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Pumpkin Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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:
#31,729
Reviews:
857
Ratings:
1,917
pDev:
14.67%
Bros Score:
4.13
 
 
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Gots:
226
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Ratings: 1,917 |  Reviews: 857
Photo of Sammy
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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 Texasfan549
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of UCLABrewN84
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
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 +3.3%
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 kjkinsey
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of djrn2
3.25/5  rDev -11.7%

Photo of Knapp85
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of nmann08
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of oriolesfan4
4.1/5  rDev +11.4%
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 t0rin0
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of metter98
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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 -4.3%
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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3.86/5  rDev +4.9%
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 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 Taphouse_Traveler
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of emerge077
3.95/5  rDev +7.3%
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 WillieThreebiers
3.67/5  rDev -0.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.75

Photo of brentk56
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
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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3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of superspak
3.8/5  rDev +3.3%
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 Boone757
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of zestar
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of NeroFiddled
3.97/5  rDev +7.9%
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 dbrauneis
3.83/5  rDev +4.1%
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 chinchill
3.71/5  rDev +0.8%
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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