Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale | Smuttynose Brewing Company

1,895 Ratings
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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Ratings: 1,895 |  Reviews: 851
Photo of ZEB89
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4.25 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Photo of Gkruszewski
3.88/5  rDev +4%

Photo of paulish
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of InspectorBob
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of johnnnniee
3.48/5  rDev -6.7%
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 WVbeergeek
2.03/5  rDev -45.6%
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 BMart
3/5  rDev -19.6%

Photo of stakem
3.76/5  rDev +0.8%
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 JAHMUR
2.5/5  rDev -33%

Photo of BeerForMuscle
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of WoodBrew
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of tdm168
3.62/5  rDev -2.9%
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 rolltide8425
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of chippo33
2.25/5  rDev -39.7%

Photo of RblWthACoz
3.75/5  rDev +0.5%

Photo of rab53
4/5  rDev +7.2%

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

Photo of Billolick
3.73/5  rDev 0%
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 jwc215
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours orange with a thin white head that quickly becomes a patch. Some broken lacing is left.

The smell is like pumpkin pie. Some spices, especially cinnamon, are noticeable.

The taste is like a good homemade pumpkin pie with some bitter from the hops. The spices, cinnamon, nutmeg, and a blend of others, complement the pumpkin taste

The feel is pretty smooth with a slight bitter driness to balance out the sweetness of the pumpkin. The aftertaste hints at having just eaten a pumpkin pie.

It's easy to drink if you are in the mood for pumpkin (of course, why else have it?) It's well balanced and the pumpkin flavors holds up. One of the better pumpkin ales out there. I'll probably be having this with pumpkin pie at Thanksgiving!

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Photo of Lare453
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of feloniousmonk
4.22/5  rDev +13.1%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Pours a deep, bright orange, nearly opaque, with a sizeable at first, but surely settling, decent white head.
Aroma: big, vibrant, spicy, showering the nose with cinnamon, nutmeg, a dash of clove, and the true flavor of the vegetable itself. Warm and sweet.
Taste: all that returns here, with significant presence on the palate. Nice, tasty hops up front, and lush malt beneath, very well-balanced, with pumpkin and spice continuing to linger through the finish. Flavor becomes more subtle as we near the end of the bottle, but it never leaves. Meaty, juicy, spicy, delicious. One of the best of this odd sub-style that I've ever had. I've met with nothing but goodness in my ever encounter with Smuttynose. Keep it up, fellas!
Big thanks to tha rabidawg for this 'un!

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Photo of BeerOps
3.5/5  rDev -6.2%

Photo of Duff27
3.71/5  rDev -0.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Pours a half inch tight white head on a hazy copper/light red colored body.
Collar and cap left abound, above average lacing for the style.

Smells like an amber ale with the slightest hint of nutmeg.

Really does follow the nose. A fairly clean tasting amber until you get to the end of the sip/aftertaste to which it takes a turn where the common pumpkin beer spices (cinnamon/nutmeg/cloves/etc) come through. These are all relatively fair compared with most pumpkin beers. "Breadiness." The aftertaste is not my favorite, a lingering flavor I cannot put my finger on.

Medium-thin body, medium carbonation.

If nothing else, a very drinkable pumpkin ale. Low ABV means you could take down a whole six pack if one wanted. Having said that, the aftertaste is very distracting to me. Worth a try for pumpkin beer fans, you may enjoy than I.

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Photo of mklisz
3.25/5  rDev -12.9%

Photo of GarthDanielson
2.77/5  rDev -25.7%
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
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