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 brewdlyhooked13
2.89/5  rDev -22.5%
look: 4.5 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.75 | overall: 2

Appearance - pour begins a clear and bright amber. About two-thirds of the way, a clump of sediment hits the flow and clouds things up. Nice creamy manila head, good sticky lace all around.

Aroma - primarily cinnamon and clove, complements of pumpkin pie spice I imagine.

Taste - malty start, typical spices are nice and festive. The swallow turns rather bitter rather fast. Chasing out all sweetness, the aftertaste and finish are kind of harsh. The end stays dry and harshly bitter, not really what I would consider to be in the style. Not that a pumpkin beer can't have hops, but these dominate the malty, spicy side and undo the beer.

Mouthfeel - average body, plenty crisp and refreshing.

Overall - I have an outside thought that this bottle may have a rogue strain of something in it that is turning it dry and bitter some five months after Halloween. Best before 1/31/13, I could try a fresher sample this season.

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Photo of UnderPressure
2.98/5  rDev -20.1%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 2 | feel: 4 | overall: 3.5

Bright orange, slightly hazy beer with a fizzy one-finger head. Some lacing.

Spices and sweetness in the aroma. I'm picking up some kind of minty or herbal spice I wasn't expecting in a pumpkin ale.

Heavy spice in the flavor. Too much, in my opinion. This is the spiciest pumpkin ale I've had. It's like I'm drinking a spice cabinet. But it does get more tolerable as you drink.

A nice light to medium bodied viscosity with pleasant carbonation with an average length spicy bitter finish.

Smuttynose beers are usually spot-on. But, the spice really ruined an otherwise great beer. Way too overwhelming.

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Photo of ummswimmin
4.05/5  rDev +8.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4

I poured this from a bottle into a stemmed ale glass. Initially I had about three fingers of head; that died down to a finger of foam. That finger held up for some decent retention.

Off the top you get the stock pumpkin ale smells of: nutmeg, clove, and pumpkin (duh). The flavoring is almost like pumpkin pie. There is even some crust smell. It is reminiscent of the Southern Tier version. The difference is that this one is sweeter and has less of the crust presence.

This is a pretty good pumpkin. Much props go out to the folks at Smuttynose.

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Photo of SLeffler27
3.95/5  rDev +5.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

Cloudy orange with a light sea foam head and no reportable lace. Carbonation within the oversized wine glass can be seen through a pale orange glow when put to the light.

Light pumpkin pie spices.

Light flavors tend more toward the bitter side than most pumpkin beers. The finish is long, with a light bitterness and much more pumpkin flavor than on entry, though still mild overall.

A medium body with soft carbonation and no alcohol.

This one is definitely suited to the rustic nature of autumn.

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

Pours a hazy orange with an off white head. Nice lacing. Smells like pumpkin pie and hops. Creamy mouthfeel, although It is a little overly carbonated. Pumpkin, spices, and a nice hop finish on the palate. I am looking forward to puchasing this again next year.

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

Appearance on pour is a deep gold, very slightly hazy. About a quarter inch if foamy head that dropped quick to just a coating, but persistent and pretty heavy stickage to the glass.

Aroma was surprisingly hoppy, but with some nice pumpkin and spices, cinnamon, maybe nutmeg? Couldn't pick up any malty aroma underneath.

Taste was somewhat like an IPA, pretty decent hops, then a mini blast if pumpkin pie like flavor, minimal sweetness, bitter on the back end. Maybe a slight acidity note as well.

Mouthfeel to me was a but thinly. Some lingering aftertaste bordering on unpleasant.

Overall, it was a nice tasting beer, not as slammed with pumpkin pie flavors. More subtle than others in the category. Probably not in the permanent rotation,by a very nice brew.

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Photo of MaximalC
3.12/5  rDev -16.4%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 2.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3

Pours a murky golden caramel color with a minimal white head that soon settles into patchy blotches. Aroma is vibrant, smelling of pumpkin spices, especially cinnamon, and pumpkin, along with some trace hop fragrance. Bright hop flavor is surprisingly dominant up front in spite of its meager presence in the nose. The pumpkin spices appear to clash with the bitterness of the hops, and the disharmony is distracting. There is also a wheat-like funkiness on the back end that I don't particularly care for. The carbonation is a little on the high side but still manages to facilitate a smooth and creamy mouthfeel. That, however, is not enough to offset the detractors in the flavor department. I was expecting better from Smuttynose, but I feel they missed the mark a bit with this one.

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Photo of tone77
3.33/5  rDev -10.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 3 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Poured from a brown 12 oz. bottle. Has a cloudy dark golden color with a 1/2 inch head. Smell is dominated by pumpkin, some spice. Taste is very spicy up front, nutmeg, maybe some ginger, a bit of pumpkin at the finish. Feels medium bodied in the mouth and overall not bad, but I have had better pumpkin beers.

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Photo of Treyliff
3.98/5  rDev +6.7%
look: 4 | smell: 3.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 5 | overall: 4

A- pours an orange-copper color with just a bit if haze, foamy white two-finger head that reduces to a thin layer with good lace.

S- some raw pumpkin meat, cinnamon, nutmeg, and some sweet malt

T- sweet malt meets raw pumpkin flavor with notes of cinnamon and clove. Finishes with a bit of earthy herbal notes and a bit dry. This one definitely has more of a pronounced hop profile than most other pumpkin ales

M- medium body with just enough carbonation, superior drinkability, slightly creamy finish.

O- one of the better pumpkin beers that I've had, lots of flavors going on and more complex than most other examples I've tried

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Photo of jakearoo
4.47/5  rDev +19.8%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4.5 | overall: 4.5

This beer had great drinkability, with its wholesome pumpkin pie flavor and it's smooth texture. Great local beer. Cheers!
When its fall time. And i need pumpkin. This is what i aim for.
Perfect crisp, pumpkin.
It like Gods Gift.

Great For The Stoner!

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Photo of tviz33
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

12 oz bottle poured in to a pint glass.

A- Pours a slightly opaque amber body with a half finger off-white head. Good lacing. More than most of the style.

S- Very sweet and fresh smelling. Pumpkin up front and a distinct hop undertone. The spice is there, but not dominating.

T- Does not follow the nose the way I expected it would. Earthy tasting hop flavors and a bit of a bread like character initially, followed by a brief pumpkin taste, finishing quite bitter.

M- Medium-bodied brew with ample carbonation. Finishes crisp.

O- This one tastes more like an actual 'beer' than the likes of a Pumking. It is far from liquid pumpkin pie, but is still a solid beer. That said, I would still choose a Pumking or Horseheads Pumpkin Ale over this.

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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 jslice99
4.12/5  rDev +10.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

Appearance- Pours a hazy shade of orange with a small white head that fades away quickly.

Smell- This beer smells great. Frshly made pumpkin pie scent with pumpkins as the dominent smell. You also get nutmeg, clove, and cinnamon.

Taste- The taste is more on the spicy side with a slight hop bitterness at the end. You also pick up some pumpkin sweetness. It's pretty well balanced.

Mouthfeel- Very smooth and easy to drink.

Overall- The smuttynose pumpkin ale is a good pumpkin beer. It's easy to drink and well balanced. You couldn't go wrong picking up a six pack.

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Photo of bnes09
4.68/5  rDev +25.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4.5 | taste: 5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Magnificent transparent orange color. Pours a thick, creamy head receding to a long-lasting film over the liquid and around the edge of the glass. Patches of lacing stick for the length of the drink.

Brilliant aroma of wild flowers, pine cones, autumn leaves, pumpkin and fresh cinnamon.

Flavor starts with a mildly bready malt backbone, smooth and subtle. Then turns to the hops to provide a sharp, leafy, citric, pine-like bitterness that adds the perfect balance. Pumpkin flavors and cinnamon lie in the background only coming out when the hop flavors calm down. Exceptional balance overall.

Lighter side of medium body. Solid carbonation. Crisp, dry finish from the hops.

A true masterpiece among pumpkin beers. Tastes like autumn in liquid form. A must try for any beer enthusiast.

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

Smells just like a pumpkin beer when you open it. Good consistency, and tastes great when you take a sip. A little bit of a bitter aftertaste, and a little more spicy tasting than it smells. Overall a good pumpkin ale. Definitely a tier below Great Lakes Brewing Co. (Cleveland), Weyerbacher Imperial Pumpkin Ale, and Souther Tier Pumpking Ale. I would rate it just above Sam Adams Harvest Pumpkin.

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Photo of kenito799
3.8/5  rDev +1.9%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

12 ox bottle poured into a pint glass

Hazy medium amber brew with lovely lacing. The aroma is full on cloves, nutmeg and cinnamon, with a citrus undernote from some aggressive hopping,
Interesting on the palate, quite aggressive bitterness married to the pumpkin pie spice. I would call this a pumpkin IPA. The mouthfeel is fairly refreshing and I think overall the effect is pretty nice. That is to say, I will happily drink more than one of these (unlike most of the pumpkin/spice brews out there), and it would actually be great with pumpkin pie at the end of Thanksgiving dinner.

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Photo of isdash
3.68/5  rDev -1.3%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 3.5

Deep cloudy amber, couple fingers of head stick around and leave a distinct line of lacing with every sip. Smells delicious -- pumpkin spice is strong but doesn't overwhelm the bready, slightly toasty base. Tastes briskly dry, crisp without much carbonation. The pumpkin is surprisingly subtle until the aftertaste.

I'm not a big vegetable-beer guy, but this is definitely the best pumpkin ale I've tasted. I think the key is the subtlety of the pumpkin and the dry, well-balanced base.

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Photo of psuKinger
4.4/5  rDev +18%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 5

Bottle poured into standard nonic.

A: Pours a hazy orange color. Very cloudy. Virtually entirely opaque. A moderate white head sits on top but dissipates quickly.

S: Typical "pumpkin, cinnamin, and nutmeg" on the nose. Very standard for the style.

T: Taste profile begins with malt sweetness and pumpkin. Cinnamin present in the middle. Definite all-spice, and a good deal of natural pumpkin flavor as well. A very pronounced thrust of pine bittering hops on the back end lend some great character.

Not nearly as sweet as many other examples of the style. And I'm digging that about this beer.

M: Light and sticky. Great dry finish. Carbonation is maybe just a tad low, but not by much.

D/O: Very high. The emphasis is on "beer" in the style "pumpkin beer" here. Definite spices of the season, which is nice, but a good malt backbone and great hop profile are the stars of the show here. I'd buy this by the case.

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Photo of aleric
4.17/5  rDev +11.8%
look: 3.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Caramel orange. 1-finger white head. Moderate lacing.

S - Yeast, light malt, a bit of cinnamon, and what I came here for... pumpkin.

T - Mild hops and honey. The pumpkin teases at first, then becomes more apparent as the beer warms up. Cinnamon and nutmeg add texture throughout and later at the back of the throat, and floral hops linger at the roof of the mouth.

M - Medium and a bit sticky on the finish, typical of a pumpkin drink. Light carbonation.

O - I found myself dangling the glass upside down to catch the last drops on my tongue. This is a deliciously well-rounded beer that never forgets that it is first and foremost a beer and not a pumpkin latte. I'll be stocking up for winter.

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Photo of BlackBelt5112203
4.01/5  rDev +7.5%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 3.5 | overall: 4

12 oz bottle poured into a pint glass at fridge-cellar temperature.

L – Pale amber color with a big 3-finger bubbly, frothy white head. Excellent retention and awesome lacing. Clear with a good amount of bubbles. Perfect.

S – Bready and grainy malt, lots of pumpkin, and lots of cloves and nutmeg. Has all the usual pumpkin beer aromas, but the base beer characteristics are apparent, too.

T – Starts off sweet with some pumpkin but nearly immediately shifts toward a grainy and spicy taste with bready, grainy malt, lots of cloves and nutmeg, and some cinnamon. It finishes with a bitter earthy, floral hop finish. Once again, base beer characteristics are apparent.

F – Light-to-medium-bodied with good carbonation, a crisp but creamy mouthfeel, and a spicy, bitter, and slightly dry finish. A lot of flavors linger, but floral hops linger the longest.

O – This is a really nice pumpkin beer that accomplishes something that not many pumpkin/fruit beers do – it has a very strong presence from the base beer. Many fruit/vegetable beers are overloaded with their respective fruits/vegetables and the things that actually make them beers are left by the wayside. Not so with this one. Grainy, bready malt is apparent in the aroma and taste and earthy, floral hops are certainly apparent at the finish of the taste and mouthfeel. The pumpkin and spices serve to add to the beer, not replace it. Smuttynose did a really nice job with this one.

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Photo of Tone
3.6/5  rDev -3.5%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 3.5 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

Pours a hazy, copper color. 1/2 inch head of a white color. Great retention and good lacing. Smells of citrus hops, slight pumpkin, spice (all spice, clove, and nutmeg). Mouth feel is sharp and crisp, with an average carbonation level. There is a strong dryness from excess spice. Fits the style of a Pumpkin Ale. Tastes of strong spice, citrus hops, slight pumpkin, and slight sweet malt. Overall, good appearance, aroma, and body, but the blend is overtly spice-centric.

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Photo of RWLawman
3.13/5  rDev -16.1%
look: 3.5 | smell: 3 | taste: 3 | feel: 3 | overall: 3.5

A - Pours a cloudy orange color, with a very thin head that retains well.

S - Smells of pumpkin, spice, and malt.

T - Hints of pumpkin, malt, and then dominated by hops at the end.

M - Pretty light, but good carbonation. Smooth finish.

O - Pretty good pumpkin ale, reminds me of an IPA. Top 3 in my pumpkin beer experience so far.

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Photo of gcamparone
4.13/5  rDev +10.7%
look: 4.5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Poured from a 12 oz bottle into a Samuel Adams pint glass.

A- pours a golden-orange , slightly hazy body with a 2" cream colored head that leaves some nice medium-heavy lacing. As a matter of fact, this beer is just about the same color as the pumpkin on the label, and for that, +.5 for appearance. Very fitting.

S- freshly baked pumpkin pie. Nutmeg, cinnamon, pumpkin.

T- I get some pumpkin, caramel, nutmeg, cinnamon upfront and it finishes with a nice hoppy bitterness that balances out the sweetness. Excellent balance.

M- medium carbonation and body. Crisp and refreshing

Overall, this brew renews some of my faith in pumpkin beer. You don't get that over-the-top pumpkin-bomb taste, but it's still delicious and well balanced. Nothing artificial tasting here, which I get with a lot of pumpkin brews. Well done, worth a try.

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Photo of Rukasu
4.2/5  rDev +12.6%
look: 4 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4

A - Pale orange and slightly cloudy with yeast (and spice?) sediment. Thin white head that lingers around the glass edge.

S - Very little smelly and very mild for a pumpkin. No overpowering artificial smelling pie spice smells, just a faint allspice note.

T - Mild allspice hints up front, never overpowering, with fruity yeasts, followed by a sharp hop bitterness through the swallow.

M - Fairly light for a pumpkin beer, medium carbonation that holds for a long time after opening. Could drink a couple of these in a night.

O - Behind DC Brau & Epic's "Fermentation Without Representation" this is THE best Pumpkin beer I've tried, and I hate pumpkin beers.

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Photo of danronian
4.36/5  rDev +16.9%
look: 5 | smell: 4 | taste: 4.5 | feel: 4 | overall: 4.5

Well balanced and smooth ale. Pumpkin flavor and spices aren't too apparent when compared with other pumpkin ales. Smooth mouthfeel, dark orange color and mild carbonation make it go down smoothly.

One of my favorite autumn beers which I intend to buy more of before winter hits.

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Smuttynose Pumpkin Ale from Smuttynose Brewing Company
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