orange/gold color with a light but sticky head,aroma was strong of cinnamon and nutmeg just like opening a jar of cinnamon.The taste was not so over the top a more subtle pumpkin flavor with the spices also being more subdued a light hop bitternes lingers pretty well.I think a real nice pumpkin offering here.

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Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ounce bottle into pint glass, best before 1/19/2014. Pours moderately hazy bright orange amber color with a 2 finger dense off white head with great retention, that reduces to a nice cap that lingers. Spotty soapy lacing clings down the glass, with some light streaming carbonation. Aromas of big pumpkin, clove, cinnamon, nutmeg, gingerbread, toast, floral, and herbal. Very nice aromas with good balance and complexity of spice, pumpkin, and malt notes; with good strength. Taste of pumpkin, toast, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, gingerbread, floral, light pine, and herbal earthiness. Light bitterness on the finish; with lingering notes of pumpkin, toast, cinnamon, clove, nutmeg, gingerbread, and floral on the finish for a good bit. Nice balance and complexity of malt, pumpkin, and spice flavors; with solid robustness and zero cloying flavors after the finish. Medium carbonation and body; with a smooth and moderately crisp mouthfeel that is nice. Alcohol is very well hidden with minimal warming present after the finish. Overall this is a very good pumpkin ale. Good balance of malt and spice flavors; and very smooth to drink. A nicely enjoyable offering.

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Photo of jlindros
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3

Well, my quest for Pumpkin beer tastings is winding down, with only a few left. Good timing too as fall is roaring by. Next on the list is Smuttynose pumpkin ale. They make quite a few good beers, so hopefully this one is not an exception.

A: A big airy head builds up and somewhat slowly fades away leaving the hills and valleys of big popping bubbles. A very clear toasty amber orange and lightly brown color. The copious number of bubbles rising up to the top keep that head going well.

N: I can smell this without even getting close to it, with obvious toasty pumpkin. However, when I get closer to it to smell I don't get the same toasty pumpkin... oh wait, I'm lying, yes I do. It's definitely a pumpkin pie like aroma, as well as some light crisp aromas on the very back end that almost lead to lager like symptoms, but not really. Some very light spices hint that it might have some spice in the taste, which I sure hope not. I also get a slight graham cracker like aroma that makes me want to have a smore.

T: The big creamy head is still there after 5 minutes of smelling and looking and leaves a nice mustache over my current one. Taste is actually pretty crisp and refreshing. It has some pumpkin taste and toasty malts, but not as heavy as I expected. Very light spices start, but start to get a little stronger as it goes. In fact by the end I think the spices are starting to get overbearing. It's somewhat creamy as well. I also get some strange juicy flavors on the back of the tongue towards the end of the taste. Fruity juice like almost apricot, but not really.

M: Pretty swimmingly refreshing and light, crisp, airy, huge carbonation, and almost tingly from the spices.

F: It finishes pretty dry, not surprisingly, but the surprise comes with the nice bitter hop kick. An interesting bitter hop taste really hits towards the end, providing some spicey and earthy hops. The spices built up too strong at the end and really takes away from the beer. It was building up to be a great beer until the spices really take over at the end. The hop character is nice, but not next to crazy spices.

Final thoughts: This starts as a really good beer. Has lots of crisp clean goodness and some light toasty pumpkin flavors, juicy fruits, and even finishes with a nice hop bitterness. But, then spices build and build and build, and that's just in the first sip. Aside from that it's a pretty good beer and I recommend giving it a try. Much more clean, crisp, and refreshing than most pumpkin beers.

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Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Smuttynose Pumpkin ale delivers a bright waft of pumpkin spice that says "get out your jacket and pumpkin carving knife because fall is here"! It pours a hazy deep golden amber body with an orange cast beneath a short head of white froth. The head retention is very good, and it leaves some nice spider webs of lace about the glass. The body is medium and it's gently zesty with a very fine-bubbled, median carbonation. The spice is nicely balanced, showing clearly at the outset and across the middle, but settling into the background during a long finish. The biscuity malt base beneath supports it well; and only a mild bitterness is needed. Overall, it's really well done for a pumpkin ale, although I think its drinkability still suffers due to the spicing... I mean, c'mon, how many spiced beers can you really drink (or want to drink)? - it just cannot sustain interest as the spicing eventually makes it seem one-sided. Still, one of the best IMHO.

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Photo of chinchill
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.25 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

Undated 12 oz bottle served in a pint glass. Slightly hazy amber color with a small but remarkably durable off-white head. Spotty scraps of lace are left on the glass.

Aroma: a bit too soapy/yeasty/musty, and has an out of place floral note. Pumpkin pie spices evident but not overdone.

Taste: excellent combination of beer, pumpkin and spices, with a fine sweet/bitter balance that starts mildly sweet and ends lightly bitter and earthy. Nutmeg, cinnamon and allspice linger on in the aftertaste. The spice load is significant but not over the top, allowing flavors of squash, malts and hops to shine through.

Mouthfeel: medium carbonation seems spot on; medium body; very smooth.

O: Despite an unattractive aroma, Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale is one of the best pumpkin ales I've ever had. Wish I'd bought more than one!

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Photo of Kegatron
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured from a 12oz bottle into a pint glass.

Pours a hazy dark orange with a somewhat smallish white head that left decent lacing. Aroma is dominated by sweet spices but there is definitely some pumpkin present as well as a little hoppiness.

Taste nearly replicates the aroma. Heavy sweet spices up front (most notabley cinnamon and nutmeg) that is actually balanced pretty nicely by the pumpkin. Surprisingly, some hop character emerges and mixes with the spices to make a nice, dry bitter finish. Mouthfull is medium and helps the illusion that your drinking a piece of pumpkin pie.

Smuttynose has done a very nice job with this pumpkin ale as it represents all the good things about the style. Lovely appearence and body, nice spice/pumpkin balance and a good drinkablity make this one of the best the season has to offer.

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Photo of TheManiacalOne
3.65/5  rDev -2.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a 12oz. bottle into a US tumbler pint glass.

A: The beer is a cloudy light orange color with a thin white head that fades slowly and leaves a thick lace on the glass.

S: The aroma is robust with pumpkin and spices. There’s also some caramelized malt and a little bit of hops.

T: Flavors of pumpkin, caramel and ginger jump out first and then a good hops bitterness comes out. The malt character is heavy but the taste isn’t as sweet as most beers in the style. The after-taste is bready and a little bitter.

M: Smooth with a little crispness, medium body, medium carbonation, finish is dry and clean.

D: Tasty, goes down easy, slightly filling, good representation of style, even if it’s not my favorite style this is one of the better beers that I’ve had in it.

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Photo of Rifugium
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

First had: on tap at TJ's, Paoli, PA

A decent pumpkin ale selection, but not nearly the best I've ever had. Poured into a pint glass, a slightly hazy burnt orange color with a moderately sized white head that receded quite a bit. The smell was very nice: pumpkin, allspice and nutmeg, nutty malts, and an underlying earthiness. Unfortunately the taste didn't quite deliver the goods. Cinnamon and spice with a slight pumpkin taste, followed by just too much hop bitterness and a bit of a metallic twinge. Pumpkin ales are a style that I think should not be subtle at all. If I'm in the mood for pumpkin pie on an autumn evening, that's what I want, and in good, obvious quantities. Medium body, and fairly drinkable, but not if there are other/better pumpkin ales available. DFH or Weyerbacher, for example.

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Photo of dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

A: Pours a very hazy golden orange to amber in color with light to moderate amounts of visible carbonation. The beer has a quarter finger tall light beige head that quickly reduces to a medium sized amount of very thin film, a small patch that is slightly thicker, and a thin ring at the edges of the glass. Light to moderate amounts of lacing are observed.

S: Moderate aromas of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices including nutmeg and cinnamon.

T: Light amounts of malty sweetness with some hints of caramel. There are moderate to strong flavors of pumpkin and pumpkin pie spices (including cinnamon, nutmeg, clove, and allspice). Moderate amounts of bitterness are noted towards the finish and they linger for quite a while.

M: Medium bodied with moderate amounts of carbonation.

O: Pretty enjoyable though the spice flavors are a little more dominant than the pumpkin (making it seem slightly out of balance) and easy to drink.

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Photo of ChainGangGuy
3.9/5  rDev +4.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Appearance: Pours a clear, orangey body with a small, off-white head. A nice pumpkiny hue!

Smell: Sweetish, cakey, pumpkin aroma. Some slight squashy, vegetal notes. Plenty of pumpkin pie spice blend in the nose.

Taste: Spicy-sweet, tangy pumpkin flavor. A bite of pound cake. Mild hop bitterness. Cumulative spiciness. Dash of vanilla-flavored sugar on the pumpkiny finish.

Mouthfeel: Medium-bodied. Medium carbonation.

Drinkability: A fine pumpkin. It definitely doesn't delve into the territory of imperialized pumpkin ales, but it still pleasant and plenty tasty.

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Photo of BuckeyeNation
4.42/5  rDev +18.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Minimally hazed, bright pumpkin skin orange topped by a thick cap of creamy ivory foam. The lazily pitting surface gives way slowly with a gentle crackling noise and leaves delicate, yet chunky scraps of lace that bleed into broken sheets extending downward to the surface of the beer.

I hope that the flavor follows the nose exactly. Pumpkin Ale strikes me as a near perfect combination of beer, pumpkin and spice and is easily the best pumpkin ale nose of the half dozen or so that I've encountered. Nutmeg and allspice are especially prevalent.

More aggressively flavored than most pumpkin ales, a definite positive in my eyes. The spice load is significant, but stops well short of too much. There are solid amber ale underpinnings with a firm malty backbone that acts as the framework on which the bitter hops (readily apparent thankfully), the pumpkin puree and the spices can weave their magic. If nutmeg is still king, cinnamon is now prince.

A pleasant sweetness appears late, but doesn't come close to eclipsing the bitter hoppiness that reigns on the finish, as well as during the beginning and middle. The mouthfeel is nicely firm with a well contained, though still lively, amount of carbonation.

Smuttynose Pumpkin is the best pumpkin ale to have yet crossed my lips. This brewery brews good-great beer and this particular seasonal is simply further evidence of that fact. I seriously doubt that I'll ever find a better pumpkin beer. Thanks to far333 for the bottle.

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Photo of mdaschaf
3.97/5  rDev +6.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Poured into a DFH snifter glass

A: Pours a burnt orange with very little head. The head that does form dissipates to a few white patches on the top and a ring of white around the glass. Decent lacing forms down the glass.

S: Can pick up the aroma from this beer even when it is sitting on the table a foot or so away. Lots of cinnamon and nutmeg along with pumpkin. There is also some malt on the backend.

T: Instantly hit with the spices from the nose - lots of cinnamon and nutmeg, then you get a really nice sweetness from the pumpkin, followed up with a earthy malt finish. Leaves a really nice aftertaste.

M/D: Medium bodied and very smooth. Easy to drink and a great example of a pumpkin beer.

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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +7.2%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Another Gem from Smutty I was able to pick up yesterday while I stopped in for a visit at Barleys. I went with this one as a bit of a lighter note to the big porter I had just finished. Served straight from the tap and poured into a pint glass. This one was consumed on 10/02/2008.

The pour was rather nice with a light orange color coming forward right away. Decent amount of haziness could not hide the ample carbonation that was being exhibited throughout the glass. This all came to a head that was about two inches in height at first but settled down to just a light scattering across the top after a few minutes.

The aroma was full of cinnamon and pumpkin spice as you might have imagined. Not as heavy and sweet as some of the others I have had this fall, this was rather a lighter, with a little more emphases on the spices that lie underneath and a decent touch of a grassy hops that was laying around as well. The flavor followed suit rather nicely. Light spiciness with a hint at some soft grain and light bready malts lying under that. Not much in the way of a hop profile here, and the body was light and airy. Refreshing and nowhere near too heavy, I had no problem with putting this one down rather quickly.

Overall I thought this was a very solid effort for them. Not the best pumpkin ale I have had this year, but it's in the upper half of them for sure. I would have no issue at all with trying this one again any day. A really solid effort and something I will enjoy again this month I am sure.

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Photo of Slatetank
3.7/5  rDev -0.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Poured cold into a Dogfish Head shaped pint
A - Decants the color of dried apricots/honey with a fluffed up off white 1/2 inch head. A patchy coating of lace sticks to the glass.

S - An aromatic blend of pie spices, clove seems to be the dominant odor w/ some subtle cinnamon accents.

M - A spicy yet smooth feel from pumpkin puree juxtaposition. A subtle creamy texture softens the almost bitter spice potency.

T - A malty flavor that is light on the tongue gets bested by the spiced dominant taste. Lots of clove and I would gander a guess at allspice w/ its peppery accent. The hop and spice flavors are up front and tend to seem overdone as the 3/4 of a pint is almost finished.

D - A decent pumpkin ale, but not highly drinkable due to the spice presence. I prefer a more balanced spice profile since a little goes a long way, maybe its the particular spices used. I had a piece of chicken enchilada casserole which I felt stood up well to the spiciness of this fall seasonal.

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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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