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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

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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:
#30,841
Reviews:
854
Ratings:
1,912
pDev:
14.67%
Bros Score:
4.13
 
 
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102
Gots:
225
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Photo of mikesgroove
4/5  rDev +8.7%
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 +0.5%
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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Photo of orangesol
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of womencantsail
2.69/5  rDev -26.9%
look: 4 | smell: 2.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 2.5

On-tap at American Craft

A: The pour is a hazy golden amber color with a finger of off-white head.

S: Strong aromas of ginger and sage, perhaps some mint. It's oddly savory, too. Lots of bread and toasted malt without much in terms of the usual spices like cinnamon or nutmeg or all spice.

T: Also an odd flavor. Almost chalky and medicinal. Again, there is a strong flavor of ginger to this as well as some sage sort of notes. Minimal cinnamon and nutmeg flavors.

M: Medium bodied with medium carbonation. Sort of chalky as well.

O: Not a very good pumpkin beer and not a very good beer, period.

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Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of TMoney2591
3/5  rDev -18.5%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Served in a Gale Sayers shaker pint glass.

First a bunch of O-Fests, now bunch o' pumpkin brews. Fall's fun, ain't it? This one pours a clear copper topped by a finger of dirty white foam. The nose comprises orange peel, cinnamon, nutmeg, caramel, light balsa, and a decent touch of minty pine. The taste holds notes of sharp pine, orange peel, light cinnamon, banana peel, greens, and pumpkin shell. Things are just a tad too bitter for this combination to actually work... The body is a light medium, with a light moderate carbonation and a slick feel. Overall, this pumpkin beer just doesn't do it for me, what with the strange bitterness and lack of much of a pumpkin-ness.

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Photo of johnnnniee
3.48/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.25 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours a slightly hazy medium golden color with a decent sized white head that displays moderate retention. The aroma is all pie spices, cinnamon nutmeg and all spice come to mind. Light sugary malt deep underneath with a hint of earth. The flavor is a little tart but sweet with brown sugar and flavored with pie spices. Medium body with a moderate level of carbonation and a slick spicy tart mouthfeel. Its a pumpkin beer, a bit too light in body and sweetness for my tastes.

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Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of BMart
3/5  rDev -18.5%

Photo of stakem
3.76/5  rDev +2.2%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

12oz bottle share care of wishuwerebeer, thanks Bryan. This brew pours a bery clear orange color theough the body with some lighter yellow tint around the edges. A creamy white head sits atop the brew with decent retention. A light switl revives the cap and produces some spotty lacing on the glass.

The smell of this brew initially is quite citrus forward with hops and a fruity type of accent. Later smells provide a bit of earthy accent expected of some pumpkin brews with a touch of "green" quality around the edges. It has a very minor spiced aspect which I appreciate not being overdone but the fruited quality of this brew is a little out of place.

The taste is earthy and herbal with a little bit of the fruity indications that were seemingly exaggerated in thr aroma. There is a big of a veggie touch to this brew that is faintly reminiscent of pumpkin flesh. It boasts a very minimal spice in the finish which is pleasant but all together this one came up a bit short when compared to other takes on the style.

This is a medium bodies brew with a pretty smooth feel. Modest carbonation throughout poduces a light and easy drinking offering. Perhaps the most enjoyable aspects of this brew were the looks and the feel. The abv was well integrated except for the fruit touch that came out once warm. Not bad, worth a try.

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Photo of WVbeergeek
2.03/5  rDev -44.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 1.5 | feel: 2 | overall: 1.5

Appears a dark clouded orange copper hue with a light off white head, fine speckled lacing. Aroma has a bright pumpkin flesh with pumpkin spices to follow. Bottle gushed when I first opened it and flavor slightly sour with bitter spices another horrible beer I'm not trying to hate on spiced pumpkin ales but these suck, next I'm going to try Weyerbacher and DFH versions. outhfeel is bitter dry vegetable rind, carbonation is strong and overberaring. Drinkability is terrible way to hard to finish twelve ounces, god I'd rather throw up than drink these god awful pumpkin ales.

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Photo of tdm168
3.62/5  rDev -1.6%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

A - clear orangish amber with a thin cap of white head that fades quickly

S - pumpkin, nutmeg, faint cinnamon, maybe some ginger

T - grainy, bitter, pumpkin, nutmeg

M - medium bodied, warm, crisp

The nose was good but the flavor was off. The flavor was far too bitter with a grainy maltyness. the pumpkin and spices are there but they're overpowered. In the end I'm disappointed

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Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of chippo33
2.25/5  rDev -38.9%

Photo of rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +8.7%

Photo of JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -32.1%

Photo of imperialking
3.84/5  rDev +4.3%
look: 3.75 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.75

Photo of malfunxion
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev +1.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ouncer, with a notch on the label, no clue what it signafies however. Orangy amber, with a white head, shows decent retention and streams of bubbles rising up. Respectable lacing, Slight spicey nose. Medium bodied, malty center, expected pumpkin flavors fairly well concealed (much to my pleasure) in the rear. Up front is just a touch of spicing and a slight pumpkin note. As the pumpkin theme is quite mild and reserved, I enjoyed this take on a style that really doesnt do it for me.

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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 VeganUndead
3.5/5  rDev -4.9%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +1.9%

Photo of GreesyFizeek
4.35/5  rDev +18.2%
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 GarthDanielson
2.77/5  rDev -24.7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 2.5 | overall: 2.5

Poured from a bottle and served in a tumbler pint, the beer is a bright, hazy, orange-brown coloring that pours with a half-inch of biege, foamy, light head that disappears before I make it back to my seat from the kitchen. Light, enticing aromas of pumpkin, nutmeg, and cinnamon, with an overall roasted quality. The beer has a light, slick cling on the glass that slides down with the level of the brew while you drink. Flavors are a bit more on the roasted side initially, with some tangy and sweet character blended through the pumpkin profiles. The spicing is much lighter than the aromas would lead you to believe would be present. The beer's body is much lighter than most other brews in this style. A slight hopping seems out of place at the end of the palate, causing a sharp drying and crisping feel at the end of the brew.

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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
Beer rating: 3.68 out of 5 with 1,912 ratings
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