Dismiss Notice
We're celebrating 10 years of BeerAdvocate magazine with $10 print subscriptions for US residents.

Subscribe now!

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

Log in or Sign up to start rating.
850 Reviews
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

For Trade:
User Reviews
Sort by:  Recent | High | Low | Top Raters | Alström Bros
Reviews: 850 | Ratings: 1,893
Photo of plaid75
3.83/5  rDev +2.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Poured a cloudy medium copper hue with a one finger foamy white head. There was good retention and good lacing.

The smell featured a strong peppery hop aroma with a mild allspice and nutmeg element.

The taste also featured a good peppery hop with mild pumpkin and orange spice. There was a solid biscuity grain bill as well.

The mouthfeel was average but a bit astringent,

Overall a godd drinkable pumpkin. Could use a bit more pumpkin flesh flavor.

 461 characters

Photo of biegaman
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Would you be at all surprised if I told you the beer was coloured orange, just like a pumpkin? Probably not much of a shock, eh? It is a lovely colour though, and it becomes a hot neon tone when held into the light. It flares up brighter than a jackolantern! Its head is blotchy but substantial enough to leave a mosaic of carelessly spattered lacing.

Smuttynose's Pumpkin ale is without doubt the most forward and perfumy (read: spice-laden) smelling pumpkin beer I've tried to date. It is fragrant like a bath bomb or incense candle and, from the smell of things, belongs equally on the shelves of a Crate and Barrel as it does your local beer store. But that's not necessarily a bad thing.

The pumpkin puree and the malts, however, are much more detected in the flavour. The vegetable (or is it a fruit?) is definitely noted, unlike in most pumpkin beers, and imparts a distinct impression of fleshy, fresh out-the-oven squash. The malts are toasty with an underlying biscuity flavour and subtle hints of toffee and honeycomb.

On second thought, I withdraw my earlier comment: this is not the most fragrant, spice-filled pumpkin beer I've tried. The spices, of which no one individual spice stands out, are surprisingly restrained. Perhaps it is the year to year variation of the batches or perhaps my tastes have evolved, but my notes confirm that past vintages were much spicier.

That being said, they aren't likely to go overlooked. Although it can't be confirmed, I'm noting an absence of the more typical cinnamon/brown sugar/nutmeg and seem to be tasting some combination of ginger, cardamon and sage. This is partly because the beer is not overly sweet like many others - this one is savory all the way.

And for that reason I find it, in many ways, an easier drinking pumpkin ale. The malts are crisp and the bitterness is, although modest, much more assertive than many others within the style. A deliciously quaffable fall-time treat - there aren't many pumpkin beers I could gobble down like IPAs or APAs but this is certainly one of them.

 2,061 characters

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.

 717 characters

Photo of tobelerone
3.58/5  rDev -4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Nearly an inch of soapy white head; about half of which hangs around the slowly fades away. Lots of soapy, bubbly lace. Beer is very fresh. Cloudy dark gold appearance. Very nice nose, pumpkin pie smells and the actual pumpkin, while subtle, is in there too.

Taste is surprisingly bitter; spices are subtle, hops come out on top. No sweetness at all. Nice taste but pumpkin and seasonings are really downplayed. Long lingering bitter finish that dominates any remaining pumpkin taste. Beer is crisp, highly carbonated, with the faintest hint of alcohol in the finish.

This is a good beer but not what I expected. Didn't deliver enough in the pumpkin department for my liking.

 677 characters

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

Pours a pale amber with a slight chill haze. Little head, and what there is sticks around as a thin ring. Smells of mellow pumpkin pie spices, a bit of cream, and some earthy hops. The taste is nice, more ssubtle than many pumpkin beers and not nearly as sweet either. The light pumpkin and spice is up front followed by a growing earth and pine hop presence. Mouthfeel is fairly mellow- slightly spicy and medium bodied but relatively smooth. Definitely a bit different- more like a pumpkin IPA or strongly hopped pumpkin ESB.

 527 characters

Photo of puboflyons
3.47/5  rDev -7%
look: 3 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

From the 12 fl. oz. bottle with an expiration date of Jan '10. Sampled on September 2009. The pour is more amber than the orange that is typical of pumpkin spices. A nice puffy white head and some lacing accompanies it. The aroma has weak pumpkin and squash elements along with some hops but it is not as potent as many pumpkin ales I have tried over the years. Meidum mouthfeel. A little hoppy in in the taste and less spicy than I would like. Still, a likeable beer.

 468 characters

Photo of jdhilt
3.82/5  rDev +2.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Pours with a huge white head that leaves hardly any lace. Hazy, light amber color. Serious pumpkin pie nose. Light - medium carbonation. Flavor is pumpkin pie, starts sweet and malty, finishes malty, fizzy and a hint of hops. Very good spiced beer. This is the first season I have seen this locally (NH) but their site says "available each Fall".

 346 characters

Photo of corby112
3.4/5  rDev -8.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a dark hazy amber orange color with dark golden orange hues when held to a light source and a one finger off white frothy head that slowly fades. Not much in the way of lacing.

Spicy autumnal aroma with lots of pumpkin, brown sugar, cinnamon, vanilla and clove. There's also a slight citrus presence along with some subtle hop notes in the nose.

Surprisingly hop forward forthe style and very spicy. Lots of cinnamon and brown sugar along with some Ginger and clove accompanying the pumpkin flavor. The hop profile is a bit too strong and overpowers the other flavors a bit.

 582 characters

Photo of clayrock81
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a two finger white head that dies slowly due to carbonation and leaves lace ring down the glass. A mild pumpkin smell along with hints of clove, pepper and nutmeg. A lighter bodied and smooth ale with some nutmeg and clove that comes through and finishes clean. The pumpkin flavor is mild and a little sweet. A very good if not spectacular pumpkin ale worth a try.

 370 characters

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

A: Poured a beautiful bright pumpkin orange color with a compact off white head that quickly collapsed.

S: a strong presence of dry pumpkin pie spiciness of ginger, nutmeg and cinnamon.

T: The flavor was just as spicy as the nose delivering some cinnamon, nutmeg against a dry malty backbone. There were cloves, a nice breadiness and a good floral hopping as well rounding things out here. Overall the beer was strongly spiced but did deliver with a bready, crusty, dry malt backing that gave the beer a nice dryness and character. I think it would of faired better if the spicing was toned down a bit but smutty always likes to go big and can't argue with that.

M: thick and malty, creamy in nature with a good carbonation and medium body rounding things out.

D: The strong spicing and nature of this beer, as most per style, limits this to a single serving and as a novelty beer during the late fall season. Ones enough to get the jest of it put overall a good beer you can split a six pack with some friends around a campfire.

 1,036 characters

Photo of cjgator3
3.66/5  rDev -1.9%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz bottle

A- Pours a slightly hazed amber color with an off-white head that leaves a good amount of lacing around the glass.

S- The aroma is filled with a lot of pumpkin spices. Very nice, not overly spiced but just enough.

T- Like the aroma, the spices in the taste are almost perfectly placed. They are neither overwhelming or faint where it is hard to pick up on it either.

M- The mouthfeel is medium bodied with a good amount of carbonation.

D- Overall, I am not a huge fan of the style but this is definitely one of the better Pumpkin Ales out there without question. Recommended!

 593 characters

Photo of spinrsx
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12oz Bottle from the Potsdam NY IGA for 2.75$

Appearance - Hazy copper colour with an average size fizzy/frothy off-white coloured head. I can't make out the amount of carbonation and there is some fair lacing. The head lasted for around 4 minutes.

Smell - Malts, cloves, all spice, pumpkin

Taste & Mouth - There is an average amount of carbonation and I can taste malts, caramel, and lots of all-spice/clove. There is also some pumpkin, but not as much as I expected and a graininess. It ends with a spicy clove aftertaste.

Overall - I'd like touch more sweetness and a touch less clove. Still a good beer that is well worth trying. I'd reach for something else next time though.

 684 characters

Photo of Davepoolesque
3.74/5  rDev +0.3%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3.75 | taste: 3.75 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 3.75

Amber orange in color. Somewhat hazy in appearance. minimal head. Pumpkin flesh, heavy on the nutmeg and ginger. Medium bodied. Fairly bitter, dry is finish. Eh.

 163 characters

Photo of pat61
4.15/5  rDev +11.3%
look: 4.25 | smell: 4.25 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.25 | overall: 4.25

Pumpkin pie and spice aromas – ¼” head that dissipates quickly, maybe a touch of nutmeg, clove, allspice and cinnamon. A moderate hop accent that comes out more as the beer warms. Medium high carbonation that produces a good creamy mouthfeel. A little brown sugar in the flavor and slight hops. This is an OK pumpkin beer.

 327 characters

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

A-Pours the hazy dark amber color. A fluffy head forms from the pour, then slowly dies off leading a lot of bubbly lacing. The remnants of the larger head are loose but attractive.

S-Spices such as cinnamon and nutmeg. Light pumpkin. The aroma is not heavy but smell how a pumpkin brew should smell. The spices are nice.

T-The taste is not much like the nose. The pumpkin is quite mild, but what little pumpkin flavor that is detectable does taste like real pumpkin (unlike other pumpkin beers). The nutmeg and cinnamon come in during the middle of the flavor. The most unique and noteworthy part of this beer's flavor is the pretty legitimate hoppy bitterness. The is quite a bitter beer. I have never had a mesh of hop and pumpkin like this. I enjoy it.

M-Lighter side of medium bodied. Medium carbonation. The bitterness leaves my tongue a bit dry. Aftertaste lasts.

O/D-I really like Smuttynose's hop profile in most of their beers. I think it is cool that they made a hoppy, bitter pumpkin beer. I don't know if this is my favorite pumpkin beer, but I do enjoy it more than I was expecting to. Not your average pumpkin ale.

 1,132 characters

Photo of ppoitras
3.91/5  rDev +4.8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12oz bottle purchased as a single from Julio's, Marlboro, MA. October notched on label, but no indication as to year, bottled month, or best by month.

Poured into an imperial pint glass, formed a 3/4" off-white head over the slightly cloudy orangey amber brew. Head holds on well, with frothy, sticky lacing. Aroma is warm spices and light malts. Taste is malty sweetness with a the pumpkin coming through lightly, and spices enter in the middle, and eventually dominate, leaving the mouth with a cinnamony clove aftertaste. Mouthfeel is smooth, and drinkabilty, especially for the style, which can get chokingly hard to drink with overspicing in some offerings. Not here though, another good one from the people at Smutty.

 726 characters

Photo of barczar
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 3.75 | smell: 3.25 | taste: 2.75 | feel: 3.25 | overall: 3

Pours a hazy golden orange with a frothy yellowish cream head that dissipates slowly, leaving modest lacing.

Pumpkin, clove, ginger, and cinnamon form the initial aroma, with a bit of toasted malt lurking in the background. The balance is spices.

Flavor is actually a bit beery, with toasted, nutty malt underlying the ginger, pumpkin, and clove. The finish is fairly bitter and dry. Ginger dominates a bit, providing a cola flavor.

Body is moderate, with moderate carbonation, and the finish is harsh.

Ginger is not my favorite flavor in a beer, and I'm not a fan of harsh bitterness or cola, so this isn't my favorite seasonal.

 633 characters

Photo of bluejacket74
3.53/5  rDev -5.4%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 ounce bottle, best before February 2011. Served in a nonic pint glass, the beer pours a hazy orange color with a half inch off-white head. Head retention and lacing are both good. Aroma is mostly pumpkin, with some pumpkin spices and bready malt also noticable. Taste is pretty much like the aroma, with the pumpkin flavor being the strongest. Pumpkin spice, bready malt and hoppy flavors are noticable too. There's also a slight bitter finish. I don't think this is as spicy as a lot of the pumpkin brews I've tried before. Mouthfeel/body is light/medium, with decent carbonation. Drinkability is OK, it's easy enough to drink. Not a bad brew overall. For the style, it's a decent enough beer. It's definitely worth a try.

 726 characters

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

Pours a crisp looking pumpkin orange, very mild head, no carbonation.

Smells of pumpkin, brown sugar, cloves and spiced bread.

Taste of spicey pumpkin, sweet malt, nutmeg, some hints of brown sugar and cloves. The spices dance around for awhile on the tongue before the sip closes with a nice bitter finish.

Mouthfeel is medium body with light prickly carbonation on the tongue. Drinkability is very high with this beer.

I've always enjoyed this beer because it's a really good ale as a foundation, then the pumpkin secondary, unlike alot of pumpkin ales where it's the reverse. Pumpkin ales unfortunately always get a bad rap, this isn't a typical pumpkin. Very well done, I tip my glass to you, Smuttynose!

 712 characters

Photo of DrDemento456
3.81/5  rDev +2.1%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Finally! My first pumpkin ale of the year!

A - Initial produced tons of carbonation and fluffy white head. Nice deep amber beer awaits in my pub glass.

S - Nose is faint but full of cinnamon, nutmeg, and kind of artifical pumpkin. Hoppy profile subdues the smell of pumpkin a bit.

T - Ow man here goes. Huh. Big hop profile leave me in kind of disbelief. Upon second taste I can pick up mild cinnamon and very faint pumpkin spice but the hop profile leaves the beer bitter. Where is my malty sweet finish?

M - OK for a beer and medium bodied.

D - NO THANKS! I like my pumpkin beers spiced with a nice malty finish not bitter and hoppy. Might be better with age but fresh it's more hop focused with very little taste which is kind of artificial. Pass.

 757 characters

Photo of avalon07
4.03/5  rDev +8%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A: Poured from a bottle to a pint glass. Had an amber color and a slightly hazy consistency. There was a big, creamy, long-lasting head. Good lacing.

S: A very nice aroma of pumpkin, malt, and spices.

T: Tasted of pumpkin (though not as much as you'd think), toasted malt, caramel, and spices. Not the most overly dynamic flavor, but still very flavorful.

M: A good amount of carbonation with a smooth finish. Light- to medium-bodied.

D: A well made, drinkable pumpkin ale.

 477 characters

Photo of scruffwhor
3.03/5  rDev -18.8%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

The pour reveals a soft tarnished bronze and good bubbling. The head is about two fingers width after the pour, and a nice foam throughout.

Very light pumpkin meat mixed with muffins and a little baked sugar. Very malty and just a little sweet smell.

Bitter upfront with some soft muffins and even softer pumkin flavors. The beer finishes gypsum, mineral bitter and quick. The carbonation is good nd the beer feels smooth on my palate. Its just the taste I can't get past.

 474 characters

Photo of tigg924
3.32/5  rDev -11%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Appearance: 1 inch head, orange-brown, clear, moderate carbonation

Smell: cinnamon, nutmeg, and pumpkin--very good

Taste: cinnamon, nutmeg, hops, and some pumpkin. The taste does not measure up to the smell.

Mouthfeel: surprisingly bitter, moderate carbonation, medium bodied, dry

Drinkability: This one is OK. After splitting a six, I am done with this one. The spices here overpower the pumpkin. I get some spices and hops--and minimal pumpkin--like a pumpkin pie IPA. This one smelled a lot better than the taste.

 521 characters

Photo of rfgetz
3.87/5  rDev +3.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

On tap at The Institute as part of their "Pumpkin Patch" event...

Hazy orange in color, ok white frothy head, good retention and lacing. Smell is of mild pumpkin pie with a focus on the spices (nutmeg, cinamon, clove). Flavor is a little more rounded then smell with the spicing followed by a very mild pumpkin puree flavor. Good medium and creamy body. One of the better pumpkin beers, but notches below the best.

 415 characters

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

It's that time of year again and now that I'm in PA there's a whole new set of pumpkin ales for me to sample. So I'm starting off with Smuttynose. The beer pours a hazy amber orange with a thinnish white head. Rocky foam forms a ring while fine bubbles capped the beer. Lacing is spotty, but generous. Awesome aroma with a fruitiness reminiscent of fresh pumpkin pulp - like when pulling it out of the pumpkin when carving a jack-o-lantern. The spices are balanced nicely, with notes of cinnamon, nutmeg and allspice. There's more bitterness here than I expected, solid all the way to the end. Malt sweetness fills out the middle along with a light fruitiness and the pumpkin spices. Spice and bitterness linger a bit. As it warms there's a hint of toastiness too - with the pumpkin flavour present it's almost like roasted pumpkin seeds. Medium bodied with a dry finish and a slight slickness. An excellent pumpkin ale and one of the best that I've had. It reminded me a lot of the batch I homebrewed a couple of years ago, though the bitterness is cranked up a lot higher in this example.

 1,090 characters

Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
3.73 out of 5 based on 1,893 ratings.
  • About Us

    Your go-to website for beer (since 1996), publishers of BeerAdvocate magazine (since 2006) and hosts of world-class beer events (since 2003). Respect Beer.
  • Extreme Beer Fest® Cometh

    February 3-4, 2017. Boston, Mass. Limited tickets available. Prepare for epicness.

    Learn More
  • 10 Years of BeerAdvocate Magazine

    We're celebrating 10 years of BA mag with $10 print subscriptions for US residents!